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FirstSpear Friday Focus: Tubes

Friday, July 1st, 2022

The Launch Everyone Has Asked For.

FirstSpear will soon launch Tubes® Rapid-Release Technology for purchase on the web. Stay tuned for more deets.

FirstSpear is in the business of providing innovative solutions to long unanswered challenges. Our Tubes® technology reaffirms that position. Quick to close and even quicker to doff, Tubes® fasteners are manufactured from lightweight high-performance polymers that exceed the strength of other molded fasteners currently used on operational equipment. Molded in signature suppressive colors and with a variety of choices for activation, this closure system can be rapidly deployed and completely reassembled in SECONDS. Tubes® technology will improve performance, enhance mission functionality, and reduce weight.

Check out FirstSpear to find all of our apparel and gear for America’s Warfighter.

Ocean State Innovations Announces Appointment of Global Sales Manager

Friday, May 20th, 2022

PORTSMOUTH, RI – May 23, 2022 – Ocean State Innovations (OSI), a leading textile provider, announced the appointment of Peter Raneri as Global Sales Manager. Mr. Raneri joins OSI with over thirty years of textile experience. Most recently he held the position of VP Sales & Business Development at HLC Industries. In his new role for OSI, Mr. Raneri will handle domestic and global business opportunities in tactical, industrial and specialty market segments. Raneri has a strong partnership with the INVISTA™ CORDURA® team which will be an asset in growing both the OSI and the CORDURA® brands.

“Ocean State Innovations continues to evolve and grow. We made the commitment to textile assets with the purchase of ColorWorks, one of America’s largest dyers and finishers, and the purchase of Cutting Edge TexStyles, a premier bias and straight cutter of textiles. Now we are investing in people.  Peter brings a global presence to our sales force, specializing in the CORDURA® brand, but also brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships in the textile industry that will help us grow to the next level,” said Bryan Boulis, President of Ocean State Innovations.

For more information, please visit www.osinnovate.com

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.

Milliken & Company Tracks Progress on Sustainability Initiatives in Fourth Annual Sustainability Report

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Spartanburg, S.C. — Today, diversified global manufacturer Milliken & Company published its fourth annual Sustainability Report, a key reporting component in the company’s progress toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals. In 2019, Milliken laid out 12 sustainability goals, focused on its people, its products and the planet, as a roadmap to achieving a healthier tomorrow. Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, these 12 goals signal the company’s commitment to sustainability in all forms.

In 2021, Milliken eliminated coal as a primary fuel after investing $25 million into cogeneration, which combines steam and power generation. Notably, Milliken also increased the diversity of its U.S. management team by 8% and announced that its entire flooring portfolio is now carbon neutral.

“Our shared purpose and our material science expertise make us uniquely Milliken,” shares Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken & Company. “We embrace not only our ability to make a positive impact on the world around us but also our responsibility to build a healthier future for this generation and generations to come.”

Completed in line with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core, Milliken’s fourth report details the holistic sustainability progress made in 2021. These efforts include:

· Recording zero lost time safety incidents from COVID-19;

· Logging 27,000 volunteer hours—the greatest number in company history;

· Partnering with groups including Accelerating Circularity, Polypropylene Coalition, PureCycle Technologies and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to lend our expertise in solving product end-of-life challenges;

· Upgrading lighting to LED lights at 13 manufacturing facilities, reducing GHG emissions by 3,000 metric tons and marking the halfway point in the goal to convert all manufacturing facility lighting to LED by the end of 2023; and

· Increasing renewable energy use to 97,608 MWh/year, over 97% of the 2025 goal of 100,000 MWh/year.

“The cover of this year’s report is an image from the documentary, Everest, which details the dramatic true story of a team of four climbers who ascended the mountain,” says Kasel Knight, senior vice president and general counsel. “Milliken and Polartec are sponsoring the 25th anniversary re-release of this film. For us, this story of teamwork, hope and perseverance was a natural fit for our 2021 report. Our goals are lofty, but working together, we know that we can achieve a brighter, healthier tomorrow.”

To view the complete report, visit Milliken’s Sustainability Hub here.

