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Helikon-Tex Backblast Mat Recommended By NTOA

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

In Helikon-Tex® one of our greatest passion is shooting. We are successfully introducing new products to help shooters, both dynamic and long distance, in their training. Nothing is so much pleased as the recognition of our satisfied users.

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Today we can happily share the joyful news that we have also received confirmation and recognition from the NTOA community. Our Backblast Mat® has been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association. Our overall score was a 4.35. Our product and its reviews are now listed on the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended online database.

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We hope to meet soon during the NTOA Trade Show. You will find us on Booth 222 (Halls C-E).

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SPARTANT – Helikon-Tex: Equipment for the Tactical Gentleman

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Our friends at SPARTANAT sent us this interview with Helikon-Tex. We appreciate their efforts to keep the SSD readership abreast of happenings in Europe.

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HELIKON-TEX belongs to the stars in the European constellation of gear manufacturers. Good equipment at a good price – so the Poles have made a very good name and conquered a mark throughout Europe. Together with Grzegorz Mieszczak, CEO of Helikon-Tex, we talked about the company’s history, the standards of Helikon-Tex and the expansion into the USA.

Portrat HelikonSPARTANAT: Helikon-Tex comes from Poland and is now an international gear manufacturer. When and how did you start?

HELIKON-TEX: Our company was founded in 1983. Back then though our focus was mostly on importing camping equipment from Sweden – for example, Mora Knives of Sweden, with whom we’ve done strong business for over 30 years. When it comes to military side of things, it began just after the fall of communism in 1989. The borders were open at last and there was a rapidly growing demand for Western military surplus. Under Communist rule civilian ownership of any kind of military gear was strictly prohibited – so wearing Western military surplus became quite a big counter-culture fashion trend. We jumped at the opportunity and started to import surplus on a large scale; good-quality US GI M65 jackets were worth their weight in gold back in those days.

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This business went well through the 90’s, but as we stepped into the new millennium the golden age of surplus started coming to an end. Sources of gear began to dry up, fewer sizes were available, some items were no longer obtainable, etc. So that set us on the search to find a manufacturing capability in order to make some of the best-selling items ourselves in a full range of sizes. And that’s how we moved from being a surplus dealer to becoming a manufacturer and distributor of tactical and outdoor clothing and equipment.

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SPARTANAT: We want to know who your buyers are. Airsoft, military, outdoor…and why they purchase Helikon-Tex.

HELIKON-TEX: Just about every type of user of tactical and outdoor clothing and gear has been buying and using our products – from soldiers, law enforcement, PMCs and special operations forces, to hikers, campers, explorers, survivalists, preppers, shooters and airsofters. We’ve also seen our products featured in movies (‘HALO: Nightfall’) and TV (‘House of Cards’).

The reason they buy seems to be pretty simple; we provide the user with the quality and performance they require, the features they need, the colors and camouflage patterns they want. Of course, different people buy different products for different reasons – some folks buy messenger bags in camouflage patterns because they like the visual ‘look’, not because they want to conceal themselves. But whatever their specific trigger is to buy the product, folks always want the price to be economical – so that’s the space we look to occupy, quality gear at an economical price, and then we just try to keep up with the ever-growing demand.

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SPARTANAT: You have a lot of camos to offer; e.g. PenCott®. We see in particular a strong trend for GreenZone® in Poland. Why?

We cover a lot of countries, most of which have their own distinctive national camo pattern, and military guys usually want stuff in their national camouflage pattern so they can use it in the field. Airsofters also like to create a country / unit-themed load-out or to have every part of their loadout in their favorite camouflage print. So we need to run a lot of different camo patterns. We also monitor the latest dominant trends in the market with regards to fabrics, colors and camouflage patterns – that’s why we were the first large-scale manufacturer to work with the PenCott® camouflage patterns, as well as A-TACS and Kryptek.

Regarding PenCott®, to make a long story short, we were sold on its potential when we saw how well it works. GreenZone® performs very well in forests, woodland, mixed grassland-woodland and even in open green meadows and fields. It matches great with Northern, Central and Western European vegetation and from our observations, it is one of the best patterns for these regions for most of the year. We’ve also seen that it works great in many parts of North and Latin America too. BadLands® hasn’t been quite as popular as GreenZone® in Europe so far, but it works great as a late-autumn / winter pattern in deciduous woodland, as well as in dry and semi-arid regions – like in the US for example. Anti-poaching Rangers in Africa have also selected and used our products in the BadLands® pattern – as it has been seen to work very well in southern Africa too.

