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SOFIC 2018 | Mystery Ranch

Mystery Ranch has updated the military line of packs introducing key features for the future and current battlefield applications.
Non IR-Reflective zippers are now common on all packs within the military line.
New safer and more rapid attachment points and harnesses for airborne operations.

SOFIC 2018 | Leupold

LTO Tracker HD Thermal Viewer

The new LTO-Tracker HD uses 2nd generation thermal sensor detects heat out to 750 yards.

SOFIC 2018 | Gerber

Empower Auto Opening Knife

   

US-Assist S30V (Assisted Opening) and Empower in Black with Stonewash Blade (Auto)

A very interesting low-vis piece, the MINI COVERT AUTO
COYOTE BROWN, BLACK BLADE, FINE EDGE
Automatic Opening Knife

 

Crisis Hook Knife

 

Strap Cutter

SOFIC 2018 | Matbock

The Sheath

This belt features a retractable 4000 lbs Kevlar lanyard with Dyneema stitching. The thin profile of the belt allows the belt to be worn through the belt loops of most combat pants, for a safe use even when leg harnesses are not worn.

Team Wendy and Ops Core Helmet Skins

MATBOCK Skins are a multi-layer adhesive/fabric laminate designed to give the user the ability to camouflage any surface desired. The Skins are waterproof and oil resistant, can be reused multiple times and are certified Near IR Compliant.

LIFT Ladder + Carbon Poles

 

S-LIFT + Carbon Poles

At 6.5 feet long, the stretcher is long enough to accommodate all operators and has a maximum carrying capacity of 400 lbs for both the operator and his/her gear. The stretcher has 5 handles per side to give each team a multitude of configurations for carrying a downed man. When paired with the Combat Carbon Poles (sold separately), you get the lightest semi-rigid expedient medical litter / stretcher available at only 3.5 lbs total weight. Combat Carbon Poles found here

Additionally, the litter collapses and zips together to form an essential multipurpose lightweight bag for operators to collect items such as Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Material or gear from a downed man. The bag is augmented with a single adjustable strap for easy carry when loaded, a drawstring to secure the bag contents, and is small enough to fold up and be stored in a cargo pocket.

Packs + Plate Carriers

 

SOFIC 2018 | Beyond Clothing A3 – ALPHA LOCHI JACKET

The A3 Lochi Jacket is designed for active use in cold environments, and is reversible for low-profile use in urban environments. Polartec® Alpha® Insulation transfers moisture away from the body to keep you dry and warm, while the DWR treated nylon ripstop shell protects you from wind and rain. Light, highly compressible, breathable, and fast drying, the A3 Lochi Jacket is a low-profile alternative to the A3 Alpha Jacket.

Details:

  • Reversible
  • Insulated hood
  • Left Internal/Right External chest pocket
  • Hand Pockets
  • Highly compressible
  • Berry Complient

Materials:

  • 40D Nylon Ripstop with DWR
  • Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 80g

Benefits:

  • Breathable
  • Water-Resistant
  • Wind-Resistant

Weight: 16.0 oz.

Explorer Cases 15416 | The Longest Rifle Case

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The Explorer Cases 15416 is the longest rifle hard case available on the market and is able to carry an assembled .50 caliber sniper rifle. Due to the construction process and the due to the properties of the copolymer polypropylene, the case is rigid and provides protection along all axis of the content, despite the very generous dimensions.

Mechanical strength is one of the most important aspects with such a long case. In order to protect and maintain zero and POA/POI during transportation the case has to keep its rigidity without compromising transportability with excessive weight. The balance between ribbing and the polymer compound delivers a great result even with these dimensions.

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The protective hard case is a vital element in equipment transportation, protection and storage. The very close relationship between hard cases and firearms revolves around the key concept of having the firearms stored and protected in order to be combat-effective when taken out and utilized, even with minimal preparation.
One of the advantages of these protective solutions is that environmental effects do not alter the status of firearm during transport or storage. In the past, due to technological limitations, the ability to stored assembled rifles was compromised in some instances; for example, .50 BMG precision rifles or even sniper rifles with suppressors already attached (direct thread for example).

Wider Latches with Safe Button

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The larger dimensions require a more secure locking and sealing system, hence the wider latches with the addition of a safe button. To ensure the maximum protection and sealing consistency the case features 6 latches, 4 on the longer edge and 1 per each side.

Reinforced Hinges

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The four hinges are heavily reinforce and, despite the large dimension of the case, provide a smooth and unimpeded opening, even after being exposed to dusty or sandy environments. The case, when opened  while empty, does not tip.

Carrying Handles 

 

The 15416 case was designed specifically for platforms that are most likely going to be heavier; consequently the carrying method needs to be effective for the user without obstructing the operating procedures of the case. The dimension, position and build quality of the handles featured by Explorer Cases are functional and comfortable.

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Self-Lubricating Wheels

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The inherent nature of this case is to efficiently carry weapon platforms that usually require disassembly or two man operation. The wheels of the 15416 are oversize and provide, in conjunction with the rigidity of the case, a very effective carrying solution on all sorts of terrain, despite the heavy load.

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IWA 2018 | FROG.PRO

Sea Dragon Plate Carrier

The Sea Dragon plate carrier designed for divers and for maritime operations.

