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Visit Helix Tactical at DSEI

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

We are attending DSEI 2019, one of the worlds largest defence sector trade events, on the 10th-13th September. Please visit us on stand number N7-475 to view our range of tactical products and systems. We look forward to seeing you there!

Helix Tactical Linkits

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

DMM Linkits are compact, lightweight and versatile connecting elements. They are compatible with a wide range of DMM components such as Compact Shackles, Focus, Nexus and Directors using their double locking axles. They allow for very short connections which is ideal for height constrained situations and confined spaces.

Here we see the Linkit Y3 connected to the Titan Tapered Split Basket Stretcher.


Warrior EAST 19 – Wild Things Andinista

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Made from Composite VX-21 pack fabric (200 p.s.i and waterproof), the Andinista is a mountaineering pack. It’s available in three harness sizes and the bag can be configured to carry between 1800 to 5500 inches thanks to straps, compression zippers and spindrift. The pack weighs just 56 ounces. The Andinista is in the BARS and BAMS templates. It is offered in Black and Coyote.

-Padded, angled shoulder straps
-2 gear loops on padded, removable hip belt
-Compression zippers
-Removable compression straps
-Whistle-lock on sternum strap
-Hydration system compatible
-Bullet pocket
-Ski slots
-2 daisy chains
-4 haul points
-Contour-cut removable lid
-Removable back pad
-Roll-up snow skirt
-Tool attachment points

One of the coolest features is that the Andinista can be used as a bivy bag. It serves as an elephant foot, keeping the legs out of the snow and ice. The foam padding can be removed and configured to suit the terrain.


Here is Wild Things founder Marie Meunier demonstrating the bivy capability of the Andinista.


Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Optimus Polaris Optifuel versus MSR Whisperlite Universal

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

With a dramatic increase in military interest in the polar regions there has been a huge drive to reinvest and update the equipment that our militaries use to survive and fight in these incredibly harsh environments.  Arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment is your stove.  It is critical to keeping you fed and watered.


On the market at the moment are a small number of truly flexible and adaptable stoves. Of these the MSR Whisperlite Universal and the Optimus Polaris Optifuel offer the ability to burn all liquid and cannister fuel types. Although it must be pointed out that both the fuel jet and regulator have to be changed, to switch between certain fuels, on the MSR.

They both follow a similar construction with three wide legs and a central burner head.  The MSR has a wider burner which could possibly reduce boil times but could also increase fuel consumption.  The control arm on the Optimus provides excellent and delicate control of the flame making it much easier to avoid flares. The pump on the Optimus is completely metal and therefore more robust than the MSR.

The lighting process for both is very similar and once it has been practiced a couple of times you can get exceptionally proficient in not accidently adding a sunroof to your tent.  Cooking in tents is necessary in the extreme cold but does have its risks, including fire and CO poisoning.

Whilst burning the MSR is noticeably quieter. There is a “silencer” available for the Optimus but this is not yet manufacturer approved.  Whether the noise difference is significant for the end user is debatable.

Shutting the stoves down is where there is a key difference.  The way in which you flip the bottle over on the Optimus does leave a completely dry system which is excellent at preventing fuel leaking into your equipment.

Cost wise the Optimus is more expensive but it does come with some very useful additional features and the ability to burn all fuels without modification.  Overall both are well recognised around the world and have had extensive use in the arctic environment.  The way that light forces operate in these environments does bring a number of specific challenges that these stoves manage to work around.

For more information get in touch by email on international@brigantes.com or for UK customers tribe@brigantes.com.  


Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – The Silva Expedition 4 Militaire VS the Expedition 5

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

With the award-winning Expedition 4 Militaire, Silva have ensured that many of the necessary features needed for a military compass have been met, hence its popularity and use by various armed forces across the globe, it is a compass designed for those in the defence forces who use Mils for navigation and triangulation.

With a magnifier the Expedition ensures you understand every detail of topographic terrain displayed on a map. Glow in the dark markings on the North display and on the direction of travel allow the compass to be used in low light conditions. The Expedition 4 Militaire additionally features a hole for marking positions on a map with improved precision.

With its luminous point for night navigation, magnifying lens and weight of only 36g, the compass is an ideal solution for quick an accurate compass work.

However, Silva have a successor to the range, the Expedition 5 (6400/360). Following feedback, from the Royal Marines, the Expedition 5 has increased robustness, functionality and low light visibility. Robustness is increased by a thicker base plate and a sealed capsule, so it is now far less likely that you will get bubbles. Functionality has improved with the introduction of both mils and degrees, a better bezel provides easier use with gloves, all of the numbering on the bezel illuminates, following exposure to light, and it has variable declination as well as an inclinometer. In addition it comes with a lanyard that doubles up as a measuring scale.

The Militaire has been around for several decades and has now been replaced by a more capable and robust compass which is focused on the needs on the modern user.

For more information contact international@brigantes.com

For UK sales contact warrior@brigantes.com

OR Summer Market 19 – airNET Harness from Black Diamond

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Black Diamond created this Climbing Harness in conjunction with Adam Ondra for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Ultralight, yet comfortable, you can see a closeup of the airNET Harness’s construction.

Black Diamond – Vector Helmet

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

If you’re looking for a lightweight climbing helmet, check out the Vector from Black Diamond. It features a co-molded EPS foam and polycarbonate shell with lots of ventilation. The suspension ratchets to tighten and loosen and there’s an integrated light mount.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – The Scarpa Maestro Alpine

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Designed for trad climbing at low temperatures (winter conditions), this version offers a high thermic insulation grade thanks to an additional internal layer and a thermic sock. The leather upper riding higher on the foot for extra protection.

It offers stability for standing on small edges and yet has enough flex for smearing. The Maestro Alpine has a straight and slightly downturned shape with a medium-to-low angled toe box. The shoe features a full-length leather base with seamless big toe panel and large seamless four-toe panel, which, allows the toe box to gently mould and shape to your foot.

This unique product, developed in conjunction with Leo Houlding for an expedition to Antartica, is suited to those pushing the boundaries of big Patagonian walls and alpine faces in cold conditions and it’s IPC Tension system (integral power connection) is designed to offer strong support to the foot during prolonged use.


Blending Scarpa climbing and mountaineering R&D teams and know how, has created a new level in precision meets warmth! The chassis boasts all the attributes of the Maestro mid, which is a full length 1.1mm/1.4mm Talyn midsole, specially shaped, to give maximum support with flex. The special design allows for flexibility at the ball of the foot for smearing while maintaining support on micro footholds. The midsole actively spreads the force for sustained periods on technical face climbs.

Added to these features is the full length Vibram XS Edge rubber sole unit that gives excellent stability for micro crystals and edges. The 2mm Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber inlay in the heel unit gives further structural support and tension to the shoe while helping maintain comfort level.

Making the Scarpa Mastro Alpine the perfect climbing solution in footwear that offers comfort, durability and support out on the crag.

For more information contact international@brigantes.com

For UK sales contact warrior@brigantes.com