5.11 Tactical Aurora Shell

We here at Spotter Up are big fans of 5.11 Tactical– just do a search for “5.11” on our website and you will see a growing list of positive reviews from happy writers. I personally wear their defender flex pants almost everyday in almost every situation, and a trip to the local 5.11 brick and mortar store is always a good time. I recently visited the 5.11 shop looking for outerwear to use in the darker months, and I came across the Aurora Shell Jacket, which  fit my stocky frame perfectly in Medium (5’8″, 190lbs).

Features from the 5.11 website:

  • 15K/15K Waterproof and Breathable
  • Fully seam sealed
  • Articulated sleeves and shoulders
  • Armpit zippers for venting
  • Left chest zipper pocket with internal media ports for cord management
  • Hand zip pockets with internal RapiDraw™ pass through access
  • Adjustable hem with shock cord system
  • Adjustable hood
  • Regular Fit
  • 2.5L 100% Nylon Plain Weave Face with Coffee Print Backer, DWR

I received this jacket just in time for rainy season here (which is really just a continuation of the rainiest year I can remember). I have had a reason to have this jacket with me constantly and have worn it in warm, cold, dry and wet conditions. It works well as a wind-shell especially when combined with a quality insulating mid layer, and its breathable and has pit vents for when its a little warmer and you want to stay dry. The waterproofing is good for light rain and will repel water nicely to a certain point, but if its really down pouring and you expect to spend a lot of time in the rain, you may want to treat it with a hydrophobic product. Check the short video below of some of my testing which included of course plenty of range time.