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UF PRO Launches The AcE Combat Shirt

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

UF PRO® AcE Winter Combat Shirt Coming Soon; Optimal Warmth Lets Wearer Focus on Mission, Not on How Cold the Weather Is

The AcE Winter Combat Shirt uses high-tech materials in a special hybrid design
structure to supply the right amount of warmth for the upper half of the body in
low-temperature environments.

TRZIN, SLOVENIA (29 Nov. 2017) – UF PRO®, maker of innovative clothing for military and law enforcement personnel, today announced it will begin selling a frigid-weather combat shirt offering optimal upper body warmth and dryness.

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Called the AcE Winter Combat Shirt, the new product is meant to supply comfort enough to allow wearers to stay focused on the mission and not be distracted by the cold climate, UF PRO said.

The AcE Winter Combat Shirt soon will be available at the UF PRO online shop and at its brick-and-mortar retail counterpart in Trzin, the company revealed.

UF PRO added that it will send via email to subscribers of its e-newsletter an alert announcing the exact date of initial availability.

“Our newsletter subscribers will be the first to know,” UF PRO head of product development Armin Wagner assured.

Ideal Cold-Weather Wear Wagner hailed the AcE Winter Combat Shirt as the ideal piece of tactical wear for cold weather.

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“It eliminates the problem of layering up to keep out the cold, only to then overheat, start sweating, and cause the shirt to become frozen,” Wagner explained.

Constructed with a windproof and water-repellent outer layer, the AcE Winter Combat Shirt achieves ideal interior temperatures with the help of a special high-performance, lightweight, and breathable thermal lining, he said.

“Importantly, the AcE Winter Combat Shirt is designed to expel sweat so the wearer feels dry at all times,” Wagner added.

The shirt’s superior comfort is due in part to air/pac® inserts fabricated into the shoulder and upper back. The air/pac inserts serve another purpose – according to Wagner, closing the supplied ventilation openings will cause air to become trapped, which then provides an extra source of insulation.

Wear It Alone or with Other Items
The AcE Winter Combat Shirt can be worn alone or with other gear, such as a hard-shell jacket, an additional thermal jacket, body armour, or a backpack, Wagner indicated.

“An angled front zipper improves its compatibility with additional layers,” said Wagner. “You can also add 8mm-thick air/pac mesh inserts to help distribute the weight of body armour or a heavy backpack.”

Meanwhile, front and side zippers control the flow of air between insulation layers and regulate how much of that flow directly traverses the wearer’s abdomen and back, he said.

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Another valuable feature is openings in the shirt’s wrist-warmers. “They let you easily check your watch,” he relayed. “Also, there’s a collar adjuster to prevent blowing snow from finding its way down the shirt.”

Because elbows invariably are subjected to the harshest abuse in the field, UF PRO crafted that area of the shirt with Cordura® reinforcement.”This makes the elbows exceptionally durable,”Wagner said.

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As for colour choices, Wagner reported that the AcE Winter Combat Shirt will be available in Frost-Grey, Black, Brown-Grey, and MultiCam.

For more information about the AcE Winter Combat Shirt and other outstanding UF PRO
products, or to subscribe to the UF PRO e-newsletter and be on the list to receive first word of the AcE Winter Combat Shirt’s initial availability, please visit the company’s website.
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Milipol 17 – Sneak Peek UF PRO’s Ace Winter Combat Shirt

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

UF PRO gave us a sneak peek of their new Ace Winter Combat Shirt. It’s intended to keep your arms warm in cold weather, yet allow plenty of ventilation when you are active.

The arm sections are insulated with GLOFT thermal insulation while the torso is made from a wind proof and water repellant material. Venitilation is provided by underarm and an asymmetric front zippers. Additionally, the zippered mid-chest pockets offer ventilation as well. Since it’s UF PRO, they’ve also incorporated their AirPac inserts at the shoulders.

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I really like a feature they’ve incorprated into the design. Wrist warmers are great, but they make it difficult to check your watch. UF PRO has introduced a watch window.

Available the first week of December in Brown Grey, Black, Frost Grey and MultiCam.

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UF PRO – Limited-edition Striker BDU in MultiCam Black

Monday, November 13th, 2017

UF PRO Striker XT BDU in MultiCam Black

Striker XT Gen.2 BDU’s made by innovative tactical clothing manufacturer UF PRO will be available for the first time in MultiCam Black beginning Saturday, Nov. 09, the company today announced.

