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Quantico Tactical Now Stocking The DRASH

Friday, January 30th, 2015

DRASH 440 Wide SSD

Quantico Tactical® to Represent DRASH Shelter Systems
Company Assumes Role as Exclusive Replacement Parts Provider

January 28, 2015 Aberdeen, NC — Quantico Tactical, a leading supplier of Special Operational Equipment, has finalized an agreement with DHS Technologies to sell its DRASH shelter systems and repair parts to military units and federal agencies around the world. Additionally, Quantico Tactical will be stocking the most frequently used repair parts. “We will use our showrooms located near major military bases to showcase DRASH products and leverage our warehouse/distribution centers to stock and rapidly ship urgently-needed replacement parts. Additionally, customers will be able to walk into our stores located near Ft Bragg, Ft Campbell, Ft Riley, Ft Hood, Ft Lewis, Northern VA and Camp Pendleton to buy frequently-needed parts over the counter,” said David Hensley, CEO of Quantico Tactical. “Our sales team and customer service representatives will take care of both pre and post-sale needs.”

Quantico Tactical will sell DRASH shelter systems and replacement parts from its seven retail showrooms, through its inside and outside sale forces, and via government contracts. All DRASH items can be sourced through Quantico Tactical’s Defense Logistics Agency Tailored Logistic Support Program for Special Operational Equipment (TLS-SOE) contract. The DLA TLS-SOE program is an easy to use program which allows military customers to buy off the shelf equipment with MIPR or MILSTRIP while ensuring the lowest price possible to military customers.

SHOT Show – IWOM Outerwear

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Designed for sitting or standing, the Hunting Parka System is a camouflage snuggy. It combines a brushed tricot (for stealth) wind and waterproof outer layer with Thinsulate insulation mid-layer along with a micro fleece inner layer that incorporates SmartSilver antimicrobial.


The system can be stuffed into a bag for travel and storage and worn as a parka complete with hood, integrated facemask and sleeves. A removable long insulated tail protects the legs for periods of inactivity.

Big Agnes – Chair One in Blue Tiger Camo

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This is my OR Winter Market alibi. I ran across this Blue Tiger Camo version of the Chair One and wanted to buy one before I told you about them. Unfortunately, they are sold out, but still very cool in my opinion.


I’ve got an OD version of this 1.9 lbs, folding camping chair and love it. Hopefully, they’ll get more in stock.

TYR Tactical Tuesday – Huron Split Hand Warmer

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


Last month I visited TYR Tactical and as we went over their new Huron Tactical Clothing and Equipment line several items caught my eye including this Split Hand Warmer. There are a lot of hand warmers out there but this one zips apart into two pieces allowing you new configuration options. It’s really up to your imagination.


It can be easily attached to your Brokos Belt, Plate Carrier or worn via adjustable Waist Strap. The split hand warmer also includes two front zipper pockets for storing reusable disk-activated hand warmers.

HRN-HW002 Center Zipper 2

Construction and Features:
-Heavy Duty #10 Separating Zipper
-Adjustable Cinched Wrist Opening
-Side Buckle Conversation Kit
-Water Repellent Treated 2-Way Stretch Material Shell
-Insulated with 6oz PrimaLoft which is Thermally Efficient along with Superior Water Resistance, Fast Drying, Lightweight and Breathable, Compresses well and offers Wind Resistance
-Polartec Wind Pro offers four Times More Wind Resistance than Traditional Fleece along with Exceptional Durability

Shown attached to the TYR Tactical Brokos Belt – Jungle (available separately). The Huron Split Hand Warmer attaches to any style Brokos Belt via side buckle conversion kit (Figure A). It can be used individually (Figure B) or in its assembled configuration (Figure C).

Currently only available in MultiCam (more colors to come in 2015)

Moutain Hardwear – Hunker 1 Tent – Available Exclusively from SKD Tactical

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Hunker Tent

Originally developed for NSW Sniper/Observer teams, the Hunker 1 is a single-person tent manufactured by Mountain Hardwear. SKD Tactical managed to get a hold of the remaining stock and is currently the exclusive seller of the Hunker 1 to the general public. A 4-season expedition tent, the Hunker 1 has a floor dimension of 91.5″ x 48″ with a floor area of 24 sq ft, a peak interior height of 28.5″, and a vestibule area of 15 sq ft. The Hunker 1 has a minimum weight of 4 lbs. 15 oz. and a stuffed size of 23″ x 7″. It comes in the military-specific Coyote colorway, and is manufactured in the USA to meet Berry Amendment standards.

Four Roles Over Garment by r3adventures

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I love to find products developed by someone who had a need. With a design refined over the past eight years, the Four Roles Over Garment (FROG) is the brainchild of Dan Sparks, an Army and FBI veteran who was looking for a multi-purpose garment.


