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We are pleased to share this announcement from the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition regarding new membership. We see several great companies joining this organization and it’s been quite educational to join them each year in Washington as they engage Congress on equipping issues.
Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Welcomes Three New Additions to the Board of Directors and Six New Industry Members
MARBLEHEAD, MA (July 31, 2014) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce three new members of its Board of Directors and the latest additions to its membership, including several leading companies in the warfighter equipment and clothing industry.
The three new industry representatives who have joined the WPRC Board of Directors include; Don Vavala of W.L. Gore and Associates, Frank Montie of Brookwood Companies, and Nate Smith of Oakley/Eye Safety Systems (ESS). The WPRC Board of Directors represents a cross section of the personal protective equipment industry, providing organizational governance and setting the strategic direction of the WPRC. These new Board members join current WPRC Board Chairman Luke Hillier and WPRC Secretary David Bohannon as leaders of this not for profit industry
The new company members of the WPRC include: Lion Vallen, Outdoor Research, Burlington/International Textile Group (ITG), New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., Patagonia, Inc., and CamelBak Products LLC. The added voices of these leading companies will be critical to advancing the WPRC mission to support the equipment and advanced clothing needs of the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.
Lion Vallen – Lion Vallen is a global leader in supply chain and lifecycle management of protective clothing, equipment and uniforms. LVI has a deep commitment to delivering superior services that support customers’ personal safety, readiness and professional identity needs. www.lionprotects.com.
Outdoor Research – Outdoor Research is a designer, developer, and manufacturer of apparel, glove systems, and accessories designed for the military and outdoor markets. Products for the U.S. military are manufactured at their own facility located in downtown Seattle. A full range of products is commercially available at www.outdoorresearch.com.
Burlington/ITG – Burlington leverages its advanced R&D with a diverse range of high performance manufacturing capabilities and a complete range of fiber/fabric blends that deliver state of the art military and commercial solutions worldwide. Their fabric portfolio encompasses applications for extreme weather apparel; camouflage combat and utility materials, tenting, shelter fabrics, shipboard covers and ballistic materials. Information on their military product offerings may be found at www.burlington.com/military-technical.
New Balance – Headquartered in Boston, MA, New Balance is focused on building global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is currently one of the few major shoe companies that continue to manufacture athletic footwear in the United States. In 2013, 1 out of every 4 pairs of shoes New Balance sold in the U.S. was made or assembled in the U.S. www.newbalance.com.
Patagonia – Based in Ventura, California, Patagonia, Inc. is a leading designer and retailer of core outdoor, alpine, fly fishing, snow, surf and sport related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. Patagonia is a world leader in apparel design, the development of protective garments and an industry pioneer in environmentalism. For more information on Patagonia and their commercially available products, please visit www.patagonia.com.
CamelBak – CamelBak is the leading manufacturer of hands free hydration systems. Special Forces, soldiers and law enforcement around the world use their Military & Tactical products. These offerings include water bottles, hydration packs, backpacks, and protective gear designed for a variety of climates and terrain. A full listing of these military and tactical products as well as commercially available gear is available at www.camelbak.com.
“The new Board members of the WPRC bring a wealth of industry experience and strategic thinking to our ongoing efforts to ensure our men and women in uniform have sustained access to the best American made equipment and clothing,” said David Costello, Executive Director of the WPRC. “We are grateful for their dedication to the WPRC as well as for the participation of our six newest Coalition members in our efforts to support those who serve our country”
The WPRC supports the readiness of the Armed Services by providing a unified industry voice to the U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security and other stakeholders. We work at the intersection of the Organizational Clothing/Individual Equipment industry, the federal legislative policy process, and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Our membership includes companies throughout the equipment and clothing industry and with companies at every point in the industrial supply chain who represent the best in American manufacturing.
Patagonia’s Capilene series consists of synthetic baselayers. Made from moisture-wicking polyester that is composed of at least 35% recycled material, Capilene is designed to be quick to wick and quick to dry, has bluesign approval, and uses Polygiene technology for odor control in the garment.
The above shirt is a Capilene 1 baselayer. Featuring Patagonia’s woodland pattern called ‘Camoscape: Alpha Green’, it provides 50+ UPF sun protection and a cool, drying airflow. When paired with another layer, it wicks moisture and adds warmth.
Elite Defense has informed us that they have the Patagonia tactical line in stock and ready to ship immediately with some items shipping within 10 days from their backup warehouse in Nevada. Items include the Jungle Uniform, PCU Level 9 and Level 3 Alpha Jacket. I already have a Jungle Uniform and it is awesome. Too bad it’s winter.
Remember, to purchase the Patagonia line from Elite Defense, you have to sign up for The PROgram. Here is the info:
What is The PROgram?
The Program was started by Elite Defense to give exclusive deals and offerings to our active Military and Law Enforcements professionals, this means full access to our Patagonia line. The Patagonia line are purpose built garments for our professional end users.
Who is qualified to be in The PROgram?
All members who are still actively serving in the Military (Reservist and Guardsman are eligible), all current law enforcement members, Federal Agents and Industry Professionals (selected on a case by case basis).
How do I apply to The PROgram?
It’s easy, go to www.EliteDefense.com and create your own account. Once your account is set up send an email to ThePROgram@EliteDefense.com to notify us of your submittal. Once the email is received we will review your account to authorize it for purchases. If you sign up using a .Gov or .Mil email account we can approve your account without further authentication. If you choose not to use your .Gov or .Mil email account we will have to verify an ID (via email, fax or in person). We understand that some information will need to be redacted for security reasons.
Are there additional benefits to The PROgram?
