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IWA – Patrol GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Lightweight, extremely breathable and durably waterproof desert boot demonstrates its value in a user trial

NUREMBERG (March 3, 2017) – With its Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) offers its footwear partners a first-of-a-kind solution for a lightweight, extremely breathable and durably waterproof duty boot specifically engineered for use in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. A full-scale user trial has now confirmed that the footwear concept performs well in active use. Trial participants stated that the temperature inside the boots was pleasant and the heat release characteristics were excellent. The boots were also quick to dry and offered reliable protection against sand, dust and water entry.

Exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics
The Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear line was developed for patrols with a lighter load, combat in urban environments, and low to medium liability combat operations. At the core of the desert boot is the Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Laminate that comes without insulation. This laminate delivers exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics, reliably preventing the foot from overheating. At the same time the laminate creates a durable barrier against water entry whilst offering protection against sand and dust as well as preventing penetration by undesirable liquids and commonly occurring chemicals. This is the first-of-a-kind and quite different to the desert boots worn by the armed forces until now. Thin materials and limited use of foam layers facilitate the heat release process. The single-layer boot construction allows for a low water pick-up of the outer material and extremely quick re-dry paired with less weight.


User trial in hot weather
From July to November of 2016, the Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear was tested in a full-scale wear trial conducted by Gore, footwear partner Meindl and market research agency HYVE. 48 soldiers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria tested Meindl’s Equator Alpha GTX® duty boot over a period of 10 to 16 weeks. The majority of the trial participants wore the boots for more than six hours a day in easy terrain, sandy and dusty environments, standing water and other liquids. The bulk of their activities were conducted over level terrain in warm weather and involved moderate exercise – i.e. marches, combat training, shooting drills or indoor duties. Most of the soldiers were stationed in Central Europe, however, eleven were in Africa, Afghanistan, the Near East and Kosovo.

During the extensive feedback process, the trial participants were overwhelmingly positive in their assessment of the test boots. “The boots are ideal for their intended use. I’m thrilled with the high climate comfort factor and the breathability,” said one of the test participants. The majority of the participants said that they sweated far less in the trial boots than in the boots they had worn in the past. This was almost unanimously confirmed by the soldiers who were stationed in extremely hot climates. 75 percent said that up to 35°C they felt that the temperature inside the test boots was still pleasant. 80 percent stated that the heat release properties were good or even very good while 87 percent said the same about the re-dry properties – and confirmed that in this respect the trial boots possessed better characteristics than the boots they had worn in the past. One of the soldiers even described the highly breathable boots as “heat specialists”

Reliable protection
The GORE-TEX® boots also scored high when it came to their protective performance. The vast majority of the trial participants were satisfied with the protection the boots provided against sand and dust. This feature was certainly of great significance for the test persons. Half of the wearers said that during military operations they often, or even frequently, came into contact with sand and dust. They were also positive in their evaluation of the waterproofness of the test boots – their experiences involving exposure to sewage and commonly occurring chemicals will certainly have fostered this attitude.

The desert boots scored additional bonus points for their high comfort factor. 91 percent of the soldiers were favourably impressed by the weight of the boots, particularly when compared with the footwear they had worn in the past. The boots also made an impression on the trial participants with their walking comfort, running comfort, fit and durability.

The specialist for hot-dry and hot-humid climates
At the end of the trial and after several months of wearing the boots, more than two thirds of the participants said that they would recommend Meindl’s GORE-TEX® Equator Alpha GTX. They particularly recommended that the boots be worn in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. The approval rates were significantly higher in the case of soldiers who had tested the boots in extremely hot climates. “In view of their light weight and really good membrane, the boots are highly suitable for the intended uses,” said one of the trial participants.

For the conditions found in warmer and even hot climates, Gore offers two other solutions that are specifically engineered to meet the exact requirements of soldiers operating in these scenarios: Tactical GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear and High Liability GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear.

