5.11 Switchback Shorts

  • 5.0 star rating (57)
  • Item #: 73322-206
  • Clearance:  $47.99 $24.99
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5.11

5.11 Switchback Shorts

Comfortable and extremely durable, the 5.11 Switchback Shorts are built to hold up in any situation. With a cell phone pocket on the seam of the right thigh and dual magazine pockets on the back hip, you'll be able to stay organized and spring into action at any moment. These shorts are sewn with double-needle stitching and feature bar-tacking at high stress points for improved durability. Made from 100% cotton twill, these shorts are great for both on- and off-duty use. Whether you're taking a walk, using them out in the field or wearing them when lounging around the house, you're guaranteed to stay comfortable.

Features of 5.11 Switchback Shorts

  • 100% cotton twill
  • Bar-tacking along high stress points
  • Right thigh features cell phone pocket on the seam
  • Coin pocket on right hip
  • 12.5" inseam
  • 1.5" belt loops
  • Double-needle stitching throughout
  • Back hip has covert dual magazine pockets
  • YKK zipper
Size Neck Chest Arm Length Waist
Extra Small 13 - 13 1/2" 30 - 32" 32 1/4 - 32 1/2" 24 - 26"
Small 14 - 14 1/2" 34 - 36" 33 - 33 1/2" 28 - 30"
Medium 15 - 15 1/2" 38 - 40" 33 3/4" - 34 1/4" 32 - 34"
Large 16 - 16 1/2" 42 - 44" 34 1/2 - 35" 36 - 38"
Extra Large 17 - 17 1/2" 46 - 48" 35 1/4 - 35 3/4" 40 - 42"
2 X-Large 18 - 18 1/2" 50 - 52" 36 - 36 1/2" 44 - 46"
3 X-Large 19 - 19 1/2" 54 - 56" 36 3/4 - 37 1/4" 48 - 50"
4 X-Large 20 - 20 1/2" 58 - 60" 37 1/2 - 38" 52 - 54"
5 X-Large 21 - 21 1/2" 62 - 64" 38 1/4 - 38 3/4" 56 - 58"
6 X-Large 22 - 22 1/2" 66 - 68" 39 - 39 1/2" 60 - 62"

Short = 5'3 - 5'7 1/2", Regular = 5'8 - 6' 1/2", Tall = 6'1 - 6'3", Tall sizes have 2" added to body and sleeve length. *Arm length refers to your actual arm length, not the garment's sleeve length.

Sizing Instructions: Using measuring tape, measure your body (not over clothing). If you fall between sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. For sleeve length, measure from the center of the top of your back to your wrist.

Men: Utilize your chest, arm length and neck measurements to determine the proper size for tops, outerwear or jumpsuits; utilize your waist measurement (where you wear your pants) for bottoms.

Fit Spectrum

Compression: A tight, compressive fit.

Fitted: A body skimming fit. Not compressive.

Regular: A comfortable, professional fit. Neither slim nor oversized.

Classic: A full, generous fit allowing superior range of motion.

  • Description
    5.11

    5.11 Switchback Shorts

    Comfortable and extremely durable, the 5.11 Switchback Shorts are built to hold up in any situation. With a cell phone pocket on the seam of the right thigh and dual magazine pockets on the back hip, you'll be able to stay organized and spring into action at any moment. These shorts are sewn with double-needle stitching and feature bar-tacking at high stress points for improved durability. Made from 100% cotton twill, these shorts are great for both on- and off-duty use. Whether you're taking a walk, using them out in the field or wearing them when lounging around the house, you're guaranteed to stay comfortable.

