Casual Tactical Wear

Polo shirts and tac pants can take you to the range and beyond in style and comfort.

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5.11 Tactical

At officers' request, 5.11 Tactical now offers its casual Tactical Polo in smooth, heavyweight cotton jersey. The new six-ounce jersey version wicks away moisture; is wrinkle-, shrink-, and fade resistant; and features a stay-flat, no-roll collar. It has short sleeves, convenient pen pockets on the left sleeve, and mic-clip attachments at shoulders and sternum. Available in both men's and women's versions, the new polo comes in white, black, silver tan, dark navy, and heather grey. 5.11 Tactical Polos are priced from $29.99.

New fit enhancements for the women's 5.11 Tactical Polo include: more shape to body at waist\hip, re-engineered shoulders to be close to the body, adjusted back neck seam position for a natural fit, increased body length to be more flattering, and a repositioned shoulder line.

The cotton 5.11 Tactical Pant comes in 11 colors, with size ranges to fit virtually everyone. Known for its trademark rear slash pockets and utility strap, the sturdy, seven-pocket 5.11 Tactical Pant is also comfortable and functional. It features double and triple-stitch construction and 48 bartacks in high stress areas, a self-adjusting comfort waistband, double thick seat and knees (with pockets for kneepads), YKK zippers and Prym snaps, and a convenient D-ring.

Based on 5.11's best-selling men's Taclite Pro Pant, the 5.11 Women's Taclite Pro Pant is customized with a new women's fit. Like its counterpart, the Women's Taclite Pro Pant is made of durable, lightweight and breathable 6.14-ounce poly/cotton ripstop for enhanced fade and wrinkle resistance. Additions include Teflon treatment for spill and stain resistance, a diamond gusset crotch for easy movement, and a quick-access multipurpose pocket. The 5.11 Women's Taclite Pro Pant is available in black, TDU khaki, TDU green, and dark navy in sizes 2 through 20. Pricing begins at $39.99.

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The BlackHawk Warrior Wear Cotton Polo Shirt has classic styling with contemporary features made of fade-resistant combed cotton pique knit. It's available in black, navy, silver tan, range red, heather gray, and white for $39.99.

BlackHawk TNT OPS Tactical Pants are lightweight, durable, and designed for the weapon carrying professional on and off duty. Made from BlackHawk's performance TNT material, these pants are highly abrasion and tear resistant with excellent water-resistant properties. Available in clay and navy for $79.99.

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Blauer's model 8131-1 Knit Short Sleeve Shirt is made of 10.5-ounce bicomponent B.COOL fabric, which combines the comfort of cotton on the inside and "no fade" polyester on the outside. It features a rib-knit sport collar and a double pen pocket set in the right sleeve. An extra long body means the shirt will stay tucked in. The shirt is available in seven colors: dark navy, black, gray, white, royal blue, silver tan, and red.

Blauer's model 8823 Tactical Trousers with Stretch are made of a material blend of 70 percent nylon, 22 percent bamboo, and eight percent spandex with a B.XDRY liquid repellent finish. These machine washable pants feature multiple pockets, including two zippered thigh pockets with internal security pockets and a pencil pocket/cell phone pocket on the right side, plus two rear hip pockets. An elasticized waistband and reinforced knees make these silver tan pants comfortable and durable.

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Elbeco's Ufx Performance Tactical Polos are engineered to stretch in four directions, and the Xeede moisture management system wicks moisture away from your body to the surface of the fabric to evaporate quickly.

A generous cut and side panel construction allow for ease of movement and comfort. Elbeco's Ufx Performance Tactical Polo has a pen pocket on the left sleeve, a mic pocket on each shoulder, and a mic clip on the bottom placket. The polo is now available in white, black, tan, dark navy, red, gray, and spruce green.

