Product Review: 5.11 Tactical Pants

Some brands are known for flashy new products, others for their marketing. We trust the brands that continue to produce high quality equipment and gear year in and out – which is why we love 5.11 tactical pants. They’ve been producing durable and functional pants for years, and know that no matter if you are on the clock or on the range, the best kind of tactical pants should enhance your ability to get the job done.

From EMS to police pants, we’ve reviewed some of the best tactical pants for men from this tried-and-true brand.

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5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants

511 stryke pantsYou can’t write about tactical pants and not mention 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants. These pants have every feature you’d want in a pair of tactical pants. They are lightweight, durable and have plenty of pockets for storage. 

Their durability is what really makes them a solid choice for any operation. They are made from Flex-Tax ripstop fabric and treated with a special Teflon fabric that adds an additional layer of protection against moisture and soil. There’s also bartacking woven into major stress points for optimum reinforcement.

Beyond their durability, these pants have all types of storage—a total of 12 pockets in all. The cargo pockets are double-deep and double-reinforced so you can carry your gear inconspicuously. There’s also a flashlight pocket at the rear thigh and secure zip secondary pockets.

If you are looking for a solid pair of tactical pants, these set the standard—at a price you can’t beat.

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5.11 Tactical EMS Pants

511 ems pantsThe 5.11 Tactical Taclite EMS Pants deliver a high-quality tactical option for warm weather wear. As an EMS, we know your job is far from predictable and you can’t waste precious seconds looking for gear. That’s why the cargo pockets are specifically engineered for easy access and a customizable loadout.  

Similarly, the Taclite rip stop fabric allows for full mobility without compromising on durability. Whatever the job commands, these pants are ready to maneuver with you, so you can focus on the task at hand.

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5.11 XPRT Tactical Pants

511 xprt pantsNeed something a bit more extreme? The 5.11 XPRT Tactical Pants were designed with the help of leading law enforcement and military operators. These are 5.11’s most functional tactical pants to date.

In terms of durability, the pants are constructed using their innovative blend of Cordura NYCO Tactical nylon blend, meaning they’ll survive much more than your average bumps and scrapes. Plus, the fabric is no-melt and no-fade. We said innovative for a reason. This material didn’t exist until 5.11 specifically engineered it for this line.

To add even more toughness, the pants are finished with Teflon and lined with Kevlar Interlock. And for some added insurance, the pants also come with articulated knee pads that fit the 5.11’s ENDO.K internal knee pads.

When it comes to storage, we haven’t read a review or experienced for ourselves how well constructed and designed the pockets are. Believe us when we say, each pocket was designed with purpose. The cargo, rear, and lower leg pockets have magnetic closure for easy access and each front pocket comes with a Cordura nylon knife reinforcement. That’s 16 total pockets for storage.

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Want to Learn More About Tactical Pants?

Check out our Tactical Pants Guide. We explore the different types of tactical pants as well as the features you should consider when looking for the perfect pair.

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