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TAD Gear Releases Ranger LT

Friday, February 11th, 2011

SSD readers should be no stranger to Triple Aught Designs. Today, they release the new Ranger LT which is based on the popular Ranger Hoodie. Consider it more of a year-round design. For example, when it’s cooler out, it acts an outerlayer to keep you warm without overheating. When it gets cold, it’s a great mid-layer underneath a hardshell.

Despite its lightweight rating, the Ranger LT is feature laden:
• An active fit streamlined enough to wear under another outer layer when needed
• Manufactured from Polartec Wind Pro (288 weight or 8.5 oz) with a DWR finish (Black SPEAR Fleece was 300 weight)
• Highly breathable and constructed to support a full range of motion
• Aero hood that provides head protection and warmth
• Eight pockets including two chest pockets with media port and D-rings, two upper arm pockets with Velcro patches, media port and d-rings, a left forearm pocket and rear hunters pocket
• The thumbhole cuffs have been sewn into the seam to reduce excess wind from getting in
• Pit vents provide extra breathability
• Chin guard
• Guide wires allow headphones to be neatly threaded down the hoodie and through the media port(s)
• Available in Black, ME Green and UE Gray

Skull Hitch Cover

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Ever wanted something for the hitch on your truck or 4×4 that looked cool, yet menacing? Then TAD Gear’s Skull Hitch Cover should do just the trick. Handmade from laser-cut steel with a powder coated finish, it’s emblazoned with the design of TAD’s Mean T-Skull logo.

– Tactical Fanboy

TAD Gear Hacked

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I don’t think any company wants to have to tell their customers something like this but TAD Gear found out last night that their server had been hacked. They placed the following information on their Facebook page and are taking steps to fix things on their end. They recommend that anyone who purchased online from them between August 6, 2009 and November 16, 2009, cancel the card they used and take a hard look at any transactions.

“This notice is to inform our customers of a security incident at TAD Gear. We recently learned that our database was illegally accessed from an external source, and it appears that some customer data were taken, which may include customer names, contact information and credit card data. The possibility of a security breach came to our attention when certain customers notified us that unauthorized charges had appeared on their credit cards. Upon learning of the potential breach of security, TAD Gear immediately initiated an investigation, and took corrective steps based on the advice of an internet security firm. We have also contacted law enforcement.

If you purchased merchandise from TAD Gear on-line between August 6, 2009 and November 16, 2009, and the credit card used to purchase that merchandise is still valid, in order to protect yourself from the possibility of identity theft or misuse of your credit card information, we recommend that you immediately contact the issuer of that credit card and close your account. Tell them that your account may have been compromised. If you want to open a new account, ask your credit card issuer to give you a PIN or password, as this will help control access to the account.

In addition, we recommend that you place a fraud alert on your credit files. A fraud alert lets creditors know to contact you before opening new accounts. Just call any one of the three credit reporting agencies at a number below. This will let you automatically place fraud alerts with all of the agencies. You will then receive letters from all of them, with instructions on how to get a free copy of your credit report from each.

Experian Equifax TransUnion
888 397 3742

When you receive your credit reports, look them over carefully. Look for accounts you did not open. Look for inquiries from creditors that you did not initiate. And look for personal information, such as your home address and Social Security number, which is not accurate. If you see anything you do not understand, call the credit reporting agency at the telephone number on the report.

If you do find suspicious activity on your credit reports, call your local police or sheriff’s office and file a police report of identity theft. Get a copy of the police report. You may need to give copies of the police report to creditors to clear up your records. Even if you do not find any signs of fraud on your reports, we recommend that you check your credit report every three months for the next year. Just call one of the numbers above to order your reports and keep the fraud alert in place.

For more information on identity theft, we suggest that you visit the web site of the California Office of Privacy Protection at, or the Federal Trade Commission at If there is anything TAD Gear can do to assist you, please email us at, a special email address that we have set up to help answer your questions.”

