Final Four – Tactical Pack Edition

March Madness Tactical Pack Showdown

In the spirit of March Madness we decided to set up a final four of our own, pitting four of our most popular packs against each other in an effort to find out which pack has what it takes to survive the gauntlet of things thrown at it during use. In the NCAA Tournament, every team is playing the same basketball game, but not all teams play in the same style, and it’s each team’s unique attributes that determine whether it wins or loses. In our tournament, we have a diverse set of packs all competing for the title of champion, however it will be the unique attributes that each possess that will determine which moves on, and which didn’t make the cut.

Here is how it works:

We assembled a panel of three judges to field test each pack and give their opinion on which should advance to the next round of the tournament and why. A majority vote will secure a victory. The determining factors were left up to the judges; however in the spirit of impartiality we selected three judges with diverse backgrounds and interests. The judge’s credentials are listed below for review.

Judge 1:

  • AGE: 45
  • GENDER: Male
  • Military Veteran
  • Weapon Enthusiast
  • Hunter

Judge 2:

  • AGE: 22
  • GENDER: Male
  • Paintball Expert
  • Tactical Gear Enthusiast
  • Outdoorsman

Judge 3:

  • AGE: 32
  • GENDER: Female
  • Outdoor Enthusiast
  • Avid Hiker
  • Rock Climber

So, without further ado, we present the Final Four: Tactical Pack Edition:

ROUND ONE: ROTHCO MEDIUM TRANSPORT PACK VS. PROPPER BIAS SLING BACKPACK

Judge 1: “Being a concealed carry permit holder, I appreciated that the Propper Bias Sling Backpack had a built in compartment to safely carry my weapon. I also enjoyed the one shoulder design that allowed me to quickly slide the pack to the front instead of taking the entire pack off. With that said, I would have to give this round to the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. With lots of MOLLE attachment points and plenty of diverse storage space, I found myself gravitating to this pack more. It is a diverse every day pack that even includes a place for a hydration pouch if I took it out to my stand during hunting season.”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “The Rothco Medium Transport Pack is a great multipurpose pack without a doubt. It has a compact design that isn’t bulky or overbearing and the padded shoulder straps really made it a comfortable pack. The Propper Bias Sling Backpack had all of those features and then more that really pushed it over the top for me. I loved the single strap design that allowed me to pull the pack in front quickly for access to all of the pouches without taking it off. If I did need to take it off, the quick release buckle made it simple and efficient. I also noticed that the Propper bag allowed me to lock the zippers together so nothing would fall out and that was a great feature when I was pulling the pack to the front of my body frequently. “

VOTE: Propper Bias Sling Backpack

Judge 3: “Without a doubt, the Rothco Medium Transport Pack impressed me more. Being on the trail a lot, I like to take a pack that is multidimensional and the Rothco pack had everything I was looking for and then some. The hydration bladder feature is one that I always look for because it is easier to use that carrying multiple water bottles so that really pushed it over the top. I also enjoyed the different pouches and compartments because it allowed me to better organize my gear than the Propper pack. One thing I really enjoyed about the Propper pack, however, was the fact that I could slide the pack across the front of my body to access accessories while on the go. “

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

WINNER: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Rothco Medium Transport Pack

ROUND ONE: MAXPEDITION SITKA GEARSLINGER VS. 5.11 TACTICAL RUSH 24 BACKPACK

Judge 1: “This matchup proved to be a much more difficult decision. On one hand, the Rush 24 has much more storage room and great internal organization dividers; however the Sitka Gearslinger is outfitted with a concealed carry compartment to carry my weapon and it also has the every-day-carry feel to it that I felt the Propper pack lacked in the previous matchup. I also really enjoy the single strap design for quick access to my firearm should I need it. This one goes to the Maxpedition pack in a close one.”

