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i really do love these pants
on May 9, 2015
so why 3 stars? ive been waiting 4 yrs (or so) to do this review. these are a great pair of pants.i have tried them all,
truspec, propper, etc and through the years have had love hate feelings about all of them.
then i found these. and to be honest i still have some bitters to express yet feel these pants are the best so far and
are a great place to start for the best design and functionality.ive been wearing these pants for 4+ years and have very
few regrets. but considering my experience with these pants i have some very legitimate complaints. let me start of by
saying again that these are a great pair of pants! a little about me. im in the low voltage industry, cameras, security
systems, access control etc.these pants have served me well and have an unsurpassed pocket configuration. i can carry most
all my hand tools comfortably. i also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, shooting, and survival settings.
pocket placement and design:
the front pockets slant from waist line to hip (as most do) and are deep without being too much that its a strain to
reach items. front pocket complaints are that the interior fabric is way too thin and have ripped within as little as 8 months.
the pockets have re-enforcement at the top seam for clips on items such as knives, flaslights, etc. the re-enforcement is a
too thin and while it helps with wear and tear on the seam it doesnt help at all with the pocket lining itself as the
lining is way too thin; mainly on the front pockets.
the rear pockets are in contrast perfect! the pocket lining is of the same material as the pant itself and have held up since purchase.
the rear pocket also slants from waist to hip meeting the front pocket. excellent design. now items can be clipped in the back pocket
and front pocket utilizing less space in either pocket yet keeping item in reach without lifting of your shirt or any real
adjustment of hands or elbows. in short you can carry twice the items much more comfortably and within hands reach without
much adjustment of the limbs= quick access and deployment.
lower thigh pockets are as any other cargo pant would be. nothing much to say here except i feel through the years that the
gussetts should be on the side of the pocket as opposed to the front. the reason being is that i have encountered way to many snags
and now have pockets with gussets ripped open. so here a side acordian style pocket would have been much better.
right leg small utility pocket is genius! have had no problems with this pocket at all. it carries my wire strippers two small tweaker
screwdrivers a sharpie and a pen with very little re-arrangement of items to deploy desired object.
left cell pocket is also without complaint. i carry a dmt diamond sharpener carmex pocket knife and a pack of gum with no hassle.
there is a utility strap above the right rear pocket also ingenious as it keeps my sog muti tool in place and keeps it from being
snagged as i crawl thru tight spaces.
i have been thru many pants sporting the rip-stop claims. none of them stopped rips as good as these 511's. my proppers actually
wouldnt stop ripping, although they were thinner... some have complained about the fabric not being cool. i live in tucson az, it
gets pretty damn hot and even tho i cant say that the pants keep me cool, they really dont heat me up either. dickies pants would
get hot and make me sweat, these 511's are great. and also the fabric at the knees is doubled and holds up very well. i have heard
that there are padded inserts but im not seeing how that could be as you would have to destitch in order to insert.
which brings me to my biggest complaint......
the stitching sucks!!! within 5 to 6 months of normal wear and wash the stitching will start to come apart. i dont use fabric
softener at all. i use a liquid detergent and a dryer sheet. the crotch has completely unravelled on one pair, the pockets
have threads randomly snagging on knives and tools. i dont get it. how does this continue to happen? these pants have
been around for awhile now. i cant be the only one who noticed. if your product starts to unravel the day u wash them i dont
feel you can put the name "tactical" on them. my oldest pair of pants are 1 1/2 years.....i hitchhiked when i was 24, prbably the
roughest yrs of my life for a pair of pants to endure, i had a pair of couderoy pants that walked thru 3 yrs of it and i
retired them because i got bigger. they were still holding up. skateboarding, drumming, martial arts, tree climbing,
foraging for berries, trail blazing, hiking, camping, beer runs!!! but these 511's start to fall apart from taking a bath.
stitching is very bad, the front pocket material is thin and does not last, its almost like it was put there as an after thought.
the lower thigh pocket gussets snag on everything, granted in my line of work things protrude from everywhere, but its the
same in nature so not much to say there. the clip protectors are very narrow and if you use a knife or clipped flashlight often
then the threading will definately come undone and the fabric will wear much more quickly than if the protector were extended
to double up where clip rides and keeps threads out of the way.
these are all pretty critical issues, yet i still cant stay away. the pocket placement and design is genius, the pant
fabric is second to none that i have encountered, the fit is perfect,... i love these pants. 511, read this
and make the upgrade. i have 12 pair, 5 of which are for only work. i dont wear any other pant. so these need to be perfect!
oh and one other thing. if u carry, and u utilize all the functions on these pants, your firearm may have some
squeezing in to do, mainly due to the fact that i carry a multi tool on the right rear because of the strap that
holds it in place. would be sweet if there were a strap on the opposite pocket as well... just a thought.