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ORSS 19 – Eigerjoch Lightweight Insulation from Manmut

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

The Eigerjoch is a lightweight insulation t-shirt weighing less than 100g thanks to the goose down insulation. Super packable, it features laser cut ventilation under the arms as well as a 1/4 zip at the front.

ORSS 19 – Granite Gear Crown2 60

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

The Crown2 60 is an upgrade to the Crown V.C. 60. It’s a 60 liter pack with an updated Black and Red color combination and upgraded side pockets.

It incorporates their Vapor Current Mark 2 Frame with a 35 lbs load rating. It also incorporates their RE-FIT dual density hip belt with integrated zip pockets.

At the rear of the pack is a stretch mesh pocket. The side pockets are made from fabric and now incorporate adjustments at the top in addition to the strap mid-pocket keep gear from falling out.

ORSS 19 – P1G-TAC Frogman Range Shirt

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

During my visit with Polartec I saw an interesting shirt. The Frogman Range Shirt from Ukrainian company P1G-Tac. Granted, the shirt has some interesting features like padded shoulders and elbows as well as a shawl collar, but the real magic is in the Polartec Delta fabric.

Intended to keep you cool, I fully admit was skeptical when I first heard about Delta. But then I bought a t-shirt from Triple Aught Design and it works. This is thanks to the fabric’s construction.

Delta’s specialized knit construction uses both hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns for more advanced control of moisture dispersal. These patent-pending radiating knit structures keep you cooler in hot conditions by increasing airflow to dissipate heat.

The inside of the Delta fabric has what looks like a raised structure and where it contacts the skin is how the moisture is pulled away.

That structure also means that the entire shirt won’t get soaked and it won’t stick to your skin.

By the way, Polartec is on the verge of releasing a No Melt-No Drip version of Delta, very soon.

ORSS 19 – Two Cool New Products From Klymit

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Over the years, Klymit has really grown as a company and we always enjoy seeing what new products they’re going to introduce. This OR is no exception with the new Moon Dog Bed and Versa Luxe Blanket.

The Moon Dog Bed takes Klymit’s inflatable sleeping pad technology and applies it to man’s best friend. They’ve added a removable fleece top to keep puppy warm and comfy. In fact, throughout the day, many a K9 showgoer took a rest on one of these beds. The Moon Dog Bed is available in two sizes and rolls up for use on the go.

Rover doesn’t have to be the only one in the family wrapped in fleecy comfort. The new Versa Luxe Blanket is a generous 80″ x 58″ and combined a polyester ripstop shell with a fleece liner. In between those two outer layers is Klymaloft insulation, the same material used in their sleeping bags.

The design features a foot box, handwarmer pockets in each corner as well as corner snaps and a cinch cord on one end.

ORSS 19 – Beyond K8 Falcon S Parka Set

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Designed for use in arctic extremes Beyond’s K8 Falcon S Parka Set relies on several material layers to keep you warm.

These layers are built with GORE WINDSTOPPER and Polartech Alpha Gold Insulation. The insulation regulates temperature, retains heat when wet, and dries much faster than down, while the outer Lutra layer provides a totally windproof, yet extremely breathable membrane. Even better, they’ve mapped the Lutra in the highest areas of exposure, to prevent convective heat loss. The torso has a higher level of breatheability to ensure moisture management in areas of high perspiration. You can somewhat see that mapping in this photo of the rear of the parka.

• Helmet compatible, insulated hood with adjustments
• Finnish Fox fur ruff (sold separately)
• Chest pocket hidden under center front flap
• Inner zippered chest pocket
• D-Rings at chest and sleeves for accessory attachment capabilities
• Covered, zippered hand pockets
• Hook and loop wrist adjustment
• Built-in softshell cuff with thumbholes
• Extended back hem drop with adjustable cinch

Above you can see the high waist of the trouser and integrated suspenders. The trouser also features covered side chest and hand pockets, covered front-to-back zip-through crotch panel, full side vents with double wind flap, articulated knees and a scuffguard on each inside leg.

Although the trousers are only available in Manatee Grey, the parka can be had in both Rescue Red and Manatee.

ORSS 19 – MATBOCK Introduces Travel Bag Line

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

First off, I was surprised to run into MATBOCK at OR, but they had their wares dialed in, with a focus on the Search and Rescue community.

For example, they were displaying their hard bottom Cobra Sled in Rescue colors.

But the new hotness is their Travel Bag Line. Made in the USA, the entire kit of five bags weighs just 7.5 oz thanks to the Ghost Lite construction. These aren’t going to absorb liquid and they’ve even used Kevlar thread and water resistant zippers.

Right now there’s a limited time offer for a set of five bags for $200 from

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Coming to you from Denver, Colorado is our coverage of the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. As you may know, they combined the SIA show and OD last year to offer three shows per year and making this the fourth OR so far in Denver.

We attended the winter market back in November, but it was a much smaller show than what we are seeing here this season. Granted, the ski industry is involved as well, but attendance is way up and so is participation by manufacturers.

SureFire Field Notes Ep 40 – Getting on the Gun with Michael Baccellieri

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Michael Baccellieri discusses how to properly mount a precision rifle in the prone position.

Michael “Buck” Baccellieri grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he started his military career at age 17.  He joined the Army National Guard while still in high school, attending basic and AIT, and spent three years as an infantry rifleman. Upon completing a deployment to the Middle East, he cross-decked to the Marine Corps, where he spent four years as an infantryman, assault climber, CWSS swimmer, and Scout in an STA platoon. Baccellieri later returned to the Army National Guard, taking up a slot in a sniper section and, after completing sniper school, moving on to the role of sniper team leader. He finished his career as an instructor at the Fort Chaffee sniper schoolhouse in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Baccellieri now works for Leupold & Stevens, Inc., as the lead optics and firearms instructor for all military/LE training. He fills his time between classes by performing military business development for the Oregon-based company.