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5BORONYC – Desert Camo Hats

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

5BORONYC Hats

5BORONYC has produced three hats in a desert camo that’s very reminiscent of AOR1.

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Six Panel Bucket Desert Camo

5boronyc.myshopify.com/collections/5b-hats/products/six-panel-bucket-desert-camo

5BORONYC_Join_or_Die_Camper_Desert_SuedeJoin Or Die Five Panel Camper Desert

5boronyc.myshopify.com/collections/5b-hats/products/join-or-die-five-panel-camper-desert

5BORONYC_Logo_Mesh_Snapback_DesertLogo Mesh Snapback Desert

5boronyc.myshopify.com/collections/5b-hats/products/logo-mesh-snapback-desert

Available either online or at select retailers.

5boronyc.myshopify.com/collections/5b-hats

Tactical Distributors – Keep Calm & Return Fire Pullover Hoodie

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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New from Tactical Distributors, the KCRF Pullover Hoodie is an 80/20 CottonPoly blend midweight hoodie with KCRF-related left chest and full back prints. Additional features include a hood with draw cord retention and kangaroo pocket.

Available in a dark heather colorway in sizes SM – 2XL. Printed in the USA.

www.tacticaldistributors.com/keep-calm-return-fire-pullover-hoodie

‘Red Label’ from Beyond

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

When you run across a Beyond product with a Red Label you know you’ve got something special. It’s reserved specifically for prototypes.

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For example, this Action Shirt is made from a new fabric that relies on it’s hexagonal weave for breathability and added strength without the addition of a rips top yarn.

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www.beyondclothing.com

The White St George’s Scarf from Pretty Green

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Available now, the St George’s Scarf from clothing brand Pretty Green is pretty cool whether you’re a soccer fan or just want to sport the colors.

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Yep, that’s Newman.

www.prettygreen.com/shop/product/ss14-the-white-st-georges-scarf

Platatac Hanorak NanoSphere

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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Platatac’s Harry Anorak (Hanorak) is a high performance technical garment designed to be worn for protection against the elements while under physical strain.

It features NanoSphere treatment for protection from wind and water, and comes in three different fabric types:

MultiCam 2-way stretch Delta fabric

MultiCam 4-way stretch Beaver fabric

Kryptek and plain color 4-way stretch Alpha fabric

These fabrics and the stretch properties they contain ensure the longevity of the Hanorak by almost completely removing the stress on seams while not inhibiting the range of movement.

Additional features include:

- Seamless shoulders
- Gauge 8 YKK zippers
- Enlarged hood to accommodate a helmet
- Hem cinch cord adjustment
- Waist cinch cord adjustment
- Hood cinch cord adjustment
- Elasticized cuff with Velcro tensioning tab
- Dual access zipped front pouch
- 5mm x 55mm Velcro fields on both arms
- Zipper garages on both front pouch pocket zips
- Zippered armpit opening

Available in Black, Highlander, Khaki, Mandrake, and MultiCam. Made in Australia.

www.platatac.com/platatac-hanorak-nanoshpere

Tactical Distributors – Elite Hoodie Gen II In Desert Camo

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Tactical Distributors has just released their popular Elite Hoodie Gen II in Desert Tan with Desert Camo accents. An update on the original Elite Hoodie, the GEN II features quality zippers, welted side pockets, and an updated left sleeve pocket, for holding small, frequently used items such as keys or credit cards. The right sleeve has a Velcro loop panel for morale or ID patches, and both sleeves feature thumb holes at the cuffs. Draw cords at the hood allow for adjustable retention, and the left zippered breast pocket provides additional storage.

www.tacticaldistributors.com/td-elite-hoodie-gen-ii-camo

LBX Tactical – LBX Assaulters Uniform In Ranger Green

Monday, September 8th, 2014

LBX Ranger Green

LBX Tactical is now offering their Assaulter’s Uniform in Ranger Green.

The Assaulters Shirt consists of a Jersey knit center body with ripstop 65/35 PolyCo sleeves. The sleeves feature side zipper pockets with Velcro panels for patches, and the wrists are adjustable with hook & loop retention.

The Assaulters Pant is made from a ripstop 65/35 PolyCo blend. The pant features dual front utility pockets, 2 lower leg ancillary pockets, and 2 deep side cargo pockets with hook & loop closure and bellowed side gussets. The dual layered reinforced knees have hook & loop closure for optional knee pad insert.

