5.11 Tactical knows how to make clothing that fits, with sizes that don’t seem to run too large or small.  Their new Fast-Tac™ TDU® pants feature a comfort waistband with stretch panels.  The added elasticity is nice, particularly when getting into awkward shooting positions or climbing.  The Fast-Tac™ TDU® pants also feature 9 pockets:  dual magazine pockets at the back yoke, and cargo pockets with side bellows for extra capacity.

The fit on the Fast-Tac™ TDU® Long Sleeve Shirt is slightly loose to permit free movement, with a “bi-swing” shoulder for wider range of motion.     

The Fast-Tac™ TDU® Rapid is an ideal warm-weather camouflage garment. The upper portion is made of water-resistant polyester, and the lower half is wicking with anti-odor protection.


The Fast-Tac™ TDU® pants have a flexible, self-adjusting waistband with 7 belt loops and plenty of reinforcement.  Bartacking at the fly corner, YKK® zippers, gusseted construction, and nylon reinforcement on the magazine and utility pockets make for a garment that will hold up to hard field use. 

The Fast-Tac™ TDU® Long Sleeve Shirt and The Fast-Tac™ TDU® Rapid are light and breathable, made of a stretchable ripstop polyester fabric with a water-resistant finish that helps keep shooters dry on wet or snowy surfaces.


There are 2 styles available; “Terrain” which is a green/tan pattern (shown), suitable for multiple environments, and “night” which is more suited towards urban settings.

The new 5.11® Geo7™ camo pattern reportedly uses “fractal and chaotic mathematical principles in its design as well as micro and macro disruption.”


The Terrain pattern blends in very well with tree bark, but also works with foliage, and I could see it blending in very well in rocky/sandy desert environments. 


FIT AND COMFORT:  5/5  I went with an XL-Tall; a Large-Tall may have fit a little better, but the extra room is nice to accommodate insulating layers in colder weather.

QUALITY AND DURABILITY: 5/5 Lightweight with a little bit of stretch, but strong rip-stop with water resistance.

CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN: 5/5 I was surprised at just how well this pattern, which didn’t look particularly promising indoors,  blended into the surroundings when I stepped outside.

VALUE: 5/5 The folks at 5.11 continue to provide quality gear at affordable prices without making things “cheap.”

TOTAL: 20/20 The 5.11® Geo7™ gear exceeded my expectations in all categories, and I was particularly impressed by the effectiveness of the camouflage pattern.

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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5.11 Tactical


By Michael Lake

Writer Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. currently a contractor for the Department of Energy managing safety for the National Homeland Security program in Eastern Idaho, an instructor for Badlands Tactical Training Center, and is an accomplished Freemason.

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