|Privately held company|
|Founded||Modesto, California, U.S. (2003)|
|Francisco Morales, CEO|
|Products||Uniforms, tactical clothing, tactical gear, knives|
|Revenue||US$300 million (2016)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Compass Diversified Holdings|
5.11 Tactical (pronounced "five eleven tactical") is an Irvine, California–based brand of clothing consisting of uniforms and tactical equipment for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. The company also operates a chain of retail stores, with 69 locations as of September 2020.
5.11 Tactical started in Modesto, California as a clothing line created by mountain climber Royal Robbins. Upon reaching the top of a climb in Yosemite California, he noticed that the trousers that he was wearing were not suited for climbing. Robbins decided that he needed to design something more durable and with better functionality. He owned a boot and clothing company and began manufacturing pants by the name of "5.11" that had a trademarked tactical strap and slash pocket design in 1968.
The name "5.11" comes from the highest rock climbing difficulty level that was listed in the Yosemite Decimal System at Yosemite National Park, which was developed by Robbins in the 1950s. The difficulty level is somewhat jokingly defined as, "After thorough inspection, you conclude this move is obviously impossible; however, occasionally someone actually accomplishes it".
Costa bought the entire company in 2002 and ended up selling Royal Robbins Clothing back to Robbins in 2003, but kept the 5.11 Tactical brand and spun off a whole new company called 511 Inc or 5.11 Tactical. Partnering with the FBI, Dan Costa and his co-partner Francisco Morales began creating additional tactical apparel and improving on the existing line. In 2006 5.11 Tactical was ranked No. 211 on Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest- growing companies in the nation.
An April Fool's joke that same year resulted in production of the Tactical Duty contemporary kilt. Also in 2012, the company announced it was moving development jobs to Irvine, California, while leaving some functions in Modesto.
In 2014, the company expanded into retail and opened pilot locations in Riverside and Las Vegas, and the following two years it opened stores in California, Colorado, Texas, Australia, Florida and Utah.
The company operates a chain of 69 retail stores across 25 U.S. states, Germany, Australia, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Ireland and Japan, as of September 2020. In 2020 they have continued their announced plan to open new stores with multiple locations under development and a plan to have 71 stores domestically by the end of 2020.
In popular culture
5.11 Tactical makes clothing, gloves, boots, holsters, knives, flashlights, slings, and packs for law enforcement use, but is popular with civilian shooters and private military contractors.
5.11 is the official plate carrier of the CrossFit Games.
5.11 plate carriers are featured in the video game Escape From Tarkov.
5.11 products are featured in various Ubisoft video games including Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Far Cry 5, Tom Clancy's The Division 2, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
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