Starting with the excellent fit and performance of the Tac AK2 — made with Kevlar fabric — 5.11 Tactical added its ergonomic, articulated hard knuckle plates to create the HardTime tactical gloves. Instead of a single piece covering all four knuckles, the two plates flex with your hand, each covering two knuckles and improving comfort, dexterity and performance while protecting your knuckles from impact. Tough, thermoplastic plates are padded on the hand side and covered with a durable, subdued-finish TPR laminate on the business side. MSRP $74.99.
All-weather waterproof breathable comfort and a professional appearance rolled into one perfect bike patrol jacket. Beginning with a 96% polyester and 4% stretch spandex waterproof/breathable shell with a seam-sealed construction, the Bike Patrol Jacket features flexible and breathable 3M Scotchlite reflective tape for visibility. Other highlights include dual-entry hand pockets, YKK AquaGuard underarm zippers for ventilation, elasticized waist in the rear for fit and professional appearance, and badge tab and epaulette kit included. For more info, go to 511tactical.com.
With an advanced design that features eight jean-style multi-use pockets and combines rugged high-performance utility with a casual look and comfortable feel, the 5.11 Tactical Ridgeline Pant is engineered to excel in a variety of demanding environments. Perfect for concealed carry options, range training and covert operations, it features innovations such as hidden pistol magazine pockets in the back yoke. The ripstop Flex- Tac fabric with mechanical stretch, bartacking at major stress points and double needle stitching at key seams reinforces the pant for unquestioned durability. For more info, go to www.511tactical.com
5.11 Tactical’s Sabre 2.0 Jacket is a technologically advanced concealed-carry jacket with its QUIXIP side-access system for fast sidearm access. Radio mic pass-through openings from the hand-warmer pockets to the inside of the jacket and three pullout ID panels mean you can remain covert until you choose not to be. The outer shell features increased waterproofing and is lined with mesh and taffeta for added breathability. Waterproof zippers on the front and arms allow for additional protected storage. The removable hood can be detached and stowed in an easily accessible back-zipper pocket. The large upper-arm hook and loop allow you to add your departmental or favorite patches. Available in black, coyote, dark navy and moss. MSRP $264.99.
Using 100% bonded soft shell materials that are completely waterproof, fully seam-sealed and breathable, the Softshell Patrol Duty Jacket offers both the uniform appearance administrators require and the comfort and feel of soft shell materials that wear like a second skin. Included in the jacket are 5.11 Tactical backup belt system-compatible pockets and a badge tab kit. The jacket has adjustable sleeve closures, as well as two interior storage pockets and radio mic or headphone pass-through openings in each of the large hand-warmer pockets, allowing the radio ear wire inside to stay unseen and dry. Additionally, the Softshell Patrol Duty Jacket features a removable, waterproof hood and standard epaulettes sewn onto each shoulder. Available in black and dark navy. MSRP $199.
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.