5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts

5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts

Do you have summers where you live? Does it get hot there?

If you answered "yes" to either of these questions then you need a pair of shorts for your emergency bug out kit.

Something versatile and tough, but not so heavy as to keep your core temperature too high and expose you to heat stroke.

I've had the 5.11 Taclite Pro 11" Shorts for over two years now and have taken them to the tops of mountains, waterfalls, cities, forests, shopping-malls (it's a jungle in there) and beyond and they still look as good as the day I got them.

Heres why you should get a pair (or two):

Best Bug Out Shorts 5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts

Reinforced pockets for knife clips. Nice. 

Firstly, like the 5.11 Taclite Jean-Cut Pants I have been abusing the past few months, these shorts are made from 6.14 oz. poly/cotton Taclite ripstop fabric, which (when translated) means they are light-weight, durable, non-wrinkling, and all around awesome.

It also means they don't get horribly smelly  or dirty even after wearing them for a week straight and dry quickly after being washed or rained on.

They also don't tear easily, and I've dragged them over rocks and through thorn patches several dozen times and nary a scratch.

They come with a plethora, yes I said plethora, of pockets (not piñatas, sorry) that would drag you to the ground if completely loaded.

My favorite is the back right pocket, which is secured with velcro and has is super easy to get in and out of because of it's "slash" pocket shape.

I also like the smaller thigh pocket on the left side, which fits my Vanguard Monocular perfectly or a Baofeng radio.

Best Bug Out Shorts 5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts Closeup

Another option for shorts are the Quiksilver Waterman Men's Maldive 7 Shorts, which are more like bathing suit material than a poly/cotton cloth. Easier to get wet in and dry but not as durable.

Since we live in a place that is wet and hot all the time I keep 2 pairs of shorts in my bag: one pair of the 5.11 and one of the Quicksilvers.

But if I had to chose only one to have with me it would be the 5.11 hands down.


  • Lightweight, comfortable, durable
  • Convenient D-ring
  • Rear strap and slash pockets
  • Three thigh-mounted utility pockets
  • Extra deep front pockets
  • Double thick seat


  • 6.14 oz. Taclite poly/cotton ripstop fabric
  • 11" inseam
  • 48 individual bartacks
  • Locking flange YKK® zippers
  • Prym® snaps
  • Triple-stitch reinforcements

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5.11 TacLite Pro Shorts

Price: $48

What do you know, 5.11 makes shorts too! All the goodness of the Taclite Pro pants in a smaller package. I've got 4 pairs of these shorts, and keep a pair in my get home bag and in my bug out bag


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