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Tactical Assault Gear – Vanguard Armor Carrier And Integrated Hybrid Vest

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

We recently had the opportunity to check out two of Tactical Assault Gear’s armor carriers, the Vanguard and Integrated Hybrid Vest. Both are very well made and worth taking a look at if you’re in the market. We’re particularly impressed that TAG went the extra mile and licensed the skeletal cummerbund from Crye Precision.


Vanguard Armor Carrier

TAG’s Vanguard is a lightweight plate carrier designed to work with any set of hard armor plates and soft armor backers. It is constructed of 500D Cordura nylon, and features spacer mesh on the inside for breathability and comfort. The shoulder straps are padded, and which have nylon and elastic webbing for mounting and routing tourniquets, hydration tubes, radio antennas, and more. The Vanguard’s front panel features a sewn-in triple magazine carrier which is sized to fit 5.56mm, 7.62×39, and 7.62×51 magazines, as well as integrated PALS webbing and Velcro loop panel. The rear of the carrier also features integrated PALS webbing and Velcro loop panel, and a drag handle which can be stowed when not in use.


Additionally, the Vanguard comes with a standard Cummerbund system, although it can be exchanged for the Skeletal Cummerbund System which TAG licensed from Crye Precision; both cummerbund systems are attached to the carrier using the G Hook attachment system.

Key Features

  • Fits 5.56mm, 7.62 x 39, & 7.62 x 51 magazines
  • Interchangeable cummerbund system
  • Fully adjustable & padded shoulder straps
  • Spacer mesh for comfort & breathability
  • Large Velcro area for placards
  • All matching Velcro, webbing & hardware
  • The Vanguard is an armor carrier with quality materials and solid construction. The armor plates fit snug and secure within the plate pockets, and the spacer mesh adds some much appreciated comfort to the carrier. The kangaroo-style magazine front pouch is a nice addition, and the volume of PALS webbing throughout the carrier insures the wearer will be able to customize their carrier to virtually any necessary specification. If you’re looking for a solid carrier that does more than just carry plates, than the Vanguard is a great choice.


    Integrated Hybrid Vest (IHV)

    Like the Vanguard, The Integrated Hybrid Vest is designed to work with any set of hard armor plates and soft armor backers. It is also made of 500D Cordura nylon with spacer mesh on the inside of the carrier for breathability and comfort. Unlike the Vanguard, however, the IHV’s front panel is removable, and TAG offers multiple mission-specific panel configurations which allow the user to change their loadout as required.


    The IHV comes standard with the Skeletal Cummerbund System, licensed from Crye Precision, which is adjustable using the G Hook attachment system. It also features padded and adjustable shoulder straps, which have nylon and elastic webbing for mounting and routing tourniquets, hydration tubes, radio antennas, and more. The front and back of the IHV has PALS webbing and Velcro loop panel, and the rear features a drag handle.


    The armor pockets on the IHV are closed with a zipper, and feature a Velcro retention strap.

    Key Features

  • Comes with the Skeletal cummerbund
  • Removable front panel system
  • Ultra configurable for different missions
  • Fits any type of hard armor plate
  • Matching Velcro, webbing and hardware
  • You can tell that a lot of thought and care went into the development of the Integrated Hybrid Vest. It utilizes high quality materials in its construction, and everything is solidly built. The G Hook adjustment system is quick and painless to use, and although we didn’t have a chance to try out the swappable panel system, in theory it’s a great idea for quickly altering the carrier for different mission profiles. Add in the additional PALS webbing, the padded shoulder straps, and the spacer mesh, and you have a great carrier that will serve well in almost any situation.

    Tacprogear – TPG Black VALIANT Series Level IIIA Soft Armor Package

    Monday, November 23rd, 2015


    TPG Black, Tacprogear’s American made tactical gear and equipment line made specifically for State & Local Law Enforcement, Federal Law Enforcement, and DoD clients, now includes VALIANT Series Level IIIA Soft Armor. Spawned from a one year research and development collaboration with Hyosung Corporation, VALIANT armor is made from Hyosung ALKEX 840D unidirectional material with BLACKSEAL construction – Brookwood 70D with laminiated polyurethane protective cover, which is sealed with a Sonobond Ultrasonic Bond. VALIANT armor has an areal density of 1.15 psf and a thickness of only .30″, yet complies with NIJ Standard-0101.06. VALIANT is available in all TPG vest patterns and OEM armor specifications, in NIJ C-1 through NIJ C-5 template sizes.

