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TYR Tactical Announces the Enhanced PICO Integrated Carrier – EPIC Non-Cutaway

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

TYR Tactical has introduced the new Enhanced PICO Integrated Carrier – EPIC Non-Cutaway (TYR-EPIC-NC) to give customers a non-cutaway option for the EPIC line of vests. EPIC was designed specifically to ensure proper area of coverage while enhancing the users range of motion. What’s really cool is that this carrier can be retrofitted with a 2-Wire Cutaway Cummerbund if needed (sold separately).

EPIC Non-Cutaway utilizes a four piece design called the Integrated Ballistic System that increases ballistic protection and reduces back face deformation.

The four piece design includes a panel suspension and energy disbursement frame. Known as the Ballistic Vein, it increases the overall load carriage performance of a carrier and provides a more rigid platform for adding weight to the system. It also reduces fatigue by improving the complete structure of the carrier by retaining the soft armor panels in the proper configuration, preventing bunching and supporting the plates to improve edge hit protection. It reduces blunt trauma and back face deformation values and ultimately increases V50 performances by up to 125 feet per second by absorbing energy from projectile engagement.

-PALS webbing for MOLLE attachment
-Hydration/Communication Tabs for routing
-Attachment points for a 2-Wire Cutaway Cummerbund (Sold Separately)
-EPIC Low Profile Shoulders
-Ballistic Vein increases load carriage performance, provides a rigid platform, reduces fatigue, stabilizes and enhances soft armor inserts.
-Reinforced Drag Handle
-Removable Assaulters Zip-On Back Panel
-Repair Buckle Kit
-Semi-Rigid Exterior MOLLE Cummerbund
-Compatible with the XFrame Dynamic Load Carriage System

The EPIC is available in three different styles depending on the profile (thickness) of your plate:

-EPIC 1 accommodates standard SAPI/ESAPI plates (.75” thick)
-EPIC 4 will hold the Morgan Level III plate (.75” thick)
-EPIC 6 will hold TYR-HA3/7 plate styles (.5” thick)

Available in the following soft armor packages:

-Certified T54/C Soft Armor which meets Level II NIJ0101.06 Specifications
-Certified T52/SP Soft Armor Level II NIJ0101.06 Specifications.
-Certified TXP3A Soft Armor Level IIIA NIJ0101.06 Specifications

Sizes: Small, Medium, Medium-Long, Large, XLarge, 2XLarge

Colors: Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, MultiCam

Don’t forget, they are on tour, so get 15% off your total purchase with coupon code IDTOUR15 for a limited time.

You Can Finally Buy That Red, White & Blue Plate Carrier from Mission Spec You’ve Always Wanted

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016


As a company that is happy to accept custom work orders we are asked, fairly consistently, if Mission Spec can build a Red, White, and Blue EOC plate carrier for novelty use. The answer is of course, yes. We have built many of these for different customers and are happy to do it. Customers wanting pricing information on a custom build such as this should use our website contact. It will speed up the process if you include your shipping address with the initial inquiry.

Please note that building a product in this color scheme dictates that we must use some non-MilSpec materials. In other words this specific item SHOULD NEVER be used in a life support capacity. It will also NOT come with our limited lifetime warranty. It is purely cosmetic and to be used only for novelty purposes.

Marine South – Aardvark Project 7

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Aardvark’s System 7 debuted at SHOT Show but that venue is so big I didn’t get a chance to check it out. That’s why I attend so many smaller, regional shows. You never know what cool item you’ll get to see.

The System 7 armor vest is manufactured by Safariland’s Protech exclusively for Aardvark and incorprates all of the latest technologies like laser cut, laminated materials from Blue Force Gear and Tubes from FirstSpear.

The carrier is available with Velcro closure or Tubes.  You might also notice the angled laser cut PALS slots.  Aardvark says that internal testing has shown that this Angled MOLLE field is stronger in pull testing than more traditional horizontal slots.

The are numerous soft armor packages available for the vest from Safariland. Naturally, hard armor plates are also available but interestingly, they load into the carrier from the top.  Additionally, Aardvark offers removable upper arm, groin and throat armor to be used in conjunction with the base vest.

Above and below you can see the front and rear of the MultiCam and OD versions of the armor vest although Black versions are also available.

New SKD Exclusive: The PATRIOT Plate Carrier

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The NEW PATRIOT Plate Carrier is an ideal carrier for active shooter applications, Law Enforcement, and Military.


Based off the hugely successful Shellback Banshee Plate Carrier, the Patriot has just what you need in a plate carrier and nothing you don’t.

Lightweight, low profile, high quality, and still has great load carrying capacity.

