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5.11 Unveils New Spring and Fall Products at SHOT 2018

Irvine, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2018)5.11 Tactical, the global innovator of tactical apparel and gear, will showcase its largest line of new products in the brand’s 15-year history at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 23-26, 2018. In addition to debuting collections of new packs and bags, professional uniforms, tactical apparel, boots and accessories to help both on and off-duty consumers “Always Be Ready®”, 5.11 will also be announcing several new innovation partners and 2018 brand initiatives.

Inspired by 5.11’s battle-tested backpacks, the new Rapid Origin Pack is an ideal mission-ready pack. Lightweight and medium-sized, the Rapid Origin features multiple quick-release and adjustable straps to customize the fit. A web platform on the front allows pouches or gear to be added, and there is a secure CCW compartment and an internal admin panel. Built with a large, drop-front inverted U opening, the interior is easy to access and includes a padded laptop compartment. ($84.99)

The new Aerial Shirt is made using dissolving yarn technology, resulting in a highly breathable, moisture-wicking garment that features breathe-through ventilation and excellent air flow. The Aerial includes 5.11’s proprietary RAPIDraw™ placket for easy access to a concealed carry weapon. ($49.99) The Have a Knife Day Shirt is a button-down, built with a RAPIDraw™ placket for easy access to a concealed carry weapon. It features a subtle knife print pattern in its lightweight cotton/polyester fabric. Small bellows under the neck yoke offer easier movement for everyday wear. ($49.99)

5.11’s new Cupron® Socks make the most of copper’s natural anti-microbial properties. Cupron®’s anti-fungal fibers prevent the growth of, while also killing 99.9% of T mentagrophytes, athlete’s foot fungus. The socks feature moisture-wicking polyester with a Cupron® copper heel and toe, as well as compression zones designed for fit and all-day comfort. ($24.99/3 pack)

5.11 will introduce a new color way (dark coyote/dark brown) in two of its most popular and technologically advanced footwear styles. The Apex Waterproof 8” Boot features a resoleable Vibram® Megagrip outsole, a D30® Lite midsole, a D30 support footbed, an eVent™ breathable blood borne pathogen waterproof membrane lining, and a Kevlar® reinforced heel. ($249.99) The XPRT® 3.0 Waterproof 6” Boot features the Vibram® Megagrip outsole to help grip on dry and wet terrains, along with an OrthoLite® Imperial footbed for higher energy return and less fatigue. It also features a Kevlar® heel, side ankle abrasion protection and an eVent® waterproof breathable and BBP resistant membrane lining. ($209.99)

In Fall 2018, 5.11 will be the first apparel brand to introduce its exclusive GEO7™ Camo providing users with advanced concealment technology founded by using mathematical principles. Developed in an exclusive partnership with Veil Camo, the line includes Tactical Duty Uniform Shirts, Pants, Jackets, Hats, a Plate Carrier and additional gear. Each piece features a combination of macro and micro visual disruption and color palettes that work in tandem across light conditions and environments to give users a tactical time advantage in remaining concealed. Offered in two colors, GEO7™ Terrain and GEO7™ Night, GEO7™ is a revolutionary technology designed using both fractal and chaos mathematical principles. These principles fuel the visual biases found in the natural world. This approach lends to the color and visual disruption which makes GEO7™ so effective.

Additionally, 5.11 is partnering with The Woolmark Company to create a Class-A Flex-Tac® Poly/Wool professional collection, which includes men’s and women’s short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts and pants in a professional fabric containing natural stretch and recovery. 5.11’s uniform line is consistently known for providing a professional look, fade-resistant Teflon® finish, and home laundry-friendly qualities. The addition of the Flex-Tac® Poly/Wool technology elevates the uniforms’ functionality, comfort and durability by resisting soiling and staining, while also absorbing moisture vapor, controlling odor naturally, and delivering natural thermoregulation and UV protection.

In Fall 2018, 5.11’s best-selling Defender-Flex Jeans will be offered for women in a boot cut and slim fit, as well as in dark, medium and light color washes. Built with advanced fabrics and classic jean styling, these innovative pants features stretch and recovery technology woven into comfortable denim, along with seven versatile pockets – including two specifically sized to fit magazines – to carry all necessities while on and off the range. ($69.99)

5.11 will also introduce the mission-ready AMP™ collection of packs, plate carrier and mission-specific gear sets. AMP packs include 5.11’s patented HEXGRID® Gear Set™ attachment which enables multi-directional mounting of web/MOLLE pouches, along with hook and loop attachments. Capabilities can be expanded and mission-prepped with various gear sets designed to be switched or transferred between bags and mounted externally and/or internally. The collection includes the AMP12™ backpack, AMP24™ backpack, AMP72™ backpack, the All Missions Plate Carrier and 2 Banger Gear Set™, HEXGRID® 9×9 Gear Set™, HEXGRID® 12×9 Gear Set™, Admin Gear Set™, Med Pouch Gear Set™, Double Deploy Gear Set™.

