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FirstSpear Friday Focus – ACM MID 400 Shirt

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Today we are getting another look at FirstSpear’s USA Merino wool packages.

In previous weeks we saw the lightest weight package ACM-BASE 100 which FS uses in a variety of their lighter weight garments like the field shirt and beanie/neckie. Today we will be looking at the next level up, ACM-MID 400. What makes this merino package so unique is that it is a dual layer material, not a blend. Using a super fine polyester on the interior and merino wool layer on the exterior, this material combo does some very incredible things. When the user sweats or gets wet the poly layer will quickly wick away moisture from the body and transfer it to the absorbent wool layer.

Once the moisture permeates into the wool layer it allows the poly to dry very quickly which helps avoid the typical stink you find with other synthetic layers, additionally wool is naturally antimicrobial which makes it incredibly difficult for the garment to produce bacteria that causes odors in all synthetic base layers. Furthermore, once the moisture is absorbed into the wool layer it will keep the user insulated and warm even when wet. These features provide for exceptionally high performance garments using ACM-MID 400. Today we will get a look at one of the more popular garments using this dual layer material, the FirstSpear Mid Shirt.

The Mid Shirt is super tough and ultra soft with a 2/3 length front zipper that allows extra ventilation when you really warm up. The high collar keeps your neck covered and is great for when you are working with a sling.

Like most FS products the Mid Shirt is Berry Compliant (100% American Made with 100% American Materials) and is available in Black, Charcoal, Commando, Manatee Grey, and Sand.


Under Armour Announces Second Polartec Collection

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Under Armour announces the second delivery of its “UA Trek” collection featuring Polartec fabrics. Pairing its outdoor performance heritage with current style elements for a complete head-to-toe assortment, the collection includes apparel made with Polartec® Micro technical fleece as well as Polartec® Power Fill™ insulation, each made of 100-percent post-consumer recycled content.

Inspired by workouts in outdoor environments, the products utilize premium Polartec® Micro fleece for temperature-regulation in the body of the garments, with Polartec® Power Fill™ insulation in the hoods for added warmth and weather resistance in cold conditions, enabling the modern athlete to traverse both cityscapes and the great outdoors with equal confidence.

Engineered to provide comfort throughout a wide range of conditions and activity levels, premium 100-percent recycled Polartec® Micro fleece features a lofted structure with thermal air pockets to retain warmth without inhibiting breathability. Highly durable Polartec® Micro fleece is also hydrophobic and fast drying.

100-percent recycled Polartec® Power Fill™ insulation is engineered to provide maximum warmth without weight. The insulation is made of proprietary hollow fibers that are bonded together through a process that reduces environmental impact, while simultaneously providing superior insulating performance. Polartec® Power Fill™ insulation is also hydrophobic, fast-drying and highly compressible .

For women, the collection includes full-zip jackets (with and without a hood), a full-zip mock neck, and pants. For men, the collection includes full-zip jackets, reversible snap jackets, a crew sweatshirt, a 2-in-1 tee and pants. The pieces will retail for $55-120 (USD) and release globally on UA.com and UA Brand Houses beginning December 6.

Under Armour traveled to Iceland to capture the collection’s lookbook with distance runner, soccer player and nature enthusiast Angelina Krawczyk; softball athlete, model and Venice Beach, Calif. native Cailee Grayhorse; model and family member to basketball royalty Myles O’Neal; and former track athlete, celebrity stylist, model and artist Will Breveard.

Milipol 19 – Polartec Showcases P1GTAC Products

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

One of the great things about Polartec is that they showcase products from manufacturers who use their materials. Although not well known, Ukrainian brand P1GTAC has some rather innovative designs. What’s really interesting is that military inspired fashion has really taken off in Ukraine since the beginning of their civil war involving neighboring Russia, with many Ukrainians wanting to show national pride.

The Punisher Combat Winter Patrol Jacket is insulated with Polartec Alpha, a highly breathable insulation.

The Frogman Range Workout Jacket and Pant look awful comfy in the Polartec 200 Series fleece.

Army Project May Lead To New Class Of High-Performance Materials

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Synthetic biologists working on a U.S. Army project have developed a process that could lead to a new class of synthetic polymers that may create new high-performance materials and therapeutics for Soldiers.

Nature Communications published research conducted by Army-funded researchers at Northwestern University, who developed a set of design rules to guide how ribosomes, a cell structure that makes protein, can incorporate new kinds of monomers, which can be bonded with identical molecules to form polymers.

“These findings are an exciting step forward to achieving sequence-defined synthetic polymers, which has been a grand challenge in the field of polymer chemistry,” said Dr. Dawanne Poree, program manager, polymer chemistry at the Army Research Office. “The ability to harness and adapt cellular machinery to produce non-biological polymers would, in essence, bring synthetic materials into the realm of biological functions. This could render advanced, high-performance materials such as nanoelectronics, self-healing materials, and other materials of interest for the Army.”

