Questions about fake leather duty gear
My agency transitioned from black basket weave leather to nylon back in the early 1990s. Weíve used mostly K&W http://www.nylonwebgear.com which is pretty good stuff, but recently the PD has been buying Bianchi AccuMold http://www.bianchi-intl.com nylon and the stuff wears like crap.
Our Patrol Commander wants to buy all new gear and is leaning towards the laminated, leather looking nylon/plastic stuff that looks like black leather basket weave. Brands being considered are Bianchi AccuMold Elite http://www.bianchi-intl.com, Safariland Safari-Laminate http://www.safariland.com and Gould & Goodrich K-Force http://www.gouldusa.com. Our holsters will probably remain the Safariland 070.
My question is how does the stuff wear? Assuming itís lighter than leather, what is its weight compared to nylon? Does anyone recommend it and why? Any brand we should absolutely stay away from? Any comments or experiences are welcome.
Personally, Iím old school and nothing beats leather, but I no longer wear a uniform and any change wonít effect me. I am the chief union steward and want to do what is right for the officers. This weekend, Iím going to check some out at a uniform shop.