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      How to Set up a Tactical Vest

      How to Set up a Tactical Vest

      Tactical vests are worn by those that serve and protect us—military, law enforcement, first responders, security personnel, and firearms instructors are just a few of the professions that rely on tactical vests to keep them safe while doing their job. Some might argue that the tactical vest is one of the most important pieces of gear that someone could have. After all, it’s the basic foundation for the accessories, small equipment, and tools that you need to have easily accessible while you’re on duty.

      If you’re someone who is new to tactical vests or just purchased a new one, there are some key tips in setting up your vest so that it has everything you need to work at peak performance. Each vest will be personally tailored to what job or task you’ll be using it for, however, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind when setting up your tactical vest.

      First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that your vest is the proper size and fit. An ill-fitting tactical vest can actually hinder its effectiveness and your performance—not to mention, it can be uncomfortable. If you have a vest that is too small, it doesn’t provide ample protection, and if it’s too large, it can slow your movement. Have someone take your measurements and opt for one that most closely fits those numbers—many tactical vests are adjustable, so small adjustments here and there are generally no problem.

      Next, it’s all about prepping for the job at hand. There are hundreds of options when it comes to adding attachments and accessories to your tactical vest—holsters, clips, and pouches, to name a few. It’s quite easy to want to over prepare or over accessorise your vest, but it’s crucial to think about efficiency when prepping your tactical gear. Some common pieces of tactical gear that you might need to consider are handcuffs, pepper spray, flashlight, keys, baton, or an extra magazine. Make a list of every piece of gear that you’ll need in your vest and see where you can consolidate with your pouches or other accessories—for example, if you know you’ll only need two extra magazines, find a pouch or holder that only holds two and no more. This ensures your vests efficiency and also allows another open space to be used for something else.

      Once all the equipment and tactical gear are configured on the vest, the work isn’t quite done. Why? Because now it’s up to you to memorize and master your vest. Practice makes perfect and now it’s time to get to know your tactical vest inside and out. Split-second decisions need to be made in life-and-death situations, so the last thing you want to do is fumble around looking for what you need. Familiarize yourself with your vest and it’s tactical gear so that it trains your muscle memory and it becomes second nature.

      Which 5.11 Tactical Pants Should I Buy?

      Which 5.11 Tactical Pants Should I Buy?

      When choosing tactical pants, the 5.11 Tactical brand tends to be at the top of most people’s list. Whether you’re in law enforcement, military, hunting, or just a lover of the great outdoors, 5.11 Tactical has been creating tactical pants since 1992, so you know they have perfected their craft. All of 5.11 Tactical pant models are top-notch—they’re durable, they’re functional, and they’re made from technology-advanced materials to perform in a wide range of environments and activities. So, no matter what pair of pants you’re buying from this well-respected company, you know they’ll be quality. However, each tactical pant that 5.11 has designed has its own unique set of functions and benefits that suits your purpose. Here are 5.11’s five best tactical pants and what each pair have to offer—a guide to help you pick the ideal pants for you.

      - 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pant – This option of 5.11 Tactical pants is by far one of their most popular. A perfect combination between functionality and comfort, they are made from breathable and durable material with heavy-duty reinforced construction and a Teflon finish for water and stain resistance. You’ll find plenty of storage with 12 pockets including two double-deep cargo pockets. The stretch fabric and self-adjusting waistband ensure comfort all day long.

      - 5.11 Tactical ABR Ripstop Pant – From everyday use to a day of operations, the ABR Pro Ripstop Pant is the reliable option you can depend on. Made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton, and a Teflon finish, the lightweight fabric has optimal flexibility and strength. There are 8 convenient pockets, including strap-and-slash seat pockets, and front thigh-high pockets, perfect for a cellphone or extra magazine round. These pants are a great professional tactical option.

      - 5.11 Tactical Apex Pant – Built with premier construction and materials, the 5.11 Apex Pant’s stretch canvas boasts comfort, flexibility, durability, and mobility. What more do you need in tactical pants? This model also has plenty of pockets, ten in total, including a hidden waistband pocket for a handcuff key, and a flex-cuff pocket inside the front waist. Users will also appreciate the extra reinforcement just where you need it, like the articulated knees, reinforced knife clip area, and seven reinforced belt loops.

      - 5.11 Tactical Cotton Canvas Pant – You really can’t go wrong with the original model of 5.11 Tactical Pants. Users will find optimal comfort with durability thanks to being made with 8.8 oz of 100% cotton. Running, hiking, climbing, and carrying heavy items are no match for this dependable and rugged design—it’s no wonder it has become a favorite for law enforcement, fire professionals, and military personnel. Both the knees and rear are reinforced and there are seven pockets, including a D-ring, for plenty of storage. This OG design is a quality-grade tactical pant you can depend on.

      REVIEW: Merrell MQC Patrol Zip Boots

      REVIEW: Merrell MQC Patrol Zip Boots

      Providing both extreme comfort and superb tactical performance, the Merrell MQC Patrol Side-Zip Boots are the ideal choice for all-day duty footwear. Merrell is known for being an expert in the game and they certainly didn’t fall short with these tactical boots. Their MQC—Moving Quickly in Combat—style is waterproof, abrasion resistant, and slip-resistant, making them perfect for every possible terrain imaginable. 

