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AUSA 22 – GORE-TEX PYRAD Refueler Suit

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

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. It’s used to make the Fuel Handler 2-Piece Suit worn by Soldiers and Marines.

In one of the most effective displays I’ve seen, WL Gore & Associates have showcased an example of what this garment looks like after a flame test.

As you can see, the material chars, but remains intact and protects the wearer from direct burns. It is also self-extinguishing. In addition to FR protection, the wearer also benefits from a breathable, water and windproof GORE-TEX shell.

To see a video of GORE-TEX PYRAD in action, go here.

Rumpl Safely Goes Fireside with New NanoLoft Flame Blanket

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

Technical blanket brand expands its offerings with travel-sized campfire-ready blanket

PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 16, 2022) – Today, Rumpl, the category leader in premium, technical blankets, introduces the NanoLoft® Flame Blanket, the perfect companion for the campfire or firepit. The NanoLoft Flame Blanket can be purchased starting today at Rumpl.com and REI.

“One of the most frequent requests we get from Rumpl fans is for a flame-resistant blanket and we designed the NanoLoft Flame Blanket for extended life around the campfire,” says Wylie Robinson, founder and CEO at Rumpl. “The proprietary blend of modacrylic and cotton developed by our product team will keep your blanket free of melted holes from flying sparks.”

The NanoLoft Flame Blanket (MSRP $129) features a durable, fire-resistant exterior made from a proprietary blend of modacrylic and cotton. The blanket passes the ISO 15025:2016 standard for protection against flame. The blanket is insulated with Rumpl’s 100% post-consumer recycled NanoLoft insulation and features a Cape-Clip for hands-free use. It weighs less than a pound (0.7 pounds) and measures 52” x 38”. The blanket is constructed from 12 recycled water bottles and packs down to the size of a Nalgene water bottle.

The NanoLoft Flame Blanket is available now at www.rumpl.com and REI.

SOFIC 22 – Forgeline Solutions

Friday, May 20th, 2022

In the SOFIC SELECT pavilion Forgeline Solutions offered us a sneak peek of their FR 3-season uniform.

It features the same cut of their 3-season uniform but in a new FR performance fabric. Forgeline envisions that it will run about the same price as their NYCO uniform and will include combat pant, combat shirt and field shirt. They can keep costs low because the uniform was designed from the outset for manufacturability, costing less to make.

If you feel clammy in a NYCO uniform that’s because the fabric is 3 CFM, meaning a very low breathability. This fabric offers 70 CFM, being much more breathable.

Note: the color of the photo is due to the lighting in the room.

MDM 22 – GORE-TEX Professional Fuel Handler 2-Piece Suit

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

The Fuel Handler Coverall has been replaced with a new two-piece design made from GORE-TEX PYRAD Technology and procurement is well under way.

Offered in Coyote, it is being used by both Army and Marine Fuel Handlers and intended to be worn over other garments. In addition to it’s FREE properties, the suit also provides weather as well as contaminant protection. Thanks to the GORE-TEX membrane, it’s also breathable, water and wind proof, and is quick drying.

Massif Launches First Responder Collection

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Massif started out by providing FR garments for in Search and Rescue (SAR) crews. From this, select military aircrews adopted Massif FR clothing to withstand cold and wet environmental conditions. When service members began to face flame related threats due to Improvised Explosive Devices, the Department of Defense turned to Massif.

Massif has taken their flight-ready apparel for HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Management Services) and LE (Law Enforcement) personnel, to create a dedicated new First Responder Collection in true navy-blue colorway.

The collection is built around some of Massif’s legacy garments; the revolutionary 2-Piece Flight Suit with Lightweight and Midweight Inversion base layers along with the Elements Jacket.

Massif is well known for creating some of their own FR fabrics which meet ASTM D6413-F2302 performance specification for flame resistance. The garments have also been certified as Safe To Fly by the US Air Force.

A full range of sizing is available to support uniform programs, from XS-3XL.


