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GRID-HERCULES Chest-Rig Solutions

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

GRID-HERCULES Chest-Rig Solutions

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We’ve mentioned the Grid-Hercules material several times over the past few months and we saw several applications during SHOT Show. This flyer shows some chest rig applications of the material.

Brand & Oppenheimer Acquires Performance Textiles, Inc

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

RED BANK, N.J. – January 21, 2014 – Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (B&O), a leading textile converter, today announced it has acquired the assets of Performance Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance fabrics engineered for domestic and export customers, some of whom have worked with the company since its inception in 1988. The acquisition was sponsored by Praesidian Capital, which is an investor in B&O.

The consensual acquisition will complement B&O’s textile capabilities with a diversified product line targeted to sports, recreational products, high visibility work-wear, commercial, military and government end uses. Founded by Bill Gerrow and Peter Sullivan, Performance Textiles has an industry reputation for designing and producing some of the best fabrics available in the market. Safety, maximum performance, and durability continue to be the main focus and are critical for fabrics that are destined for use in parachutes, hot air balloons, and industrial protective vests.

“Performance Textiles is a unique and well established company in our industry with similar production processes and suppliers to ours,” stated Dan Pezold, B&O President and CEO. “The company has distinguished itself as a technology leader, and its technical expertise along with strong customer and supplier relationships are valued additions to our business. We believe our combined resources will benefit everyone in the textile supply chain.”

“We look forward to the new opportunities that come with joining the Brand & Oppenheimer family. Our combined resources will allow us to serve our customers with new and different textile solutions,” Gerrow stated. “What will not change, however, is the excellent service and development of textile technology solutions to which our customers have become accustomed over the past 25 years.”

According to Jason Drattell, Founding Partner of Praesidian, “Since our initial investment in B&O, the company has attracted new management and developed a more strategic focus. We believe that the acquisition of Performance Textiles is an important step in that strategic plan.”

Blue Force Gear Licenses Helium Whisper to The Safariland Group

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Very interesting news from Blue Force Gear. I noticed Safariland has been adopting the new webbingless MOLLE technology.

LAS VEGAS, NV—January 17, 2014—Blue Force Gear® announced today that they have reached an agreement with The Safariland Group to license their Helium Whisper™ technology for U.S. domestic manufacture as part of PROTECH® Tactical, an armor brand of The Safariland Group. The Safariland Group is the largest company to receive licensing rights for Helium Whisper and will use the Patent pending technology to enhance products they provide to law enforcement markets.

“The Safariland Group shares our passion for helping the good guys to make it home safe,” said Ashley Burnsed, founder and CEO of Blue Force Gear. “We are extremely happy to work with them.”

Combining PROTECH Tactical’s cutting edge armor with lighter modular pouches allows officers to respond to emerging threats with speed and agility.

“The Safariland Group has a reputation for offering innovative and exciting products to the law enforcement market,” said Glenn Katz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Safariland Group. “We are excited to bring this excellent product line to a wider audience through this distribution and licensing agreement with Blue Force Gear.”

Helium Whisper allows modular pouch backs to be constructed from a single piece of high-performance laminate versus the multiple straps and snaps of older attachment systems. This amazing breakthrough increases strength and durability of pouches while eliminating failure points and reducing weight by up to 60 percent. Helium Whisper has a proven track record with elite U.S. Special Operations Forces.

SHOT Show – ITW Nexus APA

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I was invited into the tent at the ITW Nexus Advanced Products and Accessories booth to drink an Orange Crush and take a look at something new. The Grim-lite takes the popular Grimloc and adds a Streamlight Nano.


Next is the Tiki Buckle. Inspired by a well known gear guru (not me) the Tiki Buckle gives high horizontal and vertical strength to attaché webbing to MOLLE. It incorporates ITW’s patented wave technology in order to prevent slippage of the webbing.


But the coolest thing is the Rail-Loc. Obviously, this is the coolest thing to happen to side release buckles since they started making them in Ghillie-Tex. The Picatinny compatible Rail-Loc connects right unto your rail and tightens in place via a Phillips head bolt. Then, you can connect a standard 1″ SR male buckle into the Rail-Loc.




Announcing Light and Fast GORE-TEX Fabric – Debuting at SHOT Show

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

You are going to see this new material in garments here at SHOT Show. Keep your eye put.


