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NAVAIR Approves Massif’s Hellman Combat Pant and Advanced Quarter Zip Combat Shirt

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Massif’s Hellman Combat Pant and Advanced Quarter Zip Combat Shirt are NAVAIR approved.  As a recent SOA list addition, these new items are interchangeable with the approved Massif 2 Piece flight suit to give Aircrews the flexibility to pick and choose flight gear based on mission and environment. This is huge for Naval Aircrews as this is the first time a Combat-Style pant with integrated knee pad has been approved for flight use. Navy and Marine Corps helo crews spend lots of time on their knees and this move is bringing much needed relief.


Massif has done a great job of working with various communities like naval and Marine Corps aviation to not only boost performance, but also preventing injuries.

Hellman Combat Pant


 *   Sigma 4 Start Fabric powered by DuPont Nomex and DuPont Kevlar
 *   Integrated/removable Crye Precision Airflex Kneepad
 *   Intuitive Hand Pockets and utility pockets built with comfort and usability in mind
 *   Dual entry cargo pockets
 *   Available in Sage Green, Tan, and OCP

Tech sheet and sizing chart can be found at www.massif.com/profession/navy/hellman-pant.

Advanced Quarter Zip Combat Shirt


 *   Proprietary 4 way stretch fabrics now fielded in over 7 million combat shirts
 *   Superfabric covered elbows offer protection and abrasion resistance
 *   Ultra lightweight collar and zipper
 *   Adjustable cuffs and thumb loop for secure fit
 *   Advanced breathability and wicking properties
 *   Available in Sage Green, Tan, OD Green, Black and OCP
 *   Women’s fit available in Sage Green and OCP

Tech sheet and sizing chart can be found at www.massif.com/profession/navy/advanced-14-zip-combat-shirt.

Sneak Peek – Särmä TST L4 Combat Trouser from Varusteleka Oy

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Varusteleka has had the Särmä TST L4 Combat Trouser in development for three years now, but now they’re finally Finnished.

Originally, the idea was to produce a homegrown version of a standard combat pant, but turned out quite different in the end. The biggest thing that changed over the years was the fact that they are making these from a new mechanical stretch fabric.

The new fabric is a mechanical stretch ripstop (made from a 60/40 cotton/polyester blend using spiral polyester fibers which provide the stretch). This has eliminated the need for separate stretch fabric details, like the new Crye G4s. The camouflage print is done according to Finnish military NIR specifications.

They feature reinforced – double fabric reinforced seat, diamond gusset crotch, 500D reinforced knees, cuffs, and insteps. With all these hard wear areas reinforced these will last hard, extended use.

One little “special” thing is the cargo pockets flaps which can be closed with hook-and-loop (fast and noisy), a button (slow and silent) or both (superior security, slow and noisy) depending on user preference.

Knee pad inserts can be added, but the design works equally well without any inserts due to the standard enclosed design of the knee reinforcements. The enclosed design mitigates snagging issues and prevents snow and mud from clogging the seams where an internal-external hybrid knee pad (such as Crye) protrudes through the knee fabric.

These will be released in June, but may go on pre-order sooner. Learn more at www.varusteleka.fi/fi/product/sarma-tst-l4-taisteluhousut.

Patagonia Men’s R1 Fleece Pullover Hoody

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Made from R1 grid fleece, the pullover hoody has a long tail to stay tucked in. It features a nice, deep front zipper for venting, as well as zippered chest pocket.

The hood is low profile.

The sleeves incorporate thumb holes.

But careful guys, it’s a slim fit. So if you’re a barrel chested freedom fighter, you’ll want to go up a size.

Available in Black, Balkan Blue, and Folios Green.


Sneak Peek – Firewalker Boot Sock by FITS

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The upcoming Firewalker Boot Sock by FITS is not only FR, but also Berry compliant. Verified to NFPA 1971, 2018 Edition Structural and Proximity Firefighting Standard, it is made from 69% Merino Wool, 24% Nylon, 4% Polyester and 3% Lycra® Spandex. The Merino content offers inherent FR, moisture and odor control. The Firewalker also incorporates FITS’ proprietary features; Heel Lock® provides heel security that limits the chances of a blister when combined with a properly fit boot and their Dynamic Toe Cup® limits the amount of material in toe box to prevent bunching in a critical area of the foot.

For more info, contact John Siver II, john@fitssock.com.

Starting 1 June, Soldiers May Wear The Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

To little fanfare, Army Chief Of Staff GEN Mark Milley authorized the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform as an optional purchase item, last October. According to ALARACT 027/219, beginning 1 June, Soldiers may purchase it from Clothing Sales Stores and wear it in lieu of the OCP Army Combat Uniform. Alternatively, some units may issue the IHWCU as Organization Clothing (TA-50). An alternate size variant will be available by October. Soldiers may sew name US Army tapes on their uniform as well as special skill badges.

Overall, the uniform is lighter weight and more breathable than the ACU. It also appears slightly different due its pocket layout.

