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Ops-Core Veteran’s Day Sale

Saturday, November 11th, 2017


Look For Gentex & Ops-Core At AUSA

Monday, October 9th, 2017



DSEI 17 – Ops-Core Launches FAST SF Helmet Line

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

DSEI is the official introduction of the new Ops-Core FAST SF (for Special Operations Forces) ballistic and non-ballistic (carbon) helmets as well as accessories by Gentex.

While they look similar to the Maritime (MT) helmet you’re already familiar with, the only component which is the same is the chin strap.

First off, the new Vented Lux Liner offers 360 deg impact protection. It integrates Vent Holes and a channel for headborne comms which is accessible when you remove the comfort pads. Each helmet comes with three different thicknesses of pads (1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″) to allow the wearer to customize the fit.

The new fit band conforms to inner edge of the impact liner allowing the wearer to remove his helmet and still wear comms, unlike the old configuration which required the comms headband to fit between the helmet’s fit band and Lux Liner.

Ops-Core has also introduced a new Universal Nape Pad, referred to as the “whale tail”. The more surface area in a liner, the more comfortable and stable the fit, because it contacts the head in more places. Additionally, it eliminates hot spots. My experience trying the helmet on is that you don’t rely as much on the chin strap for stability.

The new Ballistic Shell reduces helmet weight by 12% over the FAST MT, yet with the same ballistic performance (SOCOM Maritime standard which is Frag resistance plus 9mm at 1200fps). The Appliqué also offers SOCOM-level protection.

Both the carbon and ballistic FAST SF helmets are available with the super high cut which gives you about 1/2″ more space around the ears for comms.

There’s also a new Velcro pattern for both helmets and the vent hole shapes are new on the carbon helmet. This new Velcro pattern is one-size-fits-all. These shapes also offer a low-signature on thermal cameras compared to the old, block shapes. One interesting feature is that the rear Velcro is designed specifically for use with the MOHOC camera.

There’s a new Modular Bungee Shroud which features bungees which come off of the bracket. The new machined Aluminum insert can be removed from the front which allows use of different NVGs without replacing the entire shroud.

You’ll also notice entirely new rails called Super High Cut Skeleton ARC rails. Not only are they lighter, but also more useful. They’ve integrated zip tie holes for cable management along with a slot for counterweights and battery packs. Underneath the rail is the ARC Shim which offers room to attach accessories without taking up rail space. Now, accessories integrate into the ARC, rather than in the slot.

The Low-Profile Mandible snaps into the shim and features fore/aft adjustment as well as a pivoting, vented mouth guard. Additionally, although not shown, there’s a two-piece ballistic appliqué for the Carbon helmet. This design is to leave room for a battery pack, when needed.

The Step In Visor offers a mid point between spectacle and goggle. It leverages the edge of the helmet and can be worn night and day, including with NVGs. The Step In Visor will fit all helmet sizes thanks to the attachment adjustment. Also, the edge gasket can be pulled away when not needed. The replaceable lens is also coated for anti-scratch and anti-fog. Initially, they are offering a clear lens but will soon introduce transition and high contrast lenses.

Although there is a helmet cover available, they did not have one to show at DSEI.


One final point, Ops-Core plans to integrate these upgraded accessories into the other lines but all of the components are backward compatible with all FAST MT, XP and LE as well as the Lightweight Ballistic Helmet.

The FAST SF helmets are available now and accessories will be rolled over the coming months for those of you who want to upgrade your current helmet.


See The Latest From Gentex/Ops-Core at Warrior East

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Ops-Core Helmet Saves LAPD SWAT Officer’s Life

Monday, June 26th, 2017

During a recent callout, a suspect fired a .44 round at a LAPD SWAT officer from an elevated position 7-10 feet away.

The Ops-Core FAST XP Helmet he was wearing, saved his life.

If there’s a lesson in here, it’s wear good kit. If your life depends on it, don’t skimp.

Ops-Core’s Special Operations Tactical Respirator Now Available For Pre-Order

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017


Ops-Core Will Be In Tampa This Week

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Visit Gentex at NYTOA

Monday, April 24th, 2017