Check out the Top 10 Tactical Gear Picks from the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Several of these items are real deal gear that Navy SEALs and Special Forces operators take out into the field and trust their lives with it.
Suunto X10 Military review by DoctorIt: Obviously it can’t do what a handheld unit can, but it holds it own for all the GPS functionality. The Suunto X10 Military GPS Watch
can take a minute or two to lock on to a signal when you first activate the GPS, but once it has a lock, I’ve never lost signal on all hikes/bikes (outside, obviously concrete buildings are a dead zone). The on-screen activity data gives all the essentials: current/average speeds, min/max speed, time/distance traveled, and elevation traveled as well as min/max elevation. Adding the compass and “nav” feature means you can at least point yourself in the right direction to get back to where your activity started – very handy when exploring new trails. I have not used the routes feature, but I imagine it could be very useful for more critical uses like mountaineering. price $349.99
The Emerson Commander knife review by Matthew S. This is real operator gear, not a regular pocketknife. As a tool for Public Safety professionals, military, and citizens, it cannot be beat. Ernie Emerson stands behind his products, which are 100% American made, even the screws. The fit, finish, robustness, sharpness, and overall quality is unsurpassed in the cutlery industry for a production knife. Some may comment about the price, but in today’s world, you get what you pay for. If an Emerson knife ever gets dull, or breaks under any cutting situation, it will be repaired or replaced, for merely paying the shipping. After owning Spydercos, Benchmades, a CRKT, a Gerber, I will carry an Emerson to the grave. $239.95 price
#9 Tactical Gear
Arcteryx Wool Beanie Review by Kelder: This is the second RHO LTW beanie for me. Just wanted a different color. This has been my go to beanie for over 8 years and it is still in excellent condition. The merino wool/spandex blend is baby soft against the skin and will stretch quite a bit for all sizes. This beanie is very thin. Thin enough that you could pack it into a plastic Easter egg which is great since you can stow it in your pocket easily. It is more for cooler fall weather or more active people in the winter. If it is freezing out it will do for short stretches, but not for sitting out in the weather for too long. It also makes a great helmet liner or winter running cap. The merino wool is naturally anti-microbial so it won’t stink when sweaty. Pricey Arcteryx tag, but superb quality. $34
#8 Tactical Gear
Swarovski SLC 42 Binoculars review by Tom: These are expensive but have a sharpness and contrast beyond anything else. The three top binocular manufacturers are Zeiss, Swarovski and Leica and their top line binoculars are all really all about the same. I am very happy with the Swarovski Optik SLC HD Binoculars and use them for long distance scanning while hunting. They really make a difference! I read another review before I bought these that said; “these binoculars are so good it is like cheating”, That’s true – if you can afford them, Get them! Price $1700.00
#7 Tactical Gear
Sandpiper of California Rolling Loadout Luggage Bag review by GunD: Great for organization and livability, Drag handle needs improvement. Wheels are good, but for overseas deployment you will be dragging this bag through gravel. So short of tricycle tires there is not a lot of room for improvement. The drag handle on the end should be lower to the ground. This would make this a 5 star product. The angle from the wheels to your hand will have the bags lower edge to close to the back of your knees to walk comfortably. The Sandpiper of California Rolling Loadout Luggage Bag is fantastic once you arrive. All your gear is easily accessible. It holds a lot of stuff, I pack 70-80lbs with no problem. It just fits under a standard bunk so you may not to go to the extra large size. The journey from place to place is only a fraction of the trip.If you may be living out of your luggage for a year, This is a solid choice.
