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5.11 Launches New Products for Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Irvine, Calif. (July 27, 2021) – 5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, today announced the release of several exciting new products that expand the brand’s offering for outdoor adventurers, public safety professionals and tactical enthusiasts alike. The newly released items are available online and in-stores now.

“To live our mantra of Always Be Ready®, we must continually work to enhance and expand the gear we offer our customers,” said 5.11’s Vice President of Global Product, Matt Page. “The products being introduced this summer were developed with that in mind. Whether its updates to previous lines or the addition of all-new categories, we are excited to bring each one of these items to market.”

5.11’s well-known line of Norris Sneakers is expanding in the summer of 2021 with a Low-Top Norris Sneaker ($100) arriving in August. The same functionality and durability of the original High-Top Norris Sneaker will be available in 2 new colors including black/gum and dark coyote. The High-Top Norris is also getting an update this season with new colorways – coyote, storm, multicam, dark navy, black/woodlands camo, and black/white ($110).

The A/T Series™ Footwear line, an enhanced and expanded offering our A.T.L.A.S™ technology, All Terrain Load Assistance System collection, offers durable and highly technical support for all day performance and comfort.

5.11® A/T™ Footwear Collection

The A/T Arid ($160) offers the full benefits of A.T.L.A.S.™ technology along with a locking ankle eyelet that prevents sand, dirt and other debris from entering the boot. The A/T 6 and 6 side zip ($155) also offer all of the full benefits of the A.T.L.A.S™ technology in a 6-inch height. Additionally, the A/T Trainer line ($130) is now being offered with the signature A.T.L.A.S™ plate for added stability as well as an expanded color offering of Cinder and Turbulence.

A whole new category of innovative training gear was introduced by 5.11® earlier this year with the Physical Training-Ready (PT-R) Line. A key new addition to that line this summer is the TacTec® Trainer Weight Vest ($130.00). Specially designed to intensify workouts, it’s a low profile, lightweight and comfortable vest that features breathable mesh body pads, adjustable stretch cummerbunds, front/rear MOLLE and is compatible with Rogue® weight vest plates. The TacTec® Weight Plate Sandbag ($50.00) offers an alternative to weighted plates as a heavy-duty and adjustable bag that can be filled with sand or other weighted materials and secured in the vest. After many years of request from our end users, 5.11® is delivering its first ever Weight Vest Plate designed specifically for fitness use. The plates are built with a low-profile, ergonomic compound curvature sculptured design in powder coated steel to provide users with ultimate comfort. Available in 2-plate sets at 5.75-pound ($70.00) or 8.75-pound ($75.00) options, the plates also have lashing points and openings that service as easy to grab handles. All 5.11® weight vests and plate carriers are compatible with these products.

A/T Trainer and TacTec® Trainer Weight Vest

To complement its extensive line of load bearing packs and vests, this summer, 5.11® has introduced a wide range of hydrations systems and accessory pouches to allow users to customize gear loads and features to meet specific needs.

The brand partnered with Hydrapak® to produce an ultra-durable, 3-liter hydration system with a fixed center baffle for a slim profile with the new WTS 3L Hydration System ($45.00). The system works in conjunction with 5.11’s packs and the new Convertible Hydration Carrier. The Convertible Hydration Carrier ($50.00) converts from a backpack to a MOLLE pouch via the included uniloops or RUSH® Tier System.

5.11® Hydration System

The new Flex TacMed Pouch ($45.00) allows users to neatly organize and carry medical supplies along with extra magazines by offering both a TacMed supply compartment and a dual AR-Mag compartment. This versatile pouch offers quick access with a pull drop-front opening and clear organization with a bungee compression lashing system, elastic band and slip pockets, compression straps and a front laser-cut platform for adding additional accessories or patches. A Flex Tourniquet Pouch ($30.00) securely fits one tourniquet with elastic compression and internal reinforcement webbing along with durable 500D-nylon construction. The FLEX-HT™ Mounting System and hook/loop straps allow for vertical or horizontal orientation while a pull-out hook/loop flap makes attachment to a plate carrier simple. The Flex Flashlight Pouch ($20.00) offers easy, convenient and durable functionality with a Hypalon pull-tab for quick opening, 500D-nylon construction, internal webbing reinforcement and elastic compression webbing.

