5.11 Tactical Updates Most Popular Pants, Adds Others – SHOT Show 2019

5.11 Tactical pants fit well and get the job done

You are heading to a shooting competition and you realize you need some pants. While it is possible to compete in jeans, it is less than optimal. You start shopping and soon realize there are many “tacticool ballon pants” out there to choose from. 5.11 Tactical has offered great fitting pants with a function driven design for years. In 2019, they are updating some of their best sellers as well as introducing new products.

Apex pants are form fitting without being restrictive. The updated thigh pockets can be opened from a seated position.

Probably my favorite activewear pants are the 5.11 Apex series. They are more covert/low visibility than most tactical type pants, but they offer plenty of functional pockets (11). These can be worn about town without drawing unwanted attention.

The Apex is undergoing an update with a more athletic cut, and the zippered thigh pockets will now have a much different angle to allow entry while from a seated position. I use mine for photography assignments, kicking around town, and warm to cool weather hunting. To be able to grab a call or a range finder from the thigh pocket while seated is a welcome change. These will be offered in even waist sizes 28 to 44 and lengths from 30 to 36. Colors range from Ranger green, to black, khaki, and other popular shades. The updated version will be $79.99 and available this fall.

5.11 Stryke pants are tough and durable without being bulky.

The Stryke pants have been very popular, and now they will be improved. I’ve been using the original Stryke pants for 3-Gun competitions and they are just about perfect for that or any similar activity. The knees are articulated and reinforced. Similar to the Apex, the Stryke uses different fabrics in key places to either add mobility or increase durability. The first change is the angle of the small pockets on the front of the thigh. The slant cut makes them easier to access. Other dimensions have been changed to make them less boxy and more form fitting. Colors and sizes are similar to the Apex. Stryke pants will still be $74.99 and the updated version will be available this fall.

There were other pant styles released, which will be fully reviewed as soon as we can get our hands on them. For more info visit 5.11Tactical.com.

Updated cuts and features have been added to popular items. New pants (center) are also on the way.

***Buy and Sell on GunsAmerica! All Local Sales are FREE!***

About the author: Steve Gaspar has been writing for gun and hunting publications for over 20 years. He is an avid hunter, staunch 2A supporter, and occasional 3-gun competitor. His favorite outdoor activities are calling predators and shooting suppressed rifles.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Scouse July 15, 2019, 7:21 am

    No, don’t need any more 511s! No idea on how many I own, Khaki/Green/Black. My first pair from the Store in the FBI Academy. My Wife is expert with the too Expensive sewing Machine, I bought on sale at Sears. When she was away for two weeks!
    She stitches a seam straight down the front of the legs! Looks like you just pressed them. A quick run over with an iron, perfect.
    My I-Phone six sits in the phone pocket perfectly. Use Blue Tooth earpiece. The reinforced corners of the knife corners, do not wear, frequent flier reinforced belt perfect. Pickpocket-proof. Europe, England, Ireland? Fit right in. Have to leave my Glock at home. Love Florida.

    For all you native-born Americans! Forget Yankee fast food, eat Indian, and Pub Food. All the pubs sell stews!

    Have names like Guinness Stew! No, you can not taste beer! One order, ask for an extra plate! Plenty.
    Of course, a Pint of Guinness comes with!
    Finally had to retire the first pair of 511s! They just fell apart.

    Carry cash in side pockets, no need to pull Wallet out.

  • Karl Vanhooten February 4, 2019, 7:17 pm

    Forget 5.11 and try the KÜHL brand of active pants and other sportswear. Won’t waste your time with my experience, but skinny I’m not. Great pants. Look ’em up.

  • Shawn February 4, 2019, 10:47 am

    “More athletic cut cut” screams out tight fit, low waist, and body hugging pants so that the “girlie men” who want to impress the waitress or bar maid can show off their bodies.

    This is not what is needed. Very relaxed fit, longer “rise” and sizes more appropriate to those who work (as opposed to work out) when on the job is what is needed in tactical pants.

  • Jeremy Haynes February 4, 2019, 10:31 am

    I still don’t know why they stopped making shorts. They were super comfortable and awesome shorts for conceal carry. I live in Texas so long pants are not ideal some days in the middle of August

  • Mike February 4, 2019, 9:55 am

    I’m more than 150 pounds so I can’t wear anything they make.

  • Zupglick February 4, 2019, 8:11 am

    Now if they just made them for grown-up men.

    • al February 4, 2019, 9:03 am

      They do, not sure what that means, unless you’re referring to overweight men.
      The 32/32’s fit me like a glove, loose where it needs it, snug where it counts.
      My issue is the cell phone pocket, too small, too tight for those of us using Otter or Lifeproof cases.

      • Dr.Pepper February 4, 2019, 6:17 pm

        A lot of tactical Ted’s that need an active wear pants to search and assess the line at the McDonald’s to make sure the riffraff is kept at Bay. Orders 2 bigmac meals because “two is one”. For real though, there is probably a market reason 5.11 makes their $$$ active clothes in limited sizes, and the more regular clothes in size 48 pants.

Leave a Comment

Send this to a friend