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5.11 Tactical XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant Review

5.11 Tactical has been in the tactical gear and apparel industries for many years and they have a great reputation among airsofters looking at quality gear that won’t completely break their budgets. One of the most popular products they sell to airsoft gamers is the MultiCam TDU Pant. For just under $80 dollars, this pant has some great durability and construction quality that stands up to rugged gameplay. It was with great excitement that I saw they had announced the line of XPRT tactical apparel at SHOT Show 2017.  With a much higher price point, I was curious as to how they would hold up and compare to their lesser-expensive counterparts. 5.11 Tactical sent over a pair and I was able to find out.

In terms of design and layout, the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant is similar to its older sibling with some important deviations. First, the new XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant features 16 pockets! This time, you can even find pockets in the lower ankle areas of the pants! This pair of pants even features magnetic closures on the multiple cargo pockets so that you don’t end up making a bunch of noise like you could with Velcro or zippered pockets. The fabric is nice and durable, being very similar to the MultiCam TDU Pant, and I didn’t feel as though it would rip very easily – although, I should note that I did not purposely try and tear them just because they are an expensive pair of pants. The belt loops of the new XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant are nice and large to accommodate thicker rigger/gunner belts and the waistline of the pants features a nifty elastic adjustment system that enables the wearer to custom fit them to their particular dimensions. As an added bonus, there is a comfortable padding on the inside of the waistband to make wearing those thick belts a bit more comfortable.

The knee pad area of the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant has also been updated a bit. It more easily fits 5.11 Tactical’s new ENDO.K knee pad, a semi-rigid foam pad which I highly recommend. I squeezed these pads into my older MultiCam TDU Pants and simply love them – however, the fit is somewhat awkward. The new pocket is much more accommodating and shaped to these knee pads. you can still fit 5.11 Tactical’s softer knee pads in there if you like, but I highly recommend switching over to the ENDO.K pads.

The older MultiCam TDU pants tended to be a bit tight in the crotch – especially when in a crouched position. If posted up for a time, this could be pretty uncomfortable. The best way to combat this problem was to buy a size larger pair of pants than you would normally need. This gave the crotch area more material for stretching, and worked fine, except that the rest of the garment was a bit looser than I would prefer. Thankfully, this issue is now longer anything to worry about with the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant. 5.11 Tactical has replaced sections of the pants with a stretch fabric that moves with you and allows you to perform squatting and prone maneuvering without a problem.

The Good

  • Rugged construction
  • Stretch fabric where needed
  • Lots of pocket space
  • Adjustable waistline
  • Fits ENDO.K knee pads very well
The Bad

  • Price point
  • Magnetic closures tend to snap closed when you might want them to stay open

Overall, the biggest problem with the 5.11 Tactical XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant is its price point. At $269.99 the pants are more expensive than a set of Crye Precision G3 combat pants. Now, is the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant great and amazing: YES! If you can afford these pants, you should. However, for most airsoft gamers out there, the price point is quite a bit more than what they will be comfortable with or used to paying for such an item.


5.11 Tactical XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant Review Score

(4 out of 5 Stars)

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5.11 Tactical Teams with Ghost Recon Wildlands for Video Series

IRVINE, Calif.—(March 7, 2017)—5.11®, the world’s leading innovator of purpose-built gear for tactical professionals and consumers, is launching an exclusive four-part live-action video series for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®Wildlands as the next step in its global partnership with Ubisoft®.

The 5.11 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Tactics video series features elite operators utilizing 5.11 gear and the real-world tactics that the Wildlands’ Ghosts use in-game to battle the Santa Blanca Cartel. The videos will be launched across 5.11’s and Ubisoft’s social media channels on March 6, 2017, in advance of the game’s debut on March 7.

“Elite tactical teams around the world rely on 5.11’s purpose-built gear to complete their most demanding missions,” said Willem Driessen, 5.11’s vice president, global marketing. “In our video series, players will see how the best gear and the right tactics prepare real-world operators for successful missions. They can then apply what they learn to defeat the Santa Blanca Cartel in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.”

Set a few years in the future, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands allows players to lead a team of Ghosts, a four-player U.S. Elite Special Operations unit, on a covert mission to eliminate the Santa Blanca drug cartel, an underworld power and growing global threat within Ubisoft’s imagining of an incredibly beautiful, yet dangerous Bolivia.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands takes place in the largest and most diverse action-adventure open world Ubisoft has created to date. With hundreds of villages and well-known landmarks, local legends and various factions and regions, players venture into a vast world with which to interact and explore.