Designed as an inner/outer belt system, the Maverick Battle Belt ($140.00) belt features an ergonomic curve and Austri Alpin COBRA® buckle. A loop faced inner belt connects quickly to the laser-cut MOLLE outer belt featuring 5.11’s proprietary TAC-LAM™ high-strength laminate on top of a dual nylon webbing.

Customers looking for everyday carry tools will be happy to see many new items that are keychain or micro hardpoint carabiner compatible. The EDT Hex comes with four tip fastening options including Phillips and slotted screwdriver tips along with T6 and T8 Torx heads ($15.00). The EDT Pry features a pry tip that doubles as a flat-head screwdriver, a ¼-inch driver that works with standard hex bits, as well as a bottle opener ($13.00). The EDT Rescue includes a carbide tip that can shatter tempered automotive glass, a web cutter that makes quick work of a stuck seat belt, and an oxygen key ($13.00).

5.11® EDC K-USB Flashlight and EDT Pry

When it comes to EDC, knives embody “everyday” more than any other tool. The minimalist Base 1SF knife is a quick-access keychain edged tool. It features a 1.5-inch sheepsfoot blade constructed from 8CR13MOV stainless steel. With a one-handed thumb stud opening and frame lock, it can handle everyday tasks directly from your pocket. Measuring less than 4 inches when opened, it folds down to an easily carried 2.365 inches and includes a split ring and micro Hardpoint carabiner for multiple connection options ($15.00). The Icarus DP Mini ($30.00) is a manual folder knife featuring an 8CR13MOV blade and FRN scales.  The perfect everyday knife designed with a 2.8” drop point blade, liner lock, and deep carry 2-point clip attachment.

The EDC K-USB Flashlight keeps 150 lumens at the ready with its dual Hi-Lo settings and keychain-carry design. With a body constructed from aerospace-grade aluminum and IP54 dust and water-resistant rating, it will withstand the daily beating of keychain carry. A battery status LED in the switch reminds users when actively recharging and fully charged using the USB-C charge port ($30.00).

5.11® GTI Capsule

5.11® is also thrilled to announce new products in collaboration with special forces veteran and leader in the tactical cutlery industry, Justin Gingrich, who pioneered the modern tactical tomahawk and has developed some of the most sought-after tactical knife and tomahawk designs on the market.

Gingrich teamed with 5.11® to design the CFA Peacemaker with a heat-treated 4” steel blade and pick head with full-tang steel construction that’s perfect for heavy field use. Best of all, the CFA swings with the accuracy and feel of a hammer. Its skeletonized frame reduces the weight (1 lb. 12.2 oz), which helps make short work of large tasks. A textured handle with removable scales, finished with a tactical pummel tip, provides a sure grip in wet and freezing conditions and it includes a protective sheath with four position belt/MOLLE clip ($140.00).

Gingrich also led the design of the CFK 7 Peacemaker ($120.00). Thanks to the heat-treated steel blade and full-tang steel construction, the CFK 7 Peacemaker can handle tough jobs that lesser knives can’t touch. Blade perforations reduce weight to help make short work of cutting, batoning, and carving. The textured handle with removable scales, finished with a tactical pummel tip, provides a sure grip in wet and freezing conditions and it includes a protective sheath with updated two position 3-inch belt/MOLLE clips.

“The new products in 5.11’s collection this summer offer our end-users with an ultimate sense of preparedness,” said 5.11’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Radcliff. “Summer is about being outdoors and active – from 5.11’s loadbearing items to our footwear and EDC gear, each of these categories offer our customers the purpose-built gear they need to feel ready for the summer months ahead.”

Learn more about 5.11’s new and best-selling tactical gear and accessories at www.511tactical.com. Connect with 5.11® on Facebook, Twitter @511Tactical and on Instagram @511Tactical and #511tactical.

