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Belleville – Exodus 451

Monday, May 9th, 2016

During last week’s Warrior West I got to check out a new hot weather boot from Belleville. The Exodus 451 incorporates Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Technology.

This new construction is radically different than what you are used to with Gore-Tex lined boots. In the past, they used a bootie shaped liner that was sewn into the boot. With Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Technology, the membrane is laminated directly to the boot’s outer material, mimicking the construction of outerwear. The result is a boot that is lighter, cooler to the foot in hot weather, and more breathable.

Initially, the Exodus 451 is offered in Black, but a Coyote version is on the way.


FirstSpear Friday Focus – Fabric Backed Cell Tags

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

This week’s Friday Focus concentrates on a new twist on an existing FirstSpear product.

They use the same patented manufacturing process as their original alpha-numeric call sign / identifier Cell Tags. But this new version uses only fabric backing and NO glow or IR material. Instead, FirstSpear uses an extremely durable clear vinyl cover for the fabric backer which improves durability. Available in standard FS colors with fabric backing available in white, black, yellow, and red.


-Available in 2″x4″ and 3″x8″
-8 Character Max – Alpha numeric only (includes symbols)
-3″x8″ patches fit up to 15 characters
-No minimum order quantities required



Mission Spec Introduces New Organization Tools

Friday, April 1st, 2016


4/1/2016 – Mission Spec has announced the release of two new products for the tactically aware market to help keep operators organized and on task. The first of the two products is the Mission Spec TacNotes. Built from 1000D CORDURA in a 3×3” configuration the TacNotes offer a disposable reminder system that allows operators to keep important mission details in mind. Due to their hook backing the TacNotes are able to stick to just about anything in your AO and with the loop front the TacNotes are stackable.


The TacNotes have been in testing with a certain Tier 1 unit for several years now. [Pictured] below is a
prototype model recovered from Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 3rd, 2011.


Also new from Mission Spec is the ERLINS (Extreme Resilient Low Infrared Note System). Due to the high
concentration of Type?A personalities and pre?workout supplements in the mission briefing room we have all
experienced the frustration of ripped briefing notes. The ERLINS are impervious to tears, creatine spills,
erasers, and anti?American activity.


Both products are NIR (near infrared) compliant, Berry Compliant, made in the USA with US sourced components, and ITAR controlled via the U.S. Department of State because an organized enemy is a dangerous enemy. Colors available now: Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, UCP (already on clearance). Coming soon: MultiCam, Kryptek Highlander, AOR1/2, Desert/Woodland MARPAT, ABU.

The Mission Spec TacNotes and ERLINS will be available at MissionSpec.com and authorized Mission Spec


WARNING: DO NOT take Mission Spec ERLINS or TacNotes into the field with classified information where
capture is possible as these products are indestructible.


WarriorWool from WeatherWool

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Not long ago we told you about Al’s Anorak from WeatherWool which was worn on the season premiere of “Dual Survival” by primitive survival expert Bill McConnel. WeatherWool has also been working on a garment specifically for military use, called WarriorWool which is made from their fullweight fabric which is made from Rambouillet sheep fibers. That’s a material you’ll hear referred to as Merino wool.


As the story goes, one of WeatherWool’s founders is a SEAL and he wore their clothing during deployments to Afghanistan and that’s how WarriorWool was born. As you can see, it’s in their LYNX camo pattern which kind of resembles AOR 1 pattern.

To learn more about WarriorWool, visit www.weatherwool.com/Products/WarriorWool/body_warriorwool.

XGO Montana Wool

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

I didn’t know that XGO offered wool garments so it came as a quite a surprise when we were discussing their line last week. Apparently, they offered wool briefly in 2008, but they’ve reintroduced it for Spring 2016.

The issue has long been access to American wool that is on par with the famed Merino sheep of New Zealand. It’s happening and XGO has access to it.

The advantages of wool are well known. Its inherent no-melt, no-drip and odor resistant properties as well as excellent warmth, even when wet, are all great reasons to use this natural fiber. XGO has also enhanced the wool’s performance with their AG-47 anti-microbial silver treatment.

Don’t forget, XGO has offered a very generous discount to SSD readers by using discount code “SSD50” for 50% off everything on their site except clearance (not stackable) items. This offer ends 2 April at COB.



Friday, March 4th, 2016


ARMORVENT is the most effective body armor ventilation and load distribution device available, according to the manufacturer.

Engineered to improve comfort, ARMORVENT easily attaches to military and law enforcement body armor carriers. ARMORVENT controls the levels of moisture on the skin by promoting evaporation of sweat and natural ventilation of the hot, moist air typically trapped between your body armor and torso.

ARMORVENT creates a cooling effect in warm weather while working to maintain a dry feeling between the body armor and the skin during cold weather.


1947 LLC Announces Partnership With Tacticaltrim

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

  3/1/161947, LLC located in Portsmouth, RI USA is pleased to announce a partnership with Tacticaltrim of Berlin Germany.

Tacticaltrim is licensed by 1947, LLC to offer the suite of MULTICAM® fabrics & webbings to EU and EMEA countries. Tacticaltrim will assist EU and EMEA companies with fabric procurement FOB Germany. By handling duties, credit terms, VATS and transportation costs, Tacticaltrim will make the ordering process more efficient for companies located in the before mentioned regions.

Companies are free to contact 1947, LLC directly with pricing, fabric inquiries or any information regarding the MULTICAM® pattern. The Tacticaltrim partnership does not refrain companies from buying directly from 1947, LLC however Tacticaltrim will streamline the purchasing process for EU/EMEA clients.

The MULTICAM® hang-tag and sew-in labels will be fulfilled by Tacticaltrim for these purchase orders.

Please stop by Booth 9-305 at the IWA Outdoor Classic to say hello March 4th – 7th.

UF PRO Blog Post – The Breaking Point Of Schoeller Stretch Material

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

UF PRO recently made a post on their blog on the Schoeller dynamic stretch material utilized in the construction of their P-40 and Striker combat pants. An excerpt can be read below:


“Is this stretch material going to keep up over time?“ We get that a lot when people first encounter the Schoeller-dynamic stretch material, which we use in our P-40 and Striker combat pants.

And you always get that suspicious look when the answer is: “Well each material has a breaking point, but in most cases, for example your NyCo ripstop material will rip way earlier.”

But where is the real breaking point of this amazing stretch material?

To those of you, who do not know Schoeller yet, they are a Swiss manufacturer of highly technical textiles. While Switzerland in general already has a great reputation for quality (the best watches, great ski resorts, and the best chocolate ever), Schoeller is a picture perfect example as well.

You can read the full post at ufpro.si/news/blog/135/the_braking_point_of_schoeller_stretch_material.