By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 5, 2016
Speaking of 5.11 Tactical products, DefenseReview’s (DR) ben running the 5.11 Tactical Recon Trainer sneaker-type tactical training shoe for awhile now, and we’re pretty impressed with it. The 5.11 Tactical Recon Trainer is not only lightweight, confortable and durable/rugged, it’s also “rope-ready”, at least according to the large “Rope Ready” wording on the inside outside of the shoe (see photos). It’s really a joy to wear, and we’ve worn ours a lot, including to events like the Beretta Tactical Summit (BTS), which involved quite a bit of range time and running around over multiple days, while shooting multiple Beretta tactical firearms.
The first thing one notices about the 5.11 Recon Trainer is how lightweight and cushony it feels when you put it on. It’s so comfy, it’s noticeable. The shoe integrates a stretch mesh frame for maximum flexibility and airflow, HELCOR leather overlays for that “rope ready” capability and durability, a CMEVA midsole for structure, and an Ortholite insole for cushiony comfort.
Visually, the 5.11 Tactical Recon Trainer is rather minimalist, save for the orange highlights in the “Shadow” (036)-color variant we’ve been running. The shoe looks all business, and it handles its business well. DR’s personal %.11 Recon Trainers have been running strong for over a year, now, and we’re very happy with them–although we haven’t yet done any fast-roping with them.
So, if you’re looking for a quality tactical cross-trainer (cross-training-tye sneaker) for tactical shooting and wearing around town, we highly recommend you take a look at these. You could do a lot worse, trust us.
While the 5.11 Recon Trainer retails for $99.99 USD, it’s currently available for only $70.00 USD on the 5.11 Tactical website. Available colors are Black (019), Dark Coyote (106), Sage (833), Scope Orange (511), the aforementioned Shadow (036) that’s shown in our photos, and Storm (092).
Editor’s Note: Notice the excellent Bridgedale socks in some of the photos. Defense Review’s been running the socks pictured for a looong time, and they’re still holding up. They’re also mucho comfortable. We really love our Bridgedales here at DR.
The following information comes directly from the 5.11 Tactical website:
5.11 RECON® TRAINER
Average rating of 81% (43 Reviews)
Color: Shadow (036)
The 5.11 RECON® Trainer blends comfort, durability, and agility into one high-performance shoe. The stretch mesh frame promotes flexibility and airflow, keeping you cool, and HELCOR® leather overlays ensure strength. A full-length CMEVA midsole adds structure, and an OrthoLite® insole provides comfort, while the broadened forefoot and integrated Rope Ready™ Zones offer enhanced speed and traction. Lightweight, minimal, and exceptional. Shoes for the everyday workout warrior.
– 8mm heel-to-toe drop
– Toe reinforcement
– OrthoLite insole
– Full-length CMEVA midsole
– HELCOR leather and stretch mesh
– Rope Ready Zone”
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