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SOF Select – Sneak Peek Of Patagonia’s New Military Active Recce System

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Not only did Patagonia’s MARS* get a whole new name, it got a complete makeover as well. This new version of MARS was developed under their Lost Arrow Project, an initiative to create special-purpose clothing systems for extreme environments by leveraging Patagonia’s deep expertise in materials innovation, technical design and precision manufacturing.


The developmental team was allowed a clean slate and developed the system from the ground up. Not only did they introduce new materials into this multigarment system, but they also introduced a new way that garments are worn together. For instance, the system is designed so that the user won’t wear anymore than three layers to get the desired effect. However, it’s important to umderstand that this is an active insulation system rather than a passive insulation system. This means that the wearer takes a more active role in pushing moisture out of the clothing.


In my opinion, it goes much more to heart of the original intent of Protective Combat Uniform than what is currently available. However, it is designed for Recce work, of longer duration and more extreme environments than the DA tasks most units are currently engaged in.


Here are a few more examples of garments in the line. These are prototypes and although some of you will fixate on their paintjob, they will be available in different solids and patterns. The garments range from FR Wool next-to-skin items, windshirts, insulating vest and jackets to waterproof breathable, fully seam taped overgarments. The designs are quite elegant, engineered really, to maximize mobility for the wearer and manufacturability for the producer.

I have to say, MARS is the most remarkable thing I have seen in military or outdoor clothing in many years. It isn’t just the design; it’s everything that goes into it. Everything you see here is Berry compliant, can be manufactured in short runs with short lead times, and is relatively low cost, especially considering those factors.

Look for additional, in-depth information on the entire MARS line, soon here on SSD.

*Released in the early 00s, MARS originally stood for Military Advanced Regulator System.

Stuff I Like – Patagonia Men’s R1 Fleece Hoody

Monday, May 1st, 2017

I’ve always liked the Patagonia R1 Fleece, going back to when it was a part of the Military Advanced Regulator System (MARS) military clothing system. I don’t recall owning any before that but several years ago, I purchased my first R1 Fleece Hoody in Black. The Polartec Power Grid is comfy, and it makes a nice layering piece. Although, it’s considered a slim fit, it has a bit of stretch to it. In addition to the hood, there’s a single, zippered chest pocket, deep front zipper for ventilation and thumb cuffs for keeping your hands warm. Finally, the fabric offers Polygiene permanent odor control.

This Spring, I was shopping at an REI when I saw the Hoody in the Buffalo Green color, so I purchased a new one. The R1 Fleece Hoody is a design that is reintroduced, season after season, but in new colors, so you have to keep an eye out. As we near the end of the season, you may start to see these on sale.


Patagonia – Hybrid Sleeping Bag

Monday, November 28th, 2016

There have been many so-called Elephant Foot,sleeping bags in the market over the years. We’ve even mentioned a few of these designs which are essentially, the bottom half of the bag, with the top half being a level 7-style insulated belay parka. The idea with an Elephant Foot is to reduce weight and bulk and is often used for mountaineering. Oftentimes, these bags ride mid-abdomen and use elastic or shoulder straps, to stay in place. Additionally, the bottom is often closed with shock cord so the wearer can open it up and walk around in it.

The Hybrid is insulated with 850-fill-power Traceable Down, so it’s no slouch when it comes to keeping the cold at bay. It’s also going to be quite packable, although maybe not the best choice in cold/wet conditions. The shell is Pertex Quantum, an underutilized fabric here in the US which is highly wind and water resistant.

In the case of the Hybrid, it incorporates a torso fashioned from a single layer of windproof 1.2oz, 15D 100% nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR finish. It features a waist level drawstring as well as drawstrings at the hood along with a half-zip front opening to reduce bulk. The single layer torso works with the parka beneath to shed weather and trap heat.

Earlier, I mentioned that many of the half-bags on the market have an open bottom, but the Hybrid incorporates a footbed designed to acoid cold spots.

I really like the design of the Hybrid, but as it was designed for civilian mountaineering, the Viking Blue color scheme leaves a bit to be desired for tactical use, despite the cool color name. Maybe it will catch the eye of a military customer and we’ll see it in Alpha Green.

Made in China, it weighs just 490 g (17.3 oz). The Hybrid from Patagonia is offered in Short, Regular and Long lengths.


Elite Defense & Patagonia Have Partnered Up To Bring You Free Beer (At SHOT)!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

SHOT15 Patagonia & Elite Defense Beer Calling Hours

WPRC Announces Newest Members

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

We are pleased to share this announcement from the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition regarding new membership. We see several great companies joining this organization and it’s been quite educational to join them each year in Washington as they engage Congress on equipping issues.

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Welcomes Three New Additions to the Board of Directors and Six New Industry Members

MARBLEHEAD, MA (July 31, 2014) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce three new members of its Board of Directors and the latest additions to its membership, including several leading companies in the warfighter equipment and clothing industry.

