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Something Wicked Cool This Way Comes – Get Ready for the MultiCam Force 10 Pants from Triple Aught Design

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Hold on to your wallets ladies and gentlemen, it’s happening. Triple Aught Design is poised to launch the MultiCam version of the Force 10 pant we told you about during last month’s Blade Show.

  

Made from genuine MultiCam print 50/50 NYCO fabric in the classic Force 10 design.

Features:

Ample Storage: Eight pockets provide ample storage, including two hidden Passport Pockets to hold personal documents discretely. Internal pocket dividers in the cargo pockets secure spare magazines, radios, flashlights, or other gear. Pass-through slots on the cargo flaps accommodate longer items and provide access to strategically placed D-rings for dummy cording gear.

Repairable: Our Canadian tape style buttons are secured on nylon webbing with bartacks for greater staying power and we include a slotted repair button that quickly slides onto the webbing for easy repair in the field.

Versatile Design: The cargo pockets lay flat creating a streamlined look and incorporate bellowed design allowing for expanded storage space. We created a slide-through slot at the top of the pocket to allow for quick and easy access to linear shaped items like a long flashlight or ruler.

Added Protection: Inserts at the knees accommodate T-Pro Armor Pads for increased protection and less strain on your body.

These launch tomorrow, Thursday, 20150702, at 0900 Pacific. Just in time for Independence Day. They’ll be available then, on the Force 10 page. TAD hasn’t offered MutiCam in years so please note that the pricing of the MultiCam pants will be $140. This is a bit higher than the solid colors and that’s due to material costs. Shipping starts Wednesday, 20150708.

store.tripleaughtdesign.com/Force-10-RS-Cargo-Pant

O P Tactical has Mayflower Kit in Multicam Tropic in Stock

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

  

O P Tactical has Mayflower Multicam Tropic Assault Plate Carriers, UW Gen IV Chest Rigs, Pusher Chest Rigs, and Placards with matching webbing in stock now. This is a limited run so get some while you can!

www.optactical.com

All Your MultiCam Are Belong To Us

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

  

www.aresgear.com

Kyle Defoor Joins Team MultiCam

Monday, June 15th, 2015

We received this unanticipated announcement from Crye Precision regarding our friend Kyle Defoor who is joining Team MultiCam. This is obviously a big deal for Kyle who has been working hard at his training business but it’s also major news from the MultiCam brand because it indicates an expansion into additional shooting sports sponsored athletes.

  
We cannot be more thrilled to announce that Kyle Defoor is officially on Team MultiCam. He has been a long time friend and it only made sense to cement the relationship. Kyle is one of the premiere firearms instructors for military, law enforcement, and civilians specializing in pistol, carbine, sniper and CQB. The bulk of his expertise was honed during his military service as a special operations member. Kyle exemplifies professionalism both as a shooter and as an instructor. Though the majority of his training instruction is done with the military, his open enrollment classes are focused on building a student’s base knowledge with a firearm and taking them to the next level. Kyle not only believes in improving a shooter’s accuracy, but also their mindset. Kyle is also a very accomplished climber, ultra runner and he’s passionate about motorcycles and the outdoors.

Congrats to all involved! Maybe now we can see you update that camo, Kyle!

multicampattern.com/tag/kyle-defoor

You Know You Want It

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

  

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for a short run of Mayflower Kit in MultiCam Tropic.

Blade Show 2015 – MultiCam Is Coming Back to Triple Aught Design

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Two big surprises for me this Blade Show.  First, Triple Aught Design is exhibiting for the first time.  As I looked around their booth, out of the corner of my eye I spotted some MultCam which led to my second surprise.

 
For years, TAD fans have been asking for them to bring back MultiCam.  They are doing it, in limited runs, in three pant styles.  First up will be the Force 10s seen here followed by two as-yet-unnamed models.  Keep your eyes peeled and your credit card ready and be prepared to mash that ‘F5′ button.

www.tripleaughtdesign.com
 

Tactical Distributors Introduces Limited Edition SOL TRACKS V8 Headphones in MultiCam

Friday, May 29th, 2015

TD is excited to announce our collaboration between Crye Precision, Multicam and Sol Republic to bring you this limited edition headphone. These SOL REPUBLIC Tracks V8 On-Ear Headphones feature an exclusive MultiCam FlexTech™ headband.

