I'm left handed. These pants have the straps to secure shears on the left and right side, as well as ambi pen holders. I wear a polo most of the time, so my pants are where I store my pens, and having them easily accessible on my left is the way to go.
Aside from that, they are very durable. I work full time and have had one pair for over two years. They faded a bit, but are comfortable and still holding up. I highly recommend them!
Pretty good EMS pant. Large pockets that make life easy for guys with large hands. Loads of leg room for muscular guys, still a bit tight around the waist and hips though. It would be a 5-Star pant if they made it out of the Flex-Tac material and included the magazine pocket on the anterior proximal upper legs.
These are by far the best EMS pants out there. Fit great, super light weight and breathable, look sharp, and it's great having ankle pockets in addition to the regular pockets and the cargo pockets on the thighs. Little light in cold weather, so I'll wear winter wear underneath then, or if you just want to wear the pants alone the regular 5.11 EMS pants are great. Have a lady's version too for our female colleagues. Highly recommend, go get yourself some pairs.
I purchased my first pair of 5.11 Taclite EMS pants a year ago along with another pair of tactical 5.11 trousers, and have purchased more since and will continue to do so. Whilst I do quite like both pair, I simply must illustrate and expressly articulate how exquisitely brilliant and dependable all of the utility of the EMS trousers has proven to be for me. As an ER nurse, working in an ER that is laid out pretty spaciously I have found the pockets to be particularly useful and essentially fundamental. I'm never darting across the hall or to the supply room or to a drawer when I need a bandage suddenly for an unexpectedly pulled I.V. or a trauma/lac that presents to triage/nurse 1st. I've got everything I could load my exam room drawers with in my many trouser pockets in addition to a nifty ropey type strap (excuse my ignorance and inability to properly name this particular strap!) for my radio which keeps it easily accessible, but out of my way without it becoming a bit of excess pocket debris! I saw a lot of reviews for the womens EMS pants which illustrated that they are sized too small and that they're a bit merciless for women with a bit of curve in the hips and thighs region, so I just went with the men's EMS trousers. Other than the trousers fitting a bit baggily (which I suppose is how men are comfortable in them?) I unequivocally adore these trousers and have come to depend on them quite happily. In addition to the pockets, the fabric breathes well for long, active shifts which keeps me comfortable so I can concentrate on my patients' comfort without even thinking about my own! The fabric also stretches well so I never feel my movement restricted by my trousers and my skin is protected from exposure to hazardous and biological fluids and substances that might otherwise have soaked through my clothes and made contact with my skin. The knees have a bit of extra fabric to make kneeling down, when necessary, a position I am able to maintain comfortably for whatever duration required to complete the tasks I've had to in said position! I am thoroughly pleased with my 5.11 EMS trousers and my first pair are just as aesthetically appealing as they were when they first arrived and have lost none of their practical utility and effectiveness so far!
I bought my first pair in 2007 - still have them.
I can't say too much about these pants as I only tried them on in store. I like the amount of pockets but found the legs to be really baggy. I put on the same size as my tactile pros on and they fit good but from the upper thighs down seemed really baggy for my liking. Maybe try a size smaller?
I have two pairs and they're EXCELLENT. The only problem I have is that, just a few minutes ago, the self adjusting seam broke on the left side. But, it's probably only because I've been wearing them every single day, and they wore out a bit. Other than that, 5 stars, hands down.
I bought my first pair about 6 years ago for my EMT-Basic class. They were a little more loose fitting than I would like but beyond that they are great pants. Five years later, I still wear that original pair. I have even bought 2 more pair since then. Well worth the money!! Provided they continue to manufacture the pants the same way, I will continue to purchase them.
I've been an EMT for 4 years and these pants are the gold standard for EMS pants. I own four pairs, work full time city EMS and these pants have yet to let me down. I don't like wearing a whacker belt and these pants allow me to carry my essentials comfortably (Several pairs of gloves, shears, pen, gum, wallet.) On a similar note I think the number of pockets is way too high. I can't think of many things I would want to put in the lower leg pockets. Also, the rear pockets are crazy deep. Deep enough for almost any radio although I personally would rather clip mine to my belt.
Another positive is the material wicks away blood well and rain extremely well. As long as you don't stand in a downpour for an extended period (which does happen sometimes, oh well) you can simply wipe away the moisture with a towel.
Great in the summer and as far as winter operations go, I would suggest investing in some thermal tights or something similar. You won't freeze in these pants but you won't be sweating either.
Lots of little features including the double belt loops for keys/ID and internal pocket dividers let you know that 5.11 has done their due diligence.
I recommend these pants to anyone and everyone who plans on working EMS for any period of time. Worth the money.
I had bought a pair of pants from the medical campus for EMT training, and as soon as I put them on I knew I needed something else.
I found these pants online and took the plunge, buying two pair. Wow. They fit perfect and feel like they've already been worn, in a good way. I got 34-34s and I'm 6'1", 205, and like I said, they fit perfect. The length sits right where you want it with a pair of boots on. I'm definitely getting more stuff from these guys. Thanks 511.