The tactical industry has brought on a crowd of folks that tend to go for “trendy” products.  Yes, tactical stuff has gotten trendy.  I consider Arc’teryx to be a brand that falls into the line of stuff that these people consider “trendy” and want to buy whether they need it or not.  I always looked at the Arc’teryx LEAF line as stuff that was nice gear, but just not feasible for the price.  I would look at it, even try it on…but never pull the trigger on buying it.  The cost was always too high for me.  Then I got the opportunity to get someRead More →

FX’s Show “You’re the Worst” has successfully portrayed a modern war vet in a sitcom.  The show is in its third season and has lightly touched on the character Edgar’s PTSD.  The episode “Twenty-Two” is fully focused on Edgar’s view of the world and his daily dealings of PTSD.  It was titled “Twenty-Two” based on the current statistic of the daily average of soliders & veterants that commit suicide.  They simulate a veterans perspective by repeating some of the situations from the previous episode showing how he saw his friends and zoned out from certain happenings.  This character though out the show, is a modern representation ofRead More →

Be sure to check out Recoil’s in depth review on the Stand Your Ground Jean in their EDC: 10 Things for Every Day Christmas blog post. “SYG Jeans from Tactical Distributors Inc. (TDI). SYG is the acronym they chose for Stand Your Ground; they’re “concealed carry” pants that aren’t stupid, and like a whole bunch of stuff on their website they’re 30% off today. They’re comfortable, functional, well designed, with a total of 10 pockets to carry every sort of EDC necessity and then some. Among those is an internal back pocket mag pouch that will hold your wallet so it doesn’t slide down to the bottomRead More →

If you’re going to be prepared by carrying a firearm, knife or other defense implement with you, why not be prepared with some good clothing as well?  I don’t mean go straight cargo pants or camouflage gear, I just mean wear clothing that’s going to allow you some dynamic movement and allow for functional use in a worst-case scenario. I once taught a course where we talked to the students about casual, non-tactical dress to conduct daily business.  This clothing needed to be capable of handling a tactical scenario, but not look tactical.  Ultimately we always ended up with some students looking like the 5.11Read More →

I found this Tactical gem in the crease of my Chipotle bag.  It caught my eye especially because I feel like I do not see much art or illustration of the current military in day to day life. Then I read the story and it was intriguing as well.  I researched this concept and learned about Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought” Essay Contest for middle and high school students, offering each of 10 winners a $20,000 scholarship.  They used the chosen works as inspiration and content for their bags, cups & marketing materials. This particular story was about a family of refugees story having their last meal before they were comingRead More →

  Tough, durable and just short of bullet proof are words to use when describing the Braddock Pant. We needed a Fall/Winter weight pant to round out the TD pant line and so we developed the Braddock.  Made from a 16 oz Cotton Canvas that you can run through tough brush or hit the deck and not be concerned with tearing.  Because our customer is on the move and doing tactical sh*t we added 2 way stretch panels in all the right places, back yolk, gusset and the knee area. This allows the user to move freely yet still have plenty of warmth and protection.Read More →