Tactical Tailor

Beyond Introduces the Element Pant

The new Element Pant from Beyond is a component of their Element Suite which serves as their Maritime Uniform, consisting of this pant, a shirt, and a half zip pullover combat-style shirt.


Designed to be highly adaptable, The Element System features lightweight, hydrophobic fabrics that offer unparalleled moisture management and breathability. Mesh pocket openings through the system allow for fast and quiet pocket draining when working in or around water. The Element System is the most reliable option when facing dynamic environmental Conditions.

The A5 Element Pant is designed for active use in environments ranging from dry arid to wet temperate. Built from quick-drying Tweave Durastretch with DWR, this pant is durable, flexible, wind and water resistant. The Element pant is also equipped with XGP Superfabric reinforced kneepad pockets, mesh pocket vents that drain faster and quieter than traditional eyelet vents, and a DWR coating to shed water. The A5 Element pant is optimized for moving through changing environmental conditions. Its quick dry times and Water-Resistant construction make the A5 Element Pant ideal for navigating maritime environments.

– 3-point suspender loops
– Zippered thigh vents
– Zippered front hand pockets
– Adjustable hook and loop center front waistband and side waist adjustments
– Front thigh pockets with vertical kneepad adjuster
– Reinforced universal knee pad pockets with back knee hook and loop adjustment
– Adjustable hem
– Mesh Pocket venting to allow for quiet draining.


– Tweave Durastretch with DWR
– XGP Superfabric on stretch Cordura
– Brushed Mesh Pockets

The Superfabric reinforced Kneepads were made by bonding XGP Superfabric to a 2-way stretch cordura which is much more flexible and breathable than standard Cordura. Due to the structure of Superfabric, high-abrasion plates affixed to any stretch or non-stretch fabrics in a dot-pattern work extremely well to protect the garment and the wearer from abrasion, yet the substrate material can still breathe and move in a normal way.

– Durable
– Water-Resistant
– Wind-Resistant
– Stretch Construction
– Quick Drying

25 oz (709 g)


Inventory on these is extremely limited. If interested, contact 206-767-0307, or connect@beyondclothing.com


59 Responses to “Beyond Introduces the Element Pant”

  1. JS says:

    Looks similar to the BlueWater Defense UW kit….but on steroids

  2. cy says:

    I have never worn the tweave material so I can’t say much. But those pants look and sound hot. Especially when they say the material is wind resistant. What is the vapor permeability of the materials?

    • mike says:

      It’s a 4-way stretch softshell. When you are active the fibers are forced apart promoting airflow. The fibers will also not hold water or soak. You will find these pants surprisingly easy to wear in warmer weather, but if you want breezy then wear a pair of shorts.

  3. james says:

    $500 for a pair of pants?

  4. Flynn says:

    Looks like the G3 without knee pads

  5. T.H says:

    Every time I see Uber Cool stuff like this I realize how my yearly salary isnt what it should be… I would love to have a few pair of these, but $500 each is about $400 too much for me!

    • kris says:

      I’m in the same boat. If I can get a new gun for the same price as your pant, knife, ECT i’m no longer interested. I assume they inflate the price so they can see them at a *discount(what you would want to pay retail) for gov contracts.

  6. James Francis says:

    Wow. $400… makes Cryes version look cheap.

    • mike says:

      If you consider construction, material, and design Crye Precision field pants *are* cheap by comparison.

      If anyone ever tells you Crye Precision is expensive then you have a much better idea about their budget, requirements, and how seriously they take their gear…

      • SSD says:

        Less expensive. Cheap makes them sound crappy.

        • mike says:

          Fair. Crye Precision is by no means low quality. They are the Gold Standard for many of the items they produce (in some cases because they CREATED the market for that item) and there will always be less expensive products and a handful of more expensive items that offer a bit more.

          Material cost is the big thing I see here. There’s a reason there’s a difference between Crye’s G3 All-weather combat pants and the G3 combat pant. That reason is the 4-way stretch softshell material going into the all-weather pant.

  7. Philip says:

    Cool features, but not worth the $400 mark-up…

    • Justin M. says:

      Foot + mouth.

      Quick education for you — Beyond manufactures in the USA using USA made fabrics, buttons, zippers, cords, etc. The people that work for the Beyond are free citizens in the Pacific Northwest making a living wage and the margins are tight. The reality is that American made technical fabrics and components are down right expensive.

      The product you are looking at above was designed for an very specific end user (maybe you’ve seen them imitated in a movie or video game) that worked on every last stitch with Beyond up in Seattle. My guess is these are a very limited quantity. Whatever is available is probably a few from overrun.