TAD Edition Kleen Canteen

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

I have been a fan of Kleen Canteens for some time and now TAD Gear has a signature version featuring their skull logo.

TAD Gear Kleen Canteen

The 27 ounce container is made from food-grade stainless steel with no so no funky flavors in your beverage. The push-pull Sport Cap or Classic Loop Caps are BPA-freeed threads for easier cleaning. Available in Moss Green.

Get yours at

Gerber E-FECT Now in Stock

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Gerber E-FECT

The Gerber E-FECT (Field Expedient Cleaning Tool) weapons maintenance multi-tool we wrote about last fall is now in stock at TAD.

TAD Gear Ranger Eyes v3.0

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

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It seems like we write an awful lot about TAD Gear but what can we say? We love TAD Gear. And besides, they are constantly bringing out innovative new products. In fact, they just released 5 additional designs to their innovative Ranger Eye line. The v3.0 Glow In The Dark (GITD) Ranger Eyes feature new artwork including (clockwise) Skull Spade, Grizzly Titus, Skull Bones, MOD Skull, Affonso Rhino, and the Terminator Skull from the v2.0 line is still available as well. The animal characters are from Rocket World’s I.W.G. line which has spawned an entire line of designer toys.

TAD Gear Ranger Eyes ver3.0

They are 3/4″ tall and manufactured from PVC. The Ranger Eyes attach to caps, packs, clothing, or anything with a patch of velcro pile.

TAD Gear Ranger Eyes Skull Spade in the Dark

As you can see, the designs stand out quite well in the dark. Sold in matched pairs, significant discounts are applied for purchase of multiple sets. Go here to purchase.

TAD Ti Skeleton Key

Friday, October 17th, 2008

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It’s not like Triple Aught Designs ever has a problem selling out any of their limited production run custom knives and tool. Notice I said “selling out” and just “selling”. Items like the new Ti Skeleton Key sell so well that TAD employees can’t even get copies. In fact, telling the whole world about these works of art will probably ensure that there won’t be any in stock when I attempt to order one but how can I keep quiet about these?

TAD has these babies pumped out by their local machine shop which also makes parts for the F-22. Machined from a billet of 0.185″ 6Al-4V titanium. As you can see below, there are a variety of tools built right into the Skeleton Key but its use is only limited by your imagination.

TAD Ti Skeleton Key

The Ti Skeleton key features the following: Terminator skull graphic, flathead screw driver, spanner wrench tip, pry tip, nail puller, and bottle cap lifter.

TAD Ti Skeleton Key - Spanner Tip
Note that the spanner wrench tip is the perfect size to perform that oft delayed Strider maintenance.

Available soon from Triple Aught Designs.

Photos courtesy of TAD

TAD Gear Bandoleer

Monday, June 30th, 2008

A few weeks ago we mentioned that Triple Aught Designs had begun to develop a line of niche load carrying solutions. They recently introduced the Bandoleer. Designed as a versatile, grab and go platform, the Bandoleer is as useful at work as it is at play. A friend sent us this photo of him using the Bandoleer during a recent fishing trip and he told us, “The fish never saw me coming”.

Bandoleer at Play

The Bandoleer can be configured for right or left handed carry and is quickly donned and an anti-sway strap keeps the Bandoleer stable during strenuous activity. Worn like a sash, the padded Cordura panels are lined with Coolmax for comfort and the shoulder pad features a no-slip surface to keep it where it belongs. Fully compatible with MOLLE pouches, the Bandoleer also accommodates the ever expanding range of specialized TAD pouches which utilize the 2TIBS attaching system. The Bandoleer is an excellent foundation for a Bug Out Kit, especially for mounted troops or Law Enforcement professionals who find themselves constantly in the confined space of a vehicle.

TAD Gear BandoleerBandoleer with Pouches and Holster

We have already seen similar versions from their competitors but this one is the original. The Bandoleer is available in Black, Foliage Green, and Multicam and can be purchased from TAD or authorized dealers.