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Sneak Peek – Särmä TST L4 Combat Trouser from Varusteleka Oy

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Varusteleka has had the Särmä TST L4 Combat Trouser in development for three years now, but now they’re finally Finnished.

Originally, the idea was to produce a homegrown version of a standard combat pant, but turned out quite different in the end. The biggest thing that changed over the years was the fact that they are making these from a new mechanical stretch fabric.

The new fabric is a mechanical stretch ripstop (made from a 60/40 cotton/polyester blend using spiral polyester fibers which provide the stretch). This has eliminated the need for separate stretch fabric details, like the new Crye G4s. The camouflage print is done according to Finnish military NIR specifications.

They feature reinforced – double fabric reinforced seat, diamond gusset crotch, 500D reinforced knees, cuffs, and insteps. With all these hard wear areas reinforced these will last hard, extended use.

One little “special” thing is the cargo pockets flaps which can be closed with hook-and-loop (fast and noisy), a button (slow and silent) or both (superior security, slow and noisy) depending on user preference.

Knee pad inserts can be added, but the design works equally well without any inserts due to the standard enclosed design of the knee reinforcements. The enclosed design mitigates snagging issues and prevents snow and mud from clogging the seams where an internal-external hybrid knee pad (such as Crye) protrudes through the knee fabric.

These will be released in June, but may go on pre-order sooner. Learn more at www.varusteleka.fi/fi/product/sarma-tst-l4-taisteluhousut.

Varusteleka Oy – Särmä TST Woolshell Jacket and Trousers

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The other day I received a great note from the Finnish gear company Varusteleka Oy about their new Särmä TST Woolshell jacket and trousers.

We just released a really awesome outfit. Modern, minimalistic yet highly functional combat uniform made out of wool. At least in Finland, we have had a long tradition of making military clothing out of wool and approach was tested in the fire during the Winter War and Continuation War. We brought this legacy into a modern setting with Särmä TST Woolshell jacket and trousers. Extremely good in cold conditions, breaths, naturally antibacterial, naturally fire resistant and quiet.

Naturally, I was intrigued, so I checked them out and decided to share what I found.

First off, both are available in Green or M05 Woodland Camo and intended to be worn alone or under shell garments.

The materials selection is pretty straight forward:
-Wool frieze: 70/20/10% wool/polyamide/Cashmere
-Reinforcements: 50/50% cotton/polyester
-Pocket lining: 100% polyester

Särmä TST woolshell jacket

Features:
Snug fit
Adjustable hood
Front zipper w/ interior storm flap
Underarm ventilation zippers
Elastic draw cord adjustable hem
Articulated elbows
Elbow reinforcements w/ pad pockets
Hook-and-loop cuffs
Loop for sleeve patches
Four pockets:
Two zippered chest pockets
Two zippered upper arm pockets

Särmä TST woolshell trouser

Features:
Regular fit
Elastic adjustable waist
Zipper fly with button
50 mm belt loops
Diamond gusset crotch
Articulated knees
Reinforced seat, knees, shins and ankles
Hook-and-loop cuffs
Four pockets:
Two slash side pockets
Two pleated cargo pockets