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SHOT Show 2012: BlackHawk's Women's Apparel Line

January 17, 2012  | 

Spokeswoman Aysha Webb wearing BlackHawk's new women's line of tactical pants and top. Photo: BlackHawk
Spokeswoman Aysha Webb wearing BlackHawk's new women's line of tactical pants and top. Photo: BlackHawk

ATK's BlackHawk unveiled a women's clothing line at SHOT Show in Las Vegas that's specifically tailored to the female form, according to the company.

The apparel line includes duty wear, tactical offerings, off-duty options, active wear, and footwear for women. The company stressed that the garments aren't men's clothing in smaller sizes.

"We started from scratch with these garments to find options that really catered to women," according to Pat Christianson, BlackHawk's director of apparel development. "Our duty and tactical gear is designed with performance in mind. And we also added style and comfort into options ladies can wear when they're not working or training."

The tactical shirt, available in long and short sleeves, includes hidden pockets for smaller gear, a sunglasses-holder tab, pockets inside pockets, and mesh liners.

Tactical pants feature a silicone strip inside the waistband to hold shirts in place and elastic bands inside front pockets to secure cell phones, magazines, or other smaller gear. Colors include Khaki, OD Green, Navy, Chocolate Brown, and Black.

Aysha Webb shows BlackHawk's new women's line at SHOT Show. Photo: Mark W. Clark
Aysha Webb shows BlackHawk's new women's line at SHOT Show. Photo: Mark W. Clark

The Performance Polo in white features a non-see-through weave, contrast color with two other colors, and a loop for sunglasses. The Strenua top—it's named for the Roman goddess of strength—offers tapering and plaid prints so a concealed weapon isn't visible at first glance.

The active-wear apparel includes a fitted V-neck shirt and sports bra with antimicrobial technology, moisture-wicking, and compression to give women options for the gym or next training session. Features include pockets for concealed carry and wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking fabrics.

"We have different shapes than men," said new BlackHawk spokeswoman Aysha Webb. "We want to have something that is flattering and functional. Women don't want to look like a guy."

The apparel line is expected to be available in March.

By Paul Clinton

Tags: Female Equipment, Apparel, SHOT Show

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Comments (2)

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SonyR @ 1/18/2012 3:01 AM

Wonderful news. Now if they could just develop some smarter clothing for female detectives that allows conceal carry and trousers with a waistband strong enough to hold a holster we'll be set. Thanks!

Gary pearse " The GAP" @ 1/19/2012 10:53 PM

I've purchase some trousers from different tactical wear retailers and they all fail. why because of the low rise (low waist) and it's getting worse. Carrying 30 to 40 lbs of equipment every day demands that you carry it around your waist and not down on your hips. and none of them provide for a 2in web belt or button down belt loops any more. That's why all mine have been tailor made, except for the original "jungle greens" which I have found were the best fit of all, a pity none of the tailors of the 50's are still around to retrain todays Y gen tailors or as I say Y crack tailors.

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