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SOFIC 2015 – WL Gore & Associates

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Rumors have been swirling about a new “Jungle” fabric from WL Gore & Associates. Currently under evaluation by several DoD organizations, this new fabric relies on Gore’s proprietary ePTFE technology. But, don’t get the wrong impression. This isn’t like your ECWCS jacket at all. Instead, the ePTFE content allows for quicker drying times, both higher breathability and durability-to-weight ratio as well as no melt / no drip; all properties that not only make for a great hot/wet uniform fabric but for a general combat material as well.

It’s important to note that the garment shown is representative of the technology only and not a final production or “issue” uniform. As the fabric is currently under evaluation by government clients along with other competitive materials, we won’t disclose any specific technical data just yet. More and more vendors are beginning to integrate the material. Soon we’ll be able to share additional details.

PenCott GreenZone Now Available On 70D Ripstop Nylon Through MMI Textiles

Sunday, May 17th, 2015


MMI Textiles is now printing MilSpec-grade and Berry Compliant 70D ripstop nylon fabric in PenCott GreenZone camouflage. The fabric features a DWR finish and a PU-backing, making it perfect for tent files, hammocks, bashas, groundsheets, and other applications that require a lightweight and waterproof fabric solution.

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McNett Microfiber Towels Now Treated With SILVADUR Silver Antimicrobial Ions

Thursday, May 14th, 2015


All Ultra Compact Microfiber Towels by McNett® now treated with silver antimicrobial ions called SILVADUR™.

Bellingham, WA (May 13, 2015) — McNett® Corporation announces that all microfiber towels sold under the McNett® Tactical and Outgo® brands will now be treated with SILVADUR™ silver antimicrobial ions. SILVADUR keeps the towel fabric fresh and odor-free by inhibiting the growth of microbes. The antimicrobial technology prevents unpleasant odors, decay and discoloration by preventing the growth of bacteria in the first place.

“The Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel by McNett is packed with more features than a Swiss Army knife. From patented sewn grommets, snap loops and retention straps to the free toiletry bag, our microfiber towels have always been loaded with attractive features missing from the competition,” said Gerald Craft, consumer marketing director. “Now that we’ve added the SILVADUR treatment by Dow consumers can grab the towel that truly has it all.”

The SILVADUR antimicrobial treatment is unique in that it offers a controlled release of silver for improved durability. During testing, after 50 rigorous launderings, SILVADUR still had a 99% antimicrobial control rate against bacteria and fungi.

In addition, SILVADUR has been approved as non-toxic by the International OEKO-TEX® Association. Tested at 10 times the recommended dosage and use levels, SILVADUR is proven to neither irritate nor cause sensitizations in humans. It is truly a durable antimicrobial that can stand up to real life.

All Ultra Compact Microfiber Towels by Outgo and McNett Tactical will now be treated with SILVADUR silver antimicrobial ions to keep them fresh and odor free. For more information, please visit:

US PALM Shop Towels

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

US Palm shop towels

US PALM Show Towels are exactly what they sound like; post-consumer automotive shop towels with the US PALM logo silkscreened onto them. They’ll work well with, say, cleaning an AK, as well as cleaning up messes and the like.

Available in colors Green and Red, in quantities of 3, 10, or 25.

1947 LLC – MultiCam Alpine Fabric Now Available

Monday, April 20th, 2015

MultiCam Alpine

1947 LLC. has announced that they are now distributing MultiCam Alpine fabric in 500D Cordura (ideal for gear) and 2 oz. textured Patriot Lite nylon (ideal for overwhites and pack covers). Alpine webbing will soon follow.

To request a price list and order form, visit

Now Available – MultiCam Tropic, Black and Arid Binding Tape and Webbing

Friday, March 27th, 2015

1947, LLC is has launched MultiCam Tropic, Black and Arid – binding tape and webbing. All color options are at the same price as the original flavor. To request a price list please click on the following link to enter your information:



Stay tuned for a launch of Alpine fabric, webbing and binding tape soon.

Off Shore A-TACS Fabrics Announcement

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Schott Performance Fabrics and Digital Concealment Systems
announce the addition of off-shore produced A-TACS Camo fabrics


In response to growing worldwide demand, Digital Concealment Systems and Schott Performance Fabrics are pleased to announce that in addition to their full range of U.S. produced Berry Amendment compliant A-TACS Camo fabrics, they are now offering a full range of A-TACS Camo fabrics produced off-shore. These fabrics are produced to the same exacting standard as the U.S.-produced fabrics and are made available to international and domestic manufacturers who do not require Berry Amendment compliant goods for their production. Available fabrics include a full compliment of Nylon, Cotton, Poly/Cotton and Polyester goods in a varity of fabric weights and construction.

