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PLATATAC OPFOR 42 Pattern Smock

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Anorak-style, the WW 2 1942-Pattern “Smock, Windproof” was used extensively by British troops – SAS included – right up to the First Gulf War. Now, Australia’s PLATATAC has recreated the Smock for use by Army OPFOR.

This loose-fitting garment is intended to be worn over other clothing. It features four flat pockets with button closure, integral hood, 1/4 length zip in the neck for easier donning and doffing, lengths of self-fabric draw tapes in the hem and waist to permit adjustment, velcro closure wrist cuffs and loop on the biceps to attach unit insignia or flags. 

PLATATAC’s homage to this classic utilises Multicam Agility Fabric, giving a modern twist to a classic. Available for a short time in Multicam and ATACS-iX.

www.platatac.com/platatac-opfor-42-pattern-smok

Wild Things Wednesday – Hard Shell Jacket FR-GT

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

The Wild Things Hard Shell Jacket FR-GT is designed for maximum movement capability. Fitted and cut for agility, this stowable-hood jacket follows the contours of the body for comfort and performance.

Gore’s 2-Layer construction combines durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable GORE® Military fabric with flame resistant PYRAD® – a revolutionary, self-extinguishing technology that provides protection against arc flash and flash fire exposure.

Contact Wild Things today: we’re here to help you choose the right layers to meet your needs and your budget – from base layers to FR high loft – we can handle whatever weather Mother Nature throws your way. Fear No Element™.

Hard Shell Jacket FR-GT

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Contract Dispute Delays Fielding of New Dutch Combat Uniforms, Interim Solution Selected

Monday, August 10th, 2020

According to the Dutch Ministry of Defense, a contract dispute for new combat uniforms for the Dutch Army (Koninklijke Landmacht) and ensuing analysis of tender documents has led to the withdrawal of a contract award to manufacture them. The newly designed uniforms, developed as part of the Defensie Operationeel Kleding Systeem (Defense Operational Clothing System) or DOKS program, were intended to be fielded in 2023, but now that plan has been pushed back.

Instead, the Dutch forces will continue to field MultiCam Combat clothing for those troops deploying to contingency areas.

Additionally, non-deploying Dutch Army personnel will be issued an improved interim clothing package in the new national camouflage, the Netherlands Fractal Pattern M-19. NFP is available in several colorations.

This ensemble will be based on the Dutch Marine uniform seen above which is currently offered in M81 Woodland. It combines the new NFP fabric with the Marine cut, utilizing a material substitution in current contracts. Fielding of these uniforms should begin by mid-2021.

DOKS also fields a new helmet (manufactured by Galvion) as well as other equipment. These portions of the program continue unabated, with helmets delivered in batches, beginning at the end of this year. Eventually, the full system will be fielded, including clothing in an entirely new cut.

Photos from Dutch MOD.

Saxx – 2N1 New Frontier Shorts

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

I’ve been wearing Saxx boxer briefs for several years. They are extremely comfortable. I just ran across their 2N1 New Frontier Shorts which have integrated their Ballpark Pouch into shorts. Now, you can go commando without that swing.

Constructed from a moisture wicking fabric, Saxx has integrated their Ballpark Pouch crotch into the design. Your fellas will thank you in hot weather. I know mine do.

Offered in waist sizes 30-38 odd and even. Colors are Clay Heather (seen), Black Heather and Navy Heather.

Sneak Peek – Finnish M04 Desert Camo Clothing from Varusteleka Oy

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

Our friends in Finland, Varusteleka Oy, are expanding their Särmä TST clothing system by adding the M04 desert / arid pattern option starting 14 August.

According to Jari Lane, the pattern was developed based on Finnish M05 geometry but color matched to the desert / arid environment. The pattern was initially fielded to Finnish troops serving in UN and other international missions in 2003 as a test run and has evolved to its current form and is part of Finnish field gear.

The Products launched on August 14th:

Särmä TST L4 Field Jacket

Särmä TST L4 Field Trousers

Särmä TST L4 Combat Shirt

Särmä TST Boonie

Särmä TST Field Cap

USAF Removes Uniform Barrier for Women, Authorizes Pants Option for Mess Dress

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Based on overwhelming feedback from the field, Department of the Air Force officials announced today women may elect to wear pants or a skirt with their mess dress uniform.

The changes, which are effective immediately, are outlined in an exception-to-policy memorandum addressed to all Air Force personnel.

“It’s our responsibility to provide flexible uniform options that are functional and comfortable for all Air and Space Professionals,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “We have a lot of people working really hard to review our existing policies to make sure there are no unintended barriers or unfair practices that may be impacting specific groups of people on our team. We still have our work cut out for us, but this is a step in the right direction in creating an inclusive culture.”

Previously, women were required to wear a floor-length skirt with the mess dress uniform. As an interim solution, until women’s mess dress slacks are available for purchase in approximately 18-24 months, women are authorized to immediately purchase and alter men’s mess dress trousers.

Alterations for women opting to wear the men’s mess dress trousers will be provided by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at no cost to the member.

“We hear you,” said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright. “This is a bit of good news for some of our teammates who’ve wanted this change for a while now. A small thing, but one that I hope can go a long way to helping Airmen realize that we listen, we hear and we care.”

Changes will be incorporated in the next update of Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. In the interim, for more information, the exception to policy memorandum and frequently asked questions are available on the public website of the Air Force’s Personnel Center at www.afpc.af.mil/Career-Management/Dress-and-Appearance.

MTHD by Tactical Distributors

Friday, August 7th, 2020

Last year, Tactical Distributirs introduced their MTHD clothing line. MTHD – pronounced either by the initials or as the word “Method”, stands for “Mountain|Tundra|H20|Desert”. It’s a tactical-inspired outdoor brand and their goal is to cover you, no matter what environment you find yourself in.

MTHD is made from some of the finest materials on the market and sold direct-to-consumer to help keep prices down.

The launch of their second run of products introduces clothing for training. There’s the Mesa Wind Jacket, Habitat Tech tee, Allivium Tee, Climate Polo, and Traverse Trail Run Short along with the Talus Performance Trail Short and Pant.

Let’s take a closer look at the Mesa Wind Jacket. One thing you’ll notice is that MTHD pieces are labeled by level in order to give you an idea of how to fit them into your clothing system. In this case, the Mesa is a Level 4/5. It’s made from from DWR-treated CORDURA UltraLite 20D stretch and is meant for trail runners.

Next, we’ll check out the Talus Trail Short. It is made from a water resistant lightweight 20D nylon micro ripstop fabrication with 4-way stretch performance. This level 2 garment features a 10″ inseam for off-trail wear.


Check out the full line at www.tacticaldistributors.com/collections/mthd.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – USA Merino Base Layer Bottoms

Friday, August 7th, 2020

Today we are getting a look at the Base Layer Bottoms from FirstSpear’s American Merino Wool line (ACM). Featuring three available styles a Boxer Brief, Calf Length, and Full Length available in black and all new Sand color way.

These are built with FirstSpear’s ACM BASE-100 a super light wool package providing excellent natural moisture wicking properties. All three feature a front facing fly, gusseted crotch and flat seamed technology.

The full length is a traditional full length inseam finished with a low ankle cuff, the Calf Length is cut just below the knee designed to pick up where your boot sock stops reducing clutter under footwear and increasing comfort. The Boxer brief is finished in a traditional boxer brief length. 100% American Made with American Materials, now shipping in black and sand on first-spear.com.