December 5, 2021

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In Depth Tactical Solutions

5.11 Ridge Pant — New Lightweight Low-Profile Tactical Pant

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5.11 Ridge Pant

5.11 has introduced a number of new products for Spring 2021. One that immediately caught my eye was the Ridge Pant. It looked like just the ticket for warmer weather wear. I put an order in with 5.11.  The Ridge Pant was an instant hit with 5.11 customers, so it took a while for 5.11 to catch up with back orders. When the Ridge Pant finally arrived and I put it on, I immediately knew why it’s so popular.


The Ridge Pant is a lightweight pant built with plenty of storage that doesn’t scream tactical from the outside. Designed to offer a high range of motion, they are made of Flex-Tac™ canvas mechanical stretch fabric with Teflon™ fabric protector, gusseted construction and articulated fit. The pant has eight pockets, including rear device mag pockets, a hidden flex cuff tunnel and two hidden cuff key pockets.

5.11 Ridge Pant is a lightweight tactical pant that doesn’t scream “tactical.” It’s designed and built with comfort and functionality in mind.

Here’s a list of all the features:

  • Body: 67% polyester/ 33% cotton Flex-Tac® canvas, 6.4 oz., Teflon™ finish
  • Contrast: 87% polyester/ 13% elastane (spandex) plain weave, 4.7 oz., Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish
  • Pocketing: 80% polyester/ 20% cotton poplin, 4.0 oz.
  • Comfort waistband with metal zipper and logo button closure w/ backup button
  • Flex cuff tunnel inside waistband
  • Cuff key pocket inside waistband
  • Cuff key pocket at inside of left leg hem
  • Reinforced belt loops with center back webbing loop
  • Angled hand pocket openings with N6 knife reinforcement
  • Back yoke utility pockets
  • Back body patch pockets
  • Cargo pockets with zipper closures and inside dividers
  • Riding gusset
  • Articulated knees
  • Logo embroidery at back keystone belt loop
  • 8 pockets
  • Slim fit

Although the Ridge Pant has a slim fit, it allows a full range of unrestricted motion. I have found the pant to be exceptionally comfortable. The lightweight fabric is a big plus here in the Phoenix are this time of year, with temperatures already hitting the triple digits. They’re exceptionally well suited for outdoor activities.

5.11 clearly put considerable thought into the design. The pocket layout is well thought out. The zippered pockets are imperative for me as they eliminate the chance of anything falling out and the likelihood of pick-pocketing. The pocket zippers feature discreet pulls. The two back yoke utility pockets are perfectly sized for a 30rd AR mag. The two hidden handcuff key pockets are positioned to allow key access with hands restrained. They also work well for small SERE tools. The reinforced belt loops fit up to a 1.75” belt.

5.11 Ridge Pant was designed for SERE functionality. There are two hidden cuff key pockets that can also be used for small E&E tools and an IWB flex cuff tunnel. The pant offers a full range of motion.

The logo closure button is uniquely attached to waistband by a small web loop. The logo closure button is backed up a second button. The fly zipper is brass. The two pocket zippers are nylon.

The Ridge Pant is very well made. The Flex-Tac canvas fabric blend is well tested and proven durable. It has a reputation for strength and quality. The Teflon fabric protector doesn’t interfere with breathability but does resist soil, stains and spills and facilitates easier cleanup. The pant has tight, uniform stitching and bar tacks on high stress areas, all of which are an indicator of quality.

To sum up, the Ridge Pant is an excellent pant that allows you to carry essential gear without looking tactical. It’s a great warm weather duty pant for those who don’t have a uniform requirement.

The Ridge Pant is available in Ranger Green, Black, Khaki, Kangaroo. And Dark Navy. MSRP is 79.99.



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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