5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
Most of us have had a pair of 5:11 Tactical pants in our gear setup for years, and let’s face it they have built up a very strong following as the “classic” tactical cargo for a very good reason. It’s great to see 5:11 coming out with new models given changing fabric technology though.
The Stryke Pant are a superb new cargo model, in fact I’d go as far as saying that they are the next generation of the classic 5.11 trouser that’s been with us for many moons already.
The trousers feature Flex-Tac which is a revolutionary fabric utilising proprietary fibres that has been developed exclusively for 5.11. 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 is superior to other cotton/spandex fabrics currently available on the market. There’s also a great stretch area in the waistband that makes them very comfortable to wear, even when you’re bending and stretching.
The Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac is soil, stain and fade resistant, and comes out of the wash ready-to-wear with no need for ironing. There are 10 pockets in all; 2 off-seam side pockets, 2 accessory pockets on each side, 2 back flap Velcro secured wallet pockets, and low slanted cargo pockets with easy accessibility are featured on each leg. This cargo pocket design is very different from what I’ve seen on other 5:11 pant models, closer fitting to the overall shape so they are not quite so obviously “tactical”, although all the function is retained.
The knees are discreetly reinforced with knee pad access inside. The self adjusting comfort waist and host of features will make these a firm favourite, and I can see these becoming a “must have” as they’re available in both ladies and gents fit!
I received a pair in the new Battle Brown colour way and I really like the tone of this; it’s very different from the “traditional” khaki, tan, or coyote, again not quite so obviously “tactical”, but certainly an excellent colour if you do need some concealment. That said, all the traditional colours are still available. Overall I’m very impressed with the Stryke Pant, and I look forward to seeing what 5:11 Tactical come up with next!