I love my BOSS Rugby but even I don’t have one this cool.
I love my BOSS Rugby but even I don’t have one this cool.
Basha is the British military term, adopted from the Malay for a piece of kit that is used a general purpose tarpaulin; it can form a shelter, ground cloth, hammock or, used to wrap up in if the need arises. However, it generally does not incorporate the head hole found in a poncho. Velocity Systems gives us their take on the design. In addition to button holes every 2′ around the edge to attach cordage or bungees for erection, it also incorporates a handy hood in the corner so that it can be used as a poncho in an emergency. It measures a generous 115″ x 84″.
The Velocity Systems Basha is in stock in White and MultiCam as well as Kryptek Yeti and Mandrake with the camouflage showing in both sides.
I am very pleased to announce that Velocity Systems has launched a completely new website. Not only can you find information on the latest products but you can now also order them directly from Velocity Systems.
Depending on your location, it may take up to 24 hours for the DNS server to update and direct you to the new site.
If you’ve run into me at a trade show over the past few months, you’ve probably seen me wearing a Boss Rugby from Velocity Systems. I love this thing. Over the past 6 months, I’ve not only worn it to trade shows but also camping, hiking and to the range. It’s not only comfortable but also durable. The fabric has yet to pill or pull.
The Boss Rugby is made from a nylon/spandex blend to give it a little mechanical stretch as well as great wicking properties to increase comfort. The fabric also incorporates both soil release treatment as well as Odorexx™ Antimicrobial which is good for 25 washes.
This is a fantastic fabric but unfortunately, many see images of the material and think it’s the same stuff that those mesh penny vests you wore as a kid are made from. It’s not. Rather than actual mesh, it’s a pointelle knit which helps with breathability. As you can see, there aren’t any actual holes in the fabric.
The other misconception many have about the Boss Rugby is the two flat shoulder pockets. They feature a pile fabric that accepts Velcro hook. It isn’t some big, fuzzy, high profile patch at all. It’s a very low impact material and blends in well with the rest of the shirt.
I cannot recommend this shirt enough and I hope that these couple of photos have given you a better idea of what the Boss Rugby is all about.
The BOSS Rugby from Velocity Systems is now available now through SKD Tactical.
Wear it as a replacement for your polo for range or daily wear. Made from a 83% Nylon, 17% Spandex wicking mesh material, it breathes well and is very comfortable.
Modern rugby style collar
Two low-profile envelope pockets on the sleeves featuring Velcro patches
Enhanced wicking chemistry
Soil release treatment
Dynamic stretch and recovery
Odorexx™ Antimicrobial good for 25 washes
Short sleeve construction
Non-chafing heat seal labels
Made in USA.
Currently available in Black with additional colors coming soon. Sizes Small – 2XLarge.
Mayflower Research & Consulting LLC frontman Travis Rolph sent me this review of the Velocity Systems BOSS Rugby. He wore it during a Multi-day, 169 mile ultramarathon called the Grand to Grand Ultra Stage Race. My experience with the BOSS Rugby isn’t nearly as arduous except that I’ll tell you that it is my favorite shirt. I’ve worn mine once a week since receiving it, for two reasons; comfort and styling. If you’ve seen me at a trade show, I was probably wearing a BOSS Rugby. I’ve also worn it at various ranges, while camping, to meetings and just kicking around town. It hasn’t picked, pulled or pilled and still looks great. Now, check out what Travis has to say about its performance under some pretty tough conditions.
Velocity Systems BOSS Rugby shirt
(Prototype, size large, black)
• Durability of material
• Durability of construction
• Performance of seams (chafing)
• Pocket usefulness/velcro
• Grand to Grand Ultra Stage Race (unsupported), 169 miles
• Northern Arizona/ Southern Utah high desert
• Hard pack and soft sand, slot canyons, mountains
• Temperature range; 17 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
• High winds, blowing sand
• Seven days living out of a rucksack
• 26-52 miles per day of strenuous activity
The fit of the BOSS Rugby was loose but not too loose, this afforded full freedom of movement while ruck marching, running with a ruck, ascending ladders, ropes and routes requiring three points of contact and descending same. No durability issues were encountered (this shirt had been worn for normal PT and range work for three months prior to this evaluation). The high abrasion/stress areas of the shoulders, armpits, lower back and upper abdomen show no signs of wear. The flat stitch seams produced no chaffing even after being repeatedly sweated in and dried (via wind) to a white salt encrusted state. The material allowed for rapid drying during the windy conditions encountered which was appreciated when the temperature started falling quickly at sunset. The small Velcro sleeve pockets were perfect for a small weatherproof notebook/pen and sustainment fuel (gels). The Velcro exterior provided attachment for the race required country flag and race logo.
I don’t have any recommended changes; black was not the ideal color for the desert (heat/sun) but that has been addressed with the production of the tan and wolf grey variants.
Many of my friends have seen me wearing this really cool Black Rugby Shirt over the past few months (no, that’s not me in the photo above). Like I told those of you who asked, it’s the Boss Rugby from Velocity Systems. Intended as range or training shirt, it’s not only comfortable and functional, but it also looks good. In fact, I’ve been wearing it all over the place. And, while I can sing its praises, the quote below really sums this thing up.
“Just tried the rugby, it actually whispered awesome as I put it on.”
-Boston area SWAT cop and Velocity test pilot
First off, you have to consider the name. It was created in New England and was in the final stages of development right around the time of the Boston Marathon bombing. Some of those first responders were wear testing the garment and if you know Boston, it has its own vernacular. Along with “wicked”, “boss” is a favorite description of something well liked. It was in those frantic couple of days during the search for the terrorists that the Boss Rugby was named.
The design is simple. In addition to a rugby-style collar the Boss features unobtrusive envelope pockets on either of the short sleeves with Velcro patches on each pocket that is low profile enough that it doesn’t look out of place. I’ve worn mine out to dinner several times and I haven’t been given a second look. It’s been suggested that it would be well suited for a LE Agency’s relaxed polo uniform and I think it would be a good option.
The Boss Rugby is made from a nylon/spandex blend to give it a little mechanical stretch as well as great wicking properties to increase comfort. After all, it is a training shirt. The fabric also incorporates both soil release treatment as well as Odorexx™ Antimicrobial which is good for 25 washes.
The Boss Rugby will be available in late August, sizes Small – XXLarge in Black, Earth, and Wolf.
See the Boss Rugby as well as other new Velocity Systems products at Warrior Expo East 11-12 July in booth #111. Tell them SSD sent you to be entered into a free giveaway of a Boss Rugby. Very limited. Only Boston SWAT cops and editors have them to date.