Let’s face it. A lot of gear and apparel companies design products for men, swap out the color choices, shrink down the size, and then slap a new SKU on it and call it a women’s collection. Traditionally, female outdoor enthusiasts are one of the most under served demographics when it comes to performance gear and apparel. The team at 5.11 Tactical decided enough was enough and decided to change the game.
Using real world feedback from end users from a variety of backgrounds (law enforcement, contractors, and sporting enthusiasts), their design team went to work to relaunch an entire collection of apparel designed by women, for women. After countless months of R&D and evaluating feedback from product testers, they recently kicked of their 2015 Women’s Collection with their #PassionForward campaign. We thought we’d take a closer look at the new and updated apparel options now available from 5.11 Tactical …CIRRUS PANTS – $70.99
Made from two-way, mechanical Flex-Tac ripstop fabric, the Cirrus pants were designed to be a durable, yet comfortable women’s covert pants. Front and seat pockets are sized for magazines, a knife, or cell phone, but their low-profile design easily dresses up or down as needed. A fully gusseted crotch, TEFLON finishing, and extra bartacking at major seams and stress points ensure worry free wear. Cirrus pants are available in three colors: Black, Stone, and Storm.
GLACIER HALF-ZIP – $79.99
The Glacier Half-Zip is an ideal bottom or middle layer. It’s sized and tapered for woman to provide ultimate warmth in a flattering mid-layer. Made with a poly spandex blend, this half-zip offers a secure and snug fi without bunching or rolling. Full underarm gussets ensure freedom of movement and flat lock stitching reduces chafing and pinching. A zippered chest pocket provides accessible storage when worn as a base or mid layer. The Glacier Half-Zip is available in Atlantis, Black, or Jade color options.
WOMEN’S 5.11 STRYKE PANTS – $70.99
When it comes to a women’s tactical pant, 5.11’s Stryke pants may have raised the bar. Made from their patented, two-way mechanical stretch Flex-Tac ripstop fabric, the Stryke pants are a perfect everyday, all-day comfortable pant. They feature a stretch waistband for extra comfort and mobility and twelve pockets for tactical use. The women’s Stryke pants come in five color options: Black, Dark Navy, Khaki, Storm, and TDU Green. Look for a full review on the women’s Stryke pants in the coming weeks on MOTUS.
SIERRA SOFTSHELL – $129.99
The Sierra Softshell is an update to 5.11 Tactical’s popular Chameleon Softshell Jacket. The Sierra offers lightweight weather protection and features a DWR (durable water-resistant) finish that repels moisture while remaining breathable and flexible. Lined hand warmer pockets, low profile chest pockets, and adjustable hem insure a comfortable fit. The Sierra Softshell also incorporates the 5.11 RAPIDraw system for easy access to an interior pocket or concealed firearm. Available in Agave, Black, and Brick color options, the Sierra Softshell might easy become your “go to” all-weather jacket.
5.11 WOMEN’S TRI-BLEND T-SHIRT – $21.99
The Women’s Tri-Blend T-Shirt is made from a proprietary tri-blend of fabrics to provide an ideal mixture of wearability and flexibility. Loose-fitting in style, the design provides full freedom of movement with an extra-wide color collar and extended torso to prevent pinching, constriction, or bunching. Enhanced anti-fade characteristics ensure worry-free wear and enjoyment. The Women’s Tri-Blend T-Shirt is available in Maroon Heather and Charcoal Heather color options.
LUCY TOTE – $109.99
The all-new Lucy Tote is a full-sized, fashionable covert handbag that hides a wealth of tactical features. From the strategically positioned TacTec System compatible hidden pistol compartment to the integrated concealed pocket-sized for a badge wallet or passport, this tote may easy blend in a crowd, but it’s all business. The Lucy Tote features water-resistant fabrication, self-healing YKK zippers, bartack reinforcements for durability, and discrete logo treatments. The Lucy Tote is available in Iron Grey or Military Brown.
For more information on 5.11 Tactical’s new 2015 Women’s Collection, or to see their whole lineup of women’s apparel and accessories, visit their website.