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Braeön Offers DIY Repairs On Demand

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Recently launched as a Kickstarter campaign, Braeön touts itself as the “World’s Strongest and Most Adaptable Material.”


A lighter and more versatile alternative to rope, Braeön allows you to create custom grips, handles, and harnesses in seconds. In fact, one example they offer is the creation of a custom knife handle.

It appears easy to use. You expose the narrow tape material to hot air or liquid (140 deg F or more), then work it into place, bonding it together as you go, then let it set, for just a few seconds.

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Designed to be:
-Strong as Steel but Light Like a Feather
-Malleable and Reformable at Low Temperatures
-Adaptable to Most Scenarios
-Moisture Resistant and Paintable
-Excellent in Extreme Cold Weather

Check it out at www.kickstarter.com/projects/braeon/braeon-worlds-strongest-and-most-adaptable-materia

Thanks Nick H!

Boa Technology Launches New Brand Identity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Innovation Pioneer Updates Visual Language to Reflect Its Solutions that are Fit to Go Further™

Denver, CO (February 21, 2017) – In 2001, Boa Technology founder Gary Hammerslag started with one big idea to replace traditional shoelaces in snowboard boots with a faster, more convenient method of lacing up. The innovative platform that resulted, known as The Boa® System, consists of expertly configured dials, laces, and guides to ensure a precision fit every time. Today, Boa is the leading expert in fit optimization with over 83 million closure and adjustment solutions in products across golf, athletic, snow sports, outdoor, cycling, utility, and medical.

Originating as a business-to-business model, Boa has grown with the support of its global brand partners to now provide more emphasis on brand awareness, consumer marketing and education, and the promotion of category-specific features and benefits of Boa-powered products. To reflect the expanded growth, refined innovations, and continued partnerships, Boa is excited to share a new corporate branding and visual identity, releasing globally in February 2017. The updated branding will debut across a newly launched consumer-focused website, and will be featured in consumer and trade advertising beginning next month.

The entirely new website, TheBoaSystem.com, will focus on educating consumers about Boa, including the varying configurations across products and categories with Boa brand partners, as well as provide a platform to communicate new innovations, company news, and events. Additionally, as the company continues to stand behind The Boa Guarantee, customers can easily request replacement parts directly from the website.

With the new brand identity also comes an increased involvement in product design and development, as Boa works side-by-side with its brand partners to develop unique fit solutions and achieve the ideal design through customized dial, lace, and guide configurations. By putting passion into practice, Boa and its brand partners work collaboratively in making the world’s best gear even better.

www.theboasystem.com

New CORDURA Brand 50th Anniversary Microsite Celebrates Its Rich Heritage and Future Durable Innovations

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Wichita, KS – February 15, 2017 – For five decades, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has been shaping the world of military gear, workwear and outdoor apparel. Throughout 2017, the brand will be celebrating its 50 year love affair with durability with the launch of its new anniversary microsite – CORDURA.com/50Years – designed to showcase the brands, mills, collaborations, and innovations that have been a part of its durable journey.

Since 1967, the CORDURA® brand has been working with industry leaders who have helped sculpt and evolve fiber and fabric technologies, pushing the boundaries of innovation. The passion and experience that its valuable authorized mills, brand customers and collaborative partners dedicate day in and day out have helped build its reputation for high quality, durable fabrics.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to honor those who have been with us along the way,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director. “Our new CORDURA.com/50Years microsite allows us to not only tell our own story, but is also a platform for others to share their experiences and memories as we nod to our durable heritage and look forward to fifty more years of innovation together.”

The new microsite features real-time news and stories including an exciting 50 @ 50 innovation spotlight detailing the brand’s new technology launches, cutting-edge collaborations and major milestones in its anniversary year. The microsite also invites brands, mills, consumers and media partners to leave their own long-lasting legacy by sharing durable memories, experiences, and favorite products through the decades.

