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SHOT Show – ITW/DownEast Innovation

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

DownEast Innovation has developed numerous molded parts used in the tactical industry as well as full finished items like the FASTmag.

FASTmag Gen 4

In conjunction with ITW Military Products, they released the FASTmag Gen 4 at SHOT Show. One big update is the attachment system which is much easier to manipulate. You can see the wide strap to the right compared to the older style to the left.

I was shown two variants, one for 5.56 and the other for 6.8 magazines.

As you can see, it can be stacked one in front of two. Available from ITW, they will still be available in stackable and PALS compatible versions.

3D SR Buckle

Another new product from DownEast is the 3D SR Buckle. Unlike other side release buckles, it releases under load.
What’s more, it releases while using the whole hand in a clasping or squeezing fashion, rather than using the finger tips. Additionally, it’s quite flat making it a great choice for shoulder straps. Interstingly, it’s also frag resistant.

Holster Lock

This is the most interesting thing I’ve seen so far at SHOT Show. The patented Downeast Innovation Holster Lock may well herald a boom in holster development. Many smaller companies are hesitant to get into the holster game since much of the IP for retention is sewn up by a few companies.

This new part will allow companies to offer license-free level 2 and level 3 retention which can be actuated with the thumb of the shooting hand without compromising the grip on the pistol. Additionally, the same Lock is user configurable left to right. The parts can be removed and reinstalled in a mirror fashion.


SHOT Show 17 – MATBOCK Ghost TAB

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

For decades, MOLLE/PALS has been the industry standard for attaching pouches and accessories to your plate carriers and belts. While others have tried to improve this system, they generally add pieces, parts and ultimately weight and bulk. MATBOCK is stoked to introduce the Ghost TABs (Jokingly stands for Tactical Advantage Bite System). The Ghost TABs not only lower the profile of your pouches and accessories, it also significantly decreases the time spent on modifying your carrier or belt.

 The TABS are cut directly into the backing of the pouches (single, double, triple mag, M60 pouch, admin pouch, and backdraft med pouch) and attach quickly and effectively to the either laser cut MOLLE systems or traditional MOLLE systems. This has all been done without adding useless pieces and parts. Coupled with MATBOCK Ghost fabric and carriers, these systems decrease weight and volume for the operator. Lastly, Ghost Tabs are patent pending.

Please allow 6-8 weeks new pouches to ship. Available at www.matbock.com

FirstSpear Range Day – TEXTECH Industries

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This is a new No Melt/No Drip T-shirt from ResistX, a TEXTECH Industries brand. It has a very comfortable hand and feels like cotton.  

Aspetto Swift Release

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to check out a new buckle, designed for use with Armor Carrier Cummerbunds. Named the Swift Release, it is the brainchild of Aspetto, a company that has, up to now, specialized in low viz armor applications. Aspetto has spent the last three years developing the Swift Release using a team of Marines and mechanical engineers. It seems that the investment has paid off. As you can see, the Swift Release is a low profile solution.

When the time was right, Aspetto went to National Molding who has taken on production. During testing the fail-point for pull exceeded 200 lbs. Even then, it was only a partial failure on the test buckle I examined. Although some of the surface area broke, the buckle would still function, but at a reduced load capacity.

The Swift Release simplifies donning and doffing the Cummerbund of an Armor Vest, allowing you to “dump your gear in no time”. But to be clear, this is a buckle, and not a quick release system. The patented “lift” & “pull” release system is also self-cleaning and can be attached to any 1″ webbing. Eventually, they will also introduce a narrow version for use on shoulder straps.

Although this pre-production example is Black, they will also be available in Coyote and OD. The Swift Release will be available for purchase individually, or in bulk.

Aspetto will exhibit the Swift Release at SHOT Show in GSS Gear’s booth #6608. Additionally, they will schedule meetings in their Venetian suite throughout SHOT – contact: robert.davis@aspettoinc.com for an appointment.

Murdock Jacquard Webbing

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Here’s a little background on Murdock Webbing and their Jacquard weave.


Honeywell Lightens Tactical Vests For Law Enforcement Officers By Up To 40 Percent

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

New fabric made from next-generation Honeywell Spectra® fiber offers breakthrough lightweight protection

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, Jan 12, 2017 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has released Centurion™, a composite fabric designed to make law enforcement apparel and equipment 35 to 40 percent lighter. Centurion is the latest performance fabric made from Honeywell Spectra® fiber and is suitable for any type of application where the product needs to be strong but lightweight.

Traditionally, law enforcement officers have carried extra gear such as ammunition and radios by attaching them to modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (MOLLE) web designs that include straps sewn onto their tactical vests. MOLLE straps add extra weight and can make movement more difficult for officers.

By contrast, vests made with Centurion fabric are 35 to 40 percent lighter because they do not require extra fabric. Centurion is laser-cut according to user preference, resulting in slits along the vests from which officers can hang, hook or tie gear as needed. Because nothing needs to be sewn into these vests, they are lighter and more comfortable for officers to wear, as well as faster and easier for manufacturers to produce. Combined with Spectra fiber’s strength, Centurion-made vests are resistant to cuts, abrasion and water, making them suitable for many tough environments.

