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ArmorSource Introduces Lightest Helmet

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

“LJD Aire” Provides 40% Weight Reduction and Enhanced Ballistic Protection

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JANUARY 21, 2015, LAS VEGAS, NV – ArmorSource, LLC (ArmorSource) will introduce the LJD Aire helmet today at the SHOT Show. The LJD Aire is the lightest ballistic helmet in the defense and law enforcement market. The LJD Aire reduces the weight of traditional helmets by more than 40 percent while exceeding the ballistic protection of the Lightweight Advanced Combat Helmet.

In a full coverage version, size large, the boltless helmet will weigh a mere 1.9 pounds (850 grams), compared to an equivalently sized Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), which weighs 3.3 pounds (or 1,500 grams). The LJD Aire possess the ACH/MICH geometry, and will be available in mid and high cut versions, offering standard or boltless side-rails, standard or boltless retention, and customers’ choice of aftermarket products, including shrouds and brackets.

“We are extraordinarily pleased and proud to unveil the LJD Aire here at the SHOT Show,” said Yoav Kapah, President and CEO, ArmorSource. “Never before has a manufacturer been able to provide such a substantial reduction in weight without sacrificing ballistic protection. It is a testament to the continued commitment from our team at ArmorSource to provide the best ballistic protection in the lightest, most comfortable helmets. Members of our Armed Forces and law enforcement deserve the very best. The LJD Aire is truly an exceptional product, and our entire team is excited to share this with our men and women in uniform.”

The LJD Aire is the first product launched in ArmorSource’s new LAWRENCE premium product line. The product line was named in honor of Lawrence J. Dickson, one of ArmorSource’s founders, to honor the commitment Mr. Dickson had to consistently provide innovative products and market leadership.

The LJD Aire will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2015, after giving the US Government first priority and production consideration.

www.armorsource.com

Team Wendy EXFIL SAR Helmets Are Go!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

CLEVELAND – When you’ve rolled out three successful helmets for the military in two years, what’s next? The answer for Team Wendy is to take its popular EXFIL helmet line into a space none of its competitors have gone before.

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With more than 15 years of experience developing leading-edge products that protect against serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, the Cleveland-based company is launching two EXFIL models for search and rescue personnel and outdoor adventurers—the EXFIL SAR Tactical and EXFIL SAR Backcountry. The two new models are the first search and rescue helmets built to offer tactical accessory mounting capabilities while providing protection that meets key industrial and mountaineering requirements.

“This helmet represents the first true marriage between tactical and professional search and rescue,” said Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo Patron. “The innovations we’ve developed to support our soldiers will provide the search and rescue and mountaineering communities with a superior level of protection and performance. The EXFIL SAR helmets will have the look and feel—as well as the safety and quality—that Team Wendy has built its reputation on. These are Team Wendy EXFIL helmets through and through.”

The Tactical model is optimized for use with night vision devices and features a machined aluminum Wilcox NVG shroud insert as well as a four-point adjustable CAM-FIT retention system with full chin cup. For users who do not operate with night vision, the Backcountry sports a glass-reinforced polycarbonate shroud insert for mounting cameras and lights, and an under-the-chin retention strap with magnetic closure. Both models are ideal mounting platforms and are compatible with rail mounted accessories, such as the EXFIL Quick Release Adapter and EXFIL Peltor Quick Release Adapter. Additional accessories will be released later this year.

The protection offered by the EXFIL SAR Tactical and EXFIL SAR Backcountry is highlighted by meeting a wide variety of performance standards, including EN12492 European Standard for Mountaineering Helmets, EN1385 European Standard for Whitewater Helmets, and current Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) blunt impact requirements. The helmet also provides a high level of off-crown shock absorption not seen in many industrial and climbing helmets, meeting this requirement of EN14052 European Standard for High Performance Industrial Helmets.

Both the EXFIL SAR Tactical and Backcountry models are available in the following standard colors: white, red, black and US Coast Guard orange.

The EXFIL SAR Tactical retails for $304.95, while the EXFIL SAR Backcountry is available for $179.99 (without side rails) or $215.94 (with side rails). EXFIL SAR orders are now being accepted, and Team Wendy will begin shipping helmets in February.

EXFIL SAR Backcountry

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The EXFIL SAR Backcountry features a glass-reinforced polycarbonate shroud for mounting cameras and lights. It also includes a sport-style, under-the-chin retention strap with a Fidloc magnetic buckle and a Boa Closure System to dial in precise fit adjustment while providing a single-handed quick release. The Team Wendy SAR Accessory Rail 2.0 System is optional.

