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SORD Donating Proceeds from Patch Sales to The Walk Home

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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At present 100% of donations have gone to Soldier On and operating costs have come from the pocket of TWH OIC.

To help with some large expendatures coming up, SORD has this offer out there for everyone.

Stepping off on ANZAC Day 2014, the team will walk 300km (appx) along the “Death Railway” in Thailand, to raise money and awareness for SOLDIER ON, a charity that looks after the welfare of injured or disabled Australian Soldiers.

You can donate directly at give.everydayhero.com/au/the-walk-home-2014

Check it out!

SORD Smocks Now Availble In Kryptek

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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The SORD Smock is now available in Kryptek Highlander and Mandrake.

www.predatorbdu.com/sord-camo-smock/

SORD Hydration Helmet Carrier

Friday, May 24th, 2013

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The SORD Hydration Helmet Carrier is a lightweight pouch that features an adjustable mesh beavertail load carriage bucket. The HHC is convertible into a pack with the included quick detach shoulder strap kit. Six adjustable tensioning straps allow controlled expansion of the cargo area for items including helmets, optics, 84mm rounds, water bottles, comms batteries, ghillie hoods, etc. The HHC features double-sided MultiCam PALS webbing, 6 columns wide and 3 columns deep. Internally, the pouch has a hydration bladder separation sleeve and small mesh admin pouch with Velcro closure. The main compartment features a twin zipper pull with large YKK zip. Other features include drainage grommet in bottom, twin comms ports with Velcro lid covers, tube tape carry handle, and fixed Velcro webbing tabs. Currently, the HHC is only available in MultiCam 500D.

sordaustralia.com – SORD Hydration Helmet Carrier

Back to Work Sale at SORD and SORD USA

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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Enjoy 15% off all orders at SORD and SORD USA using code “BACKTOWORK”.

SORD Tourniquet Cover

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The SORD Tourniquet Cover fits both the SOFFT and CAT tourniquets and is a simple affair that holds the tourniquet fast via a pull-down hook and loop flap and attaches to your gear via MOLLE. It’s marked with a large “T” so you’ll know exactly what’s inside in case the shape wasn’t clue enough.

Available in SORD Base Color, A-TACS AU, Black and MultiCam.

www.SORDUSA.com

HAPO Package Deal from SORD

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Australian manufacturer SORD is offering a package deal for their HAPO Rig. Designed for use by freefallers, it’s meant to be worn like a battle bra and features a joey pouch for 3 x 30RD shingles or can be closed up when not required. The commander panel is designed to be opened once under canopy with a Magellan GPS pouch inside the panel in a see-thru plastic pouch as well as spaces for glow-sticks as well as a map pocket. The ensemble comes with a radio pouch and webbing loops in the shoulders so antenna and the comms cord can be routed through the webbing and secured during free fall. As part o fthe package deal, they’ve included an essential bit of kit, the hook knife combo and armour carrier bag so you can stow all your equipment together when you leave the DZ.

The whole kit and caboodle comes with -
1 x HAPO Rig
3 x 30RD Shingle
1 x Commander Panel HAPO.
1 x Magellan GPS pouch see-thru
1 x Rigger Belt
1 x Hook knife combo
1 x Armour carry bag

www.sordaustralia.com

It’s Getting Cold Outside – The Smock (Redux)

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

I first published an article on the Smock last November. It’s getting cold outside and the time is now to get your hands on a Smock. This article isn’t the be-all-end-all word on Smocks, but it’s a good start.

Finally, the smock is beginning to gain some traction here in the US. We’ve written about them in the past, mentioning smocks from Drop Zone, the now defunct EOTAC, SOD Gear, Level Peaks, SORD, Vertx Vertx smock and the FirstSpear Squadron Smock. But, we’ve never really talked about them and explained what they are all about.

Even though we are slow to adopt, they are literally a concept unlike anything we have in the US. I’ve heard them compared to the M65 field jacket but that idea is simply uniformed. A smock isn’t just a coat.

Rather, the smock is much more than a simple jacket. In addition to use as clothing, the smock is also intended to carry much, if not all of the wearer’s fighting load. In fact, that was the point. They were originally envisioned to carry several days of combat equipment including rations, ammunition, and radios.

Primarily, the smock is a European concept and in particular, used by Commonwealth nations. I got my first SAS smock in 1989 in a trade for a poncho liner during an exercise in Belgium. Its use as an issue garment was traditionally restricted to Special Forces yet several nations have adopted it for general issue in one form or another. One example of a much watered down smock on general issue is the Canadian Army’s combat jacket. When this design was initially adopted in the 1960s it was envisioned that the Soldier would carry his ammunition and other fighting load components in the jackets pockets. What’s more, the British military now issues a Smock as a general purpose item.

There is very limited use of Smocks by US forces. During the early 1990s, an experimental clothing system called Battle Dress System (BDS) was developed by the US Army Special Operations Command. It was a layered clothing system that eventually became the Lightweight Environmental Protection sub-system of SPEAR. The outermost layer called the SOF BDU, was a solid grey combat jacket and over trouser. With its solid grey color the item was rejected due to institutional prejudice. When LEP was adopted, it was without the SOF BDU layer.