However, UF PRO said it will sell MultiCam Black Striker XT Gen.2 BDUs only until current supplies run out.

The company indicated it has not publicly announced a timetable for making MultiCam Black Striker XT Gen.2 BDUs available again in the future, but is pledging to issue an email alert to notify prospective purchasers as soon as MultiCam Black Striker XT Gen.2 BDUs return to the market after the present quantity is exhausted.

To receive the email alert, visit the UF PRO MultiCam Black sign-up page.

MultiCam Black is the newest camouflage pattern in the Striker XT Gen.2 range.

Patterns introduced earlier this year were SloCam, 3-Farben Flectarn, and Frost Grey.

They were preceded by Brown-Grey, Coyote Brown, standard MultiCam and PenCottTM GreenZone.

With the exception of MultiCam Black, all Striker XT Gen.2 BDU camouflage colour patterns are available without limit, the company assured.

For more information about Striker XT Gen.2 BDUs, MultiCam Black, and other UF PRO tactical clothing items and lines, go to ufpro.si.

UF PRO – Striker XT Gen.2 Combat Shirt and Pant Now Available in Navy Blue

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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UF PRO’s Striker XT Gen.2 Combat Shirt and Pant are now available in Navy Blue.

Striker XT Gen.2 Shirt

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Pocket Configuration:
2X large upper arm pockets with Velcro and an additional strap for easy opening
2X lower arm pockets with elastic straps inside the pocket and MOLLE on top of the pocket for attaching a UF PRO® Device Pouch

Features:
Extra-long front zipper
Ventilation zippers on the upper sleeve area
UF PRO® air/pac® inserts in the shoulder area
Ergonomic sleeves, easy to roll up
Abrasion- resistant and fast drying knit in the torso area
Anti- odour merino/polyester fabric in the armpit area, reinforced with a breathable nylon mesh
Soft lined inside collar
Sleeve width regulation
Slide-in pockets for UF PRO® Flex Elbow Pads

Striker XT Gen.2 Pant

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Pocket Configuration:
2X Front pockets
2X Back pockets
2X Safety pockets
2X Multi-functional, two- way access side pocket with inner compartments
2X Attached gear pocket with a security strap
2X Mag/ knife/ marker pocket
2X Large lower leg pockets

Features:
Double belt loops
Stretch in the waistband
Ergonomic UF PRO® 3-layer knee protection system
Width-adjustable lower leg area with a vertical zipper and elastic cord at the leg ends
Double zipper pull fly
Inner zipper for detachable WINDSTOPPER® lining
CORDURA® reinforced instep
Boot hook

UF PRO Launches Urban Line

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Maker of innovative tactical clothing announced its newest line: “Urban” for wear while conducting operations in metropolitan situations where blending in with the crowd is essential. The line employs state-of-the art fabrics that deliver real comfort while withstanding the kind of punishment that comes from field operations in all weathers.

TRZIN, SLOVENIA (SEP. 26, 2017) – UF PRO®, maker of innovative clothing for military and law enforcement personnel, today announced the new line of rugged yet civilian-looking tactical apparel for wear in “urban jungles.”

The line is in fact called “Urban” and is designed for both function and fashion, the company said.

The UF PRO® Urban line consists of pants, jacket, t-shirt, and polo short, all made from state-of-the-art fabrics that feel cottony soft but can withstand the punishment of prolonged brutalizing field operations in rain or cold weather, according to the company.

“The Urban line gives you the best of everything,” said Armin Wagner, head of UF PRO® product development. “Urban delivers the performance you’d expect from a great piece of tactical kit, it’s incredibly comfortable, you can wear it year-round, it looks fantastic, and its styling is such that you won’t stand out like a sore thumb when you’re mingling with crowds of people.”

UF PRO® P-40 Urban Pants

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The UF PRO® P-40 Urban pants are based on UF PRO®’s popular P-40 pants. Key attributes of the P-40 Urban pants are excellent freedom of movement, comfortable fit, superior knee protection, and seasonal adaptability, said Wagner.

“Our P-40 Urban Pants combine a sturdy rip-stop material with a state-of-the-art stretch material from Schoeller textile,” Wagner explained. “The pants stay remarkably durable and stretchy because this hybrid material is incorporated exactly where it’ll do you the most good.”

