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Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – MATBOCK MR Dry 6500

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

This is the latest variant of MATBOCK’s MR Dry pack system. Built in conjunction with Mystery Ranch, this massive 6500 cu in dry bag accepts the MR 6500 pack internally. As a Dry Bag, it incorporates an oral inflation tube and a 3/4 opening waterproof zipper which can be opened fully to expose the pack once on dry land.

The suspension is a Mystery Ranch NICE Frame to accommodate the increased weight of the contents of this larger pack.


Kokotat – Poseidon PFD

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Kokotat’s Poseidon Personal Flotation Device offers flexibility in load carriage as the strap lattice at the front allows the wearer to configure pockets where they want them. The vest comes with a Full Chest Pocket Accessory that has three zippered compartments and a lash tab on the back for knife storage. Other accessory pockets include the Poseidon Quick Release Belt, Belly Pocket, single Chest Pocket and Tactic Pack. Additionally, there is a hydration pocket at the rear of the 500D Cordura Vest which will accept a reservoir. The Poseidon is available in three sizes with US Coast Guard or Transport Canada approved flotation, made from a PVC-Free Foam.

Kokatat Poseidon PFD from Kokatat on Vimeo.

The only thing that will be a problem for tactical users is the color combinations. There’s Black, bit only as long as it is paired with Red, Blue or Yellow. Of course, spray paint is a service member’s best friend.


Piteraq – Kraken Waterproof Expedition Bag

Monday, March 13th, 2017

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.


FirstSpear Friday Focus – Frog AAC Kit

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

This week, we’re going to check out the Frog AAC Kit, which I had the chance to check out during this week’s Enforce Tac at the Messe, in Nürnburg, Germany. The Frog kit adapts the Assaulter Armor Carrier for use in a maritime environment.

Standard in the kit are FS Bouyancy Compensators, Adaptive Cummerbund Flotation Elements and a 2″ belly band to secure the front and back panels to the user without having to wear a full cummerbund.


The adaptive cummerbund uses the AAC instant adjust back panel. 6/12 modular sections on the left and right of the front carrier panel allow the user to install the modular pockets of their choice and at the height they need for increased comfort and mobility.


There is also a rebreather harness kit which allows the rebreather to be attached directly to the AAC and easily ditched once free of the surf zone.

The AAC Frog kit is for Governmemt use only and is already being fielded by a customer. Contact www.first-spear.com for additional information.

Mustang Survival Debuts New Sentinel Series Dry Suits at SHOT Show

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

New dry suits and updated technologies will be on display

Bellingham, WA – Mustang Survival®, the North American manufacturer of innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, will be debuting several new pieces of gear and apparel at this year’s SHOT (shooting, hunting and outdoor trade) Show at The Safariland Group booth #12762, including the design-award-nominated EP Ocean Racing Series and new dry suits in the brand’s Sentinel™ Series.

“Designing and manufacturing the most innovative gear possible for those who protect us is a mission we undertake with an immense amount of pride and respect for those we’re serving. Every product considers the user’s mission, comfort and safety, and we’re disproving the old adage ‘ounces are pounds, and pounds are pain’,” states Brian Dalgliesh, manager, Military Channel for Mustang Survival.

Exclusive to Mustang Survival, the Sentinel Series dry suits feature:
-Mobility Based Sizing™ – offers users a semi-custom fit that reduces bulk and increases mobility without the custom price tag
-Rapid Repair Technology™ – now extended to socks, in addition to neck and wrist seals, enables field repair in less than an hour

Sentinel Series Lightweight Special Operations Dry Suit. Weighing roughly 4 lbs, this is the lightest and most breathable surface operations dry suit on the market. Keeping the operator both safe and dry, the suit’s sophisticated technology and design features mean the wearer does not have to sacrifice movement or mobility for safety. The Sentinel Series Lightweight Special Operations Dry Suit is ideal for users engaged in maritime special operations requiring splash and/or immersed hypothermia protection without hindering primary mission objectives.

Sentinel Series USCG Lightweight Boat Crew Dry Suit. Now with Rapid Repair Technology extended to the dry suits’ socks, the lifecycle of this dry suit has been prolonged and the overall cost of ownership reduced. Both waterproof and breathable, the USCG Lightweight Boat Crew Dry Suit is designed for constant wear for those not intending to the enter the water though still requiring hypothermia protection in the event of accidental immersion.

EP Ocean Racing Collection. Also on display at the 2017 SHOT show is the brand new EP Ocean Racing Collection, worn by the crew aboard the super-yacht Comanche on her record-setting journeys, and recently featured in Red Bull’s Flying on Water mission. Designed for the most elite and extreme ocean racers, the EP Ocean Racing Collection leverages technology perfected and tested in the Mustang Survival military and tactical products. In turn, the collection has also provided field experience that has been integrated into the development process for current and future military products.

These new products, and more, will be on display at the Las Vegas Sands Expo Center during the NSSF SHOT Show, January 17-20, 2016 (booth 12762). For more information on these and all Mustang Survival products, please visit www.mustangsurvival.com.

Bawidamann – Dive Girl Apparel

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Back by popular demand, Bawidamann is offering pre-orders for the SFOD-A/SF DIVESHOOL VERSION/ CIVI Version.

Years ago, Andrew Bawidamann drew an awesome depiction of a young lady in dive equipment. The image was adopted by many Special Forces Dive Teams for wear on team t-shirts.

About once a year, Bawidamann opens them back up for order.

He will leave this Pre-order open from 11/18/16 to 1/18/17. Whether you want just one for yourself of 15 for your team, here is your chance.

