S.O.TECH was founded as a service to military and law enforcement personnel who demand the highest level of durability for their tactical gear and often need that gear to be custom designed to fit different individual mission requirements. We constantly search for stronger materials and manufacturing methods to provide the operator with maximum comfort, maximum strength, and superior ergonomics for each piece of gear that we manufacture.
S.O.TECH gear is built for comfort and extreme durability. Honor and integrity are the principles on which S.O.TECH was built. From one American soldier to another, we will deal with you honestly. No flashy advertising with phony slogans backed by foreign made gear that disintegrates on contact with water. We take time to listen to our customers and build the gear they want, to fulfill the mission requirements they need. We stand behind our gear. If you have any issues with a S.O.TECH product, call us and ask for the owner directly. We care.
Our design philosophy is based around user comfort and superior ergonomics or human engineering if you will. You will find an abundance of foam, elastic, wide straps, large/simple buckles, and other design features that are not cheap to produce but perform splendidly at distributing your load's weight. We want you to arrive at your destination ready for whatever your task at hand is, instead of exhausted from carrying your gear in a poorly designed pack. We test our gear for weeks in the real world to make sure it performs well when you need it to.
S.O.TECH doesn't cut corners on the design table. Just hold a piece of S.O.TECH gear next to any other piece of tactical gear on the market you will see the difference.
Most of our gear uses either a single, or even a double layer, of 500 to 1000 Denier Invista Cordura®. We don¹t line gear with cheap pack cloth or substitute with low budget, rubber-backed cloth. Invista Cordura® is the strongest and most abrasion resistant cloth available. While there are other heavy fabrics, none of them come close to Invista Cordura®, and that¹s why chose to work with it.
Nylon, strength-tested webbing is the only webbing used exclusively in S.O.TECH gear. We use heavier web when possible to add to strength. We stock all major widths and colors. Being located near the LA garment district gives us direct access to the widest array of materials.
Not only do we use the finest and strongest buckles and snaps, we also stock the most obscure buckle designs and combinations so that we always have "just the right buckle for the mission."
We use a thick 92 and 138 weight, bonded nylon thread as the standard on all of our products. This is a mountaineering weight thread used on harnesses. The industry standard is 69 weight thread (half the thickness of our thread) because it meets the minimum military specification requirements. Our 138 wt. thread costs twice as much and we had to have all of our machines bored out in order to accept it, but a burst seam out in the field, miles away from resupply, is not worth saving a couple of bucks on a spool of thread.
Other special materials:
Our closed-cell foam, rubber grips, plastic and other special materials are meticulously chosen in the purchasing process to ensure max durability and functionality under the heaviest of stress and the day and night wear down of combat conditions. My shop manager and my bookkeeper can't understand why we don't cut our costs in half by using cheaper materials, but maybe you folks in the field can explain it to them. I started this business building gear for the men on my team. At my design table, I knew that if I cut any corners, it would cost us in the field. I feel the same about designing gear today for our country's front line soldiers and operators who fight crime and foreign threats.
WHY IS S.O.TECH THE STRONGEST GEAR?
Soldiers require superior firepower in their weaponry, my philosophy is that they need equally superior quality in their load bearing gear as well. S.O.TECH is typically double the strength of the competition. How do we do it? A smaller operation and shorter runs means less overhead and smaller margins. Basically, when the competition sews 1000 holsters, it saves him a lot of money if he can save a dollar on each pouch by using imitation cloth and buckles. But when we do 20 pouches for your team, saving a dollar on each rig doesn't compare with the bad press when a cheap rig fails you. The mil spec may be fine for line units that have a supply sergeant there to exchange failed gear, but our customers are often weeks and months away from re-supply. Special Operations Forces, full time SWAT, and big city patrol cops beat our gear into the ground day after day, knowing S.O.TECH overbuilds to take the abuse.
NO KNOCK OFFS
It's a matter of honor. "That's just business," is not an excuse for us. If the warriors we serve can't trust us to be ethical businessmen, then how can they trust us to build the gear they can bet their lives on? It costs thousands of dollars to make templates, prototypes, go out and field-test, and make multiple changes/revisions to finally produce a new quality design. It costs others the price of one product to rip it off. It is one thing if we see we can make a significant improvement on a design, but another if our minds are so devoid of ideas that we are reduced to knocking off other product lines. If we ever get to that point, we will start sewing lingerie instead of tactical gear.
Why most companies can't knock off S.O.TECH:
1. Our designs are too intricate and durable for them to make enough money.
2. We listen to our customers and constantly improve our own designs and by the time they get our model dissected, built, and shipped out to the USA, we already have a newer and improved version on the street. If you see a design you feel is similar to ours, call us, we operate in with transparency.
S.O.TECH WARRANTY, TERMS, DAMAGES, RETURNS AND CAUTIONS
Product warranty: S.O.TECH warrants that its products will be free from defects in materials and workmanship. S.O.TECH will repair or replace (at its option), without charge, any product or part that is found to be defective under normal use and service. Such repair or replacement shall be the purchaser's sole and exclusive remedy under this warranty. This warranty does not include normal maintenance and services and does not apply to any products or parts which have been subject to modification, misuse, negligence, accident, improper maintenance or repair by anyone other than S.O.TECH.
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