We've all been there. After a long day on the job your feet are killing you and all you want to do is take your shoes or boots off! In fact for millions of Americans the pain and discomfort sets in well before the end of your day. And despite trying different shoes or boots and padded insoles you STILL have the terrible foot and lower leg pain at the end of the day.
But rather than focusing on your footwear, when's the last time you took a look at your socks? You see, your socks are actually your first line of defense against foot and lower leg pain.
Take a car for example. While driving in the rain, most would think that the most important factor when it comes to stopping power are your brakes. But the reality is that the power of your brakes and the meat on your brake pads doesn't matter all that much if you have bald tires! Right?
221B Tactical has studied the anatomy of the human foot, met with hundreds of officers and discovered that one of the principal causes of foot and leg pain stems from lack of proper circulation. That is why they have introduced socks to the marketplace that have completely changed the way people are feeling after a long day on their feet.
Since their launch the reviews of their socks have been overwhelming. By incorporating compression and silver technology into their socks, 221B has forever changed the way you'll view your socks.
So if you suffer from foot pain, lower leg pain, poor circulation or restless leg syndrome, try shifting your focus from your shoes to your socks. You WON'T REGRET IT!
Christopher Columbus accomplished what was deemed by many in his time as IMPOSSIBLE when he discovered what is now known as The American Continent. He was a true pioneer that did not let anything stand in his way.
In that spirt, 221B Tactical would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday and remind everyone that "impossible" is only in your mind. Focus on your goals like there's no tomorrow and don't let anything or anyone get in your way. It is, in part, the basis of our motto...."Eliminate The Impossible"
Starting this Friday (10/7/2016) 221B Tactical will be GIVING AWAY their recently launched "Eliminate The Impossible" t-shirt for FREE with every purchase of a Maxx-Dri Vest!! A special lot of these t-shirts have been set aside for this Columbus Day promotion so get yours fast. When they're gone....they're GONE!
If you want to buy multi-pack Maxx-Dri Vest, please add 2-pack or 3-pack Maxx-Dri Vest and "Eliminate The Impossible" T-Shirt to your cart, and use discount code FREETEE25 to get $25 off.
The "Eliminate The Impossible" t-shirt was immediately noticed by fans and followers of 221B Tactical on social media after 221B Tactical's Founder and CEO, Suresh Madhavan, was seen sporting the sleek, soft, body-hugging heather grey t-shirt. Emails immediately started pouring in with people asking where they could get one (since they weren't listed on their website www.221btactical.com). The t-shirts, which were originally made for marketing use only, are now being sought by officers around the country. With it's ultra-soft touch and feel, body-hugging fit and classic design featuring a "Thin Blue Line" American Flag on the left sleeve, this AWESOME t-shirt has already been labeled "the most comfortable t-shirt I've ever worn" by MANY Police Officers!
The best part about this beautiful t-shirt....it's Made in the U.S.A. by American Apparel!!
These BEAUTIFUL t-shirts will no longer be available once sold out....so get yours today!
One of the most critical parts of your body that help you function day-to-day are your hands. And anyone who has ever sustained a substantial or traumatic injury to one or both of their hands will affirm this for you in case you have any doubt!
So when it comes to protecting your hands why do so many people settle for gloves that are second-rate and just NOT designed to adequately protect two of the most valuable assets on your body....your hands!
Officer Suresh Madhavan (Founder and Chief Operating Officer of 221B Tactical) is a 13 year police veteran who recognized this major concern and set out to develop gloves that truly GUARD your hands during some of the most rigorous and dangerous situations. The end result of his mission has been coined by some as "The Best Protective Gloves" on the market. Some are even calling these new gloves "Armor for your Hands" or "hand armor" (akin to body armor).
I sat down with Officer Madhavan and asked him about the development of these new gloves (which he plans to officially unveil at this years NRA Show in Louisville, KY).
MG: So tell me, what led you to develop these gloves in the first place?
