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Kitanica – Lady Bug

Monday, April 10th, 2017

We first previewed the Lady abug during SHOT Show which is Kitanica’s first fleece engineered for the female figure. Its contoured design incorporates articulated elbows and waist cinch.

-100D laminated polyester fleece with DWR (300g/M2)
-Outside breast pocket with zipper closure
-Bicep pocket
-Waist draw chord
-Velcro loop patch on right shoulder
-Velcro cuff cinches

Although the Lady Bug is assembled in the US, Materials have been both Domestically and Globally sourced.

Offered in Atomic Blue, Black and Purple, sizes X-Small through X-Large.

ADS Presents – Women of Aviation Week Featuring Kara Swensen

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

In honor of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, ADS interviewed their very own Kara Swensen, ADS Senior Regional Account Manager and NAVAIR & CNIC team lead. In this Q&A, we discover what drives Kara’s passion for flying and how it continues to advance her in her role at ADS.

Kara has one heck of a story. Even though its ever-changing, we hope it inspires young women the same way it inspires their company and customers every day.

When did your career in aviation begin?

As a young girl, I was fascinated by the space program and watched several launches from the front doorstep of my home in Florida. In 1986, I was standing outside my classroom with my fifth-grade classmates and saw the Challenger blow up before my eyes. Knowing I would be distraught, my Mom checked me out early from school.

I had questions for weeks. I still have the front page of the newspaper from the next morning and was intrigued by the astronauts’ biographies. My parents were very supportive of my passion for needing to understand what had happened to the Challenger.

My Dad had been a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-4 (surviving the USS Forrestal fire) and Mom a Navy nurse. We lived beneath the blue skies of three Navy bases and my questions turned to being in absolute awe of anything that defied gravity and by age 10.

Kara and her mom sitting in her dad’s F-4.

I recognized most all military aircraft by just their sound. I always ran outside when I heard jets in hopes of catching a glimpse of a F-14 Tomcat visiting from Naval Air Station Oceana.

That summer, Top Gun came out. Like most of my aviation friends, we knew the skies would be our home someday. My parents would check me out of school to take me to the Blue Angel practice show each November. I was a licensed pilot days after my 18th birthday and aviation will always be my first love.

What draws you to flying?
Kara with WASPs in a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

I have been skydiving with the Army’s Golden Knights and hang-gliding twice. I flew 50 feet off the St. Johns River in a P-51 Mustang, made high-speed passes in a British Gnat from the movie Hot Shots, flew aerobatic routines with Sean D. Tucker and Patty Wagstaff, and spent time in the B-777 simulator.

Yet I find the greatest satisfaction in the quiet sound of the tires making a perfect glide on to the runway numbers after a challenging final approach—while flying solo.

The icing on the cake comes when the tower compliments you on your landing before passing you off to ground control. Nothing makes me smile bigger.

Who was your mentor in aviation and why?

I babysat for a family whose father flew F/A-18s at VFA-106 at Cecil Field. He literally took me under his wing. Joe Flatley remains my mentor and encouraged my passion as a teenager by taking me to the dome simulator, BBQs where we watched crash and burn tapes, and the LSO Cabin at Whitefield.

Some people would tell me I would never fly because I was a girl, and at times it silenced my yearning to talk about the planes overhead. Joe thought it was absolute nonsense that anyone would ever think a woman couldn’t fly and inspired me to live out loud and follow my dreams. I learned to trust my intuition and not the opinions of others: becoming independent, focused, and strong. I will always be grateful for Joe, my mentor and friend.

What advice would you give a woman interested in entering an aviation career?
Trust your intuition and recognize the strength that drives your passion. More importantly, learn your weaknesses and write them down: lean in toward them, working on overcoming them every day.

“Respect the people who helped you along the way and give back by being a leader amongst those who want to follow in your path.”

Surround yourself with others who share a similar drive, and certainly those who love aviation, whether it be in the field of maintenance, air traffic control, or flying. We all have a responsibility in keeping the skies safe, resulting in a team effort.

Share a unique flying story and why it was impactful for you.

My first solo cross county, I got lost. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life, and I cannot believe I’m even telling you about it. I went through the proper procedures to land at an uncontrolled airport and taxied the Cessna 152 up to an open hangar.

I got out and asked the elderly man who was working on an old plane—neither of which would ever fly again—“Sir, where am I?” He offered to drive me to a payphone to call my instructor, but I knew not to get in a car with a stranger.

Instead, I confidently got back in the plane, taxied her to the end of the runway, and took off. My frantic instructor was back at my home airport, notifying ATC to listen for me on the radio. The controller vectored me due east to the Florida coastline.

Kara flying her Cirrus SR22 with her dad—a bit of an upgrade from the Cessna 152.