Ideal gear for Law Enforcement patrol officers for use in High Threat active shooter situations, Multi-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) and Counter Terrorism direct actions.

Removable Spacer Mesh shoulder pads with 3 strips allow you to run comms or hydration effortlessly over the shoulders.

The PATRIOT will also accept the Banshee soft armor package for the front and back as well as the Cummerbund.

USA Made – Full Berry Compliant Plate Carrier with Lifetime Warranty

Value and features at a great economical price. Ideal to outfit agencies officers with active shooter kits.

SKD is currently the ONLY dealer to have the Patriot Plate Carrier available.

Banshee QD Plate Carrier – Selected by the Long Beach Police Department

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016


Shellback Tactical is proud to announce that through a bid and selection process the Banshee QD (Quick Deployment) plate carrier has been selected by the Long Beach Police Department. The Banshee QD Plate Carrier will be apart of a kit that they are distributing to their patrol division. They will be issuing approx 600 Banshee QD’s and Kits that include a med kit and armor.

Shellback Tactical is proud to have been selected to be apart of this life saving equipment. We applaud the Long Beach Police Department for investing in their personnel.

If your agency is also interested in outfitting your agency with Plate Carriers, Hard Armor, med kits and commonly referred to as active shooter kits. Please contact for info, quotes (RFQS). We would be happy to help.

Shellback Tactical was founded in 2003 by a Police Officer. We have over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience and we have been designing gear and other life saving equipment for over 12 years. Trust in us and our experience to get your agency and officers protected.

Shellback Tactical – BANSHEE ELITE 2.0 Now Available for Pre-Order

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Shellback Tactical’s long awaited Banshee Elite 2.0 is now available for pre-order.

The shoulders on the BANSHEE ELITE are fully adjustable and padded. They’ve widened the shoulders to lay flatter on your body and have incorporated a hidden quick release buckle. The shoulders also have Hypalon both front and back have with 4 slits that is pliable allowing for easy access to the buckles.

The front and back of the BANSHEE feature 6 rows of PALS webbing and pile tape for flags and other identifiers. The interior of the front and back carrier on the body side are also comfort padded with 3D mesh sewn in an airflow pattern allowing for heat disbursement. Rifle plates are loaded from the bottom front/back and secured with a hook/loop closure. The drag handle on the BANSHEE ELITE is sewn through and secured down with hook and loop. The vest is now one-size and the pocket will accept different size plates.

The BANSHEE ELITE features an integrated Integrated Admin Pouch as well as 2 vertical nylon sewn strips to accept QASM buckles to accommodate chest rigs. It also comes with the BANSHEE ELITE Cummerbund that is removable and fully adjustable. The cummerbund has 6 interior pockets (3 each side) with bungee pull tabs that will accommodate 5.56 AR Style mags. The Exterior and Interior of the cummerbund also have 3 rows of PALS webbing to accept side plates or other pouches. The back of the carrier has a separate pocket from the plate pocket opens and can accept a 2 liter hydration bladder.

Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Hexonia – Ballistic Garments

Friday, March 18th, 2016

One of the brands I encountered at Enforce Tac and IWA earlier this month was Hexonia. They have been working on Gladius, the German Army’s Future Soldier System and produce some very interesting knit garments.

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They’ve done a lot of work on the clothing subsystem of Gladius which includes ballistic undergarments as well as Combat Shirt. Hexonia’s approach to ballistic underwear, called BALUW is the combination of three dimensional production techniques utilizing specialty yarns. As you can see, they offer body mapped knits for the torso of the garment. Their production offers ergonomically shaped products with significantly reduced number of seams, or in some cases, no seams at all. BALUW is worn as a first layer directly on the skin. The tight fit is to ensure that it can’t be blown away from the skin by a blast wave. Even the elastic zones are made of ballistic material and increase comfort without reducing the level of protection.

160317_Baluw Short

Their material combination also has excellent physiological properties. It has a very smooth hand against the skin and doesn’t lead to any abrasions. Additionally, thanks to the hydrophobic materials, sweat is absorbed readily and wicked away from the body. What’s more, the material is flame retardant with no burn, melt or drip. Finally, BALUW can be washed at 60 °C.


Friday, March 4th, 2016


ARMORVENT is the most effective body armor ventilation and load distribution device available, according to the manufacturer.

Engineered to improve comfort, ARMORVENT easily attaches to military and law enforcement body armor carriers. ARMORVENT controls the levels of moisture on the skin by promoting evaporation of sweat and natural ventilation of the hot, moist air typically trapped between your body armor and torso.

ARMORVENT creates a cooling effect in warm weather while working to maintain a dry feeling between the body armor and the skin during cold weather.