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SHOT 2023 | Outdoor Research Pro

Outdoor Research displayed the new Allies clothing line; a TAA compliant layering system that mirrors their Berry Compliant manufacturing capability.

Allies Colossus Parka

The Colossus Parka and pants offer a versatile mix of insulation and wind resistance are available in ranger green, coyote and Multicam. The construction seems to be well executed and there is a high degree of attention to detail. The zippers are high quality and there is some material similar to waffle top in areas next to the skin.

Outdoor Research OR Pro Colossus Allies

The loop field on both shoulders features their new OR Pro logo, which helps in toning down the “tacticalness” of the jacket when not wearing any patches or insignia.

Outdoor Research OR Pro Colossus Allies  The jacket is made with AscentShell™ 3L, 100% nylon 70D plainweave with 100% polyester 30D knit backer. This combo seems to be a good recipe for making it a very wearable jacket both stateside and overseas.


Allies Mountain Jacket

New OR Pro MuzzleBrake 

Many years ago OR launched a hot weather combat ensemble which was featured here on UrbanSurvivorBlog.
Soon, using the same MuzzleBrake nomenclature, they will be launching a new combat set with some interesting features.

Allies Microgravity Jacket

This jacket seems to be a very promising Level 4 hardshell.

MuzzleBrake Field Shirt

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MuzzleBrake Softshell Jacket

This hybrid jacket features the sleeves and shoulder of a combat top but the core of a classic soft-shell jacket.

SeaTac Pants

SHOT 2023 | Maztech X Magpul

The inaugural products of the commercially available X4 line will provide sensor and information fusion that enhance awareness and support precise weapons employment. Maztech’s X4-Fire Control System (X4-FCS™) will pair your low-powered variable optic with a visual display that shows range, ballistic data, rounds remaining and other important information. The electronic round counter will offer both powered and unpowered transmission of your ammunition status to the X4-FCS™ and other off-rifle displays of your choosing.

Magpul Maztec HUD Head Up Display Rifle Scope Smart Riflescope Range Finder Magpul Maztec HUD Head Up Display Rifle Scope Smart Riflescope Range Finder


SHOT 2023 | SureFire

Sure Fire X300T Turbo

650 Lumen | 66000 Candela | $369

Surefire X300T Turbo 66000 Candela

Sure Fire XSC

SureFire XSC Finally Here

Sure Fire Turbo Scout Light Pro

700 Lumen | 100000 Candela | $ 399

SureFire Turbo Scout Light Pro 100000 Candela

Benchmade 945BK-1 Mini Osborne | An EDC Classic

The Benchmade Mini Osborne is an EDC classic, compact but versatile folder with a reverse tanto blade made of S30V steel.

Continuing the 20th anniversary celebration for one of Benchmade’s most iconic designs, the 940 Osborne family expands to include the long-awaited mini variation. The 945BK-1 Mini Osborne upholds the same unique styling of the 940, while scaling down the overall profile. Sporting the classic reverse tanto blade shape in CPM-S30V and a black G10 with a blue baselayer handle. The Mini Osborne is the perfect accomplice to the full-size counterparts.


BLADE LENGTH – 2.92” | 7.42cm
BLADE THICKNESS – 0.104” | 2.642mm
OPEN – 6.76” | 17.17cm
CLOSED – 3.84” | 9.754cm
WEIGHT – 2.19oz | 62.09g
HANDLE THICKNESS – 0.41” | 10.287mm

The Mini Osborne retails for $205.00, find it here: Benchmade 945BK-1 Osborne

Complex Problems Require Elegant Solutions | Tiger Stripe Survival Kit Edition

The History Behind the Beyond Clothing Corday Jacket

One of the goals of Beyond Clothing, other than making awesome expeditionary clothing systems, is to become an enabler for those that “stand for what they believe in”. This mindset, often shared among their customer basis, is not really something new. Selflessness and wanting to be part of something bigger than yourself is a culture that has very old roots. Those that sacrifice for a greater value usually don’t do it for the glory and often times their story isn’t even told in their lifetime. Since many of these stories have common traits to contemporary conflicts and injustices it is important to understand them and to learn from the sacrifice of those that have come before us. This is one of them.


The K5 – Women’s Corday Jacket takes its name from Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d’Armont, more commonly known simply as Charlotte Corday. Charlotte’s place in history comes from the French Revolution. She’s most recognized for the act of killing leading pundit Jean-Paul Marat while he was in the bathtub for inciting violence and radicalizing the movement.

Charlotte completely shook up the public perception of what a woman was capable of, and stood by her actions and the beliefs that motivated them. After being sentenced to death, she asked that her likeliness be painted for posterity first, adding, “To save your country means not noticing what it costs.” We can only assume that if she had a pair of sunglasses, they would’ve been slowly slid on at this point.

