After your body armor, choosing the right tactical clothes is one of the most important factors if you want to keep your edge in dangerous situations, or simply fulfill your mission to the best of your abilities.
There are tactical clothes for every single part of the body, and while some pieces are optional, others can be considered essential for the overwhelming majority of situations. Items like your army boots and tactical pants will be needed for every single mission, and you don’t want to have any that don’t suit your needs.
Tactical clothes can be categorized in many ways, but the most important distinction is the climate, weather, and terrain conditions in which they will be used:
- Reflective clothing for hot and arid climates
- Ventilated clothing for hot and humid regions
- Thermal clothing for cold and windy areas
While the design and final utility of the tactical clothing you choose will depend on your preference and the needs of your mission, the protection from the elements always needs to be gauged to the situation on the ground.
Adapt to the Climate
Even though in a single climate zone the weather you can encounter will vary, there are some items that you will need to carry regardless of the current shape of the terrain. Generally, you want to prepare for the worst-case scenario and work back from there.
Introducing layers in your tactical clothing are the best way to go, as you can always downsize and relegate some of the items to your backpack. The other way around isn’t possible.
For instance, something like the CWS™ Compact Weather Shield jacket from UARM can be used on top of your plate carrier if you are experiencing heavy downpours and cold winds. Then, if these conditions cease, you can always take the jacket off and leave just your under-armor with your plate carrier.
Improve Your Utility
Ideally, you want your tactical clothes to assist in the utility of your setup. This won’t always be possible, and you should prioritize the protection and maneuverability of your clothes over its carrying capacity, but it should be taken into account.
Although we can have a lot more carrying capacity with our tactical gear due to pouches and modular holsters, it is good to have simple pockets on your tactical pants. Some items, like the ignition keys, we will unconsciously store in these pockets, and holding them there is the best way not to lose them.
Comfort is much more than just staying cozy in some nice gear. The fact that your tactical clothes are comfortable and well-fitting means that you will be able to move more freely in them.
Maneuverability and freedom of movement are essentials for both soldiers and security personnel, as it allows everyone to move more swiftly and remove any threats before they have the time to react.