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New D.A. Hoodie From PDW

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Starting with Polartec Wind Pro fabric that sheds moisture and resist strong winds, the D.A. Hoodie is warm and lightweight. The fleece fabric is functional as either a high performance outer layer, or a comfortable insulating layer under a shell.

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Beyond its thermal qualities the D.A. Hoodie has plenty of useful features:
6 pockets (2 with dummy cord points)
Shaped MLH hood with mini bill
Reinforced elbows,
Dummy cord keepers
One-handed bottom cinch,
Structured thumbhole cuffs
Laser cut pit vents
Dual loop patches on shoulders
YKK reverse coil zippers

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The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“The D.A. Hoodie is built from many years of experience from some of the world’s most demanding users. Perhaps most notably, our Chief Designer’s relationship with members of SOCOM who were the first very adopters of his technical apparel designs over 17 years ago. Professional wilderness guides, field researchers, explorers, overlanders to the outdoor weekender all have seen and benefitted from the design and quality virtues of his designs. This hoodie showcases a continuing evolution of a core, purpose driven design and quality ethos that drives everything we do. We created D.A. Hoodie as a goto, grab-n-go full zip technical style that performs in a wide variety conditions, use cases and features the extra functional details for the demanding user. Some of the smartly design features don’t reveal themselves until you’re actually in the field, but most importantly they are there when you need them. We’re honored and proud of the core users who have chosen to use our goods. Their lives are defined by authenticity, action, and accomplishments. That’s why were are here and who we design and create these goods for. ”

The PDW D.A. Hoodie will be available in 2 colors, Machine Mineral Gray and Syth Lord Black and available starting on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon PST via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

Arktis B221 Special Operations “Kommando” Smock

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Based on the SAS Smock, the Arktis B221 was developed for the German “Kommando Spezialkräfte” KSK Special Forces Command.

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The Smock is made from a British MilSpec Poly-Cotton Ripstop Fabric which is Windproof and Water Resistant with Granger Water Treatment.

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It features 13 Pockets!:
-Six Large Lined Cargo Pockets with Storm Flap and NATO-Style Taped Buttons.
-Attachment D Rings in outer Pockets
-Four Zippered Internal Pockets,
-Two Sleeve Pockets, Large Rear External

Additional features:
-Two Way Front Zipper, Storm Flap with Buttons and Velcro,
-Velcro Cuffs, Adjustable Storm Hood, Waist Cord
-Underarm Ventilation Zipps, Cordura Elbow Pads
-Foliage Attachment Loops
-Rank Epaulette

Intended for for Long Range Missions, it’s also great for Outdoorsman, Hunters, Photographers, Researchers, Hikers, Explorers, ATVs, and Horseback Riders.

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Although it’s seen here in Swedish M90 camo, the B221 is offered in the Arktis Comb Arid Camo; subtle and very effective. Other colors include Olive Green, MultiCam MTP, DPM, and Coyote.

Made in the UK. $279.95 Shipped CONUS.

Available Through Arktis US Ebay Store or direct from Arktisusa.com.

SMA Dailey At Army/Navy Game In Prototype Pinks and Greens

Monday, December 11th, 2017

You’re looking at the best leadership team the US Army has had in quite some time.

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Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley is seen with Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey during Saturday’s Army/Navy Game. SMA Dailey is wearing a prototype ‘Pinks and Greens’ service dress uniform which he was recently fitted for by a team from PEO Soldier.

The uniform is referred to as ‘Pinks and Greens’ because it is inspired by an iconic World War Two-era dress uniform. This modernized version is available in male and female versions. If it is adopted, there’s even talk of an optional wear leather A-2 flight jacket.

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Update: Here are a few more photos from PEO Soldier.

SPARTANAT – Do It With Style: MultiCam Bow Tie

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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Danish, you have to melt on your tongue: Taktisk Butterfly og Lommetørklæde fra Tardigrade Tactical. This means “Tactical black bow tie and matching handkerchief from Tardigrade Tactical”. Great idea, so you can also send a small tactical signal during the opera visit in a tuxedo. Or in civilian professional life. Ideally you have to wear it in front of the Christmas tree. Extremely tacticool! HERE are black bow tie and handkerchief to have: inf-wear.dk/da/gaveideer-og-gavekort/3407-tardigrade-tactical-tacticool-bow-tie

TARDIGRADE TACTICAL im Internet: www.tardigradetactical.dk
INF WEAR im Internet: inf-wear.dk
SPARTANAT. www.spartanat.com

For The Ladies – Slangvel Hats

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

That’s right, Slangvel is now making hats in lady friendly colors.

In addition to Boonies, Slangvel also makes M43s, Rhodesian-style kepis, Bigeards, Helmet Covers and the occasional Smock.

To keep track of what he has for sale and in which patterns, follow him on Facebook or eBay.

UF PRO – AcE Winter Combat Shirts Now Available For Order

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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The arm sections of UF PRO’s AcE Winter Combat Shirt are insulated with GLOFT thermal insulation while the torso is made from a wind proof and water repellant material. Venitilation is provided by underarm and an asymmetric front zippers. Additionally, the zippered mid-chest pockets offer ventilation as well. Since it’s UF PRO, they’ve also incorporated their AirPac inserts at the shoulders and a cool watch window at the wristlet cuffs.

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PEO Soldier Provides Update On Jungle Combat Boot and Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Yesterday, the US Army’s Program Executive Officer Soldier, responsible for the development, procurement, and lifecycle management of weapons and equipment used by the individual Soldier, hosted a media round table to update us on the Jungle Combat Boot (ver 2) and Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform. These two pieces of vital clothing are intended for use in a hot, wet environment.

