Vertx has announced their new Kryptek Retro Skinny Tie.
Vertx has announced their new Kryptek Retro Skinny Tie.
There’s something wrong with this. Why tease us Vertx? Why? Vertx posted this to their Facebook page.
WARNORD: Next weekend, a week from now, we will be having a contest. 3 choices for a prize: a pair of Phantom LT pants or one of 2 earth-tone sweaters with MC on shoulders and elbows (both size XL). These are product development samples we don’t currently intend to make. The contest: Vertx in action. ONCE WE ADVISE IT HAS STARTED, post a cool picture to our wall. The pictures with the most fan likes will win. Start figuring out your picture now, but don’t post it yet.
SHOT Show 2013 marks Vertx’s move into packs and bags. They’ve teamed with design house Industrial Alchemy. Industrial Alchemy has been around for about 10 years and does a lot of work in the core outdoor industry. In fact, they worked on the old SDS commercial line. That means you are going to see some cross over of outdoor into tactical designs.
Colors are both earth tones as well as Kryptek patterns. While final color decisions remain, you can be assured that their will be great options for blending in.
These are design concepts that will give you an idea of what they will be offering. They are concentrating on a smooth, no obtrusive exterior with a ton of features built in. Sure, there’s PALS webbing behind the flaps of this sling bag. But what you won’t see here is the secret sauce behind the PALS behind the flaps. We’ll leave that for a later time.
These prototype sling bags are very well executed. You’d think they were production models.
The Vertx Phantom Fighter Pants to debut at SHOT will introduce a lighter version of the popular Vertx tactical pants.
Their mini-rip-stop fabric is designed to resist tears making it great for even the toughest duty. All kinds of functionality and reinforcement built in where you need it too. Check them out at SHOT.
Vertx will officially launch the Men’s Kryptek Pants at
SHOT show but are already available for pre-order. Here’s a preview
of the super-stealth Typhon pattern worn by Jim Smith, battle of
Mogadishu Veteran and Spartan Tactical Leadership Trainer. Look for
it (and maybe a super-stealth 10% off savings code) at the SHOT
show in Las Vegas this month.
This is the new Vertx Belt to be launched as SHOT. The Vertx Belt has 1 ¾” contoured webbing, 1” Raptor buckle and is available in Black, Earth and OD. According to Vertx, if you forget your carabiner, this belt can help you out in a pinch. Be sure to look for it at the SHOT show in Vegas this month.
Vertx Kryptek Shooter hats in Typhon, Nomad, Mandrake, and Highlander. Pre-orders will start tomorrow.
I’m pretty stoked about seeing Vertx adopt the Kryptek patterns for their Vertx tactical pant. Look for these to be unveiled at SHOT Show.
I first published an article on the Smock last November. It’s getting cold outside and the time is now to get your hands on a Smock. This article isn’t the be-all-end-all word on Smocks, but it’s a good start.
Finally, the smock is beginning to gain some traction here in the US. We’ve written about them in the past, mentioning smocks from Drop Zone, the now defunct EOTAC, SOD Gear, Level Peaks, SORD, Vertx Vertx smock and the FirstSpear Squadron Smock. But, we’ve never really talked about them and explained what they are all about.
Even though we are slow to adopt, they are literally a concept unlike anything we have in the US. I’ve heard them compared to the M65 field jacket but that idea is simply uniformed. A smock isn’t just a coat.
Rather, the smock is much more than a simple jacket. In addition to use as clothing, the smock is also intended to carry much, if not all of the wearer’s fighting load. In fact, that was the point. They were originally envisioned to carry several days of combat equipment including rations, ammunition, and radios.
Primarily, the smock is a European concept and in particular, used by Commonwealth nations. I got my first SAS smock in 1989 in a trade for a poncho liner during an exercise in Belgium. Its use as an issue garment was traditionally restricted to Special Forces yet several nations have adopted it for general issue in one form or another. One example of a much watered down smock on general issue is the Canadian Army’s combat jacket. When this design was initially adopted in the 1960s it was envisioned that the Soldier would carry his ammunition and other fighting load components in the jackets pockets. What’s more, the British military now issues a Smock as a general purpose item.
There is very limited use of Smocks by US forces. During the early 1990s, an experimental clothing system called Battle Dress System (BDS) was developed by the US Army Special Operations Command. It was a layered clothing system that eventually became the Lightweight Environmental Protection sub-system of SPEAR. The outermost layer called the SOF BDU, was a solid grey combat jacket and over trouser. With its solid grey color the item was rejected due to institutional prejudice. When LEP was adopted, it was without the SOF BDU layer.
Issue items like the SAS Smock are pretty good, but commercial interests have taken them to a whole new level. Britain’s Special Air Sea Services has been manufacturing specialized variants of the smock since the 1980s. Other companies like Canada’s Drop Zone picked up the torch in the 90s and now, commercial items are more prevalent than the issue garment.
But, for me, the most ambitious smock project of late has been the FirstSpear Squadron Smock. I will be blunt. I love it. But, with it’s gridded fleece lined yoke, it’s a cold weather garment.
Smocks have made a lot of sense in Northern Europe where the cold wet climate requires layering. You see, as smocks are coat-like garments they are generally worn layered over shirts. In many climates the US military finds itself in, this would be too warm as a daily wear item. Rather, the US Army’s Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System in all three of its incarnations has offered various technical shells. It seems as if the US skipped the smock altogether, at least for a time. But, with the advent of the most modern smocks, new fabrics have been introduced into the design essentially making them softshells. Conversely, Australian Mission Pac has developed a MultiCam ripstop 100% Cotton Smock for use in warm climates.
Crye Precision debuted a warm weather Recce smock during SHOT Show 2012. Thus far, it has not been released for sale.
Other interesting concepts have been developed such as the Arktis SF Sleeveless Smock which looks like a hybrid between a smock and a 5.11 shooting vest.
Oftentimes, those with no experience with smocks will criticize the design. They don’t understand that use of a fully featured smock allows the reconfiguration of the load. For example, armor can be worn under the smock. Perhaps a chest rig may be required and perhaps not, but much of the items carried on the armor or in a pack can be carried in pockets, readily available.
With even more products hitting the market soon, smocks look to be making an indelible mark on the US market and as they become more and more prevalent, we will begin to see more widespread use, including on the battlefield. Think of the smock as yet another tool in the toolbox and use accordingly. Remember, it’s a tool, not the tool, and you’ll be ok.
What’s your favorite Smock?
Just before SHOT Show we gave you a sneak peek of the Vertx Overwhites. Now, they’re available.
Available in Sml/Med, Lge/XL and 2XL/3XL, the 2-piece garment is manufactured from Duro’s 2 oz Polyester printed with Stealth PXL Snow Camouflage. It’s a very effective digital pattern and the fabric is just heavy enough to mask the clothing and equipment underneath.
There are plenty of features including pass through zippers on the biceps and ventilation pitzips on the parka. Vertx also included a feature often overlooked in military overwhites which is a snot patch on the left forearm. Additionally, the trousers include cargo pockets as well s pass throughs to the trousers underneath.