About 10 minutes in to my flight, the controller called out traffic off my right wing—it was the Space Shuttle launching toward space.

I was teenager, all alone, flying this tin can, struggling not to cry from being so disappointed in myself, embarrassed about what I would tell my instructor, and then the very thing that sparked my interest in flying was happening before my eyes. So many lessons came from that flight and truly it is one of the most magical days of my life.

How did you end up working for ADS, Inc.?

For years, I was the owner of Alaris Aviation in Arizona, buying and selling aircraft. My success was well respected and had been featured on cover stories of magazines. I loved being an entrepreneur in aviation and sharing the same passions amongst my clients. Life was fulfilling and full of joy.

“Then in 2007, I lost my boyfriend, Kevin, in the Blue Angels crash at MCAS Beaufort. My heart had never known such immense grief.”

In 2008, I traveled to Virginia Beach for my Dad’s fighter pilot reunion and had the magnificent experience of being a Distinguished Visitor, catching the wire, and being catapulted off the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. I yearned to be closer to Kevin in some way and felt compelled to help enhance the safety and comfort of Naval Aviators, as well as those that keep them flying.

I closed my business and moved across country to work for ADS, Inc., and haven’t looked back. The week of ADS Warrior Expo West in San Diego will mark a decade since losing Kevin and will be a silent struggle for me. I know I am where I am supposed to be and the responsibilities that ADS bestows upon me are meant to be mine.

Every day, I am blessed to work for such a proactive company that allows me to interact with end users who need everything from improved gear to obsolete aircraft parts, as well as their Program Offices that approve equipment and transactions, and N98 who essentially pays for them.

“I have a fire in my soul to do my small part in keeping our military well-equipped and bring them home safely to their loved ones. ADS truly has been the fuel to keep my passion alive and I am grateful to be here.”

About Kara Swensen
ADS, Inc. Senior Regional Account Manager
Kara Swensen became a licensed pilot at age 18 and graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Aeronautical Technology. Kara’s passion for defying gravity first began in her hometown in Florida when, alongside her fifth-grade classmates, she witnessed the Challenger spaceship fail in mid-air. Her quest for understanding this catastrophe coupled with her family’s shared passion for aviation marked the beginning of a lifelong quest to make flying safe. She’s an entrepreneur and innovator, owning an aviation company prior to joining the ranks at ADS. As Naval Aviation & CNIC Lead, Kara works closely with the Navy to procure the absolute best equipment while utilizing the most competitive contract vehicles to save valuable funding. Her passion for the safety and comfort of our Naval Aviators, the maintainers who support them, and their aircraft is unparalleled.

Patrol Incident Gear (PIG) Releases Full Dexterity Tactical Gloves ECHO gloves specifically designed for women shooters

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

We are excited to announce the arrival of the newest glove in our PIG lineup, the Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Echo Women’s Utility Glove!

This premium slip-on tactical glove offers the most popular features from the PIG glove line, with a superior high-dexterity fit that uses gender-specific patterns for Women.

-Touchscreen compatible forefinger and thumb
-Fold-over finger construction to eliminate fingertip discomfort
-Multi-piece palm for superior hand fit
-Single-layer palm for unequaled firearm grip
-Bar-tacked paracord pull loop
-Silicon print on the palm for enhanced grip on slippery surfaces
-Elastic wrist for quick don and doff sequence
-Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green & Carbon Grey

Designed as a lightweight “Utility” glove, if you use your tactical shooting gloves both on and off the range, the PIG FDT Echo Utility Glove is the best solution on the Women’s market for ease of use, durability and the tactile-dexterity you need to make your shot count!

Click here to check them out!

GAOS – Magpul Sneak Peek – Ladies Hula T-shirt

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

We don’t post a whole lot of items for the ladies so when I saw this new T-shirt in Magpul’s booth, I knew it would be very popular when it hits the streets soon.

This armed hula dancer graphic is emblazoned on Magpul’s Megablend T.  This pre-shrunk shirt is made from 50% Cotton, 38% Polyester, and 12% Rayon.

SHOT Show 17 – Kitanica Displays Women’s Softshell Jacket

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Designed specifially to fit the ladies, this new softshell from Kitanica features Velcro cuff adjustments, two handwarmer pockets, zippered chest pocket and zippered left upper arm pocket.

Made in USA!

For The Ladies – Velocity Systems Introduces Women’s BOSS Rugby

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Velocity Systems’ BOSS Rugby has been super popular, both as Range attire as well as a uniform item. They’ve just released a Women’s version of this shirt.

