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Haley Strategic – FlatPack

May 22nd, 2015

I made a quick visit to HSP’s batcave in the Phoenix area last fall. Travis Haley showed me a bunch of cool projects including prototypes of the new FlatPack. I am very happy to see it make it to market.


The D3 FlatPack is a pack designed with a unique expandable gusset system, which allows it to go from an almost flat profile to 600 cubic inches when completely expanded.


In the compressed state, the FlatPack has storage room in the main compartment for a 1 liter hydration bladder, and small items such as batteries, energy gels, and chem lights in the dedicated admin chamber. When expanded, the main compartment can fit a fully-loaded D3CR, helmet, or jacket, and the admin chamber can fit electronics and/or small binoculars.

The FlatPack fully integrates with a D3CR or D3CR-H, with the pack straps replacing the H-harness. This combination results in a light recon, patrol, or EDC/Worst Case Scenario rig. The FlatPack is also compatible with any PALS-based system including plate carriers, assault vests or other packs with external PALS webbing.

Designed with the SOF end user in mind, the FlatPack is also great as a compact carry bag for civilians. The padded inner chhamber comfortably and safely stores consumer electronics including common tablet computers and laptops up to 8″ x 12″, and can also accommodate items such as books and digital cameras.


Available in Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green.

SOFIC 2015 – Petzl Jag System

May 21st, 2015

Petzl’s new Jag System is a prebuilt 4 to 1 mechanical advantage system.  Bothe ends feature double pulleys and one end it has a built-in progress capture or ratchet.  Additionally, the rope is contained in a sock so it won’t tangle.

SOFIC 2015 – Core Survival JPL

May 21st, 2015

The Portable Jump Light (JPL) from Core Survival is designed for temporary install in nonstandard aircraft to support airborne operations.  

  There are two modules; the Control Module is mounted in the cockpit so the pilot can remotely command (via RF) the Light Module at the jump door to transition from Red to Green.

SOFIC 2015 – McNett Tactical’s Tenacious Tape – Reflective Fabric Tape

May 21st, 2015


McNett Tactical’s new Tenacious Tape – Reflextive Fabric Tape is great for adding reflective strips to your clothing and gear.  It can also can be die cut into different shapes as well as laser engraved as seen here.  Tenacious is a great name for this tape as once you stick it on something, it’s not coming off.

SOFIC 2015 – AirBoss Defense Extreme Cold Weather Mukluk

May 21st, 2015


The current U.S. Issue Vapor Barrier Boot is very labor intensive to produce and can currently only be made by a single factory in Canada.  It so happens that the firm that can produce the VB boot, AirBoss Defense, also makes the Candian Forces Extreme Cold Weather Mukluk.  This Mukluk protects the feet to the same temperature as the VB Boot (0 to -55 Deg C) is lighter weight, features a removable liner and insoles and is also taller.

SOFIC 2015 – SureFire WarComp

May 21st, 2015


SureFire displayed the new WarComp Mounted to a Hodge Defense Mod 2.  Billed as the world’s most shootable flash hider, it’s gaining a lot of interest in military circles.  The new Warcomp-556 and Warcomp-762 from SureFire offers hybrid capability including barrel compensation.  

-Ported to allow rifle to track straight back, stay on target and allow faster follow up shots

-Offers 99% flash reduction
-Made from USA SS bar stock

-IonBond DLC coated

-Single point cut threads

-Look for its release this Summer

SOFIC 2015 – Magpul Completes PMAG 17 GL9 Updates

May 21st, 2015

Early versions of the Magpul PMAG17 GL9 magazines for 9mm GLOCK pistols had some issues feeding some hollow point ammunition.  They quickly acknowledged the issue and updated the bodies of the magazine.  Not only were all replacements sent out for those who had faulty mags, but every new magazine shipping is the updated model.

SOFIC 2015 - TEA Headsets Offering Ops-Core’s RAC Headset

May 21st, 2015

May 20th, 2015 – SOFIC – Tampa, FL - TEA Headsets Announces the Ops-Core RAC Headset to market…

TEA Headsets is now formally announces the release of the new Ops-Core RAC Headset (Rail Attached Communications) to market for purchase or evaluation. *Note product evaluations are limited to teams/units only.

The new RAC Headset is the next evolution for over-the-ear (OTE) headsets and showcases a streamlined design that integrates directly into the helmet rail system. The RAC mounts to the rear portion of the helmet rail leaving the main portion of the rail free for other critical accessories such as cameras, lights, O2 masks or other accessories. Compatibility wise the RAC is able to fit onto the rail systems of the Ops-Core® Fast, Maritime and Sentry helmets as well as other brands of high cut helmets (inquire directly with TEA for additional information).

RAC Headset

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Utilizing TEA’s full line up of U94 Push-to-Talk switches and controllers the RAC can now be seamlessly integrated into practically any public safety or DoD radio as well as vehicle, boat and aircraft intercom systems.

More information will be released soon regarding the RAC Headset and other new products/systems from TEA, so keep an eye out for future releases.

Learn more about the RAC Headset at

SOFIC 2015 – Optics 1

May 21st, 2015

Optics 1 has a rich history in military optics components development going back to 1987. More recently, they’ve become well known in certain circles for full optics system development and manufacturing. At SOFIC they showed me several new products.  

The first is the Enhanced Clip On Thermal Imager which interfaces with any standard I2 optic. It offers improved image quality (640 x 480 @ 17 micron), integrated navigation software including route planning and execution (via Google Earth) and a winter battery pack which also incorporates a GPS receiver to power the navigation component. This battery pack will power BNVD or GPNVG long with the ECOTI.

Next is the Compact Ultralight Gunmounted Rangefinder. It’s the smallest rail mounted laser rangefinder available and offers accurate ranging out to 1500m for a man-sized target.  In addition to the phenomenal performance offered by the Vectronix 3013 module, they have developed an excellent user interface. Additionally, it interfaces with a new family of clip-on displays currently under development.


Clients should contact for specific texhnical questions.

SOFIC 2015 – WL Gore & Associates

May 21st, 2015

Rumors have been swirling about a new “Jungle” fabric from WL Gore & Associates. Currently under evaluation by several DoD organizations, this new fabric relies on Gore’s proprietary ePTFE technology. But, don’t get the wrong impression. This isn’t like your ECWCS jacket at all. Instead, the ePTFE content allows for quicker drying times, both higher breathability and durability-to-weight ratio as well as no melt / no drip; all properties that not only make for a great hot/wet uniform fabric but for a general combat material as well.

It’s important to note that the garment shown is representative of the technology only and not a final production or “issue” uniform. As the fabric is currently under evaluation by government clients along with other competitive materials, we won’t disclose any specific technical data just yet. More and more vendors are beginning to integrate the material. Soon we’ll be able to share additional details.