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Best Tactical Gear of 2021

Why settle for anything but the best? We laid out the definitive list of the best tactical gear of 2021. Browse tried-and-true favorites from popular categories and outfit yourself with the best gear on the market.

Best Military Boots

Best Military Boots


Stay comfortable, light on your feet and on regulation in our favorite pair of military boots.

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Best Tactical Pants

Best Tactical Pants


CCW, durability and comfort are no problem with our pick for best tactical pants.

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Best Tactical Boots

Best Tactical Boots


Our best tactical boots of the year are tough, comfortable and ready for any challenge.

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Best Tactical Polos

Best Tactical Polos


A professional look with the features you need — this tactical polo is up to the task.

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Best Tactical Backpacks

Best Tactical Backpacks


Carry all your EDC essentials in our pick for the best tactical backpack of 2021.

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Best Combat Shirts

Best Combat Shirts


This battle-ready combat shirt is tough, reliable and built for the ultimate maneuverability.

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Best Plate Carriers

Best Plate Carriers


Stay protected and carry the gear you need on the best plate carrier money can buy.

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Best Tactical Knives

Best Tactical Knives


This classic tactical knife is a true staple for any well-rounded EDC collection.

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Best Flashlights

Best Tactical Flashlights


Night ops are no problem with this reliable, ultra-versatile, everyday carry flashlight.

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Best Shooting Glasses

Best Shooting Glasses


For protection and clear visibility at the range, you need our top shooting glasses of 2021.

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Best Military Boots

When we were choosing the best products of 2021, there was no question that the NIKE SFB Gen 2 Boots would be our pick for best military boots. The innovative webbing support system, the fast roping arches, the cloud-like comfort — these boots blow their competition out of the water. The next generation of military footwear is here, and anyone who wears the OCP uniform needs these boots on their feet.

Pros

  • Authorized for wear with Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform

  • Ultra-light (17 oz. per boot)

  • Webbing support system enhances stability

  • Aggressive traction pattern provides multi-surface grip

Cons

  • Potential for heel/ankle rubbing

  • Long break-in time

  • Tends to run small (order a half size up)

Best Tactical Pants

Try on a pair of 5.11 ABR Pro Pants and you’ll immediately understand why they’re our pick for the best tactical pants of the year. Designed from a durable, cotton/polyester ripstop blend, these pants hold up against tough use as well as any pair out there. The nine-pocket design offers plenty of storage, and there’s even a right thigh pocket for your cell phone or an extra magazine. Try these pants once, and you’ll be hooked.

Pros

  • 9 pockets

  • Durable ripstop fabric

  • Reinforced seat & knees

  • Front right phone pocket

Cons

  • Phone pocket can be tough to access

  • Back pockets are a little shallow

Best Tactical Boots

When things get hairy, it's good to be light on your feet, and the Under Armour Stellar Tactical Boots are ready to perform. Their durable water-repellent finish keeps feet dry without sacrificing breathability, and their side zippers mean you can get in and out of them at a moment's notice. Choosing the right footwear is tough, but with our pick for best tactical boots of the year, the choice is easy.

Pros

  • Tough leather / 900D nylon upper

  • Side zipper for easy on/off

  • Durable water-repellent (DWR) coating

Cons

  • Long break-in time

  • Zippers may get stuck

  • Tight fit on wide feet

Best Tactical Polos

Don't let the professional appearance of the Propper Uniform Polo fool you — this thing is packed with plenty of useful, tactical features. The quick-drying, wrinkle and shrink-resistant fabric will keep you looking your best, no matter what the day brings. Dual pen stalls on the sleeve and a sunglasses clip on the front placket ensure important items are always close at hand. You won't find a better tactical polo at a better price anywhere.

Pros

  • Quick-drying fabric

  • Wrinkle, fade and shrink-resistant material

  • Two pen stalls on sleeve

  • Sunglasses clip on front placket

Cons

  • Tends to run large (order one size down)

  • May snag when washed (use gentle cycle)

Best Tactical Backpacks

First Tactical may be new on the scene, but they wasted little time grabbing our spot for best tactical backpack of the year. The Specialist 1-Day Backpack has room for all your gear — and then some. With a huge 36-liter capacity, integrated MOLLE webbing system and 1000D nylon construction, this pack is simply a dream bug-out bag. This may be the best tactical backpack of 2021, but it will last you for years to come.

Pros

  • Durable 1000D nylon construction

  • 36 liter capacity (2,200 cubic inches)

  • 5 external pockets, 3 internal pockets

  • YKK zippers

Cons

  • No internal laptop sleeve

  • No waist strap

Best Combat Shirts

Our best combat shirt of the year is ready for combat and authorized for wear with the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform. The TRU-SPEC OCP Combat Shirt combines no-melt, no-drip body fabric with ultra-tough nylon / cotton ripstop sleeves for unbelievable performance in the field. With an adjustable quarter zip collar and adjustable button cuffs, this shirt conforms to your comfort however you like it. It really is the undisputed best of the year.

Pros

  • Authorized for wear with Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform

  • No-melt, no-drip body fabric

  • Tough nylon / cotton ripstop sleeves

Cons

  • May not pair well with some plate carriers

  • Sleeves may run long

Best Plate Carriers

There are plenty of plate carriers to choose from, but to us, the Condor MOPC Gen II stands head and shoulders above the competition. Featuring MOLLE webbing all over to mount your gear and compatible with the best ballistic plates and soft armor on the market, this plate carrier offers the greatest value with all the essential features. It's on our list, and it should be on yours, too.

Pros

  • Adjustable shoulder straps and cummerbund

  • MOLLE webbing

  • Breathable, 3D mesh liner

Cons

  • Not a good fit for smaller waists

  • Stiff shoulder pads

Best Tactical Knives

Hundreds of positive reviews can't be wrong; the customers pretty much decided this pick for themselves. Crafted from 440-grade stainless steel with a combo edge blade and liner lock system, the Mission Made Raptor is the quintessential tactical knife. It's spring-assisted for rapid deployment, and it even has a built-in bottle opener. If you don't have one in your EDC, your EDC is truly lacking.

Pros

  • Combo edge blade

  • Spring-assisted opening

  • Liner lock system

  • Lightweight aluminum handle

Cons

  • Stainless steel edge can be difficult to sharpen

  • Thumb flipper is hard to engage for big hands

Best Tactical Flashlights

We knew our best tactical flashlight would be a Streamlight; we just didn't know which one. Turns out it's the ProTac HL-X USB. At 1,000 lumens, this light is incredibly bright. The USB port makes charging easy, and there are even three light modes (high, medium and low) to preserve battery life. The aircraft grade aluminum and IPX-7 waterproof protection mean you'd almost have to intentionally damage the light to break it. Add this one to your EDC.

Pros

  • 1,000 lumens

  • High, medium and low intensity modes

  • Strobe for signaling and disorienting

  • Aircraft grade aluminum construction

Cons

  • Relatively low beam distance

  • Complex controls

Best Shooting Glasses

And finally, shooting glasses: the Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 shades take this spot with ease. For starters, they're on the U.S. Army's Authorized Protective Eyewear List, so their durability is outstanding and unquestionable. They also offer an anti-fog coating, protection from UV rays, and they're even compatible with helmet-mounted night vision devices. If you're heading to the range, these are the glasses you'll want to have with you.

Pros

  • APEL approved

  • UVA, UVB and blue light protection

  • Anti-fog lens coating

  • Interchangeable lenses

Cons

  • Sweat may cause condensation

  • Protective case not included