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Warrior Culture Gear – Limited Run Extortion 17 Memorial Shirt

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Extortion 17

Warrior Culture Gear is re-releasing last year’s Extortion 17 memorial shirt in a limited run of 500, with all proceeds after production costs going to Warfighter Foundation to benefit their efforts. The shirts come in Black with the Extortion 17 Memorial design on the front and the Warfighter Foundation logo on the left sleeve. The back displays the names of the servicemembers who lost their lives on August 6, 2011.

Extortion 17 2

Kitanica – Backcountry Pants Now Available In Kryptek Typhon

Sunday, July 20th, 2014


Kitanica’s Backcountry pants are now available in Kryptek Typhon, but for a limited time only. Made from 50/50 NyCo ripstop fabric and Mil-Spec A-A-55301 nylon webbing, the Backcountry pant comes with 2 hip pockets, 2 rear pockets, and 2 knife/cell phone pockets on each leg for plenty of carry space. The riveted button waist features a YKK metal fly zipper, and a 7 belt loop, contoured waistband. A Velcro side cinching system allows the wearer to adjust the pant to their liking, and reinforced knees, a reinforced seat, and bar-tacked stress points make for an overall durable pant.

Made in the USA.

My Impressions of the Arc’teryx LEAF Combat Pant (Gen 2)

Friday, July 18th, 2014

I’ve been around long enough to have been issued (yes, issued) the original Arc’teryx LEAF Combat Pant. When they came out almost 10 years ago to complement to the Combat Jacket, they were awesome; a very durable, sofshell pant in Black or Crocodile that had pockets where you needed them. But, over time, we all (including Arc’teryx) felt that the civilian-derived design was dated and they began to fall out of favor.

At SHOT Show 2014, Arc’teryx unveiled a completely redesigned Gen 2 Combat Pant. The don’t really look like a “Combat Pant” and some have criticized the name for that reason. But the name has legs, going back 10 years to when there weren’t a plethora of “combat pants” on the market. In fact, it’s only been in recent years that all weather models have come out to fill the void of the LEAF pant during the period it wasn’t available. This new Gen 2 Combat Pant doesn’t scream tactical and, like its predecessor definitely has it’s genesis in the mountains.

Arc'teryx Gen 2 Cbt Pants

Last month, Arc’teryx LEAF invited me and a few of my fellow tactical writers to a media event in Chamonix, France. For several days we were immersed in all things Arc’teryx including an opportunity to try out several products for ourselves, while applying basic mountaineering skills on the Mer de Glace, a world famous glacier. One of those items was the new Combat Pant (Gen 2).

My experience was excellent. I am a warm person so I kind of expected to overheat in the high summer temps on the ice but my legs remained comfortable even though I was in a T-shirt for much of the movement. Once the gusty, rainy weather moved in and I put on an Alpha LT Jacket, the Combat Pant’s Tweave Durastretch helped me remain plenty warm, and dry, head to toe. I haven’t worn the pant in hot, humid weather yet but if you look at the photos you’ll notice that some guys were wearing Atom LTs while I was in a ventilated, short sleeve running shirt. Everyone wore what made them comfortable. One of the reasons I didn’t overheat may be that the interior of the pockets are half mesh which helps with ventilation as well as keeping the pockets from filling with sand and dirt.

Another advantage of the Durastretch fabric was its abrasion resistance. We climbed and scrambled over a variety of obstacles and despite a short fall right into the rock, knee first, not a scratch on the pants. They also held up very well to the crampons we wore, despite not having a reinforced section at the ankle. I appreciate the bungee at the ankle hem which allowed me to close the pant over the top of my mountaineering boots so that I didn’t need gaiters this trip.

Overall, the fit is comfortable. They almost seemed oversized when I first looked at them but the fit was great. The articulated design and gusseted crotch is better than the original model and I was able to move a lot better in them as we negotiated the frozen terrain. Don’t forget, the Durastretch fabric has some inherent mechanical stretch as well. If you don’t plan to layer and are on the edge size-wise, I’d round down.

These pants boast 10 pockets and they are situated so that you can wear a harness with the pants. In fact, we wore the E220 Riggers Harness with its removable leg loops. You may notice in the photos that we used the stowable flaps on the cargo pockets to retain the excess material of the leg loops while not in use.

Offered in Crocodile and Wolf Grey, sizes Small – XXLarge. Sizing is generous if anything, with room to layer.


Bottom Line
I like them and recommend them to those that are looking for a high quality, all-weather tactical pant. They’ve definitely earned a place in my kit bag.

Comfortable, generous fit
Extremely durable
Unobtrusive pocket layout

Haven’t tried them in humid weather yet
Need more colors!

