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SPARTANAT – Gear Made in Israel – Agilite. “Our experiences come from the battlefield“

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The Israeli army is considered one of the best in the world. No wonder, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) must defend a country that is surrounded by enemies in the truest sense of the word. At the same time, Israel has a creative defense industry. In the gear sector, AGILITE is one of the most outstanding companies. We talked with Eric, who is the international salesman for Agilite and was a member of the maritime SOF unit Shayatet 13, about the “Israeli way of gear”.

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SPARTANAT: Eric, where does Agilite come from and when did you start it?

AGILITE: Agilite is an Israeli company that uses experience from IDF units to make clever and more creative solutions to make tactical gear more ergonomic. It was founded in 2006 in Tel Aviv, Israel and is a supplier to both the Israel Defense Forces and Forces worldwide.

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SPARTANAT: IDF is an army with a lot of experiences. Is there a specific Israeli way of gear?

AGILITE: Yes, The IDF was founded under fire and often had to get by with whatever bad gear they could get hold of and just make it work. Right from the start, adapting the gear to make it work better was a part of the military culture. Soldiers had to get creative to make their equipment work well enough because being too heavy or not being able to move fast enough could cost you your life.
SF units and even regular infantry battalions all set up their own in-house gear studios to adapt or design their equipment from scratch to make it work well. They say “Necessity is the mother of invention” and when there’s a direct link between soldiers coming back from nightly missions and gear designers within their units gear can be refined and refined until it’s optimal for combat. This lead to a very different gear culture to other countries.

Agilite was founded to take this clever, creative, experience-based approach to gear design and combine it with professional manufacturing and to take it worldwide to other allied forces who can benefit from this mindset and gear that works with the body, not against it.

It’s gear ideas and experience going from the battlefield to the manufacturer, not the other way around like in many places.
As time goes on, weapons, enemy tactics and types of threats change but our soldiers’ bodies remain constant so gear has to adapt to keep operators light on their feet and agile.

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SPARTANAT: What’s your favorite Agilite product?

AGILITE: My favorite Agilite product is the Axis knee pad, a product that fixed the IDF’s problem of knee pads that fall down. Axis are now the standard issue knee pad for the entire Israeli military and they are outstanding. Every operator knows what it’s like to have to pull your knee pads up from your ankles non-stop and with Axis you don’t have to do that. You put them on and forget about them. They are also great because they are very well priced to be relevant to all soldiers not just SF which is rare.

Personally I also love them because they grip wet surfaces, do not slip on boats and also don’t absorb water. which is important in naval operations. Some people are bothered by their physical appearance but anyone who tries them is instantly hooked.

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SPARTANAT: Where is Agilite also in use beside Israel?

AGILITE: Agilite equipment is in use in over thirty countries and in some of the world’s most elite special forces units. Many top tier units operate in Middle Eastern combat terrain and climates very similar to ours and so our gear is very well received. We also do a lot of custom gear that is unit-specific but obviously not all of this is for public knowledge.

Eric M is head of International sales for Agilite. He spent 5 years as an operator in Shayetet 13, Israel’s Tier 1 Naval Special Warfare Unit. Contact: eric@agilitegear.com

AGILITE Homepage: www.agilitegear.com
AGILITE Facebook: www.facebook.com/AgiliteTactical
AGILITE Instagram: www.instagram.com/agilitetactical
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SPARTANAT – RangePack – iMessage Sticker Pack

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Range Pack

The “RangePack” is an iMessage Sticker Pack for iOS devices made by TACTICALMEASUREMENTS known from their first app MyRPM. It contains useful stickers for the use at the range. This variety of different calibers, targets and sights are allowing you an easy communication with your friends at the range, your gunsmith or local gun dealer. Just DRAG the sticker into your conversation or on a picture, a other sticker or just to show or point something out. The “RangePack” is an iMessage Sticker Pack for iOS devices made by TACTICALMEASUREMENTS known MyRPM.

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How it works

After downloading the iMessage Sticker Pack called “RangePack” from the App Store it shows up in your iMessenger. After opening the iMessenger presse the Application button to open your iMessage Sticker Packs and select the RangePack. “explain” – Take a picture of your target, mark your shots and show your problem/score to your friend or gunsmith.

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RANGEPACK on Facebook: www.facebook.com/iOSRANGEPACK
RANGEPACK on Instagram: www.instagram.com/rangepack
RANGEPACK on iTunes: appsto.re/at/WFEeib.i

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SPARTANT – Helikon-Tex: Equipment for the Tactical Gentleman

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Our friends at SPARTANAT sent us this interview with Helikon-Tex. We appreciate their efforts to keep the SSD readership abreast of happenings in Europe.