VOTE: Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

Judge 2: “I have to admit, although I selected the Propper pack in the last matchup, I’m not the biggest fan of the single strap design. The Maxpedition Sitka is a great pack but it didn’t really meet my needs as an everyday outdoor pack. The 5.11 Rush pack on the other hand really blew me away. My first impression of the pack was that it had tons of room to carry everything I need during a day outdoors. Not only was it spacious, but 5.11 did a great job of creating practical organization pouches. I found myself enjoying the easy access to items without digging through the pack to find what I was looking for. While I would use both packs for different situations, my vote is for the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “The Rush 24 had all of the features I liked in the Rothco Medium Transport pack and then some! Since I spent a fair amount of my previous review on the hydration bladder, I need to note that the Rush 24 actually features the tube hole on both sides of the pack which is a great feature for flexibility. When not in use, the Rush 24 allows the tube hole to be covered up, preventing moisture from entering into the pack, something I haven’t seen before. The Rush 24 also took organization to the next level. Numerous pouches and compartments allowed me to have easy access to everything without a struggle. The Sitka did have one feature that I really enjoyed and that was sheer ruggedness of the material. It was tougher than any fabric I had seen before and Maxpedition bills it as completely abrasion and water resistant.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

WINNER: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: ROTHCO MEDIUM TRANSPORT PACK VS. 5.11 TACTICAL RUSH 24 BACKPACK

Judge 1: “I voted for the Rothco pack but not the 5.11 Pack. Therefore, I’m casting my vote for the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. The real selling point for me was the fact that the medium transport pack was a more compact version of the 5.11 Rush pack. I prefer a pack that I can grab and go without much bulk to it. Oh, and the Rotcho Medium Transport pack is far less expensive!”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “This one was an easy choice for me. I loved the diversity that the Rush 24 provided. It has lots of space, perfect organization, and represents a true everyday pack in my opinion. If I had to get any pack on the market now, it would be the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “I’m the only judge that picked both of the finalist packs in the first round so this decision was a little tougher to me. Both have the features that I look for in a pack, but what it really came down to for me was the additional space that the 5.11 pack gave me. Both had great organizational components and are hydration bladder compatible, but I can see myself using the 5.11 Rush pack more. “

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPION: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack - Mutli view

Protect Your Wallet and Your Eyes: Edge Eyewear Safety Glasses

Whether you’re looking for a stylish pair of sunglasses or something to protect your eyes during work, Edge Eyewear has something to offer for you. With a wide array of styles and colors to choose from, you’ll be on the ‘cutting edge’ with Edge Eyewear. Designed to be durable and built to last, every pair of Edge Eyewear’s glasses meet high velocity and high impact safety standards. Durable frames allow for extended use without the fear of breaking or cracking while the lenses are specially designed to be scratch resistant. While most safety glasses are expensive and boring, Edge Eyewear has designed a product that is both affordable and stylish, while achieving the same safety protection as the rest of the competition. Don’t be left behind with other brands, get on the ‘cutting edge’ and pick up a pair of Edge Eyewear’s safety glasses today!

Check out some of the most popular styles from Edge Eyewear at Patriot Surplus:

Baretti Safety Glasses:

With lightweight polymer frames and tough polycarbonate lenses, these glasses are both comfortable and durable. Built in temple vents and soft Megol material in the nose and temple regions allow for comfort even in hot or wet conditions. The lenses are coated in an anti-fog and anti-scratch material to prevent distracting marks on your glasses throughout extended usage.  As is the case with every Edge Eyewear product, the Baretti Safety Glasses are fully compliant with ANSI Z87.1 2003 safety standards for high mass impact, ball drop impact, and high velocity impact. By blending style, comfort, and durability into one pair of safety glasses Edge Eyewear surpassed expectations!

