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    Review
    Stryke Pants from 5.11
    By Andy Sargeant

    If you thought tactical pants were just baggy battle dress without the camo-pattern, you might have to think again.
    The New Stryke Pants from 5.11, Tactical Trousers Turning Technical.

    With new stretch fabric, thoughtfully designed pockets, 5.11's attention to detail and top quality construction. These new "Tactical" trousers appear to have more in common with modern "Technical" walking trousers than their saggy spiritual (combat uniform) ancestors.

    Manufacturers description:

    Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac™The new Flex-Tac™ Stryke Pant is another breakthrough pant exclusively from 5.11 Tactical. Featuring a new proprietary fabric with built-in stretch.
    ● The Flex-Tac™ Strkye Pant featuresproven 5.11 Tactical comfort and durability
    ● Self-adjusting tunnel waistband for comfort
    ● Badge holder front belt loops
    ● Quick access, low-profile angled pockets
    ● Genuine YKK® zippers and Prym® snaps
    ● Discrete double knee with interior knee pad pocket
    ● Fade and stain resistant fabric
    Stryke Pant with Flex Tac™


    As the leading Tactical pant supplier for law enforcement we challenged ourselves to bring you performance innovation beyond anything currently in the market. The 5.11 Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac™ is the next generation of the Tactical pants. Flex-Tac™ is a revolutionary fabric utilizing proprietary fibers 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, color retention, and durability of the Flex-Tac is superior to other cotton/spandex fabrics currently in the market.


    The 5.11 Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac™ is soil, stain and fade resistant, and comes out of the wash ready-to-wear. We have redesigned the silhouette with a sleeker, faster look utilizing slanted inset side cargo pockets. In addition to the thigh cargo pockets there are two off-seam side pockets, two accessory pockets on each side, and two back flap secured wallet pockets providing you maximum storage capacity. The knees are discreetly reinforced with knee pad access inside. We have redesigned the self adjusting comfort waist with a lower profile look providing maximum comfort and range of motion. Another nice feature is the two front belt loops also double as a badge holder.​

    A few weeks ago we were running some bushcraft courses and the conundrum of the universal trousers came up. Many of us have different rucksacks and jackets depending on whether we're in the woods or up mountains, but we often expect trousers to be all things for all activities. As a result I have a specific list of requirements for bushcrafting trousers, which the Stryke pants go a long way towards meeting. I've been wearing these for a few weeks now, at work, up the hills, even raving at a weekend music festival, and I'm quite impressed. Don't let all the tactical pant fluff fool you, the new 5.11 stryke cargo trousers are genuinely good.

    Flex-Tac.

    Similar to high class technical walking trousers the Stryke pant's material is ever so slightly stretchy, this means that you get a free and easy range of movement. Ideal for scrambling over rocky outcrops, or even large industrial equipment! The stretchy fabric also means you can roll them up easily for shallow impromptu river crossings. The fabric is quick to dry after the river crossings and rain.

    Starting at the top, with "badge holders" built into the belt loops. Now that corporate ID badges seem to be a constant requirement in the modern workplace, the badge holders will be useful to more than just the law enforcement community.
    The self-adjusting tunnel waistband thing confused me at first, and then I found it, v clever.

    The main hip pockets are plenty big enough for most of my EDC (Every Day Clutter as Mrs-S calls it.) requirements. So far there's been no loss of loose change under car seats or into the depths of the couch. Unlike another other brand of outdoor wear whose pockets are irritatingly small with a tendency to scatter loose change faster than an agricultural seed drill. There is an extra wear strip at the bottom of the pocket lip.

    Having two rear pockets is a particular bonus for lefties, as single rear pockets are always on the wrong side. Both pockets have flaps, and the flaps are nicely secured with velcro. This provides both a measure of protection for your wallet and a discrete cover for your clip on folding knife, street legal obviously!

    Moving down the trousers slightly we come to another pair of pockets on the front of the leg. Both of these are large enough for a full size clip on folder, and plenty deep enough to hold pens safely without breaking them. The pockets are low enough that squatting down won't cause you to be impaled or disembowelled on the pen top. The pens can be easily accessed from the sitting position.

