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The Agilite GEN4 Helmet Cover For The MTEK Flux Series Of Helmets Is Now Shipping To Customers

Friday, October 12th, 2018

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The Gen4 is a next generation helmet cover that fits like a glove and gives helmets new, cutting edge functionality and universal accessory management. The most noticeable feature is Agilite’s new versatile rear flex pod that expands in 2 directions to fit all common NVG battery packs, counterweights and has strategically placed exit holes for the PVS 31, GPNVG-18 , ANVIS 9 and all other commonly issued battery pack cables. The semi-rigid pod exterior gives rear accessories extra impact protection and has a central loop area for ID patches.

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The Gen 4 helmet cover provides color or camo uniformity, protects the helmet’s painted ballistic surface and serves as a rock solid platform that secures all accessories, preventing loss or damage.

Among other things, Agilite specializes in market-leading helmet covers and accessory systems and the Gen4 is their latest offering. It will be available for additional helmet platforms soon including the Ops-Core Maritime and Ops-Core Fast SF Helmets.

The Gen4 MTEK Flux cover is available from the Agilite website or from MTEK in Multicam, Ranger Green, Black and Coyote Brown and is manufactured in Israel.

agilitegear.com/collections/helmet-covers/products/mtek-flux-cover-gen-4

The Newest Addition of 3M Ballistic Helmets: 3M Ballistic Helmet F70 Allows for Flexibility of Use in Multiple Operational Environments

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Configurable helmet designed for broad use from combat operations to law enforcement

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 8, 2018 – Military and police forces across the world require cutting-edge protection to match an ever-evolving range of operational environments. Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, designed the new 

3M Ballistic Helmet F70 for maximum flexibility of use in military combat missions, special forces operations and law enforcement tactical operations. The helmet leverages 3M expertise to deliver its high level of protection for its low weight.

The 3M Ballistic Helmet F70 provides a unique combination of ballistic performance, low weight, modular system design and optimized geometry. The helmet comes in both high cut and mid cut (full coverage) versions and offers an optional ballistic mandible and ballistic visor. The helmet geometry is engineered for improved coverage of critical areas and increased stability and comfort.

Unlike conventional helmet designs, the no thru-hole design eliminates weak spots in the ballistic shell by removing thru-holes for the night vision device shroud, retention system and rails. With this state-of-the-art design, bolts can no longer become secondary projectiles during a ballistic event.

“Every detail matters when it comes to protecting those who serve their countries and communities, and that’s why we continually develop advanced solutions like the 3M Ballistic Helmet F70,” said Terry Griffith, defense business manager, 3M Advanced Materials Division. “We ensure our designs use the highest standards for compliance-driven manufacturing that have earned 3M a reputation our customers can trust. Everything we do is driven by a deep passion to help military and law enforcement stay safe as they work to achieve their vital objectives.”

The 3M Ballistic Helmet F70 meets or exceeds all commonly specified Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) requirements for ballistic fragmentation and bump protection and meets NIJ IIIA ballistic penetration protection standards. It provides V50 fragmentation protection against 17 grain (.22 caliber) FSP at greater than 2,750 feet per second (greater than 840 meters per second) when tested in accordance with NATO STANAG 2920. The ballistic shell weight is 1.68 pounds (770 grams) in the high cut version and 1.91 pounds (870 grams) in the mid cut version.

The Air Force Test Parachute Program (TPP) also conducted an evaluation of the 3M Ballistic Helmet F70 and determined it to be suitable for Air Force static line and military free fall operations.

Each F70 helmet comes with reverse dovetail rails that accept common industry accessories. Optional accessories designed for the helmet include ballistic mandibles, visors, helmet covers, over ear ballistic protection (high cut) and counterweights. In addition, the helmet works seamlessly with 3M PELTOR communications and hearing protection solutions.  

3M will debut the helmet at booth 7741 at the AUSA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 8-10, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The helmet will be available for sale in December 2018.

For more information about soldier protection solutions provided by 3M, visit www.3M.com/Defense.

 

Team Wendy Introduces 3 New Colors For M-216 Ski Search And Rescue Helmet

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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CLEVELAND, OH (Sept. 14, 2017) – Cleveland-based Team Wendy® announced the release of three additional colors of its M-216 Ski Search and Rescue (SAR) helmet today. These three new color options – MultiCam® Alpine/Gray, MultiCam® Black/Gray and Red/Gray – bring the total number of available colors of the M-216 to five.

The helmet launched in Nov. 2017 with two colors: Black/Gray and White/Gray. Its hybrid shell design is two-tone; an ABS hard front shell provides reinforcement for mounted accessories while an in-mold polycarbonate rear shell reduces weight.

“The M-216 is the only alpine-rated helmet of its kind, providing the special operations community with a platform that can be scaled up or down to meet the mission requirements,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “In the helmet’s second season, we wanted to bring additional colors to the marketplace so that professionals and everyday skiers alike have options to suit their needs.”

