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Meet EPIC from TYR Tactical – The Army Might Not Be Getting It, But You Can

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

This is EPIC, a new armor vest from TYR Tactical. Under development for over two years and a finalist as part of the US Army’s Soldier Protection System – Torso and Extremity Protection program, the Enhanced PICO Improved Carrier is actually available in two versions; Male and Female variants.

epic male front angle

It’s a five piece design called the Integrated Ballistic System that increases ballistic protection, decreases side spall and reduces back face deformation. The five piece design includes a panel suspension and energy disbursement frame. Known as the Ballistic Vein, it increases the overall load carriage performance of a carrier and provides a more rigid platform for adding weight to the system. It also reduces fatigue by improving the complete structure of the carrier by retaining the soft armor panels in the proper configuration, preventing bunching and supporting the plates to improve edge hit protection. It reduces blunt trauma and back face deformation values and ultimately increases V50 performances by up to 125 feet per second by absorbing energy from projectile engagement.

Ballistic Ridge (8) SAPI 2015A

While developed in-house, prior to the SPS-TEP solicitation, the EPIC design was tweaked in order to meet all of the requirements. A couple of innovations came out of the design such as the Ballistic Vein we’ve already mentioned as well as the Ballistic Ridge. The Ballistic Vein can be seen above, along with the armor package and the Ballistic Ridge around the Armor Plate. One of the specifications for the Improved Outer Tactical Vest is that there is a 1″ overlap of soft armor behind ballistic plates in order to deal with spall from edge shots. TYR’s Ballistic Ridge moved the 1″ of soft armor unto the edge of the front armor plate and .5” of additional ballistic coverage beyond the side plates. Thanks to the Ballistic Ridge (and a couple of other things like their PV material), TYR was able to offer a 30% weight reduction over the current issue IOTV. Considering the Army’s goals were a 15% reduction within 18 months and 30% in the course of five years, this is impressive.

EPIC front

One of the requirements of SPS-TEP was that the armor had to utilize the current 4-cable cutaway found on the IOTV. TYR has incorporated it into the EPIC design and it’s common to both Female and Male models with the pull tab located in the front center, below the Vecro flap. Cutaway buckles are located on both shoulders and on the EPIC Base Cummerbund.

EPIC 360

EPIC can also be integrated with the Brokos belt and XFrame for enhanced load management.

EPIC female

Something that sets EPIC apart from other vests currently on the market is the patent pending female cut, which you can see above.

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While the baseline PICO armor carrier is well known for its ergonomic cut, you can really see the Female cut in the (above) photo and its advantages are obvious (below).

EPIC 1

Additional Features:
- PALS webbing for MOLLE attachment
- Hydration/Communication Tabs for routing
- EPIC Low Profile Shoulders
- Removable Assaulters Zip-On Back Panel
- Lace Adjustable Cummerbund

Here are the Soft Armor inserts, which offer 360 degree coverage, in Male (left) and Female (right) versions. These can be removed from the EPIC vest and used as concealable armor with these carriers. Once again, you can see that the Female variant is designed to accommodate the differences in anatomy from their Male counterparts.

Regardless of Male or Female version, EPIC is available in three different styles depending on the profile (thickness) of your plate:
-EPIC 1 accommodates standard SAPI/ESAPI plates (approximately .75” thick)
-EPIC 2 will hold Cercom & Ceradyne plate styles (approximately .5” thick)
-EPIC 6 will hold TYR-HA3/7 plate styles (approximately .5” thick)

EPIC FRONT A

Although the US Army ultimately chose the government design for SPS-TEP, individuals and agencies can now purchase EPIC directly from TYR Tactical. It not only meets, but exceeds SPS specifications and unlike SPS, comes in both Male and Female versions. Available beginning 4 July, 2015.

www.TYRtactical.com

TYR Tactical – Independence Day Savings

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

  

Sale valid until 07/06/2015 online at TYRTACTICAL.COM. While supplies last. Some Exclusions May Apply. All sales are final. Not valid on prior purchases.

Additionally, the new Catalog will be available for download on the 4th of July!

Ranger Green Anorak Sighting!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

  
I really like the Huron Approach Anorak from TYR Tactical and this sample in Ranger Green looks great!

Morgan Advanced Materials And Tyr Tactical Announce Armor System Passes NIJ Level III Certification Testing Requirements

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Morgan Advanced Materials has recently announced that their hard armor system, in conjunction with Tyr Tactical’s soft armor system, has passed the NIJ 0101.06 Level III certification standards. The full release can be read below:

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Morgan Advanced Materials hard armor, in-conjunction with Tyr Tactical’s soft armor system, has successfully passed the ballistic, durability, and environmental requirements of the NIJ 0101.06 Level III certification process. Full NIJ certification is pending, with completion expected this summer. With a 10-inch x 12-inch plate weighing 2 pounds and just over ¾-inch thick, the modular and scalable system provides substantial weight and thickness advantages over stand-alone plates.