Wagner added that the Urban P-40 pants stay comfortable during the summer due to the fabric’s breathability. Come winter, the pants turn cold-weather ready simply by slipping in an optional WINDSTOPPER® lining, he said.

UF PRO® M1 Field Jacket

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The feature-packed UF PRO® M1 Field Jacket is patterned after the U.S. Army’s World War II-era M41 field jacket, but with several futuristic enhancements, said Wagner.

One of the biggest updates is use of EtaProof® fabric, a high-tech cotton. The material gives the jacket breathability while also making it permanently water-repellent.

“EtaProof® fabric is spun from very thin twisted fibres woven into an extremely dense plain-weave fabric,” Wagner said. “When this material gets wet – from rain, for instance – it absorbs the moisture, swells and eliminates almost all of the empty space between individual fibres. This keeps the water out, for the most part.”

The jacket also features an abundance of inner pockets and interior loops to permit secure carrying of small gear – up to and including a concealed sidearm, according to Wagner, who noted that, like the pants, the jacket also converts from summer to winter duty with the insertion of a liner (in this instance, one made from Merino wool).

UF PRO® Urban Shirts

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Two shirts round out the UF PRO® P-40 Urban line. One is a casual t-shirt, the other is a polo shirt, Wagner reported.

Both, he said, are fabricated from 37.5™ polyester-cotton blended Pique knit, which accords them a remarkably comfortable yet sturdy character.

“It’s a wash-and-wear fabric,” he explained. “You toss your P-40 Urban tee or polo into the washing machine, hang it up to dry overnight, and put it on wrinkle-free in the morning – no ironing necessary. And thanks to the 37.5™ technology, the fabric is the fastest drying of its kind ever.”

Wagner added that the fabric boasts excellent odor-control properties and provides enhanced protection against UV rays.

The UF PRO® Urban shirts, jacket and pants caused quite a stir among show-goers earlier this year at the IWA OutdoorClassics international trade show held in Nuremberg, Germany, where the full line debuted, Wagner indicated.

“Until Urban came along, it used to be that your options in an urban jungle were limited to tactical clothing that emphasized function at the expense of fashion, or the opposite,” he said. “The Urban line gives you both without sacrificing either – full technical functionality and attractive styling.”

Take a first glimpse at the new Urban line here: ufpro.si/urban_line

UF Pro Offers Free Upgrade for Striker Stealth Smock Belt

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Now available free of charge when you purchase a Striker Stealth Smock. Already own one? Follow this link and get the upgraded belt free of charge.

UF Pro – Defense Against Cold Weapons, Part 2

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Here’s another installment of UF Pro’s Guide to Close Combat series with Defence Against Cold Weapons, Part 2, an instructor’s video.

UF PRO – Waterproof vs Water Repellent

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Author: Armin Wagner

There is quite a mix up regarding waterproof and water repellent textiles. Most of the times, these terms are used synonymously. But there is a big technical difference between them, especially when the expectation is to stay dry in adverse weather conditions.

The significant difference between a waterproof and a water repellent garment is that you’ll probably get wet in a water-repellent garment, especially when exposed to rain for a longer period or under certain wear conditions.

Whereas in a garment made of waterproof textiles one should stay dry, however long and in whatsoever conditions.

Continue reading to find out more about the pros and cons of waterproof and water-repellent clothing. We’ll also explain what DWR means and how you can retain it even after multiple washes.

HOW IS THE DIFFERENCE DEFINED?
The difference between water-repellent and waterproof garments is based on the definition which is applied by the textile industry for waterproofness.

International standards define a water entry pressure of 800mm (hydrostatic water column) above which a textile material (not the finished garment) can be called waterproof. Everything below that can be called only water-repellent.

WHAT IS A HYDROSTATIC WATER COLUMN?
A hydrostatic water column describes the amount of height of a theoretical column of water, which is pressing on the surface of the fabric. So the water column always corresponds to a certain pressure.

A water column of 10 meter (= 1.000 cm, = 10.000mm) equals a pressure of 1 bar, or 100Kilopascal.

WATER-REPELLENT CLOTHING.
As per definition, textiles with a water entry pressure below 800mm water column or 0,8 bar, can be called water repellent.

This might be enough to stay dry if one is only for a short time exposed to rain or any moisture, which is not pressed onto the textile.

