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Kryptek Knee Pad

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As Kryptek works on their new tactical line, they’ve introduced some new technologies from several materials suppliers. For example, this bi-component kneepad which was developed under a cooperation between Vibram and D3O. Vibram is now working as D3O’s Berry partner to manufacture their shock absorbing foams here in the US.

Here, you can see how the Vibram kneecap is applied to the trouser. The D3O pad is placed in a pocket in the knee of the trouser.

Here is the reverse of the two knee pad components.

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www.kryptek.com

Beez Combat Systems Releases GRID

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Beez Combat Systems is releasing it first product with GRID, an advanced laser cut material using ACRONYM. We look forward to using GRID on our new products to lighten the load, increase mobility, and enhance performance.

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Please visit AK47 Chest Rig GRID to see and order this new product.

MMI Textiles, Inc Now Offering Berry Compliant 2D Products

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

MMI partners with Flexsystems USA Inc.® to continue adding to its product line and Berry Compliant capabilities

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of custom plastic parts, labels, and products through an exclusive partnership with Flexsystems USA Inc.® The goal of this addition is to add to MMI’s product line while continuing to sell more products made in the USA.

This line of custom products includes VELCRO® backed military patches, rubber keychains, VELCRO® cuff tabs, 2D PVC patches and labels, morale patches, zipper pulls, flame resistant parts, OEM parts and more. The options available are numerous and can be customized to meet sizes, shapes, logos, and colors that fit almost any design needs. These products can be engineered with biocorn and other recycled materials to make them more environmentally-conscious. Berry compliancy is a core requirement of many products that military individuals look for and now MMI can meet that need in this avenue as well as serve other markets who are looking for made in the USA products and components.

“Custom labels and plastic products that are 2D and Berry compliant allow MMI to fulfill needs in more than one area. We have been establishing partnerships that allow us to continue providing solutions to the medical, military, and commercial markets all around the globe and this partnership is just another example.” said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.

After 20 years in the business, MMI Textiles, Inc. has a long history and an excellent reputation of customer service. The company’s mission is to be an all-in-one supplier to the commercial, outdoors, medical, and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

For more information, feel free to reach out to the MMI team at 440-899-8050 or info@mmitextiles.com

IWA – Carinthia Introduces Insulating Garment Featuring WL Gore’s Pyrad Treatment

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Austrian brand Carinthia is well known for their excellent cold weather clothing, sleep systems and shelters. This year at IWA they exhibited a new insulating garment based on their -30 Deg C capable, ECIG, which features a shell made from WL Gore & Associates’ Pyrad FR process. The process is applied to fabric such as Gore-Tex windstopper before it is sewn into a garment. It gives a distinctive look, seen below, to any fabric which has received the process. But what is remarkable, is the performance. Pyrad is a self-extinguishing fabric technology that adds heat and flame protection properties to non-FR textiles. What’s more, the inherent qualities of the base fabric are retained. Fabrics still insulate, still wick and are still durable.

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Carinthia isn’t the only company incorporating Pyrad into their line. I’m seeing it more and more in the States and IWA opened my eyes to new uses in Europe.

www.carinthia.eu

IWA – Patrol GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Lightweight, extremely breathable and durably waterproof desert boot demonstrates its value in a user trial

NUREMBERG (March 3, 2017) – With its Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) offers its footwear partners a first-of-a-kind solution for a lightweight, extremely breathable and durably waterproof duty boot specifically engineered for use in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. A full-scale user trial has now confirmed that the footwear concept performs well in active use. Trial participants stated that the temperature inside the boots was pleasant and the heat release characteristics were excellent. The boots were also quick to dry and offered reliable protection against sand, dust and water entry.

Exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics
The Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear line was developed for patrols with a lighter load, combat in urban environments, and low to medium liability combat operations. At the core of the desert boot is the Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Laminate that comes without insulation. This laminate delivers exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics, reliably preventing the foot from overheating. At the same time the laminate creates a durable barrier against water entry whilst offering protection against sand and dust as well as preventing penetration by undesirable liquids and commonly occurring chemicals. This is the first-of-a-kind and quite different to the desert boots worn by the armed forces until now. Thin materials and limited use of foam layers facilitate the heat release process. The single-layer boot construction allows for a low water pick-up of the outer material and extremely quick re-dry paired with less weight.


