I have extensive experience with the 5.11 Taclite Pro pants. Since I started EMS it’s the only pants I’ve ever worn on the job. They are lightweight and durable as well as long lasting. Personally, I own five pairs of pants of them from black to camo, not to mention the other 6 pairs of 5.11 EMS pants I have issued from my Department.
The 5.11 brand was originally designed for hikers and the name comes from a certain difficulty level in mountaineering. Matter of fact, the first pants they made were actually shorts meant for hiking. The strap on the back of the popular pants is an old holdover from those days. It’s meant to hold carabiners and climber’s winches. I’ve found it useful for throwing my work radio in my back pocket and keeping the antenna tucked in close so that it doesn’t snag on things.
Working in the pants you can get punctures in the fabric. In typical pants, they would tear and fray over time. With the rip-stop fabric, it lives up to its name. Basically, there’s a larger thread sewn in a grid pattern. As the hole or cut expands it hits the larger thread and then stops the tear. Even if there is a large cut in the pants, it shouldn’t go any further.
The Realtree version that I have is covered in a special coating that prevents blood from soaking into the fabric. I’ve worn them solidly for the past two deer seasons to great effect. The pattern holds well and they haven’t faded at all. Even the coating has stood the test.
Personally, these are some of the best pants on the market. I’d rate these at a solid 5/5. They are durable, strong, and have enough pockets to hold all of your gear. From a preparedness perspective, they are great for your EDC gear. From carrying extra mags for your pistol to shoving a medkit and gloves in the pockets, they make a great addition to any person’s closet. I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t think that they weren’t worth their money.