Looking for the best tactical gear brands to round out your loadout?
Expect to see the lowdown on tactical brands like 5.11, Condor, Blackhawk, Safariland, Helikon-Tex, Steiner, Crye, Benchmade and Propper.
I will tell you what these brands are about, what sets them apart from the other guys, and what their top tactical gear is.
After assimilating the intel presented here, you will be more informed to make the right tactical gear buying choices.
Let’s get to it! Here are the top 9 best tactical gear brands of 2023.
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TOP 9 Best Tactical Gear & Clothing Brands of 2023
5.11, based in Irvine, California, is a manufacturer of some of the best tactical law enforcement, first responder, and duty gear out there. They make tactical pants, jackets, slings, packs, and footwear. They also create some of the best tactical gear for women, especially their woman’s tactical duty pants (link to Amazon.com).
What Sets 5.11 Apart From the Rest:
In 1992 the FBI training academy adopted 5.11 tactical pants as their go-to tac pants, and 5.11 has been focused on the needs of police, law enforcement, EMTs, and first responders from day 1.
Recommended 5.11 Gear:
5.11 Tactical Push Pack
The 5.11 tactical push pack is one of the most popular packs in this style because theirs is it sits right, holds your concealed carry, and a lot of other gear at the same time, without making you feel weighed down or off-balance.
5.11 Rush Moab 10 Tactical Sling Bag
This large sling bag by 5.11 allows you to have everything you need, including your concealed carry weapon right at your fingertips. It is ample size at 18 x 8 x11 and has a Velcro secret compartment large enough for your piece and mags.
If you like the convenience of a sling bag that puts all your gear at your fingertips in an instant, check out our list of the best tactical sling bags here.
5.11 Tactical Men’s Stryke Pants
The 5.11 Tactical Stryke operator pants have what you need to get the job done. Just a bit of stretch, the material is soft, slim-fitting, and lightweight, yet they are extremely durable and have pockets just where you need them.
Blackhawk, headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, sells tactical holsters, packs, rigs, and other gear for military, law enforcement, and first responders.
What Sets Blackhawk Apart From the Rest:
Blackhawk was founded by a Navy SEAL who had his pack fail him during a walk through a minefield. He vowed that if he made it out alive, he would start a company that made gear worthy of perilous military tasks like the one he faced. And he lived up to the promise he made.
Recommended Blackhawk Gear:
Blackhawk Commando Chest Harness
The Blackhawk commando harness gives you tons of room to store your ammo on your person with comfort and ease.
If the comfort and convenience of a chest rig appeal to you, head on over and take a look at the best tactical chest rigs out there.
Blackhawk Serpa Level 3 Duty Holster
The Blackhawk Serpa is one of the most popular duty holsters that provide the level 3 retention most duty officers require.
Safariland makes holsters, armor, communications equipment and so much more for law enforcement officers, military, and personal protection.
They make the choice holsters for law enforcement and their body armor saves lives.
What Sets Safariland Apart From the Rest:
Safariland gear and armor is the business. They have a saves club of duty officers and military whose lives have been saved by Safariland products. So far, 2087 officer’s lives have been saved by Safariland gear. Watch this one only if you have a box of tissues handy.
Recommended Safariland Gear:
Safariland 6304 ALS Tactical Drop Leg Holster
This drop leg holster is high quality, it’s the ones military and law enforcement use when they need a level 3 retention holster low enough to clear their body armor.
Safariland Drop Flex Adapter
The Safariland drop flex adapter allows you to use your Safariland holster and place the holster just a few inches below the belt and out of the way of bulky body armor.
In the market for a drop leg holster? Here is a list of the best drop leg holsters available today.
Steiner makes tactical binoculars, rifle scopes, battle sights, and more. Steiner is known for their high-level military-grade laser range finding tactical binoculars, and they also make less expensive tactical binoculars below, which are an outstanding buy for the money.
What Sets Steiner Apart From the Rest:
Steiner began in Germany, after the war by a man names Karl Steiner who had an obsession, a passion to make optics so sturdy, useful, and immaculate that no mass made products would ever compare. Steiner Optics makes the best tactical optics, hand down.
Recommended Steiner Gear:
Steiner Optics Tactical Series Binoculars
These tactical binoculars look and seem like other binoculars in this class, but what makes them tactical is the HD tactical coating that enhances contract and resolution needed to make tactical targets like people, license plates, vehicles, and other important details stand out.
Looking for a pair of tactical binos? Here are the best tactical binoculars of 2023.
Steiner T5Xi Tactical Rifle Scope
This scope comes with an SCR reticle, a windowed elevation turret, Illumination control with an Illuminated Reticle with 4-night and7-day Levels, and plenty of elevation for long-range viewing. Plus it’s made in the USA.
Steiner Micro Reflex Battle Sight
This is a crystal clear, fully encased red dot sight that mounts to a Picatinny rail. It is in a class of its own.
Helikon Tex is a Polish Gear manufacturer with over 35 years’ experience making military and paramilitary functional gear and garments.
