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You Had Me At Tigerstripe

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Kitanica has introduced their Range Shorts in TigerStripe camouflage. It’s just a new paint job, and these retain all of the features of Kitanica’s classic design.

They are constructed of nylon/cotton Ripstop, have 2 hip pockets, 2 rear pockets, 2 side pockets, and 2 cargo pockets. They have CORDURA® Fabric pocket corner reinforcements to prevent knife clip wear. The Range Shorts have a relaxed fit for hot weather, VELCRO® cinching waistband and 7 HD belt loops. The 2 side cargo pockets have mag organizer sleeves and retainer bungees.

www.kitanica.net/Range-Shorts-Tiger-Stripe

Eberlestock – Bruneau SPF Hoody

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

The Brinesu offers SPF 30+ protection factor and features 4-way stretch polyester fabric, long sleeves with thumb holes, a fitted hood, and a half face zipper.

It’s also offered in solid colors.

eberlestock.com/collections/apparel/products/bruneau-spf-hoody

FirstSpear Friday Focus – New Apparel

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Today’s Friday Focus we are announcing the popular FirstSpear Wind Cheater is now available in size 3X and back by popular demand is the “No Bubbles No Troubles” t-shirt that was originally debuted as a giveaway at ADS Warrior East in the FS booth. Grab this limited run shirt while supplies last!

www.first-spear.com/technical-apparel/no-bubbles-no-troubles

Kitanica – Magnum Shirt

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Inspired by Hawaiian styling, the Magnum Shirt from Kitanica is a more muted version of tropical wear.

Designed to be worn tucked or untucked, this button down front shirt includes a chest pocket as well as pleated back. Made from 4.3 oz 65/35 poly/cotton and offered in Grey or Diamond Plate Grey in sizes Small – XXLarge.

Made in the USA!

www.kitanica.net/THE-MAGNUM

Eighth Order – For the Lost Souls

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

William Romes and Tom Kerr would like to announce the creation of their company Eighth Order, Inc as well as their initial product campaign. They have both been friends of mine for years. I’ve always admired their service to this great country as well as their creativity.

Eighth Order is a foray into Veteran advocacy by the two with the expressed intent of Veterans helping other Veterans tell their stories. After nearly two decades at war, American Veterans are suffering in staggering numbers, with far too many homeless on the street, self-medicating, and taking their own lives. Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries are far too real and far too prevalent to sit idly by and not do anything.

With stacks of uniforms in our closets and an idea in our minds eye, we’ve set to doing something…anything…that can help other American Veterans.

As I stare at the stacks of utility uniforms in my closet, I remember thinking, “It’s going to be a shame to throw these out. There’s a lot of money spent, and hard work put into those.” Then I thought… “…and a lot of memories too…” With that I thought there had to be a way to re-purpose those uniforms. I remembered seeing the Eagles and Angles products posted on SSD and I thought I may be able to do something similar, but unlike what they’re working on. I thought those guys were doing awesome things and didn’t just want to “me too” something. However, their message is strong, and it resonated with me. Veterans telling their stories is a powerful thing, and not just for people to hear and celebrate, but also because talking about things helps them heal, even if just for a moment. With that in mind, I called the first person I could think of who would tell me to “knock it off, you’re an idiot”. To my surprise, Tom told me to do it, do something, do something about it…and that he wanted to be involved.

We have been working through the back end of this business since January and it is time to get moving. The product offerings will be a range of casual oxford style shirts with the inside of the cuffs, button line, and inside of the collar fitted with pieces of the donated utility uniforms. The uniforms are donated by American Veterans, along with as much or as little of their story they care to share. Those uniforms and stories will travel together to our factory in California. When a product ships, they will go with a card that discusses where that uniform has been and the things it’s seen. The goal, once this initiative gets off the ground is that a percentage of each sale will go to a Veteran non-profit organization focused on PTSD/TBI treatment and rehabilitation programs. With regards to transparency, I have spoken with a number of these types of organizations and to a company have told me to hold on that portion first off. They tell me that I should make sure the business is moving properly before committing funds to their organizations. One gentleman told me that nobody gets help if your company fails because it can’t pay its bills…ease into it.

Our initial offering is being launched on Kickstarter, with possibly a second product on that platform, to get things moving and funded. We anticipate offering several casual oxford style shirts as we walk this path, as well as a couple variations of blazers.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/eighthorder/eighth-order-cotton-oxford-shirts-from-american-veterans 

 

 

Our initial samplings are based on standard S-XXL shirt sizing. These shirts are made with 100% American cotton, meant to be worn untucked or tucked in and/or with a tie. When we roll out our blazers, they will be simple construction casual wear 4 way stretch Tweave or a similar textile. These products will be made exclusively of American textiles, in America, by Americans employed by American companies.

