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Blade Show – Index Fasteners

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

When you think of Blade Show, you think about knives, but there are loads of companies offering raw materials, including those for sheaths and holsters. Likewise, when you hear the name Index Fasteners, most people think about sheets of Kydex, but they also offer all of the bits and bobs you need to make a variety of items. Take for instance this snap selector sample wheel.

Those of you into military history may recognize this old mil-spec snap used on ammo belts. They still offer them.

indexfasteners.com

MMI Textiles Introduces MultiCam Printed Webbing

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

During SOFIC we ran into MMI Textiles and they told us they had secured a license to print MultiCam webbing.

One of the things I like about their printed webbing is that the edges aren’t white.

www.mmitextiles.com/product-lines/webbing-and-tape

SOFIC – WL Gore & Assoc Pyrad Combat Uniform

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Ever since I was first introduced to WL Gore’s FR Pyrad self extinguishing fabric technology, I’ve been intrigued about applying it to a combat uniform. The beauty of Pyrad is that it is a treatment process applied to existing fabrics rather an entirely new one. This means that the base fabric retains its inherent properties. That includes strength and comfort. It’s a laminate rather than a simple topical spray, so the Pyrad isn’t going to wash out. In fact, testing shows that Pyrad fabric is more tear and abrasion resistant as well as colorfast than other fabrics, even after washing.

This garment, manufactured by The Italian brand Montura is made from a Pyrad fabric. In Europe, other garments are popping up as well such as this German uniform in Flektarn from Lindnerhof Taktik I saw during IWA.

Hopefully, we’ll see them here soon as well.

www.goreprotectivefabrics.com

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.

www.bellevilleboot.com

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

 

www.first-spear.com

Mission Spec Introduces New Organization Tools

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
dealers.

TacNotes

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

www.MissionSpec.com

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.

www.proxgo.com