511 Chameleon Jacket
By: John Fenna
John Fenna tries the versatile Chameleon jacket from 5.11
The 5.11 Chameleon Jacket is a 100% polyester bonded soft shell that is a stylish combination of contemporary style and fi t with practical, comfortable functionality. As with the majority of soft shell jackets, you get a good level of wind and water resistance and warmth, making it a great jacket to wear in changeable weather and on cool spring and summer evenings.
The jacket features a high fleecy lined collar, a fulllength front zip with a fl eecy and comfortable zip “garage” and chin guard at the top, elasticated Velcro tab adjusted cuffs, twin lower handwarmer pockets with almost vertical zip closures, twin chest pockets with horizontal zip closures under a stiffened flap formed from the yoke, and a left arm pocket with a water-resistant vertical zip.
Inside the jacket the body is lined with mesh fabric to aid breathability and on the left chest there is a diagonally angled opening “security pocket” with a Velcro closure faced by 2 open angle-topped pockets.
The hem of this hip length jacket is long at the back to cover the lower back and has an elasticated drawcord. The detailing of the jacket is superb. The ends of the hem drawcord not only has locking adjusters, but the tails are tucked away to the inside of the hand-warmer pockets so you not only have no annoying dangly bits, but you can tighten the hem without taking your hands out of your pockets! On top of that, the end of the drawcord in the left pocket is fitted with a key clip!
The chest pockets have mesh bags, so leaving the zips open will increase ventilation – ideal for warm wet conditions. A zip runs across the back of the jacket, hidden under the stiffened edge of the yoke, allowing even more ventilation.
Inside the chest and back zips you fi nd printable and removable ID panels designed for law enforcement/ security use, which may not be of great interest to most shooters, but as they are only held in place by Velcro, can be discarded with ease.
Eyelets in the pockets allow you to run earpiece cords from MP3s, walkie talkies etc. inside the jacket for convenience.
The Chameleon Jacket is made to the highest standards with superb detailing and is tough, practical and is as easy to wear in the fi eld as it is in town. Available in Moss/Black, Black or Dark Navy in sizes XS-3XL, the 5.11 Chameleon Softshell Jacket is truly practical and costs around £100.
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