Ultralightweight Yet Super-Strong Plate Carrier MX244 for Military and Police Special-Forces Goes On Sale 27 April, Says Lindnerhof-Taktik

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

LENGGRIES, GERMANY (25 April 2022)—Maker of high-quality tactical gear systems Lindnerhof-Taktik today announced it will this week begin offering its new MX244 Ultralight Plate Carrier for purchase.

The MX244—set to go on sale Wednesday—is the first of an entire line of Lindnerhof-Taktik products made with the company’s innovative Multiaxial Laminate MX material, notable for its extreme low weight and astonishing strength, said Lindnerhof CEO Jakob Kolbeck.

“We’re very confident that the military and police special-forces teams for whom the MX244 is designed will find it an indispensable piece of equipment,” Kolbeck said, adding that the carrier is designed to serve as a grid for toting SAPI L-sized plates.

“There are many reasons why we believe the MX244 will quickly become a bestseller, but two of the most important are its exceptional durability and it weighs only 450 grams,” Kolbeck continued. “In fact, until the MX244 came along, there’s never been a more reliable, lightweight option for carrying plates.”

Lindnerhof founder Josef Sixt added that the advanced-technology Multiaxial Laminate MX material used in the manufacture of the MX244 has very low water absorbency characteristics. Moreover, he said, the option exists for covering the carried plates with fully camouflaged sleeves.

“Although the MX244 Plate Carrier is a cutting-edge product, we incorporated many of our classic, time-tested, and field-proven features,” Sixt offered. “For example, we took our patented hook buckle for securely closing shoulder straps and waist belts and translated it into an extra-slim version, one that would stay more out of the way of the user’s weapon system, provide additional space along the waist belt, and yet clasp just as rock-solidly as the original hook buckle.”

Kolbeck said an objective in developing the MX244 was creation of a plate carrier that would allow users to quickly add accessories. Accordingly, the company has timed the debut of its MX244 to coincide with the launch of several Lindnerhof-Taktik accessory items.

These are:

• Front Panels (MX233 Velcro® Panel, MX231 Panel Front, MX234 Multi-Calibre front Panel)

• Carrying Sling (MX106 Single Point Velcro® Sling)

• Next-generation Multi-Calibre Pouches (MX119 Multi-Calibre Rifle Mag Pouch, MX519 Multi-Calibre SMG Mag Pouch)

• Slim Belt Grid (MX560 Modular Belt Grid)

“Common to the plate carrier and the accessory items—beyond being made with Multiaxial Laminate MX—is their extreme functionality and modularity,” Kolbeck said. “Consider, for instance, the new MX560 Belt Grid. It’s a laser-cut sleeve-grid. But as soon as it’s wrapped around our Tactical Harness [1000551 Edelrid Gürtel], the harness transforms into a slim, super-lightweight war belt. Extra slots stably attach it to common holster systems including Blackhawk, Safariland, and G-Code, as well as to other items.

“As for the MX231 Front Panel, it can carry three magazines for rifles ranging from the AR15 on up to the HK417. Both it and the MX234 Multi-Calibre Front Panel attach to the MX244 Plate Carrier by means of Velcro® fasteners and/or with an included pair of click-it-to-attach MOLLE buckles for faster gearing up.

“And, of course, all of the new products include other outstanding Lindnerhof features such as cable management, patch areas, and size adjusters.”

The MX244 Plate Carrier and most of its accessories (unveiled in March at the at Enforce Tac and IWA 2022 trade shows held in Nuremberg, Germany) will for now be available in only two colours—coyote and stone grey. The company said black will be offered later, as will the camouflage patterns MultiCam and 5fb Flecktarn.

Meanwhile, Kolbeck provided a sneak-peek at a coming capability of the MX231 and MX234 panels. “In additional to their classic functionality, the front panels also can form the basis of a fully configured and ready-to-use micro-rig, but we’ll have more about that in the next few months,” he revealed.?

All the Lindnerhof-Taktik products coming available for purchase this week reflect a recently adopted strategy of developing and rolling out new items with greater frequency.

“We create roughly a thousand prototypes of new products each year, but our goal now is to bring more of them to customers and to do so on a more consistent basis,” Kolbeck said.

For more information about these products and other Lindnerhof-Taktik gear, please visit the company’s website at www.hqg.de.