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EOTAC's Men's Operator Grade Tactical Pant is designed to meet the demands from the field. All critical seams are double-needle stitched and bartacked at stress points. The Action Waist has side elastic panels for freedom of movement and easily accommodates an inside-the-waistband holster. One-inch wide reinforced belt loops are strategically placed and accommodate belts up to 1.75-inches wide. A gusseted crotch allows for a greater range of mobility while reducing stress on the fabric, and 10 pockets are strategically placed in order to maximize functionality. A double layer of fabric over the knees offers added durability while an inside opening accommodates knee pads (not included). The pant comes in khaki, black, navy, and OD green.

The Women's Operator Grade Lightweight Tactical Pant is reengineered for the fit of a woman. Utilizing feedback from end users, the company not only made the pants fit a woman properly, but designed the pants with features better suited for a woman. They're constructed of lightweight yet extremely durable and fade-resistant all-cotton ripstop, and the pant legs are slightly tapered for a better look while still allowing access to an ankle holster or being worn with boots. Two additional front pockets above the primary hand pockets accommodate a wallet, ID, or even spare magazines. The Women's Pant is available in khaki, black, navy, and OD green.

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Fechheimer's Vertx brand, pronounced "vur-tex," consists of apparel for tactical operators. A new addition to this line is the company's Action Polo with Coldblack. The Coldblack finish reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's rays, making dark colors feel like light, according to Vertx.

Coldblack also provides UV protection of at least 30. Vertx Action Polos are made with a no-fade performance fabric with anti-microbial finish and, despite the name "Coldblack," they come in several colors: navy, black, white, silver tan, and red.

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Magnum's new Dyesub Polo is made of a lightweight moisture-wicking and UV protective fabric that will not lose its shape and has a six-month no-fade guarantee standard with all Magnum apparel. It also features a mic pocket on the left sleeve and a mic loop on the front placket. But what makes this polo different is that it can be custom printed with up to six department logos at a minimum order of 12 units with a dye sublimated print process that looks cleaner and does not add weight to the garment. It sells for $95 and comes in black in sizes small to XXXlarge.

Magnum's Stealth Spec Pant is made of 6.5-ounce pre-washed cotton canvas with sanitized anti-microbial protection and Rayosan SPF 40 sun protection coating. Features include six Velcro-secured bellowed patch pockets, a hidden "key" pocket inside the front of the pant, dual mag pockets, knee pad pockets, and two flat-front slash pockets.

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Officers who work in warm climates may want to try Propper's new I.C.E. (integrated cooling effect) Performance Polo shirt. The shirt is made of an advanced wicking fabric that pulls moisture from the body and dries quickly. Propper says the material dries 125 percent faster than cotton and 30 percent faster than polyester. Available in black, gray, LAPD Navy, red, and white, the shirt features breathable mesh underarms, hidden buttons under the collar, mic clips on both shoulders, a sunglass clip in front, and a long tail to keep it tucked in.

Engineered for action, the Propper Light Tactical Pant is made from a fade-resistant 65/35 polyester/cotton ripstop fabric with a DuPont Teflon coating to repel liquids and stains. The pants feature an Action Stretch Waistband, heavy-duty reinforced seat and knee areas, internal kneepad openings, and extra large belt loops. A total of 11 pockets provide plenty of secure space for gear. Propper's Light Tactical Pants are available in men's sizes in black, olive, LAPD Navy, khaki, coyote, and grey.

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After working for months with military clothing experts, the design team at RailRiders created VersaTac Pants. They're rugged, lightweight, durable, quick-drying, and comfortable. Details include hidden pockets within cargo pockets, a gusseted crotch, and double-reinforced knees and seat. The VersaTac comes in two weights.

The Mid pants are heavier and are made with extra-durable 6.6-ounce Yukon canvas weave nylon fabric, weighing a total of 26 ounces. VersaTac Light pants are made with super tough yet lightweight three-ounce Duralite nylon fabric and weigh a total of 17 ounces. Both VersaTac models are available in men's sizes small to XXlarge and come in dark stone, black, forest green, and natural.

