5.11 Tactical is no stranger to the law enforcement uniform, in fact that's where they started. It all began from an outdoor pant that actually turned out to work really well in law enforcement and public safety circles. In the last 10 years, 5.11 released the TDU (Tactical Duty Uniform) and the Stryke Uniform to meet the demands of those of us serving the community and this new offering seems interesting with new fabric upgrades and performance enhancements. Let's take a closer look at the 5.11 XPRT Uniform.
Most of us are big fans of their pants and you can argue they set the trend in an ever growing field of new tactical apparel, so with that said, why did they feel the need to upgrade what was on the market? It boils down to the ever changing demands and needs of department tactical teams and new fabrics making their way to production.
5.11 teamed up with Cordura to make a fabric that has the comfort of cotton but the performance of nylon ripstop. The fabric also has a no-drip and no-melt feature which adds another layer of protection. This fabric is known as NYCO Tactical. NYCO Tactical fabric is very durable and has the stretch and movement qualities we've come to expect from 5.11 fabrics like Taclite, however, this new fabric is said to be stronger and lighter.
The next piece in the XPRT Uniform is the 5.11 XPRT Tactical Shirt. The same NYCO fabric is found in the shirt as the pant and contains a wealth of features. The Dupont Kevlar collar aids in protecting your neck from strap and sling rub, Ortholite textured shoulder pads help promote air flow and and aid in weight distribution. There are also 7 pockets for storage of essential gear. The cut of the shirt allows unrestricted movement and enough features to make sure your team can meet any new department standards. The one thing they said that stuck with us, was how the shirt was made to be comfortable in uncomfortable environments. Sure it might be marketing jargon but the shirt checks a lot of boxes in terms of performance.
The final piece in the 5.11 XPRT Uniform collection is the Rapid Shirt. A lighter version of the Tactical shirt but still containing the NYCO fabric as well as handy features like 5 storage pockets and articulated elbows with the ability to run elbow pads inside. The Rapid Shirt does feature the Ortholite shoulder pads to help with loads and promote breathability. The shirt works great with wearing a plate carrier and external body armor.
Its great to see 5.11 Tactical continuing to meet the needs of law enforcement and public safety professionals and the XPRT Uniform is proof of their continued commitment.