The name FROG came about because it can be used for these four purposes:

Sleeping bag

In the right environmental conditions, It can be worn all of the time, even while driving, which can be very handy for those who are exposed to the elements while in transit. This is possible thanks to the large #10 side zips which give lots of mobility for your arms including operating machinery and using weapons.


The full front zips make for easy donning and doffing as well as ventilation. You can also open it to access any gear that you wear under FROG. There is also an integrated, oversized hood as well as internal hand warmer pocket.


Shown below is the jacket component by itself. As you can see, it’s sized quite generously and can fit over your kit. For additional camouflage, you can drape a Ghillie over it.


There is a waist cinch so that you can tighten the FROG or hike it up a bit. While it looks long with the incorporated extension panel, it is built with enough room that you can take full strides and maneuver over rocks and logs.


The modular design is really cool. The extension panel can be removed based on weather and features grommets for use as a sleeping pad or shelter.


The extension panel can be zipped open to form a shelter or remain closed and crawled into sleeping bag style.


There have been instances where one FROG has been shared between two users with one wrapping up in the jacket portion and the other using the extension panel to keep warm.


The FROG is manufactured by Wiggy’s and insulated with Lamilite. This is a silicone treated continuous filament insulation that can be washed at home in your machine. Lamilite does a great job of regaining its loft even when vacuum packed. While Dan didn’t give me a specific temperature rating for the FROG, another user released that he had used his in wet conditions below 40 Deg F and remained comfortable.


The FROG comes standard in MultiCam but can also be had in a variety of other colors and patterns including OD Green, Black, Coyote, Royal Blue, Purple, MARPAT and even UCP.

Bungees and 550 cord not supplied but it does come with a stuff sack.

Sneak Peek – The Helio Mat from NEMO Equipment

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The Helio Mat from NEMO Equipment made its debut during August’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. This companion to the popular Helio Shower will be available early 2015.


Snugpak Now Offering Ionosphere And Scorpion 2 In Coyote Tan

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Snugpak is now offering their Ionosphere and Scorpion 2 tents in Coyote Tan. Both the Ionosphere and Scorpion 2 both use 5000mm PU material for th efly and flooring, along with DAC Featherlite NSL poles made from TH72M anodized aluminum with pressfit connectors.

Shared features:
• Flysheet is a lightweight 210t Polyester RipStop with a 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating
• Inner Tent constructed of 190t Nylon with 50D Polyester No-See-Um-Mesh
• DAC Featherlite NSL anodized poles with pressfit connectors
• All DAC Poles are made from TH72M aluminum
• All seams are taped sealed
• Repair Kit included


The Ionosphere is a compact and lightweight 1-person tent with a streamlined low profile design. An included full mosquito net inner can be set up and used on its own, or added to the fly when weather turns bad.

• 1 Doors
• Alloy Stakes (14 + 2 Spare Stakes)
• Available in Olive and Coyote Tan
• Pack Weight 3.34 lbs. (Fly, Inner Tent, Poles, Stakes, Repair Kit & Carry Case)
• Pack size 17”L x 5.25”D inches

Scorpion 2

The Scorpion 2 features a unique Fly-First Pitch Type Design, allowing one to pitch the fly and then attach the inner tent. This means the fly can be set up independently as a shelter.

• 1 Door & 3 Vents
• Alloy Stakes (14 + 2 Spare Stakes)
• Available in Olive and Coyote Tan
• Pack Weight 5.83 lbs. (Fly, Inner Tent, Poles, Stakes, Repair Kit & Carry Case)
• Pack size 17”L x 7.5”D inches

Litefighter – CataMount 2

Friday, September 12th, 2014


Litefighter’s Catamount 2 is a two-person, cold weather combat tent originally designed for Special Forces units who requested a highly stable, backpackable tent for changing mountain weather conditions. The Catamount 2 has the following features:

  • Exoskeleton Design w/ Simple Two-step Assembly/Disassembly
  • Extra waterproofing On Tub Floor And Rainfly Cover w/ Heat-Sealed Taped Seams
  • Spider-Hub Pole Frame System Combined With Wind-Breaker™ End Poles
  • Double Walled Ventilation Design W/ Rainfly Storm Vents To Maximize Airflow
  • X-large Dual Rainfly Vestibule Doors For Easy Access And Equipment Storage
  • Lightweight And Packs Easily Into Military Rucksacks
  • Inner Tent Can Be Removed To Make An Ultra-Lightweight Mountain Hooch
  • The CataMount 2 is available in Coyote Tan 499, Kryptek Highlander, and MultiCam.

    OR Summer Market – Brooks Range

    Monday, August 11th, 2014

    I’ve mentioned the Brooks Range Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag in the past but it remains one of the simplest, yet effective items out there.


    Designed to work in concert with a parka, the Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag covers your feet to offer full, to-toe coverage. It weighs 18 oz and is filled with 8.5oz of 850+ DownTek treated goose down for waterproofness. The 20D shell incorporates a foot box lined with 40D nylon for abrasion resistance yet maintaining minimal weight.