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HELIKON-TEX belongs to the stars in the European constellation of gear manufacturers. Good equipment at a good price – so the Poles have made a very good name and conquered a mark throughout Europe. Together with Grzegorz Mieszczak, CEO of Helikon-Tex, we talked about the company’s history, the standards of Helikon-Tex and the expansion into the USA.

Portrat HelikonSPARTANAT: Helikon-Tex comes from Poland and is now an international gear manufacturer. When and how did you start?

HELIKON-TEX: Our company was founded in 1983. Back then though our focus was mostly on importing camping equipment from Sweden – for example, Mora Knives of Sweden, with whom we’ve done strong business for over 30 years. When it comes to military side of things, it began just after the fall of communism in 1989. The borders were open at last and there was a rapidly growing demand for Western military surplus. Under Communist rule civilian ownership of any kind of military gear was strictly prohibited – so wearing Western military surplus became quite a big counter-culture fashion trend. We jumped at the opportunity and started to import surplus on a large scale; good-quality US GI M65 jackets were worth their weight in gold back in those days.

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This business went well through the 90’s, but as we stepped into the new millennium the golden age of surplus started coming to an end. Sources of gear began to dry up, fewer sizes were available, some items were no longer obtainable, etc. So that set us on the search to find a manufacturing capability in order to make some of the best-selling items ourselves in a full range of sizes. And that’s how we moved from being a surplus dealer to becoming a manufacturer and distributor of tactical and outdoor clothing and equipment.

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SPARTANAT: We want to know who your buyers are. Airsoft, military, outdoor…and why they purchase Helikon-Tex.

HELIKON-TEX: Just about every type of user of tactical and outdoor clothing and gear has been buying and using our products – from soldiers, law enforcement, PMCs and special operations forces, to hikers, campers, explorers, survivalists, preppers, shooters and airsofters. We’ve also seen our products featured in movies (‘HALO: Nightfall’) and TV (‘House of Cards’).

The reason they buy seems to be pretty simple; we provide the user with the quality and performance they require, the features they need, the colors and camouflage patterns they want. Of course, different people buy different products for different reasons – some folks buy messenger bags in camouflage patterns because they like the visual ‘look’, not because they want to conceal themselves. But whatever their specific trigger is to buy the product, folks always want the price to be economical – so that’s the space we look to occupy, quality gear at an economical price, and then we just try to keep up with the ever-growing demand.

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SPARTANAT: You have a lot of camos to offer; e.g. PenCott®. We see in particular a strong trend for GreenZone® in Poland. Why?

We cover a lot of countries, most of which have their own distinctive national camo pattern, and military guys usually want stuff in their national camouflage pattern so they can use it in the field. Airsofters also like to create a country / unit-themed load-out or to have every part of their loadout in their favorite camouflage print. So we need to run a lot of different camo patterns. We also monitor the latest dominant trends in the market with regards to fabrics, colors and camouflage patterns – that’s why we were the first large-scale manufacturer to work with the PenCott® camouflage patterns, as well as A-TACS and Kryptek.

Regarding PenCott®, to make a long story short, we were sold on its potential when we saw how well it works. GreenZone® performs very well in forests, woodland, mixed grassland-woodland and even in open green meadows and fields. It matches great with Northern, Central and Western European vegetation and from our observations, it is one of the best patterns for these regions for most of the year. We’ve also seen that it works great in many parts of North and Latin America too. BadLands® hasn’t been quite as popular as GreenZone® in Europe so far, but it works great as a late-autumn / winter pattern in deciduous woodland, as well as in dry and semi-arid regions – like in the US for example. Anti-poaching Rangers in Africa have also selected and used our products in the BadLands® pattern – as it has been seen to work very well in southern Africa too.

And of course, we are particularly pleased that we are one of the first to introduce the new urban camouflage pattern from PenCott – MetroPolis (pictured below) – in the equipment and present it at the IWA 2017.

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SPARTANAT: You have a wide range of gear, from packs to uniforms. What are the best-selling Helikon-Tex products?

HELIKON-TEX: Some of our best-sellers are the classic and modern styles of field uniforms, other universal bestsellers are our UTP and OTP pants in different materials and colors, and our ‘Trooper’ softshell jackets in various colors is also a top seller.

We’ve also learned that the more original and functional the product is, the better it sells. That’s why we’ve set up our own in-house design team and are moving away from just making reproductions of surplus or issued clothing and gear. With our new ‘themed’ approach to product lines – Urban Line, Range Line, Outback Line, Patrol Line, Bushcraft Line, Medical Line – we are developing unique, specialized products for particular users and needs that follow our own specific style of design. We’ve also developed and introduced some proprietary colors of our own as well – ‘Shadow Grey’ and ‘Adaptive Green’ – which adds another element of distinctiveness to our products, as well as being very good colors.