    Many cargo trousers have the main thigh pockets arranged specifically so that the contents of the pockets will bat continuously on the ligaments in the back of your knee. The pattting will be imperceptible at first, until the ligament is sore and inflamed and you're a long way into your hike. Once the damage is done you'll remove the stuff from the pocket but still have a long painful trek for the rest of the day. Most serious "walking" trousers won't have cargo pockets at all, apart from a slim map pocket.

    The leg cargo pockets on the Stryke pants are high enough that they don't cause the contents to continually bat on the back of your knee at all. They're also cunningly divided into sections, avoiding the need to rummage around all the pocket contents to find one item. I have found this to be a particularly useful feature.

    When I'm out and about, and specially when running camps or leader training courses I like to carry a basic first aid and cuts kit in a pocket where it's readily accessible rather than in a belt pouch. The delightfully divided 5.11 pockets give me almost instant access to nitrile gloves and get straight on to dealing with a casualty without the need to remove a pouch, unzip it, find somewhere to park it and so on. Sounds like a small point, but I have found the divided pockets to be a real boon. Just for the smokers, I borrowed a pack of cigarettes and discovered that a box of 20 is a perfect fit in a small section. The sections will hold an altoid's tin with ease.


    The knees have a pocket for pads. Accessible from a vertical slot inside the trouser leg. My generic knee pads went in fine but did feel a little bulky. The 5.11 kneepads are a much more subtle affair. They provide adequate protection for the odd kneeling down job without getting uncomfortable the rest of the day. Not suitable for laying floor tiles all day, but I found ideal for archery instruction with small people, crawling onto near inaccessible scaffolding, first aid instruction and kneeling down whilst tracking.

    The hem of the leg is fitted with a couple of holes for lacing or trouser blousers. Not something I'd use these days.

    The price at around 60 quid at the time of writing is over budget for many, but when you look at the alternatives on the market for the same price, it seems much more reasonable. Stryke pants are on a par with multipocket workmen's trousers, and about half of the price of many technical trousers from several of the well known brands. Only time will tell truthfully, but I'd bet that the 5.11s will prove to be much more robust than some legwear I have that "bears" the name of a well known TV survival instructor! The 5.11s are slightly cheaper too.

    All in all I've found the Stryke pants to be every bit as versatile as the ubiquitous and universal trousers need to be. I think the Stryke pants will do nicely as an all-rounder, for both in the woods and up the hills. They'd be ideal as work trousers that're smart enough to wear in the office. Mrs-S noted that they were the least unattractive of all my bushcraft legwear, which is very high praise indeed.

    Highly recommended. See those nice people at Nightgear.co.uk for more details.
    http://www.nightgear.co.uk/511-Tacti...pment/5ngb.htm

    Ratings

    Ratings are out of 5, 1 being bad and 5 being the best

    Fit for Purpose - 5/5
    Versatility - 5/5
    Durability - 5/5
    Value for money - 4/5

    Overall - 5/5

    Stryke Pants from 5.11 provided by Nightgear.co.uk


    Comments 19 Comments
    1. kimbo's Avatar
      kimbo -
      Great review, thanks. I'll be investing in a pair of these.
    1. John Fenna's Avatar
      John Fenna -
      I already have some of these - great trousers - and well reviewed!
    1. thedawnawakens's Avatar
      thedawnawakens -
      Thanks a bunch for this excellent review,...must start saving now. {^-<}
    1. Nice65's Avatar
      Nice65 -
      Thanks for the review. I've had these on my radar for some time, but the cost was putting me off. Well, holiday time is upon me and I was looking to replace my well worn Taclites with a new pair. Holidays being holidays I decided to push the boat out and go for the Stryke instead.

      What a great pair of trousers, the comfort offered by the slight stretch is amazing, pockets in the right places and well designed. All in all, well engineered, tough trousers that wont look out of place in a restuarant in Spain, or sat on the ground fireside carving a stick. I'd advise anyone who likes 5.11 trousers to throw caution to the wind. These will last you years, and you'll love them.
    1. Rosahane's Avatar
      Rosahane -
      Excellent review.

