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Archive for May, 2009


Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Like all SCOTTEVEST products the Travel TEC shirt is packed with features. The TEC shirt boasts eight pockets including a secure pocket for travel documents, pen pockets located in either side of the front opening, memory card pocket, personal media player pocket, and a cell phone pocket. The front is secured with low-profile, breakaway snaps for quick access to your gear and there is also a secret pocket to cache small, sensitive items. Additionally, it can be worn tucked in or with the tail hanging out which only adds to its versatility.

Khaki Tech Shirt from SCOTTEVEST

For more information visit SCOTTEVEST on the web.

DAP Pack from BFG

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The Pack is the second platform in the Denied Area Pattern line from Blue Force Gear. Intended to mask the true purpose of the equipment, the DAP Pack is a very simple affair but very well designed. There are loops on the top and sides of the pack for routing commo wires and hydration tubes and can also be secured to restrict the opening of the main compartment. Additionally, the shoulder straps are a low profile affair.


The DAP Pack is a panel loaders that opens fully to expose a velcro field inside the pack’s body. The DAP line is actually a full system consisting of platforms such as the Pack and Discreet Case as well as a forthcoming family of pouches and accessories that attach to the velcro field.

BFG DAP Pack Open

The pack also features a bungie X-harness to help compact the load or to quickly stow items like jackets. Like all of the DAP line, the Pack is available in UCP, Black, Ranger Green, Coyote, Khaki, and Multicam as well as the non-traditional colors Burgundy, Royal Blue, and Emerald Green.

The DAP Pack is made in the USA and available from Blue Force Gear.

Go Time MOLLE Rig from Shellback Tactical

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

To compliment their other products, Shellback has released the Go Time MOLLE Chest Rig. The PALS webbing provides flexibility to the wearer and the padded neck strap is curved for comfort. The rig will also fit soft armor as well as IMPAC ST 5×8 and 7×9 plates. Made in the USA from 1000DCordura, the MOLLE Go Time Chest Rig features a lifetime warranty.

Shellback MOLLE Go Time Chest Rig

Currently available only in Black from Shellback Tactical.

Off! Clip-On Misquito Repellent

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Off! recently introduced their Clip-On Misquito Repellant. Encased in a Blue plastic disc, the unit relies on a fan powered by two AA batteries to blow the repellent around you. Interestingly, the active ingredient offers a total of 12 hours of protection and Off! says that you can turn the unit on and off to utilize the full 12 hours so long as you do it withing two weeks from the initial use. The unit has an on/off switch as well as a meter to display how much repellent is left. The active ingredient is Metofluthrin which doesn’t need to be applied to the skin.

Off! Clip-on

Additionally Off! has a coupon on their website for a free refill when you purchase a starter kit.

We feel this still needs some work before it would be appropriate for most tactical applications, it is after all Blue and does use a fan to disseminate the repellent although Off! claims the fan is silent. An additional issue is that the dissemination means is best suited for stationary use. If you are constantly moving the repellent won’t provide full coverage. However, it would be ok for outdoor admin functions and could possibly be used for certain surveillance applications. Also on the upside, the repellent is odorless.

Finally, please remember that all of the precautions for repellents still apply as well as those for small electronic devices.

Sun Tripper Cap

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Seems like everyone is making a copy of the venerable Patrol Cap. In fact, the type goes all the way back to World War II with the M-1943 cap. The Sun Tripper cap from Sunday Afternoons however, is a new take on the design. Using UPF 50+ material, the cap is lightweight and integrates mesh vents as well as a wicking sweatband. Additionally, there is an internal crown pocket. The cap also features an interesting folding clam shell bill feature that forms a permanent crease down the center of the brim which aids in storing the cap. It is very comfortable and the size is adjustable with a fixed barrel lock and bungie shock cord.

Sun Tripper

The Sun Tripper is available in tan/Gray and Juniper/Gray (shown). For more information visit Sunday Afternoons.

S.O.Tech Launches New Site

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

S.O.Tech's New Home Page

Those familiar with iTunes will be very comfortable with the look and feel of S.O.Tech’s new home page. They have brought their site to a whole new level. Not only does it offer detailed information on specific tactical challenges but it recommends products to meet these needs. They have also simplified navigation as well as provided the opportunity to take a visual tour of the facility and meet the S.O.Tech staff.

S.O.Tech Product Page

There’s something else exciting about the new web site. Turns out that S.O.Tech is kinda like the Transformers; there’s more than meets the eye. S.O.Tech has grown from that tiny company in the back of a print shop to include six business units.

Paladin Enforcement introduces the new line of foreign-made Mission Go Bags, Go Bags, Backpacks, Water Bottles and Ballistic Eyeglasses. Jim Cragg, CEO and President of S.O.Tech, explained the decision to develop Paladin Enforcement, “We made the decision to create a foreign-made line copying our American-made products in an effort to combat those companies making offshore-build knock-offs of our products. We wanted to offer a line that would interest those who are price conscious.”

Creative Graphics offers a variety of creative services ranging from custom embroidery, digital logo design, hand-sketched art, silk screening, signage, and more.

S.O.Tech Adventure Sports transitions their products to the outdoor market in new colors and configurations to support such outdoor activities as running, biking, swimming, hiking, canine and more.

GreenVetsLA and V.I.P.E.R. Industries (Veterans Industry Program for Employment Reintegration) is a partnership project with the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital that provides job training to local veterans. This factory inside the VA hospital complex employs our nation’s heroes to produce several of S.O.Tech’s products.

Visit the new S.O.Tech website at www.specopstech.com.

ADF Bans After Market Equipment

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

The Australian Defence Force recently issued a prohibition on the use of all non-ADF issued load carrying equipment including webbing, pouches, and body armour. This comes on the heels of an accident involving a commercially produced ammo pouch. In this odd tale, live rounds were stripped from a magazine during a training range and remained at the bottom of the mag pouch. Then, miraculously, those same live rounds were inserted into a magazine later during a blank firing event. For those of you wondering, yes, the assertion is that the mag pouch somehow loaded those rounds. I say, if someone in Australia has developed a pouch that will load mags for you, let’s see that thing.

ADF Prohibition Order

Unfortunately, this mishap has resulted in fewer options for the Australian Digger. Apparently, it is easier to ban inanimate objects than to ensure leaders and Soldiers inspect their equipment and conduct safe training operations.

Purdue Develops Broadband Cloaking

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new type of invisibility cloak that is simpler than previous designs and works for all colors of the visible spectrum. Rather than using expensive “metamaterials” used in other cloak designs, the new design is a far simpler device based on a “tapered optical waveguide”. Waveguides are used in communications technologies including fiber optics.

The research team used their specially tapered waveguide to cloak an area 100 times larger than the wavelengths of light shined by a laser into the device, an unprecedented achievement. Previous experiments with metamaterials have been limited to cloaking regions only a few times larger than the wavelengths of visible light. This research may one day lead to the ability to cloak large objects.

Broadband Cloak

Anisotropic Metamaterials Emulated
by Tapered Waveguides:
Application to Optical Cloaking

Igor I. Smolyaninov1, Vera N. Smolyaninova2, Alexander V. Kildishev3, and Vladimir M. Shalaev3

1Advanced Technologies, BAE Systems, Washington, D.C.; 2Dept. of Physics Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University; 3Birck Nanotechnology Center, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

We demonstrate that metamaterial devices requiring anisotropic dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability may be emulated by specially designed tapered waveguides. This approach leads to low-loss, broadband performance. Based on this technique, we demonstrate broadband electromagnetic cloaking in the visible frequency range on a scale ~100 times larger than the wavelength.

For more information visit Purdue’s website.