Archive for the ‘FR’ Category

NAVAIR Approves Massif’s 2-Piece Flight Suit-Military

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Based on a recent compelling need from the fleet, NAVAIR pulled out all of the stops to quickly approve the Sage Green version of Massif’s 2-Piece Flight Suit-Military, for use within the US Navy and Marine Corps.

Manufactured from Burlington’s Sigma 4-Star fabric*, Massif developed a patented (U.S. Patent 9,015,864) attachment system which unites the two components together, allowing them to protect just like a flight coverall, leaving no exposed areas at the waist. This two-part system combines elastic loops found inside the Jacket with Velcro belt loops on the Pant which are passed through the loops.

In addition to using a great fabric, Massif worked with the user community to incorporate features across multiple branches and multiple platforms. There are lots of little details. For starters, it’s a good looking uniform, offering an athletic cut. They’ve also moved seams away from high wear areas at the shoulders, seat and down the front of the legs; areas that can irritate during a long crew day, particularly in hot environments.

There are different Velcro configurations for different user groups. All of the pocket zippers feature pull tabs and the left upper arm pocket incorporates a pen slot.

Another common feature for both jacket and pant are the mesh-lined pockets for heat mitigation. This also speeds up drying.


Finally, the lower legs feature longer donning and doffing zippers than I’ve seen on other suits.


2 zippered upper arm pockets
2 zippered chest pockets
Velcro cuff closures
3-point attachment system


Dual entry secure cargo pockets
Articulated knees
Secure calf pockets
Shroud cutter pouch on thigh
Leg zippers
3-point attachment system

*Sigma 4-Star passes the ASTM D6413/F2302 performance specification for flame resistance.

MDM 17 – DRIFIRE/Crye Precision Field Uniform in Woodland MARPAT

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

At Warrior West DRIFIRE officially unveiled their FR Field Uniform collaboration with Crye Precision. The initial model was in MultiCam, with additional patterns to come.


ADS Inc featured this Woodland MARPAT version in their booth at this year’s Modern Day Marine.


These Berry compliant uniforms are made with DRIFIRE’s durable and comfortable Fortrex fabric. It’s not only FR but also moisture wicking and includes odor control. They are offered in the full CP size range which is prefect for those who are running a uniform program. The uniforms are also available in MultiCam, Desert MARPAT, US Navy Types II and III (AOR 1 and 2) and NATO Woodland (that’s what we wore in the 80s and 90s for you whippersnappers).

DriFire products are available for unit and agency purchases through ADS Inc.

Ask SSD “What’s The Latest For USN FR Clothing For Shipboard Wear?”

Monday, July 17th, 2017

While development and fielding of an FR Coverall (Improved Flame Resistant Variant) to replace the Blue Coverall has been ongoing for several years, the Navy has been working more recently on a two-piece design. Undergoing trials have been Heritage and Modern variants.

The Heritage variants replicate traditional sea service uniforms, with a Khaki shirt and pant for Officers and Chiefs and a Blue version for lower enlisted and noncommissioned Sailors. Interestingly, the Blue version is similar in appearance to the old Dungarees, but one style harkens all the way back to the Dark Blue on Dark Blue of enlisted deck wear, worn up until WWII. Another option, replaces the Dark Blue shirt with a Light Blue, similar to the Chambray shirts worn until the advent of the current Navy Working Uniform.

On the other hand, there is a Modern variant utilizing the cut of the NWU Type III, which was recently adopted for wear as the service’s utility uniform while ashore, and replaces the AOR 2 pattern with Khaki for officers and Chiefs and Dark Blue for lower enlisted and NCOs.

Additionally, NAVAIR continues to approve FR materials for Deck Jerseys and the service is working on FR base and insulation layers as well as hardshell garments for inclement weather.

Warrior East 2017 – Massif FR Field Shirt and Pant

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Massif developed this Field Shirt and Pant for AFSOC and worked with the user community to include the features we’ll go over.

It’s made from a MultiCam print, SIGMA 4 Star which is an amazingly comfortable, yet durable, Kevlar and Nomex blend.

The Shirt features a two pocket layout with Velcro for rank at the center of the chest and two strips above the pockets for name and branch of service strips.

Each pocket consists of two compartments. The outer compartment features a flap and the inner compartment is accessed through a vertical zipper and is lined with mesh.

The hem of the Shirt features a slit for mobility.

The sleeves close with Velcro but there is also seam at the cuff in order to make rolling the sleeve easier.

Next up is a two pen slot at the left wrist.

Shoulder pockets on either side are lined with mesh and feature zippered openings. The two-piece Velcro for shoulder patches helps reduce bulk.

The seams are not at the top of the shoulder but rather, set back.


The big feature for the Shirt is the mesh-lined, vented back.


The Pant features 10 pockets, starting with the front pockets, with horizontally-oriented openings, offering lots of room for pocket access.


There are two flapped pockets mounted to the front of the thigh which will accommodate an iPhone 6 with case or similar.


The cargo pockets are of low-profile design and are accessible through either top or front zippers.


In addition to flapped pockets on either calf, there are zippered pockets at the rear. Additionally, there is a gussetted crotch, for mobility.

Warrior East 2017 – Drifire FR Rain Jacket

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Coming Fall 17, the new FR Rain Jacket and Pant from Drifire is made from WL Gore’s Pyrad fabric. The Jacket features for internal pockets, a removable hood and a bias cut at the rear so that the hem overlaps the Pant. The Pant incorporates a fly, waist adjusters and lower leg openings for donning and doffing.

The design has already passed burn tests at UNC and the rain room at WL Gore.

Sneak Peek – Massif FR Field Shirt & Pant

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Developed for Air Force Special Operations Command, the Massif Field Shirt and Pant are made from an FR blend and printed in MultiCam.

Available in XS-XXXL in short, regular and long lengths.

Look for this and other Massif products at this week’s Warrior East expo at the Va Beach Convention Center.

Warrior West Preview – Crye Precision/DriFire FR Field Uniform

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Like the Crye/DriFire FR combat uniform collaboration released a few years ago, these new Field Uniforms are manufactured using the exacting Crye Precision cut and even carry the Crye Precision label. They are also Berry compliant.

The uniforms are made with DriFire’s durable and comfortable Fortrex fabric which is not only FR but also moisture wicking and includes odor control. They are also offered in the full CP size range which is prefect for those who are running a uniform program. Additionally, the uniforms are available in MultiCam, Woodland and Desert MARPAT, US Navy Types II and III (AOR 1 and 2) as well as NATO Woodland.

Be sure to check them out this week at Warrior West in San Diego. DriFire products are available for unit and Agency purchases through ADS Inc.

SHOT Show 17 – XGO FR Combat Hoodie

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The FR Combat Hoodie is made from their Phase I fabric, a 4.8 oz FR fabric and is designed to be part of a layering system, offering thumholes, an FR mesh face mask which can be tucked behind the head when not needed and mesh ear side panels to enhance hearing. It enhances FR coverage for those who wear No Melt/No Drip garments.