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5.11 Offers Ugly Holiday Sweater

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It’s not Christmas without an ugly sweater or two or ten. While you might balk at the idea of buying a dreadful gaudy garment to wear just once a year, you probably haven’t seen the abundance of the so-ugly-they’re-badass Christmas sweaters that have come out in recent years. Just in time for the 2017 celebrations is 5.11’s Ugly Holiday Sweater.

And as one would expect from this purveyor of all things tactical apparel, its sweatshirt can kick your daddy’s sweatshirt any day of the advent.


The Ugly Holiday Sweater features a snowman armed with an AR-15-style rifle, headset/ear protection, and a plate carrier with mag pouches. To complete the seasonal look, this winter commando has a carrot nose, a corncob-style pipe, and coal for eyes and a mouth. He’s flanked by silhouettes of two soldiers. Snowflakes, fighter jets, and the 5.11 logo make up the rest of the sweatshirt’s mosaic.

This limited-edition sweater is made from an 8.5-ounce fleece (80-percent cotton and 20-percent polyester), allowing for a blend of comfort, flexibility, and durability that’s both lightweight and breathable. And sorry, hipsters, no embarrassing skin-tight fit here; it features a generous fit, as all traditional Christmas sweaters should have.


The hem and cuffs are reinforced to provide a secure fit in the right areas and prevent unwanted stretching (by, say, a flirtatious coworker who’s had too much spiked eggnog at the office holiday party). Plus, the graphics of the tactical snowman and mosaic are resistant to cracking and fading.

The sweatshirt is available for $49.99 in sizes small through XXL. Unfortunately, it’s available in red and for men only.

For those of you who never get to experience a snow-filled holiday season because you live in warmer climes and, therefore, don’t need a sweater, 5.11 offers a short-sleeve version, too.

The Ugly Holiday Tee is made of 100-percent cotton, features a crewneck, and also has the anti-fade, anti-cracking graphic print. It comes in regular fit. Also available in sizes small through XXL, the T-shirt comes in red and for men only.


The Ugly Holiday Sweater and Tee aren’t 5.11’s first foray into tongue-in-cheekiness.

Though known for making tactical gear, apparel, and accessories for civilians, law enforcement, military, and first responders around the world, the California-based company also knows when to have a bit of fun for the appropriate occasion. In 2012, 5.11 made a tactical kilt as an April Fool’s joke. But the folks at 5.11 didn’t expect such an overwhelming positive response, with fans demanding that they actually make the man skirt available for purchase. It didn’t take long for the company to make that a reality.

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