5.11 Tactical provided us with a pair of their new Flex-Tac Stryke Series pants to review here on the blog. I had just ripped the knee out of a pair of my pants the morning that the 5.11 pants arrived…so their timing was perfect.
This is the first set of 5.11 pants that I’ve ever used and right out of the box I could tell that these pants were better quality than the pants I usually buy.
I’ve only had a chance to use these pants for a few days so this post is just going to go to give an overview of some of the features that set these pants apart from other tactical or uniform pants. We have also taken a few close-up photos that show some of the details that other sites don’t show you.
On to the review………..
The 5.11 pants use a metal snap along with a second button closure. They also have a YKK zipper fly (great for the folks like me that don’t like button fly). All stitching is top notch. The fabric used is 5.11’s new flexible rip-stop material. The new 5.11 ripstop is a comfortable fabric with noticeable stretch.
The Stryke pants have a reinforced tunnel waistband that allows about 1″ of stretch on each side.
All the pockets and belt loops are well stitched and reinforced. The leg pockets and hip pockets have cover flaps with velcro closures.
The hand pockets have a feature that I’ve never seen but have always wanted… there is an extra section of material sewn onto these pockets where a knife or light clip would be. This is my favorite detail about these pants, almost all of my pants are worn out in this area.
There are also 2 extra pockets on the front, one on each leg. These pockets are open top and large enough for cellphone (or a micrometer).
Both of the front belt loops have an additional loop designed to be a badge holder. They’re large enough to be used for other things if you don’t carry a badge.
The knees are reinforced with double fabric and have internal pockets for knee pads.
These pants are sharp looking as well. I would have no problem wearing them anywhere casual dress is appropriate.
I have had the chance to use these for a couple of days work. I am very pleased so far, they’ve worn great and felt cooler and lighter than my normal work pants.
The sizing is good but it did seem to me that they run slightly small in the waist. I normally wear a 34″ waist but tend to order one size larger when ordering online. These pants are a 36″ waist and are just slightly loose. The inseam is perfect.