I’d never looked at my Salewa boots that way, but it works.
Thanks to www.MissionReadyEquipment.com for opening my eyes.
Mission Ready Equipment is offering 20% off Arc’teryx LEAF clothing and equipment, May 3-10.
In honor of a great guy who gave his life to defend his country, these laser etched 30 Round PMAGS are a collaborative effort by Magpul, TenPoundMonkey, UberGroup and AAC.
100% of the proceeds from each ShadyMag sold will go directly to support his loved ones. Donations and proceeds go to the All In All The Time Foundation.
It’s finally official. We just received word from Mission Ready Equipment announcing their purchase of Grey Group Training. Both are fantastic companies and I think they are going to compliment one another very well. Congratulations!
Mission Ready Equipment is pleased to announce the acquisition of Grey Group Training.
Mission Ready Equipment recognizes the strength of Grey Group Training’s brand and sales model by committing to the company’s growth.
“Grey Group Training customers will be able to choose great products and training from an expanded assortment of manufacturers and will have more depth of product on the shelves for both the ecommerce store and the retail store,” says Mission Ready Equipment President Jeff Smith.
Grey Group Training’s mission and identity will not change as they seek to grow their retail and training operations by adding new storefronts and expanding their roster of trainers as Mission Ready Equipment’s retail sales and training partner.
“Growing from one location to two locations is not twice as hard; it is ten times as hard,” says Smith, “We are excited to be able to bring our experience in growing other retail brands to Grey Group.”
The move continues Mission Ready Equipment’s growth in the tactical marketplace while allowing it to focus on its core mission as a premier wholesale, online and direct sales supplier to military, federal, state and local government agencies.
In addition to retail, the acquisition adds Grey Group Training’s experience in firearms, combatives and combat medicine education to the current capabilities at Mission Ready Equipment.
Smith says “Eric Page will take over as Grey Group’s Vice President to manage the operation as they align with Mission Ready Equipment’s growth objectives. Eric has been a part of Grey Group from the beginning and is a key figure in it’s future”. Smith added “Grey Group’s own Josh Burmeister worked with us through the acquisition process and contributed to a smooth ownership transition. Josh will be leaving to pursue other projects.”
“The Grey Group staff can’t express how excited we are about becoming part of the Mission Ready family. With their help in logistics and support Grey Group can get to what we do best, giving the best service and products to our Brothers and Sisters in harms way,” says Grey Group Training Vice President Eric Page.
The acquisition closed February 14, 2013.
Mission Ready Equipment was formed in 2010 by a group of dedicated individuals with more than 28 years experience in equipping & instructing individuals and teams, whether Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, Private Security or Fire and Rescue, in layered clothing systems, footwear, packs, tents, sleeping systems, and climbing/high altitude mountaineering equipment.
Buy American and save you say? Impossible? Not if you’re purchasing a Berry Compliant Arc’teryx LEAF combat jacket from Mission Ready Equipment.
MRE is offering the US made softshell LEAF Combat Jacket in MultiCam at an astonishing $200 off! Instead of $599, you pay $399. Available in Med – XXL, supplies are limited.
We recently ran a story announcing that Protect The Force had merged with Mission Ready Services. Unfortunately, our headline referred to Mission Ready Services as just “Mission Ready”. The body of the article was very clear about the issue but some readers got concerned that Mission Ready Equipment had been in on the merger. Nothing could be further from the truth. MRE is still owned by the same folks and they are still kicking ass bringing you great gear.
Now that we have gotten that out of the way I want to say thank you guys for reading, at least reading the headlines. However, the devil is in the details and the details are in those groups of words below the headlines, so dive into the details. I try to be as concise as possible because I know your time is valuable. Thanks!
I’m bad about waiting until it’s already cold to pick up cold weather gear. This year, I was anticipating a lot of days on the road, all over the country for the winter season and got a little ahead of my usual curve. I think it’s an important factor in your performance to be as comfortable as possible given the conditions you are in. I’ve been cold and wet enough to know that I don’t like being cold and wet. I also know that I don’t get any better at being cold and wet with practice so I just try to skip out on letting that happen to myself for the most part. I like a system consisting of a really thin base layer, a mid layer up top, a soft shell outer layer, and an optional loft layer and Gore-Tex hard shell layer. Couple that with the right accessories and for everything I need to do I’m usually covered.
