5.11 Stryke TDU Clothing
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- Last updated: 26/09/2017
I’ve been wearing 5:11 gear, especially their awesome tactical trousers for more years than I care to remember, and when I lived in the USA the fact that there was a 5:11 store within a mile or so of my house was a real drain on the wallet. 5:11 are one of the originators of the whole ‘tactical look’, and although, like many manufacturers, they went through a period in the doldrums in relation to their designs, this has all changed again and they are back with a bang!
Not only have they upped their game in relation to design, but they’ve also looked to the very latest trends in camouflage patterns and colourways to make sure that they are hitting the right note. The whole ‘Grey Thing’ has been another of those trends in the tactical world that has just caught on, and virtually every manufacturer out there have their ‘Wolf/ Slate/Storm/Frost’ or simply put, grey!
Now, the idea behind this is a straightforward one; in today’s modern, urban environment, we have a lot of concrete and tarmac, so grey is an obvious choice to ‘blend in’ to the background. Previously, Real-world tactical teams would inevitably be drawn the traditional ‘black gear; in reality, black actually sticks out like a sore thumb in most urban situations, as black is not a naturally occurring colour. Are shadows black, is it black at night? You could argue that in both cases the answer would be yes, but in reality, if you’ll pardon the expression, it’s all shades of grey.
Arc’teryx LEAF in fairness were probably the first of the ‘Big Names’ to drive this forward in any meaningful way, but others were lightning fast to follow their lead and numerous manufacturers came together to create mutually supportive and compatible clothing and tactical gear that all worked well together.
5:11 Tactical though took their time about things. They are a huge international company that have the luxury of being able to really work things through, rather than just jumping on the bandwagon for the sake of a quick buck. As much as 5:11 gear has always been popular with airsofters, they really do build for the ‘real world’, so every single thing that they make has to be 100% fit for purpose. No corners are cut in terms of fabrics, materials and construction, so when you buy into 5:11 you really are getting the ‘real deal’, not a Far Eastern copy that’s going to come apart just because you look at it!
Enter the 5:11 STRYKE Tactical Duty Uniform (TDU)! This uniform is really a three-component set that gives a lot of flexibility. Crafted from highly durable 4.84oz. Flex-Tac mechanical stretch fabric and treated with DuPont Teflon Shield+ fabric protector for superb stain, liquid and soil resistance, the new Stryke TDU Shirt from 5.11 features two canted front chest pockets and sleeve pockets for increased storage, hidden document pocket, together with Velcro adjustable cuffs and mandarin collar for a truly personalised fit and overall comfort. Additionally, the Stryke TDU Shirt comes with a YKK concealed zip front, reinforced articulated elbows for added durability, loop patch platform and an epaulette kit, which can be sewn on where you want them.
This highly practical shirt features the Flex-Tac, a revolutionary fabric utilising proprietary fibres and developed exclusively for 5.11 Tactical. The lightweight, breathable, Poly-cotton Ripstop incorporates mechanical stretch yarns, meaning the stretch and recovery of the fabric is achieved without the use of Spandex. As a result, the breathability, colour retention, and durability of the Flex-Tac are superior to other Cotton/ Spandex fabrics currently in the market.
If you favour more of a UBACS style shirt, the Stryke TDU Rapid Shirt is probably the one to go for. This new model has a torso made from a highly flexible blend of Polyester and Spandex material, and the shoulders and sleeves are made of an exclusive 4.84oz. Flex-Tac mechanical stretch fabric, again treated with Teflon.
Crafted from a specialised proprietary blend of mechanical stretch Polyester and cotton material, the new Stryke TDU Pants are perfect for general use; they are made from a specialised proprietary blend of mechanical stretch polyester and cotton material, and are the perfect partner for either of the shirt models. The TDU pants feature canted ergonomic cargo pockets, double layered articulated knees and fully gusseted crotch for superb freedom of movement in virtually any tactical situation. The TDU pants come with stretch panels at the waist and behind each knee, and are Teflon treated for stain, liquid and soil resistance, and enhanced bar tacking is used throughout for increased durability and longevity.
All the 5:11 clothing is beautifully put together from first rate materials and even though this is by no means the cheapest of gear, everything is going to last for some considerable time and will work in virtually any environment.
My thanks go to www.military1st.co.uk for providing the test samples. Please visit their excellent website for all your 5:11 Tactical needs and so much more!
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