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High Angle Solutions – Silva Tactical Compasses

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Three entrepreneurial brothers. One great invention. In 1933, Björn, Alvar and Arvid Kjellström invented the first ever liquid-filled compass, and the Silva began. Not only was it the first compass of its kind, but is also set the global standard for how navigation works.

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From this beginning, 85 years ago, Silva have grown significantly.  As part of that expansion they have been making compasses for militaries all over the world for a number of decades.  This has predominantly been based on the Expedition 4, which was due an update.  Following development work with the Royal Marines and other elements of the UK military Silva have now launched an updated range of compasses.

The new range includes a more robust base plate and bezel which address the needs of a challenging operational environment.  It also brings in line a number of interesting technologies including prismatic elements for commanders and global needles for expeditionary forces required to deploy anywhere across the globe.  Included in the package are lanyards with distance measuring scales for 1:25000 and 1:50000.  They also allow measurement in both mils and degrees enabling greater accuracy and the passage of accurate information for fires as well as air.

Alongside these must have navigation tools Silva also provide headlamps, binos, mapcases and a huge range of accessories to help you find your way.  If you want any further information please email tribe@brigantes.com.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based , in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

High Angle Solutions – Armadillo Merino; No Melt – No Drip and So Comfortable

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Armadillo Merino’s latest next-to-skin gear

Armadillo Merino® focuses on enhancing the critical first layer and they believe that 100% merino wool worn next-to-skin is vital. We are seeing more and more brands blending merino wool with nylon in the market which may be wearable for some sports but nylon has no place in combat zones in your next-to-skin garments. Besides the fact that these synthetic base layers smell when you wear and they melt and drip at the surprising low temperature of 300F.

Your next to skin garment is your last line of defense against extreme heat and flames, so if your situation comes to this, then you require the best protection you can get. Why take the risk with a synthetic blend base layer by adding something that can melt and inflict life changing injuries.

Armadillo Merino® next-to-skin garments will not melt or drip. They have natural flame resistance up to 1100F, and will not melt or drip when exposed to heat. This is a natural and inherent FR barrier and has been very well documented.  The garments don’t smell as they have natural anti-microbial properties. You can wear the Armadillo tops for days on end without odor. No more smelly base layer.

Falcon Long Sleeve Top  

Fabric weight: 195g/m2 = 8.2oz/yd2

Fabric: 100% Merino Wool, Rib Knit

Micron: 18.5 micron itch free merino

Designed for: Figure hugging fit for wearing under your uniform

The Falcon Long Sleeve Top is now available. The RRP in the UK is set at £80 inc VAT.  Information and technical specifications are available from tribe@brigantes.com. Download the catalog from armadillomerino.com

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad. This week, it’s Armadillo Merino

High Angle Solutions – Helix Tactical Revolver & Twin Rigs

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

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The Revolver Rig and Twin Rig brings industrial strength and performance to our innovative pulley-wheel connector combo to give an incredibly versatile connector that can be used in any running rope system to increase efficiency.

The Revolver Rig and Twin Rig come into their own when flexibility and efficiency are paramount, and will excel in improvised rescues, compact mechanical
advantage systems and reducing friction in rigging featuring ropes.

> Large sheave tread diameter for large rope bend radius
> High efficiency roller bearings
> Compatible carabiner shape connects to many anchors and components
> Removal captive bar helps maintain correct configuration

For more information please contact jillian@dmmwales.com Download the catalogue from our website helixtactical.com For UK sales please contact Brigantes via tribe@brigantes.com

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad. This week, it’s Helix Tactical.

High Angle Solutions – Optimus Polaris Optifuel

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

We raised the standards so high with this versatile, award-winning stove that the Man in the Moon wants one. He can’t, but you’ll rejoice in this multitalented stove that takes nearly any fuel* you want to give it to make sure you have a warm meal … anytime, anywhere, any weather. You get superior, reliable, one-jet cooking performance with no fiddling to change nozzles or attachments. When using LP Gas canisters, just flip between 4 Season Mode in cold temps and the Efficiency Mode for other use. Need a little stove scrub? Shazam! With the integrated magnetic cleaning needle, you can do that too, even while cooking. Plus, get end-of-day yum in the tum quickly with the patented quick-priming burner.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

ORWM 18 – The Unbreakable Shovel From DMOS Collective

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Although DMOS Collective offers several versions of their Unbreakable Shovel, I’m going to talk about the Stealth model. Manufactured from T6 6061 aluminum, it 3.3lbs.

Above is what it looks like in storage configuration (18″ x 9″ x 2.5″). Below, you see it fully deployed.

The handle telescopes for storage as well as allowing the user to select the proper length (up to 56″) for the job. Additionally, although this image shows a T handle, they also offer a D handle.