Once the pre-order window is closed he will run the whole Job. He needs a minimum order of 15 to get a customized ODA ### type set under the Dive Bubble. Make your Team order and put your ODA# in the ORDER NOTES.

For the rest of us non ODA/SF DUDES, you can get the DIVE GIRL /CALICO JACK SHIRT/HOODY. It is printed at the same time on the same press as the SF stuff and is just as badass.


Note: THIS WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL 2.7.17. So Pretty Please don’t expect this for Christmas.

Mustang Survival Exhibiting Award-Nominated Gear at Marine Equipment Trade Show

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

New EP 6.5 outerwear will be on display, including DAME Design Award nominated pieces

Bellingham, WA – Mustang Survival®, the North American manufacturer of innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, joins a prestigious list of brands exhibiting at this year’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam (Canada Pavilion, booth 12.314). Alongside some of the world’s largest marine brands, Mustang Survival will be displaying the EP Ocean Racing Series, launched this past summer and designed for the most serious ocean racers. Part of the collection are the EP 6.5 Ocean Racing Jacket and Salopette, both of which are DAME Design Award 2016 nominees.

“The show provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the EP Ocean Racing Series to an international audience for the first time. To have received positive accolades on the line from crew members aboard Comanche and Rambler 88, and to have been part of Comanche’s Sydney-Hobart, Newport-Bermuda and Trans-Atlantic records is both an honor and a testament to our game-changing innovation,” explains Robbie Stevens, Sr. Director, Sales & Marketing at Mustang Survival. “These types of innovations don’t come along every season and when they do, they often change the way that people interact with their equipment. Being nominated for a DAME Award is further validation that we are starting to drive that change.”

Available now, the assortment brings to market Mustang Survival’s all-new EP Ocean Racing Inflatable PFD, EP 6.5 Ocean Racing outerwear category, Bluewater and Greenwater Series Gear Haulers, Roll Top Dry Bags, Regulate Base Layers, and EP 3250 Racing Gloves. The new collection allows for seamless integration of the brand’s thermal layers and outerwear with their flotation and protective equipment, providing a comprehensive range of solutions for offshore racers and demanding enthusiasts.

The EP 6.5 Ocean Racing outerwear category features military-grade Gore-Tex® fabric – a technology Mustang Survival has been using, and which has only been available for the military, coast guard and first responders for the past twenty years. The launch of the EP 6.5 Ocean Racing outerwear brings the proven technology to the sailing market for the very first time. Engineered for the most demanding nautical users, the military-grade Gore-Tex fabric offers a heavier denier for extended use and makes the fabric resistant to corrosive agents, such as gasoline and salt water.

EP 38 Ocean Racing Inflatable PFD – As the only race-compliant PFD (personal flotation device) available with U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada approvals, the EP 38 features Hammar® Hydrostatic Inflator Technology (HIT™) for reliable inflation in extreme conditions, and M.I.T. (Membrane Inflatable Technology™) materials inside, making the innovative construction of the EP 38 better-fitting, incredibly pliable and easier to repack. The low profile back-of-neck, vest-style design and improved weight balance, combine to remove pressure from the back of the neck.

EP 6.5 Ocean Racing Outerwear – The outerwear collection designed for elite ocean racing sailors uses military-grade Gore-Tex fabric for robust durability and resistance to delamination. The collection includes a dry suit, jacket, salopette, and spray smock with Gore-Tex Pro. The products leverage premium components, including AquaSeal® waterproof zippers, Cohaesive™ cinch adjusters and Closed Comfort System™ neck seals.

Regulate Base Layers – Crafted with a blend of Merino wool and synthetic yarns, the fabric of Mustang Survival’s Regulate Base Layers touts the benefits of both fibers, designed for the unique demands of the nautical user. The Regulate Base Layer system is available in 175 weight and 230 weight tops and bottoms.

Bluewater Gear Haulers – Perfect for everyday trips or extended overnight excursions, the Bluewater Gear Haulers feature weatherproof construction with urethane-coated zippers and a 210-denier coated nylon shell. The Bluewater Gear Hauler series is offered in 55-, 30- and 15-liter volumes. All Bluewater Gear Haulers feature a Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) panel for custom gear configurations. The 55-liter Bluewater Gear Hauler uses water-resistant construction with separate compartments for wet and dry gear. The 30-liter version features a roll-top waterproof compartment and water-resistant construction with a laptop sleeve, while the 15-liter Gear Hauler is hydration compatible with water-resistant construction.

Greenwater Gear Haulers – Designed to be tied down and withstand the most violent conditions the ocean can bring, the Greenwater Gear Haulers are waterproof with Aquaseal waterproof zippers, and are available in 35- and 65-liter sizes.

Bluewater Roll Top Dry Bags – Available in 5-, 10-, 15-, 20- and 35-liter sizes, Mustang Survival’s Roll Top Dry Bags are designed for easier packing in a unique rectangular shape, with a convenient ID window for labeling.

EP 3250 Racing Glove – Engineered for wet work with synthetic leather on the fingers and a silicon grip closure, the EP 3250 Racing Gloves offers extreme durability and performance. Available in full finger and open finger styles.

Available now, the EP Ocean Racing Collection can be found at specialty retailers. Visit www.mustangsurvival.com/epoceanracing for more information.

Draeger @ AUSA

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

While your environment may be unknown, the reliability of your equipment should never be. Draeger’s Sean Carey and Brieanna Murphy are at AUSA to answer your questions!