SM: Ever since I got on the job in 2003 I've seen guys go through dozens of pairs of gloves. Whether they are for searching a car on a car stop, patting a suspect down or just plain protecting your hands while at the scene of a bad (car) wreck or going in to serve a warrant, you want to protect your hands. I even went through quite a few pairs of gloves myself over the last 13 years. And honestly the stuff that was out on the market just didn't cut it or didn't last.
MG: So what is so different about your gloves? What are you calling them again?
SM: (Laughing) I actually didn't have a name for them up until a short time ago. But I realized that what these gloves ultimately do is guard your hands....so my partners and I (the other two founders of 221B) decided to call them "The Guardian Gloves."
MG: I like it. Makes perfect sense. So what is it that makes them so special that has everyone talking about these gloves?
SM: They actually protect your hands while still giving the wearer the ability to feel and have great dexterity. That was one of the most important things for me when designing these gloves....they had to feel great on and had to give me great flexion and dexterity. Most gloves on the market don't provide either of these benefits.
The Guardian Gloves' cut-resistance comes from a special material called "Spectra." However, we've incorporated this Spectra material not just on the palm like most gloves on the market. On The Guardian Glove your entire hand is shielded and protected with Spectra. The palm, the back of the hand, the sides and most importantly around each and every finger.
MG: So essentially there is no part of this glove that is not cut-resistant?
SM: 100%. You finally have true 360 degree protection of your hands. And The Guardian Gloves offer LEVEL 5 Protection. This is not only important for the level of protection they afford but also because you also have this protection when the gloves are wet.
MG: Is that a big deal?
SM: It's a huge deal. Most cut resistant gloves are completely useless once they get wet. Any cut resistant properties are completely negated once the gloves get wet. But with The Guardian Gloves you still have 100% protection even if the gloves get wet. And when you're on the job your gloves can get wet with water, motor oil or other vehicle fluids at a wreck or even blood.
MG: Wow. Impressive. Never thought about that. And what about this rough material on the palms?
SM: Yeah that's our Armor Skin which is an Ultra Rugged material we incorporated into the palms and some of the finger tips. It gives you great grip in all conditions while providing an added layer of protection for your hands and fingers.
MG: Is it puncture resistant? It seems like it is.
SM: It is not 100% puncture resistant. It can withstand 7 lbs. of pressure from a needle point before the needle will begin piercing it.
MG: Got it. But 7 lbs. is quite a bit of pressure.
SM: Correct. So the average light pat down would not exceed that. But if someone were to wind up and stab you in the hand with a needle at 30 lbs. of force....it would of course puncture through.
MG: And what's this stuff on the back of the hand? I'm not sure if I've ever seen this.
SM: It's awesome, isn't it? That's done through rubber mold injection technology. It's a special high density rubber that is strategically injected along the back of the hand to provide superior shock protection while still giving you unlimited flexion and mobility. Some heavy-duty tactical gloves even have hard plastic bumps on the knuckles. But those are not only cumbersome, they also limit mobility. And our protection doesn't stop at the knuckles....it goes all the way down your fingers.
MG: Is there anything you didn't think of when designing these gloves?
SM: (Laughing) In a perfect world they would be 100% cut resistant AND 100% puncture resistant. But making them 100% puncture resistant would have meant sacrificing something that is SO important to SO many people....dexterity, feel and touch. But we are very happy with the level of all-around protection they provide. 100% cut and slash protection isn't bad for our first stab at this....no pun intended.
MG: And they fit and feel great. Feels like I'm wearing a baseball batters glove. They feel amazing.
SM: Of course they do. (Laughing) I designed them! I wanted them to feel like the gloves I wore while playing football and to have a nice, snug fit which allows for great mobility. There are about 7 different materials used to make each glove. We spared no expense when it came to comfort and how these glove fit and feel. And you can even use an iphone while wearing these gloves.
MG: You really thought of everything here. So here's the big question: what do they cost?
SM: We are launching them at $49.99. I really wanted to keep them in a price range that police officers could afford. We are committed to keeping our prices low....it's part of our mission statement. But people must also know that these gloves not only give your hands ultimate protection....they're also gonna last a long time.
