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Interview with Richard Elder of Beyond Clothing

Richard Elder in known in the industry for being the project officer for the team that developed the PCU, the protective combat uniform. A breakthrough technological improvement that has become the foundation of modern high performance and expeditionary clothing systems.

Now at Beyond Clothing since its acquisition by 5.11. Richard Elder formerly served as the executive director of Smith Optics Elite Division, where he led the development of the ballistic eye-wear program. Prior to Smith Optics, Elder spent 10 years as a US Federal Program Manager, developing equipment in support of the United States Special Operation Command. Prior to, he attained the rank of Sergeant and later, Captain, completing his tour in 2001 within the 75th Ranger Regiment, United States Special Operations Command. Elder also served in the United States Army for seven years as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rick and spend time with his team while visiting the Beyond headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Topics covered:

  • PCU
  • Manufacturing Capabilities
  • Tier 1 Customers Requirements
  • Combat Clothing vs. Expeditionary Clothing
  • Tactical Companies vs Outdoor Companies
  • Supporting SOF
  • A diverse customer base
  • Developing for the next challenge
  • Integration between clothing and gear
  • Next stage for mission clothing
  • System vs. Garments
  • Softshell
  • Kyros
  • Lutra Fabric

 

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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.

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