5.11 Tactical® has some great cold weather outdoor clothing. I took the opportunity this winter to put some of their offerings to the test.

From top to bottom: 5.11 Cuffed Flag Beanie, Adventure Primaloft® Insulated Jacket, Cloudstrike 18L Pack, Competition Primaloft® Insulated Gloves, and Cepheus Softshell Pants.

The Cuffed Flag Bearer Beanie is a seamless knit design, 95% acrylic and 5% elastane that provides a snug fit and features an American flag loop patch.  Unlike some other knit caps that don’t stay put, this one holds on and stays where you put it.

The Adventure Primaloft® Insulated Jacket is my new favorite for cold weather hiking and Nordic skiing.  It’s lightweight and packable but warm enough for winter activities in the mountains without causing overheating.

The Cloudstrike 18L Pack is just the right size and weight for day hikes.  I typically hike with a Rush 12 but sometimes it’s just a bit too big for quick hikes with minimal gear.  The Cloudstrike 18L pack has ample room for carrying water, snacks, and a few emergency supplies.  The front vest-style pockets are deep and perfect for carrying water bottles, tourniquets, and bear spray for grizzly-country.


The pack is made from N100D Honeycomb Ripstop Nylon.  It features an adjustable side compression system, dual adjustable sternum straps, and low-profile breathable mesh shoulder straps with micro-adjustable torso system.  There’s a top carry handle and multiple interior zippered & slip organization pockets.


The Competition Primaloft® Insulated Gloves allow for plenty of dexterity and the E-suede fingertip surfaces are touch-screen compatible.  The windproof, water-resistant shell and neoprene knuckle padding keeps moisture out.

The Cepheus Softshell Pant has a polyester/elastane double weave construction with Teflon™ coating to keep elements at bay.  For me, the water-resistance and slight elasticity are ideal for winter applications like snowshoeing and skiing.

Interestingly, as of right now, these are only available in a 32″ inseam. I normally wear a 34, even so, these were adequately long to cover the tops of my shoes.

5.11 Tactical continues to supply high-performance products for the outdoors.  They are good people who support the Military, Law Enforcement, and Armed Citizens.

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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 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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