Ossa Over-the-Glasses Safety Glasses:

Wearing safety glasses can be a hassle if you depend on regular eyeglasses for clear vision. With the Ossa Over-the-Glasses safety glasses your problems are solved! Designed to fit over top of standard eyeglasses, the safety glasses can be worn at the same time as your normal glasses. Even though you’re wearing two glasses at the same time, bulkiness won’t be an issue because these glasses are designed to be lightweight with polymer frames. Not only are they lightweight, but they are durable as well. Tough polycarbonate lenses provide protection and durability. An anti-fog and anti-scratch coating on the lenses prevents pesky scratches from developing over time. Of course, the glasses also pass all ANSI Z87.1 2003 safety standards as well. If you’re looking for an affordable pair of safety glasses that can be worn with standard eyeglasses, these are the ones for you!

Golan Low Profile Vented Safety Goggles:

If you’re looking for goggles that are both affordable and functional, Edge Eyewear’s Low Profile Vented Safety Goggles fit the bill. Aside from providing excellent protection from both the elements and projectiles, the goggles offer side vents to provide breathability for moist conditions. Rest assured that your eyes will be protected because the goggles comply with all ANSI Z87.1 2003 safety standards. Whether you’re playing airsoft, working in dusty conditions, or hitting the ski slopes, these goggles will not just meet your needs, they will exceed them!

With great deals on hot styles like these Edge Eyewear Safety Glasses, there’s no better time to log on to Patriot Surplus!

Summer Style Guide

After an unusually long and very cold winter, bikini season is finally upon us! The time of the year that everyone anxiously awaits came later than normal this year, but nonetheless it’s time to hit the web in search of some new duds to don in the warmer weather. Before you hit the gym to shed those pesky winter pounds you packed on while huddled inside, its prime time to hit the web in search of some gear to wear with your newly sculpted beach body. Whether you’re in search of some new shorts, a bathing suit, or a graphic tee, Patriot Surplus has the styles you’re looking for to stand out from the crowd.

With some great deals being offered throughout the summer, be sure to check out some of the gear that Patriot Surplus has to offer:

Shorts Spring Fling: From now until Father’s day we’re running a great promotion to get you into some new pairs of shorts at a great price, and were even offering a FREE pair to anyone who purchases five or more. When shopping, there are generally several items that interest you, but you must choose only one or two to purchase in order to avoid breaking the bank. At Patriot Surplus, it doesn’t matter whether you want woodland camo, city camo, or just a pair of traditional khaki shorts, you can have them all and get a free pair while you’re at it. Go to the “military apparel” section on the website and select “military shorts” to pick out your new shorts today!

Swim Trunks: Having several pairs of stylish shorts is great, but what if you want to get a little wet to cool down during the hottest days of summer? That’s not a problem at Patriot Surplus, because we have the swim trunks that match your style. Check out the woodland camo swim trunks for a stylish option to wear while relaxing on the beach or sitting by the pool. For an affordable price, the style can’t be beat!

Graphic Tee’s: Show off your pride for this great country we live in while also showing off your sense of style. Check out one of our vintage options to show off an old school style with new school flair. If the retro look isn’t for you, we also have affordable pricing on a number of modern graphic tees for every branch of the service. No matter what your own personal style is, we have the shirt to match it here at Patriot Surplus.

With so many options to choose from, it may be hard to choose just a few items, so remember that orders over $99 always ship free. Deals like this don’t last forever, so log on and get shopping Patriots!

A Few of Our Favorite Work Must-Haves

Matterhorn BootsWhile a businessman might get up and throw on a tie, suit and jacket each day, your work clothing consists of a good pair of jeans and some sturdy work boots. Whether you’re looking for military gear, law enforcement gear, or just a good pair of boots, you’ll want only high quality options that are going to stay intact through the muck and the mud of everyday use.

You aren’t concerned about anything fancy or flashy, so don’t get caught up in all the hype around trends and styles when it comes to your work apparel. A good pair of pants, shirt, jacket and boots are all you need to get through your workday, so make sure you’re buying for quality, not style. Thankfully, you get both when you shop at PatriotSurplus.com.

