By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
September 14, 2016
Last updated on 9/16/16.
5.11 Tactical’s really been killing it lately with their combat/tactical clothing, lately, and that’s especially true with their pants. DefenseReview’s (DR) current favorite is the 5.11 Tactical Men’s Ridgeline Pant lo-pro/lo-vis (low-profile/low-visibility) combat/tactical pants for covert ops, concealed carry (CCW), and casual wear applications. We’ve been running the Battle Brown variant for a good long while, now, and we’re thoroughly satisfied and impressed with the product. In fact, we’re so satisfied and impresses with the Ridgeline pants that they’re our current go-to range/apres-range casual pants. They’re utilitarian AND nice-looking, and they’re really tough to beat, especially at their current price point.
DR first came across the 5.11 Tactical Ridgeline Pant at SHOT Show 2015, thanks to 5.11 rep Ashley Kamarath. Ashley was kind enough to take us through the Ridgeline’s features, as you can see in the video below. The Ridgeline is made from comfortable, lightweight 6.76 oz. Flex-Tac® ripstop fabric with a gusseted crotch and “bartacking at major seams and stress points”, just like quality denim jeans. The pants also feature double stitching and nylon-reinforced pockets for additional strength and durability. A TEFLON finish gives the pants a little bit of sheen in addition to stain/soil-resistance. Zippers are YKK.
The Ridgeline Pant’s pocket design/layout is perhaps the most important aspect of this pant, as it’s what creates the lo-pro/lo-vis effect, essentially stacking smaller front and rear pockets onto the standard large front and back jean-style pockets, instead of going the usual side-leg cargo-pocket route. It’s a clever design, and it works well. The pockets are deep and utilitarian.
Just as importantly, the Ridgeline pants are comfortable, and they look good, so they’re enjoyable to wear, regardless of the purpose. The Ridgeline Pant’s belt loops are designed for wearing a gun belt, with a particularly wide and strong rear belt loop for maximum durability and support.
DR really likes the Battle Brown color, since it’s a bit different, yet still low-key, however we wouldn’t mind running the Field Green (Olive Drab/OD Green) and Stone (Desert Tan) variants as well, at some point. The Field Green variant looks particularly good in the photos we’ve seen.
Editor’s Note: Notice the 5.11 Tactical Recon Trainer sneaker-style tactical training shoes in some of the photos below. Another excellent product.
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