5.11 AGGRESSOR PARKA PURCHASED ON LINE FROM ANOTHER SOURCE.
First and foremost I live and work in adverse weather that ranges in the single digits during winter to the high 80 degrees in summer months. I purchased the AGRESSOR PARKA specifically for winter. I wear multiple clothing layers which includes one to two zip up sweaters (in addition to the zip in lining during single digit weather). Those sweaters includes hoods and a knit cap before I put on the Aggressor jacket with its built in zipper in and plush lining, thus requiring a larger size that I require in single digit weather. The 5.11 AGRESSOR accommodates that requirement and the over sized hood which had to be designed with multiple clothing layers in its mind. The zip in plush lining washes well and easily zips back in.
The length of the AGGRESSOR PARKA adds to the winter protection. The main coat zipper and sewing is strong and well designed and holds up without failure. Practicing how to insert the zipper parts together for a long coat takes practice. That should be expected of a coat for a long length. If you have issues with that…. man up and stop embarrassing your self. I do suggest physically trying on the Aggressor before purchasing it to accommodate sizing for body armor, winter wear and not blaming 5.11 for sizing issues because you hit the all you can eat buffet too many times.
If you live and work in warmer weather this might not be the jacket/coat for you. For my single digit weather my money was well spent.
The front exterior has two chest vertical pockets and two lower horizontal pockets at the bottom front of the jacket. After careful inspection it’s obvious the pockets were not carefully planned and common sense in design did not prevail. The vertical chest pockets barely allow bare my hands to fit in. This is a cold weather jacket so I used my thinner winter gloves to find my hands barely fits in. The bottom horizontal pockets barely allow my bare hand fit in as well. The simplest design fix would be to make all four pockets into cargo pockets similar to the upper pockets of military M-65 field jackets but deeper and retain vertical accessibility. Keep the hook and loop accessibility for concealed duty weapons and hook and loop holsters. Even without gloves the lower pockets are almost useless.
Forget the undercover look as the jacket screams 5.11. Good news it’s a incredibly well made jacket that will last for decades like my previous 5.11 jacket. The Aggressor coat is like wearing a sleeping bag. Others say it’s too bulky but this is a cold weather jacket designed to keep you warm.
In reference to the over sized hood, trust me if you wear zip up athletic sweaters with hoods you will appreciate the over sized hood in rain and snow. The hood is a zipper attachable and removable item. I personally prefer a hat with a 360 degree brim around it or a knit winter hat etc. to give me a wider field of view. I do seldom use the hood. The hood isn’t a issue with me and I consider it an asset.
Let’s wonder back to the zip in fleece lining. I do enjoy the fleece lining and often use it with out the jacket. The fleece lining has a inner right horizontal zipper pocket and a left vertical inner zipper pocket. Both are easier to access than all the exterior pockets of the outer jacket shell but yet again are too small for men’s hands with winter gloves. If you are in single digit weather your crazy to take off you gloves to utilize the pockets. I personally don’t use those pockets unless I am only wearing the fleece lining by its self in warmer weather and use it for my wallet. The re-moveable fleece lining is a exceptionally warm jacket by its self. Thumbs up for the zip in lining.
The inside of the Jacket has a left vertical zip up pocket. Surprisingly enough it is easy to put your entire hand into the pocket even with a glove. The only problem is the zipper pull handle needs to be bigger and longer making it easy to find with or without gloves. After all it is a heavy duty winter jacket. The zipper handle is about as micro as it can get. I won’t go into my N.A.R.S. (NOT A ROCKET SCIENTIST) stand up comedy routine relating to the alleged designer. Look….my work around is using very thin parachute cord through the tiny hole as a make shift Mc Guyver handle.
Each side of the AGGRESSOR PARKA there is a two way zipper that runs from armpit to the bottom of the AGGRESSOR PARKA. If you are Law Enforcement it obviously can be used for your duty/gun belt or a BAT BELT! Personally I appreciate warmth and comfort and use an external shoulder harness rig for my duty belt. As I have previously stated I wear layers and found wearing a exterior synthetic duty belt larger in size to wrap around the layers makes it so much easier in more ways when you are wearing a long coat like the AGGRESSOR PARKA. Think outside the box! Again I live in a cold area so thinking outside the box is a way of life.
Last but not least there are two horizontal upper front zipper pockets and one exceptionally wide rear horizontal pocket containing material to sew your departmental I.D. on. A major over site in the design was not making the material for velcro patches which most departments provide. A sign of being disconnected from agencies.
So the final question is would I purchase this jacket again. The jacket does have room for improvement and 5.11 should be open for suggestions. At this point I haven’t found any other manufactures that can produce quality cold weather jackets that take a beating and last as long as 5.11. Yes I would buy this jacket again with no hesitation. I have purchased other similar jackets but they had no room for equipment, designed for a season or two before you donate them, poorly designed lacking the ability add layers under the jacket…..I could go on and on. Buy 5.11 it lasts longer than any jacket I have owned.
I do suggest outer pockets to fit your hands in with ample space including gloves. The current pockets are to narrow and my hands barely fit it.
I liked it so good that I bought one for my son. He wears it all the time. Very warm
I've worn it in two rains along with a coworker in his. Both times after an hour I was soaked! Water pooled in the lower hem and zipper flap adding weight. My pocket contents were soaked also. (Wallet too) My T-shit and uniform shirt were soaked at all zippers and damp all over. 5.11 doesn't say what kind of waterproofing they use, but this jacket is not even water resistant! If you can buy Gore-Tex
Had this jacket and its predecessors now for a number of years. I have read some of the complaints about inner zippers and noisy outer shell, which I believe are non-issues. Inner zippers can't be tank grade as they are - on the inside and would probably take too much space or even cause some pressure points/areas if too bulky, so there is a tradeoff. necessarily. any outer shells generates noise so for close quarter hunting take a fleece jacket guys. For the average hunter or operator targets are usually beyond 100 yards and as such the subtle noise generation certainly is not an issue. Overall outstanding battle proven quality. The guys who designed that clearly knew what was needed. Keep going guys. Good stuff.
