POLICE Magazine

FEB 2019

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46 P O L I C E F E B R UA R Y 2 019 TEC-COMFORTGEAR HANES' NEW COMPRESSION GEAR IS DESIGNED TO BE WARM, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND BREATHABLE. H DAVID GRIFFITH POLICE PRODUCT TEST PHOTO: HANES L ast year Hanes introduced a line of high-performance compression gear for wear by first responders who operate in cold climates. e TEC-Comfort- gear Collection includes a tight, tank, sleeve, and socks. Each item in the TEC-Com- fortgear Collection features X-Temp moisture-wicking tech- nology; slide-on technology for easy-on, easy-off wear; and advanced odor control. All four items in the collection are made of lightweight, breath- able yarns with grad- uated compression. ey also offer UPF 50+ sun protection. To test these prod- ucts, POLICE and Hanes sent samples to 10 officers of the Chica- go Police Department who wore them on duty in the dead of winter. We asked them about comfort, functionality, what improve- ments they would recommend, and val- ue. Here are their impressions of each. Active Comfort Tight—All 10 of the testing officers rated the tight as com- fortable. One added that he had worn other tights on duty and the Hanes product was thinner, breathed better, and wicked away moisture better. Sev- eral of the testers recommended that Hanes add a front opening for male wearers. e Active Comfort Tight re- tails for $17.99, and most of the review- ers said that was a good value. Active Comfort Tank—e Tank, like the other products in the TEC-Comfort- gear Collection, is designed for comfort. In addition to the features shared by all the items in the collection, the Active Comfort Tank has mesh side and upper panels for ventilation and a longer back than other tanks, so that it stays tucked. Most of the officers who tested the Ac- tive Comfort Tank felt it was comfort- able, but some said they don't like sleeveless shirts. However, opinions varied greatly. An- other officer said he really liked that the Tank is sleeveless. As for improvements, one tester recommended that the Tank be even longer. Another said they wanted the tank to be warmer so they wouldn't have to wear so many layers of clothing on duty. And several testers said the Tank needed sleeves; of course then it would not be a tank. e Active Comfort Tank lists for $22.99. Some testers said that it was a good value at that price, but others said they would not buy it unless it was priced lower. Active Comfort Sleeve—e Sleeve has the added feature of a ComfortFlex rib band that stretches to fit the wearer's bicep. Testers were divided on the comfort offered by the Sleeve; some praised its warmth and lightweight construction while another said it did not fit well un- der his uniform shirt. Others said they prefer sleeveless undergarments on duty even in the Chicago winter. e Active Comfort Sleeve lists for $11.99 for a pair. Most of the testers thought that was a good value, although they would like it to sell for less. One tester said he would buy one pair at that price, but would buy more at a lower price point. Active Comfort Sock—Most testers said the Sock was extremely comfort- able. One wrote: "e socks were defi- nitely more comfortable than others that I have worn." However, one tester said the Sock was too thin and another said they were not warm enough. e Active Comfort Sock lists for $11.99 and is available in sizes 9–12. Most of the tes- ters thought that was a good value. www.hanes.com HANES PHOTO: JACK MESECK

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