You don’t need an abundance of items to complete your work outfit, but a few must- haves that we think every patriot should have in his closet include:

  • Sturdy Boots: Keeping your feet warm isn’t just about comfort – it’s also about safety. Features like insulation, waterproofing, and steel toes can protect you from injury while also ensuring that you’ve got footwear that’s tough enough to keep up with your schedule. Skip the wimpy ass boots that fall apart after 3 wears. Instead, go with something that’s TRULY made for work. We’re talking boots that have antimicrobial and pathogen shielding treatments and boots that back their comfortable makes with the best research and development. Serious boots. Boots that are more than just enough. We have a ton of work boots in our selection that are perfect for going to work, ranging from Matterhorn boots for mining to Magnum tactical boots for law enforcement. No matter what your job, it pays to have the right pair of boots.
  • Heavyweight pants: Your uniform should be more than just a ratty pair of jeans or cheap polyester pants. Get pants that can keep up with your day, whether you’re tackling a renovation on the job site or coordinating a tactical exercise. From BDUs to law enforcement uniform pants, you want to choose bottoms that offer solid construction (if it frays, toss it), durability, and design that suits your profession. Choose for comfort and function and consider everything from the buttons to the pockets. Your pants are part of your work uniform. Make it count.
  • Moisture wicking shirts: In the heat, you need to stay cool. Moisture wicking polos, tees, or shirts can help you avoid heat related illness by wicking away moisture from the body to keep you cool, dry, and feeling fresh. Freedom of motion is key here too. You need to have something that will wick away moisture AND offer movement. After all, you can’t afford to just stand still.
  • Waterproof pullover/jacket: Come rain, sleet, snow, or wind, you’ve got to get the job done. A good waterproof jacket is a must for anyone who works outside and in our selection, we have plenty of waterproof jackets and pullovers that can help you take on the elements without breaking a sweat – even when you’re putting in a hard day’s work.

At PatriotSurplus.com, we know that an office 9-5 job isn’t for everyone, so find some clothes that are going to keep you going throughout your day as you get down and dirty on the job like a real patriot should. We’ll help you suit up for any job, any weather, and any need. Just browse our selection and you’ll see what we mean. We’ll help you get to work – and get the job done right.

Celebrate the National Day of Honor

 

Graphic Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Today is the day when we celebrate the service of those brave men and women who have given their time, courage, and bravery in service of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

You salute you, not just today, but every day.

Thank you for your service and all you do – and continue to do – for our nation.

Patriots, please take time today to remember and thank a soldier who served in these operations. Too often, we take these people for granted and now is the time to recognize the amazing service they’ve given to our country and to all of us.

Military Movie Night: Top Films Featuring Soldiers

PlatoonIn one of our previous posts, we took you through some of the greatest movies about Marines. Now, we’re going to branch out (literally) and cover some of our favorite films that showcase the United States Army. If you’re looking for something to watch on military movie night, all of these movies would be great to choose from:

Saving Private Ryan: Pretty much everyone knows that Tom Hanks is an excellent actor and this film further cemented his ability to to move audiences. Saving Private Ryan is set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II and follows the search for a paratrooper as the last surviving brother of his family.

Platoon: The film that launched Charlie Sheen’s career and won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1986, Platoon is part of director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War trilogy (including Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth) and is based on his own experiences as a U.S. infantryman in Vietnam. Starring Sheen, Willem Defoe, and Tom Berenger.

Apocalypse Now: This epic war film is set during the Vietnam War and follows US Army special operations officer Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) on his mission to kill a renegade Special Forces Colonel played by Marlon Brandon in arguably one of the most critically acclaimed movies about the Vietnam War. This film was added to the National Film Registry in 2000 for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.

Good Morning, Vietnam: Starring Robin Williams, this war-comedy film is based on the experiences of Armed Forces Radio Service radio DJ Adrian Cronauer as he delights the troops with his broadcasts and infuriates his superiors in the midst of the Vietnam War in Saigon in 1965.

We Were Soldiers: Based on the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, this film stars Mel Gibson and portrays the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.

