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Crye Precision – SMOC

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Crye Precision’s much anticipated Special Missions Operations Coat (SMOC) is finally available.

Here you can see it in Ranger Green, in a photo taken during SOF Week earlier this month in Tampa, next to something special we’ll be discussing next week in Canada.

Right up front, many are going to suffer serious sticker shock. The SMOC retails for $736.90. Yes, it’s expensive, but a lot of work goes into making each one; 231 steps taking up a whopping 546 minutes for each coat, to be exact. Consider this, the Combat Pant, which is a very complicated piece of clothing itself, takes only 94 steps to manufacture.

All of that work results in a lot of features. In addition to mesh lined underarm ventilation, you also get thumb loop cuffs, a roll-up hood, shock cords at the hem and waist, and a crotch strap to prevent riding up.

There are also pockets galore: at the chest, biceps, all along the hem, and handwarmer pockets. Additionally, the elbows accept Airflex field knee pads.

A very cool feature is the premiere of Crye’s field expedient button which is shaped to manipulate while wearing handwear and can be easily replaced if broken.

As far as sizing goes, these are already oversized so don’t size up. I generally wear a US issue / CP Large top and I tried a size Medium on at SOF Week and had room. Having said that, SMOC is available in sizes XSmall – 3XLarge.

Currently offered in MultiCam and Ranger Green. I know there’s been some talk of a Black version as well. My vote is for Grey but with something this specialized, it will never happen unless there is a very sizable Special Make Up order.

I own a lot of Smocks and I’m really looking forward to getting this one.

Get yours at www.cryeprecision.com/SMOC

Tactical Tuesday: Revamped Recon Tactical Pant

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

The Vertx® Recon Pant has evolved into the Recon Flex and Recon X Pant – revamped tactical pants engineered to conquer your mission requirements. Crafted from a lightweight stretch mini-ripstop fabric (Recon X made with No Melt No Drip fabric), they deliver uncompromising durability and performance. Their athletic fit ensures maximum comfort without sacrificing a professional appearance.

Our redesigned cargo pockets are deeper, providing ample storage capacity for all your mission-critical gear. The adjustable kneepad panels with hook and loop closures allow you to cinch them down effortlessly, ensuring a secure fit and unrestricted mobility.

The Recon Flex Pant is available in OD Green, while the Recon X Pant is available in Navy, Ranger Green, and Scorpion. Gear up with confidence, knowing that our pants are built to withstand the toughest challenges, keeping you prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Tactical Tuesday: Vertx Delta LT Short – The Ultimate Warm-Weather Gear

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

The Delta LT Short from Vertx is a warm-weather essential, combining the best of traditional tactical pants with unbeatable freedom of movement. Available in 8″ and 10″ inseams, without compromising on comfort or functionality. Now available in a new color – Exhaust!

Featuring an impressive 13 pockets, the Delta LT Short ensures that all your gear is within easy reach and effortlessly organized. The dual angled rear yoke pockets are specifically designed to accommodate standard smart phones and rifle magazines, while the wallet traps in both rear pockets keep your valuables secure. The deep front pockets, made of soft and highly breathable mesh, offer additional storage options.

Available in three colors – Tobacco (tan), Exhaust (grey), and Pacific Shelf (blue) – the Delta LT Short blend style with stealth. Crafted from ultra-light fabric, these shorts offer exceptional breathability and ensure you stay cool even in the hottest conditions – shop now at: vertx.com

Friday Focus: Rash Guards in Stock!

Friday, May 10th, 2024

• Ultralight compression fit

• Protects against rubbing and abrasion while wet

• Natural sun / UV protection

• Dries quickly

• Made in the USA

• Available in short sleeve & long sleeve

FirstSpear Rash Guards are from a high-performance USA poly/spandex, the Rash Guard is designed for a compression fit that dries extremely quick. Smooth flat seams help protect skin from rubbing and abrasion commonly found in a maritime or watersport environment. It is great for protection against extended exposure to the sun. Integrated low-profile thumbhole help keep sleeves in place when putting on equipment or garments.

For more information check out, www.first-spear.com/rash-guard

SOF Week 24 – Drifire FR Soft Shell Jacket

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Drifire’s FR Soft Shell Jacket is Berry Compliant and made 14 oz. FR DRIFIRE Tri-Laminate with DWR.

Features:

Zippered hand warmer pockets

Loop on chest and sleeves for easy attachment of SSI

Stand up fleece lined collar for added protection and warmth

Zipper closure bicep pockets built for large phones and tools

Adjustable wrist tabs to help keep sleeve in place and close off wind and weather

Adjustable drawstring waist for closer fit to keep the cold out

There is also a pant available.

SOF Week 24 – DNS Alpha Unterziehnasseschutz

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Germany’s DNS Alpha is exhibiting with Mountain Horse Solutions. I’m a big fan of their Unterziehnasseschutz, a GORE-TEX coverall which is worn as an undersuit leaving the BDU or combat uniform as the outer garment.

They’ve created a new display which depicts how it is worn with cutaways in the combat uniform.

SOF Week 24 – Crye Precision

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

Crye Precision took the opportunity to launch G3.5 uniforms which combines the VTX ripstop fabric of the G4 line with the classic cut of G3.

They are available now in MultiCam in male and female cuts in combat and field cuts.

FibroTex T1 Thermal Mitigation Combat Uniform

Monday, May 6th, 2024

At last week’s Modern Day Marine, FibroTex USA showed me their T1 Thermal Mitigation Combat Uniform. As the name implies, it provides thermal as well as visual camouflage. Essentially, they’ve taken their successful ULCANS technologies and implemented them into a BDU to address thermal signature and other bandwidths.

The uniforms can be custom printed for visual camouflage and are cut in a combat style complete with built-in knee pad pockets and bicep pockets. They can replicate any camouflage as well as offer custom options, including alpine/snow patterns. You’d think that something with these types of multi-spectral properties would be uncomfortable but one end-user said that they had a pajama-like feel during his post-evaluation debrief.

I’ve handled one of the uniforms but not worn it. The shirt I examined had a knit torso but they also offer one made completely from woven fabric if that’s what the user wants. The woven fabric is a four-way stretch so between this and the ergonomic cut, you’re not losing much in the way of mobility by going this route.

They also offer a helmet cover to conceal both helmet and face without the need to wear a face mask.

As far as thermal mitigation, FibroTex has conducted multiple tests to validate their performance.

For more information, contact FibroTex USA.