Uniform Comfort and Quality Improves for Law Enforcement Officers


June 9, 2011
Contact: Tawny LaBarbera

Uniform Comfort and Quality Improves for Law Enforcement Officers

5.11 Tactical® Launches Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Taclite Patrol Duty Uniforms

Modesto, CA — Law enforcement personnel around the country are faced with competing requirements of looking professional and having functional uniforms that don’t impede the physical aspects of their job.  Traditionally law enforcement uniforms were made from wool – uncomfortable in hot or wet weather, and required dry cleaning; however, they were professional in appearance. Public safety personnel asked 5.11 Tactical® to develop a uniform that would allow them to move freely, be comfortable in a wide variety of climates, be more economical to maintain, yet still look professional.

This challenging order left the development team at 5.11 Tactical undaunted, “All of our products are developed in partnership with public safety personnel,” explains Dan Costa, CEO of 5.11 Tactical.  “They have jobs that require their apparel and gear to be more durable and have specific functionality.  This was a challenge we were determined to meet.”

The result was the 5.11 Taclite Patrol Duty Uniform (PDU®). Taclite is 5.11 Tactical’s proprietary fabric – a unique lightweight, breathable blend of 65% polyester/35% cotton ripstop fabric. Not only is the uniform convenient, but the durable, economical wash-and-wear fabric is long-term fade resistant and comes out of the dryer ready to wear, saving hundreds of dry cleaning dollars per year.

About the TacLite Patrol Duty Uniform

Pants have flat-front styling and permanent creases with additional features that include an expandable comfort waist and a diamond-gusseted crotch. Shirts feature a mic-cord pass-through, 5.11’s patented Hidden Document Pockets (Class B), pen slots, a button-covered placket with a YKK® zipper, epaulets, bi-swing shoulders underarm vents and adjustable wrist cuffs. Class A pants have hidden zipper side seam pockets, while Class B pants include patent-pending stripeable double-entry cargo pockets, secure covert pockets and flashlight pockets on the back of the leg. TacLite Class A and Class B uniforms are available in short and long sleeves. Women’s uniforms feature a modernized design and flattering construction.  5.11’s Patrol Duty Uniform™ is available in Midnight Navy starting at $ 59.99.

About 5.11 Tactical Series®

Located in Modesto, California, 5.11 Tactical Series® 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’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 products exceed rigorous and exacting standards. Learn more about 5.11’s best-selling tactical clothing, uniforms, station-wear, outerwear, footwear and accessories at www.511tactical.com.