And of course, we are particularly pleased that we are one of the first to introduce the new urban camouflage pattern from PenCott – MetroPolis (pictured below) – in the equipment and present it at the IWA 2017.

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SPARTANAT: You have a wide range of gear, from packs to uniforms. What are the best-selling Helikon-Tex products?

HELIKON-TEX: Some of our best-sellers are the classic and modern styles of field uniforms, other universal bestsellers are our UTP and OTP pants in different materials and colors, and our ‘Trooper’ softshell jackets in various colors is also a top seller.

We’ve also learned that the more original and functional the product is, the better it sells. That’s why we’ve set up our own in-house design team and are moving away from just making reproductions of surplus or issued clothing and gear. With our new ‘themed’ approach to product lines – Urban Line, Range Line, Outback Line, Patrol Line, Bushcraft Line, Medical Line – we are developing unique, specialized products for particular users and needs that follow our own specific style of design. We’ve also developed and introduced some proprietary colors of our own as well – ‘Shadow Grey’ and ‘Adaptive Green’ – which adds another element of distinctiveness to our products, as well as being very good colors.

Finally, we’re also stepping up more and more into nylon products, but garments and headgear remain the backbone of our business – and we’re adding more and more of our own unique and practical designs to the portfolio all the time. We foresee many of our newer products – such as the ‘Wolfhound’ light insulated jacket and the ‘Hybrid Tactical Pants’ (‘HTP’) becoming best-sellers as well.

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SPARTANAT: Many companies come from the outdoor market and then sell to the military. You are going the other direction. Is outdoors a good market for a tactical manufacturer?

HELIKON-TEX: It surely can be. There are a lot of outdoor people how want sturdy, practical gear that doesn’t cost a fortune, and many of them – nature photographers, bushcrafters, urban explorers, survivalists – prefer subdued or earthy tones rather than the brightly colored and flashy styles offered by many outdoor brands. For such folks a design that has a ‘tactical’ heritage, with subdued colors, practical style and durable construction, is the natural choice. There is also a significant ‘cross-over’ market audience in the EDC, PMC, LE, Shooter and Prepper communities. These folks find our products well suited to their needs for practical and discrete carriage of personal items and tools – as well as having the robustness and weather resistance needed for vigorous outdoor use.

So our answer is definitely yes – the outdoor market can be a good market for a tactical gear and clothing maker, as long as the ‘tactical’ look is kind of low-profile and not full-blown ‘tacti-cool’. Some people have described the outdoor-oriented products in our portfolio as ‘tactical clothing for the outdoor gentleman’ or as ‘outdoor clothing for the tactical gentleman’ (and ladies too now). We think that pretty accurately describes our hybrid / cross-over design approach. Finally, our designs have a design aesthetic and ergonomic fit that seems to be resonating positively with users in Europe – and beyond.

SPARTANAT: Speaking of “in Europe – and beyond”, we hear that Helikon-Tex has launched in the USA. How is that going?

HELIKON-TEX: We’ve been attending the SHOT Show for a few years (we’re also now a corporate member of the NSSF), and with the size and amount of activity in the American market, we knew that it just made sense to expand into the US as well. Of course, it’s easier to say that than it is to do it. But we’ve been working steadily on getting everything in place to make it work. We’ve gone through our sizing charts and reconfigured everything to fit the American sizing model, we’ve gone through our portfolio of existing products (as well as the one’s on the drawing board) and decided which products will be offered in the US. We’ve also got a team of guys in the US who are working on getting the infrastructure and marketing plans in place to be ready when we turn the key.

The US market is a bit different from Europe of course – there are a lot more Shooters than Airsofters for one thing, and the tactical law enforcement market is bigger, and a very important market segment too. So we’ve been working on building brand awareness and product acceptance in the professional military and law enforcement communities through influential folks like Wes Doss and his Lights, Sights and Lasers Tour, and also with the Tactical Tracking Operations School and Deliberate Dynamics International.

