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When Arc’teryx Launched their 2015 LEAF line during SHOT Show they held something back. For years, customers have been asking Arc’teryx for FR Versions of their combat clothing. They listened and the results are variants of the new Enhanced Combat Uniform Assault Pant and Shirt in FR Defender-M fabric from TenCate.
Full-Featured Flame Resistant Combat Uniform Offers Comfortable Lightweight Protection
Vancouver BC (June 2015) - For when mission critical doesn’t always include comfort, ARC’TERYX LEAF presents its new Assault Shirt FR and Assault Pant FR – specifically designed to deliver the ultimate in fire protection, durability and lightweight comfort for a range of military and law enforcement activities.
Applying its technical expertise to create functional designs that are the hardest wearing in the field, ARC’TERYX LEAF delivers its most protective and purposeful combat uniform to date with these two new designs that emphasize movement and function, while also focusing on safety with TenCate Defender M with Coolderm™ Technology. Lightweight and breathable, TenCate Defender M with Coolderm™ Technology wicks moisture and perspiration away from the skin, minimizing discomfort in high-heat environments. Created to give troops an extra margin of protection, this everyday textile also utilizes Lenzing FR® fiber, a cellulosic fiber that helps to provide additional heat and flame resistance for improved protection.
Technical, fully featured, and suitable for a variety of combat applications, the Assault Shirt FR is an all-round combat shirt that is designed to fit while wearing body armor or a chest rig. As part of a layering system, the shirt is patterned to allow room for a full range of unrestricted motion and move easily over a next-to-skin layer without binding. Constructed with flame resistant and no melt/no drip textiles, the Assault Shirt FR includes air permeable underarm mesh for breathability and the clean efficient design and meticulous craftsmanship ensure long-term performance.
Designed to work in conjunction with the Assault Shirt FR, the Assault Pant FR is a fully featured flame resistant technical pant appropriate for assault assignments. The reinforced seat, knees and gusseted crotch of the Assault Pant FR provides significant durability and allow enhanced user mobility. The spacious fit allows for seasonal layering, while articulation in the knees and seat allows a full range of unrestricted motion. Integrated pockets in the knees fit removable soft kneepads and/or LEAF Knee Caps. Six pockets are thoughtfully placed for operational function and are equipment compatible.
Emphasizing fire protection, enhanced movement and specific function, the new Assault FR combat uniform delivers unmatched capabilities.
Last June, SSD flew to Chamonix, France to cover the unveiling of the Arc’teryx footwear line. Unlike anything we’ve seen before, the line consists of two basic types (Acrux = Low cut and Bora = Mid cut) made into eight shoe models with five for men and three for women. Now, they are available for order.
The key to the technology is ‘Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit’ (pronounced A squared): the combination of a stretchable liner and single-piece, seamless laminated outer shell that are manufactured separately but worn together for improved comfort, climate management and durability. In several models, these liners are removable. The upper is no slouch either. The construction contains no leather and is made up of a laminate consisting of:
• a non-woven DWR-treated microfiber for smooth internal surface
• a textile woven with PU coated Nylon yarn for air flow and abrasion resistance
• 0,2 mm TPU film build integral upper support
• 0,35 mm high abrasion TPU film reinforcement on more exposed areas
Once again, I want to remind everyone that these are not a LEAF product but rather a commercial Arc’teryx offering. Having said that, many LEAF customers are going to want these, particularly as they are available in generally subdued colors. However, these are NOT garrison boots and are very much boots meant for the trail and field.
Initially, the low top Acrux models were referred to as Alpha, so if you read my earlier stories, keep that in mind. The Mid height Bora continues to retain the same name. The Bora² Mid GTX Hiking Boot is available in Black with removable Cajun-colored stretch GORE-TEX liner although the insulated liner isn’t out yet. In addition to the removable boot liner, it also incorporates a Vibram sole made from the new Megagrip compound. Working in concert with the outsole, three-dimensional rubber components (individually shaped for every size available) protect heel and toe area from rock contact. Finally, an Ortholite-insole rounds up the outer shoe construction.
I’ve been wearing a pair of Acrux FL for several months. My pair is the unlined model, mesh and I find them quite comfortable, with the feeling of an approach shoe, meaning the sole is somewhat stiff. I’ve hiked quite a bit in them with no issues. As you can see, I even wore them without socks. With any show built on a European last, I recommend that you up up 1/2 size. That’s what I did and I have a good fit. Also, when you order these, if you are in the US, they will show you a US size on the product page but when you get into the shopping cart, they will revert back to UK sizing which is 1/2 size smaller than US sizes. Don’t be alarmed.
New from Arc’teryx LEAF for 2015 is the Enhanced Combat Uniform.
Consisting of an Assault Shirt, Assault Pant and Recce Shirt, Arc’teryx has started from scratch, completely revamping their combat uniform offering. With Arc’teryx I expect to see a synthesis of material and design and this uniform is just that. Combining wearability and utility, the clothing moves with the body and features pockets that are patterned to lie flat, contain contents comfortably and not interfere with each other or other equipment.
Manufactured from No Melt/No Drip materials, sizes XS – XXL and offered in Black, Crocodile, Wolf and MultiCam.
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This garment is real and was produced about a decade ago in small numbers for a US customer.
Correction – The pattern is Mossy Oak but commonly referred to as RealTree by the customer.
Arc’teryx launched the Khard 30 & 45 two years ago during SHOT Show 2013, but as soon as they were released customers wanted more carrying capacity, particularly something that would maintain the pack’s simple, low profile exterior, along with the ability to conceal an assembled carbine. After some trial and error in accommodating different weapons, the Khard 60 was born.
The numbers associated with each Khard version denotes the number of liters. The Khard 60 is now large enough that they refer to it as a hybrid Assault/Patrol Pack. These two photos will give you good idea of how large the pack is and how it will ride.
On the outside, the Khard 60 looks like any other mountaineering style pack. There’s no PALS webbing or even external pockets; just some daisy chain, a few zippers and a simple, yet effective suspension system consisting of padded shoulder straps and a waist belt that can be stored out of the way by looping back through the daisy chain.
The real magic is on the inside. The ‘U’-shaped zipper with two slides allows you to access the contents from top or side as well as the ability to open it up completely for full access to the contents.
Thanks to the drop down barrel extension, the Khard 60 will accommodate carbines with longer barrels. The pack was designed primarily for use with assembled, issue weapons. That means with some guns, you can have it all ready to go in the bag. Others, you may have to detach the upper and lower. Trial and error is obviously going to be at play here until every single configuration out there is tried, but I’d suggest you contact Arc’teryx LEAF direct to see if yours will fit.
This video gives you a great rundown of the Khard 60′s features.
Available in Crocodile, Urban Wolf Grey and MultiCam.
Be sure to stop by booth #10526 to check out the entire LEAF line.
Here it is, in all its splendor.
Arc’teryx LEAF has updated their LEAF site with the entire 2015 line. It’s not a large amount of new items but there are some major product launches here including dipping their toe in FR.
Combat Uniform consisting of Assault Shirt AR, Assault Pant AR and Recce Shirt AR
Naga Hoody Gen 2
Recce Hat (not loaded yet)
Assault Glove FR
Assault Balaclava FR