The Velocity Systems Women’s BOSS Rugby is lightweight and can be utilized as a hot weather range shirt, or a moisture managing base layer under armor. The rugby style collar keeps a weapon sling off the base of neck. The active cut is athletic and mobile; the material is comfortable and quick to dry. The two envelope pockets on the sleeve accept hook backed patches. 83% Nylon 17% Spandex. All materials and workmanship are 100% made in the USA. The new Women’s BOSS Rugby comes in Black, Ranger Green and Wolf Grey in sizes, S through XL.

Available now at

Magpul – Women’s T-shirts

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Just as the holiday shopping season kicks off, Magpul launches Women’s T-shirts.

They use the same comfortable materials as their popular Men’s line, but these tees are tailored specifically for women and feature a slightly longer length for coverage and concealed carry capabilities.

Offered in a variety of colors and styles, order yours at

TYR Tactical – Female EPIC Non-Cutaway System

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

In 2013 TYR Tactical began developing a female specific tactical carrier system. The first step was to gather both measurement and movement data for female users.

• Protection of vital organs and breast tissue.
• Solution: Female shape body armor that has additional coverage around the breast tissue.

• Focus on female anatomy driven by the need support and stability.
• Solution: Shape carrier and ballistics to have an inset/cut-in above the breast tissue to accommodate shoulder rotation, female anatomy and allow for shouldering weapon.

• Current female systems lacked the ability to provide proper plate placement. The placement of the plate
did not lay flat on the torso of female participants. It would lay at an angle, applying pressure to the breast tissue area. This ultimately took away from the ballistic performance of the plate and soft armor.
• Solution: The front of the female carrier incorporates a gusseted plate pocket. This pocket relieves tension and pressure that is normally placed on the body from the hard plate in typical plate pocket configurations. This enhances the users range of motion to allow for increased ergonomics and performance. It also provides decreased hot spots on the body by utilizing our airflow chamber technology.

• In the past, load carriage has typically been static and designed in a vertical alignment which does not self-adjust with the operator’s natural movements.
• Solution: Female shaped components such as the shoulders, yoke, collar and belt were created to enhance the overall female system.

Introducing the TYR Tactical Female EPIC Non- Cutaway System (TYR-F-EPIC-NC). It was designed to ensure proper area of coverage while enhancing the users range of motion. This both increases the ergonomics and performance of the carrier.

The Female EPIC Non-Cutaway also incorporates our Patent Pending Female Shape. Two lateral darts contour around the females natural shape while still providing a full range of motion, support and eliminates excess compression on the breast tissue.

It’s engineered utilizing TYR’s revolutionary PV material which offers significant weight reduction with increased resistance to abrasion. PVhas been tested to have 7-10 times higher abrasion resistance than standard mil spec nylon. PV also enhances the ballistic attributes of armor within the vest. Antimicrobial/FR treated padded spacer mesh is used internally for comfort.

• Patent Pending Female Shape
• PALS webbing for MOLLE attachment
• Hydration/Communication Tabs for routing
• Attachment points for a 2-Wire Cutaway Cummerbund (Sold Separately)
• EPIC™ Low Profile Shoulders
• Our Patented Ballistic Vein Increases Load Carriage Performance, Provides A Rigid Platform, Reduces Fatigue, Stabilizes & Enhances Soft Armor Inserts
• Reinforced Drag Handle
• Removable Assaulters Zip-On Back Panel
• Semi-Rigid Exterior MOLLE Cummerbund
• Repair Buckle Kit
• T52/SP Soft Armor [Meets Level II NIJ0101.06]

The TYR Tactical Female EPIC Non-Cutaway System launches Thursday, 1-Sept-16 @Midnight. Take 15% off your entire retail purchase during the TYR Tactical Labor Day Sale with coupon code: LABORDAY16.

Sale Dates: Thursday, 1-Sept-16 – Tuesday, 9-Sept-16

For The Ladies – First Tactical’s Women’s Collection Page

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First Tactical is excited to announce the launch of the Women’s Collection Page. This page has been created to house all their women’s products for Public Safety Professionals.

Designed for durability over a lifetime of action and crafted to wear comfortably in the field, First Tactical’s Advanced Women’s Fit addresses the specific needs of women’s tactical clothing by providing a contoured cut for a specialized solution.

First Tactical prides itself on not selling undersized men’s clothing for women. Their women’s products are tapered and curved for a professional and ergonomic fit that allows them to perform their duties with excellence.

Check out the full Women’s Collection Page at

For The Ladies – Urban Tactical Skirt from Helikon-Tex

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Some of the ladies working at Helikon-Tex took the features of their popular Urban Tactical Pants and created this skirt.

It features an elastic waist with Velcro front fastener. For pockets, there are two flapped thigh pockets for smartphones or magazines, two zippered inset thigh cargo pockets, two front slash pockets with double material for pocket clips, two slim rear pockets for knives or lights and two wide rear pockets for wallets. Offered in Black, Khaki and Denim.