Massif Returns To Its SAR-Focused Origin With A Suite Of Battle Proven Garment

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

Massif dedicates its innovation expertise to FR garments specifically designed for First Responders by o ering a comprehensive collection of flight-ready gear

ASHLAND, Ore. – February 22, 2022 – With over two decades of experience creating pioneering flame-resistant (FR) apparel for the U.S. Military, Massif® is today announcing its new First Responder Collection. Massif is returning to its roots in search and rescue (SAR) innovation with a dedicated new true navy blue colorway, bringing its proven flight-ready apparel to Helicopter Emergency Management Services (HEMS) and Law Enforcement (LE) personnel.

The collection is built around Massif’s revolutionary 2-Piece Flight Suit and ElementsTM Jacket – First Responder and also includes the surprisingly a ordable lightweight and midweight Inversion Base Layers.

Flame-resistant fabrics and uncompromising performance apparel are essential for keeping people safe in the world’s most challenging environments. Born from highly functional flame-resistant SAR clothing and tested through years of military experience, there is no one better to answer the call than Massif. After years of being selected by DOD as the pinnacle of FR gear in aviation, Massif is now o ering the same benchmark gear to those who have desired commercial colorways for use in their respective communities.

The flagship piece in the true navy blue First Responder Collection is the years-in-the-making 2-Piece Flight Suit. Designed around direct user feedback across multiple military branches and aviation platforms, the Massif team wanted to enhance the capabilities of the modern aviator and aircrewman with innovative design features unique to their garments. Long-awaited and overtly requested by HEMS and LE, this suit includes an original patented attachment system that allows flexibility and movement between the pants and jacket while still aiding coverage in flash events. Mesh-lined pocket configurations give the jacket enhanced heat-stress mitigation and quick-drying capabilities that have transformed the comfort of the garment, and naturally, the user.

Massif didn’t stop with the 2-Piece Flight Suit when designing and implementing this new collection, and also launched true navy blue FR Inversion Base Layers in lightweight and midweight options, as well as its battle-proven Elements Jacket. Each of these pieces perfectly integrates with the 2-Piece Flight Suit and together allow for e ective layering options to support any aircraft, job or mission. Inversion Base Layers o er superior moisture management and next-to-skin comfort using a proprietary fabric that excels in stretch and recovery. Engineered with a tri-blend yarn system that provides unparalleled performance across multiple environments, these are the perfect complement to pair with the 2-Piece Flight Suit.

On the other end of the layering system, the Elements Jacket – First Responder is a high-performance softshell made from Battleshield X fabric featuring WINDSTOPPER ® technology by GORE-TEX LABS. This helps the user stay warm, protected and comfortable in some of the world’s harshest climates. This extremely durable, highly breathable garment o ers multi-directional stretch, excellent wear resistance and a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. Its functional design is engineered to withstand extreme conditions and is ideal for those that need to remain on the scene during an emergency.

“Massif is dedicated to keeping people safe, including those that are called on to protect and support others in an emergency,” said Christine Collins, Vice President and General Manager at Massif. “The 2-Piece Flight Suit is pioneering our push into the First Responder space. We are dedicated to protecting all of our customers that work in the most challenging environments including on land, or in the air.”

The Massif First Responder collection will be available in February 2022. All Massif Garments are 100% Made in the USA and Berry Amendment Compliant. For more information on Massif, visit massif.com, or see what the company is up to on Instagram and Facebook.

SHOT Show 22 – DNS Alpha

Friday, January 21st, 2022

DNS Alpha is exhibiting in the Mountain Horse Solutions section of the Global Ordnance booth. Part of the capabilities set being brought to the US by UK’s Brigantes Equipment, DNS Alpha offers a full complement of next-to-skin to shell garments like this GORE-TEX PYRAD FR and waterproof breathable ensemble. Much of what they do is built to suit and has been tested by SOF in the ongoing NATO exercises this winter in Norway.

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.