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SPARTANAT – Gear Made in Israel – Agilite. “Our experiences come from the battlefield“

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The Israeli army is considered one of the best in the world. No wonder, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) must defend a country that is surrounded by enemies in the truest sense of the word. At the same time, Israel has a creative defense industry. In the gear sector, AGILITE is one of the most outstanding companies. We talked with Eric, who is the international salesman for Agilite and was a member of the maritime SOF unit Shayatet 13, about the “Israeli way of gear”.

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SPARTANAT: Eric, where does Agilite come from and when did you start it?

AGILITE: Agilite is an Israeli company that uses experience from IDF units to make clever and more creative solutions to make tactical gear more ergonomic. It was founded in 2006 in Tel Aviv, Israel and is a supplier to both the Israel Defense Forces and Forces worldwide.

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SPARTANAT: IDF is an army with a lot of experiences. Is there a specific Israeli way of gear?

AGILITE: Yes, The IDF was founded under fire and often had to get by with whatever bad gear they could get hold of and just make it work. Right from the start, adapting the gear to make it work better was a part of the military culture. Soldiers had to get creative to make their equipment work well enough because being too heavy or not being able to move fast enough could cost you your life.
SF units and even regular infantry battalions all set up their own in-house gear studios to adapt or design their equipment from scratch to make it work well. They say “Necessity is the mother of invention” and when there’s a direct link between soldiers coming back from nightly missions and gear designers within their units gear can be refined and refined until it’s optimal for combat. This lead to a very different gear culture to other countries.

Agilite was founded to take this clever, creative, experience-based approach to gear design and combine it with professional manufacturing and to take it worldwide to other allied forces who can benefit from this mindset and gear that works with the body, not against it.

It’s gear ideas and experience going from the battlefield to the manufacturer, not the other way around like in many places.
As time goes on, weapons, enemy tactics and types of threats change but our soldiers’ bodies remain constant so gear has to adapt to keep operators light on their feet and agile.

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SPARTANAT: What’s your favorite Agilite product?

AGILITE: My favorite Agilite product is the Axis knee pad, a product that fixed the IDF’s problem of knee pads that fall down. Axis are now the standard issue knee pad for the entire Israeli military and they are outstanding. Every operator knows what it’s like to have to pull your knee pads up from your ankles non-stop and with Axis you don’t have to do that. You put them on and forget about them. They are also great because they are very well priced to be relevant to all soldiers not just SF which is rare.

Personally I also love them because they grip wet surfaces, do not slip on boats and also don’t absorb water. which is important in naval operations. Some people are bothered by their physical appearance but anyone who tries them is instantly hooked.

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SPARTANAT: Where is Agilite also in use beside Israel?

AGILITE: Agilite equipment is in use in over thirty countries and in some of the world’s most elite special forces units. Many top tier units operate in Middle Eastern combat terrain and climates very similar to ours and so our gear is very well received. We also do a lot of custom gear that is unit-specific but obviously not all of this is for public knowledge.

Eric M is head of International sales for Agilite. He spent 5 years as an operator in Shayetet 13, Israel’s Tier 1 Naval Special Warfare Unit. Contact: eric@agilitegear.com

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The IDF’s New “Robocop” Knee Pads

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Agilite Axis™ knee pads selected as new standard issue knee pads for all combat troops.

Holon, Israel, 7th March 2017-The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced the selection of Agilite’s Axis™ tactical knee pads for standard issue to all IDF combat troops from March 2017 onwards.

A 2017 adaptation of an old industrial design, Axis’s primary advantage is that unlike regular knee pads, they do not fall down. Whilst rather unusual in appearance (they are nicknamed “Robocop Knee Pads” in Israel), they outperformed every other type of knee pads in extensive IDF trials that spanned several months.