What Sets Helikon-Tex Apart From the Rest:
Helikon Tex makes excellent tactical gear. They have many tactical garments that do not look tactical, including their Greyman products, which I am quite fond of. Helikon-Tex is the provider of choice for undercover tactical gear
Recommended Helikon-Tex Gear:
Helikon-Tex Wolfhound Jacket
This low key tactical jacket has the features you want, without looking “tactical”. The fit is snug and the jacket tends to run small, but it is warm, water-resistant, and has pockets places in useful locations.
Looking for more tactical jackets? Here is a list of the best tactical jackets of 2023.
Helikon-Tex Range Line Mini Rig
This mini rig is big on space for mags and ammo. Construction is solid and it’s easy to get on and off quickly.
Helikon-Tex GTP Greyman Tactical Pants
These tactical pants have the features you require while keeping it casual, in terms of looks. If you need to blend in, while still being able to conceal carry and stow gear on your person, these tactical pants are a great choice.
Crye Precision makes armor, vests, tactical belts, tactical pants, ballistic helmets, and a full range of combat gear and apparel.
If you are looking for tactical helmets, take a look at this article on the best tactical helmets of 2023.
What Sets Crye Precision Apart From the Rest:
All Crye gear is made in the USA from materials sourced in the USA.
Recommended Crye Precision Gear:
Crye Precision Assault Ghillie Suit
This lightweight Ghillie suit covers just the head shoulders and arms, keeping you undercover without weighing you down.
Crye Precision G3 Combat Pants
These combat pants are made in the USA, have built-in knee pads, lots of gear storage, and strategically placed reinforcement layers, plus a stretch gusset groin for flexibility.
Crye Precision Low Profile Belt
This low profile belt offers lumbar support, is compatible with Crye suspenders, is compatible with the Crye soft armor panel insert, and has abundant MOLLE for pack and pouch attachment.
Proper has over 50 years of experience making tactical and military clothing, making them one of the best tactical clothing brands.
Propper is a leading supplier of the US Department of defense and have held that position for over 50 years.
What Sets Propper Apart From the Rest:
Propper got their start in 1967 making the white Dixie cup hats the Navy is known for. Today they are well known for their excellent tactical pants and BDUs.
Propper gear is down to earth and affordable, another reason I like the company.
Recommended Propper Gear:
Propper Men’s BDU Tactical Pants
Propper tactical pants have a neatly tailored look. They are not sloppy or baggy, yet they give you room to move. The material is stiff, but it’s also very durable. These are also some of the most affordable BDUs you will find.
Propper Rifle Case
This Propper rifle case has dual lockable zippers, full MOLLE for pack attachment and the price is right. This case is the perfect size for the standard-issue AR 15 rifle.
Propper Series 100 Side Zip Boots
This Propper boot has a sleek tactical look, with genuine cowhide and a 1000D upper. They are insanely comfortable, ideal for walking or marching long distances if you must and they will keep your feet dry.
Benchmade got its start in California in the 1980s. The name Benchmade was chosen because it defines the quality of the knives it makes. Benchmade knives are made in the USA.
What Sets Benchmade Apart From the Rest:
Benchmade was the first company to use laser cutters for steel that is too hard to stamp, and they remain the world leader in automatic knife making. They supply the US military with the best folding knives.
Recommended Benchmade Gear:
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife
This knife is made from premium steel that holds an edge well, it has an ergonomic grip, and the action is smooth and fast. This knife is issued to army rangers and it’s a handy, well-made tactical knife.
In the market for a tactical knife? Check out this collection of the best tactical folding knives of 2023.
Benchmade Bugout 535 EDC
This folding knife is lightweight and strong. It’s perfect as an EDC and in your bug out bag. It deploys in a flash, the clip works great, and it’s super light and easy to carry on your person whether you work in a warehouse or out in the field.
Benchmade 15061 Grizzly Ridge Knife
This hunting knife is bright orange, making it easy to spot if you lose it. The action is smooth as butter and it has a handle grip like no other.
There is jimping on the blade spine, near the tip, so if you need to do detail carving, this is great for up-close controlled cutting.
Condor Outdoor has been around for over 25 years. They got their start making camping gear at an affordable price, and with the popularity of the condor assault pack, featured below, they moved into the tactical gear space.
Condor outdoor makes good, cheap tactical gear for everyday people.
What Sets Condor Apart From the Rest:
Condor Outdoor is a popular brand for airsoft and paintball players because they are an affordable option.
Recommended Condor Gear:
Condor Recon Chest Rig
The Condor Recon chest rig fits AK and AR mags and is a great value for the money. It sports the standard chest rig pouches and has Molle incorporated on each side so you can customize it to your liking.
If you are searching for a tactical vest, I rounded up the best tactical vests of 2023 right here.
Condor 3 Day Assault Pack
Condor Outdoor is known for the price and quality of its popular 3 Day Assault Pack. It is a mid-sized rucksack with a large main compartment. It has great storage and lots of pockets with smart organization. It has plenty of attachment points and all straps are adjustable, including the hip belt.
Looking for a tactical backpack? The best tactical backpacks can be found right here.
This wraps up the best tactical gear brands.
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