For many of you "tactical gear" is a totally unfamiliar term. For those of us living in an echo chamber where "professional use of violence" is the big thing, you know the term all too well. Everything tactical makes you want to buy it. When something is "tactical" it is supposed to be optimized for law enforcement or military use. But a recent experience made me think twice.
A few days back I did some gun training. The first part was basic shooting, the second part a "pistol run" - a combined exercise of shooting and running. Most of the participants were dressed the way you would expect (make a guess - "tactical" is the key word :-). Cargo pants from either 5.11, Crye Precision etc, fast sunglasses, and a fitting cap. What I like to call the "contractor look". I never judge anyone for their choice of style. The "contractor look" is no better or worse than anything else. But I have often asked myself: Do you really need so many pockets on your pants? The critical stuff is stored in the belt anyway, so I have never really seen the practical purpose of that many pockets.
Anyway, what really caught my interest was what happened between these two activities. The shooters took off their tactical pants and switched to their running gear! Wow! So tactical pants are not that suited for running after all? They are apparently not - and I will explain why: Because they are baggy, stiff and heavy, and primarily made of cotton (and you all know how well that works when it gets sweaty and wet).
I'm not saying heavy duty cotton pants don't have their legitimate use. If you are crawling around in mud, they are sturdy enough to survive for a few weeks. So you might have no other option than to choose heavy cotton pants if this is your defining criteria. For those who really don't need that degree of tear and abrasion resistance, I would seriously consider a more comfortable option - unless you want to look like a military guy. In my opinion, this is a poor choice if you are working undercover. That brings me to my second argument against urban tactical outfits: They make you look tactical! Combined with the characteristic physic, haircut and choice of shoes, you don't need much training to spot these guys in a crowd.
Lynx Urban Outdoor are providing clothes to military and law enforcement officers with tactical properties, but not the tactical look. With our clothes you will be more comfortable than ever and able to blend in anywhere. Lynx users: beware of the talent scouts - they might spot you for the next Jason Bourne and 007 movie :-)