Available now in sizes SM – 2XL.

lbxtactical.com/collections/assaulter-uniform

Released! ALARACT 209/2014 – THE NEW ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM (APFU) AND THE NEW BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP

Friday, September 5th, 2014

ALARACT 209/2014
DTG: 031313Z SEP 14
UNCLAS
SUBJ/ALARACT 209/2014 – THE NEW ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM (APFU) AND THE NEW BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP

THIS ALARACT MESSAGE HAS BEEN TRANSMITTED BY USAITA ON BEHALF OF HQDA//DAMO-TRS//

SUBJECT: THE NEW ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM (APFU) AND THE NEW BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, REQUEST THE WIDEST POSSIBLE DISSEMINATION
(U) REFERENCES:
REF// A/ OPERATIONAL FORCES INTERFACE GROUP REPORT, DATED 3 MAY 12, SUBJECT: TOTAL ARMY SURVEY OF THE IMPROVED PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM
(IPFU) TO ALL 50 STATES AND VARIOUS WORLDWIDE LOCATIONS.
REF//B/ OPERATIONAL FORCES INTERFACE GROUP REPORT, DATED 7 JAN 13, SUBJECT: IPFU PHASE II.
REF//C/ OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF G-4, MEMORANDUM DATED 26 AUG 13, SUBJECT: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY
APPROVAL OF THE 144TH ARMY UNIFORM BOARD (AUB) RECOMMENDATIONS.

1. (U) THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM (APFU) AND THE NEW BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP.
2. (U) SOLDIERS’ FEEDBACK PROMPTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE APFU. TO GAUGE ACCURATELY THE SOLDIERS’ OPINIONS, THE ARMY CONDUCTED AN ONLINE SURVEY FROM 6 FEB – 7 MAR 12. THE SURVEY GENERATED MORE THAN 76,000 SOLDIER RESPONSES. THE SOLDIERS’ RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED MODIFICATIONS TO THE APPEARANCE, THE ADDITION OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE FABRICS, AND MEASURES TO INCREASE COMFORT AND FIT. FROM 9- 29 OCT 12, A SECOND SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE SOLDIERS’ PREFERENCE FOR COLOR AND DESIGN OF THE FITNESS UNIFORM. MORE THAN 190,000 SOLDIERS VOTED ON 64 DESIGN AND COLOR COMBINATIONS. SOLDIERS ULTIMATELY RECOMMENDED THE BLACK-AND-GOLD ENSEMBLE.

3. (U) THE PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICE (PEO) SOLDIER WORKED WITH NATICK SOLDIER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER TO REDESIGN THE CURRENT IPFU. THE GOAL WAS TO USE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FABRICS IN THE APFU WITHOUT INCREASING THE COST FROM THE IPFU. THE APFU FEATURES 32 IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING IMPROVED IDENTIFICATION/KEY POCKETS, A REDESIGNED STRETCHABLE LINING IN THE TRUNKS, HEAT MITIGATION AND FEMALE SIZING (PANTS/JACKET). ALL OF THESE CHANGES WERE INCORPORATED BASED ON SOLDIERS’ INPUT. THE ARMY CONDUCTED EXTENSIVE TECHNICAL TESTING AS WELL AS USER ASSESSMENTS IN VARIOUS CLIMATIC REGIONS TO OBTAIN SOLDIERS’ FEEDBACK AND TO VALIDATE THE APFU FORM, FIT AND FUNCTION.

4. (U) THE APFU ENSEMBLE CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
4.A. APFU JACKET: BLACK WITH GOLD CHEVRON AND ARMY STAR LOGO
4.B. APFU PANTS: BLACK WITH ARMY STAR LOGO
4.C. APFU LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT: BLACK WITH GOLD “ARMY” LETTERING
4.D. APFU SHORT-SLEEVE SHIRT: BLACK WITH GOLD “ARMY” LETTERING
4.E. APFU TRUNKS: BLACK WITH GOLD “ARMY” LETTERING

5. (U) THE APFU EMSEMBLE IS QUICK DRYING AND MOISTURE WICKING, AND USES LIGHTWEIGHT FABRICS. THE APFU ENSEMBLE IS NOT REFLECTIVE. THE T-SHIRTS AND TRUNK LINERS WILL NOT HAVE ANTIMICROBIAL CAPABILITIES AT THIS TIME. AFTER FURTHER RESEARCH INTO THE EFFICACY OF ANTIMICROBIAL FABRICS, THE ARMY WILL CONSIDER ADDING THIS CAPABILITY INTO THE APFU.

6. (U) THE ARMY PLANS TO INTRODUCE THE APFU OVER SEVERAL YEARS.
THE APFU WILL BE AVAILABLE:
6.A. FOR ARMY MILITARY CLOTHING STORES (AMCS) IN 1ST QUARTER FISCAL YEAR 2015 (1QFY15). DURING THE APFU INTRODUCTION, DRILL SERGEANTS AT CLOTHING INITIAL ISSUE POINT (CIIP) LOCATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED TO OBTAIN THEIR SUPPLEMENTAL ISSUE OF APFU ITEMS FROM THEIR LOCAL AMCS IN 2QFY15.
6.B. FOR CIIP INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING (IET) SOLDIERS IN 3QFY15.
6.C. FOR THE ARMY-DIRECT ORDERING (ADO), ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, ARMY RESERVE AND SENIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (SROTC) SOLDIERS IN 4QFY15.