Issue items like the SAS Smock are pretty good, but commercial interests have taken them to a whole new level. Britain’s Special Air Sea Services has been manufacturing specialized variants of the smock since the 1980s. Other companies like Canada’s Drop Zone picked up the torch in the 90s and now, commercial items are more prevalent than the issue garment.

But, for me, the most ambitious smock project of late has been the FirstSpear Squadron Smock. I will be blunt. I love it. But, with it’s gridded fleece lined yoke, it’s a cold weather garment.

Smocks have made a lot of sense in Northern Europe where the cold wet climate requires layering. You see, as smocks are coat-like garments they are generally worn layered over shirts. In many climates the US military finds itself in, this would be too warm as a daily wear item. Rather, the US Army’s Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System in all three of its incarnations has offered various technical shells. It seems as if the US skipped the smock altogether, at least for a time. But, with the advent of the most modern smocks, new fabrics have been introduced into the design essentially making them softshells. Conversely, Australian Mission Pac has developed a MultiCam ripstop 100% Cotton Smock for use in warm climates.

Crye Precision debuted a warm weather Recce smock during SHOT Show 2012. Thus far, it has not been released for sale.

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Other interesting concepts have been developed such as the Arktis SF Sleeveless Smock which looks like a hybrid between a smock and a 5.11 shooting vest.

Oftentimes, those with no experience with smocks will criticize the design. They don’t understand that use of a fully featured smock allows the reconfiguration of the load. For example, armor can be worn under the smock. Perhaps a chest rig may be required and perhaps not, but much of the items carried on the armor or in a pack can be carried in pockets, readily available.

With even more products hitting the market soon, smocks look to be making an indelible mark on the US market and as they become more and more prevalent, we will begin to see more widespread use, including on the battlefield. Think of the smock as yet another tool in the toolbox and use accordingly. Remember, it’s a tool, not the tool, and you’ll be ok.

-Eric Graves
The Editor
SSD

What’s your favorite Smock?

A-TACS FG SORD Smock

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The SORD Smock will soon be available in A-TACS FG.

You can pre-order on PredatorBDU which includes free shipping.

SORD Smock in MultiCam and A-TACS AU

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

To order your smock visit www.sordusa.com

The Smock

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Finally, the smock is beginning to gain some traction here in the US. We’ve written about them in the past, mentioning smocks from Drop Zone, the now defunct EOTAC, SOD Gear, Level Peaks, SORD as well as the upcoming Vertx smock. But, we’ve never really talked about them and explained what they are all about.

They are literally a concept unlike anything we have in the US. I’ve heard them compared to the M65 field jacket but that idea is simply uniformed. A smock isn’t just a coat.

Rather, the smock is much more than a simple jacket. In addition to use as clothing, the smock is also intended to carry much, if not all of the wearer’s fighting load. They were originally envisioned to carry several days of combat equipment including rations, ammunition, and radios.

Primarily, the smock is a European concept and in particular, used by Commonwealth nations. I got my first SAS smock in 1989 in a trade for a poncho liner during an exercise in Belgium. Its use as an issue garment has traditionally been restricted to Special Forces yet several nations have adopted it for general issue in one form or another. One example of a much watered down smock on general issue is the Canadian Army’s combat jacket. When this design was initially adopted in the 1960s it was envisioned that the Soldier would carry his ammunition and other fighting load components in the jackets pockets. What’s more, the British military now issues a Smock as a general purpose item.

There is very limited use of Smocks by US forces. During the early 1990s, an experimental clothing system called Battle Dress System (BDS) was developed by the US Army Special Operations Command. It was a layered clothing system that eventually became the Lightweight Environmental Protection sub-system of SPEAR. The outermost layer called the SOF BDU, was a solid grey combat jacket and over trouser. With its solid great color the item was rejected due to institutional prejudice. When LEP was adopted, it was without the SOF BDU.

Issue items like the SAS Smock are pretty good, but commercial interests have taken them to a whole new level. Britain’s Special Air Sea Services has been manufacturing specialized variants of the smock since the 1980s. Other companies like Canada’s Drop Zone picked up the torch in the 90s and now, commercial items are more prevalent than the issue garment.

Smocks have made a lot of sense in Northern Europe where the cold wet climate requires layering. You see, as smocks are coat-like garments they are generally worn layered over shirts. In many climates the US military finds itself in, this would be too warm as a daily wear item. What’s more, the Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System in all three of its incarnations has offered various technical shells. It seems as if the US skipped the smock altogether for a time. But, with the advent of the most modern smocks, new fabrics have been introduced into the design essentially making them softshells. Conversely, Australian Mission Pac has developed a MultiCam ripstop 100% Cotton Smock for use in warm climates.

Other interesting concepts have been developed such as the Arktis SF Sleeveless Smock which looks like a hybrid between a smock and a 5.11 shooting vest.

Oftentimes, those with no experience with smocks will criticize the design. They don’t understand that use of a fully featured smock allows the reconfiguration of the load. For example, armor can be worn under the smock. Perhaps a chest rig may be required and perhaps not, but much of the items carried on the armor or in a pack can be carried in pockets, readily available.

With even more products hitting the market soon, smocks look to be making an indelible mark on the US market and as they become more and more prevalent, we will begin to see more widespread use, including on the battlefield. Think of the smock as yet another tool in the toolbox and use accordingly. Remember, it’s a tool, not the tool, and you’ll be ok.

-Eric Graves
The Editor
SSD