Agilite worked with IDF SF units to perfect the design which provides over 180 degrees of polymer, hard protection as well as internal closed-cell memory foam for comfort even over extended periods. They are also exceptionally light, weighing in at just 9oz (255g).
“Anyone who has spent five minutes in the military knows that with regular knee pads you spend all your time picking them up from your ankles. You put Axis on your knees and forget about them,” said Eric M, a five year veteran of Israel’s Navy SEALS (Shayetet 13) and Head of International sales at Agilite. “The look of them takes some getting used to but they outperform every other tactical knee pad by miles” said Marks. They are also preferential over internal pant knee pads as they provide exponentially more protection, surface coverage and comfort.

The IDF was looking for a new knee pad with increased durability and performance that does not fall down in order to increase combat awareness and the Agilite Axis was selected after an extended period in IDF SOF.

Agilite is now beginning trials of the Axis knee pads in SOF groups across Europe and North America.

Axis are available in Ranger Green, Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and Black from www.agilitegear.com or authorized Agilite dealers and retail at just $32.90.

For more information about Agilite Axis™ or to become and Axis dealer contact:
eric@agilitegear.com or go to www.agilitegear.com.

Agilite Gear – Edge Hydration Pack

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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The Edge is a new 3 liter tactical hydration from Agilite Gear. It is designed to attach to virtually any modular plate carrier using Agilite’s new MOLLE Hydration Attach Straps, although it can be worn independent using Agilite’s K Series Shoulder Straps. The Edge is designed around a version of the Hydrapak Tactical Hydration Reservoir, specifically chosen by Agilite for “outstanding durability and user comfort”.

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Agilite are running a special package deal price on the full Edge Hydration set, you can get it now at a reduced price for a limited time at agilitegear.com/collections/hydration/products/edge-3l-hydration-package-deal.

The Edge is Made in Israel from mil spec materials and hardware.

Agilite Battle Element Soft Shell Now Available Wolf Grey

Friday, October 21st, 2016

The Agilite Battle Element Soft Shell is now available in Wolf Grey.

It features an under-collar rain hood, underarm zipper vents and Thumb loops.

SSD Readers get an extra 10% off it this weekend through Monday at www.agilitegear.com with the following code: SSDWOLF10.

Agilite R&R Men’s Crew

Monday, May 18th, 2015

New from Agilite is the R&R Men’s Crew.  Available in Coyote, Melange Grey and Navy Blue, sizes Small – 4XLarge. 

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Agilite Launches New Website and Battle Element Softshell Jacket

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Battle Element™ softshell jacket from Agilite is the first in their Ends of Earth series.

Developed in conjunction with elite Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Navy Operators, it was designed with the needs of special operations and extreme outdoor professionals in mind.

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Agilite has incorporated several special features into the Battle Element including the Agilite “Half-glove” that covers half the hand and helps bridge the transition area from jacket sleeve to glove. The Half-glove can also be folded inwards to form a regular sleeve if required.

Additionally, they’ve included a low profile hood, hidden under the collar to provide added rain and wind protection, yet remains completely inconspicuous when not in use.

The inside of the Battle Element is Agilite premium grade Micro-Fleece for warmth and also features twin under-arm vents for heat release during exertion and without removing combat gear or backpacks.

The Battle Element is available now for pre-order at a special, introductory price of $149.95 for a limited time only. Estimated pre-order ship date is October 5th 2014.

Available in Small – 3XLarge, in any color, as long as it’s Black.

agilitegear.com/collections/apparel/products/battle-element-soft-shell-jacket

Sneak Peek – Softshell from Agilite

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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Indiegogo – Buy Eye Protection For The Men And Women Of IDF

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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Eric Fine of The Gear Locker is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to provide ballistic and anti-shrapnel eye protection to the men and women of the IDF currently serving in Operation Protective Edge. The plan is to purchase the eyewear from Numa Eyewear, which will be facilitated by Agilite Tactical in Israel. The end goal is at least $10,000 – $85 will cover the eyewear for a single IDF service member.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/buy-eye-protection-for-the-men-and-women-of-idf