Why On Duty?
Our dedication begins with a strong belief in the quality of our product. We have tailored our line to fit industry requirements, the needs of tactical gear, and the requests of people who loved the launch of Duty Apparel. Soon enough we were able to expand a wide range of additional modules devoted to a truly custom experience.
There is no secret to our success. We were inspired by a need to innovate a tactical vest that really worked. Once we released our prototype we continued to upgrade the vest based on feedback from our customers. As a matter of fact, if you have any suggestion on how we could improve the design, we would love to hear from you.
Who are we?
We are a local business, a husband and wife outfit who started out following a passion turned business. When reflecting back on the success of the early venture, we could not be more pleased with the results!
Roger Rondeau is a former police officer, who gained exposure to the need of improved tactical equipment through his experience in the force, in Search and Rescue operations, and hunting in his leisure time.
Annette Rondeau is currently in the education field and was able to assist in crafting the business design and enhancing a product line to meet a broader spectrum of utility.
How did we get started?
Our story begins in 2004 as a small retailer focusing on police equipment. From our humble beginnings we have grown from a local company to an international company that now has it's own label - Duty Apparel. Under the Duty Apparel brand we produce a variety of products such as our hi-vis load bearing MOLLE vest.
The inspiration emerged from the constant frustration of using traditional tactical vests. There just wasn’t enough space for everything you needed, the material was not waterproof, and the vests just didn’t last very long.
How could we optimize the design to improve on all those problems at once?
In short, we had identified a problem, but had no idea how to solve it. Neither of us were fashion designers! After some experimenting, we made the leap and produced a prototype. Our idea was simple – make use of the straps on the hunting vest to hold all of the pouches you could use for any purpose. It was a gamble – but it worked!
Soon enough many local hunters, people in the line of duty, and other friends and colleagues spread the product locally. Much to our surprise, we received requests from as far away as Japan, France, and New Zealand.
Without any marketing, we were well on the way to becoming a household name. The vest became a signature product, but over time we realized the custom feature was sorely needed in the uniform market. If you want to see what we can provide for your organization, contact us for a quote.
Who do we work with?
Here are a few of the organizations we have had the pleasure of working with in the past:
Here you can see some of our most recent customers around the world: