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SHOT Show – Reebok / WL Gore Launches KRIOS Boot

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Warson Brands, exclusive licensee of Reebok military and tactical boots, has partnered with W. L. Gore & Associates to offer the first Berry complaint military footwear with Extended Comfort Texhnology.

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Warson Brands has been manufacturing footwear since 1989 and has provided Reebok brand occupational and safety footwear and duty uniform footwear which includes military since 2013.

In addition to the GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Technology, the Reebok KRIOS incorporates the MeraMAX polyurethane outsole which is lighter weight and four times more abrasion resistant than rubber.

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Additionally, Warson had the foresight to offer the KRIOS in all four current military boot colors. Tan will be available initially this Spring followed shortly by Sage with Black and Coyote next. Naturally, the Black color has a polishable toe and will be great for LE and public safety professionals.

But the real interesting stuff is in the inside. The Extended Comfort Technology is a different Gore-Tex “recipe” than you are probably familiar with. It’s meant for hot weather. That’s right, no more sweaty feet in the Summer. Your feet can remain dry in hot, wet weather. This is because, it’s right up against the outside of the boot with the membrane and the exterior Cordura fused together. The boot isn’t packed with extra material that will absorb sweat and heat up your foot. What’s more, the KRIOS absorbs 90% less water than non-waterproof boots. This is because the membrane is right up against the outer shell of the boot and means that it will dry much faster.

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I want to point out that this is an AR 670-1 compliant boot and will be available just in time for this Summer’s hot weather. Dealers should contact Warson Brands at 877-753-2426. For additional information, visit www.reebokwork.com/krios.

SHOT Show – Murdock Webbing

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

SuperFlo SafetT Systems recently came to Murdock Webbing asking for an FR Kevlar webbing with Neoprene that would pass the vertical burn test. Murdock answered the call and the resulting product is the Bunker Boot Mate.

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The Bunker Boot Mate was created for use by Firefighters. It’s essentially an instep strap used to keep a Firefighter’s pants from riding up in the case he falls through a floor or crawling. Durable and FR? Sounds like something Soldiers could use when wearing FR combat clothing.

www.bunkerbootmate.com

Magpul Introduces New MagazIne Color – Sand

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

With the advent of the M3 magazine, Magpul decided to give you any color of magazine you wanted, as long as it was Black. Since then, they’ve been working on their materials and with this new Sand color, they are introducing a new material solution that will hold up to the rigors of use with firearms. Not only is it stronger than the current Black material but it can also be dyed to other colors or even distinctive designs and camouflage patterns.

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SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE GEN M3 LINE OF PMAGS, THERE HAS BEEN A RECURRING THEME IN REQUESTS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS, AND THAT HAS BEEN A CALL FOR COLOR OPTIONS. UNTIL NOW, THE GEN M3 LINE HAS BEEN MANUFACTURED ONLY IN BLACK. WE’VE BEEN QUIETLY WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES ON SOME THINGS, AND WE’RE FINALLY READY TO SHARE ONE OF THOSE WITH THE WORLD.

We’re introducing a new color to our line. This color, officially named “Sand”, is as much an overall material development as it is a color development. “Sand” is a light, “non-black” color that closely matches some of the lighter tones in popular military camouflage patterns as well as many environments on the current battlefield. In addition to being less significant in the IR spectrum and ideal for many desert environments, this new material has several other meaningful benefits.

STRENGTH
This new Sand colored material shares many of the properties and components of our latest black material. Endurance, reliability, chemical resistance, stability, and other parameters are exactly the same. The main difference, due to some proprietary developments in composition, is strength. The GEN M3 AR/M4 PMAG is extremely resilient in black. However, as tough as our basic black material is, the Sand material is even stronger. We’ve seen very significant increases in feed lip drop and other rough handling tests from -60F to 180F—to an extent that it made our initial results hard to believe. Similar proportional increases in the other magazines in our line have been seen in our testing. With this increase in drop strength, we still see the resiliency that makes the PMAG what it is—Feed geometry does not change, unlike metal or softer polymer magazines—and so reliable feeding is not affected by this punishment.

ADDITIONAL COLORS
In addition to its physical properties, the color of the Sand material was chosen for another reason. It serves as a perfect foundation for water-based dye processes to change the color of the material or add camouflage patterns without adding surface thickness or scratching off with use. You can see some of the results of a few minutes with common RIT dye and cellophane wrap in the inset photo. If paint is the desired method of camouflage, “Sand” forms a great basis for this also. Dyed magazines can serve as the base for additional paint pattern options.

