Archive for the ‘FR’ Category

Magpul Flight Glove 2.0

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Magpul has updated their popular Flight Glove to a 2.0 configuration. The change is mainly due to the addition of touch screen compatible fingertips (three fingers) due to the wide proliferation of digital screens in cockpits and the use of touch screen enabled End User Devices by ground forces. However, they’ve also beefed up the construction a bit without sacrificing dexterity.

They feature Flash-resistant Nomex and Kevlar back of hand for flame and anti-static protection along with durable and soft one-piece goatskin leather palm and finger construction for enhanced feel and control of firearms.

Black, Coyote, and Sage in sizes S-2XL.

Crye Precision Adds New Colors to G4 FR Uniforms

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Now available, three new color offerings for Crye Precision’s G4 FR Uniforms. The FR uniforms are their most technically advanced apparel pieces to date, made with High Strength Commando Twill, provide lightweight FR protection with a high strength-to-weight ratio. The fabric quickly self-extinguishes and maintains 8.5 times higher air permeability and faster dry time than 50/50 NYCO.

Combined with the already extensive feature set of the G4 line, the uniforms are now available in Khaki, Ranger Green and Black.

Combat Uniforms

Field Uniforms

AUSA 21 – Gore-Tex Pyrad

Monday, October 11th, 2021

The Army and Marines Corps have updated the Fuel Handler Coverall to a new two-piece design manufactured from Gore-Tex Pyrad.

Gore-Tex Pyrad is a flame retardant fabric – a self-extinguishing technology that provides durable protection against flash fire exposure while remaining highly breathable, water resistant, and windproof.

This glove by Masley features a GORE-TEX PYRAD shell with a Gore-Tex insert and THERMIUM insulation for extended warmth down to -25F. This voice was designed in response to a 2019 request by Army POL specialists.

XGO Has Product Ready to Go

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Inquiries go to [email protected]

Gryphon Investors’ Mechanix Wear Acquires Chicago Protective Apparel

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2021 // — Mechanix Wear®, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance work gloves, announced today it has acquired Chicago Protective Apparel (“CPA” or the “Company”), a 108 year-old, family-owned manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE). Mechanix Wear is a portfolio company of middle-market private equity firm Gryphon Investors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Skokie, IL, CPA manufactures and offers an extensive line of over 20,000 products for arc flash, foundry, and welding applications. The Company’s previous owners, Scott and Myrna Sherman, are retiring after 30 years of service. Vice President John Merikoski will remain with the Company as Director of Production, along with other members of the management team.

Mechanix Wear CEO Michael Hale said, “Our two-year partnership with Gryphon has accelerated our growth and positioned us to expand beyond our core line of work gloves. CPA’s culture of quality and focus on innovation synchronize with Mechanix Wear’s mission of bringing the latest design and material innovation to gloves for working hands. Moving forward, we will integrate and expand on CPA’s product portfolio by looking beyond conventional ideas to innovate the most advanced PPE possible. We are excited to collaborate with John and his team.”

Ryan Fagan, Managing Director in the Consumer Group at Gryphon, said, “We’ve been happy to partner with Michael and his team, and see the impressive growth they have continued to achieve as Mechanix Wear celebrates its 30th year of Hand Built Trust. We are excited to welcome CPA into our partnership.”

Mr. Merikoski commented, “We thank Scott and Myrna for building a trusted company that has attracted a loyal following and enjoyed enormous success. We are now in a great position to grow, and we are delighted to team up with such an iconic brand as Mechanix Wear. With their support, and with Gryphon’s capital and operational resources behind us, we expect to invest in continued innovation and customer satisfaction both domestically and abroad.”

EC M&A served as financial advisor to Gryphon and Mechanix Wear. Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to Gryphon and Mechanix Wear, and Williams, Bax & Saltzman acted as legal advisor to CPA.

Warrior West 21 – DRIFIRE FR Softshell

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

The new DRIFIRE FR Softshell is fleece lined and features a water resistant shell. Consider it an update on the FREE softshell.

Here is a diagram which calls out the various features:

DRIFIRE products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS, Inc.

Warrior West 21 – Mechanix Wear Torch Regulator

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

You may see the Mechanix Wear Torch Regulator on a Mortarman near you soon to handle hot tubes.

This welding gloves is made from Durahide boar leather with a Kevlar FR lining to protect from heat and puncture, and stitched throughout with Kevlar thread.

Mechanix Wear products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS, Inc.

USAF Approves XGO FR Base Layer systems as Safe to Fly

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Southern Pines, NC – April 7, 2021. The program office for the US Air Force recently announced the Approved Safe to Fly items for the specific fabrics and garments identified for the updated USAF No Melt No Drip and FR Underlayer Product List. Selected products on this list have a 3-year certification period.

The fabrics and garments manufactured by your XGO, have been certified as Flame Resistant (FR) products which meet the FR test including No Melt No Drip (NMND) requirements. These certified fabrics and garments are for use as under layers to wear with AF FR Uniforms.

Approved Items list to include:

These certifications constitutes XGO’s guarantee to USAF customers that our quality process will ensure the product will repeatedly pass ASTM D 6413 Vertical flame Test with NMND requirement, meet Berry Amendment compliance, and other program specific requirements.

Products can be purchased either directly from XGO at  or through one of our dealer or distribution partners.  Additionally, the products are found at Equipment Base Supply Centers supply shops, AAFES, and through DLA.

A list of our entire product line can be found at

Please contact our customer service at [email protected] or [email protected] to find the best supplier for your needs.