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AEC Narrow Fabrics Awarded OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certification

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Zürich (July 12, 2016)– The OEKO-TEX® Association is pleased to announce that AEC Narrow Fabrics (Asheboro Elastics Corporation) has been awarded the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification, that ensures that AEC narrow fabrics have been tested to be free of harmful levels of more than 300 potentially harmful substances. AEC manufactures a broad assortment of knitted and woven narrow fabrics for apparel, home textiles, medical, automotive, marine, and commercial applications. The Asheboro, NC company has operations in the US and Central America with global distribution. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification was issued for products made at AEC’s facilities in El Salvador and Honduras, Central America.

“The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification is an important element of our overall quality assurance and product safety programs,” said Charles Adams, President of AEC Narrow Fabrics. “This voluntary certification is recognized and respected by our customers around the world, especially by those who are OEKO-TEX® certified themselves.”

By securing the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification for products made in its El Salvador and Honduras manufacturing facilities, AEC products made there can be used without concern in other OEKO-TEX® certified products. The modular nature of the OEKO-TEX® certification allows manufacturers to take credit for their suppliers’ certifications when applying for certification for their own products, therefore saving time and expense.

“Our customers appreciate us for our quality, service, and innovation,” commented Adams. “Now with OEKO-TEX® certification, we’re giving them another reassurance that our products are made with respect for the wellbeing of our associates, our customers’ associates, and the consumers who ultimately use the products that include our narrow fabrics.”

The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 list of concerning chemicals includes residual pesticides, carcinogenic dyestuffs, phthalates, heavy metals, and formaldehyde. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is updated annually and reflects the latest advances in textile chemistry, up to date medical knowledge, and the current state of textile product safety regulations. To learn more about the portfolio of OEKO-TEX® certification systems and tools for textile manufacturers, brands, and retailers, or to see a listing of other OEKO-TEX® certified products and facilities, visit To see AEC Narrow Fabric’s website visit

Arktis Smock Sizing Guide

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Speaking of Smocks…

FibroTex – Multispectral Camouflage Workshop

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Last month, Israeli company FibroTex held a Multispectral Camouflage Workshop in Bergsee, Wintenberg, Germany.


Twenty-two active operators attended the event, including snipers, recons, and mobile personnel from six major European countries.


The purpose of the workshop was to educate the troops on the ‘what’ of camouflage: camo available on the market, threats, and how to protect oneself against opposing forces using camo. The workshop also focused on re-explaining Multispectral ranges and threats – UV, VIS, NIR, SWIR, Thermal, and RADAR – and introducing SWIR capabilities and users, and how to protect against SWIR. The workshop also had the benefit of reinforcing cooperation by European SOF units, who shared and exchanged information, and contact details for future collaborations and training.


the workshop included:

· Multispectral threats presentation existing in the market today (Military & Civilian)

· Emphasizing on the latest threat – the SWIR presentation

· Operational camo lecture by ex ISTC instructor (9 years) which was held in a Cave

· “kill zone'” demo, where the attendees were entered into a ‘kill zone’ exposed to suits, op, and FibroTex’s mobile/modular system

· Day & Night spotting competition (using all devices brought by attendees)

· Handouts of all the educational material (both by hard copies and digital formats) to take back to the units

The workshop was the first of more planned for next year and beyond, with the next workshop tentatively planned for mid-February 2017. These future workshops will include Urban, High altitude, desert battle zones camouflage solutions and an operational camo seminar.


Monday, June 27th, 2016

This is the second in “GEAR Made In” series featuring European kit manufacturers by the guys from the Austrian gear blog, SPARTANAT. I checked out FROG.PRO during IWA so it’s cool to get a more in-depth look.


Some guys love what they call „Gucci Gear“. It is all about high quality and a price not too low. FROG.PRO is a small company from Italy and the manufacture what we would call „Armani Gear“. Also high quality, but with style. We talked with Fabio Casali, the founder and owner of FROG.PRO.

Fabio Casali

SPARTANAT: Why FROG.PRO? What is the Frog in your companies name?


I always loved frogs. They are tiny animals that seem harmless but some of them can produce toxic secretions from their skin. They have a well colored skin, from bright red or yellow colors to camouflage pattern. They are amphibious, and this is certainly one of the reasons because they became the symbol of some SF raiders. We have a great tradition of SF units and this is in a certain way a tribute paid to them and honor what they do.