      I got a pair a couple of weeks ago and must say they are the best combats I have ever had.

      The stretchy fabric and slimmer fit compared to the original 5.11 or Craghoppers makes them less baggy. The stretchy waistband allows people of "ample proportions" to go down a waist size also - very heartening
    1. Nice65's Avatar
      Nice65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosahane View Post
      Excellent review.

      I got a pair a couple of weeks ago and must say they are the best combats I have ever had.

      The stretchy fabric and slimmer fit compared to the original 5.11 or Craghoppers makes them less baggy. The stretchy waistband allows people of "ample proportions" to go down a waist size also - very heartening
      Yup, best yet, and I've had a few.

      And like you say, it's nice to order a 32" waist, knowing it can accommodate probably a 36" at a push

      For info, I'd say these are slightly more generous in the waist than the Taclites. I definitely need a belt with loaded pockets.
    1. Pilgrim1953's Avatar
      Pilgrim1953 -
      Had 4 pair for over a year now , great strides , Sudan , Kenya , Norway , Scotland back to Kent.
      Never let me down , hard wearing , easy to wash , quick drying , and all the pockets are in the right place, and big enough.
      Elasticated waist is extremely comfortable , look good out and about without looking war like , good for going down the bank in , or on safari .
      Get a pair ,well worth the money.
    1. MikeLA's Avatar
      MikeLA -
      Nice but a bit pricey at £69 still a lot of money for 2 tubes of cloth. Have a pair of 5.11 and would recommend them but should we really get ripped off with the prices for a pair of trousers
    1. Druss's Avatar
      Druss -
      Good review. I really like the look of these. A bit out of my price range though for a pair of pants but were i less thrifty I would invest in a pair. The pockets look like they would be really useful.
    1. Nice65's Avatar
      Nice65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MikeLA View Post
      Nice but a bit pricey at £69 still a lot of money for 2 tubes of cloth. Have a pair of 5.11 and would recommend them but should we really get ripped off with the prices for a pair of trousers
      Not really a rip off Mike. A decent pair of jeans would set you back that sort of money with nothing like the engineering and design that went into the Strykes. These will wear for years.
    1. Dougster's Avatar
      Dougster -
      I am discovering, that bar some designer labels, you generally get what you pay for.
    1. tommy the cat's Avatar
      tommy the cat -
      Is it just me or is the link wrong?!
    1. raskusdrotti's Avatar
      raskusdrotti -
      It's working for me Tommy
    1. MikeLA's Avatar
      MikeLA -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nice65 View Post
      Not really a rip off Mike. A decent pair of jeans would set you back that sort of money with nothing like the engineering and design that went into the Strykes. These will wear for years.
      But Ive had a big food store jeans and been better than my old levis
    1. leealanr's Avatar
      leealanr -
      Use my 5.11 gear in all sorts of very demanding situations in Middle East and Africa and they are really excellent. tough, reliable and very well designed. Company is also excellent on customer service.

      The pull cord on a hood volume adjuster came out first time I used it. 5.11 replaced the whole jacket without a murmur.

      You pay your money and take your choice,

      5.11 gear is good.

      Alan l.
    1. BearInTheWoods's Avatar
      BearInTheWoods -
      No comment on the trousers, but the name 'stryke pants' makes me chortle in a sort of ghost-of-Frankie-Howerd way.
    1. Nice65's Avatar
      Nice65 -
      Ah, just solved a mystery and revealed another unique feature.

      The cargo pocket flaps have a small gap in the centre and I've been wondering why.

      To allow your knife clip to slip down behind the flap reducing the chances of it getting hooked by bracken etc.


    1. British Red's Avatar
      British Red -
      Now that is plain old clever!

      I may try a pair of these - my 5.11 TDUs are amazing - I work them hard and they cannot be killed. Craghoppers last less than three months, Dickies work wear the same. I get three years out of 5.11s - which makes them amazingly good value
    1. MikeLA's Avatar
      MikeLA -
      What are the colours like for real. Those that have bought a pair of these what's the colour you own and would you have choosen another.

      I picture on the manufacturers website never does them justice and the colours darker or lighter.
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