5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251

5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251

SKU #: 511-74251
MSRP: $54.99
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    The original tactical pants. The pants that inspired an industry. A generation of operators, from military and law enforcement to fire and EMS professionals, have worn these pants into the harshest environments imaginable. Made from tough cotton canvas, 5.11® Tactical Pants feature a self-adjusting waistband, bartacking, double-reinforced seat and knees, and seven pockets, including our signature strap and slash pockets. Durable and effective, designed from the beginning with the end-user in mind, these pants were made for you.


  • Tough, durable, original tactical pants
  • Ideal for operational or recreational outdoor demands
  • Extra pockets sized for tactical use

  • Specifications:

  • 7 Pockets
  • 8.5 oz. cotton canvas fabric
  • Comfort waistband
  • Double-reinforced seat and knees (kneepad ready)
  • Bartacking at major seams and stress points
  • Seven pockets, including strap-and-slash pockets
  • Hip-mounted D-ring
  • YKK® zippers
  • Prym® snaps

  • Functionality

    Made of tough, 8.5-oz. 100% cotton canvas that becomes increasingly more comfortable over time, the 5.11 Tactical Pants stands up to the rigors of daily work, play and travel. Known for superior comfort, functionality and fit, the tactical pants feature a self-adjusting comfort waistband that helps you bend and stretch with ease. For best results, pair the 5.11 Tactical Pants with the 5.11 Tactical Shirts or 5.11 Tactical Polo.


    Front pockets are strong and roomy; inverted pleats on the cargo pockets remain flat until needed for a neat, professional appearance. A narrow thigh pocket accommodates a magazine, cell phone or utility knife. The extra deep rear slash pockets are easily accessed and hold extended mags, a baton or a 15” flashlight. You can also use the utility strap to secure a flashlight or store your ear protection at the range.


    The 5.11 Tactical Pants utilizes a proprietary weave that binds in on itself to prevent raveling. Double and triple-needle construction is utilized throughout, plus 48 bartacks in high-stress areas add to the tremendous strength of the tactical pants. For added durability, the magazine/cell phone pocket and corners of the slash pockets are lined with Cordura® nylon. The double reinforced seat and knees provide enhanced abrasion protection, and interior knee slots are ready to accept 6mm neoprene kneepads. At the ankle hemline, built-in blousing strap openings can accommodate 500 cord.


    On the 5.11 Tactical Pants, we use only genuine, locking-flange YKK® zippers and quality PRYM® snaps, both of which are top-of-the-line in the industry. Additional quality hardware is found in the front, where a convenient D-ring holds your keys, or ID.


    The legendary fit of the 5.11 Tactical Pant is a closely-guarded secret based on a tried-and-true formula created 30 years ago from its mountaineering roots. Designed for active movement in changing conditions, the pants perform and look great on individuals of all shapes and sizes. This same superior fit is also found in the 5.11 Tactical Short, 5.11 Covert Khaki and the 5.11 Tactical Shirt.


    The authentic 5.11 Tactical Pants is the only pant on the market with a 30-year history of delivering quality, functionality, comfort and value. It has consistently stood the test of time worldwide. Accept no imitations or look-alikes; the authentic 5.11 Tactical Pants are the genuine article.

    REVIEW from customer:

    "I originally bought these from Royal Robbins, at a higher price, but they were worth it! Now 5.11 Tactical keeps these great pants alive in many more useful variations, thanks from the bottom of my... um...

    I started wearing these years ago when i did field service for a company that made steam sterilizers.

    The thick cotton provided a degree of protection against the hot piping, after of hours in a hot sterilizer access room, I would be quite sweaty, yet these pants remained non-binding and very comfortable to move around in.

    The elastic sides do not dig in as some pants do, an important feature after 10-12 hours in the same sweaty pants. I've NEVER found a better pair of pants, from army BDUs to designer style climbing pants costing twice as much. They might not be the best choice for actual combat type operations, but for civilian field use- they are optimum.

    These are truly serious pants that could and should be the basis of any uniform for people that work hard in the field. Strange that they work so well for an engineering job as well, I will be trying the the different styles soon, and have great hopes for their utility and functionality.

