After a seemingly endless winter, the days of summer are a welcome change. It’s time to shed those multiple layers of outerwear and let the sun thaw away any lingering memories of winter’s harsh treatment. Still, as the temperatures rise, you can’t afford to overheat. Maintain a level of cool comfort with clothing and accessories designed to help you chill all summer long.
Maxpedition PT1108 Chowdown Personal Cooler
Not Your Ordinary Lunchbox
Don’t let the heat melt your lunch (unless you wanted a grilled cheese sandwich). The Chowdown Personal Cooler manufactured by Maxpedition features an insulated interior with welded food-grade lining created to maintain temperatures — cold food stays cold, hot food stays hot. The lightweight ballistic nylon outer fabric is both water- and abrasion-resistant. An exterior pocket with a corded bottle opener adds a touch of convenience. MSRP $92.99.
Men’s UA Undeniable Crew Socks Curry One Edition
Protect your toes (and arches and heels) from summer skin irritations. The Men’s UA Undeniable Crew Socks Curry One Edition by Under Armour offer a moisture transport system that repels sweat away from skin. The ArmourBlock treatment helps to prevent odor-causing microbes from forming, and the embedded arch support keeps feet from wilting. MSRP $19.99.
5.11 Tactical Year Round Over the Calf Socks
Don’t let foot fatigue slow you down. 5.11 Tactical Year Round OTC Socks pamper feet with various zones of compression, support and cushion. TransDry cotton wicks moisture away from skin surfaces in all kinds of weather conditions, while NanoGLIDE technology helps prevent blisters. Also, the socks are specifically designed to complement 5.11 Tactical footwear. MSRP $16.99.
Wiley X WX Tide
Eye on the Prize
If you’re familiar with Wiley X’s Climate Control eyewear, then you already know the comfort they provide. Now imagine that comfort elevated to a whole new level. WX Tide is the newest Climate Control model incorporating the patented Facial Cavity Seal, which protects eyes from wind, dust and reflected light passing through from multiple directions. The sunglasses also meet ANSI Z87.1 high velocity and high mass impact safety requirements, making them compatible for tactical purposes. MSRP $100.
Bobster Ryval 2
Sized to Fit
When it comes to getting an ideal eyewear fit, no two faces are alike. The Ryval 2 sunglasses by Bobster allow wearers to adjust the nosepiece for a more secure fit, and the half-frame design sits comfortably on most face shapes. Also included are a low-profile retainer strap, microfiber pouch, carrying case and removable Covert Closed Cell foam. MSRP $49.98.
Tru-Spec Men’s 24-7 Series Eclipse Tactical Shorts
Long on Comfort
Wearing shorts doesn’t guarantee you’ll stay cool under the summer sun. Quick-drying, breathable nylon, however, should keep your lower body in check on hot days. The Men’s 24-7 Series Eclipse Tactical Shorts by Tru-Spec also offer eight pockets, including one hidden in an inside, rear center belt loop. Additionally, the material is Teflon-coated to protect against dirt and moisture. MSRP $50.95.
Liberty Uniform Comfort Zone Moisture Management Cargo Pocket Trousers
Cool Under Cover
There are times when you have to don long pants, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on summer comfort. The Comfort Zone Moisture Management Cargo Pocket Trousers from Liberty Uniform are designed with an expandable waistband to flex the fit as needed. Additionally, the waistband includes a four-bead silicone feature to prevent shirttails from slipping out during physical activity. MSRP $79.00.
Blackhawk! Ultralight Side Zip Boots
Tackle Any Terrain
Whether you work or play in rugged environments, the Ultralight Side Zip Boots from Blackhawk! protect your feet. The rugged soles can handle a variety of surfaces without slipping, and the YKK Coil size zipper makes for easy on and off. It’s how the boots manage water, though, that really distinguishes them. The PU midsole and arch ventilation ports allow water to drain out. Plus, the inner lining is treated with Dri-Lex to prevent moisture from building up. Boots come in either black or desert tan. MSRP $174.99.
Rocky RLW Boots
Light on Your Feet
Your toes won’t tire out when wearing these Rocky RLW Boots, which weigh in at just 18 ounces each. The uppers are constructed out of supple cattle-hide leather and fast-drying Cordura material, while feet sit atop the Rocky Airport Cushion bed for extra support. The outer soles highlight multi-directional tread patterns and heel tread locks for sure footing. MSRP $139.99.
Elbeco Ufx Ultra-Light Polo
All the Right Moves
The performance polyester fabric of the Elbeco Ufx Ultra-Light Polo offers a four-way stretch to keep from restricting movements. It also has anti-microbial nanotechnology to fight odor-causing bacteria, and provides UV40+ protection against the sun’s rays. Extra design elements include mic pockets at the shoulder seams, a dual pen pocket in the left sleeve and a three-button front placket with loop. MSRP $47.99.
Rothco Ultra-Light High Performance Gloves
Freezing temps may not be a threat to fingertips at this time of year, but law enforcement professionals still benefit from quality gloves for added safety while out in the field. Constructed out of leather and Spandex, the Ultra-Light High Performance Gloves by Rothco won’t weigh you down on hot days. Sizes range from SM to 2XL. MSRP $18.99.
Flying Cross Hybrid 37.5 Performance Patrol Shirt & Aeroshell Advanced Armor Cover
The Hybrid 37.5 Performance Patrol Shirt contains Flying Cross’s 37.5 Active Particle Technology, which offers five times more cooling and drying power than most other garments because it controls the wearer’s body-core temperature regardless of the ambient temperature. The material also supplies both UVA and UVB sun protection. The accompanying Aeroshell Advanced Armor Cover allows for maximum range of movement, as well as unobstructed air flow through its full spacer mesh lining for even more temperature control. Patrol Shirt MSRP $39.99; Aeroshell Cover, MSRP $84.99.
Hatch CT250 CoolTac Police Duty Gloves
There’s no need to swap protection and performance for heat control when wearing the CT250 CoolTac Police Duty Gloves from Hatch. A 3D knit spacer fabric on the back promotes airflow while the Extreme-Grip ensures a firm handle in the hottest situations. MSRP $35.99.
Read the full Summer 2015 FOP Journal issue.