They designed it as a snow Shovel but I think it will handle lots of jobs.

dmoscollective.com/collections

High Angle Solutions – Kick Ass Socks from Armadillo Merino

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

When your feet experience blisters or fungal infections, it adds one more layer of misery and that is why good socks are so important. Armadillo Merino® are better known for their 100% merino wool next-to-skin garments. This winter, Armadillo Merino® have redesigned their Stamina Boot Sock and Heavy Boot Sock and introduced the Epic Boot Sock.

Armadillo Merino® specializes in next-to-skin merino wool garments and importantly socks. The advantages of merino wool socks include no melt or drip, no smell, and their ability to keep your feet warm even when wet. What is not so well known is that wool can absorb up to 30% of it’s weight in moisture without feeling wet leaving your feet drier and less prone to blistering. They are also highly effective in the jungle due to their natural anti-bacterial and fungal resisting properties.

The Stamina Boot Sock, Heavy Boot Socks and Epic Socks have been lengthened to now be coming up to just under the knee. This change was based on user feedback and requests for a longer sock for increased comfort in higher boots, added warmth and additional leg protection. The added length enables the top of the sock to be rolled back over the top of the boot for jungle use. This helps prevent those nasty little jungle creatures from crawling down between your sock and the boot.

Heavy Boot sock – This sock is designed for extreme cold. It has big loft. The inside has a heavy terry loop knit for greater warmth and increased foot protection.


It is constructed from:
– 71 % Merino Wool, 18% Nylon, 8% Acrylic, 3% Elastane
– Length: Knee height
– Intended use: Extreme Cold Conditions, polar and alpine regions

Stamina Boot Sock is the everyday boot sock with padding across the sole of the foot and up the ankle with a lighter padding used to protect the shin.

– 61 % Merino Wool, 16% Nylon, 16% Elastane, 7% Acrylic
– Length: Knee height
– Use: Every day boot sock

Epic Sock was developed specifically for the jungle use. By using a finer gauge machine to make the sock, it is a lighter sock, but still maintains a high percentage of merino wool to provide all the natural performance properties of merino wool.


Key features:
– 75% Merino wool, 15% Polyamide, 10% Elastane
– Length: Knee height
– Intended use: Jungle conditions and high top boot use

Military supplies of Armadillo Merino® kick ass socks are available through Brigantes.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad. This week, it’s Armadillo.

Fimbulvetr Presents Lightweight and Heavy Duty News at this Year’s Outdoor Retailer

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The Norwegian brand Fimbulvetr continues its revolutionary path to change the snowshoe category. At Outdoor Retailer in January 2018, the company is introducing 3 major upgrades to their product portfolio.

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1. New model TRAILR: Smaller size for mobility and pace
Fimbulvetr TRAILR has been designed and tested over the last 12 months, based on the same premium qualities as every Fimbulvetr snowshoe. The concept came to life after feedback from users in USA and Canada, requesting the unique Fimbulvetr experience on a smaller snowshoe. The result is the slimmest Fimbulvetr model ever, optimized for mobility and speed, on and off the tracks.

2. Launching the A-Series and X-Series
In 2018/19 all Fimbulvetr snowshoes will be available in two sets of technical specifications – the A- Series and the X-Series.
A-Series: Lightweight performance
The A-Series provides a full Fimbulvetr experience, focusing on lightness and flexibility. They come with a new crampon and heel-lifts design, in a super strong and innovative material; Grilamid®. At a lower selling price, the Fimbulvetr brand is now accessible to a wider crowd of outdoors people.
X-Series: Heavy duty impact
The X-series signifies the extreme version of each Fimbulvetr model. At a premium price, they are configured for the most progressive and aggressive use. The snowshoe is produced in a slightly stiffer compound, and includes AISI 316 stainless steel crampons and heel-lifts.

3. The brand new Hugin Binding. An ultimate upgrade for current snowshoes, and available on all new models.
The Hugin Binding is a fully redesigned version of the original Fimbulvetr binding, for ease of use and stability. Straps and buckles are swapped for an efficient lace and lock system. The lacing provides tight, even pressure and support around the foot, kept in place by an intuitive and roust locking mechanism.

http://www.fimbulvetr.no

High Angle Solutions – Nordisk

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

World’s lightest two man tent

With a race weight of a mere 490 grams Lofoten is probably the lightest tent in the world – and with a pack size of only 11×22 cm it is definitely the smallest when packed! Tipping the scale for a fully functional two-layer tent the bar has once again been pushed for light weight enthusiasts.

For the modern trekker or adventurer the gear you bring along needs to be small, light – and fully functional. The new ultralight weight Lofoten tent from Nordisk meets all of those demands.

Lofoten is a complete two-layer tent with both durable and weather resistant flysheet and a breathable inner tent. The race weight is 490 grams but the complete weight including the bonus pack is 565 grams.

brigantes.com/brands

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.