These pants in a lite version would pretty much be the perfect pant. The other complaint besides the weight of the pants is the back of the waist gapping a bit but it's not too bad cuz at least they're not squeezing me. The tunnel waistband is much better than the action waistband. Overall I'm pleased with these
I have been using these pants for the last nine months and so far am happy with them. I have them in black, and have noticed that they do fade a little at the seams with each wash. But they're durable and I love that they're a bit water resistant.
I'm 5'4" and approx 130lb and the size 4 fits me well. The waist sits right above my hip bones, which is a little uncomfortable when I wear a duty belt. Otherwise, the fit is very comfortable.
When I these came in, I realized they're the wrong material for my uniform and I can't wear them. I'm very disappointed, since they're wildly comfortable!
I'm 5'4" and 130lb and the size 6 fits me perfectly. I only gave them 4 out of 5 stars because I have to return them and won't be able to test their durability. But what I've seen of them has been good.
These are a great approved alternative to our ill-fitting issued uniform pant - great for every-day operations and training. The navy color matches seamlessly with our agency's uniform. They are durable and hold their color and integrity in the laundry, and I appreciate the inner sections in the cargo pockets. My only gripe is that the inseam is rather short - I am not a tall woman, only 5'6", and I should have ordered the "tall" length. With the regular length, my entire boot shows when I sit and they kind of look like flood pants. The waist is forgiving - the same size has fit me give or take 5-10lbs. Note that they do sit lower on the waist/hips - I prefer this, some people don't.
I love these pants. They are super comfortable and fit perfectly.
I have been buying these pants for years. The first pair I bought about seven or eight years ago, and they are just now wearing out to the point I'm considering not wearing them to the office. I have something like seven pairs at this point, and I pretty much don't wear anything else.
That said, 5.11 keeps changing them:
-The original pants were perfect.
-The next generation changed the pocket dividers, making it harder to carry concealed. They also came with much longer and bulkier blousing straps, but those could be cut off.
-The most recent generation (end of 2012), in addition to the last features changes I didn't like, made the last three pairs of pants unwearable for me. The waistband is bulky and stiff, and much looser. it is at least 2-3 inches bigger around on all three pairs, even though I ordered the same size as always (small, 27.5"-31"). I usually wear a belt to cinch things snug, but the waist band is so stiff, that is impossible without leaving the snap undone.
I am selling these pants to someone who wears the next size up. I'm going to try the XS, but if those don't fit, I'll have to find another brand.
I've tried the women's versions, since I am female, but those only come in ripstop, which I have a pair of and don't like. The twill is an awesome material . . . why isn't it available for women's TDU?
I wish 5.11 would bring the old design back.
Very nice fitting pants.
Pants were way too bulky and didn't sit well on my waist. The elastic stretch in the waistband also makes the waist too bulky and uncomfortable.
I wear these pants for my security job that is outside by the water where it can be warm during the day but very cold and breezy at night. The pockets are great and the waist band is very comfortable.
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