Mystery Ranch Releases Volume 2 US Military Catalog

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

MYSTERY RANCH launched its Volume 2 US Military Catalog during the recent 2021 SOMA Special Operations Medical Association Conference at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Here’s a preview of the MOLE which was designed for the Norwegian TCCC program (Photo by TacGas). See the entire catalog here.

Warrior West 21 – LBT 22L 1 Day Assault Pack

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

The 22 liter 1 Day Assault Pack from LBT Inc is launching in MAS Grey and MultiCam Black tomorrow at Noon EDT.

• 2 – Zippered front pockets
• 2 – Interior zippered mesh pockets
• 2.5H x 10.5W loop field for ID/morale patch
• (2) 4-way stretch water bottle pockets w/ barrel lock/cinch closure
• Molded air channel back with padded support
• Interior back wall lined with loop for hook pouch attachment
• Hydration port

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

Alpha One Niner: A Brand You Should Know

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Just when you would think that the tactically-inspired realm of apparel and carry gear was saturated, an outfit comes around and kicks things up a notch. Alpha One Niner (A19er hereafter) is the brainchild of founder Helmie Ashiblie and leverages his experience in the shooting sports, grunt life, EDC product development and manufacturing disciplines. He has successfully merged this depth of knowledge with a creative energy that is hard to find these days and he’s been putting a shoulder to the wheel since day one.

Ashiblie pushing the limits during a recent match.
The first product under the A19er flag was the “Recon One” tablet caddy, an iPad sleeve/organizer that allows an aircraft passenger to affix it to the seatback pocket, allowing for easy access to the device and other small items like earbuds, notebooks and pens during long-haul flights. Helmie first pitched it on Kickstarter and A19er grew from there.

Years of international travel influenced A19er’s first products, as Helmie had already spent a ton of time globetrotting for SERT, the LE/Mil company he founded that delivers equipment and training solutions to a wide spectrum of paramilitary, law enforcement and special operations customers. Its signature product line is a series of soft-sided AR-pattern and SBR cases currently in use with units around the world.

A wide range of pouches, packs, Dopp kits and admin organizers followed the Recon One, utilizing excess production capacity at SE Asian facilities where SERT products are stitched up. It is at these locations and design studios that Ashiblie maintains trusted relationships and oversees high quality-control standards (once found only in the domain of USA-based manufacturers) for mission-essential gear.

Three core elements of Ashiblie’s past form the bridge to the company’s future. First, the brand takes its name from the call-sign he used while leading a reconnaissance platoon during compulsory national service with the Singaporean Army. I’ve shared lunch with Helmie and you can tell that those years in uniform made an indelible mark on his perspective. When I asked him to point to the signature philosophy that sets A19er apart from the competition, his reply was quick and to the point: “The dogged determination not to suck.” This mindset is in line with other veterans who founded the likes of Down Range Gear, Tactical Tailor, Mayflower Research & Consulting, PocketUp and GORUCK. They all grew their reputation through innovation and a commitment to their products and customers.

We talked about all things tactical during that lunch, and Helmie described the countless hours spent—even in the dead of night—answering texts, emails and voicemails from customers and colleagues.  He chuckled when I asked him how he juggles it all, then explained his fairly rudimentary thought process. He just wants to make sure he does everything to get it right.

The second element comes from a little-known part of Helmie’s past life as a model who worked with fashion houses in Milan and New York City. He took a deep interest in the behind-the-scenes work of product development and marketing, then used the knowledge to get SERT off of the ground after he left NYC and moved to Virginia in the aftermath of 9/11.  He is the first to admit that he is not a professional gear designer, but asserts that he knows a hell of a lot about finding the right resources to bring cost-effective products to market.

The final area that Ashiblie draws inspiration from is his participation in the IDPA and 2 and 3-gun shooting sports. His accrued experience influences several products that comprise A19er’s lineup and they all get the job done while looking good doing it.

The “Recon Nine Evade” eventually followed the Recon One and A19er broke into the mainstream as Helmie crowdsourced the feature set of this pack over at EDCForums.com, where he excelled at tapping into a potential customer base for inspiration. He solicited detailed input and commentary on the final design, with an eye towards maintaining transparency over the process.