SPARTANAT: FROG.PRO origins from Italy. What kind of gear is manufactured by you?

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FROG.PRO: We produce high-end equipment for Military forces, Security operators and Outdoor activities. FROG.PRO products are made from the selection of the best high tech materials and fabrics available. The major part of these materials are sourced from the USA, the world leaders in military equipment innovation, and they exceed all United States MIL-SPEC requirements. Studies of the design during the different phases of development allows us to make concealed stitching with a protective second layer of material. Furthermore all points liable to wear, through friction or stretching, are sewn with special attention. Our modus operandi may not be the least expensive, however each article that leaves our workshop is a milestone in our company mission to provide the best that money can buy.

SPARTANAT: How long have you manufactured gear?

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The FROG.PRO brand was born in the second half of 2011 to better represent our customized products, once made as a hobby. We officially launched FROG.PRO, as a proper and registered company, in May 2013. Since that day we never stopped working on new designed products.

SPARTANAT: Who puts on FROG.PRO gear?

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We are in contact with our SF/SOF r&d teams on a daily basis to develop and test new products based on their special requirements. The past year Italian Air Force raiders choose FROG.PRO to meet their needs and at the moment they can rely on some high tech innovative products such as our LC Hagakure. Our products are not only military personnel related, in fact we provide gears to PSC Operators, anti poaching units operating in Africa, serious amateurs for tactical activities and outdoor enthusiasts. That’s why we decided to set different categories on our website.

SPARTANAT: You have a very special style. Some people say it is „Armani gear“. Where does your feeling for design come from?

Well, to be honest I do not have any design studies in my background like probably somebody else has. My studies as a youngster were directed completely in the opposite way, but I am very meticulous and I always applied myself to reach the best results both in major and minor projects. Anyway, the aesthetic side is not the priority when I design a new product. Functionality and comfort come first. When these standards are satisfied I start working on the design, often introducing new materials or new features that make our products unique.

SPARTANAT: Anything you want to tell costumers?

We are currently working on a new line of products that will introduce some cool innovation in tactical gear. Visit our website, like our Facebook page and follow us to be always updated!



INVISIO Receives New Order From The French Army Worth SEK 9 million

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Stockholm, June 22, 2016

INVISIO (IVSO) has received a new order for communications systems and accessories from the French Army. The order value amounts to approximately SEK 9 million and delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2016. This is the second order from the same customer in a short time.

“We have a long-term cooperation with the French defense forces and look upon this order as an important continuation of our collaboration which has been ongoing for some years now”, says Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

The order includes communications system with headsets for use with a radio. The system ensures a good hearing protection while the wearer is able to communicate and maintain situational awareness.

In May 2016, INVISIO announced an order of SEK 9 million from the same customer.

France is INVISIO’s seventh army cooperation, after Denmark, Sweden, the USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016


Trzin, 23.06.2016. UF PRO introduced today the new generation of their Striker XT BDU.

As already announced at this year’s IWA exhibition in Nuremberg, UF PRO will be launching the new generation of their Striker XT Combat Shirt and Pants. Since its introduction in 2014, the first generation of the Striker XT BDU’s became one of the most popular UF PRO products and they promise that the new generation will push the standards even further.

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The new Striker XT Combat Shirt offers the already proven air/pac inserts in the shoulder area for weight distribution, a materials mix of polyester, cotton and merino and an anatomic and flexible elbow protection system.

Opening the upper arm pocket with the help of a strap

The Gen. 2 Shirt has a longer front zipper, and the polyester/ merino armpit area is additionally reinforced with a nylon mesh for protection against abrasion. Webbing on top of the lower sleeve pocket provides the flexibility for attaching the UF PRO Device Pouch, or any other MOLLE compatible pouch.

The Striker XT Combat Pants are known for their hybrid structure, which allows the user unhindered movement with a smart pocket configuration and comfortable knee protection.

Materials Mix Striker XT Pants

The Gen.2 Pants have now even more stretch built in and offer a bigger and more easily accessible pocket configuration.

3 Layer Knee Protection

The 3-layer knee protection can be equipped with either a shock absorbing Flex Pad or with the new UF PRO Flex- Soft Pad, which offers extra cushioning while kneeling down. Both pads can be reinforced with a penetration resistant UF PRO Solid Pad.

