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SOTECH IFAK History

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Sometimes at SOTECH, we need to take a break from looking at future tactical systems trends to look back at our history to find some design gems. When we look back at 20 years of design meetings, sample making, teleconferences, field tests, it’s humbling to look back at all the amazing personnel we had the honor of working with as they reshaped military medicine. S.O.TECH of course respects that other companies innovated great IFAK designs during this period, this is just a timeline of ours.

We collected some of our design stories and compiled them here sotechtactical.com/pages/history-of-our-ifaks.

SOTECH Recce Vest

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

During our SHOT Show coverage we told you about SOTECH’s Recce Vest based on the item issued to the British SAS for decades and officially known as the Pack, Lightweight Combat. Now, their modernized version is available for order.

SOTECH presents a high ride vest that rides above gun belts / LBE Harnesses and over plate carriers.
The Recce Vest was designed as a lightweight vest with large pocket capacity to be folded up in your pocket or pack. While this is ideal for recce applications, it is also well suited for SERE, narcotics eradication, motor bike use, and numerous other uses.

This vest has some improvements over the UK models with flap or shock cord retention on the two smaller front pouches – you can engage the flap, or fold it away to use just the shock cord. We also added a cinchable storm hood to the back pack for retention. The vest is made of 500D Cordura for lightweight durability. Removable foam insert providing padding for optics and electronics sold separately.

Features:
• 5 Compartments (4 front pockets, 1 Rear pack)
• Lightweight design, small buckles, ¾ in webbing
• Dimensions:
-Rear Pack- 10″ x 12″ x 4.5″
-Large Front Pockets- 9.5″ x 6″ x 2.5″
-Smaller Front Pockets- 5″ x 4″ x 1.5″
• Material: 500D Cordura Nylon®, Elastic, Small Polymer Buckles, Heavy webbing
• Made in the USA

sotechtactical.com/products/sas-recon-vest

SHOT Show 17 – SOTech’s “British” Load Carriage Vest

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Let’s face it, I’m jaded. I look at cool military gear everyday, so it’s hard to get me excited about much of anything. When I walked into the SOTech booth, it was more to wish Founder Jim Cragg congratulations for his company’s 20th anniversary than to check out more gear, as my fun meter had already pegged by day one of SHOT Show. Then, I looked on a lower shelf, and spied this beauty.

It’s a simple affair, mesh shoulders with no adjustment for length, connected directly to large, top loading GP pockets at the front and a big day pack at the rear. The vest also offers side adjustment and two front closure straps with QR buckles.

Unless you’re a true connoisseur of load carriage, you may not recognize this modern take on a classic British Load Carriage Vest, used by UKSF during the 70s in Oman, the 80s in the Falklands and Brunei and up until Operation Desert Storm in SW Asia. In fact, one was still being worn by a member of Executive Outcomes in the late 90s.

The Pack, Lightweight Combat was manufactured by several firms including Chelsea Quilt Company, commonly known as CQC, Ltd, and Mills Equipment Company (MECO). A common misconception is that this is the 72 trials pattern webbing because of its similar cut and materials, but while both were manufactured from Butyl rubber, they are distinctly different pieces of kit. The Lightweight Combat Pack was often used by UK special operators because the large ammo pouches to the front were adaptable to a wide variety of magazine types from Bren to Armalite magazines. The original model also often incorporated a specific pocket for SLR (FNFAL) magazines sewn to the front of either side’s large pocket to facilitate quick reloads. The lightweight design was intended specifically for use in tropical environments but often saw action in other regions, especially the desert.

SOTech created this no frills vest at the request of a customer for use on Close Target Recce where it can be removed from a pack and loaded with equipment needed for a short duration mission. It’s still a simple design, made from 500D Cordura and Mil-Spec mesh, with modern QR buckles. It won’t be for everybody, but some guys will get it, and use it.

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SOTECH Celebrates 20 Years Launching Its Bravo Bag Sale

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This December, SOTECH is running a series of events leading up to our 20 year anniversary on 1 January 2017! We begin with the debut of SOTECH’s 3 Day Assault Pack A1 Bravo which we are abbreviating to call it the Bravo Bag. It is launching just in time for Christmas. To celebrate the holidays and the launch of our new Bravo bag we are extending a special introductory price of only $99, that’s 30% off! Bag is 100% Made in the USA with US materials and like everything we make BUILT TO SURVIVE THE WORLD’S WORST.