Performance
-Meets the requirements of EN12492:2012 Standard for Mountaineering Helmets
-Meets the requirements of EN1385:2012 Standard for Whitewater Helmets
-Meets Advanced Combat Helmet blunt impact requirements (per AR/PD 10-02 Rev A)
-Meets additional off-crown impact requirements of EN14052 European standard for high performance industrial helmets

Features
-High strength Lexan polycarbonate copolymer shell
-High-cut shell design with clearance for ear protection and communications headsets
-Built-in glass reinforced shroud for mounting head lamps and cameras
-Sport-style retention system with Fidlock magnetic buckle
-Boa Closure System integrated directly into helmet liner for optimized stability and fit
-Zorbium foam comfort liners in two thicknesses with Microban anti-microbial treated wicking fabric
-Optional SAR Accessory Rail 2.0 System that is Magpul MOE compatible and includes a pass-through for securing headlamp or goggle straps
-Two removable vent covers
-Compatible with the EXFIL Quick Release Adapter and the EXFIL Peltor Headset Quick Release Adapter; additional accessory items will be released later in 2015

EXFIL SAR Tactical

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The EXFIL SAR Tactical is optimized for use with night vision devices and features a machined aluminum Wilcox NVG shroud. The helmet also includes a four-point CAM-FIT retention system with chin cup for optimal stability and a Boa Closure System to dial in precise fit adjustment while providing a single-handed quick release. The Tactical model also includes the SAR Accessory Rail 2.0 System, which allows for custom mounting.

Performance
-Meets the requirements of EN12492:2012 Standard for Mountaineering Helmets
-Meets the requirements of EN1385:2012 Standard for Whitewater Helmets
-Meets Advanced Combat Helmet blunt impact requirements (per AR/PD 10-02 Rev A)
-Meets additional off-crown impact requirements of EN14052:2012 European standard for high performance industrial helmets.

Features
-High-strength Lexan polycarbonate copolymer shell
-High-cut shell design with clearance for ear protection and communications headsets
-Includes integrated Wilcox aluminum shroud conforming to the SOCOM SPEAR Program of Record
-Military-style cam-lock sliders for one-handed adjustment and secure fit Boa Closure System integrated directly into helmet liner for optimized stability and fit
-Zorbium foam comfort liners in two thicknesses with Microban anti-microbial treated wicking fabric
-SAR Accessory Rail 2.0 System
-Magpul MOE compatible
-Pass-through for securing headlamp or goggle straps
-Two removable vent covers
-Compatible with the EXFIL Quick Release Adapter and the EXFIL Peltor -Quick Release Adapter; additional accessory items will be released later in 2015

Looks Like Team Wendy Has Made That SAR Helmet A Reality

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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www.teamwendy.com

Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Looking for an off-the-shelf climbing helmet in a color that won’t make you a target? Then you might want to check out the Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet in Cafe which is kind of a flat, dark tan.

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blackdiamondequipment.com

Team Wendy SAR Helmets In Production

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Coming soon from Team Wendy.

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This post is dedicated to the “I don’t need it, so it shouldn’t exist” crowd.

Sneak Peek – Team Wendy EXFIL SAR

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Awhile back Team Wendy started showing a prototype Search and Rescue helmet. Looks like it’s going to happen. Imagine offering SAR personnel the advantages of modern helmets…NVG shrouds and rail systems.

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www.teamwendy.com

Wilcox Industries – Dual Powered Aviation Mount

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

We checked out the new DPAM at AUSA. It allows power directly from the mount or via the cable to a rear mounted battery box.

Wilcox Improved Design For Aviation NVG’s to Fit Flight Helmets

Newington, NH-Wilcox has designed a Dual Powered Aviation Mount (DPAM) for use by Aviators and crewman that offers an overall improvement to the current existing systems and integrates into a flight helmet. The DPAM mount works with the ANVS-6/9, F4949, F5050 and GPNVG night vision goggles.

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This mount fully integrates into the currently used external batteries utilizing a standard 4-pin Lemo connector or can run off an internal 123A lithium battery for up to eight hours. The internal backup battery provides power to the NVG even when removed from the mount. This completely eliminates the need for the snap on battery pack and the additional weight. This system comes with the option of a permanent Wilcox 4-hole HMI or a Quick-Release 4-hole HMI that mount into the visor.

