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.
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.
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.
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.
Right after SHOT Show 2020 Beyond Clothing exhibited at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2020 in Denver.
On display were some products intended to launch in Spring 2020 season as well as some that will be available in fall.
As always the main concept behind Beyond is not to look at the single piece of clothing by itself but to the entire clothing system, a much needed point of view in this industry. A very strong theme is also sustainability, which is becoming a very key topic in the outdoor industry, considering how the customer basis is tied with nature and how it is unaware of the environmental footprint that equipment manufacturing has.
The DNA of Beyond lays in the education on how to use the system to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness. This mindset transpires through many of the new products that they are presenting, designed to used for multiple applications.
While many companies focus on providing tailored solutions for their specific customer base (usually with few applications in mind), Beyond is catering to a much wider crowd by focusing on the only aspect that different end-users have in common: protection from the environment.
This really requires some reflection on what is actually at the core of what we are trying to do. To be able to experience a much broader spectrum of the outdoors a single $500 jacket is insufficient and, at the same time, not everyone is able to drop $2000 for an adequate system.
This is where the choice of a direct to consumer model of a system-based company is the true enabler for those that need clothing for what it intended for: a tool to protect from the elements.
Understanding whether a company operates around a system approach or a single-garment approach is not an easy task for the average consumer; often times there are subtle characteristics that differentiate the two models. It is quite easy to be attracted by the bells and whistles of a garment only to find out that by itself it is not going to help in the adventure. While, in the meantime, having blown half of the budget that was intended for the whole system.
Respecting the environment is an extremely common trend in the clothing/sporting industry. Unfortunately it is one of the most hypocritical out there.
Polymerization, treatments applied to threads and fabrics, using excessive DWR on low-quality materials and “fashion” mindset (product quickly becoming “old”) are just some of the reasons why the outdoor clothing industry is extremely polluting.
Maybe a system-based approach to clothing could help?
- Whenever something is worn-out you only need to update/fix/upgrade that single piece.
- A more modular system is more versatile and doesn’t require many climate-specific items.
- Most of the garments can be used all year (Skiing, hiking, emergency…).
It’s a sensitive topic but it’s necessary.
Both at SHOT and at OR Snow Show there was a big focus sensitizing people about protecting not only the endangered species but also the wilderness and backcountry.
New Products Coming in Fall 2020
K1 – TODRA SHORT SLEEVE CREW
The K1 – Todra Short Sleeve Crew features a blended knit jersey fabric with a sanded finish ensures a soft, velvety feel for all-day comfort. Dri-release® technology manages sweat build-up from exercise, hot days and more, and the fitted, athletic construction makes it an ideal choice for a morning run, workout, and casual wear alike.
K3 – DASCHE JACKET
The K3 – Dasche Jacket is a packable, water- and wind-resistant shell. Mapped PrimaLoft® Gold LuxeTM insulation combines the targeted warmth of a vest with the coverage of a jacket, and tightly woven quilt lines ensure full insulation loft and no
popped stitches. The unique stow-hood design eliminates the bulk of roll-up storage or the hassle of tracking a detachable hood.
A self-stowing pocket allows fast, compact storage in a pack or bag.
K3 – CLUTCH FIELD LINER
The K3 – Clutch Field Liner is a robust layer of warmth underneath your weather protection or as a zip-up jacket to keep warmth in mild conditions. 80g Primaloft Gold® Luxe Insulation crafted from 100% post-consumer recycled materials combines with a classic quilted design, providing ample heat through eco-friendly means.
20-denier construction with 4-way stretch and a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish offers lasting durability, easy mobility, and protection from light rain.
K3 – DAWA SHERPA FLEECE
The double-sided and brushed-knit ultra-plush fleece delivers a soft feel and ample heat. An attached, fitted hood helps keep you dry when surprise showers show up, and two zippered hand pockets combine with a hidden shoulder-seam pocket to provide secure storage.
K4 – AVID PANT
A jogger pant made of ultralight fabric with 4-way stretch with articulated knees and elastic waistband with an internal draw cord. Four pockets with each pocket bag is crafted with power mesh to allow venting. A clear coating on the outer shell increases the soft hand feel, and a durable water-repellent finish (DWR) to provide protection from light rain.
K4 – VENTUM ULTRALIGHT HOODIE in Gods Plaid (ehm I mean WOODLAND)
K7 – ANCHOR BELAY JACKET
Water-resistant 80g Primaloft Gold® Luxe Insulation crafted from 100% post-consumer recycled materials combines with a quilted inside, providing ample heat even while wet.
20-denier construction with a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish and a built-in rimmed hood offers lasting durability and protection from the elements. 4-way stretch and articulated sleeves provide enhanced mobility, and the included stow pouch allows the entire jacket to be packed down for space-saving convenience when not in use.
K5 – MODUS JACKET
The K5 – Modus Jacket is a lightweight hooded jacket designed for active use in warmer weather. The durable, 4-way stretch, double-faced nylon polyester shell protects you from the wind and rain, while remaining breathable for moisture transport.
The inner face of the fabric is bamboo charcoal yarn which is naturally antibacterial, antifungual, moisture wicking and insulating. The K5 – Modus Jacket is ideal for lightweight durability for active use in warmer climates.
K5 – APTUS JACKET
For all the lucky ones with a A5 Stretch Alpha, you’ll like this one…
K5 – Aptus Jacket combines the warmth and moisture transport of an insulating layer with the durability and mobility of a softshell.
The jacket is built out of three layers; starting with a Verso Weave™ knit that pulls moisture away from the body towards a layer of Polartec® Alpha® Insulation.
The Alpha® Insulation traps and retains body heat while continuing to transport moisture to the outer shell where moisture spreads and evaporates.
The final layer is a DWR finished, flexible 4-way stretch woven fabric that is highly durable and protects you from the wind and rain. Stay warm, dry, and protected while on the move.