MG: I believe it. These things feel so well-made. They really feel amazing.
SM: Thank you. That really means a lot to me.
If you are on the job as a police officer or other first responder and you are looking for the best protection for your hands, I'm not sure if you will be able to find a better pair of gloves than 221B Tactical's new Guardian Gloves. In fact, no matter what profession you are in, if you are looking to give your hands maximum protection you might want to check these out. Once you put them on, you too will immediately see why those who have tried these gloves are raving about them. They look incredible and feel even better. I too now agree why they are being called by some as the ultimate protection gloves for your hands or "HAND ARMOR."
The Guardian Gloves by 221B Tactical are available now on their website: www.221btactical.com
So recently it was brought to my attention that some body armor companies have started to incorporate a type of mesh material into their carriers. The purpose of this being to allow for additional airflow while wearing the body armor. And this makes sense because there is typically ZERO ventilation or airflow between your body armor and your base layer while wearing body armor. This is why almost anyone who wears body armor has experienced peeling a sweat-soaked t-shirt (or compression shirt) off their body following their shift. Wearing body armor simply does not allow for any airflow. And working for 8, 10 or even 12 hours with a sweat-soaked base layer could lead to a host of problems including, but not limited to, heat rash, skin infections and even staph infections. And as many of you know, when gone untreated, staph infections could ultimately lead to death. The following is from "WebMD"....
Staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant infections are more common in North America, because of our overuse of antibiotics.
So it's clear that getting airflow in between your body armor and base layer is HIGHLY important! Not only could it prevent dangerous skin conditions....it also keeps you cooler, drier and more focused. And since sweat is what makes you cold in the winter time while out in the elements, solid airflow that keeps you drier is critical in the cooler months too.
That being said, we recently received a few emails from people asking about this new mesh that a couple of body armor companies are incorporating into their carriers. The main question was, "how does their mesh compare to the Maxx-Dri Ultra Comfort Vest mesh?"
At first I thought I'd go into a narrative about the structural and scientific differences between "their mesh" and our Maxx-Dri mesh (many of you know that I am a secret science nerd). But I decided to do something MUCH simpler! I created a little experiment right in my kitchen using a piece of lined notepad paper and a hair dryer. Yes....I was forced to use a PINK hairdryer. And NO....it's not mine!
What I did was simply secure the notepad paper from a fixed object and aimed the hair dryer at it. The hair dryer's airflow first went through "their mesh" and then through our Maxx-Dri mesh. And the result? Well you can watch the video and see for yourself.
When it comes to staying cooler, drier and safer there is no question....the MORE airflow the BETTER!! That precisely why The Maxx-Dri Ultra Comfort Vest has gone viral across the globe among those who wear body armor. The Maxx-Dri vest gives you MAXIMUM airflow and allows for MAXIMUM breathability. The Maxx-Dri vest also has cushioning properties which actually makes your body armor FEEL lighter while being worn.
So if you are tired of sweat-soaked base layers, peeling your shirt off at the end of your shift, foul smelling body armor, constantly washing your body armor carrier, and dangerous skin rashes/infections....consider the product that was invented by a full time police officer to take care of his fellow officers across the country and around the world! Get yourself a Maxx-Dri Vest and STOP DREADING WEARING YOUR BODY ARMOR!
A strong, sturdy knife is a critical tool for EVERY first responder, outdoorsman and tactical minded individual. With this in mind we developed The Vanquish First Responder Knife.
The Vanquish First Responder Knife was built with a focus on DEPENDABILITY!! Because when a situation arises and you need to break out your knife....you MUST have 100% confidence in it!
Whether you need to cut a seatbelt to pull someone from a burning vehicle, break glass to enter a vehicle or structure to perform a rescue, or defend yourself....The Vanquish First Responder Knife WILL get the job done!
With an ultra strong Grade 440C Stainless Steel blade, mil-spec construction and a custom-made, ergonomic grip designed specifically to enhance your handle and feel of the knife while in your hand, this will be the nicest FEELING knife you have ever held!