Unique features of the DPAM include a low-battery indicator light and a Power Mode selection that allows the operator to choose between the external and internal power supply without having to remove the helmet. The system has a switch guard that protects against accidental snags. The mount includes a clip that attaches to the visor to secure the power chord out of the way.

An NVG flip button allows the goggle to “flip up” into a stowed position when not in use. This enables the auto-off capabilities of the goggle helping to save battery life. The system has several adjustment points for a precise fit. An interface plate provides a stable mounting platform and helps with the fit. It also allows the DPAM to easily be removed from the shroud.

The mount is manufactured from lightweight aerospace grade metal and high strength polymer. A field replaceable ball detent insert provides the ability to set tolerances over the life of the mount. The mount fist into ballistic and non-ballistic helmets drilled with the standard one or three-hole pattern and when used with Wilcox’s line of NVG shrouds. The mount and shroud weigh a minimal 5.92 ounces.

For ordering and pricing information contact Wilcox Industries at www.wilcoxind.com.

AUSA – Ops-Core ACH Upgrade Components – UPDATED

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Here are some photos of the individual components in the Ops-Core Advanced Combat Helmet upgrades. Naturally, they can be all adopted or as individual pieces.

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The first piece is the 360 Deg Liner and Retention System. It attaches into place via the Velcro patches already installed in the ACH shell. The liner provides permanent impact protection (particularly against rotational forces) and you still insert pads so I’m going to suggest, if you use this upgrade, you’ll need to size up on your shell.

UPDATE – It’s true you use pads with the EPP liner but they are specially designed for use with the liner. It is not designed to be used in conjunction with the issue helmet pad. I spoke with Ops-Core and they gave me this info.

The new liner has a variable thickness EPP protective component that is coupled with comfort pads that come in three thicknesses: 1/4″ 3/8″ and 1/2″ to create ideal comfort and stability. Individuals wearing a large ACH with issue pads can use the new liner in the same size shell with greater comfort and stability

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The Skeleton One Hole Shroud weighs just 42.1 grams. It’s streamlined design is snag free and the single hole will fit right on to the ACH.

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They’ve also incorporated space in the lightening holes to tie off your NODs, if needed.

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The skeleton rails offer 14 wire and cable management attachment points. They are also universally sized to fit all ACH sizes Small through Extra-Large.

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The items are available in Black, Urban Tan and Foliage Green.

www.ops-core.com

AUSA – Solace Power

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Newfoundland, Canada-based Solace Power specializes in wireless power. While they don’t manufacture products they offer customizable projects and offer Technical Development Kits. Their goal is to license technology to manufacturers. Today, they’re demonstrating a customizable project applied to a bump helmet to show how it can be wirelessly powered. It’s a demonstrator but I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen.

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They use Electric Field Based RC2 (Resonant Capacitive Coupling) technology. This is slightly different from the magnetic charging technology you see in wireless cell phone chargers. The resonator material is flexible and can be copper or another lightweight conductive material that can be shielded with a simple fabric.

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Additionally, Solace Power’s technology doesn’t heat objects and it still works even if the resonator is punctured or torn. The technology is safety compliant to IEEE, FCC, ICNIRP and Safety Code 6.

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Efficiency wise, they are demonstrating 90% power coupling efficiency at 40 cms and that’s at 100w. They can also use one transmitter with multiple receivers (ie weapon, helmet, radio, etc). The receiver can also act as a repeater but the larger the resonator, the further the power can be transmitted. You’ll notice in the photo above how far the helmet is away and off by enter of the power transmitter. With magnetic power transmission you can’t do that.

Think of the implications. Use of their technology doesn’t alter the Soldier’s behavior. Each piece of equipment doesn’t need a separate battery. There’s also no hot battery swapping or umbilicals/cords.

www.solace.ca

AUSA – 3M Introduces Production Rails

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Shown here on the Ballistic Bump Helmet (which meets SOCOM helmet performance) the new Rail fits their boltless helmets. While it is a bolt less design, it doesn’t connect to the helmet via an epoxy like other designs. Instead, 3M embeds a threaded interface just below the durable surface of the helmet above the ballistic later. This threaded interface accepts two screws that keep the rail in place but do not compromise the ballistic integrity of the helmet.

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It features a T-slot interface that accepts Picatinny rails via their Quick Release adapter. It also accepts side and mandible armor, oxygen masks and a counterweight for NVGs. The 3M family of helmets offers four levels of protection which we covered during SHOT Show.

www.3M.com