Bates’ Newest Release

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A day on duty is often unpredictable, but Bates’ newest release is equipped to handle it all. Allow us to introduce you to the brand’s biggest launch of the year, the fiercely aggressive Bates Strike boot.

This style is the first to feature the Bates Endurance Performance System, a two-piece insole made up of dual-density EVA and open-cell memory foam. This combination footbed reduces overall fatigue in the foot, leg and joints so you can wear it all day comfortably.

 

The intimidating honeycomb upper isn’t just for show—the TPU mesh allows hot air to escape, keeping feet cool when in motion or at rest. Capped off with a durable slip-resistant rubber outsole, the Strike keeps you fast on your feet while delivering the ultimate in tactical performance.

What do you think of the Bates Strike Boot? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

Introducing Condor Elite

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As its name suggests, Condor Elite gear was designed to be elite, for our country’s elite. This premium line of tactical gear was first announced by its parent brand Condor at SHOT Show 2015, and the highly anticipated line just hit our site.

The initial launch includes five bag styles and two different tactical flashlight models, all made in the USA with American-made materials. What sets it apart from other Condor gear, and other gear in general, is that this branch takes expensive, high-quality materials and brings them to market at an unbeatable price.

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While the tactical lights in this line are handy, what’s truly impressive is this first round of bags. Technologies we’ve never seen before from Condor are incorporated into each pack. Not only is every bag built from Mil-Spec Invista Cordura nylon, but different models boast their own innovative features.

Some styles have bottoms outfitted with synthetic “rhino skin” foundations. Similar to the thick skin of a rhinoceros, this elastomer is durable, tough and sure to hold up. To the touch it feels rubberized and grippy. It also repels water, soil, stains and chemical agents.

All Condor Elite backpacks and sling bags use Condor’s new proprietary AirFlow system to keep you cool while you carry. Deep-ridged mesh panels located on the back and straps really increase the flow of cool air for a fit you can wear comfortably for hours.

All bags feature MOLLE, with the exception of the Agent Covert Sling Bag. Instead, this one-shoulder bag has an exterior covered in laser-cut hypalon. Typically, this material is used on the boats of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard to prevent puncture and abrasions, but Condor Elite uses it as a strong, lightweight webbing alternative.

 

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Our favorite new Condor Elite release has to be the ultra-aggressive Titan Assault Pack. It takes configuration cues from mountaineering packs but is adapted for urban requirements. This massive pack features the rhino skin foundation, AirFlow system and boasts a 40 liter capacity.

What do you think of Condor Elite? Let us know in the comment section below. 

 

Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

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From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the Salomon Forces line was born.

These boots caught on with first responders and quickly became some of our best-selling tactical boots. So what features make these boots stand out from the pack? Three Salomon technologies found in every Forces style come to mind immediately.

Abrasion-Resistant Uppers

While other brands have been leaning towards light, athletic designs, Salomon proves that mountain-ready aggressiveness is a priority for operators as well. Decades in the extreme sports industry equipped Salomon with the knowledge and experience to create a long-lasting upper. The Forces line uses single-layer open-air mesh combined with a nylon layer allow breathability without compromising durability.

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Nonmarking Contragrip Outsole

Every outsole in this line is a nonmarking Contragrip. This specialized mixture of durable rubbers promotes superior grip. Strategically placed forefoot grooves add flexibility and provide a smooth push-off. The self-cleaning multi-directional lugs are designed handle uneven terrain with ease by shedding debris with every step.

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Quick-Lace System

Salomon is famous for its Quick-Lace System which allows the wearer to get a locked-in fit with one simple pull. Thin laces thread through closed hooks and tighten at the top. After securing the customized fit, the remaining lace length stores away into an internal tongue pocket, keeping your laces out from under your feet and out of your way.

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What do you think of the Salomon Forces line? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

 

New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

Oakley_Covert_PRIZMWinter is over, the sun is shining and Oakley has just what you need to ring in the new season. In 2014, the brand launched its initial lineup of glasses featuring PRIZM lenses. This proprietary technology was developed after decades of color science research. By blocking specific color wavelengths, PRIZM lenses increase the natural acuity of the human eye. This Spring, Oakley released new styles featuring never-before-seen PRIZM lenses intended for daytime operations.
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Staff Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light

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As our Head Buyer, Jenny Kendall-Webb gets to see the latest and greatest tactical gear before it ever hits our shelves. Even with loads of new, innovative styles swimming in her head, when asked for her gear pick she opts for a classic. The Streamlight ProTac HL Professional has been around for a few years but its high-lumens technology and durable construction make it an irreplaceable component for everyday carry.

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Army Unveils New Uniform Quality Control Program

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In February 2015, the Army unveiled its plans for a new Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The program will be launched this year by PEO Soldier in order to provide soldiers, Army leaders and industry manufacturers clarity on what optional-wear boot models are considered Army authorized.
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The Top 10 Gear from SHOT Show 2015

Per usual, SHOT Show was 5 days full of the latest and greatest gear from the industry’s premier brands. We hand-picked this year’s standout styles of apparel, equipment and footwear from the show so you know what to look forward to in 2015.

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Follow Us for Live Coverage of SHOT Show 2015

It’s that time of year—SHOT Show! The largest trade show for shooting, hunting, military and law enforcement industries will be taking place Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas.
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New from Rocky: The AR 670-1 compliant RLW

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What do you get when you merge the sneaker-like feel of the Rocky C4 Trainer with the ruggedness of an Army-approved combat boot? Allow us to introduce the new AR 670-1 compliant Rocky Lightweight  (RLW).
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Rogers is responsible for the success of more than 300 Fellows who will serve with The Mission Continues next year

Q&A with David Rogers from The Mission Continues

TacticalGear.com has been proud partners with The Mission Continues since 2012. When you checkout at TacticalGear.com, you are given the opportunity to donate to The Mission Continues. In the spirit of the season, we will matching every donation made through our site from now until Christmas. Help us spread some holiday cheer to the men and women who serve our country.

Fulfilling veterans through service is such a simple concept, yet it was unprecedented until The Mission Continues was founded by a former Navy SEAL in 2007. Its programs utilize veterans’ specific strengths and skills by placing them at a nonprofit in their community. Through its fellowship program and service projects, veterans have the opportunity to work with more than 600 nonprofits around the country.
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