Elbow pads layers

The camouflage versions of the Striker XT pants now also have integrated camouflage Schoeller-dynamic stretch panels.

Find out more about the new UF PRO Striker XT Gen.2 BDU here:

Morgan Advanced Materials and D3O Announce New Helmet

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Morgan and D3O create world’s most advanced helmet for defence sector

Morgan Advanced Materials, a world leader in the application of advanced composite material technology, has incorporated D3O TRUST high-performance padding system into its ultra-lightweight combat helmet portfolio, the LASA AC914 and LASA AC915. The combination of Morgan’s hybrid composite ballistic helmet shell technology, with D3O’s impact pads is believed to be the most advanced combat helmet in the global market.

The D3O TRUST helmet liner system, created by the experts in real-world impact protection solutions, is engineered using patented composite materials. The seven-piece system which exceeds required Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) protection levels by 33% at 10ft/sec, has now been used by Morgan to complement its world leading ballistic helmet shell technology.

Morgan’s LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 ballistic helmets are manufactured using proprietary ultra-lightweight, composite hybrid technology, which provides structure, durability and a level of protection at weights significantly lower than previously available. The helmets are the outcome of over three years of materials and product development at Morgan’s Ballistics Centre of Excellence.

Weighing in at 1.25kg (2.9lb) for a full cut LASA AC914 helmet and 1.15kg for a high cut LASA AC915 variant, these composite hybrid helmets are 7.5% lighter than a typical advanced combat helmets with 10% enhanced 17gr FSP Performance (735m/s). Built for comfort and endurance, the D3Oâ TRUST 10ft/sec blunt trauma impact padding system exceeds all regulatory performance standards and is recognised as the most durable and comfortable solution on the global market.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites and Defence Systems, explains: “Morgan has been at the forefront of ballistic protective combat helmet design for more than 30 years and we are proud to partner with D3O in the creation of our most advanced combat helmet yet”.

“The unrivalled performance of the D3O TRUST padding system and the resulting helmet is one which provides the highest levels ballistic protection at an extraordinarily low weight – a technological advancement which is sure to shape the sector.”

Todd Dunnagan, Director – D3O Global Defence Sector commented: “Morgan’s helmet shell technology provides flammability protection, ballistic protection and a structurally sound platform for the integration of blunt impact and retention systems, which, combined with the comfort and shock-absorbing capabilities of our D3O TRUST helmet liner system, delivers the ultimate lightweight, high-performance head protection solution.”

Available in a variety of configurations, the LASA helmets are compatible with in-service equipment including night vision goggles, as well as an array of other accessories. The LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 are available to purchase through Morgan’s locations in the UK, Canada and Singapore.

For more information on Morgan’s ballistic helmets, visit and for details on the D3O TRUST helmet liner system, go to

Direct Action Gear – Mosquito Modular Belt System and Speed Reload Pouches

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

MOSQUITO Modular Belt System

The MOSQUITO modular belt system is an extremely versatile platform – just like de Havilland’s ‘Wooden Wonder’ from WWII. It works well in both low-profile and heavy-load configurations and is compatible with accessory hip and drop leg panels.

-Made of proprietary laminate, stiffened, Velcro loop lined
-Designed to work as a belt sleeve for MUSTANG rescue / gun belt, will fit most standard rescue belts
-Laser cut PALS slots interchanging with vertical openings on the sides allow for user-preferred equipment attachment options for holster, blade etc.
-Additional stability can be achieved by using the MOSQUITO modular belt sleeve together with the MUSTANG inner belt
-Low profile Y-style suspenders for use under armor available
-Detachable stiffened hip panels available in two lengths, long panel allows direct mounting of Safariland’s® 3-hole system pistol holsters
-High ride drop leg panels available
* Please note: inner belt, hip panels and suspenders are sold separately.

Speed Reload Pouches

Open top rifle magazine pouch, designed for speed reloads but with secure magazine carry at the same time. The special internal material, combined with a limited-size top opening and tension-adjusting elastic cord, prevents the magazine from popping out if it gets snagged.

Just like their rifle pouch, the pistol / SMG pouch is designed for speed reloads but with secure magazine carry at the same time. The special internal material, combined with tension-adjusting elastic cord, prevents the magazine from popping out if it gets snagged.

This article originally appeared on Used with permission.