Mobility equals survivability; a phrase coined by Pat McNamara. You need to be able to move with the clothing you have on, whether that’s having to carry loved ones to safety over distance or sprinting with them, going toe to toe with someone and then breaking contact to run. The point is there are many reasons for having the ability to fight and move in the clothing you wear day to day. We’ve previously published an article on being mobile with your EDC, which plays into this article.
Kyle Defoor is another great example of this. If you follow Kyle and Defoor Proformance Shooting, you’ll see that he regularly posts about conducting PT and runs in his street clothes and full EDC.
I’ve found a few companies that put out some quality clothing that gives you the ability to do the above and look stylish at the same time. After all, looking cool matters. Let’s start at the top and work our way down.
To date, I have not been able to find any polo shirts at my local department stores, that offer a true athletic fit, look great and don’t shrink after the first or second washing. After a decent amount of searching online, I found the company State and Liberty. State and Liberty shirts offer a true athletic fit with a ridiculous amount of stretch.
“By providing more room in the upper body with an extremely tailored waist, our dress shirts cater to those with a v-shape body type. Darts in the back of the dress shirt pull in the excess fabric creating a fit that rewards those men that take care of their bodies. The days of ripping through your elbows and back seam are over. Our shirts have a ridiculous amount of stretch allowing you to wear a nice tailored fit without sacrificing comfort. Our dress shirts are moisture-wicking and extremely lightweight. We stole all the properties of your favorite workout shirt and created a professional looking dress shirt.” – State and Liberty
Even though they have a true athletic fit, their sizing is spot on. I typically wear a size large and that is what I ordered; it’s a perfect fit and very comfortable. The specific shirt I chose was the “Ott” Black on Black Polo. Yes, they have a higher price point than your local department store, but you’re getting an American made quality shirt that is going to last you quite some time.
Pants and Jeans
For both pants and jeans, hands down it’s the 5.11 Defender Flex line. These are the only pants and jeans I wear anymore. I like them so much that I ordered a pair of the pants in each color as well as two pairs of the jeans. I’ve worked out in these and run in them with no issues. The design offers you excellent mobility and concealment of your EDC gear.
“The Defender-Flex pant has been developed for 5.11® end users who are looking for low-vis tactical without sacrificing performance at the firing range or comfort for everyday wear, and is crafted with a Cavalry Twill cotton/polyester blend, with just enough elastane for stretch.” – 5.11 Tactical
You have the option of a standard cut or slim cut. I have found that the slim cut works best for me. Think of it as more of an athletic cut with some stretch. I don’t like baggy pants, so the slim fit the bill for me. Just to clarify too, the slim are NOT “skinny” pants or jeans.
Footwear and socks
Danner Wolf Creek Chukka – These boots, from the moment I took them out of the box and laced them up, have been some of the most comfortable I’ve tried. Typically boots need a break-in time, but not these. Out of the box they are ready to go. What I really like about these are the quality materials used and the fact they are made in the USA. Yes, you’re going to spend more, but you’re getting a boot that will last you a lifetime. You can even send them back into Danner to have them reconditioned if you run them into the dirt too. With the Danner Wolf Creek Chukka, you can easily transition from the office to the trails.
Ridgemont Outfitters Heritage Boots – Another great product, that I have put to the test. These did require about a week to fully break-in, but once that was accomplished, they were ready to conquer the world. I wore these for a 7 day trip to Europe, put many miles on them, and never once had any comfort issues or hot spots develop on my feet. These are truly an urban boot made for continuous wear. Again you’re going to pay more of a premium for these, but you get what you pay for. Spend once, cry once.
Darn Tough Socks – Not only is quality footwear a must, but you need to couple that with quality socks to go the distance. I’ve been through several different brands of socks, and settled on the Darn Tough socks, both for when wearing my boots and when running. Darn Tough are superior to others in many ways and are worth the price you’re going to pay. Get yourself a few pairs of their boot socks and a few pairs of their quarter height for wearing with shoes and you’re good to go for a while. With their Unconditionally Guaranteed for Life warranty, you’re never gonna need any other socks.
If you’re a watch guy like myself, you’ll want a quality timepiece that is rugged, dependable and looks bad-ass. For that, I recommend NFW Watches. A watch is an ultimate way to finish off your look. I own both the Auto Pilot and Valor from NFW and they are nothing short of rugged, dependable and bad-ass. NFW is a smaller American owned and operated business with a great reputation and mission statement.
Not really related to clothing, but I felt needed to be mentioned is Johnny Slicks. If you’re a man and either maintain a beard or shave every day you need to take a hard look at Johnny Slicks. He offers a line of masculine beard wash, beard oil and pomade for your hair. I use his products daily and can attest to the quality. Once you are dressed up and ready to conquer the world, you’ll want to be sure your hygiene is squared away. After all, looking cool matters.
Look good, smell good, stay mobile and be lethal
*Featured photo courtesy of @brandontwebb