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Providing the update was COL Stephen Thomas, Product Manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment; LTC Jonathan Allen, Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment; and CPT Dan Ferenczy SCIE Assistant Product Manager, Environmental Clothing and Footwear. Both COL Thomas and LTC Allen came on board over the Summer while CPT Ferenczy has been working on this project for about a year.

COL Thomas kicked off the event with a brief overview of PM SPIE. He was followed by LTC Allen who brings a lot of energy to PM SCIE, which he refers to as the “Varsity Team” of PEO Soldier. He wanted to thank everyone who got them to where they are today in this project, Army and industry alike.

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Current issue boots are less than optimal for wear in the jungle. They lack puncture protection and feature additional layers for comfort which retain moisture. Initially, the Army evaluated Commercially available boots but found that they didn’t dry quickly and lacked drainage and traction in mud and didn’t shed excess mud.

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Intended for use in a tropical, or hot wet environment, the Jungle Combat Boot has been a fast tracked acquisition. Within six months of the directed requirement being issued, the Army had taken delivery of the initial generation of boots and was fielding them to two Brigade Combat Teams in the 25th Infantry Division.

Fielding of an initial capability was so fast because readiness is the Army’s number one priority. However, the PM SCIE team has relied heavily on Soldier feedback to refine the requirement. For example, Soldiers want a boot that is more flexible, lighter weight and has a less thick sole than those initially fielded. The version 2 JCBs will also dry an hour faster than currently issued boots and feature a puncture resistant sole incorporating material which resists 200 lbs sq in of force. This will not only protect from thorns but also man made threats such as the “punji stakes” used in Vietnam.

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PM SCIE is currently working with industry to conduct a wear test of a Gen 2 boot incorporating changes in 2nd Quarter FY18. In alphabetical order, the vendors are Altama, Bates, Belleville, McRae and Rocky. Based on feedback next March, PM SCIE will combine the best attributes into a common requirement. However, boots will continue to be refined until Soldiers are satisfied.

When asked if the Army had been working with SOCOM and the Marine Corps, both of whom also have Jungle Boot requirements, LTC Allen answered that they had. He related that the Army, Marine Corps and SOCOM teams work regularly together, sharing information. But, while the overall objective is a common boot for all services there are different requirements. For example, Marines prefer a 6-8″ tall boot, whereas Soldiers desire a taller boot.

Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform
The IHWCU is intended as an alternative for the Army Combat Uniform for wesr in jungle environments. While the two uniforms share the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern, the design and fabric are both different.

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The overall layout of the uniform is the most obvious difference. CPT Ferenczy said that they had also incorporated a quick dry fabric and long with general performance improvements. Overall, there are fewer layers and seams.

Jacket Improvements
No mandarin collar
Old style shoulder pockets with buttons
No breast pockets

Trouser Improvements
No rear pockets
Gussetted crotch
Articulated knee
Mesh ankle wrap

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Aside from the fabric improvement, there are five major features on this uniform I’d like to point out. First, the lack of both chest and rear pockets. Second, the return to a more traditional, vertically oriented, button flapped shoulder pocket. Third, the reverse rake on the trouser cargo pockets, with the front of the pocket and flap being higher than the rear. Fourth, the introduction of a gusseted or diamond crutch for increased mobility and to reduce blowouts. Finally, the incorporation of the mesh ankle wrap. This feature has been quite popular and works like a gaiter to protect the Soldier’s legs from bugs and other pests when the trousers aren’t bloused due to heat and drainage concerns.

While the goal has been to reduce the amount of fabric on the garment, I’m surprised they’ve retained the lower leg pockets which don’t seem to offer much capability considering they will constantly catch on vegetation and fill with water. I’m also curious if any of these features will find their way over to the ACU.

Fabric
The current fabric being used for the IHWCU is a 5.7 oz, 57/43 NYCO blend by Invista. According to CPT Ferenczi, this new fabric also offers improved air permeability (breathability) of 70cfm versus the 30cfm of the ACU’s 50/50 NYCO. Thanks to the new fabric and design, the IHWCU boasts a 30 min faster dry time over the current 90 minutes for the ACU.

However, the Army is preparing to conduct a lab test of new hot weather fabrics and based on what they find, they plan to conduct an additional wear test of promising fabrics later this year.

When You’ll See Them
According to LTC Allen, 65,000 sets of the IHWCU are currently in production. In January, they plan to issue four uniforms and one pair of boots each to soldiers in one Hawaii-based battalion of the 25th ID.

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Unless you’re in one of the test units at the 25th ID, there’s no word yet in when you’ll be issued the IHWCU and JCBs. The Army is still at least a year out from a final decision and hasn’t decided if these will become Clothing Bag items, common to all Soldiers or issued at CIF as Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment.

PEO Soldier photos by Ronald T Lee.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – American Wool Mid Shirt

Friday, December 8th, 2017

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The FirstSpear ACM Mid 400 material is a dual layer wool combination that works to pull moisture away from the base layer to help keep you cool or trap warmth when its cold. This material makes for an exceptionally high performance garment that can be worn all on its own or as another layering component. The mid shirt features a 2/3 front zip for extra comfort when layering or a quick vent when you get hot. A high collar will keep your neck protected and comfortable when running a sling.

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Constructed from ACM MID 400: Dual layer 100? USA Wool Exterior, 100? Polyester Interior.

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Now available in all new Charcoal, Sand, Commando, and Manatee Grey. Made in the USA with USA Materials.

www.first-spear.com