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Police Product Test: Under Armour Chimera Training Shoes

Supportive, comfortable footwear with breathable mesh can make exercising to maintain your edge more tolerable, especially in the summer months.

August 31, 2010  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author


Under Armour

Chimera Training Shoes

More and more agencies are strongly encouraging, even requiring, officers to participate in some form of physical fitness training. This "PT" makes the troops more fit, more awake, and less prone to injury, and reduces body mass, increases ability to perform tasks for longer periods of time, and reduces the odds for having a cardiovascular incident (aka heart attack). One of the most important items you can have for PT is a comfortable, durable, supportive pair of quality shoes. And the Under Armour Chimera fits the bill.

While I am not big on running thanks to more knee surgeries than I care to count, I do walk, lift, ride a mountain bike, and occasionally do some light jogging. During my testing I found the Chimera to be up to all these tasks and more. These shoes are comfortable when standing for long periods of time, walking several miles at a time, or pedaling around the park.

On some recent days where the thermometer pushed past 80 degrees, the open mesh kept my feet cool, and the uppers are supportive and comfortable from the first time you wear them.

UA's Direction Cushioning Engineering (DCE) provides cushioning and makes for a very stable shoe with a nice rebound effect. UA's ArmourLastic, ArmourGuide, and ArmourBound all control impact while giving excellent cushioning. And the Chimera's outsole provides traction on wet grass, mud, concrete, or asphalt. In my opinion the comfort and performance rivals a brand that is known for its use of air cushioning.

What you won't find with Under Armour's shoes is an obscene retail price. Most Under Armour footwear is under $80 and there are models made for men, women, and children. Today this is considered a bargain. If you are looking for a good looking pair of training shoes that will serve you well, the Under Armour Chimera would be a good choice.

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5.11 Tactical

Light for Life PC3.300

When the Light for Life UC3.400 was introduced by 5.11 Tactical a couple of years ago, I thought, Great light, but can't it be smaller? Yes it can, and the Light for Life PC3.300 is the result.

This mid-sized duty light is a good value for the price. It will last virtually forever and doesn't need batteries because it uses ultracapicitors instead, it recharges in less than two minutes, operates with a tail cap or body button, and it weighs just over a half a pound.


The tail cap and body button do more than just turn the light off and on; they change the mode from high intensity, to low intensity, to strobe. Yes, I said the light operates in three modes with a simple push of the button. These buttons are easy enough to operate that I was able to operate the PC3.300 from the Harries' Technique using both buttons. I was able to change from mode to mode easily and swiftly.

After seeing that it functioned as advertised I thought I would see how it would survive "me." I tossed it down the driveway, dropped it out of the window of my truck, ran the charge to "0," recharged and repeated, sat on it, stepped and stood on it-all the stuff that happens on a shift. It survived, it held its charge, when it was drained it recharged as 5.11 said it would, and it kept on going.

Unlike many other rechargeable lights the Light for Life PC3.300 likes to be on the charger. Its FlashPoint Power Technology capacitors won't degrade when left in the charger because the system monitors the charge and regulates it as needed. If you don't want to leave the light in the charger all the time, take it at the end of the shift and put it back the next day. It won't hurt the system, honest; I have tried.

The PC3.300 is a good light. I like the fact that it is lightweight and charges as quickly as I can slip on my jacket and get my stuff out of the truck. If you are looking for a primary duty light the Light for Life PC3.300 from 5.11 Tactical will serve you well and chances are you won't need to buy another battery as long as you own it.

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Tags: Under Armour, 5.11 Tactical, Footwear, Flashlights, Safariland, Bags, Armortek, Hard Cases, Product Reviews

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