Retrofit Quick Release Cummerbunds for LC-Hagakure

New Iteration of  LC-Kusazuri Belt Cover-MD

The addition of a silicon strip provides retention and grip on clothing and equipment. This addition renders rainy shooting session while wearing a hardshell much more comfortable and efficient.

New line of pouches
Top Row (left to right):
– Pistol-1-VF, single
– General Purpose-VF
– Multi-1-EOT, single
– Pistol-SMG-1-EOT, single

Bottom Row (left to right):
– Multi-1-Pistol-VF, single
– Multi-1-General Purpose-VF, single
– Multi-2-EOT, single
– Multi-1-Pistol-EOT, single

   

New functional packaging from FROG.PRO
Laser-Cut organizer for gear storing and heavy duty zip locked bag.

ADEFT URBANICA P/01

An EDC – Commuter proposal from FROG.PRO that incorporates some of the features of the tactical and military lines into a more design-based bag.
The interior provides organizational capabilities via a Laser Cut panel and is protected by waterproof zippers. The outer portion offers a multitude of attachment options via the signature FROG.PRO laser cut pattern and utilizes a very clever material for providing a subtle and low-key look, without compromising the safety of the commuter (possibly on a bike).
The ADEFT URBANICA features a QR buckle for easy access and release.

IWA 2018 | Team Wendy

EXFIL® Ballistic SL Helmet

Helmet shown with:
– EXFIL® Ballistic Ear Covers
– EXFIL® Ballistic Visor

Ear Covers Ballistic Performance:
NIJ Level IIIA (according to NIJ STD 0108.01 / 0101.06; stops 9mm FMJ RN, .357 SIG FMJ FN, and .44 Magnum SJHP)

Visor Ballistic Performance:
Exceeds impact, fragmentation and optical requirements of Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) Class 2 in accordance with MIL-PRF-32432(GL), 9 January 2013
MCEP requirements include meeting ANSI Z87.1 2010

The EXFIL® Ballistic Visor with ESS Lens Technology is a low profile, lightweight visor system that mounts quickly and tool-free to the front section of the EXFIL® SL Rail. It quickly adjusts into three preset positions (down, up and stowed back), and provides clearance for NVG mounts when in the stowed position. Frame available in Black, Coyote Brown and Ranger Green.

 

Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic 

Helmet in the picture below shown in Multicam colorway set up with:
– EXFIL® Peltor™ Headset Adapter
– EXFIL® Oxygen Mask Strap Kit
– CORE Survival Helstar strobe
– MOHOC Helmet Camera.

EXFIL® Carbon Helmet spottet at the Princeton Tec booth

EXFIL® SAR TACTICAL

The EXFIL® SAR is the first purpose built Search and Rescue helmet to provide tactical accessory mounting capabilities, including a standard NVG shroud, while meeting key industrial and mountaineering performance standards. The EXFIL® SAR Tactical is optimized for use with night vision devices, it features a machined aluminum Wilcox® NVG shroud. The helmet also includes a 4-point CAM FIT™ retention system with chin cup for optimal stability and a Boa® Closure System to dial in precise fit adjustment while providing single-handed quick release.

IWA 2018 | Beyond Clothing: Mission

Enforce Tac – IWA 2018 brought the opportunity to meet the team behind Beyond Clothing and allowed us to get our hands on their garments.

A3 Active Insulation

The midweight performance layers can be worn as insulation layers or stand alone outer garments, depending on the environment, These lightweight loft and flees layers are breathable, packable,and highly wind-resistant.

A3 – Alpha Lochi Jacket (Reversible)

This jacket comes in two colorways: Navy/Grey (as show in the photos below) and Black/Multicam

Materials:
– 40D Nylon Ripstop with DWR
– Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 80g

A3 – Alpha Sweater

This garment comes in four colorways: Coyote, Black, Grey and Multicam

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Materials:
– 40D Nylon Ripstop with DWR
– Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 80g

A5 Softshells

A5 Softshells layers are designed to protect the user against wind and rain during active use. These outer layers are built out of an extremely breathable, 4-way stretch material that allows for excellent mobility, high durability and protection from the elements.

A5 – Stretch Alpha Sweater

Available in Grey, Navy and Ranger Green

Materials:
– Tweave® Durastretch® Nylon with DWR
– 3.2 oz. Polartec® Power Grid® Fleece
– Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 60g

A5 – Rig Softshell Pants

Available in Multicam, Coyote and Black

Material:
– Fleece Laminated Tweave® Durastretch® Softshell with DWR

A9 Uniforms

Built with the mission in mind, the A9 uniform garments are designed to perform in a variety of conditions. The A9 suite is constructed with durable NYCO Ripstop to endure the harshest terrain.

A9C – Cold Weather Mission Shirt

Materials:
– 6.6 oz. Polartec® Power Grid™
– Fleece Laminated Tweave® Durastretch® with DWR

A9-E Equatorial Mission Pants

Materials:
-Lightweight, 3.8 oz. Nylon Ripstop with No-Fly Zone® and MCS

A9-A – Advanced Mission Pant

Available in Multicam and Woodland

Materials:
– No Melt, No Drip NYCO Ripstop
– Tweave® Durastretch® with DWR

Element System

Designed to be highly adaptable, the Element System features lightweight, hydrophobic fabrics that offer unparalleled moisture management and breathability. Mesh pocket openings through the system allow for fast and quiet pocket draining when working in or around water.

