Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cheap Tactical Gear Guide and Overview & How to Buy High Quality Cheap Tactical Gear

I know. Tactical gear is hauntingly expensive, isn't it? You have to go deep into the ends of your pocket to pull out that final cent that you've been saving. As if being as expensive is not enough to make you want the gear more, almost every other person out there has it, except you. Then, as you are scrolling down on that "how to fashion your own tactical gear at home with almost zero cost" web page, you see what is not just valuable to you, it is gold-valuable -- that cheap tactical gear advertisement.

Getting tempted to purchase it does not make you any less human. We all love to save money (actually, not all of us, but you get the idea) and cutting down on purchasing costs is just the start. But before you click on that purchase button, there are a couple of questions that you as a buyer should ask yourself, to avoid disappointments later.

It would be very hard to make some people believe that you can still get high quality tactical gear at a low price.

I know a couple of people (me included) who'd fight on and on against the saying "cheap is expensive". Whether you believe in the saying or not, no opinions supporting or against it shall be mentioned here: Instead, I will carefully guide you through a simple method you can use to stay away from cheap low quality gear.

To avoid disappointments and frustrations, you should ask yourself the following questions before clicking on 'buy'.

1. What are its specifications?
Say you are looking for a tactical vest. What are its features? What types of plates are used in it? Is it modular? How many guns and magazines can be held by it? What is its design? How customizable is it?

I love giving examples, so let me apologize in advance for it. 
Let's take an example of an expensive tactical vest, the 5.11 Tactical VTAC LBE Tactical Vest. It has the best version of the MOLLE system and allows the user to attach gear without discomfort while allowing as much movement as possible. It is ideal for both cold and warm weather conditions. It uses the YKK high quality zippers together with the double and triple stitching, making it very durable.

As seen above, the specifications scream out the word "High quality!", but right after screaming out "Expensive!" If you are looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, you should be ready to deal with quality that is not as good as that of the 5.11 Tactical VTAC LBE Tactical Vest, to avoid both being lied to about the specs, and disappointments.

2. Who designed it?
Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Versace, e.t.c, all have one thing in common; they are very expensive. What makes their price quadruple that of other shoes and clothes brands? 

Let us say you were scrolling on eBay, and then you came across a pair of must-have Prada shoes. Everything about them is top notch and matches your preferences; the color, design, material, and everything else, but the price is off. It is cheap. No, not cheap. Scrap that off, it is very cheap. Cheap to the extent that it feels like you are being given for free. Would you buy them? Of course not! You will immediately think that either they are as fake as the smile you used when your mother found you licking sugar and you had to pretend, or they is something wrong with them.

Same goes for the tactical gear. There is no way that you would purchase a Dave Thomas tactical gear product at ten dollars. For it to be cheap way below the original, something about it has to be off.

Cheap is good. But too cheap raises eyebrows.

3. On which site did you get it from?
Amazon, eBay, Craigslist...the list of credible sites which guarantee their clients good quality goods and services is endless. Why would you go to a bush site instead of a well known site to purchase cheap tactical gear? If you don't like using the popular sites because of one reason or another, why don't you go and try out the main websites for the tactical gear companies?

Where do you mostly expect to be robbed; standing under a street light at night, or in a dark alley? Just as you would expect to be attacked in a dark alley, so should you expect to either be conned, or to purchase cheap substandard tactical gear that will most definitely cause you problems later.

4. Would it hurt to purchase from a known dealer?
In some occasions, you might have done everything correctly: You have checked it's specifications correctly and you are sure that the price is right for the specs, you have looked into the designer of the tactical gear and you are sure that the price set for the designer is very correct, and you got it from a credible site -- but you still get cheated off your money and you purchase low quality tactical gear.

It might be the last straw that will bind the elephant and you might surrender to purchase any other cheap tactical gear, but it might also be a valuable lesson as to why you should not purchase them from just anyone.  

It is like a case with no evidence. You had waited for that day all week - the day when you will have your own tactical gear. To your disappointment, either the cheap gear did not work as promised, or it did not work at all. Who do you take your complaint to? Who do you go after? Craigslist? It just doesn't work that way.

It is the reason why you’d rather purchase your cheap gear from a known dealer preferably, one who deals exclusively with tactical gear. When you've done this, you know who to go to in case something has happened to your gear, and most probably, your gear has a warranty.

Your cheap gear neither has to be low quality nor substandardand your high quality gear does not have to be hauntingly expensive. Cheap gear can also be high quality, depending on the channel and methods used to acquire it.

Under Armour Men's ColdGear Infrared Tactical Hood - Extreme Conditions

This form-fitting balaclava offers full facial protection in extreme cold, it can also be worn with the chin dropped or as a neck gaiter for greater ventilation.The coldgear evo fabric is thermo conductive on the inner coating to absorb and retain your own body heat. This keeps you extremely warm and comfortable, which is also made easier due to the fabric being designed to provide give and movement in all four directions to create the perfect fit for any shaped head and neck.

While the idea of retaining your heat might  concern you as you will sweat, and create other problems it is important to understand that the fabric is designed to capture your sweat and draw it away from your body. This coupled with the anti-odor technology removes almost all the health hazards that comes with prolonged period of sweating in extreme environments for long periods of time.

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Fury Tactical Kuba-Kickz Self Defense Control Device

This is a piece of tactical gear that is clearly designed for the urban tactical gear group. It fits above the tongue and between the laces of your shoe to provides a simple, lightweight, yet devastatingly effective non-lethal self defense tool. Affixed to your shoe it will be unexpected by your attacker.

