This duty gear is perfectly suited to the task at hand.
Your average day could require routine patrol, pursuing a suspect on foot, testifying in court or monitoring detention cells. It could be any of these or more; at times, it could be all of these and more. Regardless of your daily assignment, your duty gear has to be at least as tough and versatile as you are. Take a look at these options and see how they measure up to your personal favorites.
Haix Airpower P7 High
The Airpower P7 High is one of Haix’s most popular patrol boots. It has a winter version featuring a 500 g/m2 Duracom inner liner, which is waterproof thanks to four layers of GORE-TEX and an inner Cambrelle lining. The Airpower P7 features another innovation from Haix that solves an annoying problem and makes it worth the purchase price — the Haix Secura Liner. The Secura inner liner will never pull out or wrinkle up over time. The Airpower P7’s upper is constructed from soft and supple waterproof leather that is hydrophobic and breathable. MSRP $219.
5.11 Tactical Zero-G Plates System
Lightening the Load
New for 2014, the Zero-G Plates System is a revolutionary load-bearing technology to make your duty gear feel lighter, more comfortable and more secure. Realizing that officers often experience back pain from toting their gear, 5.11 Tactical designed these ergonomic plates to be worn on the hips under a duty belt to help distribute weight more evenly and reduce pressure on abdominal muscles, promoting better posture. They are constructed of an aerospace-grade carbon fiber, shaped to be comfortable even when seated, with reusable and durable straps and increased wear resistance. The system also stabilizes holsters during a draw and minimizes the need for extra keepers. The low-profile design works with all duty gear and is almost entirely hidden under the equipment on a belt. MSRP: Not available at press time.
Vertx Phantom OPS Shirt
Professional Look, Superior Comfort
Made of mini Rip-Stop poly/cotton fabric treated with IntelliDry moisture-wicking and stain-repelling technology, the new Vertx Phantom OPS shirt delivers lightweight durability and optimal performance. Two front map pockets with zipper closures provide secure storage, while gusseted underarms and articulated elbows enable full range of motion in a variety of activities. The concealed zipper front with Velcro closure lies flat under ballistics for overall comfort and a professional appearance. Add Vertx Phantom OPS pants to create a complete uniform designed for everyday use. MSRP $65.
U.S. Armor Enforcer 5000
Pure Performance, No Bulk
The Enforcer 5000 vest is the latest in thin and flexible technology. This new advancement in ballistic armor is achieved by uniquely layering such proven ballistic material blends as Honeywell’s Gold Flex, the new Spectra Shield II and DuPont’s latest Kevlar XP. The end result is a lighter, more flexible and much more comfortable ballistic vest that still answers the strict performance requirements of the NIJ 0101.06 standard for body armor. The Enforcer 5000 comes with the new Advanced Carrier System (ACS) that includes the “Comfort Curve” weight-distributing Breathe-o-Prene shoulder straps, moisture-wicking nylon exterior material and reinforced Velcro fields for the maximum amount of adjustment for the officer. MSRP: Not available at press time.
U.S. Armor Enforcer 5000 Female Model
The female version of U.S. Armor’s Enforcer 5000 vest has a unique design feature all its own. This vest is not just a male vest with a smaller cut. Instead, it is a specifically designed female ballistic vest with formed bust cups in the actual ballistic panels. U.S. Armor creates these through a unique darting process that provides a new level of contour matching to the female body and an unparalleled level of comfort for female officers in the line of duty. MSRP: Not available at press time.
Blackhawk! Traditional-Style Nylon Duty Gear Combo Kit
Blackhawk packed big value into its line of non-molded, traditional-style nylon duty gear by offering a pre-packaged kit that includes a belt, a baton case, four belt keepers, a chemical agent case, a silent key holder, a universal radio case, a single cuff case, a Stinger light case and a latex glove case — everything you need for a complete duty rig. All cases are constructed of thermo-bonded four-layer laminate with 1,000-denier Cordura nylon. The belt is made of durable nylon web with a three-point locking buckle. MSRP $130.
Read the full Spring 2014 FOP Journal issue.