This jacket is what I was looking for and fits all of my needs. The way the jacket is designed and manufactured is to a "T" for my community of operators and contractors whom all know what it's like to be able to rely on your gear to get you through each deployment.
Certain things have been changed to adapt to other features and gear that 5.11 sells. If you have any tactical experience or work with Military/Law Enforcement you will appreciate 5.11's take on what a Parka jacket should look and feel like.
The best thing in the world is something you've never tried yourself, but once you find it, you'll always know what to look for. "Hunt.b"
I bought this product because of 511's false advertising about its greatness for concealed carry. First of all, even though the Amazon ad says it's compatible with their "back up belt system", I discovered there is no such thing as a "back up belt system". And even though the website now claims compatibility with a "TacTec System", there's no such thing as that to be integrated with this jacket, either. There is NO accessory available that attaches or installs into the jacket. And what's worse is that 511 KNOWS this, and have known it for over a year.
Then there's the fact that this is simply NOT a parka. Parkas come down at least to mid-thigh length, if not to the knee. This one, however, comes to just below the belt in the front, and just below the butt in the rear. It's rather unflattering when viewed from the side, as it is not square cut at the bottom, like just about every other parka on the market.
Then there's the hood, which would be really nice if a football helmet were included with the jacket. As it is, though, one has to wear a baseball cap so that the cap's visor can keep the much-oversized hood from falling down over the face.
The outer pockets on this jacket are a mess. As another reviewer said, they are non-ergonomic. The "zippered handwarmer pockets" are large, with small, zippered openings at the top. The zippers are small and dainty---hardly the heavy duty one would expect with tactical gear. But further, if you're using these pockets for handwarmers, you'll not enjoy the zippers rubbing against your wrists. Further, you'll notice that the pockets are not cut at a slant like true handwarmer pockets are; these pocket tops are parallel with the floor, so that you have to hold your arms awkwardly to have your hands fit into the pockets. There's room in the pockets for thick winter gloves, but you'll have trouble getting them in and out of the small pocket openings.
Further, the jacket is sized a little small.
Also, it is extremely difficult to zip it all the way to the top. To do this, the nicely-extended collar must be scrunched down like a turtleneck, and then, once zipped, it's like wearing a whiplash collar.
So it doesn't look right, feel right, work right, or do what it's advertised to do. But other than that, I can see that it seems to be well constructed---even if poorly conceived.
And now let's talk about the price. This jacket has no features that even remotely justify the very high price. I can find comparable jackets in the retail stores for half the price. And so I will. I'm boxing this thing up to send it back for a refund.
As bad as this ill-fitting jacket is, though, the very worst part of the whole thing is the willfully misleading ad copy from 511 Tactical. They know that there is no "system" that fits into or integrates with this jacket, yet they deliberately write their ads to suggest that you're getting something really special. I searched their website for this "TacTec System", and what I found were tactical chest rigs for breast plates and load bearing. This jacket is "compatible" with that in the same way that an oversized sweatshirt is "compatible" with it-----that is, you simply put it on OVER the chest rig. The way the product description is written (Hidden document pockets at the chest offer ample and covert storage along with TacTec System™ compatibility that allows you to customize your accessory storage quickly and easily.), one gets the distinct idea that this is a jacket designed to carry/store accessories. Where I come from, this is called "fraud and misrepresentation". But at 511, they're awfully proud of it.
I wrote them to voice the same complains you have just read, and this was their response:
I am sorry to learn that you are disappointed with the Aggressor Parka. This is a solid jacket as it's rated over 4 stars on Amazon.com as well as our own website. I understand that the Aggressor Parka is not for everyone though and if you are truly unhappy with it I would recommend for you to return it back to Amazon for the reasons provided.
We appreciate the feedback and will direct it to our designers for future consideration.
There was nothing about editing the ad copy to match the reality of the jacket, nor any apology for the false impression that it gives. Nor any acknowledgement that there is not really any particular "compatibility" with these load-bearing systems.
So I think I'm done with 511 Tactical. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice---well, you won't have another opportunity.
I wore this jacket mostly when out in the rainy outdoors and snowboarding. Its too loud for hunting. The inner fleece is real nice, but, the outer shell is a waste of money. The pockets are positioned in such an unergonomic way. The zippers on the pockets are junk! They're small, weak and fragile. But, the main zippers are YKK, and robust. Waterproofing wore off after about a year, and no longer beads water off, but, slowly absorbs. The stitching is weak in areas and comes apart easily. The hood is nice, but, way too big, unless, you are wearing a helmet. The adjustment strap on the hood is not adjustable enough to get the hood sitting right on your head. The CCW pocket is a great idea. Its really too bad that most guns (even slim subcompacts) print more than Im comfortable wearing in public. But, its a great pocket for maps, gps, Ipad mini etc... The length is perfect. Long enough without being restricting. A great concept, just a poor design.
IM HAPPY 2 HAVE THE AGGRESSOR PARKA IN TUNDRA !!
I have a black 5.11 parka that is 5years old and
still looks great. I purchased this one because I wanted a different color. Would not trade them for
great pockets for K-9 training (toy or food reward). Versatile liner can be worn separately when the weather permits. Super warm and the fit is right on.
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