User trial in hot weather
From July to November of 2016, the Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear was tested in a full-scale wear trial conducted by Gore, footwear partner Meindl and market research agency HYVE. 48 soldiers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria tested Meindl’s Equator Alpha GTX® duty boot over a period of 10 to 16 weeks. The majority of the trial participants wore the boots for more than six hours a day in easy terrain, sandy and dusty environments, standing water and other liquids. The bulk of their activities were conducted over level terrain in warm weather and involved moderate exercise – i.e. marches, combat training, shooting drills or indoor duties. Most of the soldiers were stationed in Central Europe, however, eleven were in Africa, Afghanistan, the Near East and Kosovo.

During the extensive feedback process, the trial participants were overwhelmingly positive in their assessment of the test boots. “The boots are ideal for their intended use. I’m thrilled with the high climate comfort factor and the breathability,” said one of the test participants. The majority of the participants said that they sweated far less in the trial boots than in the boots they had worn in the past. This was almost unanimously confirmed by the soldiers who were stationed in extremely hot climates. 75 percent said that up to 35°C they felt that the temperature inside the test boots was still pleasant. 80 percent stated that the heat release properties were good or even very good while 87 percent said the same about the re-dry properties – and confirmed that in this respect the trial boots possessed better characteristics than the boots they had worn in the past. One of the soldiers even described the highly breathable boots as “heat specialists”

Reliable protection
The GORE-TEX® boots also scored high when it came to their protective performance. The vast majority of the trial participants were satisfied with the protection the boots provided against sand and dust. This feature was certainly of great significance for the test persons. Half of the wearers said that during military operations they often, or even frequently, came into contact with sand and dust. They were also positive in their evaluation of the waterproofness of the test boots – their experiences involving exposure to sewage and commonly occurring chemicals will certainly have fostered this attitude.

The desert boots scored additional bonus points for their high comfort factor. 91 percent of the soldiers were favourably impressed by the weight of the boots, particularly when compared with the footwear they had worn in the past. The boots also made an impression on the trial participants with their walking comfort, running comfort, fit and durability.

The specialist for hot-dry and hot-humid climates
At the end of the trial and after several months of wearing the boots, more than two thirds of the participants said that they would recommend Meindl’s GORE-TEX® Equator Alpha GTX. They particularly recommended that the boots be worn in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. The approval rates were significantly higher in the case of soldiers who had tested the boots in extremely hot climates. “In view of their light weight and really good membrane, the boots are highly suitable for the intended uses,” said one of the trial participants.

For the conditions found in warmer and even hot climates, Gore offers two other solutions that are specifically engineered to meet the exact requirements of soldiers operating in these scenarios: Tactical GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear and High Liability GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear.

gore-workwear.de

Braeön Offers DIY Repairs On Demand

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Recently launched as a Kickstarter campaign, Braeön touts itself as the “World’s Strongest and Most Adaptable Material.”


A lighter and more versatile alternative to rope, Braeön allows you to create custom grips, handles, and harnesses in seconds. In fact, one example they offer is the creation of a custom knife handle.

It appears easy to use. You expose the narrow tape material to hot air or liquid (140 deg F or more), then work it into place, bonding it together as you go, then let it set, for just a few seconds.

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Designed to be:
-Strong as Steel but Light Like a Feather
-Malleable and Reformable at Low Temperatures
-Adaptable to Most Scenarios
-Moisture Resistant and Paintable
-Excellent in Extreme Cold Weather

Check it out at www.kickstarter.com/projects/braeon/braeon-worlds-strongest-and-most-adaptable-materia

Thanks Nick H!

Boa Technology Launches New Brand Identity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Innovation Pioneer Updates Visual Language to Reflect Its Solutions that are Fit to Go Further™

Denver, CO (February 21, 2017) – In 2001, Boa Technology founder Gary Hammerslag started with one big idea to replace traditional shoelaces in snowboard boots with a faster, more convenient method of lacing up. The innovative platform that resulted, known as The Boa® System, consists of expertly configured dials, laces, and guides to ensure a precision fit every time. Today, Boa is the leading expert in fit optimization with over 83 million closure and adjustment solutions in products across golf, athletic, snow sports, outdoor, cycling, utility, and medical.

Originating as a business-to-business model, Boa has grown with the support of its global brand partners to now provide more emphasis on brand awareness, consumer marketing and education, and the promotion of category-specific features and benefits of Boa-powered products. To reflect the expanded growth, refined innovations, and continued partnerships, Boa is excited to share a new corporate branding and visual identity, releasing globally in February 2017. The updated branding will debut across a newly launched consumer-focused website, and will be featured in consumer and trade advertising beginning next month.

The entirely new website, TheBoaSystem.com, will focus on educating consumers about Boa, including the varying configurations across products and categories with Boa brand partners, as well as provide a platform to communicate new innovations, company news, and events. Additionally, as the company continues to stand behind The Boa Guarantee, customers can easily request replacement parts directly from the website.