      Further, domestic based outdoor/technical apparel manufacturing is almost a non-existent industry outside of the military industrial complex. Feel free to try the google and attempt to prove me wrong.

      For those of you saying x brand has a better deal, keep in mind that most companies cut cost by removing stitching, use sub-par components or try to see what they can squeeze in from overseas while staying above a certain percentage.

      With that said, feel free to keep running your mouths. They appear to be sold out. If your in the market for them..check ebay for them to be resold at $800+just like the old blue water pants.

      • mike says:

        +1 all day

      • Whiskey Bravo says:

        Here’s my +1 as well

      • Pierre says:

        I read a story here on SSD that 5.11 bought Beyond Clothing. I also heard rumors that soon after they no longer use Berry materials for their commercial items. Would make sense since they already have sources outside the USA for materials being that 5.11 is all non-Berry. Their web site also does not mention anything about US materials. Where are you getting that information?

        I found it rather peculiar that they say “Stitched in the States” which means made here but not from US materials. I have always liked that Crye Precision states “Made in USA with US materials.”

        From my experience Berry and non Berry materials pricing is quite huge in difference!

        • Justin M. says:

          Hi Pierre, 5.11 did in fact acquire Beyond. However it appears as if there is a bit of confusion. Let me try to clear things up for you and anyone else curious.

          Beyond is setup as an independent “5.11 company” and serves a few purposes – a rapid development shop for DOD and an American made outdoor brand. Think of it as an angry little solutions shop for people with interesting problem sets that no one else is willing to service ($$ or qty). They cater to folks that need 6 pieces of something, and others that need 6,000. Lots of manufactures don’t want to involve themselves here because of minimums, disruption and timelines. The fact is, outside of “tech” start-ups, most companies are not built for this type of development. However, Beyond revels in this and does so by design. Rick Elder (president) worked at NATICK (USARMY R&D) supporting SOCCOM where he had issues getting companies to adjust product or develop new ones to better support the good guys down range. With that in mind, the new Beyond is designed to take a concept and turn it into product in less than 90 days — and it literally blows peoples minds when they deliver. Its a very interesting niche and there is greater market potential as the speed to market enables them to utilize state of the art fabrics and application technologies as they become available.

          Aside from owning Beyond, 5.11 provides support in terms of HR and Legal. Other than that, they are separate. Beyond is based in the Pacific North West and manufactures/develops there. 5.11 is world wide with development in Irvine CA, warehousing in Modesto CA, and manufacturing in a dozen different countries.

          The concept of “Stitched in the States” was crafted as it enabled Beyond long term flexibility while remaining true to Rick Elder and Tom Davin’s vision – an American made rapid development tech house. Basically, the idea is that should Beyond ever want to source cutting edge/high tech materials not yet available in the states for the Outdoor markets, we would have the opportunity. Ex: Japanese ultralight waterproof materials or Swedish FR. Both of these have features that the American made counter-parts have not integrated and it will take much time to do so. This would enable Beyond to maintain the high level of quality control but not sacrifice features or opportunities should the customer desire.

          As far as where I “got that information” – I was employee #8 at Beyond, one of Rick’s 4 horseman and Marketing Director. I was at the table when we sketched out the business concept and broke into tiger teams to make it reality. Its as real as it gets. While I no longer work at Beyond (have my own companies now), the garments you see on the website today are American made with American materials.

          For more information you should hit up Rick and ask him. He’s a good dude and very open to having conversation, hearing feedback and sharing the story. If your in Seattle, stop by the shop and check it out. They will give you a tour and show you new stuff (sometimes even a glimpse beyond the curtain). Its wicked fun and highly recommended. Cheers!

          • FreBey says:

            Hey Justin M.
            Since Beyond had a large crew in Eugene, and Seattle before 5.11’s purchase, am sure #8 came probably a decade ago. Seems this stream forgets about Beyond’s long term success prior to 5.11.

        • Hey Pierre!

          Just for the sake of absolute transparency. All of our current Mission colorways (Multicam, Coyote, etc.) are Berry Compliant and built with American Sourced materials. Some of our Outdoor colorways (Red, Blue, etc) were built out of Non-Berry fabrics (Schoeller). The reason for this was primarily performance benefits of the Schoeller. For what it’s worth, Beyond has always used Schoeller for outdoor pieces. All manufacturing takes place in the United States.

          All that said, our new 2015 developments have been driven directly by our Mission users and all colorways will be Berry Compliant.

