MONS Gear Box Product Review
5.11‘s most popular concealed carry jacket, the upgraded SABRE Jacket 2.0 has been engineered with direct feedback from 5.11 users to provide a covert and stylish appearance that hides a wealth of tactical features. The jacket is mid weight and is built on a polyester bonded soft shell over three-layer microfiber, making it surprisingly warm. Having worn it as a winter jacket for most of the winter in -25°C weather on outdoor ranges, an additional layer underneath kept me warm and agile.
Both sides of the jacket have 5.11 QUIXIP for access to a concealed side arm. The QUIXIP system is based around a hidden buckle with an exposed pull tab. Pulling said tab releases the buckle, and opens a small patch of velcro that holds a zipper pull in place. As you keep pulling the zipper opens upward and the jacket breaks away. Having tried this numerous times on shooting ranges, the QUIXIP system does not wear out and keeps fuctioning even after 200+ pulls.
The cuffs of the Sabre 2.0 are pretty ingenious. They are elasticised and easily adjustable. At their normal location, which I need to get my hands in and out, there is also a Prym snap to hold the cuff secure. Both uppers arms of the jacket have a colour matched loop field that is 4×4 inches (obviously for displaying patches). However with out any patches the loops is discreet and the jacket blends in well. On the topic of not blending in; there are three zip out ID panels. Two on the front that are 5x5in and one on the back that is 12×9 inches. The panels themselves are attached with velcro and are easily removed from the jacket; and the panel pocket is hidden by a storm flap design.
The jacket includes a detachable hood. The hood zippers on to the back of the neck and velcros on to the sides of the collar. The collar features a small piece of fleece backed shell that protects the wearer from the zipper when its all the way up.
5.11 touts its SABRE 2.0 to be water repellant as well it having a waterproof and breathable seam-sealed membrane, which we tested to the max and found it to not be all that right, as we were soaked after standing in heavy downpours for long periods of time; but its stood up to light rain quite well. Other than that the 5.11 Tactical SABRE Jacket 2.0 is a great concealed carry jacket.