Biological polymers such as DNA, have precise building block sequences that provide for a variety of advanced functions such as information storage and self-replication. This project looked at how to re-engineer biological machinery to allow it to work with non-biological building blocks that would offer a route to creating synthetic polymers with the precision of biology.

“These new synthetic polymers may enable the development of advanced personal protective gear, sophisticated electronics, fuel cells, advanced solar cells and nanofabrication, which are all key to the protection and performance of Soldiers,” Poree said.

“We set out to expand the range of ribosomal monomers for protein synthesis to enable new directions in biomanufacturing,” said Michael Jewett, the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and director of the Center for Synthetic Biology at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. “What’s so exciting is that we learned the ribosome can accommodate more kinds of monomers than we expected, which sets the stage for using the ribosome as a general machine to create classes of materials and medicines that haven’t been synthesized before.”

Recombinant protein production by the ribosome has transformed the lives of millions of people through the synthesis of biopharmaceuticals, like insulin, and industrial enzymes that are used in laundry detergents. In nature, however, the ribosome only incorporates natural amino acid monomers into protein polymers.

To expand the repertoire of monomers used by the ribosome, Jewett’s team set out to identify design rules for linking monomers to Transfer ribonucleic acid, known as tRNAs. That is because getting the ribosome to use a new monomer is not as simple as introducing a new monomer to the ribosome. The monomers must be attached to tRNAs, which are the molecules that carry them into the ribosome. Many current processes for attaching monomers to tRNAs are difficult and time-consuming, but a relatively new process called flexizyme enables easier and more flexible attachment of monomers.

To develop the design rules for using flexizyme, the researchers created 37 monomers that were new to the ribosome from a diverse repertoire of scaffolds. Then, they showed that the monomers that could be attached to tRNAs could be used to make tens of new peptide hybrids. Finally, they validated their design rules by predictably guiding the search for even more new monomers.

“With the new design rules, we show that we can avoid the trial-and-error approaches that have been historically associated with developing new monomers for use by the ribosome,” Jewett said.

These new design rules should accelerate the pace in which researchers can incorporate new monomers, which ultimately will lead to new bioproducts synthesized by the ribosome. For example, materials made of protease-resistant monomers could lead to antimicrobial drugs that combat rising antibiotic resistance.

The research is part of the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives program, supported by ARO, in which Jewett is working with researchers from three other universities to reengineer the ribosome as a biological catalyst to make novel chemical polymers. ARO is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

“It’s amazing that the ribosome can accommodate the breadth of monomers we showed,” Jewett said. “That’s really encouraging for future efforts to repurpose ribosomes.”

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are working on a similar technology to develop adhesion and adaptive and responsive materials as part of a cooperative agreement with ARL and Army Futures Command.

Story by U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

Polartec’s Role In ECWCS GEN III Development

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Polartec® (then Malden Mills) provided wool fabric to the U.S. government from the early 1900s, which was turned into uniforms. In the 1980s, Polartec created the first technical fleece for climbers, and it quickly became ubiquitous. It has been recognized as one of the 100 most important inventions of the 20th century by Time magazine, among countless other accolades.

In 1998, then Malden Mills owner Aaron Feuerstein hired David Costello to diversify the business of the company, and he, along with his colleague Jane Hunter, started traveling down the road to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. Their focus, initially, was cold weather clothing, and they started working on ways to leverage Polartec’s fabric innovation expertise to create better cold weather combat uniforms.

They immediately saw an opportunity to develop specific textiles for base layer, mid layer, and heavier weight fleece. One of the great benefits of working with the government is they can afford to do far better and more thorough testing than any company can, including extensive laboratories with testing equipment and field testing in extreme environments. They put product on 200 Marines, collected tons of scientific data, and assembled it into an informative report. This gave Polartec a heightened sense of what works.

The first Polartec product to be adopted was a Polartec® Classic 100 fleece, which replaced an acrylic wool sweater for the United States Marine Corps. Only one item had ever received higher field test ratings than the new Polartec fleece: M&M’s that had been added to MREs.

With this success, Polartec began traveling to Washington, D.C., to expedite the process of providing better gear for warfighters. These efforts succeeded through the appropriations of funding in the defense budget for the Marine Corps and Army, and helped accelerate the adoption of additional Polartec products.

When U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan, Rick Elder, an Army Ranger and Product Officer at Natick, wanted to update what was then the GEN II E.C.W.C.S. system into something that worked better for modern war environments faced by the Special Forces. Moshe Rock, a former Israeli military soldier who headed Polartec R&D at the time, developed Polartec® Power Dry® as a baselayer and militarized Polartec® Power Grid™ for U.S. Special Forces. Gadi Vainer, who still drives product innovation at Polartec, worked to develop what is now Polartec® High Loft™ fleece.

