Propper® Covert Button-Up – Short Sleeve
Blend in with the crowd without giving up your edge.
The Propper® Short Sleeve Covert Button-Up looks and feels like a casual plaid shirt, but gives you the full tactical advantage with its hidden false-button closure, discreetly tailored tear-away side seams and dual chest document pockets with quiet magnet closures.
NTOA Member Tested and Recommended
With reviews from three different NTOA members, the Propper® Covert Button-Up received their seal of approval garnering an overall score of 4.68 out of a possible 5 with its design, performance and durability praised across the board.
This shirt is excellent! The fit and features are great, from the covert snaps to the mesh lining at the shoulders. I have washed this shirt more than a dozen times with no shrinkage, fading or pilling. All of the seams are holding up well with no noticeable fraying. The snaps and Velcro side openings allow easy, quick access to any equipment or firearm. I used this shirt on the range and around town; it was very comfortable even when the temperature and humidity moved into the uncomfortable area. Propper has a great product with the Covert Button Up Shirt; I definitely recommend it!
I tested out the short sleeve button up shirt from Propper International. The shirt seemed to be sized properly and didn't shrink too much after it was washed. The two large pockets with magnetic closures made the shirt in my opinion. I placed my Glock 30 inside of it and it held it in place just fine. I showed it to numerous people and they told me they couldn't tell where I had placed the gun from looking at me. You can access the pockets of the shirt in no time and it was easy for me to get my gun out. It never snagged on anything inside of the shirt. It was a comfortable shirt to wear yet durable. I think it is a great shirt for plain clothes officers/detectives. The only negative thing I noticed was it stayed somewhat wrinkled after washing; granted, this is a very minor thing and not something that would deter me from purchasing the shirt.
I recently tested the Propper Covert Button-Up short sleeve shirt. I am generally not one to wear tactical-like clothing when I'm off duty, but this shirt doesn't really scream "tactical." The shirt is well-designed, with Velcro tear away seams that allow quick and easy access to a pancake or IWB holster. The shirt also features two magnetically closed pouches on either side on the chest, which Propper advertises as document pouches. Not originally realizing that these pouches were designed to hold "documents", I decided to test the pouches for concealed carry. For testing purposes, I put a S&W M&P Shield in one pouch, and a .38 snubby in the other. I was actually surprised by how well the shirt supported and concealed two handguns without "printing" the outline of the gun. It was comfortable to wear and seemed to be a pretty viable option when another carry option may not be feasible. I have been pleased with the quality of Propper apparel in the past and this shirt was no exception.
For years I've seen covert shirt products in police catalogs and been very skeptical. I always thought these were gimmicky and made for the "Tackleberry types" out there. I was shocked that a month after getting the Propper International Covert Button-Up Shirt, it has become a staple in my daily attire. The Covert Button-Up shirt is a comfortable, well designed everyday shirt. I've received compliments from others in my office that it looks professional and fits the Friday business casual dress code well. Wearing the shirt untucked allows me to cover up my Batman utility belt without the tell-tale print of a gun, mag pouch, handcuffs and cell phone for the public to see. The hidden pocket features of the Covert Button-Up Shirt are a nice feature as they allow for small items such as credentials, business cards, notepad or an extra magazine. There are pen pockets on the sleeves but keeping pens in them defeats the purpose of a covert shirt. The tear-away button down front design and side Velcro seams made accessing my weapon and magazines easy on range day. As a tall, big guy (48L jacket size), I'm always cautious about throwing shirts in the dryer. This shirt has survived weekly washing machine and dryer cycles with no problems. The collar is still nice and crisp with no curling, while the rest of the shirt remains wrinkle free. The shirt fits the same as it did from day one. There is plenty of room in the shoulders and chest, while not feeling bulking and billowy in the midsection. I tested a size XL and was very happy with the fit of the shirt. I would recommend this shirt for both plainclothes duty wear and off-duty everyday wear. My opinion on covert shirts has changed for the better because of the Propper Covert Button-Up Shirt. This shirt impressed me so much, I've already ordered two more in different colors. If you are looking for a sharp-looking, quality alternative to your department embroidered polo, this is the shirt for you.
- 80% polyester / 20% nylon plain weave
- Comfortable no-iron fabric for a casual appearance
- Underarm gusset allows greater range of motion
- Pen pocket on chest and sleeve
- Easy-access dual chest pockets with quiet magnet closure
- Prym snaps with false-button front
- Tear-away hook and loop side seams
- NTOA member tested and approved