TD-SOL-Multical-IG

-Exclusive MultiCam headband is a collaboration between Tactical Distributors, SOL REPUBLIC, and Crye Precision
-V8 HD Sound Engines deliver deep base thumps and soaring distinct highs
-Virtually indestructible FlexTech™ headbands
-Inline microphone and volume control (for Apple devices)
-SonicSoft™ on-ear speaker pads
-Interchangeable headbands
-1,000 day warranty on Headbands, 1-year warranty on Sound Engines and cables

Get yours at www.tacticaldistributors.com/products/sol-tracks-v8-headphones-multicam-tactical-distributors-x-sol-x-crye-limited-edition.

Army Combat Shirt Type II

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

  

The US Army is fielding an updated version of the Army Combat Shirt called the Type II (still in OEF-CP). The ACS Type II has a narrower torso to accommodate the SPC which requires the shirt to offer more camo coverage on the yoke, chest, and sides. Massif is selling an ACS Type II, with slight fit modifications, but the same camo/solid configuration as the Army’s. As you can see it also incorporates a zippered, polo-style collar.

  
www.massif.com/military/combat-shirts/armycombatshirttypeii

And Then There’s This – Ft Leonard Wood Seeks Instructor Uniforms in Crye Precision MultiCam Tropic

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Fort Leonard Wood recently released a Sources Sought Notice on FedBizOpps seeking info regarding Crye Precision Field Uniforms in the MultiCam Tropic pattern. They are intended for use by “Instructors” but considering the number of schoolhouses located at Leonard Wood, your guess is as good as mine as to who is the actual user.

  

Two things make this interesting. First off, the calling out of the Crye Precision field uniform by name and salient characteriatics to avoid being offered a different item. The second is the pattern. The Army’s bookend tests to find suitable Desert and Woodland patterns to complememt OCP (Scorpion W2) have so far only resulted in an inconclusive interim test report. While M81 woodland remains in limited use for SOF personnel as well as at Hawaii’s Jungle School, supplies are limited. MARSOC did purchase M81 Woodland Combat Uniforms manufactured by DriFire but these did not include a Field Shirt. Regardless, someone at Ft Leonard Wood is insisting on the Crye garment in the Crye pattern and that’s interesting.

US Army OCP Transition Update

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Over the weekend, I got a look at a draft ALARACT (All Army Action) message for the transition to the Operational Camouflage Pattern Army Combat Uniform Ensemble. I’m not going to publish the actual document because it’s not yet released, but rather will share some of the information contained in the draft. The very fact that there is a draft G1/G4 message floating around tells me that they are getting close to releasing it. However, as you’ll see later in the story, the timeline unfortunately continues to slip to the right from initial estimates last year.

This first piece of information is very important. The Army has gotten hip to the fact that there could be confusion if OCP denotes two different patterns so they have gone back to referring to MultiCam as Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OEF-CP), at least as far as AR 670-1 goes. Scorpion W2 will continue to be referred to as OCP. Either way, it remains sticky. The draft ALARACT informs that FRACUs as well as other OCIE such as MOLLE and Gen III ECWCS will continue to be issued in OEF-CP until supplies are exhausted, which will be quite awhile. According to acquisition professionals, the planned phase-in of TA-50 in OCP is on the order of a decade. Bottom line on this? Expect confusion to reign. Based on the most recent transition time lines I’ve seen; UCP, OEF-CP and OCP will all be worn simultaneously for several years to come.

Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond Odierno acknowledged this protracted transitional period during a recent virtual town hall meeting at Fort Hood where he explained, “You’ll start to see new gear available that’ll match the new design over time. The issued items will be brought in over a period of time.”