A9 – Element Pant

Materials:
– Tweave® Durastretch® with DWR
– XPG Superfabric® on stretch Cordura®
– Brushed Mesh Pockets

Enforce Tac 2018 | First Spear

First Spear “Browler” and “Scrap” Ops Shirts
FR Defender
Nano Mesh Venting
Heavyweight (Browler)
Lightweight (Scrap)

Squadron Smock – ACM Mid 400

Stalker Vest – ACM Warm 600

Asset – Technical Field Shirt – ACM Base 100

Wind Cheater

Enforce Tac 2018 | Extrema Ratio

 The Extrema Ratio manufactures four models of concealable neck or belt mounted knives that are very interesting for applications in urban environments. The four variants are N.K.1, N.K.2, N.K.3 and N.K.3 K (K stands for Kerambit). These fixed blade knives are made with BöHLER N690 steel (60HRC) and with a MIL-C-13924 burnishing surface finish (for the black version). The Extrema Ratio Neck Knives are available in Black, Desert Warfare and Stone Wash. For belt mounting solutions separately purchasable accessories are available from Extrema Ratio.

Enforce Tac 2018 | Explorer Cases

Explorer Cases 15416

With an internal length of 1540 mm (60 5/8 in) this is case is able to store an protect a fully assembled .50 BMG, while still offering the same functionalities of a high-end gun case.

MUB (Multi Utility Box)

This weather resistant case is designed to be a logistically practical and efficient solution for transporting and storing equipment that can better withstand exposure to the elements: therefore it doesn’t offer the same degree of protection from weather or impacts and it comes at a very interesting price. The MUB is offered in two sizes and features multiple carrying methods, including wheels and drag-handle. In our opinion this case is ideal for soft goods and any type of equipment that is voluminous and less fragile that precision instruments or optics. This would be a perfect storing / transporting solution for plate carriers, helmets and gun belts.

Explorer Cases 3005 (Pistol Case)

Enforce Tac 2018 | UF PRO

Striker HT Combat Pants in Multicam Black

 

P-40 TAC-2 Pants

 The P-40 TAC-2 are designed to allow the use of a drop-leg holster for a sidearm while still maintaining access and storage volume of pockets.

Striker HT Combat Pants in Multicam

Enforce Tac 2018 | Revision

Revision Caiman

In the past few months we have received many private inquiries on tactical bump helmets with protective mandibles for first responders. In some instances, especially outside of the United States, transporting and storing ballistic helmets requires special documentation and further bureaucracy; this could therefore be a sufficient solution for those activities that require a certain amount of protection, modularity of accessory and op flexibility.

 

Enforce Tac 2018 | SAM Medical

SAM XT Tourniquet

SAM XT’s TRUFORCE Buckle technology auto-locks to eliminate nearly all tourniquet slack by incorporating innovative baseline force control, activating locking prongs.

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MAGPUL® SUPPRESSOR COVER – 5.5″

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Magpul has released a new product which aims at bringing a practical solution to a long unresolved issue that professional users have, suppressor overheat.

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The Magpul Suppressor Cover – 5.5” is the first product of its kind able to stand up to the extreme temperatures caused by extended strings of semiautomatic and automatic fire to protect the user and equipment against burns while also speeding up the cooling process. Constructed of a heat-resistant polymer sleeve overlaid onto a raised stainless steel heat shield that mounts directly to the suppressor body with steel clamps, the Magpul Suppressor Cover – 5.5” minimizes heat transfer to keep external cover temperatures up to 1000 degrees F cooler than the surface of the suppressor and allows cooling airflow across the can. Additionally, it serves as an enhanced thermal insulator and signature reduction device, significantly mitigating mirage distortions to the shooter’s sight picture, reducing the likelihood of impact damage to the suppressor body, and lessening the chance of accidental heat-related injury or damage to personnel or equipment during weapon firing and cool down. Optimized for 1.5” outer diameter round suppressors with a body length of approximately 5.5” (not including attachment hardware / interface) such as the Surefire SOCOM556-RC2.  Other lengths are in the works and are coming soon.

 

Made in U.S.A.

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FEATURES

  • Extreme temperature protection that mitigates internal suppressor temperatures to safe levels
  • Minimizes retained heat, allowing faster cooling than any other suppressor cover technology
  • Reduces thermal signature of host firearm
  • Mitigates mirage effects in sight picture
  • Two stainless steel clamps provide a strong, rigid and reliable interface capable of sustained firing sessions and rough handling
  • High temp polymer sleeve withstands brutal suppressor temperatures during extended periods of firing without deterioration
  • High strength corrosion resistant stainless steel heat shield

Stay tuned for additional information and closeups pictures of the Suppressor Cover from SHOT Show 2018.

Images and description from Magpul.com

TERG Daypack 3Way in Multicam Black

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Stay tuned for the full review.

Explorer Cases 9413 | Review

Hard cases have become an effective tool in equipment and valuable protection; in certain industries, for example expedition photography, it has been a vital necessity for sustaining the lifespan of fragile instruments in harsh environments.

