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“Dressed for success” takes on a whole different meaning when you’re talking about tactical apparel. Law enforcement professionals expect their clothing to meet multiple standards. In addition to looking professional, tactical clothes and accessories must be constructed out of durable material, strong enough to take on the roughest of conditions. For added value, shirts, pants and vests should provide storage options, such as concealed pockets. Protective layers should never compromise an officer’s ability to freely move. And in order for accessories — such as belts, eyewear and footwear — to qualify as tactical, they need to offer functional features not found in civilian versions. See what else tactical apparel designers have created to enhance law enforcement officers’ ability to do the job.

WX Wave Black Ops
Eye on the Job
Even in winter, sunglasses serve a vital role for officers. They can guard eyes from daytime glare and snow reflection, plus conceal where your attention is directed. The smoke gray lenses of the Wiley X Wave Black Ops glasses do just that while also meeting safety standards for optical clarity. They’re also prescription ready. The matte black frames are highlighted by half-rubber temples for both flexibility and a nonslip-grip fit. A T-Peg elastic strap is included to provide extra security. The glasses also satisfy standards for high-mass/high-velocity impacts. MSRP $100.
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24-7 Series Eco Tec Tac T-Shirt
Material Matters
The 24-7 Series Eco Tec Tac T-shirt from Tru-Spec offers a lot of the features necessary to perform tactical tasks. The anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties keep people dry even in cold temperatures. Each sleeve contains a convenient pen stall. Mesh side gussets allow for airflow, and a split drop-tail hem enhances back coverage. But it’s the material that makes the difference. The no-pill, no-snag, four-way stretch fabric contains Repreve polyester, which is made out of recycled plastic bottles and has been certified as one of most earth-friendly fibers. Sizes S–4XL. MMSRP $22.95.
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Black Eagle Safety 55 Mid SZ
Find Your Footing
From cold temperatures to slippery surfaces, winter can be tough on feet. Black Eagle Safety 55 Mid SZ boots from HAIX address many environmental and situational considerations, such as keeping feet warm and dry in the harshest weather conditions. While the Secura liner is sealed along the upper leather to keep cold out and heat in, the inner lining tackles many vital tasks. It’s watertight, abrasion resistant and prevents against blood and body fluids. The boot’s exterior handles multiple terrains — the sole is molded out of a nonslip, nonmarking rubber that’s also protected against heat, oil and gasoline. The Vario Wide Fit system allows for a more personalized fit for ultimate comfort. U.S. sizes 4–16. MMSRP $299.
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First Tactical
V2 Pro Performance Shirt
Look Good, Feel Great
First Tactical combined the classical features of its popular Performing Polo shirt with the utilitarian nature of its V2 shirt to create the hybrid V2 Pro Performance Shirt. The professional appearance is enhanced by a no-curl collar, hidden buttons and ID write bar. General wearability is complemented by an Arms Technology Mechanical Stretch, anti-snag jersey body material, which has a wicking and anti-odor finish. There’s also a double-layer woven yoke and running gusseted construction under arms to extend durability. It comes in midnight blue, green and black colors, as well as men’s and women’s sizes. MMSRP $49.99.
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LCS Cobra Gun Belt
Belted In
With not one, but two layers of webbing, you know the LCS Cobra Gun Belt was built to take on big jobs. Condor designers started with a 2-inch heavy-duty webbing on which they layered SCUBA webbing. Combined, the materials increase the capacity to carry heavy loads. Laser-cut slots easily accommodate modular attachments. Also, the belt can be worn as part of a two-belt system. Users can remove the inner anti-slip pad if seeking a sleeker fit. The belt is available in OD, black and coyote brown, and measures from small/medium (up to 38.5 inches in length) to large/extra-large (up to 50.5 inches in length). MMSRP $80.95.
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Point Blank Enterprises
Paraclete Special Response Vest
Invested in Safety
Adaptable, multifunctional, durable and protective are all adjectives that describe the Paraclete Special Response Vest by Point Blank Enterprises. Users can configure the front panel to adapt to situational needs. Its hard armor plate pocket can house Shooter’s cut plates while the back armor plate compartment accepts Shooter’s or rectangle plates. The front ID panel hides an admin pocket. Several optional accessories can be added to the vest, such as a collar, yokes and other inserts. Additional features include Aspetto buckles for swift release and two hidden radio/magazine pockets on each side. The material is a MOLLE-compatible webbing, combined with a spacer mesh and Tweave liner for comfort. MMSRP base vest $1,740–$2,442; complete system $3,222–$4,665.
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Voodoo Tactical
Valor Standard 10-Ring “Q” Bag
It’s in the Bag
Fashion gurus always suggest matching a bag to your outfit, and for law enforcement professionals, that means finding a carrying case specifically outfitted to hold necessary tactical gear. The Voodoo Tactical Valor Standard 10-Ring “Q” Bag was specifically crafted for field duty. It’s compact enough to easily be stashed inside a patrol bag, but large enough to safely store eye and ear protection, gun-cleaning items as well as ammunition and magazines. In fact, there are two removable double-mag pouches. A rollout mat creates a clean surface for weapons cleaning, and on the outside you’ll find side and rear pockets. Locking zippers protect contents. MMSRP $58.95.
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