Wheeled Duffel Bag
One thing I have found in 20 years of government service having worn a number of uniforms is that we continue to carry more and more gear. It gets harder and harder to pack everything we need in a standard duty bag. Especially when you need cold or wet weather gear or you need to carry your raid/call out kit.
With so much to lug around, how do you carry all your gear and not get worn out? Uncle Mike's has come up with a solution, the Wheeled Duffel. It's a large rolling bag with a collapsible pull handle. While it may look like a black rolling suitcase, it is much more.
The main pocket is large enough for a full raid kit: body armor, gas mask, helmet, web gear, etc. If you aren't packing that heavy it will easily carry a spare uniform, lunch, drinks, your daily gear, and even a winter coat or rain gear.
To secure your large gear there are tie-down straps and you can secure small items such as batteries in the mesh pouch on the side of the main pocket.
To organize small items one of the side pockets has small interior pouches. These are large enough to accommodate a GPS, camera, MP3 player, etc. This pocket can also store a riot baton or rain jacket. The other side pocket is actually two pockets closed with one zipper. The pouches are large enough to fit a gas mask, base layers for cold weather, a sweater, or your ticket book.
Although it's the smallest, the pocket located on the pull handle end of the bag fits a surprising amount. I found that three 30-ounce Nalgene bottles will fit in here with room to spare.
The older I get the less I want to struggle with my gear. Uncle Mike's Wheeled Duffel Bag will make carrying daily duty gear easier. It's sure better than struggling with a shoulder bag.
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Genetyk Protective Eyewear
Rudy Project has rapidly become a major player in tactical eye protection. Best known for providing the sunglasses of choice for world class bicyclists, Rudy Project makes several glasses that have become favorites with law enforcement and military operators the world over.
One reason for this is the lenses can be easily swapped to accommodate changing lighting conditions. Another reason is Rudy Project offers several pairs that have an insert for prescription lenses, which is most important for those of us who are optically challenged.
The Genetyk is one of the newest in the company's line of glasses built for hard use. This pair is a "wrap" style with one lens/shield instead of separate lenses. Many shooters and tacticians prefer the "wrap" because it is somewhat stronger.
If you are concerned about breaking the lenses of the Genetyk, don't be. Rudy Project uses its proprietary ImpactX lens. These lenses are virtually unbreakable and impervious to most common chemicals. Various pairs of my Rudy Projects have ImpactX lenses and they have been hit with shrapnel from steel targets, various flying debris, tree branches, and more, and have yet to break.
If you should damage your lenses, simply send them back to Rudy Project with a check for $24.95-mainly to cover shipping and handling-and you will have new ones on the way back to you.
The frame fits securely thanks to rubberized arms. It has been my experience that Rudy Project glasses don't slide down your face. The arms can be gently bent to give you a more snug fit if you find them to be too large; and the nose piece is adjustable as well.
The Genetyk can be purchased as just the glasses or as a kit with three interchangeable lenses-ImpactX Photo clear (photo chromatic), Laser Black, and Photo Red-in a protective zippered case. This set will meet your needs for most lighting conditions. The ImpactX is a good lens for round the clock wear to protect your eyes from debris, spit, and various other airborne objects you encounter on duty.
Genetyk protective eyewear from Rudy Project-as a kit or on its own-will serve you well on and off duty.
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Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran's Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer and is a contributing editor to POLICE.