    Features of 5.11 Switchback Shorts

    • 100% cotton twill
    • Bar-tacking along high stress points
    • Right thigh features cell phone pocket on the seam
    • Coin pocket on right hip
    • 12.5" inseam
    • 1.5" belt loops
    • Double-needle stitching throughout
    • Back hip has covert dual magazine pockets
    • YKK zipper
  • Size Chart
    Size Neck Chest Arm Length Waist
    Extra Small 13 - 13 1/2" 30 - 32" 32 1/4 - 32 1/2" 24 - 26"
    Small 14 - 14 1/2" 34 - 36" 33 - 33 1/2" 28 - 30"
    Medium 15 - 15 1/2" 38 - 40" 33 3/4" - 34 1/4" 32 - 34"
    Large 16 - 16 1/2" 42 - 44" 34 1/2 - 35" 36 - 38"
    Extra Large 17 - 17 1/2" 46 - 48" 35 1/4 - 35 3/4" 40 - 42"
    2 X-Large 18 - 18 1/2" 50 - 52" 36 - 36 1/2" 44 - 46"
    3 X-Large 19 - 19 1/2" 54 - 56" 36 3/4 - 37 1/4" 48 - 50"
    4 X-Large 20 - 20 1/2" 58 - 60" 37 1/2 - 38" 52 - 54"
    5 X-Large 21 - 21 1/2" 62 - 64" 38 1/4 - 38 3/4" 56 - 58"
    6 X-Large 22 - 22 1/2" 66 - 68" 39 - 39 1/2" 60 - 62"

    Short = 5'3 - 5'7 1/2", Regular = 5'8 - 6' 1/2", Tall = 6'1 - 6'3", Tall sizes have 2" added to body and sleeve length. *Arm length refers to your actual arm length, not the garment's sleeve length.

    Sizing Instructions: Using measuring tape, measure your body (not over clothing). If you fall between sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. For sleeve length, measure from the center of the top of your back to your wrist.

    Men: Utilize your chest, arm length and neck measurements to determine the proper size for tops, outerwear or jumpsuits; utilize your waist measurement (where you wear your pants) for bottoms.

    Fit Spectrum

    Compression: A tight, compressive fit.

    Fitted: A body skimming fit. Not compressive.

    Regular: A comfortable, professional fit. Neither slim nor oversized.

    Classic: A full, generous fit allowing superior range of motion.

Customer Reviews

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Best shorts I have
      Reviewer: Ryan Johnson

      9/10/2018

      I have three pair - one in each color. The shorts do not scream tactical but still have plenty of pockets for the things I need to carry. The last too.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great Shorts
      Reviewer: Jim

      8/30/2018

      Awesome deal

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great fitting pair of shorts
      Reviewer: Robert Alex

      8/27/2018

      Fit well Get complements on how they look. I own two and they should last a long time and still look good.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Pretty good fit!
      Reviewer: Ryan Martinez

      8/4/2018

      When I bought these, I initially thought they were gonna be too dark but thankfully they are brighter & more comfy than they look

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great shorts
      Reviewer: James

      8/2/2018

      Bought for my grandson, he loves them. Fit perfect.

    • 4.0 star rating
    • Great pant
      Reviewer: Moosh Mackenzie

      8/2/2018

      Great shorts. Wear them in my Woodshop. Would love a small pocket on the right front thigh like there is in the left.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great shorts
      Reviewer: David

      8/1/2018

      Good quality shorts from 511. Great price. Nice OD green.

    • 2.5 star rating
    • Shorts run small
      Reviewer: David

      8/1/2018

      Not as many pockets as I wanted.

    • Response from TacticalGear.com

      We're sorry to hear the shorts didn't have as many pockets as you wanted! Please reach out to our Customer Relations team and they'll be able to help you find shorts with more pockets.

    • 4.0 star rating
    • A good pair of shorts.
      Reviewer: Gary Fotodiver

      7/31/2018

      Well-made in fit and finish. The pockets are deep enough, except for the small back pockets; they are too short to hide full-size magazines. If not for this, I would rate 5 stars. Glad I bought two pair.

    • 3.0 star rating
    • Quality, but too short
      Reviewer: James R.

      7/31/2018

      The inseam is at least an inch shorter than advertised. They don't even hit the top of my knee. Quality and material are great, but it's not 80's gym class anymore.

    • Response from TacticalGear.com

      Thanks for the feedback! The inseam should be 12.5 inches as shown under the description. If your shorts measure shorter than 12.5 inches this may be the product of a defect and we'd be happy fix the problem! If not, we'd still love to offer recommendations of shorts to better suit your needs.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Very Comfortable and versatile
      Reviewer: Patrick Trexler

      7/31/2018

      Great fit out of the box. Very comfortable and light weight.

    • 3.0 star rating
    • A Solid "Meh!"
      Reviewer: John Stewart

      7/30/2018

      These are definitely the cheapest version of any 5.11 product I own. They fit slightly snug. Small pockets in the back, above the regular pockets can hold a small pistol mag or small phone. There is a small phone pocket on the left leg. No velcro closures on any of the pockets. The material doesn't "feel" like the normal 5.11 quality. I have some Wrangler cargo shorts, that I purchased a major retailer, that are very similar but about half the price of these. The Wranglers have cargo pockets that do have velcro closures.

