There was a lot of discussion in the past about how to secure accessories ect. in shirts and pants and some people really wanted zippers on their tactical shirts. Most of the 5.11 tactical shirts that we have used in the past were velcro, but velcro is loud and if you are in a situation where you have to be covert, velcro is really loud. The first version of the Woolrich Elite tactical shirts we saw which were basically an improvement over much of 5.11 tacticals tactical clothing was, was received very well. There were some pocket variations that people didn’t like that 5.11 still had a edge over, but zippers on shirts was better received.
The Woolrich Elite 4910 was the discreet carry pant and there were suppose to be hidden zippers on the side, but they were not hidden very well and I honestly would not recommend stowing a firearm in a pocket that is zippered shut. I have yet to have a zipper fail, but some people that have used boots did not like zippers. The Original Swat boots have tactical boots that can be zip up or lace up. I think the majority of our customer base prefer zip up and only one person that I have met really complained about boot zippers failing on them. It kind of reminds me of all of the people that I knew that had card doors that were bent because they always slammed them shut on an angle. I think those are the ones with zipper issues.