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Tactical Gear

How To Choose High-Quality Outdoor Apparel & Gear

Having high-quality tactical gear is critical, whether you're in a tactical situation or adventure-seeking. You need to know that you can count on your pack, rig, or clothing to perform for you. This is why you should consider Tactical Gear when making your buying decision. We can define Tactical Gear as gear that is high quality, well designed, and will perform as advertised under the harshest of situations. There are key manufacturers out there that have a great reputation for providing this level of gear. Names like 511, Condor, Maxpedition and Blackhawk are a few of these.

The last thing you want is to be 3 days into a 4 day climb and have the seams come apart on your pack or have your hiking boots fall apart. Owning quality gear is an investment in your safety and well-being. Without it, you'll literally be caught with your pants down – exposed to the elements, the enemy or Mother Nature's harshest environments.

Regardless of how much experience or training you have, it won't make a difference if you're not dressed properly or equipped with the right gear:

  • Heavy clothing and fabrics will weigh you down, make you slower and less agile

  • Materials that retain too much heat will cause you to sweat, create exhaustion and require more frequent hydration

  • If the fabrics don't wick moisture, they'll become easily soaked and very slow to dry

  • Cheap, poor-quality garments will can tear easily in outdoor environments and increase the chance of skin abrasions

  • In tactical or gaming situations, having the right garments and gear can give you an extra edge over you opponent or an enemy. poorly designed garments will have too

  • much visibility, making you easily seen by the enemy

All of this may seem obvious to some – but you may be surprised at how an unexpected situation or condition can suddenly develop whether on the job or on a hike. Always be prepared for the unexpected. often experienced outdoorsmen and even law enforcement personnel choose poor-quality tactical gear, simply because they didn't inspect the specs or research the brand.

Rest assured, all of the gear you find at Active Duty Gear is among the best on the market, from recognized brands like 5.11 Tactical and Condor.

But to help you choose the right apparel and accessories for your needs, we've put together a quick "tactical checklist" of items to consider and key features to look for in each type.

Tactical Checklist – Choosing Your Tactical Gear

Jackets & Outerwear

If you'll be outdoors, then one of the most important items in your tactical wardrobe is your jacket. You need to look for water-resistant fabrics that protect you from the elements, without adding bulk or noise to your outfit. Look for jackets designed to keep you dry while allowing free movement, so your body is not restricted.


Whether you're camping, hiking, hunting or on duty, your pants need to withstand heavy usage and abuse – while also allowing you to stay on the move. Ripstop fabric can be a great solution High-quality pants from 5.11 Tactical are built from tough and comfortable 8.5 oz. cotton canvas, and they utilize triple stitch reinforcements and extensive bartacking for maximum durability. Also, look for added protection on the seat and knees, and don't forget to consider all the pockets you'll need for your other gear.


Regardless of whether you need long-sleeve or short-sleeve, the key to buying this tactical gear is to look for close-fitting styles that allow free range of movement and are less likely to get caught on shrubs, fences, etc.

Popular styles from 5.11 Tactical are made from a specialized poly/cotton/spandex knit that offers an agile and flexible base with moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties. The 5.11 Performance Polos, for example, provide superior moisture management technology, allowing you to operate at peak levels while remaining cool, comfortable, and in control.


Cold-weather environments call for more layers of protection. Consider styles like mid-weight drawers from Condor, which are designed for comfort and warmth. These aren't your granddad's long johns! Advanced features include a laminated polyester netting fabric, highly breathable grid fleece and flat seam construction.


Your belt literally holds it all together – not just your outfit, but all your gear. So, it's crucial that you focus on quality and strength.

In tactical situations or outdoor activities, consider the 5.11 Tactical Trainer Belt, which is the consistent choice for law enforcement personnel. It's made from ultra-strong nylon mesh and features a solid stainless steel belt buckle with a 6,000 lb. rating. That's more than enough support and durability to carry a holster and accessories comfortably without sagging, twisting, or losing its shape.

Additional Tactical Gear At Active Duty Gear

When it comes to tactical gear, we've got you covered. Beyond our inventory of high-quality pants, shirts and other outdoor apparel, we carry all the gear you need when you're out on the trail, in the woods or in the line of duty.

Here is some tactical gear (Related News) you may want to consider for your next adventure – all of which you'll find here at Active Duty Gear.

  1. Tactical Flashlights

    High-performance, lightweight and impact-resistant tactical lights from brands like ExtremeBeam or Streamlight.5.11 Tactical and Extremebeam.

  2. Tactical Knives

    Compact, easy-to-carry tactical knives, available in folding and fixed-blade styles, built with ultra-tough corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Benchmade and SOG lead the pack in this area.

  3. Emergency Food / Camping Food

    Easy-to-carry, easy-to-make (and delicious!) meals from Wise Food Supply – ideal for both outdoor activities or for keeping an emergency food supply at home in case of a disaster.

  4. Tactical Backpacks

    Lightweight, ultra-strong backpacks for camping, hiking and tactical use. You can’t go wrong with Maxpedition, Condor or 511.

  5. Eyewear & Headgear

    Unparalleled vision protection and headgear for virtually any outdoor environment. Impact resistant and high performing glasses such as WileyX offer you a great solution.

  6. Footwear

    Rugged boots, shoes and other footwear styles designed to keep your feet protected and comfortable, no matter how rigorously you use them.

  7. Accessories

    Wide assortment of gun holsters, mounts, organizers, batteries and much more.

Get Your Tactical Gear At Active Duty Gear

Active Duty Gear is a veteran- and family-owned and operated business, established with the goal of bringing high-quality, reliable products to customers who want the best return possible for the investment.

We have the knowledge and experience needed to ensure that you will be completely happy with your purchases. Call us at 855-327-2701 with questions or place your order online.