As water-repellent materials usually do not contain any kind of membrane of compact coating, the so-called breathability of these materials is in most cases better than the one in waterproof materials.

This is quite logic, as they have a higher air permeability and also sweat, or better moisture vapour can permeate much easier.

WATERPROOF CLOTHING.
A waterproof material, as per definition above is not the guarantee for waterproof garments.

Also, the overall design of a garment has to prevent rain to enter into the inner layers of the clothing system. That means that all closures, all seams, all edges must block any potential water entry attempts.

To prevent moisture to penetrate the seams, all seams which connect the outside of a garment with the inside of it have to be sealed with a seam sealing tape.

These seals have to be durable to washing, drying and any kind of wear and tear. They have to be durably waterproof.

As water usually finds a way to enter, wherever there is the slightest possibility to enter, this is quite a challenge.

Especially around edges, one might experience that without proper barriers, moisture can be seen wicking around them and all the way up into the inside of a garment.

Critical are the lower hems of the torso and the sleeves, but also the edges of the hood are neuralgic areas for wicking effects. To avoid this, wicking barriers have to be applied in these areas.

DOES THAT DEFINITION ASSURE THE WEARER TO STAY ALWAYS DRY?
Especially while sitting or kneeling there might occur water entry pressures, which are much higher than 800mm.

That means that depending on how the garment is used the wearer still might get wet, even though the textile is classified by the above definition as waterproof.

Therefore, most of the high-performance waterproof garments are made of textiles, which block the water entry at much higher pressures.

GORE-TEX® laminates, for example, have been tested with a very sophisticated test instrument, which applied a water entry pressure of more than 100 meters. And still, there was no water penetration through the laminate.

Read more about the performances of GORE-TEX fabrics.

Today a truly reliable and durable waterproof performance can only be achieved with membrane-based products.

In these products, the membrane is the primary barrier to any water entry.

The chemical and physical characteristics of these membranes define not only the limits of the water entry pressure but also their durability.

Especially polyester and polyurethane based membranes seem to have a tendency to get weaker over time and sooner or later their performance drops below the critical thresholds.

This might be the result of UV radiation, ageing, flexing, high or low temperatures and of course also of numerous washing cycles.

Still, the bi-component ePTFE membranes, which are used by GORE-TEX®, Event and some other brand membrane manufacturers show the best results regarding the durability of its waterproof characteristics.

But what all of the membrane systems have in common is that if they are punctured, they will leak.

In fact this is the most common reason for all failures, which we experienced over the last 20 years.

Punctures can be caused by any kind of pointed, edged objects.

Very popular are for example pine needles which cover the ground in forests, thorns of bushes, but also dirt, which accumulates over time within the fabric structure.

DURABLE WATER-REPELLENT TREATMENT.
The water-repellent characteristic is in common textile materials achieved by a thermal and chemical treatment of the fabric during its manufacturing process.

This is called a DWR, or “durable water repellent finishing.

Even waterproof fabrics have a DWR treatment, even though the waterproof component (membrane or coating) by itself is already waterproof.

As a matter of fact, when we have the waterproof performance of our GORE-TEX® gear tested, then the DWR is completely washed down, and the garment still has to be waterproof.

So why is this?

4 REASONS WHY DWR IS APPLIED TO ALREADY WATERPROOFED CLOTHING.
1. PREVENTING LEAKS DUE TO SLOPPY CONSTRUCTION WORK

Applying DWR treatment to already waterproofed garments acts as a safeguard against sloppy construction of the sort that might permit leaks to develop following heavy usage or multiple washings.

Before a garment made of GORE-TEX® can be marketed, it must pass the GORE-TEX® Performance Standard (GPS) test to prove its waterproof-worthiness.

Conditioning approval to market a product upon passage of the GPS test is unique to GORE-TEX®.

Does that mean garments will not be waterproof if made of membrane products other than GORE-TEX®?

No.

It simply means that any GORE-TEX® garment you buy will come with a guarantee that it passed a demanding test to prove it is waterproof.

In order to conduct GPS testing, we first need to wash down the initial or subsequent DWR treatment so that any construction deficiencies can become evident.

2. DWR PREVENTS WATER FROM ADDING WEIGHT

All membrane products have an upper or outside fabric layer (also called the face fabric).

The membrane is always located behind this layer.

DWR prevents the face fabric from absorbing moisture or water.