Thank you for taking the time to understand and we look forward to your support.

By: William Romes

Magpul Megablend 20th Anniversary T-shirt

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

In 1999, Richard Fitzpatrick founded Magpul with the clear mission of “Providing innovation to the individual in the shortest time.” After twenty years of annoying the establishment, we’re just getting started. We’re celebrating our 20th with an update to a design from ten years ago that still looks great today.

The logo is updated with Roman numerals, and the Megablend comes from the t-shirt’s super comfy 50% Cotton, 38% Polyester, 12% Rayon content.

www.magpul.com

Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

New for Fall/Winter 2019 is the Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie. Arc’teryx has taken one of my favorite jackets, the minimalist Norvan SL which made from WL Gore’s ShakeDry fabric, and added Coreloft Compact 40 insulation for winter running. Because of the insulation, they’ve also added a Dope Permeair 20 liner to help manage moisture. Naturally, this means the jacket won’t be quite as light as its original, uninsulated form, but it’s going to be great for high energy activities in cold environments.

While I own a Norvan SL, I’ve always hated the Orange color pop on the zipper and hood (the alternating colors are a little better now). It just isn’t me. With the new version, I’m happy to see, comes an all Black variant.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is a minimalist design, so there are no pockets. Also, as the Norvan SL is intended for cycling and running, it’s an athletic fit. Sizes are Small -XXLarge.

In the description video we created during a visit to BC last fall, you’ll see that the jacket was called the Norvan IS. That was nine months ago. Now, the name is Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie.

My Norvan SL goes with me everywhere. The Gore-Tex ShakeDry construction means the jacket will stuff into a sack the size of my fist, allowing me to always have rain or wind protection. I’ll definitely be picking up a Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie for winter months.

arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/mens/norvan-sl-insulated-hoody

No More ‘Flight Suits,’ the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble Makes Debut

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Representatives from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 8-12 to introduce fighter pilots and aircrew flight equipment professionals to some of the newest developments in flight-suit technology.

Team Hickam’s Hawaiian Raptors, comprised of members from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons, have been selected to be the first aircraft operators to bring the gear, called the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble, into an operational capacity.

The visiting project managers from the Human Systems Program Office provided demonstrations, fittings and on-the-job training to F-22 Raptor pilots and the AFE Airmen who will maintain the state-of-the art ensemble.

“Being selected as the first unit, and also as the Air National Guard, over any other [major command] is definitely something to be proud of, said Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Davidson, 154th Operations Support Squadron AFE superintendent. “I think it says something about our work ethic and our integrity down here; that we’re willing to take on the challenge and be a part of this new process.”

Hawaii Air National Guard and Active Duty pilots were provided demonstrations and were individually measured for custom-fit equipment.

Unlike the currently used ‘legacy’ equipment, which had been piecemealed with additional support items over several decades, each component of the IAE has been designed to complement all other items. The IAE is built to support aircrew in all ejection-seat aircraft, to include fighters, trainers and bomb carriers. Its material has been influenced by recent advancements in sports technology to aid aviators who endure harsh flight conditions.

“It’s all strategically placed so items are not on top of each other; it minimizes the occurrence of friction, hotspots or wear-down on the system,” said Carl Medeiros, IAE program manager. “The material is also moisture-wicking, so it pulls moisture away from the body, removing and reducing thermal burden, while increasing mobility and comfort levels. When it all comes together, there’s a direct correlation and improvement to the physiological effects on the pilot.”

A combination of four layers can be used to support pilots in the face of natural elements and a wide range of mission sets. This includes a thermal undergarment for cold weather protection, a water-resistant environmental protection layer, a chemical/biological/radiological resistant layer and the coverall, which provides heat and flame protection.

While the new system will require additional familiarize training events for AFE Airmen, less man hours will be required to sustain and service the equipment. Developments, such as the new floatation device, make this possible, as it does not require sensitive munitions to activate and can be transported and handled without risks of explosive reactions.

According to Medeiros, the Hawaiian Raptors are projected to receive the IAE during the first half of 2020.

“Initially I think the buildup process is going to be quite tedious,” said Davidson. “It’s a big task to take on, but I think once the supplies are delivered and we’re all set up it’s going to be an amazing product for us to use.”

Story by SrA John Linzmeier 

154th Wing Public Affairs