    Anyone who works hard and active owes it to themselves to try these pants, there is a very good reason the style has survived for so long."

    5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original

    110 Reviews
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    83% Recommend this product (91 of 110 responses)
    By Dan S
    Miami FL
    December 6, 2012
    5.11 Tactical Pants - The Original 74251
    Absolutely my favorite pants in my closet. The expandable waist makes them always comfortable and the large belt loops make carrying a pistol comfortable. The slash back pockets make easy access and overall they simply comfortable, durable, and functional. If I have one complaint it is that I carry a knife in the right rear pocket so often that I have worn a small hole where the top of the knife rubs just above the pocket. I will sew a piece of leather there to cover and reinforce it and I suggest they do the same.
    By Mike
    October 12, 2017
    Nice relaxed fit, elastic waist helps, heavy duty, good inseam
    Ii have bought several of these now and liked them all. Wear well, fit well.
    ProsInseam fits well
    By Bob
    June 23, 2017
    Tried and true
    Still my go-to work pants.
    By Miles Littlefield
    New Mexico
    June 10, 2017
    Close second to Blackhawk! WarriorWear
    Since I can no longer find Blackhawk! WarriorWear at a reasonable price, I buy 5.11 Originals. Love the hip pocket dump pouch, built in knee pad pockets and the reinforced crotch. Thanks!
    ProsDump pouch pockets Knee pad pockets Reinforced crotch
    ConsNeed a stretchy belt line
    By Shy
    May 18, 2017
    Not what I expected
    I enjoy 5.11's this pair was not exactly what I expected they are very stiff and uncomfortable. They also don't fit as well as other pairs.
    By Chris
    Seattle, WA
    May 6, 2017
    These are the best!
    If you like this style, and they're functional looking to you... Order yourself a pair, they are great pants, tough, functional, comfortable, decently priced too! I'm on my 6th pair of this style, they are great. I just ordered the thinner ones for the summer weather, I don't remember what item # is. They're idinticle in style, with a lighter weight material. I'll report back after I've spent time in them.
    ProsComfort, quality, design, materials, price point.
    By Gregg
    Virginia City Nevada
    March 17, 2017
    Great Pants
    Would you expect anything less than great with 5.11? I just wish they were a little cheaper, but given the fact that they last for years I guess it is a bargain price. For me they run just a little small and I ended up getting on size larger in the waist, length was fine.
    ProsGreat product as always
    By Rex
    January 22, 2017
    Avoid the Khaki color
    I purchased 6 pairs of these pants from LAPG. 3 Khaki and 3 Coyote within 6 months all 3 of the khaki ones ripped in the exact same place. Above the seam for the knee pad on the right leg. 3 years later the Coyote ones are still 100% perfect. When I contacted 5.11 they kept asking for pictures and more pictures after 1 month of emailing back and forth they told me, it must have been something I did and could not of been a defect. The only difference between the Khaki and Coyote colors was that the Khaki ones were made in Vietnam and the Coyote ones were made in China. I dont think I have ever made this comment but the ones made in China are of excellent quality. BUT avoid the Khaki ones made in Vietnam buy another brand.
    ProsIf you manage to receive apparel that is not defective they last an extremely long time.
    ConsCompany does not stand behind their products even when they are obviously defective. At $54+ a pair it is not worth rolling the dice on.
    By William
    Wichita Falls, TX
    December 22, 2016
    Very high quality useful pants.
    I have several pairs of these in a different fabric. The 100% cotton is a little heavier. The coin pocket, on the right leg, has been eliminated. The coin pocket should not have been eliminated.
    By Ray
    Herculaneum, MO
    December 21, 2016
    I have two pair, the first I bought while in Afghanistan in 2010 and they are still like new. The second I bought in December 2016.
    ProsThey are made very well and comfortable.
    ConsThey could be cheaper, but then again you get what you pay for.
    By Jim
    St. Louis mo
    December 18, 2016
    Good to go
    Well made heavy material canvas type. Second pair of these pants. The only thing that bears watching is that edging on pockets will wear before other areas like hems on legs. Weird but true. I would prefer buttoned pockets because Velcro can be difficult to quickly access items.it is strong Velcro. Wish the front pockets were not so vertical and had bigger openings. Best pockets I own are in Levi cotton cargo pants with accordion style pockets. However the 5 11 pants are still good to go and have room for knee protectors.
    ProsGood material and construction
    ConsNeeds roomier accordion front lower pockets. And larger opening more horizontal upper from pockets. The rear big pockets are nice if you are not sitting
    By Cory Chacon
    December 17, 2016
    Great pants
    Rear pockets are great for range days! No fumbling with zippers or flaps.
    ProsComfortable, rear pockets are great
    ConsBig boy sizes are in hemmed
    By steve
    December 1, 2016
    Typical 5.11 pants
    What is there to say, these are the typical 5.11 quality pants. Great fit and no surprises.
    By Art
    Lake Orion MI
    November 10, 2016
    I have been making purchases for several years from this company. The have quality merchandise and are easy to work with.
    By Randy
    Desha, Arkansas
    November 10, 2016
    511 Tactical Pants
    I've worn these for a uniform pant for the last 15 years. They are not only comfortable but last much longer than other brands.
    ProsComfort Very Durable
    15 Questions & 25 Answers
    from APO, AE asked:
    June 11, 2017
    Your 5.11 Tactical Pants 39.5" unhemmed loyal customers continue to wait for the unhemmed 39.5" 5.11 Tactical pants in all fabrics and colors for waist sizes less than 46 inches. We are wondering when will this wide range of choices for this great 5.11 product (74251U) become available for your taller loyal customers. We would love to have pants long enough to wear with the great shirt and belt choices from the many brands that are offered and available on LAPG's website. So, in asking a question, when will the 5.11 unhemmed 74251U be available in the future in all colors and fabrics like that which is offered to others waist sizes in 74251 & 74251L?
    1 Answers
    I’m sorry unfortunately we don’t have any influence over the sizes that 5.11 makes. You can find some others by going here: http://www.lapolicegear.com/pants.html And using the filters column on the left side of the page to find the waist/inseam combo that works for you.
    Customer Service
    on June 22, 2017

