Tactical Clothing: Military & Security Clothing

Tactical clothing is clothing that reduces hazards and offers practical additional functions in the field. The clothing has mostly proven itself in military use and is offered for security services. However, tactical clothing is freely available for sale and can therefore be purchased by anyone

Here you can learn more about the background, advantages and areas of application of the clothing.

What is tactical clothing?

Tactical clothing” refers to items of clothing that offer certain additional functions. These help emergency forces in exceptional situations or in the field.

These functions allow faster access to weapons, protect against hazards or help with survival in the wilderness.

Tactical clothing from head to toe

Hazards in the field

Security guards employed at events, nightclubs, discos, and events where a large crowd is present, ensure the safety of the visitors present. In doing so, they face challenges and dangers in equal measure. Their challenge is to ensure that the event in question runs peacefully.

Knife attacks are a danger!

The danger to which security employees are exposed, on the other hand, manifests itself in a knife attack. Attackers aim at vital points, such as the carotid artery, the heart or the lungs. At this point, certified stab-protection vests or neck-cut-protection cloths act as complementary and at the same time passive defensive clothing.

Punches and kicks

Kicks and fist attacks are also among the attacks that security guards defend against. On the one hand, martial arts courses serve as preparation for emergencies; on the other hand, ballistic inserts are a passive defensive measure. They fit into vests and jackets. Thanks to these inserts, security employees experience a fist bump as less painful if they fail to repel the attack beforehand.

Attacks with weapons or other dangerous objects

However, attackers also use other weapons to incapacitate security guards. Batons or baseball bats also belong in the dangerous weapon category, as they can inflict life-threatening or even fatal injuries. Attackers who use batons or iron bars as weapons usually aim for the head. Most often, they target the temple. However, this blow is dangerous. For this reason, it is worth wearing head protection. Special Tactical Under-Helmet Skull Caps act as a protective measure.


Security officers expect all attacks. Therefore, they do not disregard the possibility of firearms. In this regard, special firearms called Commando Industries Ballistic Vest serve as a precautionary measure. They are bulletproof up to 9 millimeter Para SK 1/NIJ-III A. Furthermore, they have a 40-layer aramid.

Different weather conditions heat, cold, wetness

Different weather conditions affect the way security employees dress. They adapt them to the external weather conditions, as they mostly work in front of the entrance of a club or at open-air events. Rain, cold and heat are among the everyday companions against which security employees arm themselves by choosing the appropriate clothing.

What kind of clothing is available?

The appropriate clothing of security or military employees represents an important work companion. These include:

Helmets and caps

Helmets and caps are useful work companions in all seasons. In sub-zero winter temperatures, they protect the head from the icy cold. Balaclavas are suitable for winter outdoor activities as they cover the entire face, ears, neck and throat. Under-helmet skull caps provide optimal heat exchange due to their nature. In summer, on the other hand, baseball caps act as good companions. They provide protection from a strong sunlight.

Vests and Jackets

Vests and jackets have a double function. On the one hand, they protect against cold and wet, on the other hand, they cover bulletproof or stab-proof vests, which security employees wear. Fleece jackets are ideal work companions in the cold winter season, whereas softshell jackets serve as good protection in a strong wind. Rain jackets, on the other hand, are used in wet conditions.


When it comes to gloves, security employees choose the variant that best suits their needs. The stab- and cut-resistant models are very popular. In winter, waterproof cut-resistant gloves are a must. Neoprene gloves, on the other hand, are specially designed for emergency personnel who use weapons. They are characterized by a good grip.


The choice of trousers depends on the season, although security pants are generally long. In addition, they are characterized by extras that ordinary pants do not include. These include internal insert pockets in the knee area. Furthermore, the surface is water and dirt repellent. Security pants have cell phone, magazine and knife pockets.


Socks depend on the season, but adapt to the weather. In summer, short socks are suitable, whereas in autumn and winter, longer socks serve as good foot warmers. The advantage of socks is their ability to ensure optimal moisture wicking, keeping feet cool and dry at all times.


Loafers and boots are popular among security employees. They have a good moisture absorption as well as a fast re-drying. Furthermore, they score with their robust street profile as well as their increased rolling comfort. They are also antistatic and yet breathable.

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