    • 4.5 star rating
    • Great shorts. Well constructed
      Reviewer: David Griffin

      7/30/2018

      These are built to last. I feel they may run a tad on the smaller size, however.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great Product
      Reviewer: Jerry Lyles

      7/30/2018

      I love them, comfortable, well made and smart design.

    • 2.0 star rating
    • Order 1 size larger than you normally would
      Reviewer: S s

      7/30/2018

      Runs way smaller than indicated size

    • Response from TacticalGear.com

      Thanks for the feedback, give us a call if you'd like assistance with sizing. Our Customer Relations team would be more than happy to help!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great for warm weather
      Reviewer: DW

      7/30/2018

      Liked them so much I just ordered a second pair

    • 2.0 star rating
    • Not what i expected
      Reviewer: Francis Jaugan

      7/29/2018

      The material is thin, too long

    • Response from TacticalGear.com

      We're sorry these shorts weren't what you were expecting. Our Customer Relations department would be more than happy to assist you in finding a pair more suited to your needs!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great fit
      Reviewer: Gary Anderson

      7/29/2018

      These fit like shorts should fit. I'll be buying more.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • a good product
      Reviewer: davcin

      7/29/2018

      comfortable shorts well made will be buying another pair.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • I like 5.11 alot
      Reviewer: John keith

      7/29/2018

      Fit is good color is right I wear them all the time

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great price
      Reviewer: Ronald Vulatic

      7/27/2018

      Shorts fit great and the price was good for the quality.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Husbands going to love these
      Reviewer: Sara Hobson

      7/27/2018

      Great quality. Love the color and they’re made very well

    • 5.0 star rating
    • I love these shorts.
      Reviewer: Jeremy Loercher

      7/27/2018

      They fit great and the pocket up front holds my phone perfectly.

    • 4.0 star rating
    • Great pair of shorts
      Reviewer: Sean Dowling

      7/27/2018

      Seems to be well made, size is right on.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Very Comfortable, Nice Fit
      Reviewer: Preston N.

      7/26/2018

      The front cell phone pocket is very useful, but the rear "mag pockets" are not so much. I do like that the back pocket sits a little lower so my EDC doesn't make it hard to access my wallet. Very comfortable and I picked them up at a great price. These are my favorite shorts that I own.

    • 4.5 star rating
    • Great short
      Reviewer: Kostyal Don

      7/26/2018

      Fit well comfortable

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great product
      Reviewer: Percy John Kramberg

      7/26/2018

      Well these were as to be expected from 5.11 top quality durable and comfortable love all the pockets but they can still pass for dress shorts

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Shorts
      Reviewer: David Hurst

      7/25/2018

      Love them

    • 2.5 star rating
    • Short Inseam
      Reviewer: Danny Skiff

      7/25/2018

      The inseam was shorter than advertised; sending them back. I don't need shorts that are above my knees. The company was very easy to deal with on the return.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • I liked these shorts
      Reviewer: Phil Hudecek

      7/17/2018

      Comfort was good they are good shorts

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great shorts
      Reviewer: Ben ZW

      7/16/2018

      Great product! Perfectly sized pockets, great fabric weight for warm weather, and fantastic fit.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • My new fav
      Reviewer: Justin C

      7/7/2018

      First off I’ve been wearing the 5.11 Stryke shorts for about 2 years and loved them. Tried the Switchback shorts because they were on sale for less than 1/2 the price of Strykes. I love the longer inseam and better pockets on the Switchbacks. The only thing that these are missing are the stretch/flex of the Stryke shorts.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Super comfortable
      Reviewer: Matt Y

      7/2/2018

      Shorts are very comfortable, extremely easy to carry a concealed pistol either appendix or strong side at 3-4 o’clock. Would definitely buy again.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • These are great shorts!
      Reviewer: Larry Kramer

      7/2/2018

      Great fit. Plenty of pockets. Love em!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • 5.11 strikes again
      Reviewer: Ken Mitchell

      7/1/2018

      Well 5.11 hit a home run with these shorts. I agree with another reviewer about these shorts being perfect for summer wear. They have become my new favorite summer shorts. Also, I agree with everyone that the mobile pocket is ideal for an iPhone in a LifeProof case.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great shorts
      Reviewer: Paul S.