          Also, just to mitigate any confusion with existing product, we will be denoting Berry Compliance on all Berry products on our website. That development should be wrapped up this week.

          Truly appreciate the comments and if you have any questions regarding the sourcing, or production of our products, feel free to reach out and we’ll be happy to answer any questions!


          Beyond Team

      • SRez says:

        Justin M., can you cite sources and attribute your statements?

      • Riceball says:

        It’s still expensive and still cost way more than most people can afford and/or justify paying. That’s not to say that it’s not any good, I’m sure that it’s a fine pair of pants but most people really don’t need a $500 pair of pants for going hiking, (car) camping, fishing, hitting the range, etc.

        • Justin M. says:

          There is a big difference from the problem sets you described and the one the pant was intended for.

          • Shaughnessy O'Really says:

            Your passion for Beyond is obvious, but I’m curious how the Beyind product is better than other less expensive options such as Crye and Patagonia.

      • primuspilus says:

        $500 is a metric shit-ton of money for a pair of pants unless the “end users” are NASA astronauts using them for space hiking.

        I wonder what the original Marine Raiders of the Pacific or Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc would think about the price tag. Ike warned us all about the military-industrial complex.

        Lets not fool ourselves in these matters: If someone can dream it up and produce it chances are someone else, somewhere in the DoD, will find a “need” for it.

        Besides these are being marketed for civilian consumption. Not even James Bond or Roald Dahl could find a legitimate use for $500 pair of pants.

        • SSD says:

          The government doesn’t pay that for the pants. You are looking at retail pricing. The government buys at the wholesale level.

  8. eric says:

    Reading this reminded me of why I stopped reading the comments on SSD.

  9. zach says:

    Rudy from Survival Alaska as the model.

  10. Jeremy Wise says:

    I think I will stick with my Wild Things Lt wt soft shell pants that are under $200.00.. If there good enough for SOCOM there good enough for me also they are made in AMERICA with a lifetime warranty.

    • mike says:

      Cool. Free always beats paying. The cheapest softshell pant WT makes is $219 and doesn’t have the features this has, though they are great simple softshell pants. Comparing the price on Tangerines and Grapefruit isn’t helpful, but they both taste great!

  11. These comments… empirical data has been shown, frequently, as to why certain items are priced the way they are. If you object to that, we live in a world or alternatives, so there you go. The fault is definitely not manufacturer-side.

    Items like this aren’t just whims, they were asked for by folks who know what they want. Which isn’t what [you] want, we get it. Make another selection or go to a selection.

    • mike says:

      “Make another selection or go to a selection.”

      My sides. That’s amazing.

    • balais says:

      Or they can put up or shut up, putting down some skin in the game for their own company…

      id like to see them produce tritium powered, magnified combat sights using superb quality glass and then selling them for 100 dollars a piece to make a profit…

      Or magically pulling textile manufacturing out of their arse to make niche specific pants for 30 dollars a pair.


  12. redbeard33 says:

    As usual, a very well thought-out and designed technical piece. Great job, Beyond. Your commitment to making great gear for our warfighters in your unique way always shines through.

  13. MtMedic says:

    Ha. Truth is, these pant have been around for the last year. If you’ve had them you loved them.

    It’s cool to see these come out in multiam too.. Just saw them today. The team at Beyond work directly with the command to develop this. A lot of good companies out there this is one of them.

  14. Luke says:

    so the little-pocket-above-the-knee thing that seems to be on every pant these days; is that some kind of government requirement or is that just what people are used to now so that is what they ask for?

    • SSD says:

      It’s where guys store their snuff cans. Plus, it’s where everyone hides the kneepad adjustment.

      • SRez says:

        I wish snuff can pockets/pouches were less glamorized in the tactical industry. Tobacco products degrade warfighter performance. Not to mention all the health hazards and general lack of professionalism they contribute. Nothing like someone spitting all over the ground where I may need to drop.

        • balais says:

          Dont like it? dont do it.

          You’re worried about dropping to the ground and there being chew spit while you are in the field regularly touching your face with your filthy hands. Sounds like priorities to me 😉

        • Evets Steve says:

          and less foul language too, I really hate when our nation’s fighting forces spit tobacco and curse when killing our enemies and breaking their shit. you know how forestry loggers have to plant a baby tree for each one they cut down ? let’s do that too. no one needs to take condoms into combat.

        • Chewing tobacco and pre-workout are the primary fuel OCONUS.

  15. Dellis says:

    If not sold out I would buy a pair. Any chance there will be another run of these?

  16. RE Factor Tactical says:

    Solid work guys, these look awesome.