The Ghosts’ upgradable skills, along with a vast arsenal of weapons, vehicles and drones at their disposal, help them take down the enemy. Players can outfit characters in their favorite 5.11 gear and apparel including the TacTec Plate Carrier, RUSH backpacks and Apex™ pants. Players also have a wide variety of vehicles and state-of-the-art weapons technology to select from, along with total freedom to choose how they accomplish their missions. They can then watch as the world reacts to their actions.

“5.11’s reputation for authenticity and innovation is lock-step with the pillars of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® franchise,” said Adam Novickas, Ubisoft’s vice president of marketing and brand management. “Incorporating 5.11 gear into Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands reinforced our ability to create a realistic open world military shooter experience for our fans.”

“Military and law enforcement operators are no longer the only users of tactical gear,” Driessen said. “Millions of people lead a tactical lifestyle on a daily basis, choosing to always be prepared for whatever comes their way. From our rugged backpacks to our performance, purpose-built pants, men and women of all backgrounds use 5.11 apparel and gear.”

5.11 will promote the video series, and the in-game product integration in their stores and online on 511tactical.com, and across its social media platforms.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands will be available on all major consoles and PC on March 7, 2017.

5.11 Tactical Sponsors CrossFit Games and Ghost Recon Wildlands

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2017 — SHOT SHOW® (Booth #13162) — 5.11 Tactical®, the global innovator in tactical apparel and gear, is releasing its newest purpose-built gear at SHOT Show 2017.

At SHOT Show, 5.11® is unveiling an expanded consumer line for both men and women and innovations for law enforcement, fire, EMS and military professionals. Whether for duty, concealed carry or everyday use, 5.11 will continue to ensure its consumers are prepared for whatever life throws at them.

Furthermore, 5.11 is excited to announce its continued partnership with CrossFit® and Ubisoft® throughout 2017.

CROSSFIT GAMES
5.11 is proud to be the official tactical gear sponsor of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. Throughout the games, 5.11 will be the official sponsor of the Law Enforcement, Military and Fire Leaderboard, as well as presenting sponsor of the #ServiceOpen.

5.11 and CrossFit share strong roots within the law enforcement, fire, EMS and military communities. 5.11 has served the tactical community for well over a decade with high-performance tactical gear. CrossFit’s ties to the first responder community date back to 1995 when Founder Greg Glassman moved to Santa Cruz, California to train law enforcement officers.

CrossFit also pays its respects to military service members that made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty with Hero WODs (Workout of the Day) in their honor. The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games included the hero workout Murph with competitors wearing the 5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier™ during the event.

TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON® WILDLANDS
Ubisoft has equipped the virtual operators in its upcoming video game, Ghost Recon Wildlands with 5.11 Tactical gear. Players will be able to outfit their characters in their favorite 5.11 gear and apparel. 5.11 is producing a four-part live action video series leading into the March 7, 2017 release of the game.

For more information on 5.11 Tactical and its product offerings, please stop by the 5.11 Tactical booth at 2017 NSSF SHOT Show (#13162), or visit 511Tactical.com for the latest product specific press releases.

About 5.11
With offices around the globe, 5.11 works directly with end users to create purpose-built apparel and gear designed specifically to enhance the safety, accuracy, speed, and performance of tactical professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. 5.11 products exceed rigorous standards, which have allowed the brand to establish a reputation for innovation and authenticity, and become the premier choice for those that always have to be ready. 5.11 is a portfolio company of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI). Learn more about 5.11’s best-selling tactical gear and accessories at www.511tactical.com. Connect with 5.11 on Facebook, Twitter @511Tactical and on Instagram @511Tactical. #511tactical.

5.11 Tactical Unveils New TAC Pants

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2017 — SHOT SHOW® (Booth #13162) — 5.11 Tactical, the global innovator in tactical apparel and gear, today introduced the Defender-Flex Pant and Jeans, an innovative new pant that uses advanced fabrics and classic jean styling to reinvent how we work, live and are always ready.

“Our end users tell us that they want more covert tactical apparel, and the Defender-Flex Pants delivers all the tactical functionality and durability that the world expects from 5.11 in a classic jean slim or straight-fit style that blends into everyday life,” said Joel Alarcon, 5.11’s consumer division vice president.

The Defender-Flex’s tactical features include stretch and recovery technology woven into comfortable denim and twill fabrics. Its seven versatile pockets fit everything from mobile devices to full mags. Whether it’s a day at work, on the range or outdoors, the Defender-Flex Jeans are covert carry capable and ensure you’ll Always Be Ready®.