With the development and expansion of industries and activities which involve the use, transportation or storage of valuable and expensive equipment there has been a growing need for an effective and reliable system that could provide this degree of protection.
When it comes to the firearm industry there is also a fourth factor that corroborates the need of a hard case: the security. Whether it is for travel for a match or tactical training away from home, for staying overnight in a hotel, or simply for raising the level of security of a truck gun the implementation of a tool such as a hard case could mean the difference between a gun in the hands of a good guy and a gun in the hands of a bad guy.

This contemporary firearm training [nomad] lifestyle that involves a much more dynamic and mobile approach to tactical training, in which users often times move domestically in the US requires a high degree of protection, security and practicality. A tool such as a high quality hard case becomes almost as a “mobile safe”.

Because of the extremely high quality standards, Explorer cases are able to sustain the shift of action from an everyday “urban” approach of protection from iniquitous acts to the conventional protective purpose from the elements out in the field; which is the actual origin of this type of case.
Depending on type of use, time of exposure and other key climatic factors, the field can be an extremely demanding environment to which only very few quality-focused cases can withstand.

The gasket’s design is usually a noticeable failure point for water-tightness; in order to overcome this possible issue, Explorer, has focused on the manufacturing process rather than the design itself. Instead of utilizing the ubiquitous rubber-polymer tube of which the connection point could potentially be the weakest point, they have implemented a system that extrudes a foam-like material directly into the gasket housing. This innovative manufacturing process has proven to be effective and reliable.


The IP67 waterproofness rating and the fact that it is retained without compromise throughout the lifespan of the case is directly related to the ruggedness of this gasket design, compared also to the weaker hollow-tube design.
Temperatures play a key role in the longevity of a gasket or sealant and Explorer does not utilize rubberized material O-ring or glue. As the temperature is decreased the rubber passes from a soft (easily deformed) and elastic state to a more rigid state and finally to a brittle glass-like condition. On the other hand glues tend to a detachment process when reaching higher temperatures, as well as freeze towards glaciation.

The water tightness is achieved also through an intrinsically mechanical strength of the closure design. The latches are sized to obtain a strong, secure and constant pressure along the perimeter between the case and the lid. Despite this the opening and closing process are facilitated mainly by two factors: the double-action of the mechanism (with two pivotal points) and the relatively large surface of the latch.


The hinges mechanism is reliable and the action is smooth and repeatable.
The hinges are designed to optimize the efficiency on the field by opening up to 90Deg and by staying open without the necessity of two-hand manipulation. Unlike other products on the market, the Explorer case does not tip over when opened empty…
Differently from similar products on the market, once closed, the Explorer cases latches do not make any [annoying] noise, which (even though it is not carried into direct combat action) is still, in our opinion, inappropriate in a “Tactical” weapons case.


One aspect in which we really wanted to focus was the tolerances between the parts of the assembly. The very high grade of precision in the dimensions of the lid, main case and metal rod protects the mechanism from any external agent, even after prolonged use in dusty and sandy environments.
The smoothness of the hinge mechanism is usually a substantial differentiation between high quality cases and less quality after some use in the field.


The case is provided with three handles, a primary, larger, and two secondary smaller. The handles are well built and very durable, the injection-molded polymer is tough and does not bend under the heavy load of firearms. Explorer produces all hinges with extreme accuracy; even after prolonged field use, with the case exposed to the elements, the movement of the handle is solid and repeatable, and the metal rod does not show weak points or corrosion. Even after the testing and evaluation process the handles stay in position, which is an explicit indication of quality.

The two secondary handles locate at the exact opposite side from each other provide a very comfortable two-men carrying solution, especially with heavier weapon systems. Of course with the 9413 one could only fit enough items, but with the larger models this feature could be vital.


In the central portion of the case, between the primary-handle attaching points, are located the air valve and the luggage nametag. The manual pressure release valve is a key component for operation with variable barometric excursion. The valve is designed with an internal stop ring, for preventing the user from overrunning it and completely extract it.
The nametag is protected by a translucent polymer shield and is only accessible when the case is open.


Four latches are located relatively to the four hinges of the case. Next to the four latches are positioned four padlock-able points, and with two of them being metal plated there is the possibility to safely lock the case with either standard padlocks or TSA approved ones. Explorer offers three different padlocks, a combination, a heavy-duty brass with key and TSA-approved. The combination padlock is designed with the chamfering of the edge inherently constructed in the dimensions, covering the entire pin (for enhanced security from tools such as bolt cutters) as well as tightly securing it and preventing it from swinging, which may be causing noise.

The case is provided with ball bearing wheels that enable a more comfortable and effective transportation of heavier items. The wheels are exposed enough to allow the case to be pulled from a wide range of angles, but the overall dimensional extremities still allow the case to stand in the upright position very solidly, even when loaded with firearms. The wheels are designed to be utilized also for pulling the case from a horizontal surface with an extremely low angle; this provides a high level of mobility when loading or unloading weapons from trucks of vehicles.
Even after carrying the case in all types of terrains for several months, the wheels spin smoothly and freely, do not show any stress point or failure points, and are still very silent.


The foam insert set consist of a convoluted panel for the lid, two pre-cubed sections and a thin stabilizing layer for the body. The pre-cubed foam allows for a high degree of customization by the user and seems to withstand weight and time.


