FAQ & Videos

Is TacLace within military uniform regulations?

Yes they are.  TacLace does not interfere with the form, fit, or function of any other uniform item or its ability to perform its primary function.  Scroll down to see our uniform regulations or visit the “How to Use” page.  Marines, you’ll find it very convenient as your trousers blouse and hold neatly under the edge of the TacLace.

Curious about uniform regulations? Don’t be! Proper wear of TacLace keeps you in regs no matter the branch of service. See the orders here:

 

USMC

MCO 1020.34G.3038, 3. When combat boots are worn, the trousers will be bloused in a neat uniform manner.
3012, 2. 2. Combat Boots. Temperate weather and hot weather boots may be worn with any version of the utility uniform at the individual’s option. Organizational issue safety boots and deviations as approved by commanding officers and/or medical officers are also authorized.

US Army

U.S. Army regulation 670-1.27-3, c, 3. When trousers or slacks are bloused, personnel will not wrap them around the leg so tightly so as to present a pegged appearance. When the trousers or slacks are bloused properly, the bloused portion of the trousers or slacks should not extend below the third eyelet from the top of the boot. Soldiers will not blouse boots so that the bloused portion extends down to the ankle area of the boot.

US Navy

Navy Uniform Regulations.Bootlaces will be tucked in a manner to present a well-kept appearance.

US Air Force

AFI 36-2903 Section 6.4.3 (pg 95) 6.4.3. Footwear (males and females) Combat boots. Will be worn with the Airman battleuniform, or the flight duty uniform. (Exception: Athletic shoes may be worn if medicallynecessary, as determined by competent medical authorities at a civilian or military treatmentfacility and approved by the commander.) The black combat boot can be worn (optional)with the service dress and services uniforms when not wearing a skirt, maternity servicedress and/or maternity jumper. Laces will either be tied and tucked in the boot or tied andwrapped around the boot. No ―bowtie boot laces. Logos will be the same color as the boot.Note: The phase out date for the black combat boot with the FDU was 1 November 2011(ref attachment 6).

US Coast Guard

COMDTINST M1020.6G Bootlaces should not show or dangle but must be concealed under the blousing band or tucked into the boot.

What type of boots does TacLace work with?

We have tested TacLace successfully on combat boots, various tactical boots, construction boots, hiking boots, standard work boots, double plastic hiking boots, hockey skates, and even knee-high snake boots.  If you have footwear with a “neck” on it, you can use TacLace.

How long do my laces need to be?

The key is ensuring that you have 17″ of excess lace or more from the top eyelet with your boot on.  The lace length varies depending on the boot girth, number of eyelets, and the size of the user’s ankle.  To ensure you can use TacLace properly, we include a set of matching 84″ laces which can be cut to length in the case that they are TOO long.

What if I sleep with my boots on?

You still can…

What if I have a hard time getting my foot in my boot?

You need to gain some “lace real estate.”  If you are having to force your foot into the boot with the TacLace on, try bypassing some of the lace restraints, or even taking your laces straight from the first set of eyelets to the last set of eyelets.  At this point you will not be taking up any more lace length than you were before.

Does TacLace work with Open or Hook Eyelets?

Yes.  Not only does it work, but it allows you to maintain tension in your laces that was previously difficult to do.  There are a variety of ways to accommodate open eyelets shown in our video below.

What if my laces are too long?

Easy Day!  You have two options.  Option 1 is, you can leave them too long and during the “wrap” step just wrap the excess lace and the TacLace around the boot.  Option 2 is, you can cinch the TacLace down the laces, pull the excess out of the last set of eyelets, and knot them as usual.  If you are satisfied with the function of the TacLace in its new position, cut the excess lace after your knots.

When I pull the TacLace, the laces only tighten around the top couple eyelets, what should I do?

Some boots, mainly combat boots, are designed to speed lace, i.e. when you pull the tension goes all the way down the laces to the very first eyelet.  If you cannot pull the tension into the laces at the lowest level, use your free hand to grab each “rung” around the area that does not pull tight, and pull them tight moving up each rung until you arrive at where you can get tension.  Then keep pulling on the TacLace, the laces will pull tight, and you will have held the tension in the laces at all levels.

My cord locks seem to be defective, what should I do?

Some TacLaces have been shipped with the cordlocks disengaged.  You just need to “pinch” the cord lock, i.e. press the button really hard until you hear a pop.  At that point, the cord lock should engage and start providing the tension you need.  If they are, in fact, defective we will replace them free of charge.