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CORDURA Brand – Less Suck Campaign

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

At SHOT Show, I started to see the Less Suck campaign from Cordura Brand show up.  What do you think? 


SHOT Show – Outdoor Research Introduces New Outerwear in WL Gore’s Topo Technology

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Outdoor Research has debuted a new jacket in WL Gore & Associates’ new Topo fabric.  Topo features a stretchable membrane.  


The jacket has an articulated, close fit in order to bring the jacket’s Gore membrane closer to the body where it will work better. The Brown segments you see are Topo and allow the jacket to stretch when you layer up for colder temps, yet keep the jacket as close to the body as possible in order to move the perspiration out through the membrane.


You can place order now in MultiCam and Coyote.

SHOT Show – Biothane Belt

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

So I’m in the Murdock Webbing booth when I spy a belt made from their Jacquard webbing in Kryptek Mandrake, treated with Biothane. I remarked that I didn’t realize there was Biothane webbing that thin. Then, the guys from Austrialpin added their Vobra buckle to the mix and we had a new concept for a belt.

The belt is not available, but the stuff to make it is.  

SHOT Show – Murdock Webbing

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Murdock webbing continues to impress with their variable width, jacquard weave webbing.


It’s available as soon as you place an order because each run is custom, based on the customer’s needs.

SHOT Show – Downeast Innovations

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Downeast Innovations is a design house that has developed numerous products including the MOLLE frame and FASTMag. They showed us two new innovations that are coming soon.


This is the Gemini buckle which is made up of two symmetrical buckle components. It’s designed for heavy loads yet offers a light fingertip release. You can also squeeze the buckle to get it to release. While this is a prototype buckle, the molds are done and production buckles will be available within two weeks.


Next up is an upgrade to the PALS compatible attachment of the FASTMag. Its easier to use than the current version (bottom).

SHOT Show – ITW Nexus

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016


ITW Nexus has been doing some test shots of different colors for the GT Cobra buckle to gauge interest. At the top is Wolf Grey which has been launched already along with White. Next up is OD, once they get the IR locked in.

Safariland Announces Technology Sharing Agreement with FirstSpear

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

ONTARIO, California – The Safariland Group today announced a new agreement with FirstSpear™, a manufacturer of exceptional tactical equipment for elite military and law enforcement units, to integrate FirstSpear technology into tactical vests and carriers for the Safariland® Armor collection and Protech® Tactical armor.

The licensing agreement between these two industry-leading armor companies encompasses key technologies such as the FirstSpear Tubes™ and the 6/12™ and 6/9™ pocket attachment systems.

FirstSpear Tubes: These tubes innovate the armor carrier closure system with enhanced solutions for donning and doffing tactical body armor. Manufactured from lightweight, high-performance polymers, the tubes exceed the strength of other molded fasteners currently used on operational gear. This allows field teams to progress beyond cables to the tube system that augments performance and minimizes weight.

FirstSpear 6/12 Pocket Attachment System: The 6/12 is an all-new, design-engineered pocket attachment system that reduces weight by up to 50 percent, is backward compatible with MOLLE and PALS standards and forward compatible with FirstSpear’s ultra-lightweight pockets. From adhesive heat-set backing to laser cut precision attachment points, this system meets the need for modular, lightweight load-carriage platforms and pockets.

FirstSpear 6/12 Modular Pocket Technology: Building on the 6/12 Pocket Attachment System, this companion modular pocket technology condenses weight by more than 40 percent without sacrificing performance.

FirstSpear 6/9 Modular Pocket Technology: The pocket technology developed for the 6/9 is a transitional attachment choice between the traditional MOLLE/PALS system and 6/12 platforms. With pockets that mount closer to the body and conform tighter to the platform, 6/9 offers significant weight reduction from other pockets, offers flexible attachment straps and is compatible with legacy platforms.

“We are extremely excited about this agreement with FirstSpear, advancing our arsenal of technology invested in tactical body armor to be the best available,” said Todd Mackler, Vice President, Armor for The Safariland Group. “Through this partnership, Safariland continues to revolutionize the body armor market with the tactical operator’s safety and comfort in mind.”

This technology sharing agreement with FirstSpear demonstrates Safariland’s commitment to the mantra that, “Together, We Save Lives.”

Ronnie Fowlkes, VP Business Development for FirstSpear stated, “FirstSpear is dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of the professional user, and this agreement will provide flexibility and increased access to proven technologies that have become the standard for those who demand the most from their equipment.”

These new technologies will be on display at SHOT Show, January 19-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit booth #12762 to further explore The Safariland Group’s latest products.

3 New MultiCam Fabrics at SHOT Show

Friday, January 15th, 2016


Three new MultiCam fabrics from 1947, LLC at the Crye Precision booth #32403 next week at Shot Show.

Soar Coat™ Plus is a 30D 1.1oz nylon – Silicone coated on both sides, soft, quiet and packable, 64” cuttable. It’s a high performance coated fabric with a durable silicone coating. It is precision engineered for consistent performance and dependability. It is tested and certified for reliability. The fabric characteristics include light weight, zero air permeability, waterproof, high breaking strength and a tear resistant ripstop weave.

Alpha Terry fabric is an 8.0 oz single sided fleece. nIR compliant – 100% Polyester soft-shell, fleece backed with a DWR finish. This is a durable fabric and will provide good range of motion for the user. The inner surface of this expedition weight fabric is brushed for against-the-skin comfort and the jersey outer surface provides ease of layering. This fabric is ideal for providing comfort in extreme weather.

500 Denier Westridge™ CORDURA® RIP-STOP – Same as standard 500D but with the surface interest of rip-stop. Abrasion resistant, urethane coated with a DWR finish. Ideal for tactical vests and packs.

Stop by and check them out.