While these are a one-offs, intended to show German brand MD-Textil’s laser cutting capabilities, it’s still cool to see pouches made in this US, 1970s-era Night Desert Camouflage pattern, designed to defeat night vision systems.
New for 2017 is the TT Tac Modular Pack 30 Vent exhibited earlier this month at Enforce Tac and IWA.
This 30 liter pack is made from 700D Cordura and features a 3/4 length zipper, allowing the upper compartment to be opened fully. There is also a lower compartment, accessible via a half moon zipper. Additionally, there is a laser cut PALs webbing field on the rear flap and softshell pockets on either side of the bag. The top of the rear flap incorporates a zippered pocket and also offers elastic cord for quick, external storage.
The ventilated X Vent Zero Plus carrying system is quite interesting. Some outdoor packs offer similar suspensions but use a full mesh packpanel. TT has opened the back up because the additional material doesn’t really bear the load and just makes the wearer sweat more.
I like the two-tone version seen above, but a Dark Grey model called Carbon was seen at IWA the following day (below). There is said to be a Black model as well.
At the recent Enforce Tac show in Nürnberg, Germany, I had the opportunity to check out Kryptek’s new tactical line of clothing and equipment which was on display in Precision Tecnhnic Defense’s stand. One of the items is a new lightweight plate carrier which joins the line of PALS compatible pouches they released earlier this year. As it was a prototype, they were not yet ready for me to share it with the world. However, German blog Strategie Technik shared a photo of the carrier.
It is extremely lightweight with integrated Admin Pouch at the upper chest along with three magazine pouches. However, they mentioned that the integrated Admin Pouch would be removed to make way for PALS compatibility in that space. You may also spy Tubes connectors on this carrier which have been licensed from FirstSpear. You’ll also notice a radio pouch attached to the cummerbund. My favorite feature is the rigid opening on the ammo pouches which make it much easier to replace magazines one-handed.
At the recent IWA in Germany, I noticed that Polish brand Direct Action was experimenting with ADA’s ONE299 pack frame from Australia. I had previously mentioned it during SHOT Show 16, so it was great to see it getting out there.
The concept behind this expandable, polymer frame is that it is designed to accommodate the 1st through 99th percentile Soldier. Via five length configurations, the frame will telescope from 413 to 528mm.
There are multiple attachment points throughout the frame to accept various packs and suspension systems.
Piteraq is a Norwegian brand of waterproof bags I encountered at IWA.
The Kraken is their expeditionary bag, complete with padded shoulder straps for hauling. It’s available in two sizes; 100 and 140 liter and is constructed of 840D double TPU coated nylon fabric with welded construction. The waterproof zipper is a TIZIP Masterseal 10 with a 500mb hydrostatic head and can be locked. In addition to an air relief valve, there are compression straps and end corner carry handles which are quite handy.
The Kraken is offered in a variety of colors including the Crocodile seen here, as well as Black, Slate/Dark Slate, Flame/Blazer, and Blazer/Flame.
At IWA this pack from Helikon-Tex caught my eye, reminding me of an ALICE Medium, with its three external pockets. Called the Matilda, it’s part of their growing Bushcraft line and was designed in conjunction with Survival Tech. Like ALICE, each of those external pockets has a back channel so you can carry odd-sized items. Unlike ALICE, the Matilda’s pockets are all closed with Side Release buckles. In addition to compression straps, the pack also offers PALS compatibility. The back is stiffened and incorprates breathable mesh.
Tasmanian Tiger displayed several news items including the TT Plate Carrier LP and TT Plate Carrier SK.
Manufactured from T-Stretch and T-Square Ripstop, the TT Plate Carrier LP is a lightweight carrier which weighs just 375 g and is designed to be worn under outer garments for low viz operations. Consequently, the materials are elastic for a snug fit, yet incorporates air permeable mesh on yhe interior so you don’t overheat. Additionally, there is a small pocket with Velcro closure at the front for flat items and Velcro panels at the front and rear for ID. The shoulder straps are adjustable for length and the cummerbund offers waist adjustment. The Vest fits all standard Schutzklasse (SK) 4 panels up to 30 x 25 cm.
Offered in Black, Coyote Brown and Olive.
The skeletonized design of the TT Plate Carrier SK is manufactured from TPU Cordura 700D with generous PALS compatible Velcro fields at the front and rear. It weighs 490 g and will integrate the TT FL Chest Rig. The waist strap is a simple bungee-style affair with side release buckle attachment. Finally, the vest comes with two elastic plate pockets which will accept most any SK4 plates from 30 x 25 cm up to 33 x 27 cm. This design allows the carrier to cradle the plates which are contained within the pockets.
Offered in Coyote Brown and Olive.