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Outfitting the Officer

From uniform shirts, to duty jackets, to tactical pants and polos, you need a fairly well stocked closet to report for duty.

July 01, 2008  |  by - Also by this author

The Force

The Force's 3-in-1 jacket, the New Generation 3, is versatile enough to wear every season. The New Generation 3 offers a Primaloft liner and outer shell for cold wet days, or just the shell for those damp days, or just the liner for those chilly mornings. To aid in versatility the outer shell has a zipper closure with snap storm flap. This allows you to button up on the cold days or snap shut if you don't want to get overly warm when wearing the liner and jacket.

This jacket not only offers you a number of ways to wear it, it's also packed with features. To vent body heat and reduce condensation in the jacket, there are armpit zippers for ventilation. There are also a concealed chest pocket for small items or backup weapons, inner pockets to secure a wallet, inner cinch cords to snug up the bottom of the jacket to keep out those drafts that chill you, and there are side zippers for easy access to your duty gear. The collar stores a hood, which when packed inside forms a high collar to keep your neck warm.

Need FREEInfo?   Visit The Force online.     



Propper's Defender line of outerwear can be used separately or alone, depending on your needs. The Delta waist-length jacket has a nylon outer shell with a breathable/waterproof barrier on the sleeves and body. Its hood rolls into the collar to keep it out of the way, yet available in a flash should the weather take a turn for the worse. Lower pockets keep your hands warm, chest pockets store small items, reflective identification panels can be attached to the front and rear of the jacket, and all seams are sealed to keep you dry in the worst rains.

Since this jacket is built for duty, it features side zippers to provide access to your sidearm and other gear. To keep the cold out, the zippers secure with a snap strap, not just a snap that could be tugged loose if the snap caught on something.

The Delta can be made into a cold weather duty jacket by zipping in the water-resistant and windproof Defender Echo. The Echo is made from polyester and spandex and can be worn as a liner or a standalone jacket.

Need FREEInfo?   Visit Propper online. 


Tru Spec by Atlanco

Tru Spec's H2O Gen-2 Parka is a high-quality, dedicated rain parka. The model ECW comes with a removable waterproof fleece liner.

It is warm, windproof, and waterproof. Two front pockets on each side help protect odds and ends from the weather. And a front storm flapped billows-style pocket with a hand warmer pocket behind it on each side allows you to store gear and keep your hands warm and dry.

The Gen-2 has underarm zippers to vent body heat, a storm flapped front two-way zipper, adjustable sleeve cuffs, and a storm drawstring for those really harsh days. Sleeve pockets on each sleeve for stowing small items have Velcro closure storm flaps to protect what you keep inside. This parka is long enough to cover your duty belt and keep all your gear dry too.

Need FREEInfo?   Visit Tru Spec by Atlanco online. 


Under Armour

Known for its moisture-wicking Under Gear, Under Armour is moving into the outerwear market with its Black Ops jacket made from PolyArmour, UA's waterproof, windproof laminate. Built for use by HRT and SRT teams, the jacket is low profile with a built-in removable tactical vest, and numerous outer pockets to carry everything from a flashlight to AR magazines to a flash bang for a dynamic entry.

For comfort, the Black Ops jacket has underarm zippers to vent heat and to provide easy access to the vest.    

Need FREEInfo?   Visit Under Armour online.    



Woolrich Tactical's Elite Algerian Field Jacket is made of wear-resistant, nine-ounce, 100-percent cotton herringbone twill treated with DuPont Teflon fabric protector to make the jacket breathable, durable, and able to repel both water and oil-based spills. The jacket is garment-washed for a soft, broken-in feel.

On the jacket front are four bellows pockets. They feature drain holes at the bottom of the pockets, elastic webbing on the inside to secure smaller items like magazines or a flashlight, and tuckable flaps with hook and loop closures on both the inside and outside of the pockets. The top flap pockets also each have a vertical zippered security pocket behind, large enough to hold spare magazines or a small-frame revolver or auto.

On the left sleeve is a zippered pocket as well as a pen holder. The front of the jacket secures with a hidden zipper and hook-and-loop closure system for maximum range of movement and accessibility. There are four internal pockets with elastic loops for securing additional gear. Other features include underarm vents, a drawstring bottom with cordlock, and elastic cuffs with adjustable button closure.

