Best Summer Tactical Shirts for Hot Weather

The best summer tactical shirts are comfortable, breathable and made for hot weather – and choosing your summer wardrobe hinges on your personal style, the materials you’re most comfortable in and whether you need on-duty or off-duty wear.

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What to Look for in Summer Tactical Shirts for Hot Weather

There are three basic styles for men’s and women’s summer tactical shirts:

  • T-shirts, which are typically lightweight and always casual.
  • Polos, which toe the line between casual and work apparel.
  • Button-ups that you can wear at informal get-togethers, while you’re on the job or when you need something professional.

Vent-Tac™ and Enduro-Flex™: What You Need to Know

Two important things to look for in your summer tactical shirts are Vent-Tac and Enduro-Flex technologies. Vent-Tac is a moisture-wicking technology that helps keep you cool. Enduro-Flex is a snag-resistant, pilling-resistant and abrasion-resistant fabric that helps keep your shirts looking great, even when you’re a little less than gentle with them.

Tactical Polos for Summer

Men’s and women’s tactical polos designed for summer heat can keep you cool and looking professional. Try these on for size:

  • Helios Short Sleeve Polo: This polo is made from Enduro-Flex fabric and equipped with moisture-wicking, quick-drying and anti-odor properties – a must-have for hot environments. With shoulder mic pockets for professional use, underarm gussets that help improve mobility and an embroidery-friendly pen pocket at the sleeve, this is the top for maintaining a professional appearance all summer.
  • Paramount Short Sleeve Polo: This polo – available in a wide range of colors and sizes – keeps you cool because it’s made from moisture-wicking, 4.5-ounce polyester. Treated to tackle odors before they become an issue and featuring gusseted underarms, snaps on the placket and an angled pen pocket, this top is made for high performance. It’s also resistant to snags and abrasion, so it can stand up to rough treatment.
  • Reflex Short Sleeve Polo: Designed to keep you mission-ready in any weather, this polo has side vents and a wicking, anti-odor finish that’s perfect for hot climates. This lightweight tactical polo is set up for professional use with document pockets, mic pockets at the shoulder and an easy-reach pen pocket.

Tactical Button-Down Shirts for Hot Weather

When you need a tactical button-down for work or play, these are a great fit:

  • Evolution Short Sleeve Shirt: This lightweight and comfortable shirt, available in a variety of colors and designed for tactical operations, features a built-in RAPIDraw™ placket that gives you easy access to your firearm in an emergency. Made from polyester with Vent-Tac properties, this rugged-but-attractive shirt can get you through a long shift and carry you through the rest of your day.
  • So Swift Short Sleeve Shirt: Ready for anything you can throw at it, this shirt has a RAPIDraw placket, Vent-Tac properties to keep you dry and plenty of ventilation. It’s ideal for low-vis carry while you work undercover or just want to keep a low profile, and it’s available in colors that let you blend in when you need to.
  • Freedom Flex™ Short Sleeve Shirt: This shirt is designed for tac ops in any situation. With a moisture-wicking finish, perforated fabric on the sleeves, under the arms and at the back yoke, and mechanical stretch fabric construction, it’ll keep you cool when you’re chasing down a suspect, patrolling the boardwalk or pulling security. Like many of its button-down counterparts, the Freedom Flex also features a RAPIDraw placket for easy access to your gun when you need it.
  • Fast-Tac™ Short Sleeve Shirt: You’ll be cool, calm and collected in this shirt. Made from polyester Fast-Tac ripstop fabric and coated with a water-resistant finish, this incredibly durable shirt is ideal for tucking in or wearing out. It’s compatible with embroidery and patches, too, so it makes an excellent uniform shirt when you’re on the job.

The best summer tactical shirts are versatile enough for on- or off-duty wear, and they’re equipped with moisture-wicking properties or sewn-in vents that will help keep you cool under pressure. Shop our full assortment of summer tactical shirts for men and women to find the best lightweight options for you.

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