7. (U) THE WEAR-OUT DATE FOR THE IPFU IS 30 SEP 17. THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE APFU IS 1 OCT 17 (1QFY18).

8. (U) FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE ARMY IS INTRODUCING TWO PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORMS: THE ISSUE AND OPTIONAL APFU. THE OPTIONAL APFU WILL ALSO BE SOLD AT AMCS AND WILL COST SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THE ISSUED APFU. SOLDIERS MAY PURCHASE THE OPTIONAL APFU WITH PERSONAL FUNDS. THE OPTIONAL AND ISSUED APFU ARE VERY SIMILAR IN APPEARANCE AND FEATURES. HOWEVER, THE OPTIONAL APFU IS MADE FROM DIFFERENT FABRICS, HAS A PANT LINER AND A BRIEF-STYLE TRUNK LINER, AND INCLUDES UNISEX AND FEMALE SIZES FOR THE JACKET AND PANTS. THE OPTIONAL APFU WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AMCS STARTING 1QFY15 (DEC 14). THIS WILL ALLOW SOLDIERS AN OPTION TO PROCURE AN APFU IN ANOTHER FABRIC.

9. (U) SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR A MIXTURE OF ISSUE AND OPTIONAL APFU COMPONENTS AT THE SAME TIME. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY CAN WEAR OPTIONAL APFU TRUNKS WITH THE ISSUE APFU T-SHIRT. SOLDIERS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO MIX THE WEAR OF APFU COMPONENTS WITH THE IPFU COMPONENTS AT THE SAME TIME. FOR EXAMPLE, SOLDIERS MAY NOT WEAR THE APFU T-SHIRT WITH THE IPFU TRUNKS. THE APFU IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AS PRESECRIBED FOR THE IPFU IN ARMY REGULATION 670-1 AND DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY PAMPHLET 670-1 (UNTIL REVISIONS OF THESE PUBLICATIONS ARE RELEASED).

10. (U) THE ARMY IS CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE MICROFLEECE CAP FROM GREEN TO BLACK FOR WEAR WITH THE APFU. THE BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP WILL BE AVAILABLE:
10.A. AT AMCS IN 1QFY15. DURING THE BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP INTRODUCTION, DRILL SERGEANTS AT CIIP LOCATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED TO OBTAIN THEIR SUPPLEMENTAL ISSUE OF THE BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP FROM
THEIR LOCAL AMCS IN 2QFY15.
10.B. AT THE CIIP FOR IET SOLDIERS IN 3QFY15.
10.C. THE ADO, THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, ARMY RESERVE AND SROTC IN 4QFY15.

11. (U) THE WEAR-OUT DATE FOR THE GREEN MICROFLEECE CAP IS 30 SEP 17. THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE BLACK MICROFLEECE CAP IS 1 OCT 17, (1QFY18).

12. (U) HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (HQDA) POINT OF CONTACT ARE MAJ DANNY P OR MS. SHIRLEY B.

13. (U) THIS MESSAGE WILL EXPIRE ON 22 AUG 15, UNLESS SUPERSEDED BY OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FROM HQDA.

Beyond Clothing – AXIOS Rig Jacket

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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“If the A1 and A2 are the foundation, then the Rig Softshell is the house.”

Beyond Clothing’s AXIOS Rig Softshell is a Winter weight softshell jacket constructed from Beyond’s prorietary X-HAL High Efficency Softshell, with DWR treatment for shedding light rain and snow. The interior features an AXIOS midweight grid fleece liner which is bonded to the shell. The 4-way stretch woven underarm gusset provides optimal range of motion and ventilation. Left and right external hand pockets are also included on the jacket.

Additional features include:

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The low profile lightweight ripstop nylon hood zips into the collar.

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Right and left external bicep pockets with 4″ x 7″ Velcro loop panel.

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Left ripstop nylon chest pocket.

The AXIOS Rig Jacket is available in Coyote and MultiCam, sizes M-XL.

www.beyondclothing.com/axios-rig-softshell-jacket.html

Platatac – Mountain Shawl Collar

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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This is really cool. Platatac’s Mountain Shawl Collar is a heavyweight fleece top is designed to be worn as a comfortable and warm layer. It features thumb loops at the cuffs, a tube style front hand pocket, and taped buttons at the collar and an elasticized waist to trap heat. The ‘shawl’ style collar, from which the garment gets its name, can be fliped up to provide additional protection from the elements.

Available in Black, Brown, Khaki, Lime Green, and Navy in sizes SM – XL. Made in Australia.

www.platatac.com/platatac-mountain-shawl-collar-7946