Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Milipol 17 – Meindl X-SO Corium GTX

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Although German brand Meindl’s X-SO Corium GTX isn’t a tactical shoe, it gets a mention here on SSD for its use of Gore-tex Surround technology. I have a pair of shoes from another manufacturer with Surround and I really like the membrane which offers venting out of the sides of the sole in order to cut down on the hot feeling many get while wearing footwear with Gore-tex.

Meindl refers to the color as Black, but its really a deep Grey hue. Sizes 6-12 UK.

Polartec Announces 2017 Apex Design Award Winners

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

(Andover, Mass.) – (November 14, 2017) – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, announces the winners of its 2017 Polartec APEX Awards, an annual design award program celebrating the finest products made from Polartec fabrics, and the designers behind them. The winning products were selected based on skilled and creative uses of Polartec fabric technologies.

The winners are:

Adidas Terrex Agravic Alpha Hooded Shield Jacket, a women’s outdoor jacket made with Polartec® Alpha® insulation, designed by Tim Maud

Arc’teryx Nyara Wrap, a fleece wrap layer made from Polartec® Thermal Pro® fleece, designed by Edita Hadravska (available spring 2018)

Blackyak Combat Shirt, a hybrid shirt made from Polartec® Power Grid® fleece, designed by David Randall

Burton Minturn Hooded Full-Zip Fleece, a midweight fleece layer made from Polartec® Classic shearling fleece (available fall 2017)

Citera Neocity-65 Jkt, a practical M65-style jacket made from Polartec® NeoShell® breathable waterproof fabric, designed by Naoki Ei

Fox Racing Attack Pro Jersey, an advanced mountain bike jersey made from Polartec® Delta® cooling fabric, designed by Jake Theno (available spring 2018)

Mountain Hardwear Atherm Hooded Jacket, an ultimate breathable insulation piece, made from an extraordinary combination of Polartec® Alpha® Direct, Polartec® Alpha®, and Polartec® High Loft™ insulations

Norrøna lofoten Power Shield Pro Alpha Jacket, a revolutionary jacket made from a unique combination of Polartec® Power Shield® Pro breathable weather protection and Polartec® Alpha® insulation, designed by the Norrøna R&D department

Oiselle Flyout Tank, Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve, women’s tops made from Polartec® Delta® cooling fabric, designed by Nelle Horsley

P1G-Tac FRS Delta, a hot-weather field training shirt made from Polartec® Delta® cooling fabric, designed by 281Z Development Group (Konstantyn Lesnik, Oleksandr Polevara, Valery Chernenko, Artem Livushevsky)

Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket, a classic 60/40-style jacket made from new knit Polartec® NeoShell® breathable waterproof fabric, designed by Nick Kemp

Every winner is an embodiment of Polartec fabric innovation and design inspiration, and the winning designers are being recognized with a Malden statue, an industry award unlike any other, and images celebrating the Science of Fabric.

MMI Textiles – MultiCam Performance Knit

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The new Phase 2 MultiCam printed performance Modacrylic knit is both FR and Antimicrobial.

The weight is appropriate for base layers, like T-shirts. Think 20-50 Deg F.

They are ready for orders, with production due about 12 weeks from now.

Also available in Tan 499, Coyote Brown, Desert Tan and Black.

Manufactured by XGO, this fabric is available through MMI Textiles.

AUSA 17 – WL Gore Adds Excalibur To Advanced Combat Fabrics Offerings

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Two years ago, WL Gore launched Katana, the first fabric in their Advanced Combat Fabric line. This latest version is called Excalibur. While Katana was dialed in for hot weather use, Excalibur is more a broad utility fabric. Think cold to hot weather. This is thanks to its 18% ePTFE fiber content combined with NYCO. It also offers high durability due to the construction which features twisted ePTFE adding strength by increasing tear and snag resistance. Also, it dries faster thanks to lower water weight gain. All of this combines to a higher strength fabric for a given weight.


(Pictured is Katana to the left and Excalibur to the right)

To put this in perspective, current NYCO fabric used in ACUs is 6.5 oz. Katana, which is primarily for hot weather is 5.3 oz and Excalibur is 6 oz per square yard. What’s more, NYCO’s air permeability (how well it breathes) is 8 cfm, while Katana is 70 Cam and Excalibur is 40 cfm. Katana allows you to radiate heat very rapidly promoting evaporites cooling. Excalibur on the other hand hits the sweet spot for cooling while keeping cold wind from blowing right through your clothing.

Excalibur is currently undergoing evaluation by all of the services.

AUSA 17 – Polartec Power Wool 

Monday, October 9th, 2017

This is Polartec’s new Power Wool. It’s a 5.9 oz, no-melt/no-drip gridded fleece. It offers some mechanical stretch and has a great hand (that means it’s cozy). There’s a lighter weight (4.3 oz) fabric as well. It’s fully Berry compliant and would make a great upgrade to the level 2 garments in GEN III ECWCS.

MDM 17 – National Molding Two-Point Release Evil Twin

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

National Molding is always working on new products. 

The Two-Point Release Evil Twin is a direct pull cable release system which can be built into an armor vest or other system.

TALON Grips Launches G19 And G17 Gen5 Glock Grips

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado (September 1,2017) – TALON Grips, Inc. is proud to announce the release of G19 and G17 Gen5 Glock grips. The Gen5 grips are the cumulation of TALON’s extensive experience designing firearm grips.


The evolution of TALON Grips is highlighted with the introduction of the new Gen5 Glock grips. “The absence of finger grooves on the Gen5 Glock resulted in a TALON Grip design that provides comprehensive grip area coverage in a very durable design” said Mike Morris president of TALON Grips. He continued, “Our inhouse design, prototyping, production, and product testing enabled us to move quickly and efficiently from concept to final product. Truly our entire team contributed in the development of this grip.”

TALON Grips drew on their extensive design experience to produce a grip that appears simple yet incorporates the latest design developments. The result is a reliable and stylish grip. Specific grips are available for each backstrap option including no backstrap, the medium backstrap/beavertail, and the large backstrap/beavertail. The variety of grip sizes offered ensures a perfect fit regardless of which backstrap is selected by the user.


Utilizing the latest design and production technologies, TALON Grips produces the most innovative functional grips available.  Never resting on what is considered good enough TALON Grips continues to provide superior products that make difference at an affordable price.
“The first TALON Grip was made for a Glock 23 over 8 years ago so the recent creation of our Gen5 grips highlights our continued progression and evolution making perfection even better”, said Mike Morris.

About TALON Grips

TALON Grips was founded by a law enforcement officer, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, and armorer to enhance shooter comfort, consistency, and weapon retention. The patented TALON Grips provide maximum grip coverage in custom designs for over 300 firearms. The precisely cut designs are available in rubber-black, rubber-moss, and granulate-black materials for different applications and user preferences.

TALON Grips are the most versatile and functional grips in the firearms industry. The result is an unparalleled interface between users and their firearm in all conditions. Performance benefits include improved weapon retention, quicker target acquisition, more accurate follow up shots and better recoil mitigation.

Founded in 2009 and located in Steamboat Springs, CO, TALON Grips are 100% made in USA. TALON Grips are used by the US military, law enforcement, competitive shooters, and firearms enthusiasts. TALON Grips are available at select retailers or direct at

DSEI 17 – Ramp Globaltec ROC 40

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Ramp Globaltec introduced their new two-piece Rapid Opening Connector 40k which has a 40mm opening for webbing.