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Last month I visited TYR Tactical and as we went over their new Huron Tactical Clothing and Equipment line several items caught my eye including this Split Hand Warmer. There are a lot of hand warmers out there but this one zips apart into two pieces allowing you new configuration options. It’s really up to your imagination.
It can be easily attached to your Brokos Belt, Plate Carrier or worn via adjustable Waist Strap. The split hand warmer also includes two front zipper pockets for storing reusable disk-activated hand warmers.
Construction and Features:
-Heavy Duty #10 Separating Zipper
-Adjustable Cinched Wrist Opening
-Side Buckle Conversation Kit
-Water Repellent Treated 2-Way Stretch Material Shell
-Insulated with 6oz PrimaLoft which is Thermally Efficient along with Superior Water Resistance, Fast Drying, Lightweight and Breathable, Compresses well and offers Wind Resistance
-Polartec Wind Pro offers four Times More Wind Resistance than Traditional Fleece along with Exceptional Durability
Shown attached to the TYR Tactical Brokos Belt – Jungle (available separately). The Huron Split Hand Warmer attaches to any style Brokos Belt via side buckle conversion kit (Figure A). It can be used individually (Figure B) or in its assembled configuration (Figure C).
Currently only available in MultiCam (more colors to come in 2015)
The Huron Hand Warmer (HRN-HW001) does exactly what the name implies. It keeps your hands warm and dry when sitting in inclement weather so that your fingers will be nimble when needed.
It can be easily attached to a waist belt or worn via its integral, adjustable waist strap. It also includes a front zipper pocket for storing reusable disk activated hand warmers which is pretty handy in severe cold.
-Exterior is Water Repellent Treat 2-Way Stretch Material
-Insulated with 6oz PrimaLoft
-Interior lined with comfy Polartec® Wind Pro which is Four Times More Wind Resistance than Traditional Fleece
Currently only available in MultiCam (more colors to come in 2015)
Selected for issue as a component of the Special Forces Load Carriage System (SFLCS), the Huron Assaulters Sustainment Pack (part number HRN-ASP008) is a low profile design, manufactured from 500D Cordura as well as TYR Tactical’s proprietary Pluma Vires material. PV combines the strengths of Cordura and aramid to reduce weight and increase strength in high wear areas.
As you can see, the ASP008 incorporates removable spacer mesh shoulder straps for comfort when wearing the pack without armor. Additionally, it has a removable spacer mesh back panel that allows the pack to be worn as standard pack or attached to directly to a vest or plate carrier. The spacer mesh is antimicrobial to resist rot and stink associated with field use and also has an FR treatment.
The ASP008 has two side pockets with elasticized openings that will accept Nalgene water bottles or other items.
The PALS and mesh beavertail can be removed via the zipper that works in conjunction with a snap backup. It is large enough to carry a helmet and additional versions are coming out in Spring 2015.
In addition to a Velcro panel for ID, the beavertail offers PALS webbing for accessories. There is also a zippered pocket on the interior of the beavertail.
Internally, there are three Hydration Ports/Wire Routing Channels as well as an internal hydration bladder pocket. Finally, in addition to a mesh radio pocket with straps to secure the radio, there is a removable internal storage zipper pocket for items like batteries, etc.
The ASP008 has been assigned NSN 8465-01-632-9644. Although currently only available in MultiCam, the ASP008 will be offered in additional colors in 2015.
Developed at the request of an Allied SOF unit, the Cold Weather Smock is the first of a series of items under TYR’s new Huron Tactical Equipment and Clothing line. Over the next few weeks we are going to take a look at several additional new clothing items and packs from this line.
Before we go any further, I want to talk about presentation. This is the first thing you are going to see when you get a Smock; a zippered carrying case with the item’s nomenclature displayed in the front, proudly emblazoned with the Huron logo. Unzip it and you’ll find a piece of craftsmanship. It is a simple thing, but it resonated with me.
Why Develop A Smock?
I’ve been following the development of this Smock for the past several months, getting my initial glimpse during the TYR Tactical open house in Southern Pines. They are now a full year into it, on their 14th iteration of development, and ready to release.
The point here is that, although TYR Tactical founder Jason Beck is a longtime fan of the smock, he did it for the customer. TYR isn’t looking for a big commercial market to validate the investment in time and energy although they’ve already sold 60 before the Smock even hits the market.
“If I sell 200 of this item, I’ll be happy. This is specialized clothing based on customer feedback.”
