At this time of year, law enforcement officers throughout the country are not only dealing with frustrating calls but with frigid elements. The last thing you need is equipment failure adding to a stressful situation. Check out this innovative crop of tactical gear that gives the cold shoulder to winter and helps keep you safe all year round.
Epoch™ Level 3 Light Bearing Holster
RELIABLE SAFETY MEASURES
The Epoch Level 3 Light Bearing Holster, available in both duty and tactical options from Vista Outdoor, fits popular under-barrel tactical lights while offering the highest level of security. A patent-pending retention system engages the ejection port when the weapon is holstered until you release it. A thumb-activated pivot guard has been added to this model for safety, while snaps or hoods that might accidentally open at the wrong time have been eliminated. MSRP $163.45.
Metro 9″ WP SZ Safety
Waterproof. Equipped with a steel toe. Functional zipper that won’t freeze. The Metro 9″ WP SZ Safety women’s performance boot from Original S.W.A.T. has almost too many great features to count. Besides being lightweight and slip resistant, vital in icy climates, the boot is bloodborne-pathogen resistant and offers electrical-hazard protection. MSRP $134.99.
Zero Tolerance 0095BW
With its sleek BlackWash™ finish and harpoon-style blade, the ZT 0095BW is fast becoming a new essential for law enforcement officers. The knife has S35VN blade steel, super-strong titanium handles and a KVT ball-bearing opening system that lets you open it with speed and efficiency no matter what the weather. The titanium frame lock and hardened lockbar insert secure the blade open during use, and a reversible pocket clip can be customized for left- and right-handed tip-up carry. MSRP $275.
Tactical Responder MKII
This award-winning ballistic package and plate carrier from Phalanx Defense Systems can be modified to add side armor for 360-degree Level IIIA coverage around the waist, and configures to a bomb containment system with two sets of the armor. The Tactical Responder MKII is the first in the industry to include dual strike faces performing as Level IIIA from either direction (NIJ Certified), enabling the gear to function as a ballistic shield. MSRP $449 for front and back carrier; $250 for side armor.
The Stryker was first designed as a military holster made to withstand rough combat conditions. Built from a glass-reinforced nylon that can perform in very high and low temperatures, it’s an ideal choice for officers working in varying climates. This versatile holster can be configured without tools in seconds for high-ride duty, low-ride duty, a drop-down leg holster, or MOLLE carry. It can be configured by the factory as a Level II or III and is self-locking. The Stryker is currently available for the M9 (Beretta 92), Glock 9 mm and 40, and most Sig models. MSRP $143.99.
VTAC Operator Axe
ANYWHERE, ANY WEATHER
The VTAC Operator Axe from 5.11 Tactical helps prevent an emergency situation from turning critical. The ambidextrous, two-piece sheath helps officers pry through doors or windows, with the jumped shaft and handle ensuring you won’t lose your grip, even while wearing gloves. This stainless-steel, black oxide finish bearded axe is MOLLE compatible and has 24 tools and functions. MSRP $159.99.
Special Response Tactical 7 Boot
These slip-resistant lightweight boots by Bates Footwear will keep you quick on your feet while maintaining a professional, athletic look. The molded DuraFlex uppers clean easily without cracking or stretching over time and contain a breathable mesh tongue. The boot has both a cushioned EVA midsole and removable cushioned insert for added comfort. MSRP $84.95.
Black Eagle Tactical 20 Low
ADVANCED RUNNING COMFORT
Combining comfort and functionality, the Black Eagle Tactical 20 Low from Haix will feel like a running sneaker yet perform like a weather-resistant shoe. Built with Sun Reflect technology, these highly breathable, durably waterproof shoes employ the HAIX® Climate System to keep your feet warm or cool, depending on the temperature. The Smart Lacing System provides secure, easy-on/easy-off convenience. MSRP $169.
Women’s PDU® Go Pants
Designed by female law enforcement officers for female law enforcement officers, the Women’s PDU Go Pants from 5.11 Tactical are made from tough, comfortable polyester/cotton twill with a unique zippered drop-tail design that eliminates hassle of removing your duty belt when nature calls. The pants also include an internal grip panel to keep you tucked in and a Teflon finish to repel water and dry quickly, helpful in inclement weather. MSRP $59.99.
Centurion™ CPX2500 Chest + Shoulder Protector
Monadnock’s Centurion Upper Body and Chest Protector, available in sizes small to 2XL, keeps officers of all sizes safe from blunt-force trauma. Weighing about 2 pounds, the CPX2500 provides upper body protection with durable EVA foam, hard-shell plastic shoulder plates with foam padding, and adjustable shoulder straps, waist straps and contoured design for a secure fit. MSRP $118.95.
Vehicle QD Med Pouch
KEEP YOUR KIT CLOSE
From Vista Outdoor comes the Vehicle QD Med Pouch from BLACKHAWK! With its 500D nylon and YKK zippers that can withstand even subzero temps, you never have to worry about getting into the bag in an emergency. Unlike other kits that might have to be stored in a trunk, the Vehicle QD Med Pouch can be mounted onto your vehicle’s headrest or visor so that the items can be easily accessed. It also features a quick-detach option if you need to remove it for an emergency. MSRP $41.95.
Read this story in the Winter 2016 FOP Journal issue.