5.11 Tactical debuted the Women’s Raven Range Tight at Shot Show 2016, and I stalked their website until there release for sale to the public. I think I got one wear out of them before having to take them out of the wardrobe rotation in 2016, tacticool does not always equal bump friendly. I was excited to pull them out this year and put them through the paces of mom life. On the front end let me say that I have not be compensated by 5.11 Tactical, Target, gracie’s gear or any affiliates for this review. I own 5.11 Tactical products, gracie’s gear and shop at Target.
What 5.11 Tactical says:
“Meet the greatest tights ever invented and your new best friend. Made from Ponte di Roma fabric, a durable stretch knit with a smooth, flattering finish, our Women’s Raven Range Tights deliver the comfort of a traditional yoga pant with operator- inspired utility. A wide elastic waistband, belt loops, and abrasion- resistant panels support your belt and holster, and the inseam ensures superior movement. Stay sharp and comfortable all day, whether you’re at the range, the gym, or just lounging. Pretty much perfect” 5.11 Tactical Women’s Raven Range Tight (Tundra). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.511tactical.com/womens-raven-range-tight.html.
What I say:
I love these yoga pants, as a new mom, I truly appreciate the slightly padded knees, which may serve no practical purpose for target practice at the range. The padded knees do offer a cushion for crawling around on the floor with an infant whose “roller game” is on point, for play, tummy time or just for mommy fun. To the non-shooters in the audience don’t let the words operator and tactical scare you, these are the best mom pants especially if you like to spend time on the floor with your little one(s).
Comfort and wearability, I have worn them to church, around the house, quick errands, and road trips. The look is classier than your standard yoga pant which makes them easier to dress up for “dress” casual settings with booties or flats. Practical for a workout or casual situations paired with sweatshirt and running shoes etc.
Durability, while the care instructions are tedious, I have worn them at least 16 times since mid-January 2017 and washed after each wear, and they still look good, I cannot speak to durability if you don’t follow the care instructions or varying water or detergents. Mine have held up nicely.
As I said before as a new mom, I believe these are ideal, and 5.11 may be missing out on a target audience for these tights, the slightly padded knee alone makes the price point almost worth it. I say almost because do you know how much baby gear you can purchase with $89.99. I would buy again at the least the first pair at that price point. Total cost was $96.07 with tax and free shipping on February 8, 2016. Would I like another pair, of course, but with an infant, I cannot justify the price, my husband can, but I cannot, should have taken advantage of the sale some weeks back, but we got baby gear instead.
Delicate wash and air/line dry. I would probably wear them more often if the care were not so labor intensive. Yes, the material dry’s quickly, and yes, I have other air dry clothing, but I have the same grip. And yes, most yoga, exercise clothing says air/hang dry but let’s be honest how many of us are air/hang drying our workout wear purchased at the local Target.
Which brings me to my other con, the price point, as a 5.11 fan girl I get it, you pay for quality and wearability but seriously $89.99 as much as I love these tights I am not sure it was worth the price point. Okay would I purchase the first pair again at that price, of course, did you miss the part where I said I stalked the website for them? I firmly believe these are ideal mom wear but am realistic the budgets of households with and without little ones. I have no idea what the cost of production is for these range tights however a price point of say $59.99 or 64.99 (comparable to the Men’s Fitness Vandal Short) would open a new market for 5.11. Minimally it would be nice for 5.11 to develop tactical mom wear that offers budget friendly prices for mom’s.
The other issue that others have commented on is no pocket, not even one, as a former runner I know the value of a “workout” pant with a pocket; I would suggest 5.11 reach out to gracie’s gear for a partnership. I have tanks and capris from gracie’s gear that offer a pouch that these 5.11 tights so desperately need. Gracie is a former colleague and while gracie’s gear has experienced some up’s and down’s, I love her products.
I love the raven range tight. I have no regrets about this purchase. While I was not a mom when I made the purchase as a new mom they are the best thing ever. Just remember belt required.