I really liked the comfort and mobility of these pants. They fit but the insides of the thighs wore out quickly and I now have a hole in the thighs and I have had these pants only four months without over Usage you would think that a company built on performance would take into consideration the more womanly features.
I bought these after I had bought and tried the Wyldcat pants, which I quite like. I like the color choices for these and went with the denimy (volcanic) one. They don't leave a gap at the back like so many other pants. I still have to wear a belt, but I think that's just my lot in life. Originally, I bought the Wyldcat pants for the pockets. Everyone by now knows the common complaint about women's pants pockets and I wanted pants I could carry a cellphone in, and still have room for keys and a wallet. I love all the pockets. They are deep and useful. At any given time I use 3 different pockets, but I can move things around how I please.
The price in these is quite reasonable, but I'll probably still try to wait for another sale before I buy more. I do intend to stock up on these when can. I like them better than the Wyldcat because they don't have the leg zippers and they have better color choice.
I have all the Wyldcat pants and love those also but not a fan of the side zip. These don't have that side zip so I ordered all the colors (minus the tan). In the Wyldcat I have to order Tall, so I ordered the Tall in these also and they are a little on the long side. If I were to order the Regular then I feel like they would be too short so I'm going to stick with the Tall. Overall these pants are great. They are comfortable and have lots of functioning pockets and don't look all clunky like most tactical pants. I would highly recommend ordering them, you won't be disappointed!
Hands down my new go to pant. Sincerely regretting not purchasing a couple more pairs of these pants. I wear a size 6L in the Wyldcat, and was nervous based on some reviews that buying the same size in the Defender-Flex would leave me unhappy. It didn't. I picked up the 6L and they fit wonderfully. I am 5'7 and mostly legs, this is the first time in years I've actually had a little more length than I needed in a pant, which is a very welcomed feeling.
I highly recommend sticking to your known size, 5.11 will take care of any exchanges if for some reason you get a fluke pair. :)
I love love love these pants! So much that I bought them in every color.
They are so comfortable, they don't stretch out at all, and they fit perfectly. I love wearing them to the range. I wish the belt loops were a bit wider so I could wear the Maverick belt with them. However, I wear them to work with my cute Anthropologie belt...no kidding.
Love the pockets and love the material they are made out of. The tapered leg is super stylish for us ladies who like to look fashionable ;)
I can't say enough about these pants...All in.
Very difficult to find decent 5.11 clothing for women in Alaska.! I recently visited a store in Springfield, VA. and tried on everything my heart ever desired. I tried on multiple style of pants and fell in love with these Defender-Flex slims as soon as I put them on. They are super soft and comfy yet are quite sturdy. They move really well and I LOVE the pockets. I am a photographer, and spend alot of time running between shots and need to be ready for rugged Alaska terrain at all times. These pants are my go to! I bought them in volcanic and stone. I *hope* 5.11 will offer them in a pure black and in a navy or blue option soon. True to size: I am built proportionately so the 10 Regular was a perfect fit on my 5'4" frame.
These pants had great potential and very much wished they worked out for me. I own the Wildcat pant in 16 Long and they fit perfect, so I ordered these in a 16 Long and they did not come close to buttoning and were very, very long for me even being 5'9".
Very comfortable. Easy to spend all day in them in cold and hot weather. Extremely flexible for all shooting positions. Holds holster rig up well and has plenty of spacious pockets. Super soft! Can't wait to get another pair of these!