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NEMO Equipment – Moonlander Dual Height Table

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Small enough to fit in the laptop sleeve of a pack, the Moonlander Dual Height Table opens like a pop-up book. It opens at picnic level or can be resized for side table height by connecting and inserting the legs with a twist lock.

Get yours at www.nemoequipment.com/product/moonlander

Fort Bragg Warfighter 21 – Therm-a-rest Neoair Micro Pump

Friday, March 12th, 2021

The Neoair Micro Pump is a pocket sized battery powered air pump to inflate a Therm-a-rest pad. It will also deflate the pad when you’re done using it. It weighs just 2.3 oz and that’s with two AAA batteries.

Units and agencies can procure Therm-a-rest products by contacting Atlantic Diving Supply.

Western Shelter Partners with Johnson Outdoors Gear / Eureka! Expeditionary Systems

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Western Shelter, a global leader in the defense and first responder markets, is excited to announce their partnership with Johnson Outdoors Gear (JOG) / Eureka! Expeditionary Systems (EES). This wonderful opportunity allows growth for both organizations, as Western Shelter will distribute and sell Eureka! Branded RDS shelter systems for the Defense, First Responder, and Commercial industry.

“This is a great partnership”, noted Bryan Hunt, Director of Sales at Western Shelter.  “We believe in offering multiple shelter platforms to our customers. Adding theEureka! RDS shelter will increase our offerings and expand our reach into several markets.”

“Both of these companies have a strong commitment to customer service, manufacturing excellence and a long history supplying the best gear to the defense, First Responder, relief and commercial markets.,” said Jim Reyen, Business Director for Johnson Outdoors Gear. “I am excited about the growth that will come from this venture.”

These shelters are designed to provide multiple solutions for Command Posts, Command and Control Centers, and Tactical Operation Centers. They’ve also played a critical role in creating small treatment centers to complex field hospitals, base camps and sleeping facilities.

Western Shelter Contacts:

Caleb Johnson
Defense Sales Manager I Army-Air Force
P: 530-646-5527
E: [email protected]

Jason Mapel
Defense Sales Manager I Marines-Navy-Coast Guard
P:858-733-0900
E: [email protected]

Johnson Outdoors Gear Contact:

Jerry Paris, CSM, USA (Ret.)
Military Senior Sales Representative
P: 256-453-5671
E: [email protected]

Halite Sleeping Bags – Two-Bag System

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Halite is a Norwegian SOF veteran-owned small business, and our focus is to create and develop high quality task driven gear. Each product we create is an answer to an experienced problem, either met through military missions or on arduous adventures in the most remote desolate corners of our world. We are veterans, explorers, designers and outdoor enthusiasts – and we’ve created a sleeping bag system of our own that we believe will help others stay warm, dry and safe – wherever they are fighting all elements.

Halite is all about innovation though poking long enough at a sort of problem: We’ve found ourselves asking countless times “Why doesn’t this or that piece of equipment exist?!”. Well, when it comes to sleeping bags, we’re not asking anymore.

Our Sleeping Bag Philosophy

Our approach to the production and development of sleeping bags is built on historical principles of layering and the synergy this provides due to an increased heat to weight ratio. With modern technology, knowledge and experience, old principles and ideas can be made into extremely efficient systems. Halite’s mission is to refine this knowledge to provide our customers the best possible bang for the buck. We test our products over time to ensure that we use the best and most durable materials, and we continuously iterate our products and construction methods to withstand frequent and extreme usage.

Halite Two-Bag System

In close collaboration with our factories and end users we at Halite have created a two-bag system that we know solves many of the current day issues with sleeping bags:

• Our approach is built on historical principles of layering and the synergy this provides due to an increased heat to weight ratio.

• Our Overbag Pro goes over the inner bag of your choice, which moves the dew point away from your sleeping bag and into the highly hydrophobic Climashield® APEX insulation which results in a drier sleeping bag over time.

• Our sleeping bags can be used separately or together, depending on your mission and needs.

Our Overbag Pro goes over the inner bag of your choice (our choice obviously falls on one our Recce bags in either down or syntethic), and is made of the synthetic material Climashield® APEX with Aquaban® technology. This is one the world’s warmest hydrophobic insulation materials. The outer fabric is made of Quantum Pertex – and is hyper breathable. Read more about the tech behind our Overbag Pro here.

The two-bag system system designed to make life a little easier – we’ve added a dual-zip function on the Overbag: two long zippers, one on each side, allow you to ventilate the top part of the bag and at the same time increase the insulation in the foot piece with the open flap. This huge opening and size of the bag makes it possible to wear all your gear on entry. Another perk to our Overbag Pro is its width: you’ll even be able to fit a sleeping mat inside the bag.

For the thick extra wide insulating inner-bag we have two materiality alternatives; either down or synthetics. To protect the down from outside moisture, the down bag is made of a Gore Infinium outer fabric. The synthetic fabric is created with Climashield® APEX with Aquaban® technology. Our system has a close to zero dew point. Due to the extremely breathable and hydrophobic material, moisture will be transported and squeezed out from the inner bag to the Overbag. A great win for anyone who’ve dealt with a sticky wet inner-bag due to a too high dew point in the past.

