About a year and a half ago, I purchased a 5.11 Women’s Tactical Pant to wear for training activities such as Defensive Tactics and days at the range.  It was one of those days when I thought that everything I tried on looked good, until weeks later, when I finally wore them, I realized that they were a fashion faux-pas.  I bought a size 10 because the waist on the 8 was too small and the legs weren’t long enough.  They cost between $38 and $60 depending on where you buy them.  I still haven’t found a good pair to replace them with and I’m hoping for some input from readers from this site.  Here’s what I don’t like about the pants:

Wrinkle-Free?  No, not at all.  I really shouldn’t have to iron my range pants.

Breathable?  No, they are 100% cotton which is also why they aren’t wrinkle free.  Good for cooler days, but terrible for the Utah summers.

Form fitting?  Absolute NOT.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought them.  The legs are tapered and they look more like “Hammer pants” than they do like tactical, “I can kick ass” pants.  I actually tried to cut the cuffs a little to provide a little room over my boots.  You can see this in the photos below.  It didn’t help.

The crotch is incredibly baggy and has enough room for a Desert Eagle and about 1000 rounds of ammo (okay, that’s an exaggeration, but the crotch is way too baggy).

Flexibility?  Even though I purchased a size bigger than usual, I feel that I am not very flexible in these pants and that they are very restricting and baggy in all the wrong places.

What do I like?  Not a whole lot.  The pockets are pretty nice, even though I still don’t think they are as convenient as they could be.  They are warm in the winter and they come in several colors.  But that’s about the only positive thing I can think of.

Please see the photos below for how the pants look.  I just hate the high waist, tapered bottoms and baggy crotch.  There’s gotta be a better solution.

Waist down view of the pants on me.

Rear view of the pants

I even tried to widen the bottom by cutting them a bit. Still didn't help.

It didn't matter which size I tried, they were all tapered.

  1. LilWolfess of GlockTalk says:

    Thanks for posting this up. I have been looking at the 5.11 pants for quite a while in the hopes that their women’s pants would be worth the purchase. I’m glad I didn’t waste the money on a style that will never fit right or look flattering.

    • admin says:

      Anytime! I’m glad I could help out! Please let me know if you’re able to find a good pant and I’ll be certain to do the same, of course!