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Outdoor Research Adapts To A Changing Market

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The market for Soldier Systems items is changing rapidly. No one knows this more than Outdoor Research who for many years, has led the development of specialized handwear for military customers. In fact, their association with military customers predates the current conflict and many of the styles that troops wore that first winter in Afghanistan came from their factory in Seattle.

But how this market purchases their clothing and equipment is transforming. The military isn’t consuming products at as rapid a pace as even a year or two ago and the cost of domestic Berry Compliant production is too high for most individual, retail-based purchases or even procurement by law enforcement agencies with tight budgets.

Outdoor Research is adapting to this new reality by introducing three different versions of their highly popular Firemark glove in order to offer different options for different types of customers.

First, they continue to produce a Berry Compliant version of the glove that is manufactured in the US, from materials made here in the US. These are intended for contract purchase by the US Department of Defense.

Second, OR has produced a Trade Agreement Act glove that can be sold via GSA. This model is meant for purchase by Government agencies. TAA Compliance means that a product is manufactured in the US or Designated Countries. These countries are generally those that we have a free trade agreement with, belong to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, are considered “least developed” or located in the Caribbean Basin. There are several countries not on this list, particularly North Korea, Cuba and the People’s Republic of China. A full list of Designated Countries is in FAR 25.003.[3].

And last, but not least, there is an overseas production model that will find its way into retail outlets for individual purchase. It’s also a great model for those agencies and departments that do not require Berry Compliance. Regardless of production, all three versions meet OR’s performance specifications.

As you can see below, there are slight differences with each variant and these are based on materials and construction techniques available to each manufacturer but the quality remains the same. I’ve seen samples of all three versions coming out of these factories over the past few months and they’ve really dialed it in. You might not realize it, but in many cases, Berry Compliance limits the types of materials that can be used and how they can be assembled into a finished good.

To see which model is which, in the photo below, click the jump.

Firemark Glove

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SHOT Show – Mechanix Wear Goes MultiCam

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

In addition to a line of new gloves in an approved MultiCam print, Mechanix Wear also had a really cool tactical hoodie (that I happen to be wearing) right now.

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MultiCam FastFit

Lightweight and dexterous, the FastFit provides service members with an unbelievable fit and easy on/off flexibility. The anatomically cut two-piece palm eliminates material bunching for maximum control and improved manual operation. Breathable TrekDry material with MultiCam transitional camouflage form-fits to the hand for a comfortable fit in any environment. A convenient nylon cord loop is positioned beneath the wrist to be secured to the soldier’s personal equipment.

MultiCam Original

The Original glove revolutionized the hand protection industry with its versatile design and has faithfully served its users ever since. Durable synthetic leather extends the life of the glove and breathable TrekDry material with MultiCam transitional camouflage form-fits the top of the hand. The Original® provides unmatched fit, feel and functionality so the operator can focus on what lies down range.

MultiCam M-Pact

The M-Pact® protects service members against common impact and abrasion injuries in the field with flexible Thermal Plastic Rubber on the fingers and knuckles. MultiCam transitional camouflage is incorporated into the knuckle guard for complete back-of-hand disguise. The uniquely designed Impact Guard™ protects the knuckle and frees the index finger for smooth trigger guard entry and mobility. We incorporated high-impact PORON XRD cushioning in the palm for relief when the soldier is fully engaged.

Tactical Hoodie

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Made from a 330gm 80% cotton / 20% polyester fleece, the Tactical Hoodie is a Men’s fitted cut with a MultiCam lined hood and handwarmer patch pockets. It features 4 Velcro backed morale patches including an American flag and 3 different Mechanix Wear logo design patches.

www.mechanix.com

Check Out the PIG Alpha Glove from SKD Tactical at SHOT Show

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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www.SKDtac.com

MultiCam from Mechanix Wear

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Apparently Mechanix Wear unveiled several models in MultiCam at last week’s SEMA of all places.

The Original

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Fast Fit

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MPact

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They are not yet listed online. Available April, 2014.

www.mechanix.com/tactical

Thanks SW!

PIG FDT Alpha Touch Gloves from SKD Tactical

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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I’ve been wearing the Patrol Incident Gear gloves for quite awhile now. I really appreciate the fit and dexterity. About two weeks ago, SKD Tactical contacted me and told me that they had a new variant of the Full Dexterity Tactical coming out that is compatible with touch screens for mobile devices. They sent me a pair and they work as advertised. The PIG gloves were already awesome, now, they are even better.

FEATURES (* indicates industry firsts for a tactical glove):
-*Single Layer Multi-Piece Palm- Designed specifically so that only one layer of material contacts your shooting grip.
-*Sensitized and Isolated Trigger Finger- The thinnest available Clarino™ material available, only on the trigger finger for ultimate sensitivity.
-*Selective Forschette Material- Inside forschettes are ventilated for maximum wicking. Outer forschettes are Clarino for durability.
-*Low Profile Hook Closure- Reduces abrasion on clothing.
-*Flex Joints- Enhanced flexibility and ventilation on each finger.
-*Dual Flex Joint Trigger Finger- Providing maximum flexibility where you need it most.
-*Silver Conductive Thread- Maximum reliability for touch screen use with no loss in tactile dexterity (Alpha TOUCH model ONLY).
-Bar-Tacked Para Cord Pull Loop… YES, NOW BAR-TACKED..
-Short Cuff- Lightweight comfort and convenience.
-Micro Suede Nose Wipe- Fights against cold-weather drip.
-Ventilation holes in Palms and Fingers- Increased wicking.
-Isolated Edge Padding- Protection without compromising the shooting grip.
-Wrap-Over Finger Tips- Provides additional comfort and protection for finger nails.
-Stretch Cordura 1000D Padded Knuckles- Stretch Cordura reduces pressure on the seams, thin padding takes the edge off of impacts.

