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.

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Bates Footwear – Code 6

“Code 6 is comfort and performance without compromise,” said Eric Fracassi, Product Development Director with Bates. “We improved every aspect of a tactical boot. We decreased weight and increased the durability of the boot by incorporating contemporary design with innovative materials.”

Code 6 is 15% lighter than Bates Ultra-Lites, making them the lightest tactical boot available from Bates. Combining the time-tested, traditional look of a tactical boot with athletic-inspired design cues and performance materials all while maintaining—and improving upon—the quality and durability for which Bates is known.

Available in eight-inch side zip, six-inch side zip and four-inch models.

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Bates Strike Boots Endless Endurance

Endless Endurance

It’s not easy to create footwear that keeps the elements out while letting fresh air circulate, but Bates has risen to the challenge with the debut of its Strike line. Coming in April, these waterproof, highly durable boots are also breathable and comfortable enough for all-day wear thanks to the newly developed Endurance Performance System. The four-part technology consists of a slip-resistant, multi-terrain rubber lug outsole; a nylon shank adding support and stability; a dual-density EVA midsole that absorbs shocks and redistributes pressure; and a dual-density memory-foam footbed for ultimate arch support and cushioning. Available in 6- and 8-inch versions, the Strike Boot is designed to stop foot fatigue in its tracks while keeping wearers safe, dry and looking sharp.

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BLACKHAWK! Athletic Polo

The Warrior Wear Athletic Polo features classic styling with a modern twist. Using ultra-light, high-performance fabric, this shirt gives you everything you need to stay cool and comfortable no matter where your active lifestyle takes you. Wear it on the golf course, tennis court or anywhere in-between. Blackhawk’s Athletic Polo is constructed from an ultra-light polyester/bamboo-blend fabric and features both moisture-wicking and antimicrobial finishes. The Athletic Polo features a media player pocket on left sleeve with a buttonhole for cord routing and easy snap access/closure. MSRP $40.

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BLACKHAWK! Integrated Tourniquet System High Performance Fighting Uniform Pants

BLACKHAWK!, an industry leader in performance-minded tactical and military gear, understands just how quickly things can go from bad to worse for tactical personnel. To assist officers with the challenges that they encounter, BLACKHAWK! created the Integrated Tourniquet System High Performance Fighting Uniform Pants. What sets these pants apart from competitors is the built-in tourniquet system designed to provide strategically placed tourniquet options in emergency situations. The integrated tourniquet system meets the requirements of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. Additionally, the pants offer articulated knees and a padded, adjustable waistband designed for comfort when you wear a duty belt. Other features include a reinforced seat, cargo pockets and textured kneepads for one high-performance pair of tactical pants. MSRP $159.99.

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