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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Brawler FR Shirt

All new from FS, meet the Brawler FR Shirt.

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Typically most FR garments are stiff and uncomfortable with a blocky fit due to the nature of the fabrics used. The Brawler on the other hand uses 6.5oz Tencate Twill that is durable yet extremely light and comfortable . Material make up is a 65% FR Lenzing / 25% Para-Aramid / 10% Nylon blend that offers excellent Flame Retardant characteristics and assists in defeating or mitigating heat transfer to your skin.

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The Brawler features a zipper front opening, reinforced with webbing sewn buttons. The protective collar can be fastened up around your Neckie or left open, multi positional cuffs, and a security strap to keep the sleeves rolled up. To make the most of hot weather versatility, the Brawler has breathable mesh in the bottom and back of the front pockets, arm pits, and across the entire back yoke.

As with all FS products, there’s a very interesting story behind the name:

In late 1966 through early 1967 US Marines in I Corps Tactical Zone South Vietnam began aggressive patrolling to enforce and establish the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Vietnam’s. Commanders at the strategic level during that time believed that the war would devolve into a static scenario just as the Korean Conflict had previously. Unit Commanders were encouraged to “patrol aggressively” and “define the DMZ” in favor of South Vietnam. To maintain communications security, radio brevity pro words were assigned to articulate specific combat contacts without divulging great detail. For the Marines of I Corps at that time a “Scrap” was a Small Unit Contact generally Unit on Unit and confined to Small Arms, a “Brawl” was a full engagement involving Combined Arms and Support. The patrolling actions and border battles at that time increasingly contributed to large scale operations that became known collectively as the Battle of Con Thien.

First Spear has elected to the name our heavier weight FR Garment the “Brawler” and our light weigh FR Garment the “Scrap”, initial editions of these will be released in FS Sand which is a close to USMC Coyote as we could get in this base material.

Made in the USA with USA Materials. Available now.

www.first-spear.com/technical-apparel/outerwear/brawler

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4 Responses to “FirstSpear Friday Focus – Brawler FR Shirt”

  1. Stickman says:

    Good looking shirt / jacket.

  2. TheFull9 says:

    Looking good Mr J! Nice price point for an FR shirt.

    See those taped/slotted buttons Crye? Hm? Yeah great idea right?

  3. Luke says:

    Love a lot of the details, but isn’t that arm pocket crazy low? Its like the equivalent of the cargo pants with the pocket right beside your knee

    • James says:

      Looks like he’s wearing a size or two up for use as a casual jacket. The shoulder seams are pretty far down his arm, the pocket is probably in the right place with the right size and zipped up.

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