As for the material utilized the main case sections are manufactured from an injection molded copolymer Polypropylene compound, which seems to have a good balance between rigidity and elasticity, for maximum toughness and protection. Throughout the heat of the summertime, the case has not shown any brittleness from the extensive direct sunlight exposure.


On the bottom side of the case are located eight rubberized feet for better stability both on surfaces and for stacking.
The Explorer Cases 9413 comes in three color-ways: Black, Desert Sand and Military Green, all available with or without the foam insert.

Below are some details and specifications:
Internal Dimensions:
Length: 939 mm | 36.97 in.
Width: 352 mm | 13.85 in.
Depth: 137 mm | 5.40 in.
Lid: 43 mm | 1.69 in.
Base: 94 mm | 3.70 in.

External Dimensions:
Length: 989 mm | 38.94 in.
Width: 415 mm | 16.34 in.
Depth: 157 mm | 6.18 in.
Weight (empty): 6.70 Kg
Weight (with foam): 7.70 Kg

 

For more details please visit: ExplorerCases.com

Blackhawk!® Cyane Dynamic Backpack | Review

The assault pack has become widely popular in the last years because of its versatility in very dynamic applications such as direct action. The main function of this platform is to provide an augmentation of carriage to the user without compromising speed and efficiency. Because the environments in which the current asymmetrical wars are fought are usually very confined and hostile it is mandatory for the operator on the field to be as agile and unrestricted as possible, we are therefore experiencing an evolution in equipment in which compact, slick and efficient designs are prominent.

The category of direct action assault pack has morphed into a carrying system that varies in volume from the size of a Camelbak® to a maximum of 30 liter (usually and in theory). The main function of an assault pack is to allow the user to carry either supplemental combat essential equipment or lower-priority items without compromising mobility.

This type of equipment has gained a lot of traction also in the non-operative world due to the mythicization of “high speed” special operation forces in popular culture. Nevertheless the function of such a system is to allow the user to carry extra essential equipment into theater and to be utilized as a site exploitation bag if need arises.

Because of its essential nature the Blackhawk! Cyane Dynamic Pack is not provided with an internal rigid structure but it features a sheet of flexible polymer, of which the main purpose is to hold shape when the pack is empty.

The design of the pack focuses on the efficiency of movement and operation of the user; the narrow design and the ability to attach it directly to a plate carrier render this pack even more compact and volumetrically low profile.

Despite the very compact size, the pack is comprised of 5 separate pockets, which define the high level of usability of the pack. Because it is extremely vital, in dynamic environments, to be able to quickly and efficiently access essential gear, this feature is highly valuable.

In the upper area is locate the routing port for hydration and comms, which makes it convenient for ambidextrous use.

The numerous attachment points on the outer portion of the pack allow for external attachment. It could be said that is even possible to securely attach more equipment on the outside that it is possible to stow it inside.

The Cyane Dynamic Pack is provided with various sections of PALS webbing. Four main areas are spread throughout the outer surface of the pack: two lateral sections (7 rows x 3 columns each side) and two frontal sections (on the top 3 rows x 3 columns | on the bottom 3 x 4 columns). The size and position of the PALS panels allow to capitalize the area available with, for example, two or more ammo pouches.

During night MTB rides, and for signaling in general, we have secured on this surface red and green Chemlights or Nitizes on the respective side. The loop panel on the 3 x 3 PALS section is extremely useful for attaching S&S Precision V-Lites or Manta Strobes. It could also fit the CORE Survival HELSTAR 6 but because of its larger size and weight we don’t recommend it.

The shoulder straps are provided with copious attachment points, both vertically and horizontally, allowing the user to attach items like Princeton Tec light, strobes and of course hydration tubes.

 

The sternum strap can be moved vertically in order to accommodate most body types. The padding of the shoulder straps is extremely comfortable while maintaining a very low profile. Usually comfort comes at the expense of size, in this case Blackhawk! was able to manage a good balance between the two.


Since the pack can be directly mounted to a plate carrier via Pals/Molle, the shoulder straps are removable. In order to attach the pack directly it is necessary remove the padded back-panel.

The inner portions of the pack are very minimal in design and material, the only internal organization available it the mesh pocket for hydration which is voluminous enough to accommodate up to a 3L reservoir.

The beavertail design allows the user to expand the size for storing items like rain gear, helmets or even tripods. With a very secure 6 points attachment the beavertail section can be tighten and released via QD buckles and webbing. When not expanded the beavertails “pocket” collapses and can be really reduced in footprint via adjustment points. The beavertail design effectively secures the equipment carried, this portion could be utilized as a secondary site exploitation carriage if need arises.

The inner portion of the backpack can accommodate more sensible material, like night vision and thermal; while the more exposed and more accessible pockets can be utilized for IFAK or medical kits in general.

The size and nature of this pack could be very suitable for transporting extra equipment during quick night hunting sorties.

The layout above displays the equipment that we utilize for night mountain biking in very rural areas. Everything shown is either worn or carried in the Cyane Dynamic Pack.

We have been using this pack since last spring and the quality of construction is on point where it needs to be. We would define “efficient” the quality of material and craftsmanship because it provides very good durability while maintaining a relatively light weight and a very competitive price point. The material used for the pack are Multicam® certified CORDURA® fabric and 500 rip stop fabric.

