I don't mean this as an insult, but a lot of cops and even a lot of military dudes are tactical fanboys. They identify with the prestige of the organization, and/or want to ride on the accomplisments and reputation of the elite within their organization. That sounds a bit harsh, but I don't mean they are some stolen valor posers. A lot of times it's born out respect for those elites, and maybe even a desire to join their ranks. Elite units get prohibitively expensive stuff issued, and everyone else just has to drool.
5.11 gear is cheap but still allows many to feel like they are part of the cool guy club. Also, many departments request quality equpment, and their request gets routed through some bean counter who says "this stuff looks similart to the request but only costs 1/4 as much." So that is the source of the LE "trust" that Steve is talking about. At least that's my take on it.
5.11 is affordable and it will hold your stuff and make it easier to take it from the truck to the house, etc. It's fine gear for light day to day use, but it's not on par with an actual outdoor pack of similar cost. For the same price you can get a better and larger pack from Mountain Hardwear, Osprey, etc.
Don't drink the tactikool-aid
Edited by spenceman, 17 December 2014 - 02:51 PM.