      Merrell MQC Patrol Boot

      These Merrell tactical boots are super lightweight and feature their legendary COMFORTBASE™ contoured foot design with breathable foam, cradling your feet for all-day comfort with the feel of an athletic shoe. Additionally, the side-zip closure allows wearers to quickly and easily slip the tactical boots on and off. Keeping the soldier and police officer in mind, the Merrell MQC Patrol Boots boast incredible shock-absorption with the brand’s Air Cushion Viz that also cradles and supports the heel.

      The bellows tongue in these exceptional duty boots can assure that no debris will make its way inside, and the Merrell M Select™ DRY membrane completely seals out water while still allowing your feet to breathe. On the bottom of the boot, users will notice the Merrell M Select™ GRIP rubber outsole, providing outstanding grip for both wet and dry environments. 

      Overall, the Merrell MQC Patrol Side-Zip Boots are seriously impressive and are a superb choice for anyone requiring a military boot or for those that simply want a tactical-level boot for everyday use. Dependable and tough—Merrell did not disappoint with this top-notch model. 

      REVIEW: Helikon Tex UTP Pants - Multicam

      REVIEW: Helikon Tex UTP Pants - Multicam

      Polish-based, Helikon-Tex first patented their Urban Tactical Pant (UTP) design in 2009 which became a staple and favorite in the tactical apparel world. Following up this popularity, Helikon-Tex has released an upgraded and improved design with their UTP Flex Pants (also known as Urban Tactical Flex Pants). Although the main construction of the pant is the same as the original design, Helikon-Tex made some major improvements when it comes to fabric, freedom of movement, and sleek aesthetics. 

      Known to be one of the most durable and preferred fabrics on the market for tactical apparel, the UTP Flex Pants are made with nonelastic NyCo RipStop fabric. Helikon-Tex wanted to ensure that the pants still provided flexibility and freedom of movement for the user, which is why they added VersaStretch elastic panels in both the back neck and crotch area. When it comes to keeping a low-profile, these tactical pants are an optimal choice. The cut and placement of the pockets help maintain a civilian look while still having the functionality of combat pants – with room for all of your on-person gear and essentials. Plus, the wide belt loops allow for a belt up to 50 mm – which includes all of Helikon-Tex’s tactical belts. 

      The smart design of the Helikon-Tex UTP Flex Pants includes 10 pockets overall:

      • Two classic front pockets – edges are reinforced against abrasions from flashlight and knife clips

      • Two cargo pockets on thigh – closed using reversed YKK zippers

      • Two front flapped pockets for small electronics or AR magazine

      • Two slim back pockets

      • Two wide back pockets

      The thoughtfully-designed combat pant comes in 8 colour options including three camo patterns and Helikon-Tex’s sizes stray away from your typical American-based sizes – choose from S through XXXL with regular/long/X-long length options. 

      Overall, the Helikon-Tex UTP Flex Pants are practical, durable, and can be worn on an everyday basis. Both on and off duty – you’ve found your new go-to pair of tactical pants. 

      5.11 Tactical RUSH 2.0 Upgrades

      5.11 Tactical RUSH 2.0 Upgrades

      The RUSH series from 5.11 is by far one of the most iconic and well-known tactical bags in the market. Ranging from 6L capacity to 106L capacity, the RUSH bags are versatile, durable, and ideal for any situation and environment. The most popular series are the 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12, 24, 72 models – the numbers indicating the hours you can theoretically be away, and have enough gear packed inside. Since their release, 5.11 has upgraded its RUSH 12, 24, and 72 models and now this tactical backpack is better than ever. Here’s what’s changed.

      Users of the 5.11 Tactical RUSH 2.0 bags will notice that the MOLLE webbing system has remained the same, however, there is now an added third row of velcro in the centre for multiple or larger patches. The pockets and compartments remain the same in both versions, but users will notice a couple of practical and useful additions. In 5.11’s upgraded RUSH version, there are now rain flaps over the zippers of both large compartments – the side pockets continue to have rain flaps as well. You’ll also notice that the three loops previously found on the RUSH series bags have now been omitted.

      Turning the bag around, 5.11 changed the location of the buckle on the shoulder straps as well as making the straps slightly wider. This now allows for the straps to be tightened an additional 7.5 cm (3 in) and provides better comfort to the user. Also adding to the comfortability of the packs, the upgraded tactical RUSH bags now have rubber panels along the lumbar region of the back – this also prevents the bag from sliding or moving around. 

      On the bottom of the bag, users will find rubber pads and a 3.75 cm (1.5 in) loop at the base of the shoulder straps. You’ll also notice four new lashing points – perfect for adding a sleeping bag or tent.

      The bottom line is that 5.11 has perfected the tactical bag and it comes in the form of the new and upgraded Tactical RUSH series. There’s no doubt that these tactical packs will be a fan favourite until 5.11’s next ingenious upgrade.