Coat, Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform

IHWCU worn by CPT Daniel Ferenczy, APM for Extreme Weather Clothing and Footwear, PM-SPIE, PEO Soldier

-raglan sleeve front with a five (5) button closure
-fold down collar with a fusible interlining
-long sleeves with cuffs and one (1) button, three (3) buttonholes adjustable cuff tab
-The top of the button down closure is open to accommodate a pen
-front has loop tape to accommodate the Name and US Army Tape
-front placket has a loop tape for the Rank Patch
-coat has two (2) bellow style top opening upper sleeve pockets and includes an eyelet drain-hole
-sleeves have an elbow reinforcement patch
-Both sleeves have an Identification Friend or Foe tab cover that can be opened and closed using hook and loop fastener
-IFF tab cover is centered and sewn onto the sleeve above the upper sleeve pocket
-double turned and cleaned finished hem

Trousers, Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform

(Rear of the IHWCU Trouser, showing the cargo and lower leg pocket layout.)

-covered fly with a four (4) button/ buttonhole closure, or three (3) button/buttonhole closure, depending on size
-seven (7) belt loops
-two (2) side hanging pockets
-two (2) front side pleated cargo pockets with three (3) button/ two (2) buttonhole closure flaps
-high end of cargo pockets at front of pocket rather than rear like ACU
-two (2) lower leg side pockets with one (1) button/ one (1) buttonhole closure flaps
-side cargo pockets shall have three (3) sewn-in eyelets hidden by the bellows
-double needle seat patch and a pleated knee reinforcement incorporated into the pant leg at the knee
-one (1) piece single gusset
-two (2) front side hanging pockets
-mesh fabric attached on the inside of the trousers at the bottom of the legs as inner cuffs
-bottom of the trousers leg hems, the inner cuffs, and the waistband shall have drawstrings

Bridgedale Introduces First Waterproof Sock Range

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Britain’s number one outdoor performance sock brand, Bridgedale, is introducing its first 100% waterproof sock range called Storm this spring.  

Developed to provide wet weather protection and day long comfort, it combines Bridgedale’s unique FusionTech™ with a HydroTech™ Waterproof, Breathable and Windproof membrane.  The new Storm range has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking or running.

Continuing to build on Bridgedale’s century-long sock making heritage, the 100% Waterproof Storm sock guarantees foot protection and comfort on the wettest trails. Even though Bridgedale has been keeping feet warm, dry and protected for many years, providing a good level of water resistance, this is the brand’s first 100% Waterproof sock range.

Using the latest production processes, the Storm sock combines advanced yarn technology with progressive design to ensure the waterproof, extremely breathable and windproof Storm sock never lets down any outdoor enthusiast.

Inner Sock

The next-to-the-skin inner sock, made from up to 60% Merino Wool, that’s renowned for its anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties, is combined with wicking synthetic fibres to deliver a stable temperature and move moisture from the skin’s surface. The lining features a terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel to ensure comfortable feet in wet conditions.

HydroTech™ membrane

The three-layer construction features at its core, a Waterproof, Breathable, high stretch and Windproof HydroTech™ permeable membrane, which when laminated to the inner and outer layers creates a 100% Waterproof stretchable and good fitting sock.

Bridgedale is confident that, after a three-year rigorous testing period, it can confidently guarantee the minimum specifications for the HydroTech™ membrane*:

Membrane breathability: moisture permeability >12,000mg/m*m/24h

Membrane waterproofness: Hydrostatic head >8,000mm

Outer Sock

The Nylon outer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear. LYCRA® provides excellent stretch to ensure the sock is easy to pull on and off and guaranteeing a snug, comfortable, high performance fit and a sock that won’t fall down during activities.  As well as LYCRA® running through the inner and outer sock, it is also added around the arch of the foot to keep the sock firmly in position, reducing any bunching or rucking inside the shoe or boot that could cause irritation.

The Storm sock is available in three lengths:

Ankle: fitting just above ankle bone, this length is perfect for running or walking in wet conditions

Boot: designed to fit around the middle of the calf, this length keeps the lower leg warm and dry and can be paired with waterproof trousers or gaiters to prevent water ingress at the top. Boot length is ideal for mountaineering, hillwalking and mountain biking.

Knee: giving full lower leg coverage and protection, this maximum length is perfect for wading through streams or rivers or running or riding in shorts when the weather turns colder.

The three weights available are:


Close fitting and designed for activities where maximum breathability and minimum insulation is required.  Perfect for warmer weather, high octane activities such as mountain biking and trail running. Pair with Bridgedale’s Coolmax Liner to keep feet fresher for longer.


With a terry cushioned footbed and ankle, this sock is idea for outdoor activities where a good balance of warmth and breathability is required, from biking and running to hiking and mountaineering


This sock has full terry cushioning throughout and is perfect for cold weather activities such as winter walking, hiking and biking.  Pair with Bridgedale’s Thermal Liner for more extreme cold weather activities such as winter mountaineering and multi-day expeditions.

For further information on the new Waterproof Storm sock range please visit www.bridgedale.com.

TD Neptune Shorts

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Tactical Distributors new Neptune Tactical Shorts are made from a lightweight, DWR treated 2-way stretch fabric so they can be worn in the water or on land. They dry fast and feature laser cut vents and drain holes.

There are a total of eight pockets with mesh pocket bags included a zippered wallet pocket.

Get yours in Dark Urban Grey, Flat Dark Earth or MultiCam.

The Shelta Undercover 2 L/S Hooded Shirt

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Loose fitting, this soft long sleeve water knit hoody features UPF 50 Protection and rash free flat lock seams. It also features a front locker loop for board short attachment and a draw cord for the hood.