These products, integrated with some shell technology and additional insulation, created a system that worked for modern environments and was able to be adapted to modern warfighter needs in a seamless way.

The efforts of Polartec to advance the products did not go unnoticed by the Army, and would soon be adopted for the new GEN III E.C.W.C.S.. Polartec developed the foundation of this system (Levels I, II, III) engineered to be super packable, transfer moisture and dry quickly. They were designed to work together as a clothing system, and the U.S. Army made the decision that every person in the Army would be issued that system. It was a significant improvement in the ability to outlast the enemy in any environment and the system is still in deployment today.

Polartec has recently introduced its Polartec® Military Issue Collection, bringing these iconic, American-made, military-issue fabric technologies and finished garments directly to all Americans. Polartec GEN III E.C.W.C.S. products and the Polartec® Military Issue Collection include:

E.C.W.C.S. Level I Silkweight Shirt and Pants, the foundation of the modern GEN III E.C.W.C.S. layering system, made of a soft and comfortable Polartec® Silkweight fabric for versatile next-to-skin performance that includes fast wicking action and dry times, high durability and compressibility

E.C.W.C.S. Level II Grid Knit Shirt and Pants, the legendary “waffle” shirt, made of iconic (and patented) Polartec® Power Grid™ bi-component knit fabric, which maximizes warmth, breathability, wicking action, compressibility and versatility, while minimizing dry-times and weight.

E.C.W.C.S. Level III High Loft Jacket, the “smoking jacket,” made primarily of Polartec® High Loft™, the ultra soft and compressible fleece for warmth without weight, with Polartec® Power Grid panels

Micro Fleece Cap, small enough to stash anywhere for critical warmth, made of warm, highly compressible and lightweight Polartec® Micro series fleece in a durable three-panel construction 

“We have long noticed veterans, active military, or even just the tactically-inclined reaching out to us directly, in search of these authentic military grade products,” says Polartec President Steve Layton. “No one should have to roll the dice on a blurry eBay photo or questionable shopping link to get a new pair of their favorite long underwear, “waffle” grid mid-weight top, or favorite “smoking jacket” design.”

Thanks to Polartec for the details!

MMI Textiles – MINIMI Mini Cordlok

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Now Available: MiniMI™ Mini Cord Lock. These cord locks are smaller than your average and before now, only available as an import product. Our MiniMI™ Mini Cord Locks are 100% Made in the USA and Berry Compliant!

Our mini cord locks are great for usage on apparel, gear, bags, and more. Cord locks have numerous applications including: fastening clothing and camping equipment, use with drawstrings on garments and bags, and use with window blind and shade cords. These come assembled, ready to add to the cordage on your product.


1/16″ – 3/32″ Mini Cord Lock

Colors: Black/Tan

MOQ: 1 bag (300 pcs/bag | 5,100 pcs/case)

Made in the USA/Berry Compliant

MiniMI™ Mini Cord Locks are now in stock. Please contact us or give us a call at 440-899-8050 for pricing, samples, and more information.

AUSA 19 – WL Gore & Assoc Integrated Cabling for Soldier Systems

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

I first saw Gore’s Integrated Cabling for Soldier Systems at DSEI last month in London. I was quite pleased to see that they had brought the technology across the pond to the US. Gore’s cable systems are across the board, lighter, more flexible and less prone to breakage than alternatives, thanks to the ePTFE exteriors. Using them to provide power and databus within an armored vest, was a logical step.

The armor vest itself was manufactured by WL Gore partner brand Costas Siamidis, which is based in Greece. The actual Gore cabling is inside of this vest. They are connector agnostic, which is important considering there are at least four different connectors on the market.

This is what their cable bundles look like and they will configure them how needed. Compared to other systems, they are less than half the weight and much less bulky.


See TenCate Protective Fabrics at AUSA 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Heading to AUSA? Join TenCate Protective Fabrics for a reception at their booth (#3715) beginning at 3pm on Monday, October 14th for a fun-filled afternoon of good drinks and great friends. During that time, TenCate Protective Fabrics will be giving out Free TechT4™ T-Shirts (Booth #3715 *while supplies last).

Designed with the wearer in mind, TechT4™ is an all-new, t-shirt-like fabric that performs similar to top-of-the-line athletic wear, while at the same time providing inherent FR protection. Engineered with COOLDERM™ Technology, TechT4™ keeps wearers dry, comfortable, and safe thanks to sweat-wicking and evaporative technology built right into the fabric.

Checkout TenCate Protective Fabrics at booth #3715 to see their full lineup of innovative fabrics designed to keep you comfortable and protected in the field and on the job.

Here’s a quick look at Coolderm™ Technology