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DSEI 17 – CTOMS Packs Systems

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

CTOMS has been working on pack systems.

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What started as a Medical Pack project for CTOMS has morphed into a more generic pack which can be configured for a wide variety of applications by the user. This is the third generation of the 2nd Line pack.

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One of the efficiencies CTOMS has realized while developing packs is that they’ve gone to a standard shoulder strap and belt systems. The suspension system seen here is for wear with armor. You’ll note the enhanced lumbar support to fill the gap at the lower back along with stabilizers along the side.

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Additionally, they’ve added the capacity for a waist belt which is modular. It features both PALS webbing as well as a gear loop. There are zippers down each side of the rear panel of the pack in order to attach mission panels. They are also working on a MALICE frame retrofit for this pack.

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The next pack is the Resolute. It’s a big, boxy pack which is intended for mounting on wall systems or on aircraft for quick access to medical gear.

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It will accept the new suspension system and mission panels.

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The Assault pack (seen below) has been updated to make it compatible with the rest of the line. For instance, they added Zippers at the rear panel to accommodate mission panels. The pack itself is a mission panel and can be connected to the other packs.

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They’ve also developed the Alert pack which is a smaller version of the Assault pack and can be seen to the right in the photo below. It too will function as a mission panel.

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The D2 Bag is a second generation fanny pack. They modified the shape to offer better usage of the space. It also has a full HDPE liner which can be removed and replaced with a modlable splint. You use the pack waist belt to turn this into a waist pack for down the hoist ops.

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CTOMS has introduced their version of the tried and true M-3 tri-fold combat lifesaver bag. They removed the flap, made it larger and added Velcro so you can add tags.

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Finally, CTOMS offers a wide variety of internal organizers which can be seen mounted throughout the article.

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CTOMS At DSEI

Friday, September 8th, 2017

CTOMS will be showcasing TRACE Systems and their new modular tactical pack system at DSEI. If you’re attending they will be at the DMM/Helix Tactical Booth. High angle demonstrations will take place at the Beaver Fit tower in the adjacent booth.

ORWM – CTOMS Haul System

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

CTOMS just received their prototype double Prodigy pulleys and set them up as a Haul System to demonstrate their potential.

Progress capture can be either Prussick or QA. The QA is more efficient, but they wanted to offer the versatility. Eventually, CTOMS will formalize the setup and give it a name when they offer it as a product.

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ORWM – CTOMS

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

While most companies start out by offering commercial colored mountaineering and then add earthtones for tactical customers, CTOMS has done the opposite. Founded by Canadian SAR Tech Chris Kopp, CTOMS had tactical colored kit from the outset and has just started to introduce Orange versions of their TRACE systems for Search and Rescue work.

These two Green kits are identical except for the SOF and SAR colorways.

They have an ever expanding lone of Orange offerings, to supplement their existing line of Matte Grey and Olive Drab. Interestingly, they’ve also introduced Blue carabiners for the rope end of any devices.

They are also introducing Orange pouches for the kits.

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High Angle Solutions – CTOMS – K3 Tether

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

CTOMS K3-Sling Alternative Configuration

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Sometimes the simple products are more complex than you think. Retention lanyards are an example. CTOMS performed testing on a typical helicopter retention lanyard (brand name withheld though many brands have very similar design and construction) – the type made of 1” tubular nylon with shock cord inserted into the core. The intent of the shock cord is to slightly shorten the tether to manage its length but provide stretch to a longer length for functional range.

100kg (225 lb.) test mass

Fall Factor 1.0: 10.2kN (2293 lbf)

Fall Factor 2.0: 13.2kN (2967.5 lbf) Failed

Traditional Tether from Chris Kopp on Vimeo.

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At the same time CTOMS tested their K2-Sling adjustable retention lanyard. It is a basic design of 8mm accessory cord with sewn terminations, a connector at each end, and a 6mm sewn loop attached to the 8mm with a 4 wrap Prusik. That loop is then Cat’s Paw’d onto a quick release marine shackle. The design allows for tether length adjustment and also release from the system under load in a two part disconnect that prevent inadvertent release of a sole marine shackle attachment.

100kg (225 lb.) test mass

FF2.0: 13.5kN (3035 lbf) caught load

K2 Tether from Chris Kopp on Vimeo.

A high peak force, but at least still retained.

K2 and K3 in use

The next generation retention lanyard incorporates TRACE Systems force limiting technology. The new K3 Tether is made of 6mm TRACE Systems Rope and incorporates a Quickie Ascender (QA) for length adjustment. The long leg is 2 meters long, which means at maximum reach for most people, there will still be adequate slack to allow slippage through the device to arrest a fall. The K3 has been designed for both helicopter retention and mountaineering retention. It can be configured so that the adjustment (QA) is at the harness (usually helicopter) or at the anchor end (usually mountaineering).