CORDURA Line Of Fabrics Continues To Expand

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

During a couple of recent trade shows, I caught up with the INVISTA team responsible for the CORDURA line of fabrics and realized that they had introduced quite a few new fabrics I wasn’t aware of. I asked them for some more information to share with you.

Here is a sampling of the lineup:

CORDURA® NYCO KnitSoft comfort performance with staying power

Engineered with military-grade INVISTA T420 nylon 6,6 staple fiber blended with cotton for a natural look and feel, CORDURA® NYCO Knit combines soft comfort performance with long-lasting durability.

CORDURA® Classic FabricThe original CORDURA® fabric made with a cotton duck appearance optimized for abrasion resistance

Designed for living and built to last, the original durable CORDURA® fabric has proven performance in many of the world’s toughest environments.  Made with high tenacity air jet textured nylon 6,6 filament yarns in a range of sizes – 370, 560, 770, and 1100 dtex.

CORDURA® TrueLock™ FabricEco-friendly fabrics with locked-in color

Engineered with high tenacity nylon 6,6 multi-filament fiber that is solution dyed, locking the color in at the molten polymer extrusion level, CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric has excellent color-fastness, UV-fade and abrasion resistance, lot-lot-color consistency, extended UV strength stability, and long-lasting color vibrancy. The process used to make CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric also uses less water, energy, and CO2 to help leave a lighter footprint along the path to sustainability. CORDURA® Truelock™ Fabric is available in classic US Military and other tactical colors with built-in IR signature management for improved concealment (Coyote-498, Desert Sand-503, Tan-499, Camo Green-483, Ranger Green, Black, and Wolf Gray). End-uses include bags, load carriage, and reinforcements as well as use in eco-friendly fabrics, webbings, and trims.

CORDURA® re/cor™ Fabric RN66‘Expect More, Waste Less’

The new recycled nylon 6,6 (RN66) collection is ‘durable, responsible and innovated to last.’  In terms of quantifiable benefits versus Virgin Nylon 6,6, the production of CORDURA® re/cor™ Fabric RN66 decreases greenhouse gas emissions by 83%, consumes 82% less energy, and uses 57% less water.  CORDURA® re/cor™ Fabric RN66 is made from 100 percent pre-consumer fiber material that is GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified and can be produced in a full range of mil-spec colors.

CORDURA® Combat Wool™Comfort and aesthetics of wool with the performance of nylon

CORDURA® Combat Wool™ fabrics offer engineered endurance performance. Woven using INVISTA nylon 6,6 staple fiber that is intimately blended with merino wool for an authentic classic wool look and feel with enhanced comfort and up to 10x higher abrasion resistance***.

CORDURA® Naturalle™ FabricTechnical performance with the look and feel of cotton

CORDURA® Naturalle™ Fabric  is engineered with full-dull luster nylon 6,6 filament yarns and offer long-lasting, ruggedly stylish solutions for endurance apparel.

CORDURA AFT® FabricHigh-performance, breathable mesh fabric

Highly breathable knit constructions engineered for enhanced abrasion and snagging resistance, the CORDURA® AFT Fabric tactical focused fabric range includes high tenacity nylon 6,6 mesh materials that can be foam or felt laminated for outer shell footwear and breathable apparel applications.

For more information, visit www.CORDURA.com.

Sneak Peek – Lindnerhof Taktik MX224 Uktralight Plate Carrier

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Dropping 27 April, Lindnerhof Taktik’s lightest Plate carrier yet. The MX224 Uktralight Plate Carrier features their proprietary MX material, a laser cut multiaxial laminate which is paired with their patented hook buckle.


Propel LLC Featured on Cover of March/April Textile World

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Propel LLC, which has received multiple SBIR awards from the Department of Defense, and is currently working on new 3D knitted garments for the US Navy, under the direction of the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, Natick MA, is the feature story on the cover of the most recent Textile World. The article highlights Propel’s work in Smart Textiles, funded by the US Navy, and the development of the new Steam Suit for NAVSEA. Propel is manufacturing the Steam Suit at Peckham Inc., Lansing MI, and delivering for use aboard every US Submarine.