Finally, we’re also stepping up more and more into nylon products, but garments and headgear remain the backbone of our business – and we’re adding more and more of our own unique and practical designs to the portfolio all the time. We foresee many of our newer products – such as the ‘Wolfhound’ light insulated jacket and the ‘Hybrid Tactical Pants’ (‘HTP’) becoming best-sellers as well.

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SPARTANAT: Many companies come from the outdoor market and then sell to the military. You are going the other direction. Is outdoors a good market for a tactical manufacturer?

HELIKON-TEX: It surely can be. There are a lot of outdoor people how want sturdy, practical gear that doesn’t cost a fortune, and many of them – nature photographers, bushcrafters, urban explorers, survivalists – prefer subdued or earthy tones rather than the brightly colored and flashy styles offered by many outdoor brands. For such folks a design that has a ‘tactical’ heritage, with subdued colors, practical style and durable construction, is the natural choice. There is also a significant ‘cross-over’ market audience in the EDC, PMC, LE, Shooter and Prepper communities. These folks find our products well suited to their needs for practical and discrete carriage of personal items and tools – as well as having the robustness and weather resistance needed for vigorous outdoor use.

So our answer is definitely yes – the outdoor market can be a good market for a tactical gear and clothing maker, as long as the ‘tactical’ look is kind of low-profile and not full-blown ‘tacti-cool’. Some people have described the outdoor-oriented products in our portfolio as ‘tactical clothing for the outdoor gentleman’ or as ‘outdoor clothing for the tactical gentleman’ (and ladies too now). We think that pretty accurately describes our hybrid / cross-over design approach. Finally, our designs have a design aesthetic and ergonomic fit that seems to be resonating positively with users in Europe – and beyond.

SPARTANAT: Speaking of “in Europe – and beyond”, we hear that Helikon-Tex has launched in the USA. How is that going?

HELIKON-TEX: We’ve been attending the SHOT Show for a few years (we’re also now a corporate member of the NSSF), and with the size and amount of activity in the American market, we knew that it just made sense to expand into the US as well. Of course, it’s easier to say that than it is to do it. But we’ve been working steadily on getting everything in place to make it work. We’ve gone through our sizing charts and reconfigured everything to fit the American sizing model, we’ve gone through our portfolio of existing products (as well as the one’s on the drawing board) and decided which products will be offered in the US. We’ve also got a team of guys in the US who are working on getting the infrastructure and marketing plans in place to be ready when we turn the key.

The US market is a bit different from Europe of course – there are a lot more Shooters than Airsofters for one thing, and the tactical law enforcement market is bigger, and a very important market segment too. So we’ve been working on building brand awareness and product acceptance in the professional military and law enforcement communities through influential folks like Wes Doss and his Lights, Sights and Lasers Tour, and also with the Tactical Tracking Operations School and Deliberate Dynamics International.

At the present time we are working on getting things set up, ironing out the wrinkles, and starting to do some targeted marketing and product placement. We are live with our online store and making a lot more noise in the US market after that.

HELIKON-TEX, Zachodnia 9, 55-330 Miekinia, Poland. Tel.: +48 71 317 80 00

HELIKON-TEX: www.helikon-tex.com

SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com

SPARTANAT – New from Lindnerhof Taktik 2017

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Lindnerhof Taktik is one of Germany’s leading gear companies. Botth CEOs are former KSK operators. LHT gear is widely spread with German Special Forces and SWAT teams. Here are some new products for 2017.

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The LowVis plate carrier is the minimalist version of a concealed vest and can be combined with a chest rig. It comes with a pocket which can be used for both, soft and hard armor. The inbuilt plate holder allows fixation of small hard armor plates. The rear section offers the opportunity to attach extra lengths of straps. Furthermore the Velcro surface can be covered, to prevent damaging the outerwear. The carrier can be used as well with the height-adjustable two-row waist belt as with a three-row belt.

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Plattenträger VI. Generation: The sixth generation of the renowned plate carrier comes with three separately usable cable guides on the front. A storage compartment with a Velcro closing is located on the frontal collar region. The inbuilt plate holder allows fixation of small hard armor plates. Furthermore the slim rescue handles provide fast access in critical situations.

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The First Responder pouch was designed to provide fast and straightforward first-response medical assistance. The lid features a small compartment for handling and affixing scissors using a 20 mm strap. Medical emergency equipment can be carried using the lower storage compartment. The removable waist belt offers the possibility to attach the pouch on plate carriers, vests and backpacks using clips, which are sold separately.   

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Through PALS the small Abwurfsack/Dump pouch (single-row) is a very compact, reliable and easily mountable piece of gear. It can be used to safely stow empty magazines, medical waste and other quickly packed material.

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This reliable Funkgerätetasche/Radio Pouch HL (universal) for transporting radios comes with two lateral elastic bands, which makes it very flexible. The closing mechanism features a cord and a quick-release buckle, offering the possibility to use the radio while inside the pouch.