The system consists of a Lightweight Buoyant LWBIII+ rifle plate developed by Morgan’s Composites and Defence Systems business with Tyr Tactical’s T52/SP or T54/C soft armor. In addition to the NIJ Level III threat, the Level III+ system is capable of stopping a variety of rifle threats, including 7.62 millimeter (mm) ball rounds, 7.62mm mild steel core (AK47) rounds and 5.56mm ball rounds (M193 and LE223T3).

The ultra-lightweight, high performance hard plate insert which is manufactured from the latest generation durable composite technology is extremely hard wearing and designed specifically for the rugged environments faced by military and security personnel. The products are available to law enforcement, security, and military/defense customers.

The rifle plates, soft armor, and full system are available in the US through Tyr Tactical’s facility in Peoria, Arizona. It is available in Canada through Millbrook Tactical, located in Stittsville, Ontario.

www.morganadvancedmaterials.com

www.tyrtactical.com

Sneak Peek – Huron Tactical 120L Assaulter Sustainment Pack

Friday, May 29th, 2015

  
This sneak peek photo of the new 120 Liter Assaulter Sustainment Pack from Huron Tactical, was captured this week during CANSEC in Ottawa, Canada. It offers the same features as the mid-sized 68 liter pack. Coming 15 June, 2015 from www.TYRtactical.com.

TYR Tactical – Memorial Day Sale Extended

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

TYR Tactical

TYR Tactical has extended their Memorial Day sale through tomorrow, May 29th. Take 15% off on sale and retail items. Use coupon code MEMORIAL15 to apply the discount.

www.tyrtactical.com/products/list/Special-Offers

TYR Tactical – Memorial Day Sale

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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TYR Tactical is holding a Memorial Day sale. From now to May 26th, take 15% off on sale and retail items. Use coupon code MEMORIAL15 to apply the discount.

www.tyrtactical.com/products/list/Special-Offers

Huron Tactical – 68l Assaulter Sustainment Pack

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

This is the last installment of a three-part exclusive sneak peek at Huron Tactical’s new pack and clothing line. Today, we’ll cover the 68 liter Assaulter Sustainment Pack. It’s a hybrid top/panel loader design with a common external frame that can be swapped out with other pack bags.

This 22″ Huron Load Carriage Backpack Frame was designed to aid in the overall load carriage of the family of packs as well as additional components and can accommodate all of the larger Huron pack bags. The frame itself is 1.5 to 2 pounds lighter than most other makes on the market. The Yoke/Shoulder and Waist Belt assembly can be custom fit to the users height and girth thanks to a PALS-style grid that is adjustable for height.

The front, side and inside main compartment has generous amounts of PALS webbing to secure extra pouches or the PRC117 radio adapter. An internal mesh comprehension system secures and prevents unnecessary shifting of packed equipment. Attachment points on the top and front of the pack were added in order to use interchangeable front flaps and caps, which add space when needed.

• Cubic Liters: 68 (Main Body, LG V.2 Cap, Nalgene Bottle Pockets, Roll Bottom Storage Compartment)
• Dim: 25.5”H x 13.625”W x 9.75”D 

Like the 32 liter model, this larger pack has a rolltop closure that sits independently below the Cap. It is closes with Velcro, is rolled tight and then secured via SR buckles meaning you can control your load and keep your gear a little drier. This same rolltop closure has been integrated into the bottom sleeping gear compartment so no zippers to catch on your sleeping bag as you try to stuff it into place. It’s like having a built-in compression stuff sack and will accept up to an extreme cold weather bag. The bottom of the pack also offers canteen/Nalgene pockets on either side as well as straps to secure extra gear such as rigid sleeping pads.

Additional Features:
•Fully adjustable Yoke with 6 points of vertical tuning
•Carry Handle
•Adjustable waist belt with integrated removable lumbar support
•PALS webbing for MOLLE attachment
•Top loading with compression strap closure
•Hard sewn zippers allow the user to change the overall storage capacity of the pack with interchangeable front flaps such as the Direct Action Assault Pack which also fits the rear of the TYR Tactical PICO Armor Carrier
•Front loading via heavy duty #10 zippers on the right & left side of the pack
•Attachment points allow the user to change the overall storage capacity of the pack with interchangeable caps. Each pack comes complete with a Large cap
•Side compression straps allow the user to the overall capacity of the pack when areas are not in use
•Antimicrobial/FR treated padded spacer mesh is used on the internal portions of the vest for comfort

The Huron 68 liter Assaulter Sustainment Pack Is made from 500D Cordura as well as TYR Tactical’s PV material in key areas for incredible strength and abrasion resistance. The full Huron line will be released 15 June, 2015 from www.TYRtactical.com.