Halite Overbag – How to use

Halite Overbag – Walkthrough

Material Mash-up

What happens with seams and textiles in varying climates; humid, cold and dry weather etc.? A recurring problem for users is moisture transport, drying clothes and/or sleeping bags. There are plenty of good solutions to this problem, however the most important factors are good training and right materiality. The arrangement of materials and design is decisive for how good and durable the bag is.

The insulation materials that are available on the market today have varying degrees of insulation, weight distribution systems and hydroponic properties. The best-known insulation materials today are synthetic, down and wool. We’ve concentrated our efforts on the two former materials when choosing the right materials and developing our sleeping bags.

Down

Down gets a 10/10 score on warmth to weight ratio, is the best insulation material, and it provides the best volume when packing as opposed to synthetics and wool. Down insulates by trapping air and is prized for being light, easy to compress, long-lasting and breathable. As opposed to what many people believe, down is the plumage that’s found underneath the exterior feathers on a goose and consists of soft, fluffy, wispy filaments. A downside to down as a fill material is that if it’s exposed to excessive moisture or water over a longer period of time, it doesn’t deal with moisture well. When down gets wet it clumps and collapses as the filaments will stick to each other. This makes the drying process very time consuming and difficult compared to synthetic fill.

It’s worth mentioning that from natures side down clusters are naturally water repellant – if the down is treated properly during processing, washing etc. it will withstand moisture in the long run.

Synthetics

The synthetics provide good insulation up to a certain thickness before the materials themselves become a limitation; The weight compresses the air and makes the bags colder, and volume gets disproportionately high when packing. Synthetic fill is quick-drying and insulates even if wet, better than down, and provides an acceptable warmth to weight ratio. Another upside to using synthetics as insulation is that it’s less expensive than down insulation, and is durable and hypoallergenic. While out on missions and while being exposed to the elements, synthetics are far easier to care for an maintain than down.

Choosing the bag that’s right for your mission

When you’re searching for your next new sleeping bag, taking your mission into account, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is between down and synthetic insulation. Our Recce Down 3 Sierra and 4 Sierra are our best options if you consider 850 FP Goose down as the right insulation for your needs. We are currently developing and testing a synthetic version of the Recce 3 Sierra, it will be ready-for-market some time during autumn 2021. If you are looking to add an overbag to supplement your existing bag, for those colder missions or expeditions, our Overbag Pro is insulated with the synthetic Climashield® APEX with Aquaban® technology.

Halite Recce 3 Sierra

Our Recce Down 3 Sierra is developed in collaboration with Western Mountaineering and their 45 years of manufacturing. The 3-season down bag is protected with Gore Windstopper™ 830 Fabrics, with 850 plus fill power goose down and both with the most complex construction in the world to reduce weight and reduce down migration when abused over a long period of time. Alone or with our Overbag these bags will cover almost every challenge. Made in the USA!

Read more about the Recce Down 3 Sierra here.

$829

Halite Recce 4 Sierra

The Recce Down 4 Sierra is also a Western Mountaineering collab, the generously sized 4-season down bag is protected with Gore Windstopper™ 830 Fabrics, with a total of 830 grams of 850 plus fill power goose down this bag is seriously lofty at 18 cm spacing. This thing is a beast for serious winter use. It’s also Made in the USA!

Read more about the Recce Down 4 Sierra here.

$999

Halite Overbag Pro

Our Overbag Pro is the core of the Halite Two-Bag system, and goes over the inner bag of your choice, and is made of the synthetic material Climashield® APEX with Aquaban® technology. This is one the world’s warmest hydrophobic insulation materials. The outer fabric is made of Quantum Pertex – and is hyper breathable. It adds up to 14C/57F to the comfort temperature rating of any good 3-season sleeping bag.

Read more behind our Overbag Pro here.

$299

*Halite Recce Synth 3 Sierra is currently under development and testing. Est. completion time is during autumn 2021.

Moisture transport

Dew point – a key word when talking and thinking about sleeping bags. The dew point determines whether the moisture from a person is taken up by the material, or if it is transported away to become vapor, water or ice. This is a known phenomenon and can be observed in the form of condensation on the outer fabric of a bag, or worst case – inside the bag itself. Added challenges with condensation may also come from one’s own surroundings; tents etc.

What our Overbag Pro primarily does, when temperatures are really low, is ensure that the zero-point isn’t inside the primary bag. If the zero-point is inside the primary bag, vapor and heat from our bodies will condensate – and in freezing temperatures, this condensation will in turn transform into ice particles. By moving the zero-point, either to a place between two bags or to an overbag, it’s possible to ensure that one’s primary bag stays warm and dry. If the zero-point is between two bags you’ll be able to freeze dry the outer fabric. Which is why we use Gore Windstopper on our down bags, as it’s water repellent. Also worth mentioning – it’s a lot easier to dry an overbag than one’s primary bag as the fill in our Overbag Pro is extremely hydrophobic.

