The demand for law enforcement and tactical officers is on the rise, and with it comes an increased demand for high-performance gear that can stand up to the rigors of the job. Chances are that if your job requires you to wear some sort of tactical gear, the term “working wardrobe” has a whole different meaning for you than for someone who works behind a desk all day. Thankfully, manufacturers are listening and creating gear that meets the needs of today’s tactical officers.
Revision Military Desert Locust Goggle Deluxe
The Sight Saviors
Considering how vital vision is in law enforcement, there’s no question that high-quality protective eyewear should be on your list of priorities. Revision’s Desert Locust tactical goggles offer professional-grade eye protection and the widest field of view. The polycarbonate, interchangeable OcuMax-coated lenses offer 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection and provide superior protection against fogging and scratching. Other features include the built-in air vents, filtration media, pliable frame and strapping system which helps the goggles seal to your face comfortably. MSRP $129.99.
Haix Airpower Gold
Cool Inside and Out
In 1992, when a deputy fire chief/master shoemaker wasn’t satisfied with the gear he and his colleagues were using, a new line of serious footwear was born. Now a world leader in military, fire, police and rescue footwear, HAIX is offering its Airpower Gold tactical boot with an arch support system that follows the natural curvature of the foot, while the built-in cushion wedge in the heel of the boot offers uncompromised protection and comfort. But what really sets the Airpower series apart is the climate system, which pumps fresh air into the boot with each step. Additionally, the outer covering of sun-reflecting leather aids in keeping the boots cool. MSRP $269.
KP Industries Tactical Elbow and Knee Pads
Sometimes the job requires that you remain in uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time. This is where quality protective gear helps. KP Industries’ Tactical Elbow and Knee Pads provide superior protection for the knee and elbow joints. Made of tough synthetic fabric and durable, abrasion-resistant plastic, KP tactical pads give users maximum protection and comfort. The tough grippy cap keeps elbow pads in place on most surfaces. Quick-adjust straps mean the pads can be strapped on in seconds. MSRP $25 each.
Wiley X Durtac
Get a Grip
The Wiley X Durtac tactical gloves were specifically created for personnel who demand superior performance from every piece of gear. For the in-the-field professional who is looking for another level of protection, these gloves offer nonslip synthetic palms perfect for gripping a firearm, while the ergonomically shaped patch on the palm increases durability. The Durtac gloves are injection-molded with thermoplastic, which provides superior protection from impacts and abrasions. Additionally, these tactical gloves offer a neoprene cuff for a custom fit, air mesh backs and heavy-duty Lycra gussets for maximum comfort and breathability. MSRP $76.
Kitanica Short XI.A
Not Your Average Shorts
Cool, calm and collected. If that describes you, then these tactical shorts by Kitanica will suit you just fine. The XI.A shorts are crafted from 6.5-ounce ripstop poly cotton, 500-denier Cordura, military nylon webbing and bonded nylon thread. The seven-loop contoured waist, double-layer seat construction and Cordura-reinforced knife/multi-tool pocket signal that these aren’t your average shorts. Additionally, the ultra-tough tactical shorts offer dual rear Velcro-closure pockets, interior elastic pocket liners, pen sleeves and a riveted button waist with three-snap fly. Available in black, green or khaki. MSRP $112.
Danner Melee GTX Uniform Boots
Conquer All Quandaries
If your daily tactical duties are more in line with intense athletic workouts than desk work, you need gear durable enough to keep up with the rigors of the job. Danner’s Melee GTX Uniform Boots provide protection and comfort for long days in the field. Made for tactical officers who encounter a variety of scenes, from close-quarter stairwells to open-terrain concrete and gravel jungles, Melee GTX Uniform Boots are available in either 6-inch or 8-inch risers and are Danner’s lightest and most flexible tactical boot. The Melee GTX features a unique outsole design comprised of a 360-degree pentagonal low lug pattern for grip in all directions, patent-pending VIA technology which provides a V-4 abrasion rubber compound in the medial side arch for fast roping control and outer lug pattern with molded siping that disperses water and provides maximum surface contact. The Gore-Tex lining makes the Melee boot 100% waterproof, and the EVA midsole provides maximum shock absorption for all-day comfort. MSRP $170 (6 inch) or $180 (8 inch).
Tru-Spec by Atlanco TRU XTREME Apparel
Dressing to fit the job is the first step toward getting a tough job done right. That’s why Tru-Spec created TRU XTREME, the most technologically advanced version of the acclaimed Tactical Response Uniform. TRU XTREME starts with the most state-of-the-art fabrics available. The TRU XTREME Shirt and Combat Shirt sleeves and TRU EXTREME Pants are constructed from sturdy yet lightweight 50/50 nylon-cotton ripstop. The knees and elbows include external pockets made from high-tech SuperFabric. Other features include the thoughtfully designed pocket system, fasteners and slider waistband, all of which make this a truly comfortable and functional tactical uniform. In addition, the TRU XTREME Vest is a great companion cover-up piece. When the mission is accomplished and the body armor comes off, the vest goes on right over the Combat Shirt. Because it’s made from the same fabric as the new TRU XTREME uniform, it’s comfortable and coordinates with any of the TRU XTREME pieces. MSRP $89.95 each (Shirt, Combat Shirt and Pants) and $59.95 (Vest).