At the present time we are working on getting things set up, ironing out the wrinkles, and starting to do some targeted marketing and product placement. We are live with our online store and making a lot more noise in the US market after that.

HELIKON-TEX, Zachodnia 9, 55-330 Miekinia, Poland. Tel.: +48 71 317 80 00

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Helikon-Tex Launches New Website and New Ordering and Shipping Options for International Customers

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Hot on the heels of a hugely successful appearance at the IWA trade fair in Nuremberg Germany, Helikon-Tex® has launched a new eCommerce website and an Amazon® USA store as well!

With both of these moves Helikon-Tex is expanding the service options for end-users in markets where Helikon-Tex does not have a dealer network in place. This means that customers in such markets, like the USA and Canada for example, can now purchase any of Helikon-Tex’s extensive product offering online and receive their order shipped directly from Poland.

To browse the products, and to find out more about the purchasing and shipping options, please visit the new www.helikon-tex.com website for full details.

Also in the news is the launch of the first official Helikon-Tex store on Amazon.com. All products are shipped from within the US, and although the current product selection does not yet represent Helikon-Tex’s full offering, more and more products, will be added over the coming weeks and months.

Already in the US Amazon store are the best-selling Urban Tactical Pants®, the multi-season / multi-weather Outdoor Tactical Pants®, several items from the Bushcraft Line, and a wide range of Helikon-Tex pouches and belts, as well as several models of Morakniv® knives from Sweden.

Keep an eye for further updates, and in the meantime be sure to check out the official Amazon® store for Helikon-Tex® US at helikon-tex.com/amazon.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Thanks Grzegorz for this photo of Helikon-Tex’s new Matilda pack going through its paces in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

Helikon-Tex – Matilda Backpack

Monday, March 13th, 2017

At IWA this pack from Helikon-Tex caught my eye, reminding me of an ALICE Medium, with its three external pockets. Called the Matilda, it’s part of their growing Bushcraft line and was designed in conjunction with Survival Tech. Like ALICE, each of those external pockets has a back channel so you can carry odd-sized items. Unlike ALICE, the Matilda’s pockets are all closed with Side Release buckles. In addition to compression straps, the pack also offers PALS compatibility. The back is stiffened and incorprates breathable mesh.

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Helicon-Tex 2017 Catalog

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Now you can see all of the new products, released at IWA, from Helikon-Tex.

To view the catalog, visit issuu.com/helikon-tex/docs/helikon-tex_2017_master_catalog

IWA – Helikon-Tex Swagman Roll

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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I really like the Bushcraft line from Helikon-Tex and at this year’s IWA they introduced the Swagman Roll which was developed by the Polish survival training company Survival Tech, who created this video to go over its features.

Look for the Swagman Roll at www.helikon-tex.com.

Check Out Helikon-Tex at IWA

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Consumer demands and market requirements are always changing at a tremendous speed. To stay ahead, you need to constantly monitor trends, and get ahead of them – or as they say, “make dust, or eat it”. That’s why this year we doing things a little bit differently than in previous years.

Particularly noteworthy is the development of our Range Line. We wanted all shooters, both competitive and tactical, to find a full range of complimentary products in one place. We’ve started with specially-designed, functionally-oriented, performance clothing and continuing with highly-specialized gear. We are especially proud of our “battle horses”, the Training Mini Rig® and the Backblast Mat®. All products in the Range Line are designed and tested by the firearms and tactical professionals with whom we work.

We’ve also continued to create new projects in our core Urban Line, where we focus on solutions with the common denominator of Low Profile. This year we are introducing two new perfect examples of this plan – the Greyman Tactical Pants® and the Bail Out Bag®.

A few years ago we created the Outback and Bushcraft Lines. These were both met with an extremely positive reception by end-users – and we continue to develop these lines directed primarily at the needs of outdoor and survival fans.

Although we’ve made a name for ourselves with our unique in-house designs, we also work with the best in the industry in order to bring you the best products we can. For example, this year we are particularly proud of our close cooperation with Hyde Definition® over the past couple of years. Working closely together with Polish Special Forces, we have created a new camouflage pattern called WildWood® as an addition to the PenCott® camouflage family.

See us at IWA in Hall 9, Stand #222 – and stay tuned for more!

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