Evade 1.5 in 420 denier Wolf Gray diamond ripstop nylon
When suggested changes to the basic design could be incorporated and they meshed with the realities of production restraints, Helmie did his best to follow through. When they were outside the realm of the possible, he let the forum members know.

“As long as you make that very clear from the get-go and simply DO NOT beat around the bush when it comes to what can or cannot be done, the guys are smart and reasonable enough to understand. If you decide to make a change and it’s not based on any of the revisions requested, get straight to the point and let everyone know why. You’d be surprised how accommodating and supporting others can be, and more importantly all parties walk away learning something from it.”

A year and dozens of prototypes later, the first commercial version of the Evade hit the streets and caused a stir. Because he is always on the path towards improvement, when comments started rolling in about the shoulder straps, main compartment volume or fabrics, Helmie listened carefully. The result was the Evade 2.0, a pack with larger volume and revisions to the carry system.

The final stop on the iteration train came about when members of various Facebook backpack groups began to get their hands on an earlier Evade, read a review, or watched a video of its features. These users and onlookers began to chime in and the 22 liter Evade 1.5 was developed as a slightly smaller pack that would make for a better EDC option. One gear reviewer spoke so highly of the final version that he felt the refinements left nothing else to critique; I wholeheartedly concur.

The Evade 1.5 is available in a “full” or “lite” version.  The “full” offers a dedicated laptop compartment while the latter version omits this feature. Both have a concealed/covert compartment between the main compartment and a user’s back, where a pistol can be secured on the full loop Velcro that lines the space. If a pistol is not holstered there, the compartment has enough room to secure an iPad, sensitive documents or other flat items like flex cuffs, evidence bags or laminated imagery.

A19er products provide superb organization
A full panel of MOLLE-compatible, laser-cut loop Velcro lines the main compartment, allowing a user to configure an array of pouches, organizers and holsters. It is this modularity that allows the Evade to fill a wide range of roles, for a broad spectrum of users, and at a respectable price that won’t crush a wallet. Its slick, inconspicuous exterior makes it as well-suited for special reconnaissance tasks as it would for range bag duty. The name is a perfect fit.

Nine different fabric weights, textures and colors are available, ensuring that there is an Evade 1.5 for practically anyone who needs modularity in their load carriage.  I spent a lot of time reading reviews on the Evade series, so when I required a new pack that wasn’t covered in PALS webbing, it was an easy choice. The packs are in heavy demand these days, so don’t be surprised if A19er is in the middle of a restock phase.

My Evade 1.5 has lived up to all of its advertised capabilities and you quickly get a sense of the deliberate thought put into its design. It follows in the footsteps of other classic tactically-themed packs, but stands on its own merits and has the potential to become as much an icon as the classic Eagle Industries A-III or Lightfighter RAID.

It has already won a user-nominated award for “Best Everyday Bag”, beating out contenders from heavyweights Triple Aught Design and Mystery Ranch. I’ve travelled across several continents with it and just when I’d given up on convincing my wife to ditch her bucket purse for air travel, she used an Evade on a return trip to the USA and is now hooked. If there was ever a strong endorsement, that’s it right there.

The latest A19er product to hit the scene is a pack that actually predates the Evade in terms of its development timeline.  The 25 liter “Pathfinder” utilizes the same harness system as the Evade 1.5 and is built to the same degree of durability, but can be best described as styled for the urban commute.

The A19er Pathfinder offers comparable organization capability to its smaller Evade cousin.
It is available with fewer fabric and color options, but the design still exhibits the clean lines you find in other A19er products. Dimension-Polyant X42 fabric forms the outer body and 210 denier ripstop nylon lines the interior compartments.

The padded laptop and tablet sleeves secure electronics while additional mesh compartments, admin organizers and water bottle pockets round out the feature list. It is definitely a stylish pack with a workhorse pedigree.

Got a lot of electronics and supporting cables? The Pathfinder can handle your carry requirement.

Alpha One Niner has been a personal project of Helmie Ashiblie since his first three-compartment caddy was used on a trans-Pacific flight.  His passion for producing hard-use gear has grown slowly but steadily, and if you operate in demanding environments downrange or around the corner, you should take a look at what the A19er brand has to offer.

