The design of the pants does seem to focus on comfort in heat and while needing to move as might be expected in emergency circumstances. The crotch is gusseted, is double stitched and has six small vent holes to permit air flow. The knees are "articulated" (stitched with curve built in) and have an internal knee-pad pocket. I had to look twice to find the opening to put in the knee-pads because the stitching inside the pants is so well done. The belt loops are stitched at two spots along the bottom of the waistline so that even if one rips out, the other is still intact. The loops are also big enough to accommodate a 2" wide belt. The pants are available (per the website) in black, navy blue and "mocha" (what Magnum calls that shade of khaki / tan). I'll likely be ordering a couple pair in Navy Blue and Mocha. For the summer months these are incredibly comfortable thanks to the focus on venting and air flow.
The Rapid Deployment Shirt is also made from 5.4 ounce 100% cotton ripstop and is available in Navy Blue, brown and tan (Desert Sage). There is a breast pocket on each side but what, at first glance, looks like the opening isn't. The upper chest is vented using the same mesh material as that in the pocket "buckets". On the right side pocket, the zippered opening is horizontal at the top. On the left side pocket the zippered opening is vertical on the chest-center side (obviously). There are also two "Ab Concealed Equipment Pockets" (ACEP) just below the breast pockets on each side. Only your imagination limits what you might use those pockets for since they'd fit anything from pens to knives to pistol magazines and more. There is another remaining pocket in one of the least expected places: An "Escape & Evasion Money Stash" (EEMS) pocket located in the center underside of the collar. It's big enough to hold five to ten bills, folded twice. I've never seen such a pocket designed into a shirt before. My first thought was, "It'll also hold a handcuff key" which either could be good for cops (because you just never know) or bad if bad-guys get hip and start wearing these shirts.
The back of the shirt is vented just like the chest and airflow is plentiful. The sleeves have no pockets on them but can be rolled up and have the necessary snap-strap to hold them up into that rolled position. All of the "buttons" are actually snaps and they hold pretty well. I didn't have any of them "break snap" while I was wear testing the uniform. The cuffs have two snap positions for tighter / looser fit. The shirt can be worn tucked in as a day uniform or worn out like a BDU wear.
Overall I was highly impressed with the heat management / cooling comfort designed into the RD pants and shirt. While the shirt is available in short sleeve, with the long sleeve shirts so easily adjustable and with rolled sleeves secured, I consider purchasing the short sleeve variant as a personal option. More information on these items can be found on the Magnum website. MSRP shown on the site should never be considered what you actually pay. Do some research both online and at your local retail outlets. I'm sure you can find them for less than MSRP.
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