REVIEW: Propper Classic Polo

Polo shirts are no longer limited to the golf course; they have found a home in law enforcement too. Quality polo shirts make an elegant casual uniform, special duty shirt or even plain clothes option. But a cheap polo will soon leave officers looking sloppy with untucked, wrinkled and faded shirts that are better left in the thrift bin. Propper has recognized the need and has hoped to fill it with the Classic Polo.

Pen PocketThe 100% polyester Classic Polo has been designed with a goal of providing a clean, casual look in a variety of settings. With a double button front, hidden collar stays and an extra-long length, the Classic Polo defeats many of the common problems polo wearers encounter – it looks good and stays that way for the entire shift.  It also includes many features officers will appreciate like the double channel pen pockets on the left sleeve, a sunglass loop below the front buttons and a stain resistant fabric.

Propper promises “a polished look off-duty and casual yet professional look on-duty.” I have been wearing the Classic Polo since they were first introduced, and I must admit that they are correct. Even after years of routine wear and hundreds of washes, none of mine show any sign of wearing out or losing their out of the package look. The additional features, such as pen pocket or sunglass look, still do not result in a tactical look which would make off-duty wear difficult.  Add a badge or department patch and you will easily have a professional, uniform-ready shirt at a fraction of the cost of a traditional uniform shirt and a much longer service life.

The Casual Polo comes in wide range of colors including black, red, dark green, silver tan, cobalt blue, LAPD blue and white. I have found that the silver tan and black make a very comfortable and professional looking casual uniform, especially when paired with the Propper Tactical STL pants. The red version is also an excellent option for range instructors, making them easily distinguishable from a distance, yet they remain comfortable during long shifts in the hot weather.

Glasses TabThe one caution I offer relates to sizing. Although Propper advertises standard US sizing, it has been my experience that these shirts do run on the larger size. If you will be wearing body armor under this polo, go ahead and order your normal off-duty shirt size. However, if you will be wearing this shirt alone or off-duty, I recommend ordering one size smaller than you normally would. Otherwise, you are likely to find yourself swimming in it.

If you are looking for a quality polo shirt for off-duty or casual uniform wear, the Classic Polo should be at the top of your list. If your specialized units, such as bike or marine officers, need to maintain a professional look while enjoying a little bit of extra comfort and flexibility, then it is worth a look. Regardless of when or why I have worn my Classic Polo, it has always lived up to both its reputation and my expectations. It will be on my regular shopping list for as long as it is available.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

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