New for spring/summer 2022, the 5.11 Tactical PT-R (Physical Training Ready) Collection is a full range of purpose-built men’s and women’s apparel and workout gear designed to optimize physical training. I asked 5.11 for the PT-R Charge Short Sleeve Top 2.0 and PT-R Havoc Short as they appeared to be just the ticket for my hot weather workouts. I was not disappointed.

PT-R Charge Short Sleeve Top 2.0

6.11 PT-R Charge Short Sleeve Top 2.0

The PT-R Charge Short Sleeve Top 2.0 is designed to keep you comfortable and cool during strenuous workouts. It is an outstanding choice for hot weather.

The PT-R Charge is constructed of lightweight and breathable fabric with a mesh lower back panel. It has a crew neck 1×1 ribbed collar. There is a vertical logo locker loop at wearer’s upper back body. There is a 5.11 [+] reflective heat transfer on the right shoulder. The shirt has an internal heat transfer / tag-less main label for comfort.

The body of the PT-R Charge is made of 4.1-oz. 60% cotton / 40% polyester jersey. The mesh back panel is 3.4-oz. 92% polyester/ 8% elastane (Spandex®) knit mesh fabric. The fabric has a moisture-wicking and anti-odor (anti-microbial) finish to help keep sweat and odors at bay.

The cotton/poly blend offers the wearer the softness and superior breathability of cotton fabric and the tear-resistance and durability of polyester. It also maintains shape and colors longer than 100% cotton and shrinks less. It also dries quicker than 100% cotton due to the hydrophobic properties (water repelling) properties of polyester. The poly/elastane knit mesh fabric adds to the comfort. The knit mesh is incredibly lightweight and breathable.

PT-R Havoc Short

The PT-R Havoc Short is designed to facilitate comfort and free movement during exercise. It has a 7.5″ inseam with a 1.5″ split seam cut up the side of each leg for freer movement. The length of the short is not so long as to encumber leg movement during activities such as running and calisthenics.

5.11 PT-R Havoc Short

The body of the PT-R Havoc Short is made of durable 3.7-oz. 86% polyester/ 14% elastane plain weave with Enduro-Flex™ properties. Enduro-Flex is a mechanical stretch fabric that’s snag-resistant for lasting durability from wear and that moves with you. The fabric has a moisture-wicking finish.

The PT-R Havoc Short has a full running gusset for added comfort and durability. The short has a wide, elasticized waistband with internal drawcord. The are two built-in hand pockets, each with with webbing trim. The left hand pocket features a zipper-secured back pocket to keep items secure as you work out. The zipper has a cord pull. The short has an internal heat transfer/ tag-less main label

The PT-R Havoc Short has 5.11[+] reflective heat transfer at the left leg hem. There is also a small “ALWAYS BE READY” reflective heat transfer at the back right yoke seam.

Closing Thoughts

The PT-R Charge and PT-R Havoc Short are exceptionally comfortable, lightweight and allow for flexible, unencumbered movement, all of which are important features for workout apparel. They are ideal for working out in hot and humid weather and pair well together. With the temperatures soon to hit the triple digits where I am located, they definitely fill the bill for my physical training apparel needs. The PT-R Charge and PT-R Havoc Short exhibit excellent quality and are well constructed. I have no reason to doubt their durability.

The PT-R Charge Short Sleeve Top 2.0 has a MSRP of $42.00. It is available in Turbulence Heather, Black, Cinder and Python colorways. The PT-R Havoc Short has a MSRP of $52.00. It is available in DCU (Desert Combat Uniform) Camo, Ranger Green, Turbulence and Black colorways. They are available directly from 5.11 or at authorized 5.11 dealers.  



Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer 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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By Eugene Nielsen

Eugene Nielsen provides intelligence and security consulting services. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California. His byline has appeared in numerous national and international journals and magazines.

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