Author Jon Custis is a veteran Marine infantryman who writes on a variety of tactical equipment, training, and leadership topics.

2021 TSSI NCRE – M3 Modular Light Multi-Carrier from IntelliOptix

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Offered by IntelliOptix, the M3 Modular Light Multi-Carrier is a Swedish design, originally created to carry 84mm rounds for the Carl Gustav but will also accept 5.56mm and 7.62mm ammo cans as well as other loads, making it quite adaptable for the small unit as an ammo bearer pack.

Loads can be strapped in place and configured so that a weapon can be fed directly from the pack. The bottom of the pack incorporates rubber covered feet to keep it stable. The central divider also serves as a carrying handle to more easily manage the load when it’s not being carried.

You can even carry the Carl G on the Multi-Carrier.

Here’s one last photo IntelliOptix that shows the operating concept behind the creation of the M3 Modular Light Multi-Carrier which allows the gunner to have rounds on him, in case he gets separated from everyone carrying his rounds.

IntelliOptix products are available for unit and agency orders from TSSi.

Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Another manufacturer of ultralight packs is Gossamer Gear.

Made from a combination of DWR coated 70D & 100D Robic Nylon, the main bag is 30L but the roll top extends to offer up to 42L total space. Additionally, there are rear and side stuff pockets as well as a zippered pocket at the upper rear of the bag.

The air mesh harness helps prevent overheating and is paired with a fixed hip belt with 1.5″ hip belt webbing and integrated pocket design.

Finally, the removable molded sitpad serves as padding as well as frame stiffener.

Offered in Electric Blue and Titanium Grey with Small, Medium and Large frame lengths.


Vertx Adds New Lightweight Go Pack to Collection

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

The Versatile Go Pack is a Unique Addition to Trusted Line of Bags and Packs

Cincinnati, Ohio – Vertx®, a leading manufacturer of concealed carry bags and packs, announced today the launch of the Go Pack. A lightweight addition to the current Vertx® line, the Go Pack has been optimized for an active lifestyle.

The Go Pack is now available online at vertx.com and in-store. Customers can find their nearest dealer using the Vertx® store locator at vertx.com/store-locator.

“The Go Pack is everything our customers expect in a Vertx® bag in a light and packable package,” said Denny Bogard, GM/VP of Vertx. “While it’s slimmer than other packs in the line, it’s still feature-rich and EDC ready.”

Although the Go Pack may look like the everyday drawstring bag, it has been upgraded with tactical features that make it perfect for the gym, travel and day-to-day. The pack features a spring-loaded, quick-release closure system for situations where fast access to gear is a necessity. Inside, the pack is loop-lined and compatible with hook and loop accessories like Tactigami holsters and storage pouches. The Go Pack also features a discreet shove-it pouch for towels and laundry that doubles a way to prevent printing from gear stored in the main compartment. And when you’re on the go, the Go Pack can be rolled up and stowed until you need it.

The Go Pack is available in It’s Black, Reef/Smoke Grey and Canopy Green/Smoke Grey and retails for $55.99 MSRP online and in store. Learn more about the Go Pack and the rest of the Vertx® bag line at vertx.com.

Mountainsmith Lumbar Packs

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Mountainsmith has been in the Lumbar pack business for decades. For example, this is the 2020 Tour, a 9 liter pack with the following features:

• Tuck-away waistbelt with forward pull adjustment webbing

• Front compression attachment system

• Strapette compatible (sold separately)

• Interior foam padded sleeve for tablet carry

• Smartphone compatible waistbelt pockets (Fits plus sized phones)

• FreeFlow ridged EVA backpanel padding

• Backpanel stash pocket ideal for securing passport, boarding pass, etc.

• Patented Delta Compression System load adjustment

• Side reinforced bottle pockets (fits up to 32oz/1L)

• Inner Sanctum™ interior zippered compartment for small valuables

• Waistbelt Fit: 28” – 48”

Check out the whole line here. However, we suggest you look at online retailers for models and colors you may want as many are out of stock at Mountainsmith.?