Different from traditional ski helmets, the M-216 incorporates mounting capabilities not previously available to operators in any ski or snow rated helmet. Utilizing features originally developed for the military and tactical community, the helmet provides side accessory rails for mounting a variety of lights and cameras, and a glass-reinforced polycarbonate shroud for attaching headlamps and cameras. A machined aluminum Wilcox® shroud insert is available by request for mounting night vision and thermal optics devices. Every helmet includes a Princeton Tec® task light (choice of Switch-MPLS or Switch-Rail) that seamlessly integrates with the accessory rail. The helmet has also been optimized for comfort and stability featuring a Boa® Fit System for precise fit adjustment and single-handed quick release, and an under-the-chin retention system with a Fidlock® magnetic buckle for one-handed operation even while wearing gloves.

The protection offered by the M-216 Ski SAR helmet is highlighted by meeting ASTM F2040-11 for recreational snow sports and BS EN 1077:2007 Class B for alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Black/Gray, Red/Gray and White/Gray retail at $328.95 while MultiCam Alpine/Gray and MultiCam Black/Gray retail at $340.95. All five colors are available for sale on TeamWendy.com and through authorized Team Wendy distributors; and will be available on Amazon Prime in the coming weeks. The three new color options are available for pre-sale with fulfillment in October.

Revision Awarded Contract By US Coast Guard To Deliver Custom Bump Helmet Systems

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Essex Junction, Vermont (September 10, 2018) – Revision Military, a world leader in military head systems and helmet solutions, has won a helmet contract with the U.S. Coast Guard (contract ID: 70Z02318DMNQ07400). Revision was competitively selected against other solutions and will deliver a custom helmet system inspired by the company’s Batlskin Caiman™ Bump Helmet System. The helmet system is built on a skeletonized, lightweight base that is ideal for affixing headborne equipment and is specifically designed for the turbulence and physicality of maritime and mobile maneuvers experienced by boat crew Coast Guardsmen.

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“Revision’s proven strength is delivering tailored solutions built to the precise and unique demands of its customers,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO, Revision Military. “We are proud to continue this commitment through our development of the custom solution selected by the U.S. Coast Guard. Revision worked directly with users to tailor this helmet system to the challenges consistently faced by Coast Guard boat crews. This helmet system is particularly notable because it is based on some of the most exciting protective head systems developments Revision has made in in recent years. Leveraging the unique versatility and scalability of our Caiman Bump system, and the ultra-comfortable APEX Liner System developed for the Caiman suite, Revision is set to deliver a reliable protection solution that meaningfully enhances operational effectiveness for these dynamic users.”

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The contract with the U.S. Coast Guard stipulates a 12-month base period, with four 12-month option periods, over which time Revision will deliver these custom helmet systems. Like this tailored Coast Guard boat crew system, Revision’s Caiman Bump Helmet consists of a reinforced polymer shell that places a premium on scalability and integration for maritime and mobile operations while providing blunt impact protection that meets U.S. Army ACH standards. The Caiman Bump system also features improved ventilation, five-size comfort fit, and comms system-ready geometry. The Batlskin Caiman Bump System is available as a global solution for other Coast Guards and Naval Boarding Parties seeking a unique combination of integration, scalability, performance, and protection.

Agilite Helmet Bridge – The Universal Accessory Platform

Friday, September 7th, 2018

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With so many helmet accessories these days (battery packs, counterweights, IR strobes, cameras, cables etc) and so many different tactical helmet types and sizes, Agilite wanted to create a one-size-fits-all rock solid accessories platform for any modern helmet that was more secure than regular helmet velcro.

The Bridge is made to fit almost all common tactical helmets and  almost all helmet accessories. It locks on to to the existing internal and external velcro loop layout on modern Military helmets in seconds to create a stable platform to prevent accessory loss or damage.

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Some of the most unique features of the Bridge include a proprietary universal rear pod that expands and contracts both vertically and horizontally to house all commonly issued NVG battery packs perfectly. These include those of the GPNVG-18, AN/PVS-31, AN/PVS-23 , F5050, AVS-6 and ANVIS9. The pod has strategically placed exit holes for all of their cable exits and power switches. It also has rear polymer bump protection and a place to stow PTT cables when not in use.

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The Bridge is manufactured in Israel and was designed based on input from Agilite’s own team as well as SOF Operators in Israel, The USA and additional countries.

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The Agilite Bridge is available here in Coyote Tan, Ranger Green and Black.

Agilite Announces Limited-Edition GreenZone RAPTOR Helmet Cover

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Israeli tactical gear supremos Agilite® have made a Limited Edition of their RAPTOR Ops Core BUMP helmet cover in PenCott-GreenZone® at an end-user group’s request. Overruns of this unique cover can be purchased at agilitegear.com/products/raptor-ops-core-fast-bump-polymer-helmet-cover-1

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One of Agilite’s specialties is manufacturing precision tactical helmet covers for SOF units and LE Agencies that meet their specific operational requirements and accessory sets, as well as designing and manufacturing covers for some of the largest helmet manufacturers in the Industry.

The RAPTOR helmet cover, as well as the rest of Agilite’s line-up can be produced in any of the PenCott patterns for Retailers and Dealers who would like to add this item to their line-up as regular stock – contact Agilite for further details.