The Elite Algerian Field Jacket is available in black, coyote brown, and OD green.

Need FREEInfo?   Visit Woolrich online.    



5.11 Tactical

5.11 Tactical's functional Covert Casual line includes the Covert Khaki and Covert Casual Shirt. The Covert Khaki is engineered with eight pockets: two diagonal front pockets covering two interior zippered pockets for magazines or accessories, two standard rear welt pockets, and two large zippered concealment thigh pockets hidden along the seams.

Double-needle stitching, a comfort waist, and the heavy-duty crotch gusset promote greater freedom of movement. The Covert Khaki is constructed of wrinkle- and fade-resistant 8.8-ounce cotton twill treated with Teflon for dirt and stain resistance. These flat-front pants are available in three colors: oak, birch, and walnut.

The 5.11 Covert Casual Shirt is long enough to conceal a holstered sidearm and features a proprietary reduced-printing weave that also provides UPF40 sun protection. Featuring 5.11's moisture-wicking CovertMesh lining, the Covert Casual Shirt has concealment pockets behind the center placket, RAPIDraw instant sidearm access, Velcro-secured side vents, and a lower placket break-away for fast access to waist-level gear. The Covert Casual Shirt comes in sizes M–3XL in five colors: desert sand, slate blue, black, sage, and rust.

Need FREEInfo?   Visit 5.11 Tactical online.



The Integrated Tourniquet System (I.T.S.) is built into some of BlackHawk's pants and shirts. The I.T.S. is a reusable (for practice) tourniquet system. To access it, all the wearer has to do is lift a Velcro-sealed pocket, pull out the injection-molded carbon fiber tourniquet, and secure it. It stops blood flow in 10 to 15 seconds.

BlackHawk's Warrior Wear Integrated Tourniquet System Shirt provides lifesaving aid in the field and on the streets. The shirt also provides comfort and durability to meet the demands of the modern day warrior. I.T.S. offers a primary protection for the brachial artery and distal placement at the wrist on both right and left sleeves. The lower tourniquet can be adjusted to fit directly next to the wound site.

Need FREEInfo?    Visit Blackhawk online.     



Elbeco's Ufx Tactical Polo, part of the company's Ufx series, uses high-quality fabric and comfort-enhancing features. The fabric is engineered to stretch in four directions while it wicks moisture away from your body to the surface of the fabric for quick evaporation. The Tactical Polo is designed with a generous cut and side panel construction for ease of movement. The polo has a mic pocket on each shoulder and a mic clip on the bottom placket, as well as a pen pocket on the left sleeve for easy access. Other features include antimicrobial Xeede, UPF 40+ and UV protection, a no-curl knit collar, and snag and pill resistance. The polo is available in dark navy, black, and white.

Elbeco's BDU pants feature six pockets: two front slash pockets, two rear inserted pockets with snag-proof fused pocket flaps, and two bellowed inverted pleat cargo pockets with drain holes. Two adjustable side tabs, secured with four bartacks each, and nylon drawstring leg ties ensure a proper fit. The BDU pants are made of the company's Comfort Twill fabric, which is 50-percent heavier than traditional poplin fabrics. This 7.5-ounce blend of 65-percent polyester and 35-percent combed cotton is finished with stain release fabric protector for enhancement of comfort and performance.

Need FREEInfo?    Visit Elbeco online.  



Fechheimer's Urban Defender Battle Dress Uniforms are made of a tough, colorfast blend of polyester and cotton Rip-Stop. They are built to military-style specifications, but with Fechheimer quality uniform enhancements.

The two- and four-pocket shirts, along with matching pants, are currently available in black, grey, and LAPD navy blue. Shirt features include five-button-front with concealed buttons, button-adjustable sleeve bottoms, button-down shoulder straps, and double-fabric elbow/forearm reinforcements.

Pants feature hook-and-eye waistband closure with Vislon zipper fly, two bellows-style cargo pockets with Velcro-secured flaps, unique cell phone pocket with Velcro-secured flap on right cargo pocket, two hip pockets with rectangular flaps and Velcro closures, and double-fabric reinforced seat and knees. Adjustable tabs at the waist and nylon drawstring leg ties allow for a more customized fit.

Need FREEInfo?    Visit Fechheimer online.    

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