Pricing & Availability

DEFENDER-FLEX PANT
A weekend in the backcountry, on the range or a night out on the town, the Defender-Flex Jean rolls with you. Both, straight-fit and slim styles are crafted with a lightweight Cavalry Twill cotton/polyester blend; with just enough elastane, these pants are made to keep their shape with style. The five-pocket styling and soft fade finish look sharp, and with the back mag pockets, you’ll always be ready. The Defender-Flex pants are available in Stone, Volcanic, Burnt and Oil Green. MAP: $69.99.

DEFENDER-FLEX JEAN
After a decade of R&D, 5.11 releases the Defender-Flex™ Jean. The Defender-Flex Jeans are tactically tough in a slim or straight cut for everyday wear with the features you need to power through every part of your day. From the backcountry to the briefing room, out shooting or a quiet day at home, the conceal carry weapon (CCW) ready Defender Jeans have you covered. It’s the pant 5.11 customers have asked for. An innovative cotton/polyester (LycraT400 Tough Max) mechanical stretch denim means better stretch and recovery. Five pocket styling plus two mag pockets and an extra-deep coin pocket for a mag or pocket knife up your tactical game. The Defender-Flex jeans are available in Indigo and Dark Indigo Wash. MAP: $69.99.

WOMEN’S DEFENDER-FLEX™ PANT
Colorful, comfortable and built for the tactical woman, the Defender-Flex Pant is crafted with Cavalry Twill cotton / polyester blend, with just enough elastane for freedom of movement. The Defender-Flex Pant keeps its shape no matter how you move. Device ready front pockets and back mag pockets help you stay ready. The Women’s Defender-Flex Pant is available in Stone, Volcanic, Thyme and Code Red. MAP: $69.99.

FAST-TAC URBAN PANT AND FAST-TAC CARGO PANT
The next iteration of 5.11’s tactical pants is constructed of 5.11’s proprietary lightweight and versatile fabric Fast-Tac. Featuring articulated knees, a fully-gusseted inseam and durable water-resistant finish, 5.11’s Fast-Tac material is 25 percent lighter than traditional Ripstop. It moves effortlessly and offers superior evaporation and heat management, which is key in hot and humid conditions. Both Fast-Tac Urban and Cargo pants are CCW and mobile device ready. They’re available in Charcoal Black, Khaki, Battle Brown and Dark Navy. MAP: $39.99 for the Urban Pant and $49.99 for the Cargo Pant.

FOOTWEAR – HALYCON BOOTS
Building off the success of its EVO and ATAC® Boots, 5.11 delivers the ultimate urban tactical boot with the Halcyon line. They provide the maximum performance you would expect from a tactical boot designed for the most rigorous environments. Each pair is built with Clarino Rapid Dry Micro Suede, high abrasion Mesh and a Maximus midsole/outsole platform. The Halcyon Boot also features slip- and oil-resistant traction, a Slipstream Low-Friction Antimicrobial® lining, and an OrthoLite® insole. The boots are available in sizes 4, 5, 6-12, 13, 14, 15 Regular and 7-12, 13, Wide; MAP: $129.99 / Black, Dark Coyote.

About 5.11
With offices around the globe, 5.11 works directly with end users to create purpose-built apparel and gear designed specifically to enhance the safety, accuracy, speed, and performance of tactical professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. 5.11 products exceed rigorous standards, which have allowed the brand to establish a reputation for innovation and authenticity, and become the premier choice for those that always have to be ready. 5.11 is a portfolio company of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI). Learn more about 5.11’s best-selling tactical gear and accessories at www.511tactical.com. Connect with 5.11 on Facebook, Twitter @511Tactical and on Instagram @511Tactical. #511tactical.

5.11 Tactical Multicam TDU Pants Review

5.11 Tactical MultiCam TDU Pants

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Getting a good pair of tactical pants to wear while playing airsoft in rugged terrain is very important. We often play in environments replete with hazards that could cut your legs up. There are a huge number of factors that go into a comfortable pair of pants that hold up while you are running and gunning, climbing and ducking, and crawling around in the dirt. The pair of pants we are looking at in this article are the 5.11 Tactical MultiCam TDUs.

The Tactical Dress Uniform, or “TDU”, pant is 5.11 Tactical’s enhanced take on the traditional Battle Dress Uniform, or “BDU”, pants. Their TDU pants feature several enhancements over the BDU – such as cargo pockets with velcro closures, larger belt loops, zipper fly, as well as water resistant material. Even cooler still is that 5.11 Tactical has built in pouches on each TDU pant leg’s knee area to pop in some knee pads! I hate the feeling of sweat and heat that builds up around my knees when wearing external pads. Being able to insert a pad directly into the pant leg is so much more comfortable. It allows more airflow throughout the entire pant leg and makes for a less sweaty wearing experience.

