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Style# 73334

Apex Short

Average rating of 80%

Purpose Built

Inspired by our durable and comfortable Apex Pant, the Apex Short combines the same precision engineering, functional design, and resilient construction, in a smaller package, and is ideal for tactical, casual, or covert wear.

Features and Benefits

  • Internal cargo pouch magazine pockets
  • Twin back yoke magazine pockets
  • Flex cuff pocket inside waist


  • 6.4 oz. Flex-Tac® mechanical stretch canvas
  • Handcuff key pocket inside rear waist
  • Teflon® treated to repel stains, soil, and moisture
  • Gusseted construction
  • Comfort waistband
  • Deep cargo pockets with clean interior finish
  • Reinforced knife clip area
  • Seven reinforced belt loops
  • Bartacking at key stress locations
  • Genuine YKK® zipper hardware
  • Imported
Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews

 4 average rating

(based on 4 reviews)

80 %

I bought three

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Ron


Look, these are great shorts and are some of the best I have owned. They feel great and look good too. I get why there are pockets within pockets, but it’s annoying at times. There are two pockets within the zippered pockets. My small wallet, if placed in the wrong pocket is a pain to get out. In addition, when putting my phone in the rear pocket, it often gets caught up in the smaller pocket inside. Obviously this has not detured me from buying three pairs and I’m not suggesting 5.11 do something about the pockets. Just passing along my experience with the shorts.
A snap rather then a button would have been the best choice and I would change that. I have purchased a number of different 5.11 shorts. All good but I have to say these (for me) are the best.

almost perfect

 Rated 4.0 stars

From casual user


Almost... Everything so far about these shorts makes my appreciate how much they retail for. At first I was concerned why I was about to pay as much as full length pants for a pair of shorts. Now, after a few times wearing them all over the place I'm happy with my expense. The pockets all seem to be in the right place, the stretch allows for a full meal, and the material rejects moisture like a duck. The only problem I have with these shorts is the stitching inside the rear waistline is awfully scratchy. Since tucking a shirt into shorts defeats the purpose of dressing for the weather, this is a problem. Please try to smooth this out in future updates!

The Best Shorts I Own

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Michael


I just bought my 2nd pair. I'm 6'3 240lbs and these are the best shorts I have. They're very comfortable and the design allows for free ease of movement. No bunching or restricting. Excellent with IWB carry or out at the golf course. Highly recommend.

Just okay, not great.

 Rated 3.0 stars

From RoadDog


The material on these are great. Soft, comfortable, but with some strength to the fabric. I have 3 other styles of 511 short, but these are not my favorite. Actually, out of the 3, 511 has yet to make a home run with me. The dividers in the cargo pockets are great because they are bigger than other styles, but, putting a pistol magazine in one "prints" it in the pocket so you can tell whats in there. These also seem to ride low on the hips. Not good if you are going to be putting weight in the pockets. Not a fan of the zipper cargo pockets. They open and close better than I thought, but depending on your position, not very fast getting in and out. I carry an IWB medium size pistol, one magazine, a wallet, an ID case, a very small clip knife, handcuffs, a small clip on OC canister and a full size cell phone. I can slide a magazine or OC can in one of the small sub pockets built into the rear back pockets, but that only works standing. Sitting and up and down, things tend to slip out. My Samsung Note 4 in a case sticks out the back pocket, it is not deep enough to take the whole phone. These are just not the super storage shorts they claim to be. Also not a fan of the button fly. While it is secured with a looped piece of nylon web, its floppy. Why not a snap like the classic 511 shorts?

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