5.11 Tactical Pants

I recently bought two pairs of 5.11 Taclite Pro Pants and so far I like them, for the most part. I bought these pants because I wanted a pair of pants that could be worn in an office environment but could also be used to hike, fish, hunt and camp in. For me, pants must have plenty of pockets and these sure do.  I never really cared for slant pockets with Velcro closures for back pockets but this is personal taste. Also the cell phone pocket is too small for most cell phones today but it works great for multi-tools, which is what I use mine for. One other issue I have with them is the low cut or baggy seat. I would much prefer a regular fit in the seat of the pants. Every time you go to sit down or squat down you have to pull up on the pants. It sort of becomes annoying.

I do like the look of them and they are great for office wear. I also love the versatility of these pants. The pants seem to be made very well and hold up to wear and tear quite well. I also like that these pants are only 35% cotton and 65% polyester. Most of the other tactical pants that I am aware of are either 100% rip stop cotton or only a 50/50 blend. These pants are also treated to resist stains, which is a big plus. Here is 5.11’s website info for these pants

Purpose Built

Modeled after our legendary Tactical Pant, the Taclite™ Pro Pant offers all the quality and utility you expect from premium 5.11 apparel. Like our Taclite TDU ripstop tactical pants, the Taclite Pro Pant is crafted from authentic Taclite poly/cotton ripstop fabric for outstanding comfort and performance in hot or humid climates, and features triple stitch reinforcements and extensive bartacking for maximum durability. An action waistband and full gusseted crotch provide complete freedom of movement, while a Teflon® fabric treatment protects against stains, spills, and soil. A double thick seat and knees enhance protection and resilience, the seven pocket configuration includes our signature strap and slash rear pockets, and an integrated D-ring at the hip holds your keys or ID. When you need full featured ripstop cargo pants that won’t slow you down, 5.11 Taclite Pro Pants are the ideal choice.


  • Lightweight, breathable, comfortable
  • Ideal for hunting, hiking, and outdoor activities
  • Seven pocket configuration
  • Signature 5.11 strap and slash rear pockets
  • Teflon treatment for stain, soil, and spill resistance
  • Action waistband
  • Full gusseted crotch
  • Hip-mounted D-ring holds keys or ID


  • 6.14 oz. Taclite poly/cotton ripstop fabric
  • 48 individual bartacks in high stress areas
  • Double thick seat and knees (kneepad ready)
  • Triple-stitch reinforcement
  • Draw cord openings at bottom hem
  • YKK® zippers
  • Prym® snaps

I do like these pants a lot and can overlook the cons I mentioned above. If you are looking for good quality tactical pants that can also be worn in an office environment, these would be great and I do recommend them. I will also be ordering some of their Ripstop TDU Pants soon. I like that these ones have normal back pockets and the seat cut looks a little better. I will let you know what I think about them. Any of 5.11’s pants would be perfect to wear all day at the office (obviously not the camo unless you are in the military) and then be able to head straight out into the wilderness without needing to change. That’s a priceless quality in my mind. The only thing I wish 5.11 would do differently is to make the ripstop TDU pants with the extra front pockets that are on the Taclite Pro Pants and use snaps or buttons instead of Velcro for the cargo pockets and back pockets. A guy can dream can’t he? If you are in the market for some good quality tactical pants then I recommend that you go checkout 5.11’s website. There are lots of good reviews for all of their products right on their website. Do you own any 5.11 clothing or gear and what are the pros and cons of that clothing and or gear? Again, I like the versatility and quality of the 5.11 Taclite Pro Pants and I look forward to testing out some of their other tactical pants.

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