Propper has become relatively synonymous with “tactical pants,” although the company makes popular tactical, duty, and outdoors clothing ranging from boots to jackets and other outerwear to sweaters, pants, hats, belts, and more. Also, all sorts of packs, duffles, cases, and other bags. New for 2016 is a line of body armor plus additions to most of their other product lines . . .
Jonathan walked us through some of the highlights in the video above, but here are some of the takeaways:
Body armor is light and flexible. Neoprene straps are easily replaceable. Separate side panels offer more coverage without affecting flexibility. Trauma plates can be inserted in pockets on the front and rear.
Seen above is one example of Propper’s concealable armor. They also offer tactical armor, including helmets and K9 armor.
The backpack above is extremely lightweight; made from a thin-yet-strong ripstop nylon. Its trick is that it packs down into a tiny carry bag.
As you can see, there’s also a packable duffle. These are handy items for slipping into a suitcase if, like anyone going to SHOT Show, you end up taking significantly more stuff home than you can fit in the luggage you brought.
Propper makes a handful of different styles of duty and tactical boots.
There’s a tablet case hiding behind those black boots, too. This year they really expanded the line of laptop sleeves, hydration sleeves, tablet cases, carry organizers, pouches, dump pockets, organizer panels, etc. Most of these are intended to make their backpacks extremely modular, allowing the end user to customize the storage layout both internally and externally.
New for this year is the Uniform Polo, which will become the value-priced option in Propper’s polo shirt line. MSRP is $20.
Looks like I neglected to snap photos (they’re both in the video), but there are a couple new fabric options worth mentioning as well. One is being used for polo shirts and it’s snag-free in contact with velcro so it doesn’t pick or pill. The other is a micro rip-stop stretch fabric for the lightweight tactical pant.