Archive for February, 2014

TYR Tactical – March Madness Sale

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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TYR Tactical is holding a March Madness sale. Save 15% off your entire order by using coupon code MADNESS. In addition to the coupon code, take advantage of additional discounts on select items, including the TYR Tactical Swag Bag, and closeout pricing on a two large Level IV Stand Alone ESAPI plate set, which also comes with a $100 off coupon towards a PICO plate carrier.

Sale runs 2/28 – 3/3.

Wild Things 40% Off Sale On ABU Products

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wild Things ABU Sale

Wild Things is currently holding a ‘Steals and Deals’ 40% off sale on select items, which includes the following, all in ABU camouflage: High Loft Jacket, High Loft Pants, Low Loft Jacket, Low Loft Pants, Soft Shell Jacket, and Soft Shell Pants.

Brothers In Arms Charity Boards

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Brothers In Arms Military Charity Boards

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Never Summer Industries and Icelantic Skis are selling ‘Brothers In Arms’ themed snowboards, longboards, and skis exclusively to U.S. Veterans, Active Duty personnel, and Reserve personnel. Net proceeds from the sale of the Brothers In Arms boards will be donated to the military charities Operation First Response and the Armed Forces Foundation. Last year, $60,000 was raised through the sale of ‘Brothers In Arms’ themed boards, and NSI and Icelantic is looking to raise even more money for charity this year.

The first 300 prepaid orders will receive 10% off purchase price. All boards are made in the USA.

For more info on how to purchase, contact Never Summer Industries via email at

Oneiros Valley MEAN Pad Now In Stock

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Oneiros Valley MEAN Pad Front

Las Vegas, NV – The MEAN Pad, an adjustable lumbar pad attachment for the Mystery Ranch NICE Frame, is in stock and available for order on the Oneiros Valley website. Weighing only two ounces, it’s constructed of 500 denier Cordura nylon and features a rubberized fabric face to reduce slippage. To accommodate a wide range of users, the MEAN Pad is available in two styles: The fixed hunting model provides a semi-permanent increase in the lumbar profile of the NICE Frame. The quick release military model promotes frame compatibility with body armor, helping bridge the gap between the rear SAPI plate and the frame. The military model perfectly complements a NICE Frame featuring the removable Bolstered Ventilation and Stability (BVS) system.

Oneiros Valley MEAN Pad Attached

The MEAN Pad is made in the USA of mil-spec materials and is available in coyote brown, foliage green, Multicam and black.

Emdom USA – Dragster Strap

Friday, February 28th, 2014


Designed by Emdom USA in collaboration with MM from, the Dragster Strap is designed as an ultra compact emergency drag/utility strap system to be worn on a rigger’s belt, war belt, or armor carrier. The primary purpose of the Dragster Strap is to assist in dragging a wounded or immobile person a short distance, away from immediate danger, although it can also be used as a general purpose strap.

The pouch dimensions come in at 4″ x 2.25″ x 1.75″. It can be mounted horizontally with the use of integrated Velcro straps, and vertically when using the included short MALICE clip. Also included is 1 ITW Web Dominator.

The drag strap itself is 6 feet long and is made from 1″ wide webbing. Loops at each end of the drag strap allow for attaching carabiners/snap links. The loops are secured and reinforced with 6 bartacks and 4 box stitches, and an ITW metal rounded oval slide at each end supplements the stitches as redundant back ups.

Available in the following colors and camos:

SDU Grey
Sewer Green

Additional custom colors:

3 Color Desert
Foliage Green
Navy Blue
Olive Green

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Thermal Long Sleeve

Friday, February 28th, 2014


FirstSpear’s new Long Sleeve Thermal is a pretty good looking top. It features contrasting stitching and the FirstSpear logo. Now, here’s the deal part. Buy any long sleeve thermal get free domestic and APO ground shipping.

Available in Grey, White and Navy Blue sizes Small – 2XLarge.

Bagjack – NXL Stealth Tec Line Featuring Kryptek Typhon

Friday, February 28th, 2014


German company Bagjack has integrated Kryptek Typhon into their newest line: the NXL Stealth Tec series of bags. Constructed from polyurethane-coated nylon, the NXL Stealth Tec line consists of different sized messenger bags, backpacks, rucksacks, totes, and waistbags, along with laptop covers and accessory pouches. All bags in the collection are black with Typhon print, with exception to the accessory pouches, which are solid black.

The entire line will be available March 1st, 2014.

How/Why To Maintain Technical Garments from McNett

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

We met with our friends at McNett during a recent trip to Seattle. One of the things we asked them if they could do was to share some info on how to use their products with our readers. Let’s face it, money isn’t there like it used to be and we are going to all have to become very good at maintaining what we have. McNett offers a great range of accessories and garment care products.

Routine cleaning and maintenance is necessary in order to keep technical fabrics performing at their best. Typically, technical fabrics are constructed of a face fabric (usually some type of nylon), a waterproof breathable membrane (i.e. GORE-TEX, eVent, etc.) and a liner fabric that rests against the body. The outer fabric is typically treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) to help water bead up and roll off. It is extremely important that we keep these fabrics in top shape.

Many soldiers think that GORE-TEX and other waterproof breathable fabrics are fragile and should not be washed, but this is not the case. Cleaning technical fabrics only improves their performance; however, it is extremely important that you use a specialized cleaner. Typical “household” cleaners contain heavy residues, optical brighteners and fabric softeners which can also impact performance.

The chemicals used in fabric softeners build up and leave residues on your garment. These residues will cover the DWR coating on the outside of the item, which will allow water to spread out and soak into the fabric instead of beading up and rolling off. Residues from fabric softeners also tend to remain in the clothing fibers. The residues from fabric softeners can also affect the breathabilty of the waterproof breathable membrane as well.