      6/30/2018

      Great

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Love the shorts!!
      Reviewer: John Scheftic

      6/30/2018

      I’m a tall guy so finding shorts that go down to my knees is definitely difficult.... these shorts put them right there!! Perfect!!! Only regret is that I didn’t order two more pairs at the sale price. Wanted to test them out first then sale was over!!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • It’s 5.11
      Reviewer: Lukas Lowder

      6/28/2018

      Great quality shorts. Wouldn’t expect less from 5.11, recommended.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Buy 'em...
      Reviewer: Tom Toth

      6/28/2018

      I'm not someone who likes shopping for clothes at all... however, I bought these based on them being 5.11's and I love them... got the stone and battle brown and am now going back to get some green ones... hard to find my size in shorts I actually like but these are freakin' great and only $20...smokin' deal!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Awesome product!!
      Reviewer: Thomas J Jacobson

      6/28/2018

      Perfect shorts. Fits great, feels good, and is true to size. I’d like to have several pairs.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great product
      Reviewer: Jose Rodriguez

      6/28/2018

      Great quality, fit, and price

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Shorty
      Reviewer: Mike Nelson

      6/28/2018

      Great feel and they are long

    • 3.0 star rating
    • They are not as good as i thought
      Reviewer: Timothy A Good

      6/27/2018

      I think they need a phone pocket like on the left side on the right side too

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great bargain with the sale.
      Reviewer: Andrew Okey

      6/27/2018

      These shorts are very well made and are very comfortable. The only thing I would change is to put the cellphone pocket on the right side.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Very impressed, and pleased.
      Reviewer: Mr. X

      6/27/2018

      Lightweight. Tight-knit. Strong stitching. Lots of room in crotch-area. Allows me to move about; climb; scuttle; stretch; reach; and, carry my necessary gear & rigging(s). Plus, The chicks dig the way they look on me.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great shorts
      Reviewer: Jonny Nitro

      6/27/2018

      These are great quality, shorts. I just ordered the wrong size. Needed a size bigger than normally what I would order (32>34). Good quality, very comfortable, solid stitching.

    • Response from TacticalGear.com

      Hey Jonny, glad you're liking the shorts! Our Customer Relations department would be more than happy to help you with your size exchange, give us a call!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great fit and weight...
      Reviewer: David Marcussen

      6/26/2018

      I have always worn the 5.11 tactical trousers for work, these shorts are great! The weight and fit are perfect. I have worn them on the golf course and out for casual events, they’re the perfect compliment to polos, dress down shirts and t-shirts. The doubled back pocket is perfect for the badge wallet and cell phone. Great product!!!

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Comfortable
      Reviewer: Bryan Rush

      6/25/2018

      Nice shorts. A little heavy but I like them

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Shorts
      Reviewer: Ryan Johnson

      6/25/2018

      I love these shorts. I just bought a second pair. True to size and the fit is not baggy or super slim. Fit just right for me.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • I love 511
      Reviewer: Leo Salmon

      6/23/2018

      Love the fit and with a light weight material.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great quality
      Reviewer: Eric

      6/22/2018

      Comfortable, light, good quality.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • 5.11 Shorts
      Reviewer: Tim Hill

      6/22/2018

      Love these shorts. Very comfortable. Main reason I bought them was the 12”+ inseam. Can’t handle the 9 or 10” inseams. Fit was great and really like all the extra pockets.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Best so far.
      Reviewer: Bruce W

      6/21/2018

      Bought a set of four different tactical shorts from this site. This is the best for summer everyday wear. Light without bulky leg pockets. Like the hidden pocket.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Good fit
      Reviewer: Otto Escalante

      6/19/2018

      Awesome

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Awesome short
      Reviewer: Hunter G.

      6/13/2018

      My favorite color by far is the Battle Brown *giggles*

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Great shorts!
      Reviewer: Cedric

      7/6/2017

      I live in these shorts all summer! The cell phone pocket is super convenient, and the fabric is tough and breathable at the same time.

    • 5.0 star rating
    • Nice shorts
      Reviewer: T. Harrison

      8/1/2016

      Good construction. fit, fabric and features.