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Mammut Togir 3 Slide Climbing Harness

Monday, March 18th, 2019

While visiting the Mammut store in Nürnberg during my trip to IWA, I spotted the Togir 3 Slide Climbing Harness.

Its an all around harness, featuring padded waist and leg loops as well as four fixed gear loops.

At least overseas, it’s currently available in Olive.

IWA 19 – Petzl Evac System

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

During Enforce Tac we saw the new Evac System from Petzl. Based on the Exo Escape System used by the German fire service, Evac was created for use by diplomats who might need to exit structures quickly to escape fires or other threats.

The contents are contained in the Pouch seen at the top and include the EXO one-handed descender which allows the user to control the rate of descent.

Also in the is 15m of 7.5mm rope, two locking carabiners and this harness which the user steps into.

The three straps are brought together and a locking carabiner is run through the loops to hold it all together.

The second carabiner is used to anchor to a hard point in the room which needs to be evacuated. The system has been tested to 150 kg.

2019 ADS Fort Bragg Warfighter Expo – Oakley Prizm Snow

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Oakley’s Prizm lens technology is perfect for use on snow. The lack of color inhibits terrain perspective. Prizm enhances contrast for use in such conditions.

These goggles and sunglasses feature the Prizm Jade lens which is used in bright light. The White frames are standard.

Oakley SI products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Acapulka 1.35 Expedition Tour Pulk

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The ET 135 is the result of several years of R & D involving designers, builders, and experienced users. The R & D process has paid off with new Delta Wings that increase transverse stability and load capacity without significant sacrifices in friction or steering properties.  This makes the ET 135 excellent in the difficult terrain of the arctic circle during winter deployments.

With the load capacity matching sledges from 150-160 cm, it’s still easy to get the ET 135 to an expeditions launch point due to the fact that it’s a shorter pulk. It has Acapulka’s unique low friction runner system called STSR.  (Side Track Stabilizing Rail) which provides extraordinary glide with excellent side track and balance. As with all successful sledges, the ET 135 has a high rounded front section that helps it stay on top of deep snow.

The tough cover of the ET 135 is of top quality CORDURA. This makes the Acapulka ET 135 strong, water resistant and repellent, which is perfect for the harsh, unpredictable weather conditions of the Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland. What’s more the straps and D-rings holding your supplies are fastened directly to the hull of the sledge with solid rivets, not just sewn on the cover ensure kit is kept safe.

The extensive research and innovations made with all Acapulka pulks, is what makes them the complete solution to carry supplies during expeditions and winter deployments. For more information contact,

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Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Helix Tactical Poles

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Take a look at these Helix Tactical Poles. These seven section poles are a lightweight solution to urban and maritime access issues.



They are made from 3K carbon fibre and available in 4.5m and 8.5m lengths. The pole clamps are user adjustable and can be replaced if damaged. The poles have a 3K carbon finish which reduced the amount of vibration transmitted up the shaft to ensure a quiet and smooth use.



The Helix Tactical poles are compatible with REBS hooks fitted with the PIGG system, which allows the pin to be pulled and the PIGG release will let go of the pole, leaving behind a clean anchor. They are also compatible with various other hook designs which used 4-5mm rods and as each one has a conical internal bore makes “fishing” to recover the hooks much easier.

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Brigantes Presents – High Angles Solutions – Black Crows Orb Freebird Militairi Review: (with a Touring binding set up)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The Militairi ski is a great Intermediate/advanced touring ski. Within the Touring category it is an ‘all-rounder’; at 91mm underfoot it is light and manoeuvrable both up and downhill and the surface area gives enough float in soft snow. At 179cm long it is a good compromise of manoeuvrability and speed. With a turn radius of 18m it is turns quicker than your average stiffer ski.

The main differences (other than the colour) between the Militairi and standard Orb Freebird is the full titanial plate and thicker edges. The full-length plate makes the ski 5% stiffer which gives it more strength and helps military users who are carrying more weight on their backs; it should prevent bindings being ripped out of the ski. It also helps the ski punch through in changeable snow conditions. The thicker edges make the ski tougher preventing less edges being popped and gives the ski more edge tuning and longevity. 

When skied the Militairi ski has slightly more grunt than the civilian Orb Freebird, it needs to be pushed to get the most out of it; passenger skiers should treat with care.

The stiffer titanial plate on the Militairi gives it more torsional rigidity which allows it to perform well when carved on piste and gives it more pop in fresh snow. The stiffer tails should be respected, back seated skiers may find that the ski propels them forward, which can be a positive for advanced skiers but not so much for nervous beginners. The stiffer plate does make the ski more responsive on short terms and there is no chatter at high speeds like on the standard Orb Freebird. 

In summary, a ski that will please a lot of people as it punches well above its weight category in terms of downhill performance and yet is light and nimble on the uphill.

Reviewed by Ben Shephard – BASI ski instructor and ex Army Alpine Ski Racer.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Helix R2 Harness

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Choosing the right climbing harness is essential for both comfort and safety. But it can be difficult to find a comfortable and durable all-round climbing harness.

Step forward the Helix Renegade R2. Generous amounts of padding provide support and feature a mesh fabric for breathability. An internal load spreading plate gives effective lumber support and keeps the Renegade comfortable on hanging belays and long climbing days.

It features a fully adjustable waist and leg loops, which help the Renegade 2 fit over any layering system for use in all seasons. Slidelock buckles give a speedy and secure fit. A floating waist belt keeps the padding and gear loops centralised, ensuring comfort and keeping gear within easy reach.

Seven gear loops make room for even the biggest rack and are positioned to ensure gear remains easily accessible. Two Vault slots let you carry dedicated ice protection.

For long mountain trad pitches to multi day mountain epics, the Renegade 2 is a secure and comfortable all round harness.

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Arc’teryx Alpine Academy: July 4-7, 2019

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

The annual Arc’teryx Alpine Academy In Chamonix, French Alps is one of the most fantastic mountaineering clinics available. The downside? It’s during ISPO.

Over a period of four days, you’ll have access to 40 guided clinics, and more than 30 athletes. Immerse yourself into the 2019 Arc’teryx Alpine Academy, advance your mountain skills and share knowledge with like-minded people from all over the world.

It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or expert, you will learn from mountain guides and world-class athletes including Nina Caprez (climber), Will Gadd (ice climber) and Ines Papert (ice climber/alpinist), Adam Campbell (runner) and skiers Thibaud Duchosal and Stian Hagen.

This year you can chose from a set of 40 different guided clinics for all types of mountain activities, skill levels and budgets.

• Mountaineering
• Climbing, ice climbing & bouldering
• Hiking
• Trail Running
• Ski-alpinism
• Photography
• Safety

There are also several educational clinics including Glaciology & Permafrost, Flora & Fauna, Bolts & Belays or Trail Maintenance. For everyone who wants to learn about, support and give back to the mountain environment and local community.

• March 7, 2019: All clinic details online
• March 20, 2019, 15:00 CET: Registration opens…First in, first served! – Clinics usually get sold out within the day.
• April 17, 2019, 15:00 CET: 2nd Chance to register