The boonie hat we know today was introduced to the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Upon receipt, the boonies were welcomed by the troops in the field while also being generally disliked by top brass who thought the new floppy hats looked unprofessional. Let’s take a deeper look at the early days of this iconic piece of the American military uniform.
All wildland fire uniforms that are certified for use by the USDA Forest Service must meet and exceed NFPA 1977 standards. Learn more about what this means and why it matters here.
Wildland firefighting is physically demanding and exceptionally hazardous. The safety gear used and worn by these working professionals is designed to not only keep them comfortable and safe from injury - but potentially save their lives. The following is a brief overview of the personal protective equipment and wildland firefighter clothing used by the men and women on the firelines.
Wildland firefighters wear specific flame-resistant (FR) pants made from a para-aramid blend (i.e Kevlar) fabric or meta-aramid blend (i.e.Nomex) fabrics. Here, we explain more about wildland fire pants and why wildland firefighters wear them to stay safe while fighting flames and saving lives.
Despite the growing number of women in extreme sports and the ranks of law enforcement everywhere, women are still having problems finding the appropriate tactical clothing & apparel they need.
When the majority of people picture members of the U.S. Armed Forces, they will usually conjure an image of troops in a certain type of gray, brown, and green camouflage combat uniform. Though a common image today, this has not always been the standard associated with the U.S. military uniforms.
Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs) are military uniforms that were previously used by the United States Armed Forces. While these uniforms have officially been retired by the military, they are still widely used by law enforcement agencies, rescue teams, outdoor enthusiast, and some militaries around the world.
For more than forty years, BDU pants have been a staple in American apparel. Developed by the US Army in the late 1970s, BDUs were intended to replace the uniform pants used in the Vietnam era. Today, agencies and civilians across the world wear BDUs for work and play.
When it comes to the harshest and most dangerous jobs in the world, being a wildland firefighter is certainly on the top of the list. To help ensure their safety on a daily basis, wildland firefighters rely on specialized gear and uniforms to protect them.
This guide will help you navigate the differences between fabrics and materials used to construct ACU uniforms. Considering Uniform standards for each branch of the U.S. military do vary, you should always check your branch's specific uniform regulations for the specific fabric and material requirements prior to making a purchase.