The Corday Jacket is many things: a technical softshell, a warm winter layer, an active-use tool, and a rather stylish piece if we do say so ourselves. At its core, however, it’s something more. More than an access pass to wild places, more than chic ruff-trimmed streetwear, more than a particular means to an end. It’s a statement: an embodiment of the intention to go absolutely anywhere, and stand for what you believe in.

Thyrm CellVault 18: Coming Soon

The Thyrm CellVault 18 would finally solve the issue of storage of 18650 batteries that are now becoming more popular.

Early Morning/ Evening Weighted Trail Run

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Weighted trail running, just before the sun rises or as the sun is setting is one of the most releveling moments before/after a long day at work. This is how we like to do it.

The Beyond Clothing K2 Celeris Pullover provides enough warmth for the beginning of the run during (especially during those chilly mornings) without overheating throughout the entire duration of the activity. The material of this pullover wicks sweat away from the skin extremely effectively and the addition of the hood and long zipper allows for a bit of thermal regulation. There is a small zippered pocket on the sleeve, perfect for storing keys and cash.

Speaking of the zipper: it’s flat enough so that it doesn’t get pushed in the skin by the plate carrier. But if there is even a slim chance of this happening, the addition of the First Spear 10×12 Padded Plate Backer provides a good clearance to eliminates it. These plate backers are extremely comfortable and provide cushioning.

A minimalist slick plate carrier allows to apply a level 4 or level 5 if wind/rain protection on top. Made by FROG.PRO, this Defender Low Visibility Plate Carrier allows to have slick front while keeping some storage of essential items on the elastic cummerbunds. The [not] camo Black Multicam is discreet while keeping the tactical flare. An extremely comfortable system also scalable via the application of front panels. The shoulder straps are thin enough not to stand out when encountering fellow runners on the trail but still very comfortable. The plate pouches are well sized and provide enough adjustment to secure the plates and therefore avoid any unwanted movement during exercise.

The loop field in the front and rear is ideal for applying a signaling light, especially for country roads. In this instance we have applied a Unity Tactical SPARK marking light.

Also from First Spear are the moisture wicking performance briefs an essential piece of clothing as the hot summer gets closer.

The training plates are the Team Wendy ESAPI non-ballistic training plates and come in the size of 8.75” x 11.75”  with a weight of 5 lbs each. These are ideal if in the area you are exercising are not allowed to wear ballistic plates. The multicurve design makes the extremely comfortable, especially to those steel single curve (or even worse: flat) plates.

Oakley SI Speed Jackets provide protection to bugs and branches. The low profile of this model is ideal for high intensity use while still offering a decent protection to the eye. It’s better to be called nerds than become cyclops on a run.

The Princeton Tec Remix Pro our favorite headlamp for trail running because of its 300 Lumen white light and its low signature red light. The Streamlight ProTac 1L-AA is a  very light weight but powerful enough handheld flashlight, particularly suited for a trail run.

OR Snow Show 2020 | Matbock

Innovation, a word thrown around in many industries, should I say it has almost lost its meaning? Not as bad as “gamechanger” for sure.
Well, there are few companies in this space to which this term truly belongs. Matbock is certainly one of them.
Without any affiliation with the company I can say that every year I look forward to seeing what they have been working on and they always surpass the expectations.

Most of their products could be categorized simple but clever. Their process? With a lot of experience under their belt they provide solutions to problems that top tier operators have with an extremely direct development process. Sometimes some very specific solutions appear strange to all of us that are not in that community because we are not even aware of the existence of the problem.

Now they are expanding to other industries, analyzing the problems that are similar to those of the SOF space, by tailoring products for various applications.

The Cobra Sled

This casualty carry system has been showed us last year at SHOT and is now being looked at closely by the SAR community.

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Graverobber Medical System

Developed in conjunction with CRO Medical, the Graverobber medical system is a customizable mission specific medical kit that allows the medic to swiftly carry and easily manage the medical assets allocated to the team without excessive redundancy that may hinder the operation.

This is basically a modular and scalable system based around a different types of packpacks designed to be used individually or in a system. The Graverobber allows to carry a mountaineering-style ruck near the objective and, once in the proximity of the objective, to detach the assault medic bag for the more kinetic and dynamic part of the mission. All while the surgical ans/or sustainment pack remains with the element that has established an holding point from which further medical assistance can be provided.

Inside the sustainemnt pack the inserts can be detached and used individually to provide medical assistance to multiple casualties in multiple locations.

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Skeeter Patch

The internal of each patch is a super absorbent anti-microbial lining for deet or any other anti-bug spray. The absorbent liner will hold the bug spray for hours to prevent insects from bother you or from you spraying some of these very harmful chemicals onto your body directly.

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Travel Kit

Made of MATBOCK Ghost Heavy Material, these pouches are light, strong and hydrophobic.
Toiletry bag: exploded shampoo? No problem.
Shoes bag: trail run with mud, need to quickly pack and go to work? No problem.

… you get the point.

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