Elite Military Units Up the Ante on Luxury Denim

5.11 Tacticalr patents Flex-Tacr performance stretch fabric

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA - What do high-fashion denim and elite military until have in common? Not much, until now. 5.11 Tacticalr has just released a patent pending new fabric inspired by luxury fashion denim that turns form into function. The result is high performance Flex-Tacr fabric with increased functionality, comfort, and durability. Available August 2011, this perfect-fit, stretch fabric is the foundation for the next generation of the original 5.11 Tactical pant, called the 5.11 Stryke Pant with Flex-Tac.

5.11 Tactical has won numerous awards for product innovation and they are the favorite brand of tactical operators and public safety personnel. Francisco Morales, President of 5.11 Tactical, took a trip to the Middle East, specifically to Jordan and the UAE, where he met with security contractors and elite US military operators who wear and are fans of the 5.11 Taclite Pant. Morales pressed them for feedback on how the pant could be improved for their needs. "Create a performance stretch fabric," was their overwhelming request and Morales knew that he had a groundbreaking task ahead of him.

"The goal was to add functionality for our tactical operators by increasing range of motion and reducing the amount of resistance the fabric would give them," said Morales. "In order to maintain our durability and comfort we used the high strength-to-weight ratio of our popular TacliteT fabric. This allowed us to keep the strong rip-stop weave and add the extra functionality that stretch delivers."

The difference between traditional stretch and the new patent pending mechanical stretch (Flex-Tac) that 5.11 Tactical has created is night and day. 5.11 Tactical's performance stretch fabric is woven to create 2-way horizontal stretch with quick recovery and improved breathability and durability. Fibers are woven in a coil so they stretch and recoil each time extra mobility is needed. Traditional stretch fabric is typically made by weaving spandex in with a fabric making it heavy and less breathable with poor stretch recovery. It also breaks down easily when exposed to high temperatures, repeated washings, and any use that's heavier than simply fashion. Flex-Tac fabric allows users almost 20% more stretch - crucial for flexibility required in combat and law enforcement situations. 5.11 Tactical also maintained the fade, soil, and water resistant properties of the original Flex-Tac fabric even when the fabric was stretched.

Luxury denim commands top dollar for how it fits, wears and sculpts your body. 5.11 Tactical commands respect for turning fashion into function for people who rely on their apparel and gear to stay alive.

To purchase the new 5.11 Stryke Pants with Flex-Tac, find a dealer near you by visiting www.511tactical.com.

About 5.11 Tactical
Located in Modesto, California, 5.11 Tactical creates innovative, user-required products that enhance the safety, speed and performance of law enforcement, military, fire and EMS professionals worldwide. Built on a foundation of durability, quality and value that began with the authentic 5.11 Tactical Pant, 5.11 Tactical's team of over 300 employees leads the industry in delivering the world's most innovative gear, head to toe. By working directly with end-users and utilizing the expertise of highly qualified subject matter experts, all 5.11 Tactical products exceed rigorous and exacting standards. Learn more about 5.11 Tactical's best-selling tactical clothing, uniforms, station-wear, outerwear, footwear and accessories at www.511tactical.com.