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The useful features of the Klettergurt/Harness-Set are focused on tactical use. Removable leg loops with quick-release buckles grant a maximum scope of action. Moreover the belt alone can be used with pants and makes it possible to attach holsters. The tie-in loop is made in accordance with norm EN 12277.

LINDNERHOF TAKTIK im Internet: www.lindnerhof-taktik.de
Shop HQG: www.hqg.de
SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com

SPARTANAT Interviews SOD Gear At IWA On New Legion Line

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

SPARTANAT shot some video at IWA including this interview with Max of SOD Gear as he goes over their new Legion line of clothing.

SPARTANAT – 20 Foot Firepower : The Patria NEMO Container System

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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It seems timid enough. It’s is small, black-orange and not dangerous? Completely wrong, if we talk about NEMO from Patria. We found it at IDEX 2017 in AbuDhabi. The state-of-the-art company PATRIA, with its innovative and unique mortar system NEMO, offered a much-respected and highly frequented exhibition space. This heavy mortar, 120 mm in diameter, is integrated into a completely self-contained container container and contains all the equipment required by a mortar unit for general daytime operation and fire fighting in one package. In addition to its own power supply and air-conditioning system, the armored container also includes an NBC filter system in its 20-foot standard EU standard. The basic armor offers ballistic protection against infantry, but can be supplemented by up to 10 mm thick steel cladding / ceramic plates for higher protection. The storage space offers space for up to 100 shells and thus provides a sustained firepower.

The main advantage of the NEMO container system lies in its simple and unique mobility. The flexible container system can adapt its firing position to the tactical situation within a very short time, regardless of whether it is mounted in static storage / object protection, as a moving mortar unit in the direct support of the advancing infantry or on a ship. The NEMO mortar tower can rotate 360Deg and with its -3Deg to + 85Deg pivot range all surfaces of min. 300 m to max. 9,000m with up to 10 grenades / min. This supporting firepower allows the infantry to react adequately “air” in critical situations to react to unexpected attacks.

Under the patronage of its Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, the more than 1,200 international suppliers of the defense industry at this year’s trade fair from 19 to 23 February, showed the latest technologies for the three-dimensional defense sector land, air, sea. IDEX 2017 was once again a unique platform to build and strengthen direct contacts and relationships with government agencies, army staffs and other companies. This year again more than 100,000 visitors were counted.

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PATRIA: patria.fi/en
IDEX 2017: www.idexuae.ae
SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com

Spartanat – New by Corvus Defensio: M1 Receiver Rail

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Corvus Defensio from Austria, specialists for Steyr AUG upgrading, will present at IWA Nuremberg a new part for the bullpup: M1 Receiver Rail The features are similar to the AUG A3 35 Slot Receiver Rail, but without the front KeyMod section due to the special M1 Receiver interface.

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Trijicon ACOGs and Compact ACOGs can be directly mounted to the M16-Carry Handle like mounting slot and on either side it has integrated QD Sling Swivel attachment points. It weighs 117 g/4.1 oz and is CNC milled of 7075 aluminum with a hard anodized coating.

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IWA: https://www.iwa.info
Corvus Defensio: http://corvusdefensio.com
SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com

SPARTANAT: TILO-3 thermal image helmet / head lamp by Andres Industries

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

This is world’s first thermal image helmet/headlamp. With this product, Andres Industries from Berlin/Germany developed a completely new product group: a thermal imaging system that has all the possibilities of tactical helmets /headlamps:

1. Spotlight white (160 Lumen 20°)

2. Spotlight red

3. IR-Light (invisible)

4. Brightness control

5. Flashing function

If the device is used as a headlamp, it is also worn as such. There is either a helmet holder for attachment to the helmet or an adapter to use the device on the GoPro headband.

Thermal imaging function: To use the thermal imaging function, the TILO-3 is folded down and now it works as a thermal imaging goggle. Despite the small size, the image and recognition quality by far surpasses other commercially available thermal imaging devices. A version with a thermal resolution of <40mK is available for authorities. This is comparable to the performance of a cooled thermal imaging device.

Technical specifications:

  • FOV: 25° H
  • Resolution: 329×240 pixel
  • Rate: 9Hz (hunters), 60Hz (authorities)
  • Weight: about 100g
  • Length: 4cm
  • Price: €2500
  • Protection: IP868 (nitrogen filled)
  • Power: 1xCR123 and external possibleThe lamp function can also be used during use as a thermal imaging device. TILO-3 will have its world premiere during ENFORCE TAC and can also be seen at IWA in Nuremberg.

    EnforceTac March 1st – 3rd, 2017 – Hall 10.1 326

    IWA March 3rd – 6th 2017 – Hall 6-113

    ENFORCE TAC: www.enforcetac.com

    Andres Industries: www.andres-industries-shop.de

    SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com