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FS Friday Focus – Partner Series – SKD Tactical

Friday, August 29th, 2014

FS OEM Partner Series - SKD

Occasionally in the FirstSpear Friday Focus we take a look at their OEM partners. This time, we’ll examine SKD Tactical and one of the pieces of kit FirstSpear builds for them: the STT Plate Carrier.

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This particular STT is quite special. It’s a one-of-a-kind version in Kryptek Highlander. One-of-a-kind, as in you can’t purchase it. However, you can win it, in a Facebook contest, but more on that later. Now, on to some really cool background.

What drove SKD to get into products manufacturing versus just being another retailer?
When we first got involved in the Tactical gear market in 1999, we recognized pretty early that there were a lot of things that could be done to improve existing product designs. While technology was advancing products in other industries at breakneck speed, tactical gear was still pretty much some modified derivative of LBE’s or RACK systems. Our first step into “making” gear was getting Eagle Industries to modify the Paul Howe Universal Chest Rig for us. After that initial success, we realized that we could differentiate ourselves in the market by modifying and improving other products we already carried. This led to the easy transition of designing our own gear from the ground up. When tactical gear innovation really started exploding during OIF/OEF, we were well positioned to be able to take part in the new wave of gear designs.

Why “made in America?”
Making our gear here is woven into our identity. We as a nation have lost the quality edge on a lot of different product segments to overseas manufacturing, but America is still the best in the world at designing and manufacturing tactical gear. This is an undisputed fact. With partners like FirstSpear, continuing to make quality gear in the US is what we intend on doing for as long as long as we remain in business.

How did the relationship between SKD and FirstSpear begin?
Our relationship with FirstSpear began ironically at Eagle Industries. We were already making our own products with Eagle when they were sold in 2009. Visiting their design shop and factory was a regular occurrence. When Eagle eventually closed their factories in St. Louis, we were pleasantly surprised that many of the key players we dealt with at Eagle had moved on to start up FirstSpear. Working with a manufacturer that already had decades of experience making the world’s finest gear was a no brainer. Even before we actually began carrying any FirstSpear labeled products, we had inked a deal for First Spear to take over production of the PIG Plate Carrier.

What drove the development of the STT?
We were always impressed by the innovative technologies of FirstSpear’s Tubes and 6/12, but the price considerations of the Strandhogg were not a good match for our market. It was during a visit at FirstSpear that we came across a simplified version of the Strandhogg that was done for a major LE agency–we immediately had a “eureka” moment. When we realized that we could make the STT with the ability to accept PIG Airflow and Comfort Pontoons, and price it in the void that was left empty by the disappearance of the Eagle Plate Carrier, we knew we had to execute.

Were there previous iterations of the STT or any major changes through development?
Coming from an already existing platform, the development process was pretty linear. We went from flash to bang in about 3 months, which was pretty fast for us. We did experience a bobble at the release however- we only had one cummerbund size available. FirstSpear was really good about working with us to get the other sizes online and manufactured within weeks.

Are there any other FS/SKD partnership projects on the horizon?
We don’t have anything to announce at this moment, but we are always trying to come up with sneaky collaborations with FirstSpear, who is our premiere manufacturing partner. The quality and consistency they’ve turned out over the course of making thousands of PIG Plate Carriers has been nothing short of brilliant. We try and utilize both our Facebook pages and newsletter for product announcements, so please like both the SKD and FirstSpear Facebook pages and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

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www.skdtac.com/FirstSpear-STT-Plate-Carrier-SKD-Exclusive

Facebook STT Plate Carrier Contest

At the beginning of the article, we mentioned that you can win the one-of-a-kind STT Plate Carrier in Kryptek Highlander, which comes with a FirstSpear M4 3-Mag “Ranger” Shingle. For full details and to enter, ‘like’ both the FirstSpear and SKD Tactical Facebook pages and share the contest post on the FirstSpear page. Good Luck!

www.facebook.com/1stSpear

www.facebook.com/skdtactical

SKD Tactical – Paraclete LVBC (Low Vis BALCS Carrier)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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Developed by Paraclete exclusively for SKD Tactical, (yes, this is a NEW Paraclete carrier) the LVBC – Low Vis BALCS Carrier is a lightweight, affordable armor carrier designed to hold standard BALCS. Intended to bring you in at a low price, the LVBC offers standard features such as front and rear Velcro loop panels as well as a stretch fabric cummerbund system. It is also compatible with most ballistic plates that are up to 10″ x 12″ or Med ESAPI shape and size.

