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HASC 2017 NDAA Markup Includes Requirement For Berry Compliant Athletic Footwear

Friday, April 29th, 2016

As you may know, DoD does a great job of adhering to the Berry Amendment, except when it comes to athletic footwear. While many look at the WWII-era law as protectionary, it was created to ensure a viable industrial base for textiles and other clothing, footwear and equipment items. The failure of DoD to follow Berry guidelines for athletic footwear is most apparent during Initial Entry Training where recruits are issued vouchers, which are traded for commercial running shoes at military exchanges.  As you can imagine, these shoes are made overseas.

For the past several years, Congress has been working with industry to offer viable American made alternatives to the military. The language in the National Defense Authorization Act has become more specific each year, and now hopefully, we’ll see this latest version become a part of the 2017 NDAA that the President signs into law later this year after it makes it through the rest of the hoops. Now, we’ve got both Saucony and New Balance offering Made in USA running shoes. Once this becomes law, I believe other brands will follow, bringing jobs back to the US.


Annual Department of Defense Funding Bill Includes Landmark Provision Requiring Department of Defense to Provide Berry Amendment Compliant Athletic Footwear to Recruits

Rockford, Mich., April 28, 2016 — Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) today commended the House Armed Services Committee’s approval of legislation directing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to provide Berry Amendment compliant athletic footwear to service members upon their initial entry to the armed forces. Currently, the Department of Defense provides a cash allowance to members for the purchase of foreign-made athletic footwear. This important provision was included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and led by Armed Services Committee member Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA.)

“I commend the House Armed Services Committee for this significant provision that will have a direct and positive impact on our ability to provide high quality, American-made athletic footwear to men and women upon their entry to the armed services,” said Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has exhibited remarkable persistence in her support for American manufacturing and for the needs of American service members. We are greatly appreciative of the commitment demonstrated by Congresswoman Tsongas and the members of the Armed Services committee to support American jobs and maintain a strong footwear industrial base in the United States.”

Since 1941, the Berry Amendment has required the Department of Defense to only purchase American-made and sourced clothing, textiles, foods, and other essential military items for our men and women in uniform. Until today, athletic footwear was not included in the Amendment. The purpose of the Berry Amendment is to ensure the United States is able to maintain viable industries for key military items should conflict break out and disrupt supply lines. This legislation helps support manufacturing jobs and sustains the domestic industrial base that currently builds the combat boots and military dress shoes for the United States Armed Services.

With a longstanding partnership with the United States Department of Defense, Wolverine Worldwide operates a manufacturing plant located in Big Rapids, Mich. that employs more than 600 people who currently and proudly build a broad spectrum of Bates Footwear for the men and women of the United States military. Products manufactured in Big Rapids include combat boots for the service branches, mountain combat boots for Special Operations Forces, and military dress shoes.

Wolverine Worldwide has athletic footwear manufacturing capabilities in its Big Rapids facility through its Saucony brand. Saucony is a leading global performance running brand that was founded in the United States in 1898. The brand is known for its best-in-class design, innovation and performance technology. Saucony maintains and is presently expanding its technical research laboratory in Lexington, MA where the Company performs material testing as well as biomechanical, physiological and sensory analysis of runners. The athletic footwear capabilities of the Company’s Big Rapids facility are due to the creation and engineering of an advanced manufacturing line that can produce 100% Berry-compliant Saucony running shoes. The Company is looking forward to building American-made athletic shoes for American troops as a result of this critical amendment included in the NDAA.

Magpul – The Magpul Tejas T-Shirt

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

“You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig.”


Dig the Magpul Tejas T-Shirt inspired by their Tejas line of gun belts and one of their favorite Western films.

Available in brown Fine Cotton and charcoal Superweight.

Rampart International To Carry XGO Clothing In Canada

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

XGO has recently joined forces with Rampart International to expand its offerings into Canada.

“We are honored to have aligned ourselves with great people and a great organization. We look forward to providing both Non FR base layer and FR base layer solutions to the Canadian Military and Law Enforcement communities. XGO’s strategic partnership with Rampart will help grow our brand and help us reach our customers and friends to the North,” related Aloysius Donovan, Director of Sales at XGO.

“We are thrilled to welcome the XGO brand to Rampart’s expanding lineup of the world’s best operational equipment,” said Mike Klein, President of Rampart International Corp. “XGO’s American made line of performance clothing and FR protective garments offer the quality, functionality and protection our end users require. XGO products will be more accessible and affordable than ever before in Canada and we are excited to get the brand into the hands of our customers,” Klein continued.