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The Force

An ideal option for warmer conditions, The Force's Special Ops Polo is made of a poly-cotton fabric blend offering Dri-Balance technology, which wicks moisture away from the body keeping you dry and comfortable. Features include two concealed mic pockets, a double-layer sweat patch on the center back, vented side panels, and a no-curl collar with collar stays. Engineered to perform, yet maintain a professional, athletic appearance, the Special Ops Polo is available in silver tan, white, dark navy, black, and new colors grey and red.

Constructed of Poly-Cotton Ottoman-Weave fabric-double layers on the seat and both knees-the Special Ops Cargo Pant from The Force provides strength, color retention, and long-life. The pant also features many special pockets: two four-way entry cargo pockets, an interior stretch-mesh evidence pocket, and a concealed zippered calf pocket. In addition, the cargo pant is soil- and water repellent and wrinkle resistant, all while maintaining breathable comfort. Available in dark navy, black, silver tan, and brown in men's sizes regular 28-54 and short 28-36 even, and women's sizes even 4-24.

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Tru-Spec by Atlanco

Tru-Spec's 24-7 Series Polo is made out of a 40/60 polyester cotton blend and features a microphone/sunglass loop below the placket, a pencil/pen slot pocket on the left sleeve, and gusseted sleeves for a greater range of motion. Special Tru-Dri fabric wicks moisture away, keeping the wearer cool and comfortable all day. It's available in short- and long-sleeve versions and comes in academy blue, sage, black, heather gray, navy, white, red, and tan.

Although Tru-Spec's men's signature 24-7 Series pants are loosely based on tactical uniform trousers preferred by many SWAT officers, they're designed for virtually any purpose. You can choose durable 8.5-ounce prewashed cotton or lightweight 65/35 Polyester Cotton Rip-Stop blend (Teflon treated). A self-adjusting slider waistband provides all-day comfort, and the pants' signature pocket design allows for casual appearance while providing secure storage for all duty requirements. Pants come in khaki, black, olive drab, coyote, navy, stone, and brown.

Ladies' 24-7 Series Tactical Pants include all the same great features as Tru-Spec's popular men's 24-7 Series pants, but they're designed specifically for ladies and they're offered in two durable, comfortable material choices: 65/35 polyester/cotton rip-stop blend or 100 percent cotton. The pants' engineered dimensional fit is designed to fit a woman's form, including a lower rise than men's pants. Ladies' 24-7 Series Tactical Pants come in khaki, black, and navy.

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Woolrich Elite Tactical Polo shirts are ready for patrol use or casual wear. Short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions are available in black, khaki, navy, and range officer red. Features include a lengthened shirt tail to keep the polo in place when tucked in, a ribbed knit anti-roll collar with a three-button front placket, sideseam vents at the bottom hem, a large sweat patch on the back, and a double pen pocket on the left sleeve with a discreet zippered pocket for ID or other small items.

The men's Elite Lightweight Operator pant comes in seven-ounce cotton ripstop fabric. Features include a generous cut, side elastic waistband panels, reinforced two-inch belt loops, and 10 strategically placed multi-use pockets, with two hidden back pockets for wallet or ID and two additional rear pockets for larger gear. Lower magazine pockets on both legs accommodate a 30-round AR-15 magazine on the inside, with two elastic chemlight holders on the outside. Reinforced knees with external openings and hook-and-loop closures make inserting the included kneepads easy. The pant is available in black, khaki, navy, and OD green.

Responding to requests from across the country, Woolrich kept the best features of its most popular pant and reengineered the fit for women. The Elite Lightweight Pant for Women is available in khaki and in sizes 4-18 with a standard 32-inch inseam. Slim, flapped utility pockets on each upper thigh can hold a 20-round AR-15 magazine and wide front pocket openings allow for concealed front pocket carry. Critical seams are double-needle stitched and bartacked at stress points, and side elastic panels in the waistband provide all-day comfort and freedom of movement.

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