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

Thursday, January 15th, 2015


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.


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


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:

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.


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.


Certainly Inspired

Friday, November 14th, 2014


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.


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.

Tactical Universal Clip Granted Patent

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014


According to Tactical Universal Clip, they have been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Now, they get to learn what a patent really buys you. I’m grabbing my bucket of popcorn.

MultiCam Pattern Expands Distribution Through 1947 LLC

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

If you’re an international MultiCam customer, you’ve probably already run across a new company named 1947, LLC when they became the exclusive international distributor of MultiCam fabrics earlier this year. Founded in May, 2014 by two textile industry veterans, 1947 LLC develops and sources woven and knit fabrics globally. In fact, while they are a US company, they also maintain a Shanghai office that ensures their customers will receive the same quality and service they experience in the US.


No matter where you are, if you’ve been using MultiCam for any amount of time, the names at 1947, LLC won’t come as a surprise; Founders Ben Galpen and Ed Ricci as well as Vice President of Sales Bryan Boulis are well known. Not only is this team the international distributor for MultiCam, they are also responsible for new fabric development here in the US.

The firm has partnered with well known brand Texcel Industries to be their exclusive international and new business development partner. They also work with an ever growing list of new licensees to offer MultiCam fabrics.


What this means for the Multicam brand is expanded commercial fabric offering through additional licensed printers. This results in more inventory and options for consumers and fabric development opportunities for manufacturers. Not only that, you’re going to see new nontextile Multicam solutions coming very soon out of this arrangement.

National Molding – New Sling Hardware

Friday, October 17th, 2014

National Molding has capitalized on the popularity of the weapon sling by offering two new sling hardware parts:

NM new sling parts

A 1.25″ tension lock with aggressive side ribs for positive grip, along with the ability to add a lanyard – #10343.

A 1″ to 1.25″ adaptor which features a 1″ slot and 1.25″ slot for simple transition between different webbing sizes – # 10344.

Both parts complement the National Molding 9094/9095 HD sling buckle. They are available in a variety of military colors and are 100% Berry compliant.

Arc’teryx Demonstrates How to Care for Your Gore-Tex Gear

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Arc’teryx produced this excellent video demonstrating how to care for your Gore-Tex garments. It’s great advice for all of your waterproof breathable outer garments, regardless of material.