Archive for March, 2018

US Marine Corps to Assess Boots at Parris Island

Saturday, March 31st, 2018


In an effort to continually improve the clothing and equipment Marines are issued, Marine Corps Systems Command will conduct an assessment to see if lighter boots can improve recruit performance. Plans are to compare two lighter boots to the Marine Corps Combat Boot during a recruit training cycle at Parris Island.

One boot, the Danner Reckoning Hot Weather Boot was authorized for optional wear by Marine Corps Systems Command in 2017.

“The feedback we’ve received from Marines on the Reckoning boots, is positive,” said Todd Towles, project officer for the Clothing and Equipment Team at Marine Corps Systems Command. “The boots are lightweight, durable, and there’s virtually no break-in period.”

Now, program officials plan to compare the Reckoning and another relative newcomer—the Rocky Tropical boot. The Rocky Tropical performed well in jungle environments during a 2017 user evaluation with 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines in Hawaii.

U.S. Marine Corps recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, march during a six-mile conditioning hike on Parris Island, South Carolina. In an effort to continually improve the clothing and equipment Marines are issued, Marine Corps Systems Command will conduct an assessment to see if lighter boots can improve recruit performance. Plans are to compare two lighter boots to the Marine Corps Combat Boot during a recruit training cycle at Parris Island. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Jacob)

The program office will issue 700 Reckoning boots and 700 Rocky Tropical boots to male and female recruits. Half of the Danner and half of the Rocky will go to a male company and remaining boots will be issued to a female company.

The purpose of the assessment is to do a comparison between the Rocky and Reckoning and the Marine Corps Combat Boot to see if there is a decrease in lower extremity injuries.

The MCCB has been in the Corps’ inventory since 2001 and is a seabag issue item.

The three-month assessment is planned to take place this summer, Towles said.

By Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

SSD Note:

This is the Danner Reckoning.

This is the Rocky Jungle Boot.


Innovation Showdown awards top prizes to Bounce Imaging, Veterans MFG and DetectaChem

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

COLLEGE STATION – Three companies won the top prizes in the “Under Fire Response Innovation Showdown,” an event which drew 20 innovative public safety technologies to College Station and Disaster City®. The winners were Bounce Imaging, Veterans MFG and DetectaChem. They were among the nine companies who made it to the final round in the two-day competition, and demonstrated their technologies for first responders at Disaster City.


The Product Development Center at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) hosted the event, which invited 20 companies from 11 states and Switzerland to pitch their products before a panel of judges on March 8-9 and compete for cash prizes.

First place winner was Bounce Imaging of Buffalo, NY, which has developed a softball-sized, 360-degree camera that first responders could toss into a hostage situation or other hostile event to give them an inside view of the incident.


Veterans MFG of Katy, TX, has developed lightweight body armor and bullet-resistant products for first responders.

DetectaChem of Stafford, TX, has a product that detects trace amounts of a drug using a swab kit and a smartphone application, allowing responders to analyze a drug sample in the field.

In addition to the top prizes, three companies were awarded in-kind services by Esri, Paragon Innovations and Ricochet Manufacturing. The companies who won those awards are RSQ Systems, HAAS Alert and Veterans MFG.

Many company spokespersons said they were excited about the opportunity to showcase their product’s capabilities in front of potential users of the technology.

“It was an open forum for a wide variety of technologies,” said Caleb Holt, Manager of the Product Development Center. “The event focused on technologies that are targeted to provide first responders with a way to complete their tasks faster, more efficiently and/or safer for both the responders and citizens.”

He said the goals of the event were to expose first responders to emerging technologies that they could use in the real world to make their jobs easier and safer, to show companies the resources and facilities available at TEEX’s Disaster City, and to build the Product Development Center’s network of partners throughout the industry and first responder communities.

The next Under Fire event is being planned for March 2019.

