Recently I noticed more and more female shooters were wearing the 5.11 Tactical Women’s Stryke pants. They appeared to fit them well and they looked sharp. I figured it was time to buy a pair for myself and put them to the test. Before I get to the pants, let me preface this article with a little bit of back story.
I am a competitive shooter (Pistol and Multi-Gun), Certified NRA Firearms Instructor, and co-owner of Rocky Mountain Gun Girls. I have always struggled with finding the right pants to wear on the range. For the most part, I resorted to my most comfortable jeans. Yes, I was a “blue jean shooter.” While there was nothing wrong with wearing jeans to the range, there were some definite limitations depending upon the situation. For a casual, low-key day they were more than adequate, but when it came to running drill or really working on my skills, they presented a challenge. When wearing a belt with gear on it, you basically lose the functionality of the front and back pockets. Also, when you have to quickly drop into positions such as kneeling and prone, jeans tend to quickly restrict your motion and comfort.
The first thing I noticed about the 5.11 Tactical Women’s Stryke Pants was the comfort. The pants are made from 5.11’s Flex-Tac ripstop fabric. The material is a nice compromise between thickness and thinness. It’s thick enough to offer protection, but thin enough that it’s still breathable and moves with you and gives without compromising support. The pants have a stretch waistband and I found that it rides it the perfect position for myself and exactly where I want my holster to rest for the draw position.
The sizing of the Stryke pants was a welcomed surprise. Rather than men’s pants converted to a “women’s cut”, these pants were designed by women for women. They actually fit somebody with a waist, hips, and rear end. While I typically wear a 8 or 10, I can wear a 6 or 8 in these. The length is nice as well. I’m only 5’2″ and the regular length fit fine with boots or regular tennis shoes. While I’m probably pushing the minimal height for thee, I really enjoy the fact that I don’t have to have them altered or hemmed.
The pockets on the pants are awesome as well! The Stryke pants come with 12 pockets, including double-deep reinforced cargo pockets and front pockets that are sized specifically for a pocket knife or cell phone. I can tell you from personal experience that after some heavy use in the field, the pockets are a perfect size. I like the fact that the side pockets have different compartments within the pocket, but I will admit that it took a little getting used to at first. Another nice feature is that the back pockets of the pants are cut on an angle, which gives you easy access to them even with a belt or gear on.
Last but not least, I really like how the pants look on. Even though the range isn’t a fashion show, I like the fact that functional, performance pants fit nicely and are flattering to a women’s body. Combined with the fit, feel and pockets, this is definitely the icing on the cake.
I have worn the 5.11 Tactical Women’s Stryke Pants for recreational shooting as well as competitive events. While I’ve given plenty of pros about them, I’d be hard pressed to find a con at this point. I just ordered my third pair of them and will probably add a few more before the year is over. No more jeans for me at the range!
The Women’s Stryke Pants retail for $70.99 and are available in sizes 0 through 20 and come in five different color options ranging from Black to Storm. To learn more about the 5.11 Tactical Women’s Stryke Pants, please visit the 5.11 website. You can also check out their video below: