A lower-profile, stretch comfortable, true cargo pant.
5.11 Tactical Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac™
By: Tactical Response Staff
(Ed. Note: See the 5.11 Tactical website for the time-sensitive 10th anniversary
launch of the 5.11 Tactical Ultimate Tactical Experience [U.T.E.] promotion.)
The Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac™ is the next generation of 5.11 Tactical pants. The new Stryke Pant is both flexible and breathable. The pants have low-profile angled pockets, a self-adjusting waistband, and excellent stain resistance. The Stryke Pant is an ideal choice on the range or in the field, especially during warm or wet weather.
Flex-Tac is a new ripstop fabric using proprietary fibers and developed exclusively for 5.11 Tactical. The lightweight, poly/cotton ripstop incorporates mechanical stretch yarns, which means 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. The Stryke Pant has a Teflon® finish for soil, stain and fade resistance. Machine-washable, the pants come out of the wash ready-to-wear.
5.11 Tactical redesigned the silhouette of the pant with a sleeker look using 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 for true cargo-pant storage capacity. Genuine YKK® zippers and Prym® snaps are used.
The knees are reinforced with knee pad access inside. The rear openings of the main pockets are reinforced for the tactical folder pocket clip. The pants have a total of seven belt loops and the two front belt loops on either side also double as a badge holder. The redesigned self-adjusting waist band has a low-profile look. This waistband provides both maximum comfort and range of motion.
It is only natural to compare the original 5.11 Tactical (cotton canvas) pants to the newer Taclite Pro and the newest Stryke. Based on hundreds of user responses, all three pants have “recommend’ ratings in the mid-90 percent range. The original Tactical cotton pants have “best uses” that include everyday wear, cold/extreme weather and field training and operations. It gets the highest marks for plenty of pockets, and being both rugged and versatile. The downside is that it wears or loses color too quickly.
The lighter, Taclite Pro ripstop pants have “best uses” that include everyday wear, field training and operations, and both warm weather and wet weather. It gets the highest marks for plenty of pockets, lightweight, rugged, versatile and ease of cleaning. Based on over 700 reviews, the Taclite Pro doesn’t have any significant downsides.
The new Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac has similar “best uses” to the Taclite Pro. These include everyday wear, field training and operations, and both warm weather and wet weather. These new pants get the highest marks for plenty of pockets, lightweight, breathable, versatile and ease of cleaning. Of course, the Stryke gets the highest marks for the stretch flexibility from the elastic strap and overall comfort. To date, the Stryke pants do not have any significant downsides.
The Taclite Pro pants and the original 5.11 Tactical cotton canvas pants have about the same number of pockets and the same pocket arrangement. The Stryke pants have a very different pocket layout and placement, including pockets within pockets. The main cargo pockets are much higher on the thigh. Both of these cargo pockets have twin pockets-within-pocket.
The original 5.11 pants have a single Velcro® flap magazine pocket. The Taclite Pro has this flap-closed mag pocket on one side and an accessory pocket on the other. The Stryke has two accessory pockets and these easily hold most smartphones. The original 5.11 pants and the Taclite Pro both use oversize rear pockets held closed by an internal Velcro® strip. The new Stryke has standard rear pockets secured with Velcro flaps.
On The Range
After a couple weeks of everyday wear, and a number of days on the range, the Tactical Response editorial staff completely agrees with the initial “best uses” of the Stryke and the early “recommended” ratings. The Stryke pants are at their best under extreme range of motion. The stretch flexibility makes shooting while kneeling more comfortable and makes taking three steps at a time a bit easier.
Good for everyday, off-duty and casual wear, the Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac is a true cargo pant without the being too police-looking. The Stryke is available in Black, TDU Green, Khaki, Dark Navy, Charcoal and Battle Brown in waist sizes from 28 to 44 and inseams from 30 to 36. These pants have an MSRP of $74.99.