About the TEEX Product Development Center

The Product Development Center, a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, helps manufacturers, product developers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses move products from an idea or concept to the global marketplace. The Center serves as a gateway to the engineering expertise, experienced market analysts, laboratories, and real-world facilities of The Texas A&M University System in order to ensure a product or technology stays on the path to commercialization. Using the proven process of THINK | BUILD | SELL, the PDC helps companies develop methodologies, recruit subject-matter experts, assess partnerships, and test and evaluate their products. The Center also offers TEEX TESTED™, a third-party, unbiased testing and validation that a technology performs reliably in real-world conditions.  teexpdc.com

ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – Safariland Liberator HP

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Safariland showed me their new Liberator HP which offers human speech isolation and Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless firmware updatable signal processors. What means to you is protection from impulse/gunfire noise and high decibel constant background audio, while advanced sound localization provides maximum situational awareness and sound detection.

Based on their Liberator IV and V headsets, the Liberator HP utilizes the same Glass polymer injection- molded Earcups and electronic hearing protection. In fact, it can be converted to either a single or dual comms headset. Better yet, it runs for up to 400 hours on either a single AAA or single CR123A battery.

Offered in Black or Coyote with over-the-headband.


ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – Step In Visor by Ops-Core

Friday, March 30th, 2018


Ops-Core has refined their Step-In Visor which is designed to work specifically with the geometry of the FAST line of helmets. The visor works like goggles, but without an edge seal, providing eye protection. It also sits very close to the eyes so they can be used with night vision systems.


The new buckle allows the wearer to get the visor close in and tight. So much so that the Step-In Visor can be used in military free fall operations.


The visor can be unbuckled from one side and stowed out of the way for donning and doffing or when otherwise not needed.


ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – Wild Things Active Flex Jacket

Friday, March 30th, 2018

I observed several visitors to the Wild Things booth and everyone was interested in the Active Flex Jacket. The jacket is highly breathable and intended to keep you warm and dry in spite of high aerobic activity. Weighing in at 2 lbs, it features a Tweave Durastretch Soft Shell and Polartec PowerStretch liner, but the real magic for this jacket is the 2 oz Climashield Apex Insulation. The shell is quiet and DWR treated while the lining is comfortable, even against bare skin.


ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – DRIFIRE

Friday, March 30th, 2018

DRIFIRE exhibited their newly improved FR Sports Bra and Boy Short. In addition to some design changes for increased comfort and support, they also introduced their Prime Fabric with increased stretch to the garments.

Team MultiCam Releases Next Video in Ambassador Profile Series  

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Brand Ambassador, JD Potynsky Documentary Profile Premiers this Month

Brooklyn, NY, March 30, 2018 – MultiCam®, the combat-proven, complete family of concealment solutions for those who demand the best, has announced the next video in their Team MultiCam® Brand Ambassador series with the release of the JD Potynsky Documentary feature.

This next video in the series, set to premiere Friday, March 30th on MultiCam®’s YouTube channel, is focused on the competitive motorcycle racer and founder of Northern Red Inc., and his mission to instill the proven tactics and mindsets he learned as a soldier, on to civilians, law enforcement, and military.

Potynsky is a decorated veteran, having served as a Green Beret from the US Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group, with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the Army he deployed again to Iraq for a private security company. Upon his return, Potynsky founded Northern Red Inc, a training facility established to bring current and relevant combat tactics and instruction to military, law enforcement and responsible citizens. Their focus is opposition-based training, the real world application of marksmanship and tactics.


In his spare time, Potynsky performs as a highly skilled motorcycle racer, applying the same focused mindset he instills in his students to the track. He also imparts that same wisdom to aspiring motorcycle racers with former racer-turned-coach, Ken Hill.


MultiCam® is proud to showcase the talents and relentless mindset of Potynsky. The company has proudly supported the men and women in uniform, as well as their families, for their sacrifices in ensuring the protection of our freedoms. It is MultiCam®’s goal to focus their efforts on raising as much money as possible for the Warriors Heart through its marketing channels including its brand ambassadors on Team MultiCam®.

To donate to the “MultiCam® for Warriors Heart” GoFundMe campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/multicam-for-warriors-heart.

Extreme Outfitters Easter Weekend Sale

Friday, March 30th, 2018


Save 15% sitewide, use discount code “EASTER” 03/30/18-04/01/18. Some exclusions apply.