Follow Agilite on Instagram @agilitetactical and Agilite Tactical Gear on Facebook for all their updates and sneak peeks.

Spiritus Systems R A I D Cover for MTEK FLUX Helmet

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The new R A I D Cover for MTEK FLUX Helmet from Spiritus Systems is a bare bones design, utilizing Velcro rather than sewn-in bungee cords which may snag.

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Made from Solution Dyed IR DEFEAT 500D Cordura Nylon, the cover also incorporates genuine VELCRO brand Hook and Loop which is also IR DEFEAT. They also reinforced the front attachment points with a rubber impregnated material (HANK) that is extremely abrasion resistant.

The R A I D Cover is built in North Carolina and is Berry Compliant. Currently it is only available for the MTEK FLUX line of helmets. To include the Flux Ballistic, Carbon, and Carbon Vented. Current color offerings include Multicam, Multicam Black, Black, Ranger Green and Coyote Brown.

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Team Wendy Exfil Rail 3.0 Is Host For New Tool-Free Accessories

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Introducing EXFIL® Ballistic Ear Covers, EXFIL® Ballistic Visor and EXFIL® Face Shield

CLEVELAND, OH (August 29, 2018) – Cleveland-based Team Wendy® announced the launch of three new accessories today, all of which are compatible with the new EXFIL Rail 3.0 system: EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers, the EXFIL Ballistic Visor and the EXFIL Face Shield. These new products allow the user to quickly and easily interchange mission-essential headborne equipment on one platform.

“We are constantly challenging ourselves to produce products that are not only protective and light-weight, but also scalable for the mission requirement,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “The EXFIL Rail 3.0 allows the operator more efficient use of the accessory rail, while the ear covers, visor and face shield provide additional protection without impeding functionality of the shroud; and they do so all within a single helmet, eliminating the need to carry different helmets for different missions.”

EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers provide scalable ballistic protection, increasing the total coverage area of a high-cut ballistic helmet by 21.1 in2 (136 cm2). An EXFIL Ballistic helmet with attached ear covers offers comparable or greater ballistic coverage area (size one: 180 in2, size two: 191.8 in2) when compared to the standard issued U.S. Military helmet – the ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) or MICH 2000 (size large: 178.8 in2). Composed of a proprietary composite mix with a carbon fiber frame, the ear covers meet NIJ Level III-A (according to NIJ STD 0106.01/0108.01) and weigh only 0.38 lbs. (172 g) for the set. The EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers attach easily and tool-free to both the EXFIL Rail 2.0 and the new EXFIL Rail 3.0. A set retails at $399.95 and is one-size-fits-all.

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The EXFIL Ballistic Visor provides low-profile, lightweight ballistic eye protection that attaches tool-free to the built-in picatinny rail at the front of the EXFIL Rail 3.0 system. It can be easily adjusted into three preset positions (down, up and stowed) and features a polycarbonate lens produced by Eye Safety Systems, a subsidiary of Oakley, Inc. With a generous coverage area of 28.9 in2 (186.1 cm2), the operator can still comfortably and effectively shoulder his/her weapon with proper sight alignment while wearing the visor. The EXFIL Ballistic Visor exceeds the impact, fragmentation and optical requirements of Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) in accordance with MIL-PRF-32432(GL), 09 Jan 2013 and retails for $290.

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The EXFIL Face Shield enables law enforcement officers and military personnel to carry just one helmet, eliminating the need to carry both a standard issue ballistic helmet and a dedicated riot helmet. Like the EXFIL Ballistic Visor, the EXFIL Face Shield is low profile, lightweight and attaches in the same manner to the front section of the EXFIL Rail 3.0. The face shield is similarly adjustable into three positions (down, up and stowed), allowing the wearer to fully utilize the Wilcox W shroud for headlamps, cameras, night vision or thermal imaging devices while also running the face shield. The EXFIL Face Shield meets the requirements of EN166 and retails at $279.95.

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The EXFIL Ballistic Visor and EXFIL Face Shield both come standard with a flexible upper flange that prevents debris and liquid from seeping into the wearer’s eyes from the brim of the helmet.

The EXFIL Ballistic Visor and EXFIL Face Shield come in two sizes (size one and size two), which should correspond with the operator’s EXFIL Ballistic helmet size. The EXFIL Rail 3.0 Retrofit Kit, EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers, EXFIL Ballistic Visor and EXFIL Face Shield are each available in three colors: Black, Coyote Brown and Ranger Green.

Customers who already own an EXFIL Ballistic with the Rail 2.0 system can purchase an EXFIL Rail 3.0 Retrofit Kit for $34.95 to make the EXFIL Ballistic Visor or EXFIL Face Shield compatible. New buyers of the EXFIL Ballistic will be able to select their preferred rail at time of purchase.

The EXFIL Rail 3.0 Retrofit Kit, EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers and EXFIL Ballistic Visor are now available for purchase on TeamWendy.com and through authorized Team Wendy dealers. The EXFIL Face Shield is currently available for pre-sale; orders received will start shipping in October.