Yes, we will be offering a general discount on all products that we are authorized to resell. Depending on the product line, some discounts will vary; but please log in from time to time to check and see the new deals offered by The PROgram.
The PROgram Polices & Restrictions
Before you enroll yourself into the program, we would like you to be aware of these guidelines to make sure the integrity of The PROgram stands.
·The PROgram account you set up is for you; it is not for family or friends. IF they would like to be a part of The PROgram, please have them follow the same procedure you did to sign up.
·If your unit or department would like to buy in quantities, please have them send an email with any pertinent information to PCU@EliteDefense.com.
·These items are being sold to you; your purchases are forbidden to be resold outside of the bounds of The PROgram.
In addition to the commercial PCU which includes Level 3A, Level 9 and the Jungle Uniform, Patagonia is also introducing a version of the M10 jacket and pant in Gore-Tex Light and Fast. Com medical PCU is offers in MultiCam, Black, Alpha Green and Retro Khaki.
It’s a very simple design intended for use while active. The jacket features a single chest pocket and stowable hood. Additionally, there is a two-piece overlap to protect the main zipper but you won’t find pit zips due to the breathability of the material.
The trousers also feature a simple design with full length side zips for donning and doffing as well as integrated, removable suspenders and waist belt. Additionally, the cuff will accommodate even larger size boots.
Look for this new garment late Spring.
Elite Defense will be hosting line reviews for the Patagonia line of Government product in their booth #32411. They are offering access to a team of SME’s representing Patagonia to review the entire line and take any questions. This will be a unique opportunity to walk through the entire product line and ask questions of those involved with the design and development of the line. The panel will cover all currently available products from the 3 Alpha jacket, with its revolutionary new high performance and light weight / packable material, to the Jungle Uniform, with its accelerated dry time and superb comfort, and the original Level 9 uniform with its distinct design features.
Please join them during one of these times:
Tuesday January 14th 10:00am-11:30am and2:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday January 15th10:00am-11:30am and 2:00pm-3:30pm Thursday January 16th 10:00am-11:30am and2:00pm-3:30pm Friday January 17th10:00am-11:30am and 2:00pm-3:30pm
(These will all be taking place the Elite Defense Booth, # 32411)
If you’re into trucker hats, fishing, camouflage, or you just like Patagonia, then this hat’s for you.
I received a couple of questions about the new Patagonia Jungle Uniform so I thought I’d share a little more info. They were designed specifically for a SOF customer and are made from a 100% nylon fabric.
-Built specifically for the jungle environment.
-Lightweight, durable & quick-drying with a DWR finish and 50+ UPF sun protection.
-Mesh opening and gator designed to allow maximum airflow and protection from small jungle pests.
-Innovative pocket designs to allow for rapid drainage and maximum load carriage.
-Articulated knee panel with pocket that accepts the Versatile Integrated Knee Protection (VIKP) knee insert.
-Berry Compliant & Made in the USA.
Patagonia is on hand at the Elite Defense booth and the Europeans are eating it up! They are especially interested in the Jungle Uniform which I wasn’t sure would actually be released for sale due to US military demand.
Already available for Pre-order through Elite Defense, the graphic above shows you what is being offered. If you are looking for details on any of the items, visit the SSD archives at www.soldiersystems.net/tag/Patagonia.
This is very exciting news from Patagonia and Elite Defense. For the past few years Patagonia has been responsible developing and producing USSOCOM’s Protective Combat Uniform, a 9 level ensemble of environmental and field clothing items. Every once in awhile pieces have become available on eBay or at surplus outlets but, outside of program, we haven’t been able to purchase these garments. Now, you’ll be able to get not only the Level 9 Combat Uniform but also a Jungle Uniform (seen above) as well in addition to other pieces such as the level 3a jacket just adopted by SOCOM. The Level 9 garment features an innovative kneepad system (below) we have written about in the past and offers both combat and field shirt options.
Elite Defense and Patagonia have the stage set for a January release of the Level 9 combat uniform and have targeted SHOT show 2013 as the location for its release for commercial sales.
Patagonia is a world leader in clothing design, protective garments and an industry pioneer in environmentalism. They have designed and developed numerous layers of clothing to protect our Warfighters, and now have a commercial global distribution channel through Elite Defense.
Bringing this large scale collaborative effort together was the 132 Group, lead by Founder and President William Jarvis. “We’re excited to launch the Patagonia L9 Combat Uniform commercially; there has been a lot of hard work and patience to pull this all together. We are prepared for an incredibly successful launch at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.”
“Adding an internationally known brand like Patagonia to our portfolio is exciting; there has been a buzz about it since we started making all the right steps to pull this partnership together and bring it to market.” said Brett Westcott, Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at Elite Defense.
The level 9 combat uniform will be the first of many products that will be brought to commercial market space; the team anticipates a new jungle style uniform as well as a commercial variant of the PCU 3 Alpha Jacket to be ready for delivery in the second Quarter of calendar year 2013. All of the offerings are Berry Complaint to meet the needs of the US DoD and other domestic agencies. The distribution agreement includes a dealer network that is equipped to handle multiple Government contract mechanisms to support that customer base.
“Patagonia has been a go-to for top tier design and development services to the SOF community for over a decade, and has long supported the soldier” Says Eric Neuron, Patagonia’s Director of Strategic Product. “We are very excited to make available these innovative products commercially, and further that support. Elite Defense’s business model is unique in this trade area, and is exactly what Patagonia has been looking for.”
Elite Defense will be in Booth # 27411 displaying the NEW Patagonia Level 9 Uniform, Jungle Uniform, and 3 Alpha Jacket. For more information please visit www.EliteDefense.com.