The lanyard has a long leg and a short leg. The long leg is for personal retention and connection to an anchor, and when mountaineering, the short leg is to connect the rappel device to. The large loop would normally be girth hitched to the harness. When climbing with TRACE Systems, the short leg also is where the belay device would be connected providing a slight extension, which is ideal in that unique circumstance. A set of ettriers can also be hung on the tether carabiner and either as a single or a pair, is an excellent adjustable daisy chain for aid climbing.

In helicopter retention mode, the K3 would normally be flipped, connecting the adjustment end (QA) to your harness, and the “Y” end loop and short leg to a connector then to the aircraft. This ensures adjustment is always in reach.

The best part of the K3 is the soft catch of a major fall and slippage of rope through the device of under 1 meter. While the test videos are not in actual tether configuration, the adaptation is practically seamless.

100kg (225 lb.) test mass

FF2.0: 3.7kN caught load

QA Fall Factor 2 from Chris Kopp on Vimeo.

Drop tests on actual tethers are planned soon and once all is good and verified, the K3 will become commercially available.

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High Angle Solutions is a weekly feature by DMM, CTOMS, and Atlas Devices.

High Angle Solutions – CTOMS – T2-Harness

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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We set out to solve the problem of wearing a chest or full body harness that incorporates into an armor plate carrier system. Typically a system like this would either go under the armor, making the high attachment point exit from behind the plate getting into the face of the wearer. The other more common option if for a system to go over top of the plate carrier and all the attached pouches. The problem with that is that it makes the pouches less accessible and when loaded can crush the content. Not ideal for things like first aid kits and even pressing the PTT switch on a radio.

We designed the T2-Harness to seamlessly integrate into a plate carrier. The webbing runs through the MOLLE in front of the armor, but behind any mounted pouches thus solving the two major problems. The T2 must be used in conjunction with either an M2 or G2 Harness (sold separately) as the only tested and compatible seat components, creating a Class 3 harness system.

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The T2 uses the same convenient connection style as our patented M2 Harness system. Comfort adjustment is fast and easy while donned to transition from suspension to walking and vice versa.

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High Angle Solutions is a weekly feature by DMM, CTOMS, and Atlas Devices.

High Angle Solutions – CTOMS – TRACE Systems Authorized Trainer Course

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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The TRACE Systems Authorized Trainer Course is a 5 day program that covers advanced use of TRACE Systems. Topics include professional and hasty rescue systems with 1 and 2 person loads, guiding lines, high lines with reeves, multi-pitch work climbing, glacier travel and crevasse rescue among other topics. The 5 days of training will bring a unit/agency’s instructor cadre to the Authorized TRACE Systems Trainer level for the agency, and Instructor level for the Instructors, authorizing them to teach basic and advanced use to their unit after completing the online pre-course/pre-use packages. This course is ideal for military units requiring complex terrain negotiation, law enforcement special tactics units and even civil Search and Rescue Team. TRACE Systems is not to replace traditional systems, but to fill a gap, provide a light weight alternative, without compromise of safety or capability, when traditional systems are weigh prohibitive.

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Venue’s for the training can be urban, mountain or a mixture of both depending on the agency’s mission requirements. A typical course will start with a day of basics, getting into the details and the importance of specific progression in the training when running a course. Glacier travel and crevasse rescue can be taught on a tower or rock. A glacier is not a key component to learning the systems. Two days of rescue systems follow learning professional rescue with one and two rescuers. Included in those days is high lines that can be used with a reeve for rescue, or for bridging in complex terrain negotiation. The fourth day will get into the process of climbing with the system, setting up fixed lines and the always interesting discussion of self-rescue. The work week finishes off, depending on venue, with a multi-pitch climb. And all this done on the TRACE Systems 6mm rope.

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High Angle Solutions is a weekly feature by DMM, CTOMS, and Atlas Devices.

High Angle Solutions – CTOMS – Prodigy PMP

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

CTOMS Prodigy Pulley Vs Prodigy Pulley - PMP

The Prodigy PMP is identical to the Prodigy Pulley in dimensions and performance, however it features the addition of a Prusik-minding flange on one side. This flange adds slight weight to the device, bringing it up to 1.6 oz., compared to the 1.5 oz. of the original Prodigy Pulley.

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It should be noted that the PMP is not a replacement for the Pulley. The flange does add additional versatility to the pulley, however the choice between the PMP and non-PMP style is dependent largely on requirement – capability vs. weight savings. TRACE Kits will continue to include the original pulley for weight savings.

CTOMS Prodigy Pulley - PMP Reverse Side View V1

Currently available in red in limited quantities. Coming soon in black.

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High Angle Solutions is a weekly feature by DMM, CTOMS, and Atlas Devices.