Gear is everything when your job demands the most of you. Whether your adversary is another person, the environment, or something else altogether, having the right gear substantially increases your odds of a positive outcome. The following are some of our recommendations for gear that will help you do your job safely and effectively.
Boots are the very base of your gear and a quality set should provide a solid grip, a hard, stable striking surface if needed, and insulation appropriate for the terrain and conditions your feet will be exposed to. Striking surfaces make a world of difference in CQB where just a few extra pound-feet of impact can easily mean the difference between life and death.
The Rocky S2V Tactical Military Boot delivers on all fronts. Featuring a Vibram sole – the trusted brand for operators and extreme hikers, and the soles used in the first successful K2 climb – Cordura flash and water-resistant leather, wicking Dri-Lex lining, stretch Lycra tongues, Rocky® Air-Port® cushion foot bed with Aegis Microbe Shield, and a fiberglass shank. Their Advanced S2V Sieve™ technology circulates air in and water out which means these boots will ensure that your feet stay dry, cool, and secure in any condition.
Maintaining a stable core body temperature when you're in the field is essential and that means proper raingear is a must. Outdoor Research uses Gore-Tex to maintain their advantage in the lightweight, rain-resistant clothing market. Seam taping ensures that water cannot penetrate and you can depend on your gear in extreme conditions.
The Outdoor Research Infiltrator Jacket applies the above technology to a minimalist, clean, and comfortable frame. Hybrid Mapped Construction™ strategically positions fabric technologies, stretch, and durability where each is needed most to provide the greatest benefit to the wearer. TorsoFlo™ ventilation perform duel duty by venting heat and moisture while giving quick access to side arms. This jacket is generally described as "stretchy where you need it most" while ensuring you stay dry when it matters. The jacket is offered in khaki and grey, ready to blend with most urban and desert camouflage patterns.
A solid pack will be water-resistant or waterproof, provide multiple pouches of varying sizes, and will not weigh you down on its own. Many packs preferred by seasoned operators also include a space for a hydration bladder or emergency water rations. The outside should be cut- and tear-resistant, and the material should be flame-resistant.
The Mystery Ranch Blackjack 80 – a commercialized version of the current SOCOM standard-issue rucksack – satisfies all of these criteria. This pack weighs under ten pounds and features a host of customization options along with lightweight, full carbon frames, Dyneema-CORDURA® laminate, IR-compliant zippers, and lightweight bolsters to ensure the load stays balanced when you’re on the move.
Tactical pants need to keep your temperature stable in hostile conditions and offer ready-made storage with easy access while remaining secured at your boots and waist. That’s why we recommend tactical pants with boot ties and durable belt loops.
The Arc'teryx LEAF Assault Pant LT Multicam system provide weather-resistance, boot ties, cut- and tear-resistant fabric and abundant storage. These pants can be outfitted with ruggedization pads, insertable knee pads, and more, and they are recommended by SOCOM when operating in humid, tropical environments. The anti-melt, anti-drip fabric (GORE-Katana), means that these pants also serve well in arid, desert environments.
Tactical Plate Holder
When it comes to armor, you want the best protection, but also something balanced and comfortable to wear in the field. Vel Tye has been providing customizable tactical plate holders to the U.S. Military, first responders, and law enforcement agencies for more than 20 years.
We recommend our own Berry-compliant, USA-made Hugger Tactical Vest system. These vests can be fully customized with an assortment of ammunition holders, radio pouches, medical and trauma kits, and more. Military-grade Velcro® keeps your gear tightly-secured until you are ready to use it.
The Hugger system pairs well with our NIJ-Certified Level IIIA soft armor to provide you with superior protection in the field. We want you to make it home safely, so we keep our production in-house which ensures that we are able to control quality and production standards.
When your job requires you to protect and serve your community, your gear should protect and serve you. We at Vel Tye recognize and appreciate your dedication and we are equally dedicated to providing exceptional quality in everything we make.
Our specialists are always happy to help if you need assistance finding the right gear for you. We also offer custom gear system consulting if you require custom-made gear. Contact us today.