5.11 Tactical really has a knack for taking apparel and gear that looks like what everyone uses on a daily basis and giving it the tactical treatment, creating stylish products that look sharp while delivering top-shelf functionality for professionals and private citizens alike.
New this year are some pants that take “nope, I’m totally not carrying a gun” to a whole new level.
The Defender-Flex Jean looks like your standard pair of blue jeans. When I first heard about the “innovative cotton/polyester mechanical stretch denim” I was afraid that 5.11 Tactical had gone mommy pants on us, but that’s not the case at all. The material looks and feels great. It’s a little lighter and more breathable than typical denim for all-day comfort, and the stretch and recovery is good for movement but not ridiculous.
Each pair has a typical 5-pocket layout, with the usually-small coin right-side coin pocket a full depth pocket capable of accepting a mobile device or pistol mag. Additionally, two unobtrusive rifle mag pockets are situated directly above the normal butt pockets. The belt loops are large enough to accept a 2″ duty belt. These pants are perfect for concealed carry, undercover duty, or even normal everyday wear.
The Defender-Flex Jean is available in Oil Green, Stone, Burnt, and Volcanic in addition to standard Dark Wash Indigo. Additionally, women have a sharp Code Red option. With an MSRP of $69.99, these jeans pack a lot of tactical features without costing more than many people pay for a normal pair at the mall.