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Oops…5.11 Tactical Europe Misidentifies Arc’teryx Pants As Own

Monday, October 17th, 2016

5.11 Europe mad e a bit of a mistake earlier this weekend when they made a great post with a quote from a user about their Stryke Pant on Facebook. Unfortunately, most of the accompanying photos 5.11 shared, feature Rescue Global members wearing Arc’teryx LEAF pants.

It’s been noticed, particularly by Arc’teryx fans, and is a good reminder in general to brands to be careful about outsourcing social media management, although it may not be the case in this instance. Furthermore, the tactical consumer is a very savvy customer and even the smallest details do not go unnoticed. Even 15 years later, there are still remarks about H&K’s infamous backward rounds photo.

5.11 Tactical – Operator Axe

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Created in conjunction with Viking Tactics’ Kyle Lamb (SGM, USA Ret), the Operator Axe incorporates 24 features.

SCM 435 Stainless Steel
Subdued black oxide finish
Overall length: 15″/38.1cm
Weight: Without sheath: 1 lb,10oz/.74kg; With sheath: 1lb, 15oz/.88kg


5.11 Tactical – Five-O Covert Shirt

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

I got a kick out of the Five-O Covert Shirt the first time I saw it. The print looks like pineapples from a ways off but as you get closer, you realize they’re actually pineapple grenades.

Intended for CCW wear, it incorporates 5.11’s chest pockets as well as breakaway snaps and their RAPIDraw placket.

Offered in Black, White, Pearl (shown) and Spartan, sizes Small – XXLarge.


Compass Diversified Holdings Acquires 5.11 Tactical and Beyond

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) (“CODI” or the “Company”), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced that on July 29, 2016, it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 5.11 Tactical® “5.11” for a purchase price of $400 million (excluding working capital and certain other adjustments upon closing). The acquisition is expected to close within the next 45 days, subject to customary closing conditions.

5.11 is a leading designer and marketer of purpose-built tactical apparel and gear serving a wide range of global customers including law enforcement, military special operations and firefighters, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. 5.11 is headquartered in Irvine, CA and operates international sales offices in Sweden, Mexico, Australia, China and UAE. For the trailing twelve months ended April 30, 2016, 5.11 reported net revenue of approximately $293 million and EBITDA of approximately $38 million. CODI expects to fund the purchase price through a draw on its revolving credit facility as well as exercising an accordion feature on its existing credit facility.

CODI’s initial equity ownership in 5.11 will be approximately 97.5%, and 5.11’s management team will also invest in the transaction alongside CODI. As part of the acquisition, CODI will acquire a substantial tax asset, the positive effect of which will be meaningful for CODI’s annual cash flow.

“5.11 represents a strong addition to our family of leading middle market businesses, and we welcome the opportunity to serve law enforcement, first responders, military personnel as well as the tactical consumer market,” said Alan Offenberg, CEO of Compass Diversified Holdings. “This company possesses the essential qualities that we seek in all our subsidiaries, including market share leadership, diverse revenue streams from a broad customer base and product portfolio, growing cash flows, a proven management team and compelling growth opportunities. We are enthusiastic about the company’s strong growth prospects and look forward to working with Tom Davin and his team to continue serving tactical professionals, and expanding 5.11’s consumer penetration globally.”

Mr. Offenberg added, “The acquisition of 5.11 will be immediately accretive to our shareholders and will further enhance our ability to continue to support our current cash distributions. We expect the acquisition to provide thirty to thirty-five cents per share of cash flow accretion to CODI on an annualized basis.”

Tom Davin, Chief Executive Officer of 5.11, and Francisco Morales, President will continue to serve in the same roles at the company. Mr. Davin commented, “At 5.11 our mission is to create purpose-built, functionally innovative tactical apparel and gear for the most demanding situations. CODI’s acquisition of 5.11 provides an excellent platform to further that mission. Our 5.11 leadership team is excited to leverage CODI’s considerable financial resources and track record of working with middle market growth companies.”


Warrior East – 5.11 XPRT Uniform

Friday, July 15th, 2016

There was a sneak peek of 5.11 Tactical’s new XPRT uniform at SHOT Show but the actual public debut at IWA in Germany earlier this year. It only seems fitting as the features were hammered out in conjunction with a European national police CT unit. I got to check it out the but the only sample was in Dark Navy, making it difficult to discern details, and the booth was swamped with customers.

The uniform’s first American appearance was during SOFIC, but 5.11 asked me not to show it yet.

Finally, at Warrior East, I’m able to show you this new three-piece uniform. It includes Tactical and Rapid shirts as well as Tactical Pant.

5.11 has put a lot of innovation into the XPRT uniform. For example, they are the first adopters of the new NYCO Tactical fabric from Invista which also offers Cordura fabric. It still features a rip-stop weave but  it’s lighter than the standard 50/50 NYCO we are now used to, and has a more comfortable hand.  

And then, there’s the whole design. It’s unlike anything else 5.11 has ever offered.

Black and Dark Navy have landed in the US and should be on 5.11 Tactical’s website shortly. MultiCam will be available around SHOT Show 2017.

Did Someone Say 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt?

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016


5.11 Tactical’s yearly April Fool’s Day joke turned real product, the Tactical Duty Kilt, is available once again. This time, you can get it in the following colorways: Battle Brown, Black, Kryptek Mandrake, MultiCam, Storm, TDU Green, and TDU Khaki.

As always, this is a limited run product, so get yours while you can.


SHOT Show – HEXGRID from 5.11 Tactical

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

During SOFIC last year I was invited by 5.11 Tactical to preview their HEXGRID technology. Much to my surprise, I saw some samples of the technology in their SHOT Show booth.


Like the name implies, HEXGRID consists of hexagon shaped holes in a substrate which will accept PALS compatible pouches. Due to the geometry, the pouches can be attached at several angles rather than just up and down.


5.11 Tactical – Apex Pant Infographic

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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5.11 Tactical produced an Infographic on their new Apex Pant. It’s quite a bit larger than the image above, so you’ll have to click it to see whole thing.