Posted on September 30, 2015
Fall comes fast like an enemy on attack. Before you know it, the air gets crisp and the ground is covered in auburn and orange. At the same time, the world’s most renowned tactical gear brands are releasing new autumn arrivals. We rounded up the season’s latest and greatest to put together our top 5 new fall releases.
Massif Army Combat Shirt Type II
This season, the Massif Army Combat Shirt Type II is available for purchase. Recently adopted by the U.S. Army, this combat shirt offers more camouflage coverage on the sides and chest than the previous combat shirts used by the Armed Forces. Currently it’s available in OEF-CP (MultiCam) and there is no word on when it will be updated to OCP. You must be active military to purchase this garment.
Bushnell binoculars are new to our site, and we have to admit, we’re impressed at the lineup. Its range of binoculars boasts everything from compact, affordable models to high-end styles that are the clearest and brightest on the market, all at an unbelievable value. We’d expect nothing less from the most reputable sports optics brand in the world. Beyond a tactical use, these binoculars are ideal to have on hand when hunting, camping or other fall outdoor activities.
Soffe Army PT Uniform
Right in time for fall, Soffe released the longsleeve version of our favorite PT Uniform shirt. It might set you back a little more than buying it on Post, but comfort features embedded into the fabric make it worth it. Unlike the PT Uniforms found elsewhere, these are made from a moisture-wicking Repreve micro-denier polyester. Instead of becoming heavy with the weight of sweat, it wicks moisture away from the skin. We can hardly keep these on our shelves!
Rocky RLW in Coyote Brown
These boots take a little breaking in, but once you do, the Rocky RLW is easily one of the most comfortable boots on the market. It takes design cues from Rocky’s previous best-selling boot, the C4 Trainer. Like the C4, this boot is made to feel like a tennis shoe. It differs from the C4 in that its rough-side-out cattle-hide leather and Cordura make the RLW much more durable. In fact, this style is rugged enough to be AR 670-1 compliant. Soldiers everywhere are thanking their lucky stars.
5.11 Apex Pants
We’re such a fan of these tactical pants, we’ve already devoted an entire blog post to them. There’s no doubt that this one of fall’s hottest releases. Made from 5.11’s proprietary Flex-Tac fabric, the Apex pants are flexible enough to offer natural movement without compromising durability. Plus this style packs plenty of storage— six AR-15 magazines can be stored at one time. Read our entire breakdown here.
What do you think of this season’s new gear arrivals? Let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on August 20, 2015
Not only did 5.11 manufacture the very first pair of tactical pants, it also makes some of the most recognizable tactical pants in the industry. The brand set out to reach all-new heights once again with its latest design, the 5.11 Apex Pants. The trousers are currently available in black, khaki, battle brown, TDU green and dark navy. Two more colors, storm and tundra, will be available come January 2016. We broke down the key components of the style so you know exactly what you’re in for with the Apex.
What sets the Apex apart from other pants in the tactical market is that it’s unparalleled in thoughtful storage solutions for on-the-job equipment. Within the pant, the wearer can hold up to six AR-15 magazines at one time. Two of these mag pockets are found inconspicuously above each back-seat pocket. This low-profile location isn’t found in any other tactical pant. Two zippered thigh pockets also contain internal compartments for magazine storage. There are also hidden handcuff pockets in the waistband and the cuff of the pants, plus a flex-cuff pocket built alongside the waistband. Add in the deep front and back pockets, and you’ve got an impressive 12-pocket design.
Fabric & Fit
The Apex pant is made from the same proprietary Flex-Tac mechanical stretch canvas as 5.11’s top-selling Stryke pant. As its name suggests, the fabric is already incredibly flexible. A full-gusseted crotch and articulated knees only add to the mobility of the pant. The stretch continues with a comfort waistband ideal for CCW. It’s designed to fit exceptionally, with a reverse-seam construction that prevents pockets from billowing outward. The pants are topped off with a Teflon treatment for the ultimate in stain, dirt and water resistance.
5.11 has been in the tactical pant game long enough to know how to make a guaranteed long-lasting garment. The tear-resistant ripstop weave and triple-stitching make for a rough-and-tough pair of pants. High-stress areas get the bartack treatment, a specialized stitch that offers additional reinforcement. Plus, the double-reinforced seat prevents unfortunate crotch blowouts. Every possible prevention for unwanted wear-and-tear has been implemented with the Apex.
What do you think of the Apex Pants? Let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on July 10, 2015
Earlier this year, the Army unveiled a new camouflage pattern, OCP, and along with it, a brand-new boot color. Gone are the desert tan boots, which are replaced instead by dark, sleek, stain-hiding coyote brown boots designed for more effective concealment.
TacticalGear.com has an exclusive early release on some of these new boots. With AR 670-1 compliant styles from standout brands like NIKE, Propper, Reebok and more, these are the boots that will be dominating the battlefield. Check out a few of our favorites.
Reebok Hyper Velocity
We have an exclusive early release on this ultra-light boot. Reebok took its top-selling Hyper Velocity model and made some key adjustments in order to make it Army approved. Not only is the color updated to the new coyote 498 color, it also boasts an updated lacing system and rubber-grip tread.
Our Price: $119.99
Expected Availability: July 16, 2015
Under Armour Jungle Rat
A modern twist on a classic boot style, the Under Armour Jungle Rat is a quick-drying, abrasion-resistant military boot. The upper is coated with Storm water-resistant technology so water just rolls right off while vents allow for quick water escape. As far as comfort goes, these boots will keep you cozy. The Jungle Rat features the same Micro G cushioning you can find in Under Armour running shoes.
Our Price: $134.99
Expected Availability: July 24, 2015
NIKE SFB Field Leather
The coyote brown NIKE SFB Field Leather might look familiar. That’s because it boasts the same popular design found in the NIKE SFB Field, but with a durable flesh-out cattle hide leather upper. It’s a bit tougher than the regular SFB Field while staying light, fast and incredibly flexible.
Our Price: $150.00
Expected Availability: October 2015
What do you think of the new coyote brown Army boots? Let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on June 23, 2015
We’re proud to partner with Propper to bring you the B.Y.O.B. program. So what is it exactly? No, we’re not giving away free booze (although that’s not a bad idea). B.Y.O.B. stands for Build Your Own Bag, and with this program, you can get any Propper bag accessory 20% off on our site when you buy select Propper bags.
Step One: Pick your shell
From sling bags to rifle cases, there’s a bag for every role in Propper’s new bag collection. Check out all the eligible bags here: http://tacticalgear.com/propper-byob
Step Two: Customize your kit
Completely customize the kit by adding whichever accessories serve your requirement.
Step Three: Get your 20% off discount
Once you’re bag is completely built out, proceed to checkout and the 20% off accessory discount will automatically be applied.
Need a little help building out your bag? Check out one of our pre-built kits — the 72 Hour Bag, the Perfect Gym Bag and the Grab-And-Go Range Bag.. We did the work for you to create the perfect pairings for common situations.
What do you think of the Propper B.Y.O.B program? Let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on May 22, 2015
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.
Posted on April 30, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Posted on April 18, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you think of the Salomon Forces line? Let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on March 30, 2015
Winter 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.
Posted on March 13, 2015
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.
Posted on March 7, 2015
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.