The bulk of 5.11 Tactical® pants are wash–and–go, but there are a few things you can do to prolong your favorite gear’s lifespan and eradicate all the dirt, grime, grease, and other contaminants you pick up while you’re on the job, at the range, or in the field.
If you bought them from 5.11‚ your pants will be labeled with the best washing practices, whether they’re the 5.11 Stryke™ Pants, a pair of Taclite® Pro Pants, or another popular style. Because most tactical pants are designed to wash–and–wear, you don’t have to do much to keep them looking their best. Use these instructions to get the most from every pair:
Most of 5.11’s tactical pants can be tumbled dry on a low–heat setting without sacrificing quality‚ but always check the manufacturer’s instructions before throwing your pants in the dryer. Again‚ avoid using high–heat cycles to your keep pants colorfast. Remove your pants from the dryer as soon as they’re finished drying, and fold or hang them up immediately to prevent wrinkles from settling into the fabric.
If you need to hang–dry your tactical pants‚ use these tips to make it go smoothly and efficiently:
Keep in mind that drip–drying may leave your tactical pants stiffer than tumble–drying‚ but a quality pair will break in and stay comfortable for years when cared for properly.
Some tactical pants include special hardware and fasteners‚ which can wear down or stop working properly if you don’t take the right precautions. Use these tips to take special care of tactical pants with Velcro® or hook–and–pile fasteners:
Fire–resistant pants require special care, too. You should never dry–clean your fire–resistant pants because the solvents involved in dry–cleaning can damage the pants and remove the protectivecoating. Add these special tips to the general instructions above to properly wash your fire–resistant tactical pants:
Remember‚ always wash your tactical pants according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid using hot water‚ fabric softener‚ bleach‚ or other harmful chemicals‚ and your pants should look and perform like you need them to for years to come.