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Updated on March 18, 2014
Not only is 5.11 Tactical famous for its tactical pants, but also the company was built around this flagship product. Originally designed by mountaineer Liz Robbins for outdoor clothing company Royal Robbins, the pants known as “5.11s” were built for rock-climbing enthusiasts. The name refers to the most strenuous rock climbing difficulty. Dan Costa purchased the outdoor gear company and later sold it to found 5.11 Tactical. Costa identified that the 5.11 turned out to be the perfect pants for a number of high-pressure situations requiring serious mobility and began to market it toward FBI professionals.
Years later, and 5.11 is still a top brand in the tactical pants market. This month’s staff pick, the 5.11 Taclite Pro Pants, are modeled off the legendary original design but with a lightweight 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Ripstop fabric, making them ideal for warmer weather.
Staff Member: Jacob Grass
Job Title: Chief Technology Officer
His Pick: 5.11 Taclite Pro Pants
Our Price: $49.99
Colors: Battle Brown, Black, Charcoal, Coyote Brown, Dark Navy, Stone, Storm, TDU Green, TDU Khaki and Tundra.
Jacob Grass, our chief technology officer, is partial to these pants. Although significantly lighter than the original pants, the Taclite Pro boasts all the same features, including eight pockets and reinforced seat and knees.
“While I’m not a tactical guy in a tactical field, I do a fair amount of yard work and other outdoor projects,” Grass says. “These pants are perfect for that type of activity. Plenty of pockets for any necessary tools, breathable so as not to melt in the heat of summer and sturdy enough to protect me from getting scratched up by thorns or branches.”
A Teflon water-repellent protects against stains, spills and soils. The deep front and back pockets as well as the wide cargo pockets offer plenty of intelligent storage options. Smaller pockets on both thighs are the perfect dimensions to each fit either a magazine or cellphone. To ensure a long-lasting durability, each pair is sewn with triple-stitch reinforcements and extensive bartacking.
Whether you’re hunting, hiking, shooting, rock-climbing or on duty, Taclite Pro pants are well-equipped for whatever you throw at them.
What do you think of the Taclite Pro Pants? Let us know in the comment section below.