PIG glove

Available in Black, Coyote or Ranger Green, sizes Small – 2 Xlarge. These are intended to be worn tight. Please note, these are Non-FR.

www.skdtac.com

The Heat Company – HEAT 3 SMART Gloves

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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This summer I was given a pair of these gloves to try out. I live in Virginia. It’s hot and humid here so checking out cold weather gear can be difficult. But now, it’s cooling off and come places already have snow.

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HEAT 3 gloves originally started as a custom-made item but are now in their third generation. They were designed specifically for special combat forces in Germany and Austria and are fairly well known in Europe. And now, they are available in the US, through Condor Group. Below, the owner of The Heat Company explains where the inspiration for the HEAT 3 Gloves came from:

HEAT 3 gloves were originally designed for special combat forces in Germany and Austria (SEK, Cobra). They came to us and told us that there would be need for a 1 piece glove which meets warmth and tactility at the same time. Also they complained about bad quality of some military equipment especially in the glove/mitten section. We came up with the concept to try to build the perfect glove according to the special forces’ requirements. Together with 2 Austrian glove designers we started the project “HEAT3 Special Force” The designers had a lot of experience in designing gloves for winter sports and work protection as well. Our idea was to put the “cost factor” totally aside. We had many big discussions during the designing process. When asking for alternatives regarding materials or ways to design we found out that glove designers usually tend to work in one direction, sometimes automatically exclude alternatives, as they are perfectly aware when it gets costly (in terms of labor, material, etc. ). So the pressure of designing an affordable glove is always part of the designing process. Our part was also to take this pressure out of the designing process. “What if costs do not matter at all and you just go for the best solution?” this was the core question. We from The HEAT company all grew up in the alps, coming from different backgrounds but combining expertise from different fields such as professional ski racing, alpine touring, ski instructors, hunters, etc. What came out was our glove HEAT 3 – a combination of glove and mitten – 1 piece of high quality equipment for all people suffering from cold conditions.

Meanwhile we find proof for the success of HEAT 3 gloves from many customers, soldiers, special forces, military, police forces, mountaineers, skiers, polar expeditions, etc

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Right off the bat, one thing that makes the HEAT 3 SMART gloves stick out is that they are a combination glove/mitten design. Another feature I really like is that both the thumb and index finger incorporate silver fabric for use with touch screen devices and this feature is present on both the right and left gloves. Additionally, the palm is made from full goat leather for more warmth and grip. They are insulated with Primaloft and the cuffs feature four ounces of additional Primaloft to keep your wrists warm.

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The combination of glove/mitten hybrid combined with the smart phone compatible finger and thumbs makes this a great choice for serious winter handwear. You may also notice that there is a zippered compartment on the mitten shell that can accommodate a chemical handwarmer pack or aides-memoire.

A little about the HEAT 3 SMART’s elastic mitten function. Thumb flaps and mitten finger flaps allow for optimal warmth while still allowing for movement of the fingers and thumb when required. The gloves also integrate Safety straps with elastic wrist bands prevent the gloves from falling off.

In addition to the Green seen in the main photo, they are also available in Black, Brown, Grey and Tan.

www.theheatcompany.com/en/gloves/heat-3-smart

Retailers interested in carrying the HEAT 3 SMART may contact Valentin at Condor Group for information.

Outdoor Research – New Berry Compliant Gloves

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Outdoor Research is set on releasing two new Berry compliant tactical gloves later this year.

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Stormfighter

The Stormfighter glove is designed for inclement weather protection yet allows for tactility and dexterity for weapon and tool handling. The shell is constructed from Tweave DURASTRETCH backed with Polartec Windbloc fleece, while the palm is made from durable, water-resistant goatskin leather. The Stormfighter’s pre-curved construction provides ease of articulation with no break-in period.

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Firemark

The Firemark glove is a US-manufactured version of the popular offshore-produced glove. The glove features PORON XRD foam padding that protects the back of the hand and a water-resistant goatskin leather palm with an ergonomically-cut reinforcement layer that provides tactility and dexterity. To insure FR performance, the Firemark features DuPont Nomex interlock knit on the back of the hand.

Both gloves will be available for purchase November 1st, 2013.

www.outdoorresearch.com/en

Outdoor Retailer – Outdoor Research

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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The new Handbrake Glove is made for belay and rope work.

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www.outdoorresearch.com

215 Gear Launches New Gloves

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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Operators Extremely Light Weight Glove was designed as an extremely light weight, breathable glove for Special Operations use. The ergonomic cut of this glove does not have long fingers or short thumbs, as many import gloves do. Leather palms and reinforcements allow for maximum dexterity, while providing outstanding traction in wet conditions. The entire upper of the glove is made from our custom, highly breathable mesh. The cuff stops at the wrist, for less heat retention. Low profile carabineer loop for hanging on kit.

Available in Small (8), Medium (9), Large (10), X-large (11)

And, you can save this weekend on these new gloves as well as other 215 Gear during the Red, White, Blue sale.

www.215gear.com

Darley Defense Days – Line of Fire

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

I’ve been writing about Line of Fire and their TEGS system for several years. The one I want to mention today is the new Wookie which is an FR winter glove.

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The Wookie is part what will eventually be a three part system and is intended for cold weather use.

Every glove comes with a 36″ roll of TEGS tape so you can modify your gear. Additionally, LoF offers TEGS squares. LoF offers touchscreen compatibility as an option on any glove with digital goatskin palm.

There are lots of new things coming from LoF so stay tuned.

www.LOFtactical.com