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C2R Fast – Multifunction Kit

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

British kit producer C2R Fast was tasked with a customer to provide to provide several capabilities. In particular, they wanted a set of three things – lightweight shelter, thermal blanket and an air marker panel.  After some deliberation, C2R Fast decided to combine all three into one product.

Lightweight ripstop Multicam on the outer and ripstop nylon on the reverse with a thermal layer in between, this is able to fold up nice and small but can be used as a marker panel, is long enough to become a lightweight survival sleeping bag, and with tabs and loops in the right places, as a lightweight shelter.

Once you get your hands on a multifunction item like this, its use is only limited by the imagination.

Warrior West – NEMO Equipment Tetrapod SE Jungle Hammock

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The new Tetrapod SE Jungle Hammock is made from an Alpha Green siliconized fabric body and incorprates an integral bug net. The rain fly is made from Lightweight PU coated ripstop. interstingly, the patterning allows you to sleep flat on the diagonal.

Hammock weight – 15.4 oz
Straps weight – 2.2 oz
Fly weight – 6.8 oz

Snugpak – Quart System

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015


The Quart System is the latest sleep system from Snugpak. Combining the Softie 3 Merlin and the TS-1 Liner and Bivvi Bag, it functions as a one or two season sleeping bag, capable of comfort in temperatures from 32°F to 23°F.

The Quart System features a waterproof housing built into the compression stuff sack. This keeps the bivvi separate after use in case it is wet, keeping the sleeping bag and liner dry. The Quart System weighs only 58oz and compresses down to a 7″ x 11″ pack size.


Zyon Systems

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Zyon Systems is an emergency preparedness company started by a former Federal LEO and Wilderness Ranger. Zyon offers “professional caliber configured emergency kits” for LEOs, aid workers, and private citizens.


Configurations offered by Zyon utilize products from companies such as Leatherman, CamelBak, Snugpak, and MSR, among many others. The Patrol Pack, for example, is a pack intended for use with First Responders in rural environments. It is based around a CamelBak H.A.W.G, and comes with essential equipment, including food and water storage for an entire shift or operation. Items that come in the kit includes: a Leatherman Wave Multitool, Fenix HL55 headlamp, additional CR123 and AA batteries, Adventure Medical Kits TraumaPak and first aid kit, S.O.L. Scout Survival Kit, water purification tablets, a Snugpak Enhanced Patrol Poncho, Mechanix Wear gloves, Camcon face camo, and more.

In addition to their pre-assembled packages, Zyon Systems also offers the following services:

- They will replace any “consumable item” like batteries, food, toiletries etc. that come from one of their packages, if they are used on a real world service call, operation, or emergency. They do require the end user pays the shipping cost, however the item itself is replaced at no additional charge.

- Packs can be sent with all packaging removed so the full kits are ready for deployment right out of the box when they arrive.

- They are capable of fulfilling custom orders, and will have a DUNS number for Government contracts shortly.

- They are offering a “community aid kit” at our wholesale cost to encourage people to prepare to help their community if need be.

- They have a ‘field journal’ section where reports on real world testing of gear is posted. Recent reviews include the Hill People Gear Mountain Serape and back country wood stoves.

You can check out all Zyon Systems has to offer at

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.