20 years in business is just another anniversary to large corporations, but to a small business – a service disabled veteran owned small business, that 20 year milestone means a lot. We intend to do our best to thank our customers and supporter who helped SOTECH to make it this far, so stay tuned as we get closer to January 1st!

Key Features:
* Constructed of 500 Denier Cordura® Nylon
* Front facing zipper pocket, ideal for such items such as tablets, keys, wallets, etc.
* Rear zipper compartment accommodates up to 15.5″ laptops
* Breathable spacer mesh backing
* Interior sleeve accommodates laptops, files and other slim items
* Interior female Velcro® for add-on tearaway Velcro® pouches
* Volume: 20 liters
* Lifetime Warranty
* Made in the USA with US Materials

Overall Dimensions: 19″ x 11″ x 6″

Order yours ASAP in order to guarantee it for Christmas delivery.

Get your Bravo Pack Here.

SOTech Displays New Products At NTOA

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

SOTech is excited to support Less Lethal Concepts’ debut of their Pepper Pak at NTOA this weekend. SOTech was pleased to be asked to engineer a carriage system for Less Lethal Concepts’ innovative riot control spray device. Come check out both companies in booth 302 Sunday and Monday at the NTOA National Conference in Louisville, KY. SOTech will also have its law enforcement line of IFAKs, active shooter response gear, slings and Taser holsters on display.

SOTech will debut its latest evolution of the Viper Flat IFAK – a vehicle headrest adapter kit. Developed with Portland PD, the kit mounts a Flat IFAK with side pull-out capability to the front or back of the headrest (depending on whether you ride one-up or two-up). Check it out in Booth 302.

www.sotechtactical.com

S.O.Tech – LE Plate Carrier Sale

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

SOTech has seen a spike in interest in simple, durable high quality plate carriers in the days since the attacks on law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. While we are proud to provide gear that will perform in the toughest situations, we want to do more to say “We support you” to our LEO community.

Jim Cragg, President, S.O.TECH Inc.

www.SOTechTactical.com

Nous Defions and SOTech Announce Collaboration 

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Nous Defions was founded by a Special Forces NCO whose passion led him to the intersection of the sporting and tactical worlds. The Nous Defions Jiu Jitsu product line is centered around the Jiu Jitsu Clubs that have grown in the SOF community. The competitive drive of the SOF operator draws many to hone their close combatives skills in the Jiu Jitsu dojo. Holding true to the standards of SOF Warriors, he decided that Nous Defions products would be of the highest quality and 100% American made. Having just completed his first run of American made Jiu Jitsu gis, Nous Defions embarked on a competitors pack. Nous Defions decided to contract S.O.Tech /Special Operations Technologies Inc for production because of their 20 years of fabricating custom designed nylon tactical gear for SOF units.

True to SOF innovativeness, the bag is designed to convert with an expandable compartment from a backpack into a shoulder duffel bag. The bag is made of military grade nylon and the interior is blaze orange for identification of contents and Velcro lined for affixing accessory pouches. Whether running to the dojo for a workout or going TDY for a match with a couple days of supplies, this bag is well thought out.

Nous Defions also sponsors a number of veteran based charitable foundations including the We Defy Foundation, Warrior Heart, Elder Heart and Mission22.

NousDefionsUSA.com

Sneak Peak – SOTech Debuts Tactical Medical Belt System At SOMSA

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

This Tuesday through Thursday, SOTech will display its latest medical designs at the Special Operations Medical Association’s SOMSA conference. Spotlighted will be a tactical medical belt system designed for SOF medics.

It is based off SOTech’s next gen version of their contoured padded pistol belt. Included is a lower back comfort/support pad. It combines with a series of pouches including SOTech’s flat small of the back medical pouch designs, derivative of SOTech’s innovation the Viper Flat IFAK. It also includes combination magazine /medical pouches derivative of SOTech’s early Hellcat Chest Rig concepts. SOMSA will be held at the Charlotte (NC) Conference Center.

Visit SOTech at IWA

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

  
SOTech Founder and President Jim Cragg will be showing product at IWA March 4-6. We will be exhibiting in the booth of TAC WRK, our friends and dealer. The TAC WRK booth is #305 in Hall 9. SOTech has had a long history of designing go bags, plate carriers and medical systems with European SOF units. So we hope to see some old friends.

www.sotechtactical.com

A Tour Of S.O.Tech

Friday, February 26th, 2016

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