The Tasks And Technology Of Tactical Equipment

Tactical clothing has to live up to the considerable task of providing protection and manoeuvrability. Throughout history the balance between these two opposing forces has presented military and lawful organisations with a conundrum, with the natural solution being strength and comfort. It all depends on the situation however, and particular types of tactical equipment is designed for particular scenarios. For instance, some jumpsuits may provide effective protection from fire, flames, glass, heat, sharp edges and flash bangs and cut protection. Typically these will use DuPont Nomex® and Kevlar® to provide the protection in a lightweight and comfortable form that is built for smooth operation. Protection for vital areas of the body to BS level 5, can make it a great option in close combat scenarios.

Flight suits on the other hand may not be that protected at all, going for an all over body protection. These would typically be worn by those in military aviation, emergency response and law enforcement and is not typically recommended for hostile situations due to its minimal protection.

Once the suit has been chosen for the proper situation, other aspects of clothing can be chosen. Gloves are hugely important since they can keep the hands functional during an assault. They typically have knuckle protection and have high density foam to provide reliable all round protection. These are a staple of SWAT teams and special forces. Other types of gloves can be used in very specific scenarios such as dealing with violent inmates in a civil disturbance.