SSD Note: This is great news for WTT as well as the USAF! Airmen look for your Gen III Level & garments in Grey.
As you may have read last week, the Marine Corps has ordered a bunch of new happy suits for Gyrenes in cold places around the world, courtesy of Wild Things Tactical by Wild Things, Inc. What you may not know is itâ€™s now official that zoomies can wear their version of WTT. Yes indeedy, the AF has finally figured it out.
Now let me make this clear. Slim and I have been bad ass tough guys for years, but frankly when it comes to cold weather weâ€™re what you might call actively voluble pussies. (Thatâ€™s the MILSPEAK way of saying we piss and moan and bitch a lot, but still get out there and get the job doneâ€”and for the record, before you criticize us for being pussies, keep in mind that the snow currently stacked up to the top of your boot is actually over our head.) If you want to make an acronym out of that, feel free. Weâ€™re not ashamed of being AVPs.
Anyway, our handlers have spent the last couple of days in Wild Things Tactical snivel kit. You may remember us talking about WTT cold weather gear before, because itâ€™s so damn fantabulous. We genuinely love this stuff, and so do our handlers, so it shouldnâ€™t be a big surprise that weâ€™re happy to bring this good news to those of you forced to wear that damnable digital tiger stripe crap and deal with zipper-suited sun gods.
If you do not know what a zipper-suited sun god is, then you havenâ€™t spent much time around AF bases. We hear at Breach-Bang-Clear appreciate pilots for their impact on the battlefield, CAS gun runs in particular, but anyone whose spent any time around them out of the cockpit knows what a pain in the ass most of them are, and must wonder how much they spend annually on hair gel, sunglasses and teeth-whitenerâ€¦but again we digress. Wild Things Tactical Extreme Cold Weather Gear, by Wild Things Tactical, Inc, is now Air Force approved.
According to the Air Force Uniform Office, Wild Things Tactical Gen III Level 7 Extreme Cold Weather System jacket and pants are replacing the N3B and F1B parka and trousers. This is the same ECWCS the Army has been using and itâ€™s pretty bad ass. We actually called Richard Keeferâ€™s office (heâ€™s the head duck at the â€œAF Uniform Officeâ€) but we never heard back. This could possibly be because he and his staff werenâ€™t sure how exactly to deal with an interview request by foot tall tactical operators-slash-journalists, or perhaps heâ€™s just really busy. We wonâ€™t hold it against him.
A couple things you need to know if youâ€™re an A4/purchasing officer type USAF individual (or anyone else that might want to put your troops, officers or operators into WTT snivel kit). First off, it doesnâ€™t have to worn as just a layering system. It can be stand-alone. They jackets, for instance, are sized to accommodate body armor, and are sized in the torso appropriately to wear with a duty belt or holster (if youâ€™re so inclined). This could be a Good Thing for some of the folks that spend a lot of time shivering in garrison, like skycops doing dismounted RAMs, foot patrols around billeting, standing overwatch at the gate, etc. Itâ€™s comfy, itâ€™s warm and itâ€™s nowhere near as loud or irritating as the Gore-tex jacket youâ€™re already wearing.
Second, theyâ€™re built with Epic, which is way too complicated for us to explain here and will probably be over half of your heads anyway (no offense, we donâ€™t get it either). It makes for a good cold weather garment, though, trust us. Weâ€™d lie to you, just not about this. Theyâ€™ve got 6 oz. of PrimaLoft and the Epic barrier that allows it to insulate even while completely wet. This gear wasnâ€™t only industry tested, it was NATICK tested.
Third, itâ€™s already been tried and tested in really shitty conditions under fire by guys that know what they like. When the Army decided to completely redesign its cold weather system, it went to the 10TH Mountain Division (Climb to Glory!) for field testing between the Fall of 2006 and Spring of 2007. Reviews were outstanding. For instance, LTC Christopher Cavoli of 1-32 Infantry (â€œChosinâ€) said, â€œâ€¦I found myself praying for bad weatherâ€¦I knew my soldiers could handle it and the enemy couldnâ€™t. [Wild Things Tactical] ECWCS allowed my men to outlast the enemy on their own terrain. When the enemy was forced out of the mountains due to the bitter cold to take shelter, thatâ€™s when we got themâ€¦â€
Fourthly, if youâ€™re an AF purchasing official, UDM, etc. with authority to source equipment for your squadron, group or wing, Wild Things Tactical will send you a sample to T&E at the local level. You just need to contact their military sales representative, Grady Burrell, and make the arrangements.
Fifthly and lastly, Wild Things LLC, WT Tactical will offer until Jan 15, a Military / Federal Officer Discount of 20% off Retail on Multicam, Coyote, OD Green and Black Tactical Gear for INDIVIDUAL sales. Must validate with FED / MIL address. AD/RES and NG. ON IN STOCK ITEMS ONLY!
Gen III ECWCS is provided to the US Army under a contract with ADS. Air Force units wishing to purchase Level 7 should contact them. www.ADSinc.com/Gen-III
Ohâ€¦if you need to contact Grady (Grady Burrell III, Director of Military & LE Sales), he can be reached at (828) 421-4349 or Grady.Burrell@wildthingsgear.com. Make sure you let him know we referred you, so we can affirm in their minds once again how valuable an ally they have in the Mad Duo, and how foolish theyâ€™d be not to keep us up to speed on new developments on their end.
Please check back in at SSD more frequently than you might otherwise do so. Weâ€™ve gotten a bunch of new kit in over the last couple of weeks and are in the process of reviewing it. Naturally we are eager to share the finding of our evaluation, our wisdom and almost supernaturally incisive wit. If you have any ideas for us to review or discuss, drop us a line at Breach-Bang-Clear or FaceBook.com/MadDuo; unless youâ€™re going to complain about our opinions, writing style or philosophy (or youâ€™re a sissy) in which case donâ€™t bother.
Mad Duo Out!