ELKTON, MD, JANUARY 13, 2014 – - The light and fast GORE-TEX® fabric from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is an extremely breathable, lightweight fabric that provides durable waterproof and windproof protection with improved next-to-skin comfort. The new technology significantly reduces build-up of under-layer condensation during and after periods of high intensity activity without sacrificing environmental protection. Key industry leaders, including ADS, Arc’Teryx, Patagonia, and Wild Things, are introducing new products that feature this new lightweight, highly breathable fabric.


Gore will be exhibiting the new light and fast GORE-TEX® fabric at the upcoming SHOT Show, Jan 14-17, Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, NV, in booth #10370.

Camo Form Camo Wrap Gets New Look And Updated Patterns For 2014

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Camo Form®, the self-adhering camo wrap by McNett® Tactical, is pleased to announce a bold new package and updated camouflage patterns for 2014.


Bellingham, WA (PRWEB) - Camo Form®, the heavy-duty camo wrap by McNett® Tactical, is pleased to unveil bold new packing and updated camouflage patterns for 2014.

“We’re upping our game with revived packaging and eye-catching designs,” said Gerald Craft, brand marketing director. “In addition, we continue to innovate upon our current camouflage patterns with new and original designs.”

Packaging changes include a cool new design featuring bright green colors and authentic imagery; a tabbed color system to help specific patterns stand out on the peg; product-in-use photos which highlight the product’s versatility; and updated branding.

Camouflage patterns slated for release in 2014 include, Kryptek Highlander™, Kryptek Typhon™, Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity®, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass® Blades®, Realtree Xtra®, Realtree Max-5®, Wolf Grey and Skulls.

Look for new packaging to begin shipping to store shelves on January 2. Visit for new camouflage pattern release dates in 2014.

A New Use For The MALICE Clip?

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


Tactical Tailor provided some gear for the movie, “Elysium”. Some of the kit was really cool and wasn’t sure how, or even if, their stuff had been used, until they watched the DVD and then noticed a MALICE clip being used for cable management. Now, I’m sure somebody is going to tell us that they do this ALL of the time, but I’ve never seen anyone do it. To me, it’s pretty interesting to see what happens when you give a piece of gear to someone who doesn’t know what it’s for. Sometimes they’ll surprise you.

US4CES Bravo and Charlie Variants Released For Sale

Monday, December 16th, 2013

ADS Inc. and US4CES designer Guy Cramer, have decided to use Hyperstealth’s print on demand process developed by Cramer, President/CEO of Hyperstealth to release 45 new US4CES patterns in two new series: 15 US4CES Bravo Series patterns and 30 US4CES Charlie Series patterns to the commercial market and for printed camouflage trial material to foreign countries outside of the U.S. looking for a new advanced camouflage uniform.

The Alpha variants of US4CES are finalists in the still unresolved US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort and are not yet available for sale. However, with any of these patterns, you get the same technology improvements offered to the Army but in different colorways. Another difference between Alpha and Bravo, is in the color layering, reversing the order of lightest to darkest colors (the patterns are identical other than the color order). Additionally, none of these are NIR compliant.



The Delta variants were also developed for the US Army and in internal testing Cramer found that they performed better. The Charlie variants have been released for sale commercially. The difference between US4CES Delta and Charlie is in the color layering, reversing the order of lightest to darkest colors.



70/30 Poly/Cotton Lightweight fabric is now available for order in 5 yd increments. So everybody that has been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the US4CES patterns, this is your chance.

For more info visit

Cabela’s ColorPhase Technology

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Cabela’s has introduced the new ColorPhase technology to select styles of their Zonz camouflage hunting clothing. ColorPhase modifies the Zonz pattern with 4 colors that change along with the temperature. They become more green the warmer it is and more brown the cooler it is. The concept isn’t necessarily new. If you ever had one of those Tshirts that changes colors as you work out, you’ve seen the technology in action. What is new is using it with camouflage.

Could this work for the military? I’d say not. For one thing, this is a visual spectrum camouflage. Additionally, I’m not so sure it’s going to work for hunters. The pattern phase changes at 65 deg. Considering that your body is going to warm up as you move through the brush, you will invariably be more green than your surroundings.

Hardpoint Tactical Demonstrates Velcro Hold Strength For The Core II

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Hardpoint Tactical’s Core II Assaulters Armor Carrier relies heavily on the use of Velcro to keep it together. Many are wary of such an application, particularly in snow conditions where it can affect the efficacy of the Velcro.