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NOV 2018

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8 POLICE NOVEMBER 2018 P atrol officers and police agency purchasing units have a handful of excellent choices from which to choose a pair of tactical pants. Now those options have recently grown with the introduction of the V2 Tactical Pants from First Tactical. "e V2 Pant is the culmination of two decades of im- provement and modifications to the industry standard," the company says. "e V2 pant is performance-ready and purpose-built to handle any mission that arises while main- taining the neat, clean, and professional look required for public safety." First Tactical says one of the reasons the V2 pants offer such performance is their construction. e fabric is First Tactical's proprietary two-way mechanical stretch material called ARMS—which stands for Advanced Response Mechanical Stretch. ARMS is a 65/35 poly-cotton woven mate- rial with a micro rip-stop that is treated with Teflon for a stain-repellent finish. Un- like some rip-stop materials—which even from a distance show a tell-tale check- erboard pattern—ARMS fabric gives no such appearance. Another reason the V2 pants maintain a sharp appearance is that the color is dou- ble dye process. First the company dyes the fiber, then—once the fiber is woven into fabric—the fabric is dyed for a second time. Cory Nykoluk, VP of merchandise for First Tactical, says the pants will hold their color for 50 washes. "If you wash your pants once a week you'll get a year's worth of use out of it, and it keeps its dark color." Functionality was a key goal for the V2 pants, according to Nykoluk. Like most tactical pants, the cargo pockets have two internal AR-15 magazine pockets—but the V2 pants' pockets are slightly larger. "We keep an eye on technology, and we're seeing that P-Mags are getting larger in diameter. With extra space, our pockets accommodate those oversized mags appropriately," Nykoluk says. "ese V2 Pants are performance driven. e ARMS me- chanical stretch gives the waistband flexibility, allowing for IWB carry and extreme movements in the field. Also, the fabric at the back of the knee is notched out which articu- lates the leg, setting it into performance position, without losing its professional appearance," Nykoluk adds. e pocket flaps are "boarded," meaning they are rein- forced so when they are flipped up they stand up, allowing one-handed access unfettered by the flap. "If you're shoving gear in your pockets, you don't want it collapsing," Nykoluk says. e cargo pocket flap also tucks inside for all dump pocket needs. Perhaps the most noticeable feature is what goes unnoticed on the V2 pants, and that's the fact that they are tactical pants. ey were designed to look simple like ordinary office khakis. Not too many years ago, the "look" that of- ficers wanted was an over-constructed pant with oversized cargo pockets that could fit a small watermelon—officers wanted to look "tacti-cool." But today, many agencies and officers are seeking an understated appear- ance, and the V2 Pant fits that bill perfectly. Agencies and officers are increasingly look- ing for pants that could be worn on duty, but are just as suited to work on the range. "V2 Pants were designed to be low profile, refined, professional looking, that could be used as a tool in the field but could also be used in the office—or in public," Nykoluk says. e V2 Tactical Pant comes in four uni- form colors—black, khaki, midnight nav y, and OD green—so most agency uniform colors are represented, with a full offering of men's and women's sizing. List price on the V2 tactical pant is $50. www.firsttactical.com Doug Wyllie is contributing web editor for POLICE. First Tactical's new V2 pant is functional for law enforcement operations but offers a professional look that doesn't scream "cop" while you're off duty. THE REFINED TAC PANT First Look DOUG WYLLIE PHOTO: FIRST TACTICAL

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