Exposure

Your choice of system and bag is dependent on expected exposure; Factors such as climate, duration, temperature, comfort needs, bivouac solution and mobility all factor in when we chose the right bag for a specific mission. We believe that by only having high quality products as a foundation for your set-up you can combine different gear that fits well together, to create one holistic system. Our sleeping bags are just one piece of this puzzle; created to increase field endurance, reduce overall weight and provide optimal rest for the user.

Halite Sleeping Bags exposure – Winter Recon 2021

Best manufacturers in the world

No compromises have been made in terms of the sleeping bag’s isolation, construction or materiality. All components and materials are sourced from the best available manufacturer within their own categories. Furthermore, production is handled in what we believe to be the world’s best factories for manufacturing of sleeping bags. Our Recce Down bags are created in collaboration with Western Mountaineering in U.S.A.

Added value through responsibility

Halite has created a system that allows for our bags to be supplements to existing solutions. We believe this gives added flexibility and creates new areas of use. Cost-effectiveness is a key factor to our system, but also the added value we believe it provides to our customers both financially, but also environmentally. We don’t want you to have to buy a different sleeping bag for every season – we want you to keep the one you already have, and supplement with one of ours for those even colder missions.

Halitestore.com

AG Wilderness Quilt from Prometheus Design Werx

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

The A.G. Wilderness Quilt is a premium goose down comforter designed for use in roof top tents to 2+ person ground tents.

While this quilt has a classic style and shape, it features mountaineering grade materials that significantly reduces bulk, makes it a lighter packed weight, generously sized for 2 persons and compresses down to the size of a 1-person sleeping bag for easy stowing.

The A.G. Wilderness Quilt has the luxe feel of your down comforter at home, but the efficiency, compressibility, packability of your best mountaineering sleeping bag and is machine washable.

We use premium RDS certified, 800 fill power goose down and a 20D mini-rip stop nylon shell with DWR to construct our quilt, just like high grade sleeping bags used for backpacking and mountaineering.

Goose down offers the best of nature’s insulating properties, the best warmth to weight ratio and our nylon shell with DWR resists sprinkles and moisture.

You’ll appreciate the reduced travel weight and easy packability either stowed in your overlanding rig or backpack. Our modified “XL Full” size is cut to work perfectly with 2-person roof top tents and cut longer so you can tuck the foot end under your mattress/pad to keep the drafts out and when the chill sets in at 0100, you can pull it over your head.

Available in dark olive green with charcoal gray trim and reverses to flame orange.

prometheusdesignwerx.com/collections/instock/products/a-g-wilderness-quilt

Sleep Systems Now Available from Defense Mechanisms

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Defense Mechanisms has launched five different sleep systems.

They range from the Conundrum DM on the high end, a mummy design rated all the way down to -10 deg F to the Revelation APEX DM, a quilt rated for 40 deg F. It all depends on the options you select.

Bags are available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

defensemechanisms.com/frontl-line-provisions/sleep-systems

Sitka – Flash Shelter

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Offered in two sizes (8′ x 10′ or 10′ x 12′), the Flash Shelter from Sitka is an older-fashioned tarp, so there aren’t any poles, just guy lines. Rig it like you would a basha or poncho hooch.

It’s available in two Optifade patterns, Sub Alpine (above) and Open Country (below).

Quite a few folks have been using these operationally. The smaller version is 19.3 oz and packs up to the size of an old one quart canteen.

www.sitkagear.com/products

Brigantes Presents – ECW/Winter Warfare Series – Shelter

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

In this series, Brigantes brings you key products that offer the complete solution when working in the colder parts of the world. This week it is Hilleberg Keron 4GT Tactical.

When working in Arctic environments shelter, in what is the only environment where sitting still for a short period of time can lead to serious injury or even death, is absolutely critical. The Keron 4GT tactical provides the perfect solution to this problem.  

The construction of the Keron 4GT, like other Hilleberg tents, has the ability to leave the inner connected to the outer this makes it much quicker to erect and drop. Internally it is set out to allow for four adults to sleep alongside each other as well as small features such as well position mesh pockets and a drying line enable a better living and working environment.

The large “porch area” (or vestibule) makes administration at the end of day and cooking within a tented environment, much easier. Provided that there is snow it also gives the user the ability to dig a cold trench, increasing the usable space, as well as increasing the warmth within the tent. The tactical version of the tent uses a light blocking fabric in order to maintain good light discipline and reduce signature whilst operating in a tactical environment. This also includes using black guy lines and with all reflective elements removed it is the best solution for this most challenging of environments.

The Hilleberg Keron 4GT is used extensively by Artic and Antactric explorers and has now been used by UK and the Scandinavian nations in the far north for several years now as their go to tactical tent.

For a more in depth look at essential for ECW and Winter warfare deployment visit our YouTube channel www.Youtube.com subscribe to get updates of new product reviews and technical discussions.

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