Lastly, 5.11 will unveil a full overhaul on its line of tactical lighting. The comprehensive line of flashlights includes over 25 different styles, all geared to provide lighting solutions for the most demanding missions by offering more power, extended runtime and farther viewing distance.

“5.11 is renowned for its award-winning products among law enforcement, military, fire and EMS professionals worldwide, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our consumer line as well,” said Jan-Willem Driessen, Vice President of Global Marketing at 5.11. “We look forward to debuting this new collection, and continuing to provide our customers with the products they need to Always Be Ready®.” Driessen furthers, “We have many exciting brand partnerships continuing into 2018, including a continued partnership with The CrossFit® Games and Service Open, an extended Ubisoft partnership with 5.11 apparel and gear appearing in the upcoming Far Cry® 5 video game, as well as an expansion of 5.11’s Quiet Warrior program.”

“We at 5.11 are product innovators in every sense of the word,” said 5.11’s President, Francisco Morales. “Throughout 5.11’s Spring and Fall 2018 product lines you’ll see innovative designs, collaborations, and technologies that no one else is utilizing.” Morales continues, “We’re incredibly proud of our purpose-built products and our partnerships with the end-users, service professionals and operators, whose feedback helps us design the best the industry has to offer.”

“SHOT Show 2018 will be the most exciting and productive in the history of our company,” said Tom Davin, CEO of 5.11. “With this combination of innovative 5.11 products, tactical professionals from around the world, and the 5.11 executive team, new ideas, synergies and opportunities are sure to result.”

New styles will be featured at 5.11’s booth (#13162) at SHOT Show 2018 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.


8 Responses to “5.11 Unveils New Spring and Fall Products at SHOT 2018”

  1. Paul_M says:

    5.ll misses the mark, again…
    With one of the most successful backpack lines ever, the RUSH series, why does 5.11 insist on introducing an endless stream of new designs, while letting the RUSH line stagnate.
    The basic design was excellent.
    I feel they should give the line a well-deserved full makeover with lighter-weight fabrics, laser-cut hex-grid panels, etc.
    AND get rid of that horrible yoke strap system and give us one that is comfortable – maybe with a zippered cable run in the straps ala High Ground Gear’s straps.
    This would re-invigorate the line and keep it competitive going forward.

    • Lagrandeimage says:

      Amen ! Never figured out why they did not upgrade the RUSH series. The Defender Flex jeans are awesome though, I hope they will keep on the line.

  2. minn-kota says:

    Do retailers even stop at the 5.11 booth anymore? I know we don’t.

    They seem pretty proud of all their new store openings, I can’t figure out if they want to be my supplier or my competitor.

    While they work this out, we’ll be spending our time with the brands that seem satisfied with being our partner.

  3. straps says:

    The sentiments above are totally valid among their constituencies.

    Never been excited about the packs, and far as clothing, I’ve had uneven luck with stocking dealers (especially the ones who consider the ripstop version of the Royal Robbins pant “updating” their inventory). I get that dealers probably get cleaned out when nearby agencies issue overtime checks and clothing stipends.

    That said, visiting their stores (my frame of reference is Vegas and SLC) is being able to try on the catalog. And I really like that they’ve been cleaning their silhouettes (form fitting AND CCW for the win).

  4. tcba_joe says:

    “5.11: We excel in mediocrity”

  5. CON says:

    Ah, it is the start of the new year and 5.11 brings fifty new products (or even more, I guess) to the market. Away with the products from the fall 2017 catalog and replace them with new spring 2018 c**p = “to see”, “to buy”, “to stock” and “to replace”. But not “to wear”.

    A new series of cheap products for people with less of money, a new no-name camouflage and of course two dozen new names for their product colors.

    5.11 has some nice products. But they are very hard to find between the overpriced scrap and a wave of new products every half-year.

  6. Chris says:

    All the new stuff is moot if they haven’t fixed the continual sizing issues they’ve had in the past.

    I was tasked one time with a uniform proposal to replace traditional poly/wool uniforms with something more functional. 5.11 at the time couldn’t tell me if they made their PDU in different sleeve lengths. The answer I was given was “well just buy a larger shirt and the sleeves will be longer and then get the shirt tailored.”

    Same with their TDU’s. I needed “long” sizes, and I literally had the personal cell phone of a higher up and had cases of shirts sent to me that she swore would be long sizes and yet never once did they appear.

    At one time I had 20 shirts laid out on the floor, all tagged as the same size and yet everyone was different. Different shade, different cut, different length, different fit, etc.

    Anytime I was at a show and spoke to their reps they’d toss me a free hat and say “we’re working on it”

    I won’t but anything from them I cant see in person and buy that exact item then and there. The issue is with so many other better items out there for the budget minded buyer (First Tactical being an example) why would I even risk wasting my money?

    • SSD says:

      Ninety percent of what you are talking about is the result of using different factories, often in different countries. It’s very frustrating for both company and consumer.

      Some of the issues cannot be fixed, But a lot of it can be taken care of by riding herd on the various factories. That I’m afraid, is easier said than done and requires someone(s) with a great deal of experience working with those factories.