For a pack with this kind of design and volumetric capacity we have found some interesting applications that go beyond the operative theater, from hiking and mountain biking to climbing.

Overall, this backpack has a great potential for this industry. The average “tactical” user lives his daily life with a mindset that is tightly connected to efficiency and practicality; with this pack, because of its size and design it is possible to apply that same mentality and mindset of preparedness also to sports and outdoor activities in general. The Cyane Dynamic Pack is also available in solid colors for a more settle presence (Black, Coyote Tan, OD, Ranger Green and Urban Grey).

Blackhawk also produces a slicker version that does not have PALS webbing panels on the front and on the sides: the Cyane™ Stealth Pack. It also comes without the direct attachment to the plate carrier.

We appreciate the opportunity given by Blackhawk! to review this product.

Outdoor Research Infiltrator Waterproof Jacket | Review

Outdoor Research manufactures, without a doubt, some of the finest textile products in the outdoor industry. The Seattle-based company has mainly built its  brand around the climbing, mountaineering and exploring community; and is now gradually increasing traction also in  the tactical-military apparel market.

In the past OR, has manufactured gloves, beanies, hats, bivies and other products specifically oriented for the tactical industry. At SHOT Show 2017 we have covered the launch of a new line of tactical apparel(LINK), designed to be extremely versatile thanks to a modular layering system.

The first garment that has been released is the outer hard shell, the Infiltrator jacket.
Compared to a PCU (or Protective Combat Uniform) the Infiltrator jacket would be a level 6, which consists in a non-insulated hard-shell garment. In a PCU system the level 6 jacket and/or pant should be worn both with and without insulation underneath as it is designed to provide water protection both in warm and cold environments, as well as during both dynamic and static activities.

As we all know, insulation and warmth come at the expense of size and bulkiness, and therefore there is an issue with the mobility of the user, since traditional hard-shell fabric don’t provide any elasticity.

The revolutionary feature of Outdoor Research Infiltrator jacket is the GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology, which is designed to solve the previously mentioned issues.

There are two specific advantaged related to the elasticity that we have experienced in the testing process: unaffected agility and ability to comfortably add layers underneath.

Unrestricted freedom of movement during high performance activities or gestures related to weapon manipulation. The GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology panels are strategically placed in high mobile areas of the body, such as the inner-arm/ armpit as well as back / lats. These key points need to anatomically be free to expand in order provide enough liberty of movement.

Usually it is possible to feel a slight impeded movement when doing ready-up drills when wearing standard waterproof jacket; if you don’t, chances are that the garment fits loosely (which may be good for mobility but not as good for bulkiness).

With the Infiltrator, those key areas are well stretched and shooting with the jacked feels the same as shooting without, which in our opinion is the ultimate goal for a “tactical” garment manufacturer.

Ability to layer even with a very athletic fit.

The strategically placed stretch fabric panels provide a close fit in warm climates in which the jacket is worn without insulated layers underneath. At the same time, the fabric can stretch and expand to accommodate voluminous insulation layers in colder environments.

Clearly visible the tension within the stretch fabric when assuming the prone position.

We appreciate the athletic cut of the Outdoor Research products; it is one of the features that differentiate their products from standard “military” manufacturers.

The background in the alpine, climbing, mountaineering and high-performance outdoor markets has brought a great level of know-how on their drawing board when designing a new tactical apparel line that would render the user’s movements as efficient as possible; we have, in fact, experienced negligible restriction of movement.

Freedom of movement, lightweight, pack-ability and durability of textiles are features that have been improving the “tactical” apparel segment and have originated within the performance-based outdoor community.

The streamlined design of the Infiltrator jacket provides higher comfort when wearing plate carriers, chest rigs or even backpacks, especially in dynamic environments.

The two areas in which we applied thoroughly testing were the sections considered to be under the most pressure when wearing a plate carrier, a backpack or a chest rig: the yoke and the shoulders.

The presence of a stretch panel in the cervical area of the neck provides a high degree of comfort and, in conjunction with the other stretch panels, keeps the yoke and shoulder areas wrinkle free under the weight of equipment. Under heavy rain, the fabric has kept waterproofing also in the areas in which pressure was directly applied.

QUICK-DRYING

As with all GORE-TEX® hard shell textiles, in warm and humid climates, the fabric has difficulty expelling moisture and heat from the inside of the garment. Therefore, we believe that quick drying is a mission essential feature that both the GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology and the “standard” all-weather GORE-TEX® Military fabric are equipped with.

HOOD

The hood was designed with a high degree of versatility in mind. It allows the user to comfortably cover the head when wearing a helmet as well as without headgear.

The “Halo-Hood” consists of a draw cord that runs the whole circumference of the head for precise adjustments and can be controlled via a cord-lock located in the occipital area of the head. The cord is enclosed in a mesh compartment sewn inside the hood, in our opinion this is a key feature if one uses tactical helmets that, equipped with lights and rails, may be caught by the hood itself.

The “Halo-Hood” provides extremely important adjustability especially if a helmet is not worn, due to the larger size of the hood in order to accommodate most helmets.

With or without headgear, the adjustments allow the user to closely secure the hood to the head; and because of the stretch panel located in the cervical area of the neck there is a large freedom movement (extension/flexion, lateral bend and especially rotation).

