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Milipol – W.L. Gore & Associates Pyrad

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

I’ve often wondered what a combat uniform made from Gore Pyrad treated fabric would look like. I’m a big fan of the technology. Having heard that some work was being done in Europe I was excited to see this display.  

In this case, it’s the French Camouflage Centre Europe pattern, but the Pyrad treatment can be applied to most fabrics. As you can see, it doesn’t negatively affect the color of the pattern. 


The fabric retains its basic properties yet becomes FR. So, for example, a waterproof breathable fabric remains so. It also doesnt feel heavy or hot. But, it’s not something that’s going to wash out.

Milipol – Janisset SAS

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

French company Janisset SAS develops molded products as well as produces vertically integrated webbing. They own their factories in Viet Nam, Romania and France and are capable of weaving jacquard as well as variable width webbing.  


I found this helmet mount very interesting. Unfortunately, they would not let me photograph it attached to a helmet.  

OR Shows Us How To Wash Our Down Jackets

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

We’ve talked about how to revive the Durable Water Repellant treatment on your clothing but readers have asked us about down. We found this article to help you out.   
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New A-TACS iX Camo Fabric Now Available For Manufacturers

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


Digital Concealment Systems and Schott Performance Fabrics are proud to announce that a full range of fabric options are now available in the new highly anticipated A-TACS iX (Intermediate Xtreme) Camo Pattern.

New A-TACS iX Camo is designed for transitional environments with an even mix of transitional green and brown tones and is designed utilizing the color palettes from their popular AU and FG patterns allowing the end user to “mix and match” to any area of operation.

Currently available Berry Compliant fabric options include, 50/50 NyCo, 65-35 Poly Cotton Ripstop, 1,000D, 500D and 330D Nylon, Cotton Jersey, Heavy Mesh and Water Resistant Bug Mesh with additional options coming soon.

Matching nylon webbing, Kydex, Hydrographic Films and Vinyl for vehicle wraps will be available soon. Look for future announcements for specific availability dates on these items.

To order fabric in New A-TACS iX Camo or for more information, contact Schott Fabrics at 1-877-720-4545.

You’ve been asking for it; here it is!

Eddie Bauer – Customize Your Microtherm Stormdown Jacket

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Eddie Bauer has just introduced a new feature on their site that allows you to customize a Microtherm Stormdown Jacket. Available in Men’s and Women’s versions, you can choose between hooded or standard collar.  In addition to a DWR finish, the jacket offers 800 Down fill.  Eddie Bauer boasts you can create over a million unique variants of the jacket which offers different shoulder yoke, body panels, lining, side stretch panels, zippers, and logos.

You can even choose custom labeling on the interior as well as chest and sleeve monograms.

The Annual “Revitalizing Your DWR” Post

Monday, October 26th, 2015

It’s that time of year again. We originally published this article in February of 2010 but seeing as the weather is getting cold and times are tough we republish it each year. We know you pay a lot for your clothing and equipment and it is just as important to maintain it, as it is your firearm.

It looks like it’s going to be a LONG winter. During a recent shooting class I attended it started raining day one and by the middle of the second day it looked like a blizzard. Most of my fellow shooters were wearing waterproof breathable outerwear and several began to feel clammy and then damp the longer each day progressed. A couple of guys were wearing issue Gen I ECWCS parkas. Probably not the best garment available as Gore long ago decided that the basic design could not meet their “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” standards. Of course these jackets were old. More than anything, they needed some maintenance.

The key to any modern outerwear is its Durable Water Repellent (DWR). There are quite a few treatments available and different manufacturers have their favorites but they are usually are based on flouropolymers. These are PTFE molecules that are applied to the surface and cured at high heat to make them adhere better and increase performance and have a fluorine atom at one end which is highly hydrophobic. Heat causes them to align themselves with their flourines exposed. Water tries to move away from the flourines resulting in beading. This allows the water to roll off without wetting the fabric. Interestingly, Quarpel (Quartermaster Repellent) was one of the first DWRs and used to treat field jackets and other military clothing items.

Since most of us can’t run out and purchase a new jacket every time this happens I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips with you that will not only revitalize your garment’s DWR treatment but also extend the life of your clothing.

DWR treatments work best when they are clean. I realize this seems counter to what you think is right since a DWR generally lasts about 25 washings and tactical garments get quite a beating in the field, but you need to wash your clothing. The first thing is to avoid using liquid detergents as well as fabric softeners. Additionally, avoid optical brighteners as they are not good for DWR or IR treatments. There are wash in treatments you can purchase as well as spray on options to help renew your clothing’s DWR. However, wash in treatments may affect the breathability of your membrane. One of the best spray solutions available is Revivex from McNett and it is what I have used in the past. It also serves as a stain repellent. Revivex can also be applied to garments that never had DWR in the first place so if you have hunting or field clothing that you find yourself wearing in inclement weather regularly you may want to give it a once over. If you use a spray treatment be sure to evenly coat your garment while it is still damp after washing and to pay special attention to any seams.

There are two additional ways you can put some life back into your DWR. One is to put the garment in a conventional dryer on warm and the other is to iron it on low heat. If water fails to bead up on the surface of your garment you will need to retreat.

No matter which method you choose, proper maintenance of your foul weather clothing’s DWR will help keep you warm and dry and extend the life of your equipment.

Tapco Inc Security Screens

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

As soon as I was introduced to Tapco Inc’s (no relation to the firearms accessory manufacturer) Security Screen, I started thinking asset and force protection.  If you’ve got a facility that needs the advantages of mesh wire screening for ventilation, yet are concerned that it makes it vulnerable to forced entry, you’ve got to check this material out.  


Originally designed for use with hurricanes, TAPCO screens are composed of stainless steel wire mesh, while the frames, and other associated hardware, are made of 6063-T5 extruded aluminum and stainless steel. The screens are extremely durable, able to withstand hammer strikes and pry bars without producing enough give to allow entry; they are still accessible by rescue personnel utilizing specialized equipment, such as a K-12 rescue saw.  On the other side of the coin, they’ll definitely slow down an intruder, but you can open fire through the screen, if need be to reduce a threat.

TAPCO screens come in standard colors of Mill Finish, Bronze, or White, with special colors available.

Available for unit and industry purchase through Darley Defense.