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Friday, September 30th, 2016

At Modern Day Marine the WL Gore & Assoc booth has traditionally been about organizational clothing and individual equipment but with an ever increasing emphasis on CBRNE, Gore brought out its latest CHEMPAK technologies. Created as an alternative to traditional carbon fabric suits, Gore has incorporated not only new, breathable membranes, but also innovative design features to enhance the garment’s functionality and by extension, the comfort and endurance of the wearer.

They displayed three different suits. Although they all look similar, and are based on the same technology, they offer different sets of features. Named the CPCSU-2 Chemical & Biological Protective Combat Suit family, they are based on work done for SOF Chem-Bio suits and designed for a wide range of mission sets including combatting WMD, military humanitarian support operations and military support of civilian authority operations.

CPCSU-2 with Integrated Optional MOPP Scale Hood & Gloves

Providing durable, broad protection, it is easy to don and offers MOPP interfaces to the suit. When compared to traditional carbon suits, the CHEMPAK material improved heat loss by more than 20 percent.

CPCSU-2 Flex Fit Design

This Flex Fit design was created for increased range of motion and lower audible signature. The thermal burden in this suit is also lower than others.

CPCSU-2 Jumpsuit Design

This suit was designed for affordability. Consequently, it doesn’t incorporate some of the features of the other two suits. However, thanks to the CHEMPAK membrane, the thermal burden remains lower than carbon suits.

Design Features

Gore has done some great work on these suits. Those of you who are divers may see some familiar concepts from dry suits. However, the features below may not be available for all of the suits.

Many of you are familiar with Gore-Tex TOPO fabric, a recently introduced stretch membrane for protection from the elements. The CHEMPAK suits integrate a similar stretch technology. These are incorporated as panels into key areas of the coverall to ensure flexibility while maintaining integrity of the suit’s environment.  In all three cases, these are coverall designs which decrease the possibility of contamination via a compromised suit. 

Another example is this glove interface which allows the wearer to quickly transition from MOPP 3 to 4 by pulling his hands in and inserting them into the attached gloves. Then, the user simply rolls up the opening and secures it with Velcro to seal it off and stows it under the cuff.

The CPCSU-2 also offers a removable hood which integrates into the suit as well as the mask. The advantages here are obvious; there’s no entry of outside air under gaps in the skirt of the traditional external hood. The membrane will also breath better than the rubber hood traditionally used with protective masks.

Finally, the legs of the CPCSU-2 open up to facilitate donning, yet close easily. Here, you can see the stretch material.

You may notice that the outer shells are removable. This is for maintenance as well as allowing the user to change his ‘paint job’ based on the environment he will be working in. In addition to environmental camouflage patterns, the user can select solid colors for low profile work or high visibility hues for disaster relief. Additionally, the user can specify different face fabrics for the shell. For example, full FR protection, no melt/no drip or anti-static are different shell fabric options.

Finally, independant testing shows that the CPCSU-2 family is lighter and lower unpacked volume than carbon-based suits.

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UF PRO – P-40 Classic Pants Now Available In Desert Grey

Friday, September 30th, 2016


UF PRO is now offering the P-40 pant in a new colorway, Desert Grey. For a full overview on the P-40 pant, check out UF PRO’s release on them here, but in brief, the P-40 is a tactical pant designed to provide the wearer with comfort and functionality, with an anatomic cut, stretch areas made of Schoeller dynamic fabric, and 7 pockets.


Kitanica – RSP

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Kitanica’s RSPs are constructed in Oakland, California from breathable and durable Ripstop NYCO fabric. They are outfitted eight pockets including Cordura pocket corner reinforcements to prevent knife clip wear, an ingenious rear cell phone sleeve in the left rear pocket, double layer seat and knees, right zippered and snapped side cargo pocket assembly, mag/flashlight sleeve, left side cargo pocket with Velcro closure and top mounted pen tubes.

The RSPs are a roomy relaxed fit design engineered with mobility cut, seven webbing belt loops and Velcro cinching waist are designed to avoid waistband sag, and its articulated knees achieve an incredible fit.

Rogue American Apparel – SERE Belts

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

RAA S.E.R.E Belts are back! Made in Texas from Parachute grade material and Class 7 sewing. The belt incorporates a loop with quick release Cobra Buckle and Hidden zipper compartment. Lifetime warranty. Offered in Black and Tan. Same day shipping.

Sneak Peek – TYR Anorak in Neoshell

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Huron Anorak is currently made from a four-way stretch softshell material. TYR has made a few prototypes of their Anorak in Polartec’s waterproof/breathable Neoshell fabric. It’s got a little bit of mechanical stretch to it, but it’s lightweight, packs well, and is highly breathable. They say they’ll release a production version in Spring 17. Looking forward to it.

Sneak Peek – Cub Cubs Watch Cap Mini

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Wild Things – 1/4 Zip Power Stretch Pullover

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Made from Power Stretch® by Polartec® which features 87% recycled fiber content, for those of you into thst sort of thing, Wild Thing’s 1/4 Zip Pullover incorporates four-way stretch and flatlocked seams to reduce chafing.

The 1/4 center front zipper is great for ventilation and has a fleece zipper guard. There’s also a left chest pocket with coil zipper along with thumb loops and a dropped tail to keep your lower back covered when you stretch.

Magpul Fall Apparel Line Now Shipping

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

With Fall comes Magpul’s second release of apparel, a few new styles that will keep you warm and active outdoors as the temperatures drop and the adventures change. These new additions to our “Everyday Wear” apparel continue the direction of mating traditional styling with modern engineering to create performance essentials that are as useful in the work week as they are on the weekend. By mixing natural fibers like wool and cotton with more modern synthetics we have created several new styles that you can use and abuse, wash at home and never have to visit a dry cleaners.

Everyday Wear, Everyday Where?

Brodie Flannel

Hays Polo

Sterling Sweater

Barton Henley

Badge Hoodie Pullover

Wicking Polo