5.11 TDU Trousers
- By John Fenna
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- Last updated: 08/02/2017
When I saw the name of these trousers, Stryke TDU, I was expecting them to be something more like a standard TDU/BDU/Combat trouser design made in 5.11’s Flex-Tac ripstop, mechanical 2-way stretch fabric but the Stryke TDU Trousers are so much more! It looks like everything has been redesigned from the ground up to make the Stryke TDUs more durable, practical and better fitting than any other combat trousers, with a host of details and features to make them stand out from the crowd.
Starting with the fabric: The Stryke TDUs are constructed from 5.11’s patented Flex-Tac ripstop polycotton that has a builtin mechanical stretch in a 6.76oz 80% polyester 20% cotton mix with extra stretch 87% polyester 13% Spandex panels behind the articulated knees, at the waist, and in the pocket panel, for improved fit and freedom of movement combined with durability.
Now onto features. As well as the extra stretch panels, the Stryke TDUs have articulated knees with knee pad pockets that close with Velcro on their lower edge on the outside of the trouser leg for ease of use. Even without the knee pads (bought separately) the TDU knees are double thickness for extra durability and wear resistance. The hems at the bottom of the trouser legs have a draw cord fitted to allow blousing, while the crotch has a diamond gusset for freedom of movement and the seat is double thickness for durability. The seat also has two slightly canted pockets with mesh bags in asymmetric pocket flaps, while the thigh cargo pockets are set high to avoid interfering with knee action, and canted forward for ease of access. The cargo pockets are big, 23cm square with bellows and asymmetric pleats to give huge capacity. The asymmetric pocket flaps close with Velcro and have a gap in the stitching to accommodate longer items (radio, antennae, pens etc.) kept in the thigh pocket. Inside the pockets are dividers giving two pockets some 11cm wide x 18cm deep and the dividers are made of Velcro compatible fabric to enable you to Velcro other kit into the pocket. The front bag pockets are deep and roomy and made from the super stretch fabric and mesh and have reinforced ‘knife clip’ guards on the lower edge of their opening.
The Stryke TDUs have a strong metal zip closed fly with a button closure on the flap behind the zip and a press stud waistband closure, while the deep waistband has seven belt loops and elasticated panels for a good fit. The trousers have a ‘yoke’ styling at the back, below the waist (a bit like good jeans) for a good fit. The quality of the ‘build’ of the Stryke TDUs is superb, with multiple sewn seams and bar tacks at stress points, while a Teflon finish gives these trousers an initial stain, soil and water resistance.
In testing, these 5.11 Stryke TDUs proved more comfortable, practical and good-looking than any other TDU/ BDU/Combat trousers I have used and are certainly tough enough to tackle hard usage. With all the sharp angles on style points, there is an echo of the look of a Stealth aircraft about the trousers… If I have any gripe about the trousers, it is that the modern, lower cut waist and shorter 5.5-inch fly zip do not suit my figure as well as the other 5.11 TDUs with their more traditional cut and 7.5-inch zip. Other than that minor, personal, moan, I found the 5.11 Stryke TDUs to be tough, practical and comfortable, wind-resistant, yet breathable enough to wear in warm environments and well up to use in the woods.
Available in sizes 28 - 44, even inseams 30 - 36, in colours Black, Storm, TDU Khaki, TDU Green and Dark Navy, the 5:11 Stryke TDU trousers cost around £80.