Expect to see the new “Sand” material making its way through our magazine line very quickly. We’ll have some video tutorials about using dye and paint to change the appearance of this material coming soon.

Check out this new magazine color as well as the entire line of Magpul products on their newly updated website.

www.magpul.com

New Products from AustriAlpin

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Due to rabid customer demand, AustriAlpin is releasing new sizes in it extremely popular D-ring COBRA buckle. This innovative hybrid technology (patent pending) integrates a stainless steel articulating D-ring with AustiAlpin’s proprietary COBRA buckle technology. It’s now available in 1 inch and 1.5 inch models and is launching at SHOT show (booth 8611). All versions exceed ANSI Z359.1 standards for PPE and fall-protection. 18kN / 4000lb (frame test). They are also releasing some new frame buckles (tri-glides) which integrate a D-ring.

Sneak Peek – Mean Gene Leather Adopts Ares Gear’s Aegis Buckle

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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In a deal that was just inked today, Mean Gene Leather will start using the Aegis belt buckle for leather belt applications, developed by Ares Gear. We owe this great linkup to Matt Jacques of Victory First (hence the logo on the buckle).

Cobra Sport Buckle from AustriAlpin

Friday, January 9th, 2015

AustriAlpin has introduced the new Cobra Sport. Made from 7075 Aluminum, this new buckle offers the same look and feel of the Cobra but without the life support features. The associated lower cost makes it a great option for belts, luggage, packs, etc.

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www.austrialpin.net

1947 LLC Announces New MultiCam Fabrics

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

1947 LLC, international distributor of MultiCam and responsible for new fabric development has announced three new stocked fabrics which will be available for inspection (along with the entire MultiCam fabric line) at Crye Precision’s booth (#32403) at this month’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

MULTICAM “ALPHA TERRY” – a fleeced backed soft-shell
ALPINE “PATRIOT LITE” – a 2oz Textured nylon
ALPINE “500-DENIER” – an INVISTA CORDURA

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That’s right, a lightweight fabric for Overwhites and Cordura for packs, carries and other kit is now available in MultiCam Alpine.

For further information please contact: Ben.Galpen@1947LLC.com

CORDURA – Combat Wool Fabric

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

New materials really are at the core of providing truly new garments. Let’s face it, you can only make a combat shirt but so many ways. But when you add in a new fabric, possibilities become realities.

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The same CORDURA brand that you know for making texturized nylon used in most of your field equipment has come out with a new fabric called Combat Wool. It consists of a blend of merino wool and nylon, intended to combine the comfort and durability of its base parts. CORDURA claims, through an independent study, that Combat Wool offers 10x better abrasion resistance, 2.1x better tensile resistance, and 1.4x better tear resistance when compared to 100% merino wool fabrics while maintaining the same look and feel. It is currently available in a variety of styles and constructions, including base/mid-layer knits, double face wovens, canvas, ripstop, twills, dobby, and stretch woven fabrics.

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www.cordura.com/en/fabric-technology/wool-fabric.html

Certainly Inspired

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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A little over a year ago, Are Armor introduced the Derma Plate Carrier which features this unique buckle from AustriAlpin. During this week’s SWAT Roundup in Florida a new buckle appeared from a different manufacturer.

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It’s not an exact copy, but it was obviously created to accomplish the same function. Certainly inspired. Barring any IP issues, let the market decide.

Texcel Industries Announces Relationship With 1947 LLC

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Texcel Industries has announced a new relationship with 1947 LLC who will be representing Texcel Industries for all international sales as well as new domestic customer development and sales. Texcel is very excited to bring 1947 LLC and their tremendous textile experience on board to assist in growing the Texcel base of business.

Here is their formal announcement:

Texcel Industries, a leader in the manufacturing of military solid and camouflage webbing for over 18 years. Texcel has been involved in almost every major military contract, including IOTV, OTV, ILBE, FILBE, PLATE CARRIER, MTV, IMTV and MOLLE COMPONENTS, is proud and excited to announce a new relationship with 1947 LLC. 1947 LLC will be representing Texcel Industries for all international sales as well as new domestic customer’s development and sales. Texcel is very excited to bring 1947 LLC and their tremendous textile experience on board to assist in growing Texcel’s base of business. 1947 LLC is a full-service textile solution provider specializing in military, tactical, and industrial products. 1947 LLC is also responsible for managing the Multicam family of brands. 1947 LLC has extremely strong relationships with all domestic weavers, dyers and printers of nylon, polyester, nylon/cotton and cotton substrates.