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5.11 Tactical Vest

4.4 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

Price: $69.99 - $126.88
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  • Cotton
  • Designed for concealed carry; hidden BBS pockets on each side of vest
  • 18 Pockets including two pockets sized for AR Magazines; rear water bottle pockets and 360 degree pocket that wraps completely around the vest
  • Reinforced half-collar
  • Perfect for the Outdoors. Including Hunting and Hiking
  • Two layers of 8.5 oz., 100% cotton canvas quad-stitched and bartacked at all stress points

$69.99 - $126.88

Product Description

The 5.11 Tactical Vest has been a hit with law enforcement, military and security forces since it was first introduced. With a total of eighteen pockets you can store everything you need.  The two concealed carry compartments which can accommodate a full sized handgun and any associated gear such as magazines, speed loaders, stun gun, handcuffs or mace use our trademark Back-Up-Belt System Velcro loop system. Pouches can be arranged in any number of ways to secure a handgun, magazines, flashlight, baton and handcuffs. This system keeps gear securely in place and provides immediate access with a quick pull of the pocket. The other sixteen pockets include pockets designed to carry AR magazines, a radio, maps, water bottles and any other items you might need. There’s even a 360 degree pocket that wraps completely around the vest to accommodate large bulky items. Made of 8.5 ounce, 100% cotton canvas, the 5.11 Tactical Vests will last a lifetime. The Tactical Vest is triple-stitched and bartacked throughout making it one tough piece of equipment. The 5.11 Tactical Vest uses only quality YKK Zipper and Prym snaps.  You can be sure that your gear will be secure with the quality hardware we use on all of our 5.11 Tactical Series Products.  We’ve included a steel D-ring for clipping gear to the exterior of the vest as well as a key clip to keep your keys safe.  All of the Velcro closures will hold tight even under repeated use.  The 5.11 Tactical Vests has been designed to comfortably carry a heavy load.  The shoulder design distributes the weight across the back and shoulder area to reduce fatigue.  The pockets are balanced to allow even weight distribution so that you won’t list, even with the heaviest loads.  If you plan on carrying large amounts of gear on a regular basis we recommend that you go up one size so that the bulk of a heavy load can be more easily accommodated. Also perfect for the outdoorsincluding hunting and hiking.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: ACKAM006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,348 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By M. Ross on October 6, 2010
Size: X-LargeColor: Khaki Verified Purchase
I really wanted to do a video review for this for those who are like me and hate getting clothing online. (It's so hard to tell from pictures how something would actually look on a person, you know?) For the sake of just getting it out there, though, this written review.

I really like this vest. It is extremely functional and very high quality. Below are what I think are the highlights:

* Pockets - Lot's of 'em. I'd say that if you filled up every one of them, you are probably overloaded. The variety is excellent, too, with pockets dedicated to water bottles, documents, etc., size and shape to accommodate whatever you need to carry. In fact, you can darn near get away without a daypack with this thing if you are going on a short hike.
* Quality - Heavy, smooth-operating YKK zippers are used for the front and one pocket. Hook and loop enclosures are used elsewhere for most of the pockets. Stitching is tight and is doubled (or more) and reinforced at critical stress points. The entire vest is made from a double layer of heavy canvas cotton. The vest is heavy and has the feel of something that will take use and abuse.
* Water Bottle Pockets - I mention this separately because I think it's an especially nice touch: On the back, outside and to each side are pockets that can carry 32 oz. water bottles. The tops of the pockets are gathered with elastic, which is nice.
* Inner pockets - There is a document pouch on the inside back of the vest along with a closeable pocket. Also, there are large pocket areas in between the fabric on either side of the zipper, with integrated panels attached to the inside to keep your gear from rubbing against you.
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Here are some of the features that I like about this vest: It is longer than most of the vests I have had in the past. The velcro pockets tabs can be closed or tucked under and out of the way. It has snaps to form a waist (I am a woman, not a man and this is a man's vest). The pockets are perfect for cell phone, camera, pens, paper and even paperback books. I haven't used most of the pockets yet.
This vest might be a little "overkill" for me, it is a little heavier, and it is a "tactical" vest, but after researching photographer's vest, this one was basically the longest and most organized.
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UPDATE ON CONCEALMENT: After wearing these vests for a few weeks, I am more convinced than ever that I don't want to carry any firearm in any of these vests especially weapons that don't have safeties but even weapons with multiple safeties - I'm very squeamish about carrying on these vests. The reason is that on the Blue Stone Mountain, the muzzle of the firearm would point in the general direction of my weak arm and cross paths with it from time to time (bicep to forearm) and the muzzle could also point towards small children to my left or at the legs of innocents standing by me. On the Rothco, in the holster pocket the weapon points straight down but if you sit down the muzzle of the arm could cross your weakside leg in the upper thigh area. Both the Rothco and the Bluestone, do not provide a formal holster so you'd have to add a pocket holster for weapons that don't have any safeties (like glocks). On the 5.11, you can add one of their holsters and have some flexibility in how you orient the holster. This means that you can have a weapon that can be pointed at your weakside arm if oriented left to right (elbow to hand - and anybody in that arc - similar problem as with shoulder harness holsters) or the weapon would arc across your weak side leg (thigh) like the Rothco. I'll admit, I'm very particular about where the barrel of my firearm points at all times and it's a no-no for me to have a firearm point at my part of my body or the body of any person at any time (I consider it a serious infraction on me whenever that occurs - and forces a reevaluation of my safety procedures). So, for me - all of these vests are awesome but the gun is going to go on my waist in a proper holster that covers the trigger guard and has some kind of positive retention. Just my two cents on that.Read more ›
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The quality of this vest is stellar. Stunning, really. Talk about professional and heavy duty. I couldn't find a single thing in terms of build and quality to complain about. (I was also very pleased to find it had normal hand pockets, which was not to be found in the advertising.) And, I wouldn't return it even if held at gunpoint. Still, I did have some frustrations while getting to know it. Some of my preconceived notions got a little beat up on.

"Tactical" is a marvelous modern buzz word. Today's parade of products that are labeled as such seems endless ... tactical pens, tactical knives, tactical flashlights, tactical pants, tactical gloves, tactical tomahawks, tactical duffle bags ... tactical lunchboxes. (OK, I made the lunchbox thing up.) Sometimes "tactical" implies self-defense. Sometimes it implies combat preparedness. Sometimes it implies covert placement of gear. So, let's get clear about a few details before we get to the meat of the matter.

First, think S.W.A.T. team ... tactical means overtly loading oneself down with gear for the job. A fellow isn't trying to hide the fact that he is ready to meet his duties with whatever gear is needed and strategically placed. Of course, this vest is perfectly designed for "full battle rattle" ... extremely modular and versatile. It's no wonder the garment is popular with law enforcement.

Now, think armed citizen with a CCW permit. Tactical means covertly carrying a firearm without raising suspicion. (Although some might argue that wearing such a vest at all raises suspicion among savvy observers such as police, military and shooting enthusiasts.)

In its advertising, 5.11 tops the vest's bulleted list of features with "designed for concealed carry".
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