To learn more about the latest news or share your CORDURA® brand story, visit the microsite here, or track the #CORDURA50 hashtag on social media.

GAOS – ModWall by Tactical Walls

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Tactical Walls had a soft launch of their new firearm organizer system called ModWall at SHOT Show. Unfortunately, I missed it so I was quite pleased to catch up at the Great American Outdoor Show.

ModWall is manufactured from US-sourced HDPE which the CMC mill. Current models are custom width by production versions as 22″ x 48″ panels are coming Mid-March. Attachments fit into slots on the wall in a similar manner to sales displays in shops, allowing the owner to customize the layout of the ModWall panel.

Currently, they have Magazine-style attachments which allow storage using the magwell for AR10, AR15, AK and Double stack 9mm. Additionally, they’ve got Generic Rifle and Generic Shotgun mounts. There is also a combination Body and Helmet stand which attaches to ModWall. Finally, there is a Magnetic mount which will accept many firearms.

Coming Mid-March from tacticalwalls.com.

Sentry Products Group – 1080 Technology

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Sentry Products Group was founded by former Blackhawk! CEO Mike Noell. He’s combined several existing brands including Scopecoat and Sentry Solutions while assembling a great executive team consisting of Terry Naughton, Scott Ferros and Eric Yeates. Now, they’re introducing completely new products. Some of their first are packs featuring 1080 Technology.

The 2,300 cu in Tumalo pack is available in two versions. Both are offered in Black and Wolf Grey.

Tumalo Extreme – constructed of 550D Rip Stop TPU. YKK waterproof zippers combined full seam sealing offer ultimate water resistance.

Tumalo Air – lightweight version constructed of 550D Nylon Rip stop.

The Tumalo pack is outfitted with patent pending 1080 technology. It’s PALS compatible and will accept pouches in different orientations rather than just vertical.

“I wanted to take a new approach” stated Eric Yeates, Vice President Research and Development for Sentry. “For years I focused on developing products to military specification and I wanted to achieve that same quality level, using cutting edge materials and techniques”. Sentry’s 1080 Technology builds on this concept allowing users to quickly mount pouches and accessories securely, in horizontal, vertical and diagonal orientations without any intermediary mounting panel. The 1080 Technology incorporates laser cut, wear resistant Hypalon panels, shaped to mimic product profiles. “Along with streamlining the overall appearance, eliminating the nylon webbing and bar tacks associated with traditional molle construction reduces weight and retains structural integrity of the base materials.” concluded Yeates.

The pack’s three storage compartments are accessed through dual slide YKK zippers. Interior features include hydration access port, integrated laptop sleeve, mesh organizers and key lanyard. Front panel includes a quick access slash pocket. Airframe technology reduces heat build up for the user, while 1080 equipped padded shoulder and a removable waist straps enhance carry comfort.

www.sentryltp.com

MMI Textiles Introduces Performance Knits

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

MMI Partners with Longworth Industries to Diversify Product Line and Reinforce Commitment to Outdoor Industry


WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of performance knit fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Longworth Industries. The goal of this addition is to diversify MMI’s product line, strengthen their commitment to the tactical and military markets, and continue to sell more products made in the USA.

This line of apparel materials is currently available in various weights that can be tailored in a garment depending on the intended environment. It features a group of fire retardant fabrics and a group of fast-drying fabrics. Engineered with silver anti-microbial protection to help resist odor, superior moisture management, breathability, and anti-shrink/pick/pilling; the benefits of these knits are numerous. These products also allow MMI to continue adding to and maintaining their ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

“Being able to offer performance knits helps fulfill our promise of providing more products and high-tech solutions to all of our customers, specifically those who are in the performance apparel market.”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.

After 20 years in the business, MMI Textiles, Inc. has a long history and an excellent reputation of serving the industry. The company’s mission is to be an all-in-one supplier to the commercial, outdoors, medical, and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

www.mmitextiles.com

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.

www.downeastinnovation.com

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.