I was very excited to get these pants, as I work at a gun store and we IWB carry everyday. I was excited for all the pockets for my knives and other various items, but the moment I put them on I knew there was a problem. They fit around the waist ok, but the seam that goes through the seat must desperately want to be a thong... Suffice it to say that my parts were immediately uncomfortable, and I was just standing still. I'm a skinny guy (6,3 and about 200 pounds) and while I've experienced some tight pants before, these have the smallest seat I've seen in a pair of 34X34 pants. Try them on first if you can, unfortunately I ordered offline...
Excellent Every Day Wear
I just bought my first pair of these pants recently. They are extremely comfortable. I’m a 38” 32” and they are the perfect fit. And i love the look of these pants. I am a LEO and wear issued 5.11 PDU pants for general duties as well as stryke pants for tactical duties. So suffice to say i spend a great deal of my time in 5.11 and such i feel extremely comfortable wearing these pants on my off hours and to the range.
The cons are that they are a light pant and I don’t feel they will be as durable as at the PDU or TDU pants i also have. But that is the trade off. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t doubt these pants will last me for quite some time to come.
Overall i am very happy with this purchase and these have now become part of my daily “civi” wear
I bought two pairs of these pants to use for work as a hospital security officer, and not even 3 months into wearing Pair 1 on one day and Pair 2 the next, the crotch has become worn down to strings. Not as durable as 5.11's usual products, which is disappointing.
I received these expecting less than what I should have in these pants. They are comfortable, tough, and look fine in a casual office setting. Great flexibility and they don't look like thin hiking pants. I would recommend to anyone that is tired of cotton khakis.
These pants are fantastic pants. They can pass as ordinary slacks at a distance (obviously up close the rip-stop material gives it away, but very few people notice it) and they are very comfortable. They are water resistant, not waterproof. I work in an ice rink and when filling or driving the Zambonis I tend to get wet either from filling them or from snow blowing out of the tank on me, but the water beads up and wipes off. Now if you go and jump in a pool with them they will get wet, but small amounts will just wipe off. Lastly, they are very rugged. I've dropped skates and other types of blades that glanced off my leg and they still look as if I just bought them. Great job 5.11, keep up the good work.
Fit was great in the waist, seat, and thigh. The lower leg was a little baggier than I'd prefer, and I’d want to hem the inseam about an inch if I still wore them around as casual pants but...
They are not durable at all. Not even a month into owning them I was camping and took a little tumble down an small (Iowan) hill and the right thigh below the pocket was shredded. There was enough fabric intact that I could wear them without exposing too much boxer, but they are now relegated to painting and other house chores. That “durable, rip-stop fabric” is not either of those. Definitely would not buy again. Their “5.11 Tactical Pant" is the only pant of the 4 I have that did not rip or tear within a month or two of owning them, which leads me to believe that they are over-hyping the capabilities/construction of their ‘casual’ pants, which is a shame since I don’t want to walk around as a mall ninja all the time.
Literally the most bad-ass pair of pants I own. I have a pair in slate gray and one in black (I like to call them "blacktical"!) . My job requires a LOT of moving around in about every condition on earth, and these pants are the only ones I haven't had to replace yet. Granted, they aren't indestructible, but they're damn close. My spare mags fit perfectly and comfortably in the spare back pockets and my hand torch and folder knife stay put in the front ones, and, after just over a year, the stitching is still intact. Only downside is they are a tad bit pricey but WELL worth it! Fine job 5.11, very fine job.
I really wanted to love these pants but there are some design flaws that must be addressed.
Fit- way to "tight" for my comfort level and I'm a fit/skinny guy. They fit more like skinny jeans and I don't like that at all.
Length- I'm tall and the 36" inseam is more like a 34. This was a huge deal breaker
Pockets- Absolutely the worst. There's no way you can access anything inside the front pockets when seated and its difficult to access the top front pockets even when standing if there is anything on your belt. We're cops here so I have a badge, mags and holsters that all prevent you from getting into your front pockets.
I got 2 pairs of these pants in battle brown and stone. I work at a hospital non-clinical side I needed a pant that was tough but looked casual and well I have found them. These pants are amazing just enough pockets for my things and they don’t look super tactical. The one problem I have is well the pants I have are the exact same size waist and length the battle brown pair fit like a well worn glove but the ones in stone feel and look a little baggy on me and I’m not sure why maybe my eyes are deceiving me maybe it’s the color but that’s why I didn’t give them 5 stars but other than that I’m definitely gonna buy more.
I bought a pair of Ridgeline trousers, in black, to try. After wearing them a few times I was certain that these would be my new go to trousers for everyday wear; so, I bought another pair in black and two pairs in stone about 2 weeks later. I have worn them to work every day, Monday to Friday, since February 2017. Six months in, the trousers are holding up well with no signs of wear.
Monday to Friday, I work in an office (IT Consultant). I pair the Ridgelines with a white button-down shirt, preferably untucked. With more traditional customers, the shirt is tucked in and I lean towards the black trousers as they're a bit 'dressier'. You can wear a blazer with the stone colour, and it's a decent business casual look. I avoid ties at all costs.
On the weekends, they look good anywhere and work well with a simple t-shirt or golf shirt. They're just a touch classier than a pair of jeans.
I'm 6'3" and about 280lbs. I like the lower waist - definitely not 'dad pants'. The flex fabric makes them comfortable to sit in – and I often sit all day. They do tend to wrinkle more than I'd like when sitting for long periods. The fabric repels small spills and light rain. When they do get wet, they dry very quickly. They're nice and cool in hot weather; much more comfortable than jeans or traditional khakis. The Ridgelines are easily laundered, colourfast, and do not require ironing - which is nice as I travel a lot and prefer not to look like I slept in my clothes. I sometimes hang the trousers in the bathroom when I shower and the steam gets rid of the more serious wrinkles.
I live in Germany, so ‘carry’ is a bit of a no-no and draws the eye and attention of law enforcement. I don't carry much on my person;
- simple wallet, rear right pocket
- mobile phone, rear right top pocket
- SOG Trident Elite, front right small pocket
- Fenix PD35 tactical light, rear left top pocket
- Böker iPlus tactical pen, front left main pocket
Everything else is in my EDC bag (MOAB 10). I've never had any problems with the pockets holding their contents and no one has ever noticed or questioned what is in my pockets.
I love these pants. Please 5.11, don't change them and screw them up ;-)
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