SHOT Show: Tactical apparel from Magnum, Tac Wear, and Woolrich
Shopping for tactical wear is a admittedly less exciting than looking at guns and knives. At SHOT Show 2011, however, there was plenty of tactical wear to catch the eye. In particular, I noticed some items of note from Magnum, Tac Wear, and Woolrich.
The problem with the cotton T-shirt is the fact that the absorbent nature of cotton has a tendency to keep moisture against the body. I like CoolMax because it has some wicking ability and dries faster.
When I stopped at the Tac Wear display, I noticed that someone had attached a CoolMax shirt to a poly-cotton BDU sleeve. It was designed to be worn under body armor and the uniform sleeve is exposed, precluding wearing the whole cotton sweat magnet under the vest.
I noticed that one of the display units on the rack had actual agency patches on it. When I asked Glen Turpin of Tac Wear about it, he told me that the display unit was his own actual agency wear. Glen is an officer in Toronto Canada.
I had to have him model it.
Hybrid uniform items are a good idea. The CoolMax inner shirt allows more freedom of movement. It is stretchy and smooth against the body and doesn't produce the unbearable feeling of drenched cotton. In case anyone was wondering, Tac Wear is a little thicker then ordinary CoolMax workout wear. It helped that the end user was there to tell me about the success of his agencies adoption of this uniform.
Woolrich Elite Discreet Carry Twill Jacket
Not only does this jacket make concealed carrying easier, the sleeve lining adds to the freedom of movement.
Oh, yeah, and it's warm too.
Magnum Improves the Spider 8.1 Tac Spec HPi Boot
Magnum uses the ion-mask hydrophobic surface enhancement, a water resistant process that is impregnated into the surface of the boot. My personal experience with ion-mask can attest to its superior water resistance. The improvement includes a vented toe box that doesn't sacrifice for foot protection or water resistance. This is a superior athletic inspired tactical boot.
The Spider 8.1 Tac Spec HPi is the kind of tactical boot that is lined with material more comfortable than the pair of socks we put against our body.
OK, I have now talked about clothing that stood out at the SHOT Show. I promise, I will have more about guns and knives in my next installment.
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