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Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical's Tactical Trainers Footwear

Scott Smith reviews 5.11 Tactical's Tactical Trainers, Remington Premier Rescue Knife, Uncle Mike's Wheeled Duffel Bag, and Rudy Project Genetyk Protective Eyewear.

June 24, 2010  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

5.11 Tactical

Tactical Trainers

When it comes to shoes, police officers can be as bad as Imelda Marcos. But at least cops have a reason for collecting so many pairs. You need duty boots for most any weather conditions: wet, dry, hot, cold, or any combination of these. You also need shoes for undercover work, training, off duty, and daily wear.

5.11 Tactical's Tactical Trainers can fill a number of niches. More like athletic shoes than boots, they're comfortable enough for hiking, trail running, or hiking the concrete jungle (a.k.a. shopping). Heck, they even look good enough to wear on a date.                

I have been wearing the 5.11 Tactical Trainers for the last several weeks at work, for casual attire, on the range, and even out on a date or two. They are as comfortable as a running shoe, albeit not as light, but they are more supportive. On the range and hiking the trails for a shooting competition they protect feet from protruding rocks, the toe cap keeps toes from getting beaten up going into a prone shooting position, and the mesh uppers are comfy on hot days.

What impressed me most about the Tactical Trainers is that they fit like my favorite training shoes. What makes them better is they are far more durable thanks to a very aggressive Vibram sole, which provides traction on the wettest surfaces. This outsole is also quiet when worn indoors, and it doesn't leave black scuff marks like many other boots do.

Because it is stylish, the Tactical Trainer doesn't scream cop and looks good paired with your favorite khakis or 5.11 Tactical Pants. You will find the 5.11 Tactical Trainer is a boot designed to fit your life and lifestyle.

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Premier Rescue Knife

I have carried a knife longer than I have carried a handgun, because a knife is far more versatile than any sidearm. I have yet to find a SIG Sauer or Glock that can cut my sandwich, peel an apple, or remove a seat belt; and knives do that and more.

This year Remington is making a major move into the duty knife market with its Premier Rescue. It's built for those who wear a uniform, no matter what unit you work for.

There are two versions of the Premier Rescue folding knife. I looked at the two-bladed model built for rescue and daily use. Its automatic blade is a hook blade with a cutting edge running from the hook's inner edge along the inner spine of the blade. This blade will make short work of a harness or seat belt or quickly cut a pant leg or shirt sleeve should you need to insert an IV.      

The manual opening blade is a modified sheep's foot. This means the front of the blade is not pointed but rounded so you can safely use it next to the skin-something you can't do with a drop-point blade. A portion of the sheep's foot is serrated should you need to cut heavier material or something such as a small tree branch.

A distinctive feature of the Premier Rescue is the Foreprene grip's anti-slip inserts. While they give you a solid grip, they also glow when you shine your favorite flashlight on them. This will vastly reduce the chances of losing the knife on a dark night.

Also built into the Premier Rescue is a window breaker. I found it makes short work of side windows and front windshields. Yes, I tested it on a few junkyard wrecks.

This knife is too large to be considered a "pocket" knife so it comes with a serious nylon sheath that can be worn on a duty belt or attached to a raid vest with a MOLLE strap. Remington's Premier Rescue is a knife you will want to keep close at hand.

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