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Carinthia Caters to SOF Clothing Requirements

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Another great European brand we had a chance to chat with at DSEI was Austria-based Carinthia.  They manufacture a range of sleeping bags, shelters and environmental clothing systems.  Several of their items are used by European SOF units and they often create special make up variants of their products such as those shown below.

This is a Gore-Tex shell that has been adopted by a European SOF organization. It’s a modified version of the Carinthia Tactical Rain Garment which includes Trousers. It utilizes a Topaz ePTFE membrane with a polyamide shell.

That same unit also issues this jacket was an insulated garment. It’s a variant of Carinthia’s Extreme Cold Insulation Jacket and includes Trousers. It uses G-loft ISO+ polyester insulation with a polyamide shell featuring a GORE Windstopper membrane.

Beyond x First Spear Booth Jacket

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Booth Jacket

Beyond x First Spear Booth Jacket

Introducing the Booth Jacket by Beyond and First Spear. The Booth Jacket is a fully U.S. made (Berry Compliant) evolution of First Spear’s Squadron Smock. This extremely limited run consists of only 13 jackets and they will not be reproduced.

Originally inspired by a traditional British Smock, the Booth Jacket is loaded with pockets and features. Built out of a DWR treated 50/50 nylon cotton ripstop for durability and protection from the elements. The Booth Jacket also features a grid fleece liner, Cordura elbow reinforcement and mesh interior pockets. The hood is sized to fit over a helmet and features a wired brim that can be adjusted for full customization. Extending down the hood and the back of the garment are attachment points for camouflage material. In total, the Booth Jacket features 18 pockets for endless storage configurations.

-Hood and Torso lined with gridded fleece
-Hood accommodates helmets
-Hood features drawstring and rear adjustment
-Hood Brim incorporates wire stiffener
-Scrim/Camo attachment points along hood, upper back and waist
-Velcro patches for ID on upper back and bicep pockets
-Removable padding in Cordura reinforced elbows
-2-Way Pit Zips for ventilation
-Pen pockets on both lower sleeves
-Drawstring waist
-Drawstring hem
-2-way Main zipper (closed with Velcro strips as well as Slotted Buttons)
-Snap closure at bottom of main zipper
-Drawstrings feature captive barrel locks for one-handed adjustment

-2 x Bicep Pockets with Hook and Loop
-2 x Cargo Chest Pockets
-4 x Cargo Pockets Along Skirt
-2 x Zip Closure Exterior Napoleon Pockets
-2 x Zip Closure Interior Napoleon Pockets
-1 x Exterior Poacher Pocket
-3 x Interior Flat Mesh Pockets
-2 x Zip Closure Gridded Fleece Lined Handwarmer Pockets

These are an ultra limited collaboration project and Beyond is offering them at $400.00 which has got to be significantly less than what they even cost to make, as they are Berry compliant.   Someone’s going to call it a collectors item but if you want a quality smock at a great price this is the one.

US Elite Gear – 007 Kit

Thursday, October 1st, 2015


US Elite Gear is now offering the 007 Kit. Customers who purchase an Arc’teryx LEAF Bravo Jacket and Salomon Forces XA Pro Mid GTX, will receive $125 worth of free gifts, including:

  • Petzl STRIX VL
  • US Elite T-shirt
  • US Elite 2.5″ Round PVC Logo Patch
  • US Elite 45 Cal Can O’ Whoop Ass

    UF PRO – Striker BDU In MultiCam And PenCott BadLands

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

    MultiCam vs Badlands

    UF PRO recently put together a series of action shots of the Striker BDU and other gear in the MultiCam and PenCott BadLands camouflage patterns. The images aren’t for the purpose of a comparison test, rather a chance to show off the Striker BDU in the patterns.


    MultiCam vs Badlands 2

    PenCott BadLands

    MultiCam vs Badlands 1

    Magpul – Magpul Core Cover Now Shipping

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

    MAG729-Magpul Core Cover-BLK

    Magpul is now shipping the Core Cover baseball cap. Made of a high-performance polyester fabric, it features a custom flex moisture-wicking headband , eyelet venting, and no top button for use with earpro.

