Introducing Women’s tactical jeans brought to you by 5.11 Tactical. As women we care about how we look and are self-aware on how things fit to our bodies on and off the range. Wearing “Tactical” pants with tons of pockets everywhere, may make anyone feel a little unsure for the fear of looking “too tactical”. 5.11 Tactical heard our prayers and released their new line, Defender Flex Jeans for women with all our concerns in mind.
Model: Michelle Jean

These pants bridge the gap between overtly tactical combat-style pants and, casual wear, all while looking stylish without the bulkiness.  It has everything we are looking for, from durability, comfort, discreteness, to versatility.


When worn, the front of the waist band falls between the belly button and pelvic bone area, which allows stability, and security when carrying concealed, along with a slight “tummy tuck” slimming effect to the lower abdomen area.

The back of the waist band lays approximately 2″ higher than the front, which allows for our shirts to stay neatly tucked in place. As a shooter, being in many different shooting positions the last thing I want to worry about is flashing my skin or even worse my undergarment while on stage. My attire is something I should not be worried about when shooting, which is exactly what 5.11 Tactical had in mind with the higher waist band design on back.

Available in two different cuts, Boot cut, and Slim-fit. Unlike any other pants 5.11 Tactical has available for women, the Slim –fit now has a length option available in short which is something I am super excited about being that I am only 5’ft2″.

As much as I love all of 5.11 Tactical women’s apparel, I noticed finding the right fit for their pants have been quite challenging. Since their pants are all cut differently, relying on their size chart can be a little frustrating when ordering online.

With this particular cut I would recommend going down one size from your normal size. I am normally pant size 2 in women’s department, and I found that size 0 fits me the best for the Defender Flex Jeans.

5.11 Tactical went above and beyond with this design. I am highly impressed with their figure flattering cut to fit our complicated curvature of our bodies, without compromising durability and functionality we need on and off the range.

Although decoding your proper size when ordering from any website can be nerve wracking, I hope that my accurate measurements and detailed review,  help you, in finding your perfect fit.
Model: Michelle Jean


· Boot cut

  •  Wash: Pacific Indigo
  •  Length: Reg = 31” /Long = 34”
  •  Size: 0 – 16

· Slim fit

  • ·Wash: Pacific Indigo, Light Wash Indigo, Indigo
  •  Length: Short = 28” /Reg = 31” / Long = 34”
  • Size: 0-16

Defender Flex Pant Size 0 measured flat:

  • Waist: Approximately 14″
  • Crotch inseam (front): Approximately  8″
  • Crotch inseam (back): Approximately 10″


· Seven total pockets (5 pockets plus 2 back magazine pockets)

· Riveted reinforced pockets

· Reinforced belt loops

· 76% Cotton / 24% Polyester

· 10 oz. Mechanical stretch denim with T400 tough max yarn

· Nylon 6-reinforced hand pocket

· Branded center front button

· Flag label at back pocket

· Scope embroidery at left side seam

Material Disclosure

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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By Jenny

Jenny Kim served in the Army with two deployments to Iraq. She was a Customs and Border Protections (CBP) officer working on the border of Mexico in the state of Arizona for five years. Is currently a Federal Immigration Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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