Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category
As you know, US military uniforms must be Berry Compliant. This means that they have to be manufactured here in the US with US materials. It has long been difficult to maintain Berry compliance for materials to produce dress uniforms due to the relatively low numbers required. troops just don’t wear as many dress uniforms as they do field uniforms. So, it’s great to see companies like Burlington sticking with it to ensure that our men and women are clothed in quality, American apparel.
Burlington Industries LLC, a division of International Textile Group (ITG), announced today it has been awarded two contracts totaling a maximum of $160M by the Defense Logistics Agency to supply wool blend fabrics for use in the newly updated Army dress uniforms. These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Raeford and Cordova, North Carolina.
Burlington has been an integral part of the defense supply chain for more than 50 years, serving as a domestic resource for new fabric development and known for delivering quality products with consistent shade characteristics. “The award of these contracts demonstrates the strategic value that Burlington provides to the U.S. Military as the dominant supplier of worsted wool dress uniform fabrics for all branches of the military,” said Jeff Peck, President Burlington.
These awards follow four contracts previously awarded to Burlington this past April. These contracts, awarded over a five-year period, include a contract for khaki polyester/wool tropical shirt fabric for theU.S. Marine Corps with a maximum value of $21 million; a contract for green gabardine sponged fabric for jackets and pants for the U.S. Marine Corps with a maximum value of $28.5 million; a contract for khaki polyester/wool tropical shirt fabric for the U.S. Navy with a maximum value of $18 million; and a contract for gabardine sponged blue fabric for the U.S. Navy with a maximum value of $3.5 million.
Burlington’s Raeford operation is known for its superior consistency and repeatability of yarn color used to produce dress uniform fabrics. The wool top is dyed and spun into yarn and is shipped to the company’s Richmond plant in Cordova, NC where it is woven into fabric. The worsted wool and wool blend fabrics are returned to Raeford where they are finished and shipped to specified cutters to make the final uniform. The fabrics are engineered to provide the soldier with advanced durability and wrinkle-resistance. Skilled workers, many with more than 20 years experience, carefully tend to the yarn and fabric at each process. “It’s a matter of our employees’ taking pride in our products and the dedication they bring to building the fabrics for those who serve our country,” said Peck.
CTOMS posted an interesting look at the Raptor buckle on their Private Bloggins site. Their intent was to decide whether to take a look at replacing the Austrialpin Cobra buckles used on their X-Belts and M-Harnesses with the Raptor. To do this, they pull tested two Raptor buckles to compare their measurements with the manufacturer’s. here’s one example.
CTOMS is very up front about how they obtained their samples, what they did with the buckles and the limitations of how they evaluated the buckles. I like that kind of honesty and the story is worth looking at if you want to see how buckles are pull tested and the whole “behind the scenes” on how and what they did. You’ll also find out if CTOMS decided to take a further look at these buckles.
Look for an announcement soon.
The world is increasingly urbanizing and that environment is often a grey hue. Last year, Arc’teryx launched a new color called Urban Wolf which was designed to blend into urban sprawl. It also turns out that this grey tone has become quite popular with not only LE but also guys who don’t want to wear military-style camouflage yet still want to blend in.
While Arc’teryx has done a great job of introducing the color into their line, there are a lot of products that they just don’t make. Fortunately for us, Blue Force Gear does make things like load bearing systems and armor carriers. And now, they offer them in Urban Wolf.
“Urban Wolf is basically the color of wet concrete, near the color values of asphalt, steel, and reflective glass,” said John Felushko, Blue Force Gear’s Product Line Manager. “It was designed by Arc’teryx specifically as a better alternative to black and blue in the SWAT role but because of its ability to blend with diverse terrains, we like it as a general purpose colorway for many missions, terrains, and tactics.”
New Blue Force Gear products in Urban Wolf are on display May 14 – 15 in the Franklin Boardroom of the Embassy Suites across the Tampa Convention Center Franklin walkway.
Look for Urban Wolf as a color option for most Blue Force Gear products starting today.
Many have been waiting for the chance to order fabric in the various Kryptek camouflage patterns. Now, you’ve got your chance. Below, you can see the five patterns; Mandrake (woodland), Highlander (transitional), Nomad (arid), Typhon (urban) and Yeti (snow).
They are offering Cordura in 330D, 500D and 1000D weights as well as 40D nylon ripstop, 600D polyester, and NYCO Ripstop as well as Alpha which combines 91% Nylon and 9% Spandex for a little bit of stretch yet great durability.
You must review the site to determine which fabrics are available in which patterns.
Available exclusively through SKD Tactical, the ITW Orange-Gate Tac Link is a carbiner-style attachment device. The Tac Link is constructed from high strength polymer with GhillieTEX I.R. Signature Reduction Technology. It features a textured grip and resistance to solar heating. The gate is colored orange for easier identification and features a corrosion resistant stainless steel spring. The Tac Link is available in Black, Coyote, Foliage Green, and Tan, all with an Orange gate.
Duro has just added a new option to their lineup of MultiCam fabrics; Upsilon, a 100% Cotton material.
Finished Width – 59 inches cuttable
Finished Weight – 3.4 oz/yd² approximately
Fiber Content – 100% Cotton
Construction – 49/46 (warp/fill)
This is awesome news. Now if we can just get them to offer a 100% Cotton Rip-stop fabric.