“Centurion represents the next evolution of lightweight law enforcement equipment, removing several pounds from the more than 20 pounds that an officer can typically wear while on patrol,” said Lori Wagner, armor marketing manager for Honeywell Packaging and Composites. “At the core of Centurion fabric’s remarkable properties is Spectra, Honeywell’s next-generation fiber that is the material of choice for law enforcement agencies around the world as well as the U.S. military. Honeywell’s armor technology not only provides life-saving materials, but also produces industry-leading, high-performance, lightweight fabric like Centurion, designed to help those who protect us.”

Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. Pound for pound, Spectra is 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fiber. Spectra fiber is used to create Spectra Shield®, an advanced ballistic-resistant material. Honeywell’s Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra as well as aramid fiber in Gold Shield® materials.

Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products have been widely adopted and proven for the most advanced armor applications globally, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft – all which require lightweight solutions and superior performance.

Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information about Spectra fiber, visit www.honeywell-spectra.com.

ORWM – CORDURA Brand Announces Durable Fiber Breakthrough; Debuts Strongest Nylon-6,6 Staple Fiber Ever Produced by INVISTA

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

WICHITA, Kan.–In its 50th anniversary year, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has made a cutting-edge breakthrough in designing and commercializing the strongest nylon-6,6 staple fiber ever produced by INVISTA.

This intensive two-year-long research and design process resulted in a state-of-the-art, patent-pending high tenacity fiber designed to enhance the core strength of CORDURA® fabrics. With the introduction of the new high tenacity INVISTA T420HT fiber technology, INVISTA’s scientists and technicians have successfully achieved one of the largest leaps in its nylon-6,6 innovation pipeline which dates back to the initial commercialization of the fiber at the company’s flagship Seaford, DE staple nylon 6,6 production facility.

“At INVISTA, an on-going dedication to innovation is in our DNA,” said Anthony Green, global CORDURA® brand business director. “Our latest T420HT technology launch is one in a series of new qualifying CORDURA® brand fiber breakthroughs to come as we continue to push the boundaries of durable possibilities.”

Already adopted by a major international military, CORDURA® NYCO (Nylon/Cotton) fabric blends based on new INVISTA T420HT high tenacity fiber are undergoing extensive wear trialing for next generation combat uniforms. The stealth-like INVISTA T420HT fiber has a mission to create a new generation of durable, yet lightweight fabrics – such as CORDURA® NYCO Extreme and CORDURA® NYCO Tactical fabrics – to be used in many applications like military uniforms, outdoor apparel and workwear. Dickies is the first consumer brand to adopt the new fiber in its Dickies PRO™ with CORDURA® fiber technology workwear collection, which will be available online Fall 2017.

For more information on the new INVISTA T420HT fiber technology, visit booth #39213 at 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer, or visit www.CORDURA.com.

Primaloft, Inc To Introduce Primaloft Black Insulation at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017

Friday, December 30th, 2016

LATHAM, N.Y. (December, 2016) – PrimaLoft, Inc., the world leader in providing comfort solutions with high-performance insulations and fabrics, will introduce PrimaLoft® Black Insulation ThermoPlume, the industry’s highest-performing blowable synthetic insulation with the look and feel of natural down, at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017. PrimaLoft® Black Insulation ThermoPlume features a unique blend of water-resistant PrimaLoft® fibers that deliver insulating loft, wet weather protection and compressibility. Black ThermoPlume is manufactured with small, silky tufts of fiber plumes that collectively form a loose fill insulation, replicating the lightweight warmth, softness and compressibility of natural goose down. Its construction allows for it to be blown through traditional down-blowing manufacturing equipment, simplifying the manufacturing process for brands enabling product designers the freedom to create innovative garments combining the look and feel of down with the water-resistant performance of a synthetic. Respected brands, such as Montane, are among the first to adopt this technology for fall ’17. In addition to PrimaLoft® Black Insulation ThermoPlume, the brand will showcase an expanded presence for the company’s range of Active and Eco products, most notably, PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Active and PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco, at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, booth #40043.

“PrimaLoft® Black Insulation ThermoPlume is not only the highest performing blowable synthetic insulation, but also fills a growing demand for innovation from designers, brands and consumers looking to move away from down, without sacrificing performance,” said Mike Joyce, president and CEO of PrimaLoft, Inc. “Providing a blowable, high-performing synthetic that acts as a true replacement for down allows brands to replicate the design aesthetic and the manufacturing process of a down garment. This helps to simplify the supply chain, combat the volatility of down prices and provides piece of mind when it comes to the ethical sourcing of materials.”

PrimaLoft® Black Insulation ThermoPlume delivers thermal properties equivalent to 550 fill power down in construction, while a water-resistant proprietary finish ensures warmth even in wet conditions.

Montane, a leading engineer of innovative extreme sports clothing and equipment, features PrimaLoft® Black Insulation ThermoPlume in its new Men’s Icarus and Women’s Phoenix Jackets for fall ’17, with streamlined designs ideal for both layering and standalone use.

“The new all-synthetic ThermoPlume from PrimaLoft® enabled our designers to leverage the benefits of synthetic down through the same efficient production methods as natural down for our fall winter 2017 range,” said Lottie Watkinson, design manager at Montane. “Mimicking natural down more closely than ever before, but with all the wet weather performance advantages of PrimaLoft®, our design team has worked to harness its innovative properties to bring consumers cutting edge, down centric styles. The packability and thermal efficiency of ThermoPlume lends itself to our technical yet versatile fall winter 2017 insulation portfolio in our new Icarus and Phoenix Jackets.”