Being selected to serve on a tactical team often means you’ve acquired an advanced skill set to carry out high-risk duties, so you expect your clothing to meet that tough challenge, too. When choosing tactical apparel, there are a lot of factors to consider, with the first always being comfort. Tight, binding fabric for shirts, pants or jackets could inhibit movement, which is absolutely unacceptable. Another key characteristic is whether the item has been winterized. Does the material provide protection against the elements, be it wind, rain, snow or frigid temperatures? A third factor is functionality, from extra pockets to store gear or conceal a weapon, to boots designed to prevent foot fatigue, to vests for added layers. Finally, don’t forget about style — there’s no reason why tactical apparel can’t look good, too. The items highlighted here are designed to meet these and many other criteria, helping law enforcement professionals dress for success.
Galati Gear Deluxe Tactical Vest
Invested in Safety
In 2018, Galati Gear introduced the Deluxe Tactical Vest with a removable mag belt. This new design is loaded with options to efficiently organize your gear the way you want it — for example, owners can remove the deluxe universal holster, pistol web belt and shot shell holder to attach patches or additional accessories. It also holds three height-adjustable pistol mag/flashlight pouches, a radio pouch, a sniper shoulder pad, two internal zippered map/document pockets, and a heavy-duty back-loop system to hold even more gear if necessary. It’s available in standard left- or right-hand versions, plus a husky right-hand design.
Tru-Spec Men’s 24-7 Series Guardian Pants
Fit for Duty
Keeping the foundation of its popular tactical pant style, Tru-Spec has upgraded the design for its latest, the 24-7 Series Guardian Pants for men. The slider waistband offers a more wearable fit, but still contains the original PRYM snap with YKK brass zipper. Side cargo pockets have been elongated with hook-and-loop closures. These are topped with an additional utility pocket. Another update is the easy-access DropN pocket behind each cargo pocket. Knees have been reinforced to endure intense physical activity. Colors include black, coyote, khaki and ranger green.
HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip Boot
The latest in footwear from HAIX USA appears heavy-duty but feels lightweight. For the Black Eagle Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip Boot, designers paired trail-running technology with nonslip soles, which are also are shock-absorbing to insure footing when giving chase. Extra padding in the ankle zone provides support and stability. This version contains Sun Reflect technology for breathability, a GORE-TEX inner liner for dry comfort and a waterproof zipper. The boots are completely metal-free, which gives you a leg up on security surveillance or metal detectors.
Dickies Tactical Softshell Jacket
Withstand the Weather
On the outside, the Dickies Tactical Softshell Jacket functions like typical winter outerwear; it’s both water-repellent and water-resistant as well as wind-resistant. On the inside, you’ll find smart tactical options, including hidden front and back ID panels and storage pockets to keep items out of sight. Plus, concealed weapons can be quickly accessed through a side holster. Designers included front slash hand-warmer pockets for extra comfort.
Propper 1/4 Zip Job Shirt
When you need a shirt to be much more than just a fashion statement, Propper’s 1/4 Zip Job Shirt is designed to get the job done. The cotton/polyester fleece fabric wraps the wearer in a warm, cozy layer. When dressed for duty, utilize the tactical specifics, such as mic clips located on the shoulders, dual-depth chest pockets and a two-channel pen pocket. It’s constructed to withstand lots of wear and tear, with anti-abrasion canvas reinforcements strategically located at elbows, side pocket and inside the collar. Sizes range from XS to 5XL.
Under Armour UA Enduro Tactical Pants
The UA Enduro Tactical Pants from Under Armour are styled for doing the job in winter’s harsh elements. The UA Storm technology embedded in the material helps repel water, such as melting snow, while an anti-odor technology blocks the growth of nasty microbes. Plus, the pants are constructed from ultra-durable ripstop fabric, so they can withstand just about any activity required in the field. Offset belt loops make room for proper holster placement, and the stretch-engineered waistband accommodates movement. Available in both women’s and men’s cuts.
Original S.W.A.T. Chase 9” WP Side-Zip Boot
A Step Forward
Everything about the Chase 9” WP Side-Zip boot by Original S.W.A.T. has been created for safety, durability and, of course, a comfortable fit. Safety precautions start with materials treated to be waterproof and bloodborne-pathogen-resistant. What’s more, a moisture-wicking lining contains AEGIS, an antimicrobial, and the Chase outsole exceeds the ASTM standard for slip resistance. Durability comes from proven material choices, including full-grain leather and long-lasting nylon. Comfort is due in part to a perforated collar for breathability, custom-molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box, and a gusseted tongue to block dirt and debris.
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See this story in the Winter 2018 FOP Journal issue.