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Legend Compression (All Weather) Merino Wool Over-The-Calf Boot Sock Pre-Launched at Modern Day Marine 2023

Wednesday, July 19th, 2023

The LEGEND® technical and product development teams have worked with the Marine Corps, for over two years to develop this compression Over-The-Calf merino wool SEABAG/Combat boot sock. The focus was the use of mild graduated compression to reduce foot fatigue, improve blood circulation, and provide added support throughout the boot sock. Dense terry cushioning throughout the leg, with added cushioning in the seamless toe, foot, heel and shin provide added comfort, support and minimize sock movement to prevent blisters.

Whether the attendee was a young Marine or a Marine Corps Officer; they all had blister horror stories to share. Based upon their past experiences they asked very specific questions as to the user benefits of compression, durability, comfort, features to help to eliminate blisters, stay up in their boots, anti-microbial, and wicking ability.

Invariably, at the end of each conversation the young Marines asked when the style would be available at the Exchange and the Officers asked the Marine Corps program development status.

Production has begun, inventory is being built to supply retail orders and potential, projected, future Military needs.

The LEGEND® Compression Tactical Boot Sock program is Proudly “Made in USA” and is Berry Amendment Compliant!

MDM 23 – WINDSTOPPER by GORE-TEX LABS x Beyond Jackets

Friday, June 30th, 2023

GORE Brands exhibited two new jackets from Beyond Clothing’s new Jäger line which incorporate WINDSTOPPER fabric by GORE-TEX LABS.

WINDSTOPPER fabric is 100% windproof and is used in zones of the jacket such as the front and rear panels as well as the hood to help shed weather and wind to keep the core warm and dry. In such hybrid constructions as we see here, other zones such as under the arms, offer more traditional fabrics to assist with air circulation for active wear.

The first jacket is the Jäger and pairs the WINDSTOPPER shell with Polartec Alpha Direct* insulation and stretch side panels. I’m a big fan of both WINDSTOPPER and Alpha Direct but haven’t had a jacket yet which combines the two. This combination offers high air permeability for high aerobic activity as well as weather protection and insulation. It is ideally suited for wear in cold wet conditions down to +20°F. If you’re wearing a ruck and constantly moving, this is the jacket for you.

For those of you who appreciate the details, this jacket offers a Clo Thermal insulation value of 1.19 and Low Water Pick-Up (15.78% after 30 minute in a light mist).

The second jacket is the Mountain Jäger which combines WINDSTOPPER By GORE-TEX LABS fabric with Climashield Bio 2.0 oz Insulation and a 40d lightweight liner with stretch side panels. There is also gridded stretch fabric at the chin for comfort in the cold when you’re all bundled up.

I’m told there’s also another model in the line without the side panels and with additional continuous insulation for even colder conditions.

The Mountain Jäger still has decent air permeability but it is a better option for those who will operate in more static modes. It provides good performance in Wet Cold (+39° to +20°F), Dry Cold (+19° to -4°F), and even Intense Cold (-5° to -25°F) conditions when incorporated into a layering system.

The tech specs are Low Water Pick-Up, 15.13% after 30 minute in a light mist and an even higher Clo thermal insulation value of 1.79.

Although the Jaeger line jackets aren’t specifically intended for any military programs, they are great options for organizations seeking to update their active shells. Prototypes of both have been evaluated by multiple US military organizations with very positive feedback.

Contact Beyond to learn more.

*This is a prototype. Production versions will feature color matched Alpha Direct insulation.

MDM 23 – Shaw Concepts USURPER Belt System

Friday, June 30th, 2023

The USURPER Belt System from Shaw Concepts is a completely new look at war belts.

It is a two-belt system, but unlike anything else on the market. The stand alone inner belt is foam lined, surrounded by soft loop Velcro. This makes it more comfortable, with no sharp edges and can be worn as a uniform belt. Although it includes a D-Ring COBRA ProStyle 18kN Buckle, the belt is not currently rated for life support use. The buckle is included for its easy of use. The inner belt is also narrower at the buckle and becomes wider as it reaches the first belt loops on either side.

While the inert belt concentrates on comfort, the outer belt provides the structure to the system. It is lined with Velcro hook and locks up with the inner belt. It is held in place on either side via G-hooks. Additionally, areas at the front on either side are reinforced with Tegris.

At the weak side, there are angled PALS slots to cant your magazine pouches for easier access. Because of this feature, it is offered in right and left hand versions. There is also a carabiner attachment point incorporated into this panel. On the strong side is a setup for pistol mounting. In these photos, they’ve mounted an M320.

Along the top of the outer belt are three mounting points for suspenders. According to the founder of Shaw Concepts, he has designs on the drawing board but until that happens, there are quite a few options available from other manufacturers.

Additionally, they have incorporated PALS slots at half inch intervals for wider mounting options into the laser cut laminate layer of the outer belt.

Orders open July 4th, sizes Small – XLarge in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, and MultiCam.

MDM 23 – Reconnaissance Weapon Kit from Heckler & Koch

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Although it was displayed as a complete HK416A5, Heckler & Koch exhibited the Reconnaissance Weapon Kit which was procured by the Marine Corps as an upper receiver group for the M27, transforming it into a A5-style upper with 11″ barrel and 2-stage gas block suppressed use during CQB. The Marines did not procure the attached suppressor or optics.

MDM 23 – Aries Defense Launches NEOS

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

NEOS is a new hardware solution from Aries Defense designed to optimize network bandwidth utilization for UAS/UAV Platforms. The system compresses and optimizes the data allowing more signals to be passed simultaneously.

Based in their OverWatch integration kit, it provides network bandwidth management and adds a fully customizable reticle to the video feed which allows for quicker call for fire commands.

Aries Defense is working with Skydio and L3Harris Technologies for integration of their systems, allowing multiple users access to multiple feeds. With the Marines deploying a UAS at the squad level, NEOS offers simultaneous direct access to a wider range of sensors both at the tactical edge as well as at the command post and even national level.

MDM 23 – S R Technologies Next Generation Tactical Chassis

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

S R Technologies displayed a form factor model for the Marine Corps’ upcoming Expeditionary Dismount Backpack solution for EW/SIGINT missions. It incorporates two swappable payload slots, active cooling fans, and an advanced thermal cold wall design. It’s powered by two swappable BA-5590 batteries or can be attached to vehicle or shore power.

It utilizes Sensor Open System Architecture which relies on the use of cards inserted into a chassis to configure Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems rather than building a completely new system every time it needs to be modernized.

MDM 23 – Marathon Targets

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve mentioned Marathon’s autonomous targets. In addition to their individual robots, they’ve also introduced a vehicle.

Shaped like a light pickup, it can be engaged with small arms fire to stop the vehicle.

MDM 23 – Streamlight Introduces Two New Sidewinder Mounts

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

Streamlight has introduced two new mounts for their Sidewinder light series. Above is the Hook and Loop Plate and below is the Contour ARC Rail Mount.

Currently available in Coyote with Black coming later.

Available now.