Huron Tactical – 32l Assaulter Sustainment Pack with Direct Action Assault Pack

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

  
This is the second installment in a three-part exclusive sneak peek at Huron Tactical’s new pack and clothing line. Today, we’ll cover the 32 liter Assaulter Sustainment Pack with Direct Action Assault Pack. The pack itself is a hybrid top/panel loader design with an internal frame. The internal frame of the pack is constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber. Huron’s 32l Assaulters Sustainment Pack is low profile and uses both 500D Cordura as well their hybrid PV material in key areas for incredible strength and abrasion resistance.

  

32 liter Assaulter Sustainment Pack

The 32 Liter model is the smallest of Huron Tactical’s new line of packs. Unlike the external frame of other Huron packs, it also incorporates an internal frame and this frame is set up for wear with or without armor. It comes standard with a Large Cap which is removable and other models are also available.

• Cubic Liters: 32 (Main Body, Large Cap, Nalgene Bottle Pockets)
• Dim: 19”H x 11.25”W x 7.75”D

As the yoke and waist belt are adjustable for height using a PALS-style attachment, it’s imperative you take the time to set it up properly for comfort.

The ergonomic, adjustable waist belt has integrated, removable lumbar support and is very comfortable. It is easily tightened by pulling forward on the straps.

One of the features I really like is the top opening. It is a rolltop closure that sits independently below the Cap. It is Velcro closed and secured via SR buckles meaning you can control your load and keep your gear a little drier.

Additional Features:

•Carry Handle
•Pals webbing for MOLLE attachment
•Four integrated expandable side pockets for a Nalgene bottle or canteen
•Hard sew zippers allow the user to change the overall storage capacity of the pack with interchangeable front flaps.
•Front loading via heavy duty #10 zippers on the right & left side of the pack
•Attachment points allow the user to change the overall storage capacity of the pack with interchangeable caps
•Side compression straps allow the user to the overall capacity of the pack when areas are not in use
•Antimicrobial/FR treated padded spacer mesh is used on the internal portions of the vest for comfort.
•Yoke load levelers adjust the pack vertically and horizontally which assists in reducing fatigue

DAAP

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You’ll also notice a large pouch of sorts on the back of the 32l ASP. That’s actually a Direct Action Assault Pack that uses zips and snaps to attach to the main bag, just like it does in the PICO family of armor vests from TYR Tactical. This allows for a lot of flexibility as it can be carried to an ORP attached to the pack and then transitioned to the vest for actions on the objective. It includes shoulder straps so it can also be worn stand alone, but increases the load capacity and organization options when used in conjunction with a larger pack.

The DAAP features 1” daisy chain gear loops and 2 rows, 2 columns PALS for attachment capabilities. DAAP incorporates the same integrity as the Huron Assaulters Sustainment Rucksack System and features a reinforced gusset around the bottom of the pack, internal mesh storage pocket, internal hydration pocket with top hydration port and a removable beavertail for storing helmet or transitional garments.


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The full line will be released 15 June, 2015 from www.TYRtactical.com.

Huron Tactical – Approach Anorak

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

This is the first installment of a three-part exclusive sneak peek at Huron Tactical’s new pack and clothing line. While I showed you the new Huron Tactical Smock as well as the Approach Anorak back in January, I finally got my hands on one of the Anoraks and I’ve got to say that it’s my favorite new Huron product.  

I worn the Huron Smock last week while hunting in New Zealand at Woodbury Safari Lodge. It’s late Fall there and the conditions change by the minute. It can go from cold wind and rain to warm sunshine in an instant, but the Anorak’s full side zips allow you to vent on the fly as well as facilitate rapid donning and doffing in the event you need to add or shed underlayers. The DWR coated four-way stretch softshell fabric also does an excellent job of repelling water, even in rain.

Additionally, the Approach Anorak incorporates nonslip elbows, a 1/4 front zip, removable hood, zippered bicep pockets with Velcro field for ID patches and an excellet Kangaroo pocket that sits atop a large zippered handwarmer pocket. Both of these chest mounted pockets feature elastic holders for M16-style magazines for a total of two per pocket. Finally, they’ve added a Cordura panel along the rear hem for sitting on ice or on other wet areas.

It is not quite as generously cut as the Huron Smock but I still recommend going down a size unless you are pairing it with a high loft insulation layer underneath. I usually wore it over a Merino base layer and Gen 2 Naga Hoodie from Arc’teryx LEAF and was very comfortable, even while sitting.

For all of these reasons, it has made the list of kit I recommend.

Available now from www.tyrtactical.com/products/details/tactical-clothing/huron-approach-anorak.