Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tactical Tailor

    Quite by chance, I drove by a place I'd known about for some time. Soon after taking command in 2004, and just after getting issued a buttload (well, more like an assload but not so much as a shitload) of MOLLE gear (MOdular Lightweight Loadbearing Equipment) I soon realized the need for better-than-standard issue, and at the very least, Specialized for the mission gear.
    Side-note: I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to carry 95+ pounds of "lightweight" gear.
    Tactical Tailor was one of the companies I found in my search. They had some really innovative stuff, from their MALICE clips for securing gear, to custom multi-purpose pouches. I ordered what I thought I would need, then I also ordered what I thought I could get away with without the Mrs. being too terribly pissed.

    As luck would have it, I drove by their factory store this week. I decided to stop in and tell them about how well their gear worked for me, and pick up a new pair of gloves. I really like the Army's NOMEX gloves (comfy, thin, warm-ish, and flame retardant) but not terribly sturdy. Either the stitching wears out on the palm or fingers in just a few days, or the soft leather on the palms tears or is cut, or... well, they just don't last and are too expensive to keep replacing. I walked in and asked about gloves, and then I saw their big sewing room, where they make all of their stuff.

    I took a chance, and asked if they could modify a pair of gloves into ones that'd fit my gimpy left hand. The guy who was showing me around introduced me to another guy, (I think his name is Brian) who helped me pick out a pair of gloves (the ones most often purchased by SOF guys) and then proceeded to clip, snip, stitch, reinforce, and do all the cool stuff he does.

    When he was finished, he told me to put the glove on. It fit like a... like a... it fit really well!

    Now, this particular pair of gloves cost $60. I know the Mrs. would tell me "Honey, if you need it then get it, don't worry about it (but don't go nuts)." Still, it was a big pill to swallow (and I know how hard they can be to swallow) to pay that much for a pair of gloves in the middle of a heat wave (okay, 90 is a "heat wave" here). But for a pair of gloves that fit, and are durable,and should last, and are definitely necessary to protect what's left of my hands, $60 is okay.

    So I looked around the store some more (found a cool "Major League Infidel" shirt) and some other stuff, and went to pay. Brian (like I said, I think that's his name) came out and told the guy at the register to not charge me for the gloves! He asked me to take them out to the field, use them, treat them rough, see how they hold up, and then bring them back to see how we can make them better.

    I was shocked.

    So I ask ya'll, please see the contact info below, pick a method, and let the good folks at Tactical Tailor know how cool they are.

    Thanks in advance,


    For order service and inquiries our sales team is here to serve you at this location:

    Tactical Tailor
    2916 107th Street South
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 984-7854
    (253) 984-6696
    Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM PST
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
    For your shopping and custom item needs visit our retail store location:

  • RETAIL STORE ADDRESS: (This is the store I visited)
    Tactical Tailor
    12715 Pacific Highway South
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 584-5500
    (253) 584-5501
    Monday - Friday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM PST
    Saturday: 10:00AM to 2:00PM
    Sunday: Closed
    Click Here for Map and Directions
    For further assistance, you can also contact us by email:

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