Many international manufacturers of A-TACS Camo products now have the option to source their fabrics ‘closer to the cutter’. This will allow for shorter lead times and significantly lower fabric costs. It also affords significant savings on international shipping and material costs for the end gear manufacturer.

This new option also benefits European and Asian manufacturers who sell in non-military channels. Now they have the option to source GENUINE A-TACS Camo fabrics at a lower cost. This option also benefits many smaller manufacturers, especially with low minimum order requirements on fabric–and it will replace the poorly made, poorly constructed counterfeit fabric that is currently on the market.


Counterfeit camouflage fabrics have been a problem for every major camouflage brand since the beginnings of the industry. Cheaply and poorly produced overseas pattern knock-offs are a continuing issue for everyone from Crye Precision, to the US Goverment, to us here at DCS. Each time a counterfeiter is pursued through legal channels, a new one pops up, perpetuating the problem. This new fabric option will allow manufacturers currently engaged in producing A-TACS Camo gear using poor quality counterfeit fabrics the option to switch over and begin using legitimately produced A-TACS Camo fabrics. Schott Performance Fabrics is the ONLY legitimate source for genuine A-TACS Camo fabrics. If the fabric was purchased from anywhere else, it is the product of a counterfeiter.

In the coming months, Digital Concealment Systems will be ramping up it’s legal pursuit of both manufactures and retailers engaged in the production and sale of counterfeit items in A-TACS Camo. Additionally, DCS will also be calling out manufacturers and retailers dealing in and manufacturing counterfeit A-TACS Camo gear.

For additional information, sourcing questions and availability, contact Denise Barrick or Bryan Merrick at Schott Performance Fabrics (330)784-4545 or visit them on the web at

Introducing 47 Pro 6 Treatment

Friday, February 20th, 2015

47 Pro 6 is a new C6 flourochemical-based finish which offers long lasting oil and water repellancy to natural and synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, cotton, rayon and blends. In addition to oil and water resistance, this DWR treatment is also stain resistant and much more environmentally sound than the C8 treatment. As you may know PFOA, a material that bio-accumulates in Humans is an unintended byproduct of C8 DWR production and is viewed suspiciously by the medical community due to its adverse effects on laboratory animals and persistence. C8 flourochecmical production is under EPA review and DoD desires to move away from it. C6 production, on the other hand does not result in PFOA and is not subject to the voluntary restrictions facing C8.

47 Pro 6

Initial applications for 47 Pro 6 DWR treatment include physical fitness uniforms for DoD. If you are interested in incorporating this capability or for more information, contact Edward Ricci.

Airsoft BBs Used to Test Continuous Filament Knit Aramids for Extremity Ballistic Protection

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Army Research Labs recently subjected several new fabrics to ballistic testing to see how they might perform in protecting against explosively launched debris for applications in clothing and other gear such as Protective Under Garments. They chose airsoft BBs from BB Bastard as test projectiles because they replicate the size and weight of gravel particles.

Click to view .pdf
Continuous Filament Knit Aramids for Extremity Ballistic Protection

The report is quite interesting for those of us interested in materials, ballistic or for those who want a peek into what testing actually entails.

TWN Industries Introduces New Pyro-Mini Film Pattern

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

in case you ever wanted to give your gun some bithcin’ flames, TWN Industries has announced their new Pyro-Mini film pattern. The full release can be read below:

TWN Industries Starts the Year off Right with a Scorching New Pattern

WTP-802 Pyro Mini

PRINCETON, FL February 5, 2015 – TWN Industries Inc., the leading water transfer printing supplier, announces the release of their Pyro-Mini film pattern. The new fire-inspired pattern is sure to please those in the hydro dipping industry who are looking for a realistic fire pattern. The flames’ sizing  and placement have been designed to allow maximum coverage in small to mid-size profile parts. Due to its versatility, the applications for this pattern are numerous: game calls, custom modded controllers, motorcycle gas tanks, dashboards, helmets, cell phone covers, sunglasses, gun stocks, bows and much more.

The Pyro- Mini Flame water transfer printing film pattern is available exclusively through TWN Industries, Inc. Three-meter accessory packs and production quantity film is available immediately. The part number is as follows: WTP-802 Pyro- Mini.