This softshell garment is manufactured from 4-way stretch fabric, treated with Marathon H100 which repels water, dirt, and oil while still giving the textile breathability and elasticity. Additionally, CSM reinforced rubberized elbows offer protection and grip in rough terrain. Those elbow sections will also accept D3O impact pads, available through TYR Tactical. I can tell you that while those elbows might look like overkill, they make a big difference while in the prone in rocky terrain.
These features combine to make the Huron Smock an excellent 3-season garment. Truth be told, I don’t see you wearing this in temperatures above 70 Deg F, but it will be the heat, when it’s cold outside.
In addition to the obvious pit zips, three other features help with wear in warmer conditions including heavy exertion. First, the hood is removable (leaving behind a stand up collar) and second, the antimicrobial treated mesh lining is moisture wicking to increase comfort and hold down stink from prolonged wear in the field. Finally, the back of the Smock is single layer fabric which is critical for those wearing a pack, external armor carrier, or other load bearing system in order to help avoid overheating.
The Base Design
This is a pretty complicated design with 184 individually cut pieces. That makes for a lot of sewing machine time. They started working with the shoulders because the Smock has to carry up to 25 lbs of kit. A single-piece load bearing yoke was a necessity, and you’ll notice that there is double material across the internal yoke and down the front in order to support the weight of a fully loaded Smock.
Maneuverability and range of motion were also key factors so they added material in the shoulder area to accommodate the deltoids. They also incorporated gussetted pit zips for venting during heavy exertion.
The Smock features simple, Velcro cuff closures. Interestingly, the length of the flap and Velcro adjustment has been modified a couple of times over the course of the Smock’s development as customer feedback dialed the final design in.
Additionally, there are internal drawstrings at the waist and hem for adjustment of load and to keep wind and snow out of the Smock. The barrel locks are sewn in place for one-hand adjustment. They’ve also incorporated 500D Cordura behind the main zipper. This gives it a little more support and won’t bind the zipper like a lighter wight fabric might.
Pockets, Pockets, Pockets
Did you say, “pockets?” Well, believe me, this thing has got them. In fact, the chest area alone has external flapped patch pockets right on top of zippered inset Napoleon pockets, while inside the Smock offers zippered chest pockets. Remember, it was designed to carry 25 lbs of equipment and you can compartment it well, including mesh pockets along the internal skirt of the Smock that will accommodate rations.
Summary of Pockets:
4 Front Pockets
- 2 Top Patch Pockets – Velcro Closure
- 2 Bottom Patch Pockets w/Flap – Button Closure
2 External Napoleon Chest Pockets
- Zipper Closure
2 Internal Napoleon Chest Pockets
- Zipper Closure
5 Internal Base Mesh Pockets Along Skirt of Smock
- Button Closure
2 Side Radio Pockets
- 1 w/Flap and Bungee Retention
- 1 Bungee Retention
2 Rear Poacher Pockets
- Bottom Pockets w/Flap – Button Closure
2 Sleeve Pockets
- Zipper Closure
Depending on the application, TYR uses slotted buttons, Velcro, zippers or a combination of more than one as closures for the pockets.
Internal Magazine Pockets
Inside several of the larger pockets found on the Huron Smock are internal magazine slots that will accommodate 30 rd 5.56 magazines. There are a total of six of these slots. The photo below was taken last Spring of a prototype variant.
Interestingly, the two side hip mounted pockets were designed to accept the PRC-148/152 and incorporate cable routing slots so that the cables won’t be exposed.
As I stated earlier, the hood is removable via button attachment and the version that comes with the Smock is made from the same 4-way stretch softshell material as the rest of the smock. However, TYR is already experimenting with other, optional hoods like this fleece lined one which they whipped up while I was there last week.
I’d also keep my eyes out for a lightweight Smock, made from a different fabric, for hot weather ops in the future.
Colors and Sizing
This is a very specialized piece of kit, currently offered in MultiCam, with other colors to follow. Sizes are Small – 3XLarge. It is very generously cut and unless you plan on wearing a puffy jacket underneath, I’d suggest you go down a size.
I am impressed with the work that has gone into the new Huron Cold Weather Smock. While it may be a bit pricey for many, it is definitely worth considering of you require something along these lines.
LE and military organizations/personnel, contact TYR Tactical for special pricing.
If you want these, scream loud! Look for two variants (workout and range) in March, 2015 from TYR Tactical’s new Huron Tactical Equipment and Clothing.