Picture a water repellent as millions of tiny hairs standing straight on end. When a bead of water falls from the sky and lands on the hairs standing straight on end, it simply rolls off. With time, you get a build-up of dirt, smoke, body oils and other residues which tend to weigh down on those hairs standing straight on end. Now they are now longer standing straight up and when a bead of water falls from the sky, it begins to wet through the fabric as opposed to rolling right off. When this happens, you need to wash the garment with a cleaner that will remove all the residues and particulates without leaving behind additional residues.

All that said, it is extremely important that you use a clean rinsing detergent like ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner ( to rinse away the dirt, oils and residues which prevent the water repellent from shedding water and which also tend to clog the GORE-TEX membranes.

Once you have cleaned the garment with a specialized cleaner, many times you can restore the DWR and get the jacket to bead-up again by simply placing it in the dryer. If the DWR is still present, the heat will re-activate those tiny “hairs” and cause them to stand straight on end again. If the jacket is not repelling water after cleaning with a specialized cleaner and drying, then you will need to re-treat it with an aftermarket water repellent like ReviveX Durable Waterproofing ( Start with a clean garment, spray it down with ReviveX Durable Waterproofing and dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendation or air dry for 48 hours.

Another benefit of the water-repellent finish (DWR) is that it allows passage of vapor more readily from inside the garment. Without this water repellent on the outer fabric, water can soak in and cool the surface as it evaporates. Moisture generated by a soldier’s body in the form of vapor can pass easily thorough the membrane unless the vapor contacts a cool surface; then it condenses into liquid (just as warm breath condenses into a liquid when it contacts a cool piece of glass). This is another reason why the water-repellent finish and the garment should be kept in good shape.

We all know that garments that wet-out and aren’t able to breath can lead to some pretty miserable times. With proper maintenance, however, we can prevent those uncomfortable moments outdoors and keep our garments dry while enhancing performance.

This post is brought to you by McNett. McNett offers products for maintaining, repairing, and waterproofing gear and clothing, and water purification, as well as microfiber towels and tactical products including lens cleaner and anti-fog, survival products, and Camo Form camouflage wrap.

Massif Fire & Ice Layering System Authorized Safe-to-Fly For The US Air Force

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

This news from Massif is huge for aircrews.

Innovative FR nylon-face fabric provides all the benefits of the best water-resistant outdoor fabrics while meeting stringent requirements for flame resistance.

ASHLAND, OR, FEBRUARY X, 2014 – Massif® Fire and Ice Layering System including Air Force Elements Jacket and Pant made with Battleshield X fabric has been authorized Safe-to-Fly.

Massif Battleshield X fabric is a flame-resistant, water-resistant laminate, and features GORE® FR stretch technology. It was developed specifically for the military and tactical markets, with a US patent-pending nylon face fabric. While nylon garments have a long history of performance in the outdoor market, it has never before provided adequate FR protection. Massif Battleshield X fabric offers a shift in flame resistance by combining filament nylon-faced laminates with exceptional FR protection. The result is an extremely durable, highly breathable fabric with a superior warmth-to-weight ratio that is highly water resistant and flame resistant.

“We’ve been working with the Air Force for a decade and are thrilled to have our FR Layering System approved as Safe-to-Fly. The new fabric used in the Elements line of softshell garments is a revolutionary innovation, with amazing breathability and durability, coupled with FR protection” said Dave Bywater, VP of Government Sales at Massif.

Massif Battleshield X has been rigorously field-tested in some of the world’s harshest conditions, and has proved itself over and over. In high-activity situations, Massif’s unique fabrics with Gore’s breathable stretch membrane reduce overheating and chilling from moisture retention and reduce user fatigue, keeping soldiers dryer, safer, and more effective in a wider range of situations and temperatures. What’s more, Massif Battleshield X fabric meets the stringent requirements of ASTM D6413/F2302 and shows extremely low Burn Injury Prediction when tested on a manikin per ASTM F1930.

The authorized Massif® Air Force Elements™ Jacket and Pant with Battleshield X™ fabric are available as commercial off-the-shelf products. The Air Force has rigorously tested and authorized all products in Massif’s Fire & Ice Layering system, ensuring that pilots and aircrew have access to the world’s most technologically advanced FR equipment. Fire & Ice includes Cool Knit, HotJohns, and Flamestretch base layers covering the silk weight, mid weight, and expedition weight needs of varying environments in the air and on the ground.

Wilcox Industries Welcomes Former NASA Astronaut William Shepherd To Team

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Bill Shepherd

Newington, NH — Wilcox Industries Corp., manufacturer of specialty defense material, is proud to announce that William “Shep” Shepherd has joined the “Wilcox Team” as Vice President of Advanced Development and Restricted Programs. Shep’s distinguished career includes service as a Navy SEAL and a NASA astronaut.

“Shep’s experience and knowledge of special operations, aerospace, and defense activities will add unique depth to Wilcox’s development team. We are continuing to grow into new technology areas and we know that Shep will be instrumental in this process,” said Jim Teetzel, Wilcox CEO.

Capt. Shepherd’s career began as a Navy SEAL Officer with both East and West coast SEAL teams. In 1984, he was selected by NASA for the Astronaut program. He flew three Space Shuttle missions and was Program Manager for the International Space Station. In 2000 he commanded the First Expedition to the new Station. He later served as US Special Operations Command’s Science Advisor, where he managed the Forces’ science and technology portfolio.

Shep holds degrees in Aerospace, Mechanical, and Ocean Engineering from the Naval Academy and MIT. He has received many military and civilian awards including the Goddard and Collier trophies, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.