Vertical adjustment is provided by symmetrical draw cords accessible from the front that cinch down the hood from the temple area and are secured by cord-locks.

The helmet worn in the photos is an OpsCore helmet equipped with two S&S Precision V-Lites, a CORE Survival Helstar 6, a Princeton Tec Charge MPLS, a Princeton Tec Remix MPLS and a Oakley SI Alpha Ballistic Halo™ Goggle.

The hood provides protection to the elements even with this equipment mounted. We believe that all “tactical” oriented hard-shell should have such a feature-rich helmet.

SIDES and ARMPIT

The side of the jacket features a panel of GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology that runs from the armpit all the way to the waistline; this section mostly allows the jacket to expand when worn on top of other insulated layers. The armpit has a no-seam construction and is not equipped with vent zippers, which could become uncomfortable after wearing with backpack straps and rifle slings for a prolonged period of time.

In order to cool down the user can open two symmetrical side vents located at the 4 and 8 o’clock positions. The two YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon zippers can  be opened from the bottom, exposing the belt area or from the top, retaining a higher degree of protection from the elements with the internal storm-flap while cooling down.

The side vents can also be used to access holsters or belt mounted equipment. Shown in the photo below is a Safariland ALS holster with low-ride belt attachment.

POCKETS

The jacket features two capacious symmetrical front pocket (160 x 300 mm) that can be accessed via AquaGuard® zippers. The opening of the pockets is placed high enough in order to not interfere with harnesses or belt straps of backpacks.

The inner part of the pocket is built with a mesh fabric in order to allow the pocket to be used of venting, giving the user two different techniques for cooling down.

The materials used are undoubtedly innovative and, in our opinion, are truly going to raise the industry standard. Overall the Infiltrator jacket has been utilized for rucks, runs, hikes and for shooting and it does not show any sign of wear.

The equilibrium among freedom of movement, lightweight, durability, breathability, climatic adaptability and overall waterproofness truly render the Outdoor Research Infiltrator jacket a unique piece on the market and a must have in any environment.

The Infiltrator jacket is available both in Berry-Compliant and non Berry-Compliant version in Multicam, Coyote and Mas Grey.

For more information on the Outdoor Research Infiltrator Jacket please visit: Outdoor Research Tactical

 

 

Armi Dallera Custom | Urban Survivor 14.5″ SBR

Rifle Features

  • Caliber: .223 Rem (chambered in Wylde)
  • Barrel Length: 14.5″ with a 1 in 9 twist rate

Upper Receiver

  • Forged and machined with proprietary ADC design and manufactured with AL7075T6
  • Hard black anodized
  • Cerakoted
  • Mil-Spec
  • M4 Feedramps
  • Ambidextrous charging handle with oversized tactical latch

Lower Receiver

  • Forged and machined with proprietary ADC design and manufactured with AL7075T6
  • Hard black anodized
  • Cerakoted
  • Flared mag-well
  • Integral oversized trigger guard
  • Ambi safety selector 45 degree
  • Oversized mag release 

Barrel

  • Hammer forged
  • Nitrited
  • Heavy profile
  • 1/2 x 28 muzzle thread
  • Carbine length gas tube

Bolt and Action

  • Prismatic heavy phosphate bolt carrier group
  • DI gas system with carbine length

Handguard

  • Octagonal free float slim with full size Picatinny with diagonal cut
  • CNC machined
  • M-LOK System

Trigger

  • U.L.T.R.A. single stage trigger
  • Adjustable  2,5Lb pull

 

For more information please visit: ADCCustom.com

 

 

SilencerCo + SSVI | HK® VP9®

After collaborating with some of the most respected gunsmiths and manufacturers of the firearms industry, SilencerCo enriches the Summit program with an SSVi™ signed project.

“The HK® VP9® is an ergonomically-friendly yet classically-German pistol that combines comfort with utilitarianism. When Damon Young from SSVi™ first got his hands on one, this death metal drummer turned artisan knew he had to make it his own. The SSVi Signature Series VP9 quickly became one of their most iconic modification packages, with the lines of the VP9 lending themselves seamlessly to SSVi’s recognizable style.

SilencerCo teamed up with the self-proclaimed Modern Day Mjolnir to create one of the most iconic Summit packages to date. Not only does it feature hand crafted customization by SSVi and no-two-alike finishing by Blowndeadline – this package also includes a silencer that you can’t buy anywhere else: the Osprey 9K.

Look through the images to see for yourself how perfectly these elements came together to create one of the most unique Summit packages.”

SPECS

  • SSVi Customized Signature Series VP9
  • Blowndeadline Battleworn Matching Finish on Osprey 9K and VP9
  • SilencerCo Threaded Barrel
  • Black Nitrided 1/2×28 Piston
  • Heinie VP9 Suppressor Sights
  • Hand-Aged Ammo Can Carrying Case
  • Two Magazines
  • All HK Factory Accessories Included

MSRP: $2995

For more information please visit: SilencerCo.com/summit/ssvi

Garmin Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701

Garmin has released two new version of the very popular Foretrex wrist-mounted GPS navigator. The latest iterations are the Foretrex 601 and the Foretrex 701. What sets these models apart from the older generation is the GLONASS and Galileo satellite support (for both 601 and 701) and the included applied ballistics calculator (only for the 701 model).
The MSRP will be $249.99 USD for the Foretrex 601 and $599.99 USD for the Foretrex 701.