Available in Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green.

www.skdtac.com/Paraclete-LVBC-Low-Vis-BALCS-Carrier-SKD-Exclus-p/par.105

SKD Tactical Announces Cam Anderson As New ‘Marketing Jedi’

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Cam Anderson

SKD Tactical is proud to announce the recent addition of Cam Anderson to their team as Marketing Jedi. He has spent his professional career developing marketing programs and business operations within consumer products and technology industries for companies such as Microsoft and Xbox. But, Cam is happiest when shredding downhill mountain bike trails or being verbally abused by 12-year olds on Call of Duty.

When asked about the opportunity, Cam responded by saying, “I am incredibly proud to be part of the SKD team and excited to work with a group of people who constantly drink and wear no pants to meetings.” While at SKD, Cam’s professional responsibilities will include strategizing and executing all marketing activities related to the SKD brand as well as creating a file directory for the company’s official Porn hard drive. His non-professional responsibilities will include wearing his Zombie clown mask in public at inappropriate times (yes, he really owns a Zombie clown mask).

www.skdtac.com

SKD Tactical – 4th Of July Sale

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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SKD Tactical is holding a 4th of July sale. Save 10% site wide – discount automatically applied. Supply is limited so take advantage of the special pricing while you can. Sale ends 2359 CST on Sunday, July 6th.

www.skdtac.com

SKD Tactical – Memorial Day Sale

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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SKD Tactical is holding a Memorial Day sale. 10% off entire inventory, with the discount automatically applied. Supplies are limited, so take advantage of the sale while you can.

Sale ends 2359 CST, Monday 5/26.

www.skdtac.com

SKD Tactical – How To Request A Return With A-Train

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

SKD Tactical released this new video staring A-Train, their operations guy, on how to request and manage a return to skdtac.com. The video can get a bit blue at times, so we’re calling this one nearly-not-safe-for-work.

www.skdtac.com

SKD Tactical – Easter Sale

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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SKD Tactical is holding an Easter sale this Sunday, April 20th CST. 10% off all eligible brands and product. Sale lasts or 24 hours.

www.skdtac.com

SKD Tactical – Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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SKD Tactical is holding an Easter Egg hunt contest. Each day, they’ll hide an Easter Egg in one of their product descriptions. Find it, be the first to post it to their Facebook page, and win. The first prize has already been claimed, but check out the SKD Tactical Facebook page regularly for further prizes. The contest runs until Easter Day.

www.skdtac.com

SKD Tactical – PIG Bomber Mag Pouch

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Manufactured from Nylon webbing, the PIG Bomber Mag Pouch’s construction offers 45.3 million times the abrasion resistance as standard nylon (ok, it’s not THAT much, but it’s more). The PIG Bomber Mag Pouch is also lightweight at 2.4 ounces (2.8 oz for the double).

PIG Bomber Mag Pouch - Side

This also makes for a super slim pouch but it relies on additional devices like MALICE clips or zip ties to be PALS compliant.

PIG Bomber Mag Pouch - rear

You might notice that the pull tab is made of Hypalon which makes it great for use in wet conditions. There is also a small grommet at the floor of the pouch to facilitate drainage. Additionally, the flaps on both the Single and Double versions can be tucked into the body for an easy-access open top pouch.

PIG Bomber Mag Pouch - Double

The Double version of the PIG Bomber Mag Pouch incorporates an internal elastic strap to held your rear magazine fast while you draw the front mag.

Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Single PIG Bomber Mag Pouch www.skdtac.com/PIG-Bomber-Magazine-Pouch-Single-p/pig.710

Double PIG Bomber Mag Pouch www.skdtac.com/PIG-Bomber-Magazine-Pouch-Double-p/pig.711

FirstSpear/SKD Tactical – STT Plate Carrier

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

STT

The Six Twelve Tubes (STT) Plate Carrier is the result of a collaboration between FirstSpear and SKD Tactical. It’s the first plate carrier to feature FirstSpear’s 6/12 and Tubes technology in the set price range.

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The plate pockets are sized for most 10″ x 12″ commercial armor plates, in addition to Medium ESAPI/Ceradyne plates. The cummerbund is designed to accept PIG side armor inserts (6″ x 10″) as well as inserts up to 12″ in length. The STT also features loop Velcro strips on the front and back carriers for the integration of PIG AFC Pontoons for increased airflow and padding.

The STT Plate Carrier is available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, and MultiCam, exclusively through SKD Tactical.

www.skdtac.com/FirstSpear-STT-Plate-Carrier-SKD-Exclusive-p