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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015


AttackPAK is a Colorado-based company which specializes in a modular belt and pack system with a rigid frame.


The backbone of the AttackPAK system is the belt and frame. The belts feature multiple rows of PALS webbing, and readily function as stand-alone battle belts. These can be further customized with alternative buckles, and the belt covers can be switched out for covers with different loadouts, utilizing a single base belt. The frames are made from ABS plastic, and come in a multitude of sizes for end-user comfort and function. The frames slip into the rear of the belts, upon which all compatible packs can be mounted. As a bonus, the patented design allows the pack and frame to separate from the belt without removing the later, for quickly lightening the load.


AttackPAK offers multiple mountaineering and tactical packs. Seen here is the Transporter Pack, a 3000 cu. in. pack with accommodations for 3 hydration bladders, a cavernous main compartment, and a weight of under 2 lbs unloaded.


Tying in with the concept of modularity, here you can see the MOLLE Frame Cover being used to mount a Pelican case directly to the frame. Additionally, the ‘Balanced Load’ design transfers weight to the hips on all loads attached to the frame and belt system, insuring comfort over long periods of time and with heavy loads.

AttackPAK products come in standard tactical color options, including Black, Coyote Brown, and MultiCam.

Platatac – MAC ALICE Pack

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The MAC ALICE Pack is the latest addition to the Platatac pack family. Designed with end user feedback, trialled and adjusted over the last 12 months. Offered currently in Ranger Green.


-10 external pockets
-Top and bottom zip pockets
-5 mesh internal zip pockets
-109L- 6657 cubic inches
-Internal compartment divider
-Elasticised lid
-2x interal radio cradles/misc storage
-2.96 kgs
-ITW nexus hardware
-YKK Zips

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


Pack Man

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

I’ve heard Natick’s Rich Landry called quite a few things over the years but never “Pack Man.”


A former Pathfinder in the 82nd, Landry actually completed Jumpmaster school as a civilian on jump status at Natick. He’s dedicated his life to supporting the troops and chances are good that if you’ve served over the past 30 years, you’ve used a piece of GI load carriage equipment that Landry has either designed outright or helped develop.


The new MOLLE 4000 is the cover story for ‘NSSC This Month’. Check it out at

215 Gear – Range Bag, Padded

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Padded Range Bag, Long Side Inside

215 Gear’s new Range Bag, Padded is designed as a full-featured, padded transport system for pistols, magazines, and equipment. Made of 1000D Cordura, the bags also feature 3/8″ thick foam padding on all sides. Full PALS webbing grids on the exterior of the bag allow for additional storage and organization.

Padded Range Bag, Inside Main

The main interior compartment is 20″ x 8″ x 8″. The side interior compartment panels and full-length exterior zippered pocket are lined with Velcro loop for further customization. Two additional 8″ x 8″ zippered pockets are featured on the exterior of the bag. The included carry strap is padded for comfort.

Available in Black, Coyote, and MultiCam. Made in the USA.

Padded Range Bag, Short Side

Additionally, 215 Gear has extended a special offer to SSD readers. Use promo code SSDReaders to receive a color matched Padded Pistol Sleeve at no additional charge. The code can be entered at the comments section on the order page. This offer ends Monday, February 16th at 0900 EST.

Botach Tactical – Kley-Zion Discreet Compact Weapons Case

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Discreet Compact Weapons Case

Botach Tactical’s Kley-Zion Discreet Compact Weapons Case is a weapon carrying case made from 1000D Cordura nylon. It is designed to carry up to a 16″ AR-15 in two pieces, a fully-assembled 10″ AR-15, an MP5 with A2 full stock, and other similar sized weapons. It can hold up to sixteen 30-round AR-15 magazines, or 32 MP5 magazines within the main compartment, which is divided into three separate padded sections.

Discreet Compact Weapons Bag 2

The Discreet Compact Weapons Case comes equipped with a MilSpec webbing carrying case, heavy duty zipper, and a system of 16 D-rings, allowing for additional customization. The exterior of the bag also features carry handles, and a large Velcro loop panel for ID or morale patches.

Discreet Compact Weapons Case 3

100% made in the USA.

US Army Developing Parachutist Rucksack

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Meet the MOLLE 4000. Developed by Natick Soldier Systems Center to satisfy a requirement for an airborne rucksack for the 82nd Airborne Division, it enters safety certification next month. Lead developer Rich Landry is a Veteran of the 82nd and has been instrumental in work on several airborne items over the years.


To create the MOLLE 4000, Landry combined the short MOLLE frame adopted by the Marine Corps but originally developed for Army paratroopers and created a new 4000 cu in bag for it. He also envisioned a new, removable single point release. This was the critical piece. Until now, you either rigged your pack with the Harness, Single Point Release, which is a separate item, prone to loss after a jump or you carried a pack with sewn-in air items. The latter option results in increased cost per pack and you are stuck lugging around the extra weigh whether you are jumping or not. Additionally, such specialty packs aren’t appropriate for issue to other forces due to that additional cost and weight. Instead, Landry has come up with a hybrid solution which quickly attaches and detaches from the pack. This saves both rigging time and weight, once he gets on the ground, for the paratrooper.

Bob Reinert of the Natick Public Affairs Office wrote a great story on the project. It’s definitely worth a read.

Wild Things – Guide Light Pack

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Yesterday, I had the chance to sit in with the ADS Inc Army team for some new product training at Academi in Moyock, NC. One of the vendors was Wild Things Tactical and they introduced a new top loader called the Guide Light. It weighs just 17 oz.


It’s a minimalist pack (26 l) made from waterproof material (200 psi) normally used as sail cloth and with bound seams to keep them as waterproof as possible without full seam sealing. There is very limited daisy chain along the back of the pack but overall it is a very slick design.


This frameless model incorporates a padded, internal sheet. There are padded shoulder straps but no waist belt. Additionally, there is a central haul loop located at the top of the pack, between the shoulder straps. The single compartment top loader has a spindrift and drawstring. The bag also features a pass through for Comms cables or hydration although there are no internal pockets.


The removable lip is held in place via SR buckles and a thin Velcro strip. The lid compartment opens via a half moon zipper and there is a small zippered pocket on the underside.

Berry compliant and available in Coyote and Black.

Available for unit and agency purchase via ADS.

SHOT Show – Outdoor Research

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

For some time now, Outdoor Research has been teasing me with news that they were going to bring some of their most popular clothing styles over to the military line with Coyote color. What they unveiled at SHOT Show were several models including this Foray Jacket in Coyote and Black.


Made from GORE-TEX PACLITE, a two layer laminate with a 50D poly shell. In addition to the flapped front zip it incorporates OR’s TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers for venting. There are two handwarmer pockets (the left doubles as stuff sack) and a single Napoleon pocket on the chest.


OR also introduced the Drycomp Summit Sack in Coyote as well. I LOVE this bag and have been Jonesing for one in an earth tone for some time. It is made from a lightweight 70D nylon and incorporates a roll top closure as well as daisy chain and ice axe loop. At either side are mesh pockets and compression straps to help manage the load. Padded mesh shoulder straps make this a great summit pack or for use on recces.

SHOT Show – Blackhawk! Diversion Wax Canvas Line of Bags

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Looks like waxed canvas is in this year. Blackhawk! has introduced a series of bags made from 10.10 oz Army Duck Martexin wax canvas. Offered in Earth and Slate colors, the Messenger, Satchel and Rucksack all incorporate hidden pistol compartments. There is also a matching accessory pouch which opens into a stretch nylon pocket for a water bottle or SSE use.




(They are already up under the what’s new category.)