Due to the simple design and function anyone with some basic level self defense training will be able to wear and use it. It is as simple as a kick to an attacker's arm, leg, or body which will either make the attacker back-down or give you enough of an opportunity to get away from the risky environment. 

Due to its construction it is light weight and probably something you will forget your wearing. We recommend that this be included when travelling overseas, but be sure to remember when flying that it will need to be stored in your luggage.

OKmilitary Dragon Tactical Heavyweight Balaclava

Unlike the under armour hood the outdoor sports mask is for less extreme environment. Designed and suited for outdoor sports and activities as hiking, climbing, or hunting.

The hood's design gives good flexibility to drop the head hood, or drop the chin cover to different levels to enable the most comfortable arrangement for your environment. Due to the material used this hood is not deigned for long periods of exposure and should be cleaned between each use to prevent health related issues as you will be breathing through the chin cover.

Shemagh Head Neck Scarf by Tapp Collections

The shemagh is instantly recognisable as an arab scarf and is part of most people tactical gear. Due to the light weight, simple design and effive protection it provides the  face and neck from the sun, wind and various types of exposure.

It is traditionally used in warmer environments that move from high to low tempretures between the day and night as it can simple accomodate for changing and most types of extreme conditions.

 There are a variety of ways to wear the shemagh, and here is a basic guide to show how easy and simple it is to put on:-
1 - Fold the shemagh into a triangle. Wrap it around the back and over the top of your head, with the folded edge across your forehead, making sure that about two-thirds of the material is on your left. The right end ought to be long enough to come to your chest. 

2 - Use your left hand to pinch the shemagh about 3 or 4 inches from the folded edge and let the edge hang forward. 

3 - Let go of the right end. Using your left hand, hold the edge of the shemagh next to your left cheek and hold it near your left cheekbone. After you do this, use your right hand to pull the left end of the shemagh across your face, over your nose. 

4 - Continue to wrap the shemagh around your face and head until you get it back over your left shoulder. Grip the right tail and hold it to keep from pulling the shemagh off your head as you wrap. Work your hands down toward the ends as you wrap. 

5 - Pull the shemagh as tight as needed to feel comfortable. At the end of the process, take both ends and, somewhere near your right temple, tie them in a knot. A square knot will secure the shemagh adequately.

Rothco  574 Special Ops Tactical Softshell Jacket

We all know that a good jacket is a critical part of your tactical gear, but the right jacket is so important. Having a jacket that provides the right amount of warmth, but allows your body to breath, it also needs to protect you from the elements such as wind and rain. And never forget that you need to be able to have easy access to secure pockets.

We recommend this jacket to you as we beleive it scores very high on the critical items that are important when selected the right jacket, this jacket includes these features:-

Waterproof external material. 
Inside Lining of fleece with Lightweight, Breathable, Moisture Wicking fabric. 
Fleece Lined Stand Up Collar With Concealed Hood. 
Zippered pockets on each arms shoulder, forearm, two front slashs, chest pockets, interior pockets and two back pockets with mesh.
Drawstring Waist And Hood, to seal out elements.

First Aid Trauma Pack

If you think your kit of tactical gear is complete without a first aid trauma kit, your wrong. Being able to preserve the life of your team is the most important thing, and this is no different in a tactical environment.

This is a full-size medical pack that offers a high amount of  storage and most importantly instant accessibility. The unit measuers 5.5"(L) x 8"(H) x 3"(W). Its increased capacity, compared to most trauma packs lifts the size restrictions. The main compartment (centre roll-out and side flaps) take advantage of cord storage which puts all equipment in a place that can be easily accessed and easily seen.

To open the complete first paid pack is done in 1 second with just one intuitive downward pull, which instanly unzips the side zips. You might be thinking that the size of the first aid pack is much larger than all your equipment and why would you want more equipment? Remember it wont always be you using the kit, it might be a friend or stranger who has more training but is less prepared than you.

Knife Sharpener Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic

This light weight compact item is one of the few items you should always have close by, especially on long outdoor trips. Having a knife sharpener in your chest rig or backpack can make a big difference on a trip when you run into trouble on a trip. This tactical knife sharener can sharpen almost all knifes and is something you will probably forget you are carrying until you need it. 

This isn't a must have items, but when your knife goes dull on day 2 of a 6 day hunt, this might be the best thing you have ever brought.

Ear Plugs - Surefire EP4 Sonic Defender Ear Protection

Your ear plugs wont save you when your out, but they will save your hearing in the long run. We all have friends or family with damaged hearing that could have been avoided. EP4 Sonic Defenders Plus protect your hearing without interfering with your ability to hear routine sounds or conversations.

Their triple-flanged stem design fits larger ear canals and provides a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 24dB. Sounds, at safe levels, are allowed to pass through into the ear canal, while potentially harmful noises (above 85dB) are reduced via a proprietary design that incorporates a special noise-reducing filter. EP4s include attached filter caps, which can be inserted for additional protection and blocking out lower-level noise, like that heard on a plane, where hearing ambient sounds or conversations isn't critical.

The ear plugs can also be adjusted to work with radio and communication equipment although the the noise reduction rating of the ear plugs is considerable reduced.

Personal Protective Gear - Damascus FP10 Imperial EVA Forearm Protectors

We all know that the best offence is a good defence and defending your body is no different. These forearm guards are our pick as they are from Damascus Protective Gear, leaders in full body protective gear for law enforcement, and military. 

These guards have an inner layer of EVA foam and are covered by a hard plastic plate and a fabric total cover. Ideal for protecting against blunt blows and knocks we recommend the forearm guard is the ideal first piece of personal protective gear as the bones in the forearm are the most commonly broken when people are camping, hiking or hunting. 

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