    from Staten Island, NY asked:
    May 4, 2017
    I am 6-1 185 lbs and usually wear levi jeans 33w 32 length. will the reg tenth for the 5.11 pants be to short for someone my height? Pants will be worn on Patrol.
    2 Answers
    I'm 6'2, similar build. I prefer to wear a 34X34/36X34 in these, a 32 is great for a few washes, then they start to become a little short. Great pants though. Hope this helps you..
    on May 5, 2017
    from South Colby, WA
    Levis might be different than the 511. I'm close to 5 10 and I wear a length of 32. They are slightly baggy at the bottom...not much though. So you might have a straight fit without a lot material left to cover. Great pants though. Had them for 6 years now and still going strong.
    on May 5, 2017
    from Suffern, NY

    from Summerville, SC asked:
    November 17, 2016
    I'm looking for these pants in a 48 waist in Coyote Brown. Can they be ordered?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately 5.11 does not list the 48" waist in Coyote Brown as being orderable.
    Customer Service
    on November 18, 2016

    from Oshkosh WI asked:
    November 2, 2016
    How much do these shrink in the waist?
    5 Answers
    They have a adjustable elastic waste for a perfect fit.
    on November 2, 2016
    from Oregon
    I have found that there is no shrinkage in the waist of this product. The pants hold up very well compared to other cotton pants. It is my first choice for everyday wear and my standard for working in the motion picture industry.
    on November 2, 2016
    from Fort Worth, TX
    Though I like to blame my changing waistline on the pants shrinking, truth is I have noticed no actual shrinking.
    on November 2, 2016
    from Wheaton, MN
    They don't shrink at all, but do run a little bigger than most other pants.
    on November 2, 2016
    from Desha, AR
    I've been wearing 5.11 for on duty and off duty.. I have not had any issues with these pants shrinking. Although the material is heavier than other brands I find these the most comfortable and durable pants and will continue to purchase.
    on November 2, 2016
    from wayne county N.Y.

