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New TRU XTREME Tactical Response Uniform

Written by Eugene Nielsen

The new TRU XTREME™ from TRU-SPEC® is the latest evolution of the Tactical Response Uniform® (TRU). The TRU EXTREME incorporates new, technologically advanced features. The TRU EXTREME consists of four integrated components: the uniform shirt, uniform pant, combat shirt and combat vest. The components are designed with state-of-the art features and can be worn separately or together.

The TRU XTREME uniform shirt, pant and vest are constructed of mil spec Cordura® 50/50 nylon cotton (NYCO) blend rip-stop. The TRU XTREME combat shirt features a no melt, no drip 60/40 cotton nylon Cordura base layer body and 50/50 Cordura NYCO rip-stop sleeves.

The uniform shirt features an adjustable hook and loop mandarin collar. The mandarin collar can be worn either up or down to keep out debris. There is a locker loop inside the collar. The shirt has a back cage with hook and loop closure, the option of attachment flap, with mesh closure. There is a zippered hook and loop closure placket. The zippers open from the top and bottom for increased comfort when armor is worn.

The uniform shirt has a loop-faced upper sleeve pockets instead of bottom pockets. The sleeve pockets have a hook and loop closure and hidden zippered pockets. The shoulder sleeve pockets allow access when armor is worn, unlike the bottom pockets on BDUs. Patches and tabs are affixed to the uniform with hook and loop for greater flexibility. This also allows them to be removed prior to laundering for a greater patch life cycle.

The Uniform Shirt has articulated elbows for ease of movement. There are SuperFabric® external elbow pockets with external opening for elbow pads secured with a hook and loop. Accessory pads are available from TRU-SPEC. The chest pockets are bellowed with inverted pleat.

The chest pockets have a hook and loop closure and a hidden front zipper front pocket. There is a pen/pencil opening in left chest pocket. The uniform shirt also has a tri-pocket with document windows, under flap with hook and loop closure and three exterior pen/pencil slots. It features a tunnel system for alternating the tri-pocket with a document window from left to right for personal comfort. The uniform shirt has an adjustable hook and loop cuff. The cuff is angled, which provides additional hand/wrist protection.

When worn together, the combat shirt and combat vest incorporate all of the features of the uniform shirt and provide a similar appearance. The combat vest is identical in features to the uniform shirt except for the lack of sleeves. The combat shirt differs from the uniform shirt in that the body of the combat shirt is constructed of a Cordura base layer fabric and lacks chest pockets. The combat shirt also differs in that it features a pullover design with a zipper front closure, a zipper front cover hood and a Cordura base layer interior collar for added comfort.

The uniform pant features a custom fit, adjustable slider waistband. The slider waistband enhances comfort and eliminates the need for gather elastic or adjustable side tabs. The pant has a TRU SPEC original Prym® snap with hook and loop waistband closure. There is a hidden internal handcuff key pocket in the waistband. The latter is a nice touch and shows the attention to detail in the design uniform pant.

The uniform pant has 1-inch wide belt loops with a 2 1/4-inch opening. The pant features an expanded reinforced seat with a reinforced hook and loop closure pockets. There are slash packets that include hidden cell phone or accessory pockets on both sides. The pockets have reinforced openings. There are two knife/accessory pockets with stiff fusing inner lining on both the right and left side. The pant has a diamond-shaped gusseted crotch for ease of movement.

There are two cargo pockets with inverted pleat and angled opening pleats, mitered flaps with hook and loop closure. There is an internal hidden zippered pocket on both cargo pockets. The knees of the uniform pant are articulated knees with added mobility.

The pant has SuperFabric external knee pockets with external opening for knee pads secured with a hook and loop. There are two bellowed lower leg cargo pockets with inverted pleat and mitered flaps with a hook and loop closure. The lower legs have expandable zipper opening with expandable mesh lining. The pant has clean finished hems with an adjustable button closure. The TRU XTREME Tactical Response Uniform is an outstanding and exceptionally versatile tactical uniform.

The TRU XTREME Tactical Response Uniform is available in five color choices to meet the needs of practically every agency: black, khaki, olive drab, navy and MultiCam®. Coordinated accessory items are also available from TRU-SPEC.

Eugene Nielsen provides investigative and tactical consulting services and is a former officer. He may be reached at eugene.nielsen@live.com.

Published in Tactical Response, Jul/Aug 2011

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