Light My Fire FireSteel Scout Fire Starter review by Ed: Great, takes practice
The FireSteel Scout is a great way to start a fire. I taught my Boy Scout troop and my 8yr old daughter how to start a fire with it. My daughter took 2 hours to start her first fire (she was very determined). After a lot of practice, she can now get it in a few minutes. price $12.95
Zamberlan Trekker Hiking Boots review by Joe: I researched the Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT Hiking Boot carefully on their website, REI and here, and also looked at many product reviews. I am in my 40s, and invest in great footwear for running, hiking and everyday use in order to take care of my body, which doesn’t bounce back like it did in my 20s. My choice, from scores of higher-end boots (Danner, Merrell, Vasque, Asolo, et al) , came down to 2 Zamberlan models, this and the Zamberlan 760 Steep. I chose the Vioz because of the slightly softer, tackier (IMHO) vibram sole and aggressive heel which I wanted for a better grip on wet rocks. If I backpacked in a drier environment, I probably would have chosen the Steep. Price $225.00 and up
Nemo GOGO EX Tent review by J.Kelly: Bought this tent to do motorcycle camping since it was small and light weight. The tent went up without issue, required no seam sealing, and for the entire trip it rained and I was dry inside for the most part. Pros: Rapid setup, quick and easy. nuff said on that. The marking literature for this tent is 100% accurate. Small pack size and quite light. The Nemo Tent fit into my MotoFizz pack on the back of the bike easily and still left room for a sleeping bag, all my cooking gear, and a ton of extra grip. With the paw print and foot print installed it still fits the compression sack easily. Nice options for having a “mud room” upfront or a full screened front.Good ventilation. Price $329.95
SureFire G2ZX Combat Light review by Rick: I got the G2 a few days ago. It is the same size as my Surefire 6PX Pro, but has a G2 Nitrolon case instead of the aluminum case of the 6PX. Although a plastic, the Nitrolon case appears just as sturdy as an aluminum case. It is just as bright as the 6PX – 200 lumens. It is remarkably bright for a flashlight that fits in the palm of your hand. The price tag is hefty, but you get what you pay for – a practically indestructible, extremely reliable, bright light. Would strongly recommend it for campers, hunters hikers, etc. Well worth the money. price $89.00
NightForce Optics NF 3.5-15×50 review by David Benjamin: This thing is freakishly big! The 34mm tube looks huge. The NightForce 5.5-22×50 NXS Tactical Riflescope .250 MOA – MOAR Reticle C431 is the best long range scope ever! I put it on my Barrett MRAD. So it’s freakish size was appropriate for the weapon. It is super clear even at 1500 yards. I highly recomend this scope. price $1700
Arcteryx Combat Jacket review by Dan: I had this same coat that I bought in 2008. Loved it. Was my favorite coat. In early 2012 I lost it. Devastated. So after a few months of doing without, I decided I needed another one. Arcteryx, are very expensive, but in my mind, worth every penny. The first Arcteryx Theta AR Jacket I had, I used all throughout college, and I was VERY hard on the coat. It showed no signs of ware up until the day I lost it. The new one seems to be the same if not better quality from a manufacturing perspective. This coat is an investment. Keep track of it. price $349.00
Princeton Tec Remix Pro review by D.Foreman: This is one of my favorite headlamps. I prefer the remix pro, but the MPLS version is also very handy. The mounting bracket fits solidly, but the mechanism feels just a little cheesy. The LEDs work amazingly well, and the battery life is great. The Princeton Tec Remix Pro headlamp is one of the brightest headlamps that I’ve used, and very intuitive. I like that it starts with the least obtrusive lighting option first, then goes to the brighter option as you hold the button down. The prepackaged mount that allows you to snap the light onto a helmet shroud in place of your NODs is definitely a nice feature. That is probably the main selling point for most folks. It is pretty handy, but I am not wild about the MPLS feature… seems like more of a hassle than anything. I ended up using my Remix Pro far more than my MPLS. price $54
Peltor 6 Headphones review by L. Torey: Pros: Small, fits under military issued helmet/fits, fits over patrol cap, electronics work great to amplify sound, muffles sound great even when there are no batteries or batteries die, nice gray/green color looks fantastic.
Cons: Changing batteries is kind of a pain and the batteries tend to die quickly because they turn on by accident when in a shooting bag.
Overall: Still the only ear protection I will use. The Peltor Tactical 6-S Headset looks good, feels comfortable and doesn’t need batteries to protect you from sound, only to amplify non-loud noises. I highly recommend these – Just store them where they can’t be accidentially turned on if you really want the batteries to last. price $159.00
Galco concealable belt holster review by Dragonheart: I purchased this holster for my 1911 Kimber Gold Match. Obviously the 1911 is a full size handgun and you are aware of it’s presence. The Galco Concealable Belt Holster rides high on the belt with a cant that places the grip close to my body just under my ribs. The holster fits on the belt, tight to the hip and stays in place. Drawing from the holster is natural and without effort. Re-holstering is also equally effortless with one hand. price $99.95
Oakley Flak Jacket Shades review by Glockman: I was kind of leary about the Oakley Flak Jacket sunglasses, I thought the price was too good to be true, and they might not be the real deal, but I ordered anyway. I chose 2 day shipping, however, my package arrived in less than 24 hours of purchasing it. And of course the product is awesome. It came with a hardshell Oakley case and is exactly the same pair I had in my hand at the oakley store for over 150 bucks!!! and I got this pair for 98 bucks!! I am in law enforcement, and these are a perfect fit, they do not move around on your head and they are very comfortable. I highly recommend these glasses. Thanks again amazon. price $180.00
Northface Reversable Beanie review by Amanda: I bought this hat as a gift for my boyfriend. It fit him great and he was very happy with it. Be aware that the two hats shown in the description are not models of the reversible colors. Those are two different hats in general. I ordered the The North Face Reversible Beanie on the grey and the reversible color was a solid red. price $34
Raven Concealment Phantom Holster
Trusty old Surefire 6P
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 (used by Special Forces Operators in Iraq)
iPhone Magpul Case
Waterborne Watch Strap
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