SHOT Show 2016: 5.11 Roundup

5.11 is well-known for their well-made tactical apparel and gear. As one would expect from a respected company with such a solid reputation, the products being showcased at this year’s SHOT Show are fantastic as always. Let’s take a look at a few of their biggest items for 2016.

Havoc 30

This new pack is a less tactical-appearing version of the existing RUSH bag line which enables fans of those bags to use them without tipping off strangers that they’re tactically minded. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s not, especially when you consider certain factors. Of course, it’s also a great pack, versatile, roomy, and comfortable. It’s durable and capable of withstanding heavy use. Even better it includes a pocket for a ballistic plate, allowing you to carry around a fantastic level of protection without tipping your tactical hand to onlookers.

Built as an urban version of 5.11’s best-selling RUSH™ bag series, the new Havoc 30 is a low profile, lightweight and durable load carry solution. The Havoc is made from highly resilient nylon and incorporates quick access waist belt magazine pockets, zip secured double AR magazine/water bottle pockets and admin pockets providing plenty of storage options. The pack’s 1.5” waist belt is removable and holster compatible allowing for end-use customization. It is also fully compatible with 5.11 Tactical Zero-G Plates™. A laser-cut MOLLE platform and padded eyewear pocket provide further customization with 5.11 pouches and added storage capability. (Available in black, double tap, sandstone and storm. Retail price: $149.99).

Speed 3.0 Boots

511 SoleThe first piece of apparel I ever had from 5.11 was a pair of boots, and those boots won me over for life. These new boots are being manufactured on the foundation built by the company’s past Speed boots, the EVO and ATAC. They include interesting features such as angled grooves at the toe of the boot’s soles specifically designed for climbing fences and trees.

5.11 updated the Speed family of boots to be lighter and perform under the extreme conditions found while on duty, at the range, exploring the backcountry or the jungle. The Speed series offers the structure and support of a full-sized tactical boot on a quick and agile platform. 5.11 now offers 3 versions in the Speed boot series:

  • Speed 3.0 5” Boots – A more durable version of the Speed boot based on feedback received from the field, the 3.0 provides solid performance you would expect from a tactical boot designed for the rigors of duty work associated with First Responders. The Speed 3.0 boot has a completely new cupsole platform with forefront fence climbing lugs plus broad and supporting multi-directional lugs with oil and slip resistance for sure-footed traction. The 3.0 also features an Agion Antimicrobial® lining, an OrthoLite® insole plus a strobe sock for additional cushioning, support and long-term comfort. (Sizes 4,5,6-12,13,14,15 Regular and 7-12,13,14 Wide; Retail price: $89.99 / Black)
  • Speed 3.0 8” Side-Zip Boot – With all the features found in the Speed 3.0 5” Boot, the Side-Zip comes in an 8 inch height with a YKK® side zipper for easy on and off. (Sizes 4, 5, 6-12,13,14.15 Regular and 7-12,13,14 Wide; Retail price: $94.99 / Black.)

Speed 3.0 Jungle Boots – The Speed 3.0 Jungle Boot adds innovative quick-dry synthetic leather technology along with an entirely new jungle cupsole platform with self-cleaning lugs. The 3.0 also features Agion® Antimicrobial® lining and OrthoLite® insole and strobe sock for additional cushioning, support and long-term comfort. (Sizes 4,5,6-12,13,14,15 Regular and 7-12,13,14 Wide; Retail price: $94.99) Offered in black and dark coyote.

Raven Range Tight and Capri

This year 5.11 is making an interesting addition to their women’s apparel offerings. They may look like leggings or yoga pants, but they’re so much more. These are comfortable, close-fitting tactical pants with deep mag pockets, wide belt loops made for gun belts, and reinforced knees. Suffice to say these are not the leggings you see at your local coffee shop; these are tactical pants made specifically for dedicated female shooters who want to be comfortable while they shoot. This is a nice innovation to see coming from 5.11.

Bringing an innovative and tactical perspective on the popular yoga pant, 5.11 is launching two high-quality pant options for women – the Raven Range Tight and Capri. Constructed from flexible and comfortable “ponte di roma” fabric, both pants have a smooth finish for a sleek look. Additionally, the new Range Raven pant offers a wide elastic waistband, belt loops and abrasion-resistant panels to support and prevent fabric wear with a gun belt and holster. (Capri available in tundra and black. Retail price: $89.99. Tight available in tundra and black. Retail price: $94.99) 

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

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Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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