With the new brand identity also comes an increased involvement in product design and development, as Boa works side-by-side with its brand partners to develop unique fit solutions and achieve the ideal design through customized dial, lace, and guide configurations. By putting passion into practice, Boa and its brand partners work collaboratively in making the world’s best gear even better.

www.theboasystem.com

New CORDURA Brand 50th Anniversary Microsite Celebrates Its Rich Heritage and Future Durable Innovations

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Wichita, KS – February 15, 2017 – For five decades, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has been shaping the world of military gear, workwear and outdoor apparel. Throughout 2017, the brand will be celebrating its 50 year love affair with durability with the launch of its new anniversary microsite – CORDURA.com/50Years – designed to showcase the brands, mills, collaborations, and innovations that have been a part of its durable journey.

Since 1967, the CORDURA® brand has been working with industry leaders who have helped sculpt and evolve fiber and fabric technologies, pushing the boundaries of innovation. The passion and experience that its valuable authorized mills, brand customers and collaborative partners dedicate day in and day out have helped build its reputation for high quality, durable fabrics.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to honor those who have been with us along the way,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director. “Our new CORDURA.com/50Years microsite allows us to not only tell our own story, but is also a platform for others to share their experiences and memories as we nod to our durable heritage and look forward to fifty more years of innovation together.”

The new microsite features real-time news and stories including an exciting 50 @ 50 innovation spotlight detailing the brand’s new technology launches, cutting-edge collaborations and major milestones in its anniversary year. The microsite also invites brands, mills, consumers and media partners to leave their own long-lasting legacy by sharing durable memories, experiences, and favorite products through the decades.

To learn more about the latest news or share your CORDURA® brand story, visit the microsite here, or track the #CORDURA50 hashtag on social media.

GAOS – ModWall by Tactical Walls

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Tactical Walls had a soft launch of their new firearm organizer system called ModWall at SHOT Show. Unfortunately, I missed it so I was quite pleased to catch up at the Great American Outdoor Show.

ModWall is manufactured from US-sourced HDPE which the CMC mill. Current models are custom width by production versions as 22″ x 48″ panels are coming Mid-March. Attachments fit into slots on the wall in a similar manner to sales displays in shops, allowing the owner to customize the layout of the ModWall panel.

Currently, they have Magazine-style attachments which allow storage using the magwell for AR10, AR15, AK and Double stack 9mm. Additionally, they’ve got Generic Rifle and Generic Shotgun mounts. There is also a combination Body and Helmet stand which attaches to ModWall. Finally, there is a Magnetic mount which will accept many firearms.

Coming Mid-March from tacticalwalls.com.

Sentry Products Group – 1080 Technology

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Sentry Products Group was founded by former Blackhawk! CEO Mike Noell. He’s combined several existing brands including Scopecoat and Sentry Solutions while assembling a great executive team consisting of Terry Naughton, Scott Ferros and Eric Yeates. Now, they’re introducing completely new products. Some of their first are packs featuring 1080 Technology.

The 2,300 cu in Tumalo pack is available in two versions. Both are offered in Black and Wolf Grey.

Tumalo Extreme – constructed of 550D Rip Stop TPU. YKK waterproof zippers combined full seam sealing offer ultimate water resistance.

Tumalo Air – lightweight version constructed of 550D Nylon Rip stop.

The Tumalo pack is outfitted with patent pending 1080 technology. It’s PALS compatible and will accept pouches in different orientations rather than just vertical.

“I wanted to take a new approach” stated Eric Yeates, Vice President Research and Development for Sentry. “For years I focused on developing products to military specification and I wanted to achieve that same quality level, using cutting edge materials and techniques”. Sentry’s 1080 Technology builds on this concept allowing users to quickly mount pouches and accessories securely, in horizontal, vertical and diagonal orientations without any intermediary mounting panel. The 1080 Technology incorporates laser cut, wear resistant Hypalon panels, shaped to mimic product profiles. “Along with streamlining the overall appearance, eliminating the nylon webbing and bar tacks associated with traditional molle construction reduces weight and retains structural integrity of the base materials.” concluded Yeates.

The pack’s three storage compartments are accessed through dual slide YKK zippers. Interior features include hydration access port, integrated laptop sleeve, mesh organizers and key lanyard. Front panel includes a quick access slash pocket. Airframe technology reduces heat build up for the user, while 1080 equipped padded shoulder and a removable waist straps enhance carry comfort.

www.sentryltp.com