    from WV asked:
    January 13, 2016
    Can I get these pants in 36w hemmed to 28 length? And for how much. Thanks
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately we do not have a seamstress on staff to hem items.
    Customer Service
    on January 22, 2016

    from Las Vegas, Nevada asked:
    September 26, 2015
    What's the widest belt I could wear with these? I purchased one of those VertX Solid Raptor Belts(1.75"w) and I have no pants that can fit it.
    1 Answers
    By my measurement, you should be able to fit a 1.75" belt through the loops. You most likely will have to remove the buckle for a raptor belt in order to feed it through one end to attach to the other. If I remember correctly, the belt is extremely hard to get through belt loops.
    Customer Service
    on September 29, 2015

    Richard Yohe
    from Walton County, Florida asked:
    January 17, 2015
    Waist size no problem. Length for me varies between brands from 30 to 32. What is the return policy is I choose a 32 and find its to long??
    1 Answers
    as long as the item does remain in new condition the item can be returned back to us. if the item does show any signs of wear tear or damage though then it would be rejected.
    Customer Service
    on January 20, 2015

    from Holbrook New York asked:
    May 21, 2014
    What is the difference between the original 511 74251 pants and the taclite pro 74273
    1 Answers
    The Originals are made from a durable 8.5-oz. 100% cotton canvas were as the tac light pro pants are made from a Lightweight 65% polyester and 35% poly cotton ripstop. this would be the main difference in the pants.
    Customer Service
    on May 21, 2014

    Doris Ferguson
    from Owensboro,Kentucky asked:
    December 6, 2013
    What color is tundra?
    1 Answers
    Tundra in the 511 Tactical pant is the brownish-green color.
    on December 6, 2013
    from Fairfield, CA

    Doris Frguson
    from Owensboro,Ky.42303 asked:
    December 6, 2013
    What color is tundra?
    6 Answers
    Tundra is a greenish gray color, much darker than olive drab. I think it's a really nice color, my husband has both pants and one of the shirts in the color. :)
    on December 6, 2013
    from Maryland
    Tundra is somewhere between brown and khaki. Kind of a light, sandy brown. Hope that helps.
    Mark W.
    on December 6, 2013
    from Collierville, TN
    Tundra is not a color but a shade from a mixture of brown and green. Like a shade of dark earth or dark brownish grey.
    on December 6, 2013
    from Syosset, NY
    Tundra is a Brown-Green but not OD green. More similar to a brown bark color.
    on December 6, 2013
    from SW Montana
    Tundra is a dark Gray/Green-ish I have attached a picture.
    Mark M
    on December 6, 2013
    from New Richmond WI
    The tundra color is like olive drab with a teeny bit of blue in them. From a distance they just look like olive. There is a really scary ugly picture of tundra pants on the website but I think the color is just "off" on the picture. We like them.
    on December 6, 2013
    from Medina, OH

    jules dickinson
    May 2, 2013
    There's a 5.11 tactical pant which is off-white - what color is that? It's not khaki because khaki is light tan.
    1 Answers
    Khaki is the closest color to an off white that 5.11 makes these Tactical Pants in. The only tactical pants we know of that have a color closer to white would be the TruSpec 24/7 Pants in the Stone color which is a light grey. You can view those pants by following this link: http://www.lapolicegear.com/truspec-247-pant.html. The Stone color is the last picture shown.
    on May 2, 2013

    JP Clarke
    March 1, 2013
    Is the flannel-lined variant of these pants still available?
    1 Answers
    The 5.11 Flannel Lined Tactical Pants are no longer available. 5.11 discontinued them a while ago.
    on March 1, 2013

    John O'Gara
    January 22, 2013
    Is the old more mellow flat green no longer available, or just the "pine" green which is called OD Green?
    1 Answers
    The OD Green which is shown is the color 5.11 produces and that is the color we carry.
    on January 22, 2013

    Brad Hunter
    January 22, 2013
    How much do these 100% cotton pants shrink in the length?
    1 Answers
    We have only seen one or two reviews of these pants shrinking and they stated that they only shrink about half an inch. Make sure to wash in cold water and dry with no heat to ensure the least amount of shrinking, if any.
    on January 22, 2013

    Jud Sweet
    December 2, 2012
    you have two colors coyote brown and khaki which of these colors are the lightest color. You use to have a color chant on your site but it is not there now
    1 Answers
    Khaki is the lightest color on the 5.11 Original Pants.
    on December 2, 2012

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