Both models are MIL-STD-810G compliant for thermal, shock and water protection.

Below are some of the features described by Garmin:

Multi-GNSS Navigation Includes Galileo


Both Foretrex 601 and 701 work with 3 satellite navigation reception networks, including GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, to track your position in more challenging environments than GPS alone. Explore longer — battery life exceeds 48 hours in navigation mode and lasts up to 1 week in UltraTrac mode.

Navigation Sensors Keep You on Track


To guide you on and off the beaten path, Foretrex 601 and 701 provide comprehensive navigation and tracking using GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearings, whether you’re moving or not.

The Most Accurate Ballistic Solver Available


Foretrex 701 with AB Elite software is an excellent aid for hunters and target shooters. It comes equipped with Applied Ballistics Elite software to calculate aiming solutions for long-range shooting.

For more information please visit: garmin.com/Foretrex601-701

Below is a video presentation of the new Foretex 701 from Applied Ballistics

Arc’teryx V80 Rolling Duffel

At the Outdoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Arc’teryx has showcased the new line of rolling duffels.

V80 Rolling Duffel = 3380gr / 7.5lbs

V110 Rolling Duffel = 3500gr / 7.7lbs

Triple Aught Design | Axiom X25 Pack

Adaptable, expandable and discreet, the Axiom X25 has been engineered as a flexible carry system for both daily and extended adventures on the grid.

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Clean design and a subdued aesthetic conceal the adaptability and voluminous capacity of the Axiom X25. Multiple secure pockets around the perimeter of the bag allow convenient access without opening the main body of the pack. Internally, built-in organization and strategically placed Helix anchor points allow you to tailor the bag to your requirements.
Expandable to nearly twice its regular size, the X25 is adaptable to a  diverse range of loadouts. Advanced materials keep the platform lightweight and resilient.
A formidable ally, the Axiom X25 balances capability with refined style.

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Accessible

Triple Aught Design TAD Axiom X25 Pack Urban Survivor Blog (17)Protected from the main compartment’s contents and padded for comfort against your back, an ambidextrous zippered pocket on the back panel protects flat equipment such as tablets or laptops up to 13”.

A generous front admin pocket offers multiple storage options, including an integrated admin panel, keeping everyday carry items organized and accessible.

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Organized

Inspired by the intermodal container system, the Helix (HX) attachment system provides a lightweight, modular solution for configuring storage platforms. Helix supports standardized, interconnecting modules which can be configured as fixed or railed storage, a multitude of compression and attachment options, and paneled storage configurations.

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Helix Attachment Points

The main compartment includes two rows of Helix attachment points along the back panel and one row on the front for use with a wide range of organizing accessories, including Transport Cubes, Control Panels, and Transport Sleeves.
3 rows of 2 column PALS webbing on both sides of the padded hood’s interior provides convenient, indexable access to critical gear.

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Helix Attachment Points

The expansion compartment includes 2 Helix attachment points at the top, while the front admin compartment includes 2 Helix attachment points.
Internal webbing anchor points at the bottom allow for the attachment of compression straps to secure items against the back panel.

Expandable

A zipper along the periphery allows the Axiom X25 to expand to nearly twice its normal size.
When expanded, the load lifters can be reconfigured to ensure the same comfort and stability as in the compressed mode. Compression straps on either side of the expanded panel assist in controlling the load.
When expanded, an internal divider panel may be unzipped to create one cavernous compartment. Leaving the panel in place keeps the main compartment and the expanded compartment segregated. In this configuration, the expansion compartment is accessed through a zipper running along the top of the pack.

Resilient

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Triple Aught Design TAD Axiom X25 Pack Urban Survivor Blog (23)The Axiom X25 utilizes advanced materials to create a lightweight but resilient carry system. Originally developed as a high-performance sailcloth, the shell is a durable, weather-resistant rip-stop nylon hydro-statically laminated with a structurally reinforcing scrim.

For more information on the Triple Aught Design Axiom X25 Pack please visit: tripleaughtdesign.com/Axiom-X25-Pack

Blue Force Gear | Micro Trauma Kit Now!

At SHOT Show 2017 Blue Force Gear has introduced the latest addition to their line of trauma/medical pouches. The Micro Trauma Kit Now! was developed for all applications in which a lower profile is a necessity while still carrying essential lifesaving supplies.

Like the bigger version (Urban Survivor Blog, review of the Trauma Kit Now!), the Micro Trauma Kit Now! consists of two components: the outer pouch and the removable inner supply carriage.

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The Micro TKN was designed as an EDC trauma kit for law enforcement professionals, prepared citizens, or hunters.  Deployment of critical first aid supplies can be done with one hand or a single finger from either the left or right side by pulling the BLIP featured pull tabs.  The Micro TKN consists of two main components – the outer MOLLE or Belt mounted pouch utilizing the Ten-Speed technology, and a removable insert that keeps medical supplies organized.

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The front outer pouch features a laser cut cross with several signal indicators – black insert, red, or highly reflective glow-in-the-dark insert.  The end user can decide which indicator works best for their use or leave all the inserts out for a pattern matched front for maximum concealability.

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The Micro Trauma Kit NOW!™ is available in several variations with or without medical supplies.