From now until May 24th Rampart is offering 20% off retail pricing for all MIL/LE/Agency purchases in Canada. 

Email for more information.

Now Available, The TRU (Tactical Response Uniform) In New A-TACS iX Camo From TRU-SPEC

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016


TRU-SPEC, one of the leading suppliers of uniforms and personal equipment to the military, law enforcement, and public safety markets, has announced the addition of the new A-TACS iX Camo pattern to their popular Tactical Response Uniform selections – and they are now available for purchase.

A-TACS Camo, one of the most trusted “go-to” force protection and concealment systems on the planet, utilized the very latest in printing andcamouflage design technology, combined with the perfect blend of colors from the already popular A-TACS AU and FG camouflage patterns to create a pattern with vastly improved depth and definition for the new A-TACS iX camouflage.

The pattern also incorporates enhanced edge detail in the transitional areas between light and shadow within the pattern to create the added illusion of depth while maintaining the unique A-TACS Camo “pattern within a pattern” concept.

Best suited for transitional environments with a blended mix of intermediate greens and desert tans, the new A-TACS iX Camo is now available in TRU-SPEC’s high tech Tactical Response Uniform (TRU) in 50/50 CORUDURA nylon cotton, TRU Shirt, TRU Pant, TRU ¼ Zip Combat Shirt, Boonie, Ball Cap and Contractor Cap.

“TRU-SPEC is extremely excited about the addition of this new pattern from A-TACS Camo,” stated TRU-SPEC Vice President of Marketing, Darrell Jacks. “Our partnership with A-TACS Camo was developed because it made sense for our customers in the law enforcement and military markets.

The addition of the A-TACS iX Camo pattern to the apparel our first-responders are currently wearing ensures that we will continue to offer our heroes a line of trusted apparel with cutting-edge patterns that matches their performance in ensuring our safety.”

The A-TACS iX pattern is available through selected TRU-SPEC dealers or at

Attn Retailers – Want to Carry Some OTTE Gear?

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

We got this note from OTTE Gear:

Hi Otte Gear fans.
We have some really solid older product we need to sell to a retail store or wholesaler at a deep discount. We have never done this before as we usually sell direct but we need to make some room in the warehouse. This is not for one or two pieces it is for larger quantities. If you are interested or know someone who might please reach out and call Todd at 917-923-6230 or and he can give you the details. It will be first come first served, so don’t wait!


First Spear Friday Focus – The Other Guy Softshell Jacket

Friday, April 15th, 2016

This week, we’ll take a look at one of the first clothing items introduced by FirstSpear, the Other Guy Jacket.

The Other Guy Softshell is now available on the Non-Stocking Non-Standard section. It features two zipped chest pockets, a zippered poacher pocket at the rear with zippered openings on either side and zippered upper arm pockets with Velcro fields. This Coyote color is all that is available.


There is limited sizing and an even fewer number of FR versions of this jacket on the FirstSpear site for sale. These are the original production versions, and once they are gone, they are gone. However, FirstSpear has an updated version of the Other Guy in development right now, so it will return!

Krupto Strategic – UBL Anniversary T-Shirt – Pre-Order

Thursday, April 14th, 2016


Krupto Strategic has put up a pre-order for a shirt recognizing the anniversary of the death of Usama (Osama) Bin Laden. On the left, the shirt features the MGRS grid coordinates of the UBL compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan; Bin Laden’s code name, Geronimo; and EKIA (Enemy Killed In Action). On the right, the DTG of the time the raid was conducted, and SEAL Team Six and the CIA, in recognition of the two parties principally responsible for the raid.


  • Pictures are digital renderings. Actual prints may vary slightly in size and placement.
  • Printed in San Diego, CA
  • Athletic fit
  • Solid Colors- 100% combed and ring-spun cotton, 4.2 oz.
  • Heather Colors- 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% poly
  • Pre-orders will be open through April 21. Expected shipping May 7.

    XGO – Phase 1 FR Short Sleeve T-Shirt

    Thursday, April 14th, 2016

    FR Flyer

    Generous cut, loose fit. Designed to fit loosely for comfort and full range of motion. Allows for unrestricted movement.

    -Lightweight First Layer
    -Patented blend of Modacrylic & FR Rayon
    -Superior Moisture-Wicking
    -Quick Drying
    -Ag47™ Anti-Microbial Protection
    -Won’t Shrink, Pick or Pill
    -Durable and Breathable
    -Extra Length
    -Clean Seam
    -Desert Sand Color
    -Small – XXLarge