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Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – The Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Lite Pants

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Since 1929, Norrona have devoted their time into making the greatest outdoor products available. Their focus is quality, function and design and Brigantes are excited to announce our UK military relationship with them.

The Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Light Pants are Norrona’s lightest water and windproof pants for the hardcore freeriders.

Developed to achieve the perfect balance between lightweight and durability, these pants have a lot of the same features as the lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Pants but are made in a lightweight wind and waterproof 80D GORE-TEX® Pro fabric. 

They have key features such as Custom-fit system™ waist adjustment, thigh ventilation with powder mesh, thigh pockets for essential gear and reinforcement on the lower leg. The cut of the pants is slightly tighter than on the Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro, but still with a fit that is customized for big mountain freeride. 

These are the ideal pants for deployments in the mountains where troops are in need of superior protection with all the critical details incl durable, lightweight, wind and waterproof garments.

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DSEI 19 – Helix Tactical

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Helix Tactical is the side of mountaineering equipment manufacturer DMM which supports military and LE customers. At DSEI they showed us the DMM Micro Pulley. It’s stats are 2-6 mm with a strengths of 15 kn mbs and 2 kn working load.

Seen above with a micro carabiner, the Micro Pulley can be used on a standard size carabiner. Additionally, the Micro Pulley can be stacked.

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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.

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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.

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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.