Wearing the pants is generally comfortable – especially when considering the self-adjusting tunnel waistband. It allows for some give when the user breathes and, well, if the user is a bit more stout around the mid-section than they let on.  The MultiCam pattern is true Crye Precision MultiCam and the overall stitching is excellent.

The biggest complaint I have with the MultiCam TDU pants is that the material doesn’t have a lot of stretch in it. This means that you may consider buying a size larger if you have a lot of “junk” in your proverbial “trunk”. This is most noticed when going from a standing to a squatting or kneeling position. The pants pull a lot on the stress points. Of course, that rigidity also helps protect you, but it comes at a price.

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In terms of pricing, the 5.11 Tactical MultiCam TDU pants have a reasonable MSRP of $80.99. In contrast, LBX Tactical’s MultiCam pants run about $14 dollars more than the 5.11 Tactical pants and are not nearly as feature-filled. I had the chance to wear the 5.11 Tactical MultiCam TDU pants for several airsoft games when I first received them and found the support and function to be terrific. A couple times since, I have even left my chest rig (with its M4 style magazine pouches) at home and played some games keeping one high cap magazine in each cargo pocket. The elastic strap in the pockets keep the magazines right side up for easier indexing.

[ezcol_1half]What Is Great

  • Comfortable, self-adjusting waist band
  • Built in knee pad pouches
  • Elastic in cargo pants hold magazines
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]What Isn’t

  • Fabric doesn’t have a lot of “give” in it
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Overall, the 5.11 Tactical MultiCam TDU pants score a 4 out of 5 stars in our rating scale. They are very durable and I love the self-adjusting tunnel waistband. I would have liked to see them use a slightly more stretchy fabric to accommodate quick movements into squatting and kneeling positions by the operator. They retail for $80.99 at 5.11 Tactical’s official website are are available now. I like these pants so much, I have purchased a second pair in another color pattern!

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5.11 Tactical Maverick Assaulter’s Belt Review (Airsoft)

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The 5.11 Tactical’s Maverick Assaulter Belt has made some waves in the airsoft community, where a good TAC belt is hard to come by. Many low-end equipment-makers prey upon unsuspecting airsoft players with low prices and high promises. The airsoft player will use the gear a few times and find it already has tearing and wear marks. The Assaulter’s Belt from 5.11 Tactical, however, is the real deal – literally, as 5.11 Tactical makes actual duty gear. What this means for the airsoft player is that, while their prices are high, the quality is very good and able to take some serious punishment.

The 5.11 Tactical Maverick Assaulter’s Belt comes in two color flavors: Black and Sandstone, and in multiple sizes. One of the more unique features of this belt is its overall shape. If looked at from the side, the belt actually has a slight chamfer to it. This is to mold itself more naturally to the shape of the human hip. The end result is a very contoured and exact fit which sits on the user’s hips.

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Its made from very strong nylon and features a hearty AustriAlpine “Cobra” buckle system. This buckle system is very reliable, and can only be unbuckled by pressing the two tabs. I got the chance to use the Maverick Assaulter’s Belt through several games over the course of two days of play in very rugged terrain. The belt’s Cobra buckle held tight and, thanks to the “fit and forget” strap system, never lost its sizing – unlike less expensive, BDU style belts that I have used and have to adjust throught the day as I move about. The biggest drawback I found in this belt was that it did not fit through some of the belt pads I have due to the shape and size of its buckle as well as loop. I had to force it through the 5.11 Tactical VTAC Brokos belt, MOLLE segment by MOLLE segment. Eventually, however, it did get through to the other end.

The nice thing about pairing the Maverick Assaulter’s Belt with the 5.11 Tactical VTAC Brokos belt is that they both have that 5.11 Tactical belt chamfer I mentioned earlier. This means that they wont bunch up strangely as their form follows each other’s basic shape. Additionally, I am excited to try this Assaulter’s Belt with the new HSGI Sure-grip Padded Belt that we have coming our way to review. My hypothesis is that the two products would compliment each other very well.

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Overall, I have found the 5.11 Tactical Maverick Assaulter’s Belt to be more than up to the task of getting me through long-engagement airsoft games in rugged terrain. The belt retails for about $90 dollars and is available now over at Evike’s website and other retailers. While more expensive than traditional BDU and pad belts, its durability and reliability makes up for the cost in spades.

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