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Agilite Launches New Website and Battle Element Softshell Jacket

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Battle Element™ softshell jacket from Agilite is the first in their Ends of Earth series.

Developed in conjunction with elite Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Navy Operators, it was designed with the needs of special operations and extreme outdoor professionals in mind.


Agilite has incorporated several special features into the Battle Element including the Agilite “Half-glove” that covers half the hand and helps bridge the transition area from jacket sleeve to glove. The Half-glove can also be folded inwards to form a regular sleeve if required.

Additionally, they’ve included a low profile hood, hidden under the collar to provide added rain and wind protection, yet remains completely inconspicuous when not in use.

The inside of the Battle Element is Agilite premium grade Micro-Fleece for warmth and also features twin under-arm vents for heat release during exertion and without removing combat gear or backpacks.

The Battle Element is available now for pre-order at a special, introductory price of $149.95 for a limited time only. Estimated pre-order ship date is October 5th 2014.

Available in Small – 3XLarge, in any color, as long as it’s Black.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

I was super stoked to receive this photo.


Looks like we can add the Israeli desert and IDF female units to the list.

Agilite Systems Acquires Shiltex, Israel’s National Military Narrow Textiles Company

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

We received a rather interesting press release this morning.


Israeli-American Defense firm Agilite Systems has completed their acquisition of the business operations and assets of Shiltex, Israel’s national manufacturer of mil-spec webbing, paracord and other narrow and technical textiles, in the first change of ownership in fifty years.

Agilite Systems, who also own Agilite Tactical Gear, manufacturers and suppliers of tactical and rescue equipment to the US and other militaries worldwide, said they are excited about the purchase.

“We are proud to absorb a company with such a long-standing and prestigious history supplying the Israeli and other Defense Departments. Shiltex’s level of quality has always been unsurpassed and the Israeli Military has gone into battle with Shiltex products and components since before the 6 day war.” Said Dr Jerry Orlin, President of Agilite Systems. “We are pleased to be able to add more defense solutions, capabilities and technologies to our arsenal.“

Shiltex was formerly a powerhouse with a worldwide reputation for quality and a very wide range of capabilities. Not only did it produce mil-spec textiles that have been marched into battle on IDF soldiers’ backs for five decades but was also a major manufacturer of narrow textiles for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret, among others.

Shiltex has also produced high-quality textile components for implantable medical devices, robots and military radios.

The combination of Shiltex’s capabilities and experience and Agilite’s energy and 2013 approach all under one roof at a brand new expanded location in the South of Israel is expected to make Agilite the Israeli defense firm to watch in 2014. While the company remains tight-lipped about intentions regarding Shiltex, Agilite has already announced the planned launch of Agilite Outdoor, a new civilian diversification of Agilite’s existing brand.

There is already a very obvious shift in direction favoring braided products with climbing and tactical rope lines planned for full release in Q1 of 2014 and Agilite paracord which is available from this week. Shiltex are known to have developed ropes specifically for Israel’s top Police SWAT Counter Terror Force “The Yamam” which have never before been made available to the general public.

Shiltex, now Agilite are also the manufacturing technology behind the hard-wearing braided drinking tubes on Israeli firm Source Hydration’s drinking packs. The tubes in extensive use with the Military are incredibly popular and are seen by many to be one of Source’s major selling points over their primary rival, Camelbak.

Agilite Hannukah Sale

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Agilite wishes Happy Hannukah to all Jewish servicemen and women serving in harm’s way and to help celebrate, is offering everyone 20% off all vests and modular pouches this week.

Use coupon code 20%offmyvest.

Agilite’s Tactical Hi-Vest

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Agilite Injured Personnel Carrier

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

The IPC came about when soldiers from one of the IDF’s elite units were connecting four rifle slings together and carrying injured soldiers like a backpack. Agilite turned the concept into a product, added built-in padding and several other features and now it’s a more efficient alternative to the traditional fireman’s and piggyback carry techniques that keeps both hands free. As you can see in the video, it is lightweight and simple to apply. It also allows you to carry the wounded piggyback style, hand free.

Agilite has some other big news. They have just shifted their production to the US to get the best quality manufacturing around as well as be Berry Compliant. They now design in Israel and manufacture in the US which they feel is the absolute best of both worlds.

Forces Focus – Israel’s New “Depth Command”

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The IDF, which recently announced an update on Austere Shield, is establishing a new command to supervise “depth” operations, the “Depth Corps Force”.  The new command authority will be commanded by a Major General. It’s first commander, MG Shai Avital, will be the former chief of Sayaret Matkal unit, who will be responsible for coordinating and executing multidisciplinary missions outside Israel’s borders.

Gen. Avital, on right, will head up new Depth Command

New Israeli Camo Garments

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Rather than issuing camouflage uniforms the Israeli Defense Force takes an entirely different approach consisting of baggy garments worn over fatigues and field equipment. This new pattern resembling a great coat was observed today.

New Israeli Camo Garment
(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

This is not to say that these garments haven’t been used operationally in the past, but rather this is the first time I have observed this particular cut in use. Previously, similar garments consisting of baggy over trousers and pullover top have been used some with an integrated hood. Additionally, the Mitznefet helmet cover has seen widespread use by Israeli troops. It is often worn atop the ballistic helmet to break up the outline and is sometimes reversible from a green-based to brown-based camo pattern. Newer helmet cover variants are said to exist that feature a more texturized material to make the cover appear more like foliage. All of the garments including the helmet cover are made from mesh in order to enhance breathability.

Israeli Camo Garment
(REUTERS/Amir Cohen)