This is important because absorbed water adds weight to the garment. In some cases, the weight gain can be significant.

Good DWR treatment ensures that the garment retains its actual weight, even after hours of exposure to heavy rain.

3. DWR AVOIDS PSEUDO-LEAKAGES

Another benefit of good DWR treatment is it prevents you from feeling as if the garment is leaking.

If the face fabric becomes soaking wet, it will create a sensation of clamminess between your body and the inner fabric.

The garment might not be actually leaking, but the clamminess can make you swear that it is.

It’s a nasty effect, no doubt about it. One way to fight that feeling of clamminess is to create interior “air cushions“, by using our air/pac® inserts.

The air/pac® inserts help enormously, but only in the exact position, where you place them – and where they are designed to go is in just the most critical areas.

In all the other areas, one has to rely on a proper DWR.

4. ACTS AS A TEMPORARY PATCH OVER MICRO HOLES

Sooner or later and after you’ve subjected your waterproof garment to rugged outdoor use, the membrane will almost surely develop micro-holes.

This is hard to avoid, especially when you wear a rucksack, chest rig, or similar other gear atop your garment.

Your garment is also bound to come into contact with pine needles, sand, earth and other small particles.

From this contact micro-damage to the garment’s membrane occurs.

You can minimize the potential for this problem by washing your garment thoroughly after outdoor use.

This helps flush away particles that can become trapped within the outer fabric structure – particles that, if left alone, will tend to burrow through the membrane.

DWR is your best defence. It can act as a temporary patch over micro-holes in the membrane, thereby keeping water and moisture at bay so that you can remain dry.

However, you won’t remain dry indefinitely. The patch effect lasts only until you subject your garment to pressure.

In light of all this, is it important to apply a DWR treatment to already waterproofed garments? Undoubtedly, yes!

But is it also important to apply a DWR treatment after a routine washing?

Very possibly. Here’s why.

DWR is not permanent; it loses its integrity over time and dissipates. So it needs to be renewed after a protracted time of wearing or many wash cycles.

However, there are some things you can do prior to applying DWR that will make the treatment’s effects last longer.

HOW TO RETAIN THE DWR?

Step 1: Check the quality of the DWR treatment

You can test the quality of the DWR by yourself. Just put some water on your gear and check if the water stays round like a little drop.

If this drop flattens and spreads immediately after applied, it gets absorbed by the outer fabric, then it might be the right time to do something aginst it.

Step 2: Iron or tumble-dry your clothing

You can reactivate the initially applied DWR simply by ironing the outer side of your rain gear.

This will help you to retain a good DWR performance for some time and before using some chemicals, which might pollute the water, and might also affect the breathability of your gear.

Also what you can do is to dry the clothing in a dryer and like this reactivate the DWR treatment to some degree.

Step 3 (in case step 2 isn’t sufficient): Apply water-repellent treatment

In case you think it’s time to apply something, then my personal preference is to apply the treatment solely on the outside of the garment, instead of the washing machine procedure.

Why? I prefer that on the inside of the jacket my body sweat is spread over an as big as possible surface so that it can evaporate through the membrane and to the outside as quickly as possible.

If there is DWR on the inside of the garment, then moisture might not spread that efficient, but condensate and run down the inside of the garment.

ARE GARMENTS MADE OF WATERPROOF LAMINATES ALWAYS WATERPROOF?
Not all clothes made out of a waterproof material are 100% waterproof. Its construction significantly defines the level of waterproofness.

As a matter of fact, also a lot of soft-shell garments are based on membranes with a water column of way over 800mm.

But due to its structure, the seam of soft-shell garments are impossible to be reliably sealed.

Therefore, water will after a longer time of rain exposure enter into the clothing.

Also, mechanical damages of the membrane, which might be the result of edged objects like dirt or pine needles can perforate the membrane.

These damages have to be professionally repaired.

If you encounter a potential leakage in your Monsoon waterproof garment, then please send them back to us with a precise description where you think the leakage occurred.

We will try to locate the damage and repair it for you.

About the author:

ARMIN WAGNER
is the mastermind behind all UF PRO® products. With over 25 years of experience in the textile industry for law enforcement and military units, and after working for some of the industry’s leading companies, like W.L. Gore, Second Chance and Armour Holdings, Armin finally landed at, as he describes it, his dream job, as the head of product development at UF PRO®.

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