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CANSOFCOM Seeks New Uniforms

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

There lots of money being pumped into updating the clothing used by CANSOFCOM. First, we mentioned the new Distinctive Environmental Uniform unveiled during CANSEC. It is a dress uniform based on the Pinks and Greens worn by members of the World War Two-era Devil’s Brigade, a combined commando unit made up of American and Canadian troops.


Then, back in August we reported on the Advanced Special Operations Forces Combat Uniform. In September, Public Works and Government Services Canada released a tender for a two-piece FR Flight Suit in MultiCam for SOF aircrews. But their latest requirement may be the most interesting. Issued on October 2nd, the tender seeks manufacturers for Special Operations Forces Distinctive Service Uniform (SDSU). Essentially, they want MultiCam variants of the standard Canadian combat clothing called the Enhanced Combat Uniform, which normally features the CADPAT print. If the name means anything, these will likely be worn as garrison uniforms while the Advanced SOF Combat Uniforms will be used in combat as well as during combat focused training.  The SDSU will help tie the command to the Canadian Forces, yet offer them their distinctive use of the MultiCam pattern.  These will likely supplant the Peerless Garment manufactured uniforms, currently worn in garrison by members of the command and also be worn at service schools.  

(CANSOF Soldier in CADPAT Photo: Canadian Forces )

The tender seeks bids for SDSUs manufactured in both the 50/50 NYCO used in American uniforms as well as a 100% Nylon fabric. There is also a placeholder in the solicitation for a DND supplied fabric. Below are drawings of the ECU uniform cut.  

All of this is in the heals of a procurement of new cold weather clothing, issued last year.

CANSOFCOM is considered the fourth Canadian Armed Forces environment; essentially, a service unto itself. Despite cuts to the Canadian Department of National Defense, the command looks to add over 600 new personnel in the near future, along with an increase of $1.5 billion to their budget over the coming years.

To summarise, once this all done, CANSOFCOM will have their own versions of Dress Uniform (DEU), Garrison Uniform (DSU), Combat Uniform (ACU) Flight Suit and Environmental Ensemble.

UF PRO – Striker XT Gen.2 Combat Shirt and Pant Now Available in Navy Blue

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017


UF PRO’s Striker XT Gen.2 Combat Shirt and Pant are now available in Navy Blue.

Striker XT Gen.2 Shirt


Pocket Configuration:
2X large upper arm pockets with Velcro and an additional strap for easy opening
2X lower arm pockets with elastic straps inside the pocket and MOLLE on top of the pocket for attaching a UF PRO® Device Pouch

Extra-long front zipper
Ventilation zippers on the upper sleeve area
UF PRO® air/pac® inserts in the shoulder area
Ergonomic sleeves, easy to roll up
Abrasion- resistant and fast drying knit in the torso area
Anti- odour merino/polyester fabric in the armpit area, reinforced with a breathable nylon mesh
Soft lined inside collar
Sleeve width regulation
Slide-in pockets for UF PRO® Flex Elbow Pads

Striker XT Gen.2 Pant


Pocket Configuration:
2X Front pockets
2X Back pockets
2X Safety pockets
2X Multi-functional, two- way access side pocket with inner compartments
2X Attached gear pocket with a security strap
2X Mag/ knife/ marker pocket
2X Large lower leg pockets

Double belt loops
Stretch in the waistband
Ergonomic UF PRO® 3-layer knee protection system
Width-adjustable lower leg area with a vertical zipper and elastic cord at the leg ends
Double zipper pull fly
Inner zipper for detachable WINDSTOPPER® lining
CORDURA® reinforced instep
Boot hook

Cub Cubs – Hook and Loop Hoodie in Adult Sizes

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Cub Cubs has been offering kids’ sized hoodies with Velcro sleeve fields for several years. Now, Hook and Loop Hoodies are available in adult sizes.


Made from a tri-blend (50% polyester 37% cotton 13% rayon), this sweatshirt is a comfy light to mid-weight.


Colors available:
Milky Way – a black and gray heather, with starry white flecks.

Twilight – a vibrant deep navy blue heather with off-white flecks.

Sunset – a rad vintage red heather.

Refer to the size chart on the site for availability. Shipping November 6th.

Flannel Hits A Whole New Level

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

All Skill No Luck has taken Flannel to a whole new level; Field and Combat Style Shirts.

Called the NTCHWAIDUMELA and NTCHWAIDUMELA STV (Shed The Vest), they are made from cotton flannel, so no FR properties. But, think of the comfort.


They feature inboard tilted chest and bicep pockets as well as covered buttons, in Red or Ocean color.