Glory: Featuring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, this classic tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up of entirely African American men, as told from the perspective of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the Civil War.

Patton: Known best for its opening monologue, Patton serves as a biographical take on U.S. General George S. Patton’s service and leadership during World War II. In fact, this film is so good, it’s been preserved by the Library Congress as part of the United States National Film Registry.

Have a movie you’d love to see on this list? Share it with us in the comments!

 

Now Offering DHL Worldwide Express Shipping

DHL Express Worldwide Shipping

DHL Express Worldwide Shipping

At Patriot Surplus, we’ve always been committed to offering the best possible customer service and pricing, not just for our customers at home, but also for those ordering internationally. We can’t even begin to tell you how many American soldiers around the world turn to us to get some of the best in gear. Now, we’re making sure that all of our international customers get taken care of with DHL Express Worldwide Shipping.

For international customers, this is a HUGE deal. DHL Express Worldwide Shipping rates are EXTREMELY competitive and can mean significant savings on your shipping costs (like up to 75% off what you’d normally see). But besides that, the shipping time is what’s really exciting. DHL Express Worldwide Shipping means that your order can get to you with as little transit time as two days for door to door delivery in most countries. Did we mention that you also get door to door tracking? Yep. That’s included, too.

The best rates, tracking, and amazingly fast transit time? Yes, patriots. THIS is the way we do business.

To learn more about our international orders and DHL Express Worldwide Shipping options now available on PatriotSurplus.com, check out our DHL Express page or feel free to give us a call with any questions.

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Reebok Military Boots: Well-Suited for Any Tactical Athlete

Reebok BootsWhen you think of Reebok, you probably think of sneakers, right? Think again.

Reebok, a division of the Adidas Group, has taken the next step towards providing quality footwear for all types of athletes – including those of the tactical persuasion. If your job requires you to be on the move, able to adapt at any moment, and pushes you to your limits for speed and agility, Reebok wants to serve your needs with its selection of military boots, duty footwear, and work boots. After all, your job demands more of you – why shouldn’t you demand more from your boots?

Reebok boots feature electro static dissipating DR Dual Resisotrs, internal Flex-Met metatarsal guards, injected EVA outsoles, Foot Force Insoles and a durable construction that makes them not only comfortable but also able to meet or exceed ASTM safety standards. Craftsmanship, patriots. Pure craftsmanship.

Patriot Surplus is proud to carry Reebok boots in a variety of styles to suit the needs of any tactical athlete. When you need to gear up, check out Reebok’s line of tactical boots, work boots, and duty footwear in our selection. We offer great pricing, and hey, if you want to know more about Reebok and how it goes from sneaker to military boot without missing a step, give us a call or talk to us on our Live Chat and we’d be happy to answer your questions and give you more info.

Tactical Athletes – We Have Your Gear

Propper LS1You’re at the peak of your physical performance. You can go harder, faster, and longer than the rest of your squad. You’re a tactical athlete and just another day at the office for you usually means running at breakneck speed, dodging, jumping, bounding, and kicking some serious ass. Now, we’ve got a line of clothing that can keep up with you.

The Propper LS1 collection is designed for the tactical athlete – after all, this is a line that was developed with the latest in tactical engineering in mind. Built to last and designed for comfort, Propper LS1 clothing gives you maximum mobility and durability so that you can kick ass and take names without having to worry about a split seam or a shortened gait. The Propper LS1 collection features everything from base layers to outerwear to make sure that your uniform is complete with high performance gear to match your high octane job. After all, you’re demanded to go above and beyond in a day’s work – shouldn’t your uniform do the same for you?

With the Propper LS1 Collection, you get that promise of performance and more. These tactical shirts, pants, and outwear showcase features like moisture wicking fabrics, comfortable cuts that allow for greater range of motion, quiet closures, and pockets to keep all of your essential gear close at hand. Finally – you’ve got tactical gear that can meet your demands for performance.