5.11, 3M Partner on New Carbon Black Uniform Application

5.11, Inc., a global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear, and gear, is excited to be the first in the public safety space to offer 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black embellishment, now available through the 5.11 Custom Shop in Manteca, CA. This patented reflective film has a high level of durability while still maintaining flexibility which makes this glass bead technology a perfect candidate for application to uniform and outerwear alike.

Provider safety is the primary intent of this product, giving off-angle brightness in low-light situations, however, remaining a muted appearance during daylight conditions. Unlike other treatments, 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black will not lose the dark coloration or reflective properties while still maintaining a peak performance for the life of the product.

“While not replacing the ANSI Level 2 Reflective Vest, Carbon Black is an all-the-time option to aid in better viability during low-light situations and has a clean look to maintain traditional appearance that our users expect,” said Matt Page, 5.11’s vice president of global product.

Capability for embellishment is near limitless from custom agency or standardized callout. Additional recommendations are to include piping around sleeves and stripes down pant and pocket to allow more points of viability. “We have had great initial feedback from early field testing with select agencies,” says Brian Tripp, 5.11’s vice president, Guardian Sales Division. “Improvements in uniforms to elevate safety is paramount, and 5.11 strives to drive this effort.”

For additional information or sample interest around 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black embellishment, please contact 5.11’s Innovation Team at

With offices around the globe, 5.11 works directly with end users to create purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear designed specifically to enhance the safety, accuracy, speed, and performance of tactical professionals and technical enthusiasts worldwide. 5.11 products exceed rigorous standards, which have allowed the brand to establish a reputation for innovation and authenticity, and become the premier choice for those who always have to be ready. 5.11 products can be purchased online, through authorized dealers and retailers, as well as at 5.11 company-owned retail stores.

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