For the base layers, I like merino wool. My go-to is the RHO line from Arcteryx or Mission Ready Equipment’s line from Icebreakers. The RHO stuff comes in two weights, one being really thin and the other being more substantial. The best way I can describe them is one is closer to a t-shirt, the other close to a sweatshirt. The MRE Icebreakers shirts come in short and long sleeve, and are uniform friendly for military wearers. All of the above layers are form fitting so if you don’t want it too tight buy a size larger. Depending on the conditions I’ll add a mid-layer up top that usually consists of the heavier RHO top or more recently the Naga hoody. The Naga is a fleece pullover with a form fitting hood that can easily fit under most helmets. Outdoor enthausiasts have been onto this for years and the tactical market is finally catching up.
For my primary outer layer I like a soft-shell fabric. There are a multitude of options out there, some are very thin and light, some are thicker and feature a fleece backing. I prefer the lightweight Tweave Durastretch material, as I like the freedom of movement and breathability it offers over a less stretchy fleece backed material. I’ve also found that the Durastretch garments are usually very versatile and in dry climates can still be comfortable up to 75 degrees or so. Arcteryx makes extensive use of these fabrics in the Sphinx line for Military and LE users, as well as their civilian line. If I wear something heavier, Patagonia’s Guide Pant is a great option, and if you can find older ones with belt loops they’ll accommodate a gun belt. For a heavier jacket the Arcteryx Drac jacket is great, and is available in their Wolf color, which is much less attention-grabbing that Multicam or Crocodile for everyday use or uniformed LE wear.
When temperatures take a dive or you will be in a static position, an extra layer of insulation is a must-have. I think the single best piece of clothing I own is the Atom LT jacket from (see a pattern emerging here…) Arcteryx. I’m not sure what kind of magic dust they sprinkle on that jacket to make it so awesome. It’s pretty much good from about 20 degrees to 60 degrees, and is indestructible. I got one from Grey Group Training in 2009 and it has survived rolling in dirt and gravel, snow, rain, sleet, countless cycles in the washing machine, airline baggage handlers, my dogs sleeping on it, and whatever else and still looks new three years later. It’s the Glock 19 of jackets, and everyone should have one. The Patagonia Nano Puff is a great option as well, but I found that mine lacks the ability to shed light rain as well as the Atom. I prefer these jackets to fleece because they’re generally warmer, lighter, more compressible, and provide another layer of defense against wind and precipitation. If it’s arctic weather, I’ll break out the Wild Things High Loft jacket. The “poofie” as we call it will keep you warm on a bird, hide, or turret no matter how low the temp drops. Rarely am I anywhere cold enough to call for it but when it does dip that low nothing else works as well.
I’ve found it’s best to select a lightweight waterproof-breathable top and bottom that can easily be packed and transported. I try and stick to genuine Gore-Tex products for it’s durability and resistance to breaking down when it comes into contact with petroleum based products. Some off brand membrane fabrics or DWR coatings lose their waterproofing when they come into contact with fuel or oil, and for professional military and LE users that’s a constant concern. Gore-Tex Pro Shell 2-layer material offers tremendous durability and weather resistance while still being lightweight and packable. I chose a set based on a minimal amount of features. For the rare occasion I wear it I want to it be waterproof vent well, I prefer to skip out on tons of pockets, velcro, powder skirts, and liners that only add weight and bulk. Many manufacturers use proprietary waterproof-breathable materials in lower priced jackets and Gore products in their upper level products. You get what you pay for.
With all the effort many users put into clothing, an often overlooked piece of gear is gloves. Good gloves are hard to find. If they’re warm, they usually inhibit dexterity. If you can pick up a dime with them, you’re probably going to freeze. I usually wear thinner gloves in the cold and rely on a quarterback-style handwarmer from Cabelas to keep my hands warm. If I’m in conditions where I can’t do that, I wear Arcteryx Cam SV gloves or OR Swoop mittens. The Cam gloves allow me to still manipluate a firearm or radio, and the Swoop mitts fold back to expose your fingers, allowing you to form a firing grip or utilize touch screen devices.
There are a lot of companies making good clothing for colder weather, but putting together a full layering systems can be pretty costly. Many retailers offer sales periodically and if you shop around now you can still find some before the weather starts to cool off. Don’t be afraid to buy gently used or stuff from last season. If you are on a tight budget, surplus PCU layers can be had at a steal and is still pretty good stuff. Stay warm this winter, and check out the links below for some great stuff.
Jon Canipe served on Active Duty with the US Army as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant at 5th SFG(A) and was a Senior Instructor at the JFKSWCS, training SFQC students in planning, unconventional warfare, small unit tactics, CQB, and advanced marksmanship. He is a veteran of multiple combat tours, and still serves in the Army National Guard’s 20th SFG(A) in addition to working as an industry consultant and small arms instructor.