Springtime Staples

Make the transition from frigid winter temperatures to the sunny and unpredictable rainy days of spring easy with these tactical and duty apparel options. From gloves to boots, these versatile picks are designed with special lightweight materials and fabrics for maximum breathability, yet are still durable enough to provide the protection you need while out in the field.


Apex Short

Ideal for tactical, casual or covert wear, 5.11 Tactical’s Apex short is suited to warmer days on duty. Both durable and comfortable, the short is composed of the same 6.4 oz. Flex-Tac mechanical stretch Teflon-treated canvas as its pant counterpart. It also delivers similar functional details, but in a smaller package. There’s ample pocket space and plenty of holders designed for magazines, knives, handcuff keys and other gear. Available in black, TDU green, dark navy, battle brown and khaki. Sizes 28–44. MSRP $69.99.
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Fury Prime Glove

Combining protection and performance, the Fury Prime glove by Blackhawk! is a lightweight and durable option for days when added support is needed for more hands-on duty. The glove is composed of durable synthetic materials, featuring sonic-welded TPR overlay for top-of-hand protection, padding on the thumb and palm to protect against unexpected impact and a silicon grip print on the palm for dexterity. Despite its aggressive and rugged exterior, the glove fits comfortably, like a second skin, and is equipped with touchscreen-compatible fingertips so you can use your cellphone or tablet without having to remove your glove. Available in black, coyote tan and urban gray. Sizes S–XL. MSRP $38.95.
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Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 T

Being out on patrol is unpredictable. You could be walking your beat one minute and then pursuing a suspect in the next. That’s why it’s important to have reliable, non-bulky footwear suited for any situation. Haix had this in mind when it created its Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 T, a high, side-zip boot that combines the look and feel of a tactical boot with the technology of a running shoe. The result is a highly breathable boot featuring a durable, shock-absorbing heel with built-in support and a special rubber tread design with slip-resistant soles, meaning that you can go from a stroll to a sprint comfortably, without losing your footing. The boot also includes Haix’s Climate System, which keeps feet cool indoors and out. MSRP $169.
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24-7 Series Responder Shirt

New to Tru-Spec’s popular 24-7 Series is the Responder Shirt. Long-sleeved and lightweight, it’s constructed of patented drirelease fabric designed to regulate skin temperature, keep the body cool and wick sweat when temperatures rise. The polyester-cotton blend is treated with FreshGuard, a built-in natural odor neutralizer system that prevents bacteria growth and keeps you feeling fresh after long days in the field. Other functional details include durable rip-stop sleeves and yoke for abrasion resistance; vertical, inward-facing zippered pockets on the upper sleeves; and adjustable hook and loop cuffs. The shirt pairs perfectly with the brand’s 24-7 Xpedition pants. Available in black, navy and ranger green. XS–5XL. MSRP $73.95.
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Sublite Cushion Tactical RB8808

Building on the success of the Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical series, licensed by Warson Brands, this season the company is introducing its lightweight cushioning technology to military footwear. The new RB8808 tactical boot is available in a coyote brown colorway that meets the Army’s regulations on the wear and appearance of uniforms (AR670-1). Expect the same lightweight and comfortable wear as in previous versions of the boot, made possible by a Sublite foam midsole and MemoryTech massage footbed, but with upgrades. The RB8808 was built with soldiers in mind and features an added lace garage to tuck away laces when blousing pants, a full rubber outsole with rope guard for traction and durability, and an upper made of cattle hide leather for breathability. MSRP $150.
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Flying Cross AeroShell External Armor Cover

Sold by tactical gear and uniform distributor Galls, the AeroShell External Armor Cover vest provides superior ballistic protection without compromising the professional look of a uniform. Unlike bulky bulletproof vests of yesteryear, the AeroShell sits on top of the uniform, rather than underneath. The slim, innovative design features an adjustable side panel made of shell fabric with easy access Velcro and zipper closures for a comfortable and secure fit, in addition to a wide neck opening so it’s easy to put on and take off. A special Shift-Loc strap system holds the armor panel securely for minimal movement and shifting. For added convenience, the vest has a hidden MAP pocket feature to house documents and room for wire communications pass through. Available in black, navy, tan and white, with military creases optional, in short to extra-long styles. XS–4XL. MSRP $117.90.
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Read this story in the Spring 2018 issue of FOP Journal.

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