    Milipol – Marom Dolphin’s Formission

    Thursday, November 19th, 2015

    The Formission is a technology that is integrated into a pack frame, allowing it the flexibility to be worn with armor plates or a water reservoir.  Essentially, it is a hinge that expands when needed in order to offer additional space between the pack and the wearer.  Marom Dolphin claims it can accommodate u to 100 kg of weight.

    Milipol – Lior Textile Industries Ltd

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

    Although you rob all haven’t heard of them, Lior Textile Industries, Ltd is the largest producer of tactical vests and CBRNE equipment for the Israeli Defense Force.  

    They make everything from armored vests for VIPs to combat uniforms and fully MOLLE compatible armor vests and pouches.

    They even build rucksacks.

    Although they’ve concentrated solely on their domestic market, Lior Textile has started to branch out into international sales.

    Milipol – S&S Precision

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

    SSD Sponsors S&S Precision is exhibiting at Milipol with their French distributor Equipements des Métiers de la Défense.


    Today, you’re getting a sneak peek at the PlateFrame variant created for the Releasable Body Armor Vest program. Look for full details in a future Maker Monday feature.


    Protect the Force Signs Exclusive Patent License Agreement with US Army for Integrated Body Armor Garment

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mission Ready Services Inc. (TSX-V: MRS) – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or “MRSI”) is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive Patent License Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (“NSRDEC”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Protect the Force Inc. (“Protect the Force” or the “Company”). The license terms will provide Protect the Force with exclusive rights to market the Integrated Body Armor Garment (“Next Generation Body Armor”) anywhere outside of the U.S. Federal Government, including local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as internationally to markets such as the Canadian Army and all NATO countries and partners.
    Developed over the past 4 years – under a Broad Agency Announcement for the Army Next Generation Body Armor – through a successful joint effort between Protect the Force and NSRDEC, the Integrated Body Armor Garment is a revolutionary breakthrough in soldier protection technology and answers the need for a high-mobility, light-weight Next Generation Body Armor. The Integrated Body Armor Garment is the basis for the Company’s previously announced Ballistic Combat Shirt (“BCS”) and Tactical Police Shirt (“TPS”).

    The Integrated Body Armor Garment contains a network of body armor panels that provides protection from ballistic threats while permitting a wide range of motion and providing increased comfort and breathability to the wearer. Mission Ready announced the filing of the patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as an international filing under the Patent Cooperation Treaty for the Integrated Body Armor Garment in a news release dated August 12, 2014.

    Robert DiLalla, NSRDEC Team Leader for the Infantry Combat Equipment Team in the Warfighter Directorate, was named as an inventor on the patent applications licensed by Protect the Force. Mr. DiLalla worked closely with the Company in their effort to ensure that the Warfighters’ needs were addressed by the Integrated Body Armor Garment. Mr. DiLalla states, “It’s been extremely productive working with Protect the Force over the past few years developing advanced concepts for the next generation of Soldier protection. Clearly, we’re both excited that some of the concepts, such as the ballistic combat shirt, fared well during the Army development test phases for the Soldier Protection System program of record. Our goal from the beginning was to improve Soldier performance while maintaining the same ballistic protection as the current Interceptor Body Armor system. We were able to quantify significant performance increases in laboratory testing, but it was the exceptionally high user acceptance across three development test phases that indicated we had something revolutionary. While our mission here at the NSRDEC is to support the Warfighter I am pleased to know that this technology has application to better protect members of the law enforcement community both domestically and abroad.”
    Francisco Martinez, Chief Technical Officer of Mission Ready states, “Considering the emphatically positive feedback we have received from user evaluations in a variety of tactical and combat-related environments, we are excited to receive this exclusive license from the U.S. Army providing a largely uninhibited path for the Company to pursue our sales and marketing efforts on a broad scale with a primary focus on national and international SWAT and Emergency Response Teams.

    The Patent:

    Shellback Tactical – Level IV Armor Plates

    Saturday, November 7th, 2015

    Shellback Level IV Spec  Sheet

    Shellback Tactical’s Level IV Armor Plates are now available for purchase on their website. Additionally, they are also selling an Active Shooter Kit which comes with two Level IV Plates and a Banshee Tactical Plate Carrier.