O P Tactical Releases Head Wear Line

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Just functional, affordable, US Made, head wear for the professional user.

OPT’s first steps into OEM items are simple designs, meant to meet simple needs, at a price that the end user can afford. Their fleece is an improvement on an existing, but licensed, Milspec Monkey design, made so the individual Soldier can wear a nametape on their hat. The range hat meets a need for MultiCam Tropic range hats, a camo pattern that OPT has a strong following of.

Looking forward OPT will be releasing more colors of the range hat, and more designs in the realm of apparel.

“We started basic, and will build from there” Jon, OPT.

OPT Enhanced Watch Cap

•100% synthetic, microfleece, no-pill POLARTEC 100
•Front Pile Tape is 3.75″ x 2.5″ with tapered corners
•Rear Pile Tape is 1.5″ x 4.75″
•Edges sewn with a lock stitch to prevent snags when brushing by the loop area
•One Size Design
•Made in U.S.A.
•Berry Amendment Compliant

OPT Range Hat

•Genuine Crye Precision 50/50 Ripstop Fabric
•Front Pile Tape is 3″ x 2″
•Rear Pile Tape is 3″ x 2″
•Top Pile Tape is 1″ x 1″
•One Size Design
•Bungee retention is internally adjustable
•Berry Amendment Compliant

All materials and workmanship are 100% made in the USA. Patches not included.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Short Sleeve Field Shirts

Friday, October 13th, 2017

This week is the introduction of the short sleeve merino wool field shirt. They are instock and ready to go!


Constructed from ACM BASE 100 the all new short sleeve field shirts utilize premium materials and construction to make up one of the hardest working pieces of equipment you will ever own. All the natural performance benefits of merino wool in an ultra light, super comfortable package without the itch. The field shirt is an exceptional garment all on its own or used inconjuction with the heavier FS wool packages like ACM MID 400 or WARM 600.


Proudly made in the USA from the construction all the way down to the grass the sheep eat!


Now available in Sand, Charcoal, Commando, and introducing Black as a stocking color, in sizes Small – 2X.


Prometheus Design Werx – Spectrum Hoodie

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Performance, Technical Hoodie in 4-Way Stretch Polartec for 3+ Season Use


New for Fall 2017, San Francisco based specialty adventure products group Prometheus Design Werx introduces their Spectrum Hoodie. This design is a high performance, 4-way stretch, technical full zip hoodie in a streamlined and minimalist design which will find itself practical, useful and versatile in a wide variety of uses cases. Equally at home on a cool, crisp morning at a challenging red point, piloting your rig over the Rubicon, a last minute red eye to Tokyo, to a day of sampling food trucks. Wear over a tee, or easily under a shell or down sweater. Made with a Polartec Power Stretch Pro the Spectrum offers unparalleled freedom of movement, a smooth face with DWR to shrug off the damp-sprinkles, and a lofted fleece inner face that is exceptionally comfortable. Designed and built in CA, USA.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“We wanted the Spectrum Hoodie to be one of our most versatile mid-layers. That’s where the style name is drawn from; a hoodie that could function and operate in a wide spectrum of conditions. One that you could grab-and-go in 3+ seasons and for almost any activity. This hoodie really moves with you, the technical performance of the Polartec Power Stretch Pro is some of the best we’ve ever come across and used. The Spectrum Hoodie is our favorite travel hoodie due to its versatile weight, exceptional comfort, and clean-neat appearance. We specially cut the MLH hood so it could be pulled over the eyes to block light so you can catch a cat nap when you’re on the fly. We went back to the drawing board when it came to looking at how to newly design a cuff with thumbholes, and created new pattern which is not only draft resistant but is more comfortable and sleek. The Spectrum also features 4 pockets, dummy cord keepers, smooth flatlock stiching, and double elbows on high wear points. This hoodie is for anyone who’s actions speak louder than words.”


The PDW Spectrum Hoodie is available for purchase in Syth Lord Black and Machine Mineral Gray, via their website,

AUSA – Prototype Pinks and Greens

Monday, October 9th, 2017

At AUSA PEO Soldier is demonstrating a prototype World War Two Pinks and Greens-style service dress uniform.

SGT Schacher and SFC Johnson wear prototypes of male and female versions of the uniform. This is only a prototype, intended to solicit feedback and there is currently no requirement for a new Service uniform. However, if this concept is adopted by the Army, the final uniforms will be different.

Here, SFC Johnson shows us the Class B Shirt. I’m very impressed by the work the uniform’s designers have done to research historical uniform items and adapt the styles to reflect modern tastes and materials.

What do you think?