One of the main reasons the Army has chosen to split the two OCP variants up is for uniformity’s sake. There is definite concern that Soldiers will mix and match OEF-CP and OCP uniform components if they are referred to by the same name and the draft ALARACT declares the crossing of the streams as forbidden. You’ll be able to wear OEF-CP or OCP but you won’t mix and match ensemble components between the two.

The OCP ACU ensemble (remember, the ACU won’t change names, just patterns and a few features) consists of:
Coat
Trousers
Undershirt, Coyote
Belt, Rigger (Coyote)
Socks, Tan, Green or Black, Cushion Sole
Boots, Combat, Coyote Leather
Headgear

Until sufficient stocks exist of the Coyote Undershirt and Rigger Belt, you’ll be able to wear the old Tan Undershirt and Rigger Belt from the UCP ACU with the OEF-CP/OCP (FR)ACU. However, the items must be of the same color and the new Coyote versions may not be worn with the old UCP ACU so a bit of planning ahead is required if you want to still wear the UCP ACU up until the wear out date. The same goes for the boots. Legacy Tan boots are forward compatible but the Coyote models are not backward compatible to UCP.

3 patterns

(L-R UCP, OEF-CP and OCP. These images are not colored corrected.)

According to the draft ALARACT as it stands right now, you’ll be able to wear any of the three patterned uniforms during the transition period. That’s right boys and girls, it appears the Army plans to allow you to wear your RFI issued FRACUs in OEF-CP aka MultiCam. However, commanders may designate one uniform or another for specific functions. Additionally, you can’t mix and match components (except as already noted) and any sew on badges or insignia must match the uniform they are worn on. And don’t forget, your hat must also match the uniform it is worn with.

The Army realizes there will be times when you’ll end up mixing patterns such as in the case of OCIE items like rain suits and cold weather clothing. In this case, you’ll be required to use a full, matching set of the accessory garment. This is also going to be an issue with other TA-50 such as helmet covers, armor vests and MOLLE. Just make sure all of the accessories match one another and the basic uniform ensemble matches itself. For example, you may be wearing a OEF-CP FRACU along with a UCP FREE overgarment. Likewise, all of your MOLLE components should be the same pattern. This is much of a challenge for the CIF as it is for you.

About a year ago, I posted an article about the mixing and matching of patterns during the UCP transition and shared this photo of then CSA Pete Schoomaker. It’s going to happen again. Yes, some leaders will freak out but not much can be done about it until the transition is complete. Like it or not, OCP remains OCP no matter what they decide to call it.

Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker awards Vancouver, WA resident Cpl. Patrick Eldred, Company B, 2nd of the 162 Infantry, 39th Brigade Combat Team the Bronze Star with (V) device during a ceremony on Camp Taji, Dec 26. (US Army Photo by Cpl Benjamin Cossel, 122nd MPAD)

The draft ALARACT specifies the following mandatory wear out / possession dates:

Wear out date for UCP ACU: 30 SEP 2019
Possession date for OCP ACU: 1 OCT 2019

Notice there is no wear out date for OEF-CP clothing. That’s because it is TA-50 and will be replaced when it’s replaced.

The draft ALARACT also contains dates when the new ensemble will be available to different groups within the Army:

Army Military Clothing Sales Stores – 4QFY15
Clothing Initial Issue Points for Initial Entry Soldiers – 2QFY16
Drill Sergeants and AIT Platoon Sergeants (Supplemental Issue) – 15 Feb 2016 specifically
ARNG, USAR and Senior ROTC through the Clothing Central Distribution Facility – 4QFY16

Remember, this is a draft document so most anything in it is subject to change up until it’s actually published. However, I expect most everything to remain the same with perhaps some additional wear guidance regarding the OEF-CP uniforms. Once again, I can’t emphasize enough that this is draft guidance and won’t be implemented until the Army publishes it and an as of yet undetermined time.

On a final note, the draft ALARACT does not mention bookend patterns nor the OCIE overdye plan and I have no additional new information on either of those.