    The Core Cover comes in Black, Gray, and Coyote.

    MAG577-PMAG25 M118-SND

    Additionally, the Sand color variant for the 25 M118 LR/SR GEN M3 Window PMAG is shipping.

    Blücher GMBH – IED Fragment Protective Clothing

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2015


    This Combat Shirt is part of an ensemble of IED Fragment Protective Clothing created by Blücher’s Saratoga division which also includes bandana, protective collar, shorts and a shirt.  Worn alone or in concert with one another, these garments increase the amount of body coverage against secondary projectile injuries.  


    In addition to providing environmental, camouflage and FR protection, the Fragment Protective Combat Shirt also stops secondary fragments such as dust, dirt and sand (v50 2gr RCc @ 320 m/sec, IAW STANAG 2920).  These properties also mean that the material is cut and slash resistant.

    Beyond’s Aether Baselayers: Intro To Clothing Systems

    Saturday, September 26th, 2015

    Why Layer?

    The number one reason to layer correctly for the outdoors is safety. Hypothermia and Hyperthermia occur when either heat loss, or heat gain occur at a faster rate than your body’s natural ability to self regulate. Modern technical clothing and layering techniques allow you to help regulate your body’s core temperature and survive in extreme climates.


    Moisture Management Explained

    No matter the environment, moisture management should be your main focus when building your layering system. There are two factors to consider when talking about moisture management; perspiration caused by an increase in body temperature and environmental moisture (i.e., Snow, Rain, Mud, etc). In a backpacking scenario, you will likely experience both. During a hike, climb, or ascent, you will expend energy and as a result your core temperature will rise and your body will perspire to cool you down. If that perspiration isn’t wicked away as you become static, or as the temperature drops, that moisture will begin to freeze. As a result, your core temperature will drop and you may become hypothermic. For the same reason, it’s important to pack a shell to protect you from environmental moisture (i.e., Rain, Snow) reaching your skin.


    Choosing a Baselayer

    Baselayers are the foundation of your layering system. Even the most technical jackets can be negated in function by the wrong baselayer. That said, there are three main considerations when choosing a baselayer; fit, construction, and fabric. Because the purpose of a baselayer is to pull moisture from your skin, you want your baselayers to be relatively form fitting. The more contact the material has with your skin, the more moisture the fabric will be able to wick away. Next, it’s important to consider the construction of your baselayers. Choose a baselayer that has optimized seam placement to avoid chafing when wearing a pack, or harness. Finally and most importantly, you must choose your baselayer fabric. In almost all cases, it’s best to avoid cotton (constant, extreme heat can be an exception). Cotton absorbs moisture, dries extremely slow and loses all of it’s insulation properties when it gets wet. The two main fabrics used for baselayers are wool and synthetics. Wool tends to dry slower than a synthetic, but it retains insulative properties when wet and can be slightly warmer. Synthetics are generally lighter than their wool counterparts and dry significantly faster. For Beyond’s Axios Layering System, we’ve found that the lightweight, fast drying attributes of Polartec PowerDry work best within our system.

    Polartec Powerdry


    PowerDry is a bi-component knit synthetic that has been optimized for breathability and rapid moisture transport. The next to skin fabric is made up of gridded fleece channels that pull moisture from your skin into the smooth exterior fabric where moisture quickly dissipates and evaporates into the next layer of the system. The result is a fabric that breathes extremely well when you’re hot and insulates when you’re cold. Also, one major advantage to a bi-component construction is that the wicking properties are construction based and don’t rely on chemical fiber treatments. Chemical treatments designed to help the wicking process can wash out and lose their performance attributes.

    Aether Baselayers

    Our A1 Aether Baselayers are built out of 4-way stretch Polartec PowerDry fabric. They feature antimicrobial underarm gussets to reduce odor, and flat-lock seam construction to increase packability while reducing chafing from a pack or harness. These layers have been optimized for moisture transport and core temperature regulation. In addition, we use Polartec Powerdry, Wind-Pro and Alpha in our A2-A3’s to ensure seamless moisture transport from your next-to-skin all the way out to your shell fabric.