I’m not going to get in the weeds over price. Yes, they are expensive. You get what you pay for and these are worth every penny. I know, I ended up buying a pair. Buy once, cry once!

To order yours, visit

New Announcements From TRU-SPEC

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Tru-Spec has just made a few new announcements regarding their product line, competitive shooting team, and their providing of uniforms for the upcoming Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-gun Championship.

First, Tru-Spec has partnered with A-TACS, and will now be offering their Tactical Response Uniform selections in A-TACS AU and FG. The TRU Shirt, Pant, 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt, Boonie, and Patrol Cap will all be available in the new patterns starting November 2014.

Secondly, Tru-Spec has added Bethany Harris to their roster of award winning competitive shooters. Bethany Harris has competed and placed in USPSA, IDPA, GSSF, and 3-Gun events. Harris, who entered the competitive shooting arena in 2010, has celebrated winning High Lady and a second place Tac-Irons Division finish at the Task Force Dagger 3-Gun in 2014 already this year; adding to a list of accolades, including: 2013 3-Gun Nation Ladies Division: 4th Overall, 2013 3-Gun Nation Divisional Series: 3rd Tac-Irons Division, 2013 Southeastern 3-Gun Championship: Tac-Irons Division Champion and match High Lady, 2012 3-Gun Nation Amateur Series Finish: 9th and 2012 3-Gun Nation Ladies Division Finish: 5th.

Lastly, Tru-Spec has been awarded the tile as “Official Range-Wear” for the 2014 Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship. They will be outfitting the entire staff with an option of 24-7 Series Shorts or Pants, Performance Polos, and Tac-Ts. Rockcastle will be hosting more than 500 shooters on the various courses, making it the largest gathering of competitors (and sponsors) at any one 3-gun outing.

The 2014 Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship is taking place at Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, KY, August 22-24.

Warrior Expo ADStv | Dismounted FREE System

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Army is starting to talk publicly about developing a new FR clothing system for dismounted troops that would leverage features of both the general issue Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System Gen III and Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble used by mounted and aviation crewmen. Two years ago, ADS Inc took a look at this issue and introduced their take on the concept called Dismounted FREE. Here, Ike Horvath from ADS highlights the features, functions, and solutions behind the system.

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Danius Tactical Apparel

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


Danius Tactical Apparel came about from a desire for “modern, subtle, tactical related quality apparel for causal wear.” They currently offer a line of t-shirts each featuring a design that consists of selector switches for three commonly used rifles: the M4, AK, and G3. All shirts are made from 100% ring-spun cotton, and are casual fit.

The A9-OG Pant from Beyond

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The A9-OG Pant from Beyond

With a name like that, you’d think that these new pants from Beyond Clothing were the title of a classic science fiction movie. After checking the A9-OG out, I’d say that they were made to give you that same comfortable, groupies in feeling as watching a movie you first saw as a kid.

I first noticed them on Beyond Frontman Rick Elder who was wearing a pair. He said, “You’ve got to check these out. We’ve created the mullet of tactical pants. Business up front, and a party in back.” Then, he turned around to show me what he meant.


The A9-OG (yes, that’s original gangster) was designed as a more streamlined take on their mission pant. Up front your looking at anatomical fit, articulated knees, gussetted crotch, and a single external pocket along with two slash pockets. In back, you’ve got two simple patch pockets like you’d find on a pair of jeans or your favorite outdoor pants.


Don’t let the MultiCam camo wrapper fool you. These can be made in virtually any color. I could definitely see myself wearing these for a variety of uses.

Warrior East – LBX Tactical – New Colors for Assaulter Uniforms

Friday, July 11th, 2014

LBX Tactical have us a sneak peek of two new colors for their line of NYCO Assaulter Uniforms: Ranger Green and Desert Tan (Tan 499).


Coming Fall 2014.

Warrior East – Wild Things Tactical – USAF PPE Top

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Here is a final, production sample of the new PPE Top purchased as a non-FR version of the combat shirt for USAF Security Forces.


It is intended to be worn under the IOTV at home station and was procured under DFLCS. As you can see, the sleeve pockets are included in the production model.

Warrior East – Klim

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Klim produces a wide variety of motor sports protective clothing (as well as few new tactical pieces). One of their most popular products is the Adventure Rally Jacket. This thing is literally packed with features including body mapped reflective panels for increased visibility in traffic, air flow vents, numerous pockets, removable collar system to accommodate Leatt collars, and integrated D3O padding with Dow Corning’s Deflection breathable armor.


The Adventure Rally Jacket was originally designed for wear on the Dakar Rally, an endurance race where riders can’t wear a pack. It integrates a shoulder strap system and one wearer I spoke with said he had carried 60 lbs in his jacket comfortably.