The three new industry representatives who have joined the WPRC Board of Directors include; Don Vavala of W.L. Gore and Associates, Frank Montie of Brookwood Companies, and Nate Smith of Oakley/Eye Safety Systems (ESS). The WPRC Board of Directors represents a cross section of the personal protective equipment industry, providing organizational governance and setting the strategic direction of the WPRC. These new Board members join current WPRC Board Chairman Luke Hillier and WPRC Secretary David Bohannon as leaders of this not for profit industry

The new company members of the WPRC include: Lion Vallen, Outdoor Research, Burlington/International Textile Group (ITG), New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., Patagonia, Inc., and CamelBak Products LLC. The added voices of these leading companies will be critical to advancing the WPRC mission to support the equipment and advanced clothing needs of the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

Lion Vallen – Lion Vallen is a global leader in supply chain and lifecycle management of protective clothing, equipment and uniforms. LVI has a deep commitment to delivering superior services that support customers’ personal safety, readiness and professional identity needs. www.lionprotects.com.

Outdoor Research – Outdoor Research is a designer, developer, and manufacturer of apparel, glove systems, and accessories designed for the military and outdoor markets. Products for the U.S. military are manufactured at their own facility located in downtown Seattle. A full range of products is commercially available at www.outdoorresearch.com.

Burlington/ITG – Burlington leverages its advanced R&D with a diverse range of high performance manufacturing capabilities and a complete range of fiber/fabric blends that deliver state of the art military and commercial solutions worldwide. Their fabric portfolio encompasses applications for extreme weather apparel; camouflage combat and utility materials, tenting, shelter fabrics, shipboard covers and ballistic materials. Information on their military product offerings may be found at www.burlington.com/military-technical.

New Balance – Headquartered in Boston, MA, New Balance is focused on building global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is currently one of the few major shoe companies that continue to manufacture athletic footwear in the United States. In 2013, 1 out of every 4 pairs of shoes New Balance sold in the U.S. was made or assembled in the U.S. www.newbalance.com.

Patagonia – Based in Ventura, California, Patagonia, Inc. is a leading designer and retailer of core outdoor, alpine, fly fishing, snow, surf and sport related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. Patagonia is a world leader in apparel design, the development of protective garments and an industry pioneer in environmentalism. For more information on Patagonia and their commercially available products, please visit www.patagonia.com.

CamelBak – CamelBak is the leading manufacturer of hands free hydration systems. Special Forces, soldiers and law enforcement around the world use their Military & Tactical products. These offerings include water bottles, hydration packs, backpacks, and protective gear designed for a variety of climates and terrain. A full listing of these military and tactical products as well as commercially available gear is available at www.camelbak.com.

“The new Board members of the WPRC bring a wealth of industry experience and strategic thinking to our ongoing efforts to ensure our men and women in uniform have sustained access to the best American made equipment and clothing,” said David Costello, Executive Director of the WPRC. “We are grateful for their dedication to the WPRC as well as for the participation of our six newest Coalition members in our efforts to support those who serve our country”

The WPRC supports the readiness of the Armed Services by providing a unified industry voice to the U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security and other stakeholders. We work at the intersection of the Organizational Clothing/Individual Equipment industry, the federal legislative policy process, and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Our membership includes companies throughout the equipment and clothing industry and with companies at every point in the industrial supply chain who represent the best in American manufacturing.

Patagonia – Capilene Woodland T-Shirt

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


Patagonia’s Capilene series consists of synthetic baselayers. Made from moisture-wicking polyester that is composed of at least 35% recycled material, Capilene is designed to be quick to wick and quick to dry, has bluesign approval, and uses Polygiene technology for odor control in the garment.

The above shirt is a Capilene 1 baselayer. Featuring Patagonia’s woodland pattern called ‘Camoscape: Alpha Green’, it provides 50+ UPF sun protection and a cool, drying airflow. When paired with another layer, it wicks moisture and adds warmth.


Elite Defense Has Patagonia Clothing In Stock and Ready to Ship

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Elite Defense has informed us that they have the Patagonia tactical line in stock and ready to ship immediately with some items shipping within 10 days from their backup warehouse in Nevada. Items include the Jungle Uniform, PCU Level 9 and Level 3 Alpha Jacket. I already have a Jungle Uniform and it is awesome. Too bad it’s winter.


Remember, to purchase the Patagonia line from Elite Defense, you have to sign up for The PROgram. Here is the info:

What is The PROgram?
The Program was started by Elite Defense to give exclusive deals and offerings to our active Military and Law Enforcements professionals, this means full access to our Patagonia line. The Patagonia line are purpose built garments for our professional end users.

Who is qualified to be in The PROgram?
All members who are still actively serving in the Military (Reservist and Guardsman are eligible), all current law enforcement members, Federal Agents and Industry Professionals (selected on a case by case basis).

How do I apply to The PROgram?
It’s easy, go to www.EliteDefense.com and create your own account. Once your account is set up send an email to [email protected] to notify us of your submittal. Once the email is received we will review your account to authorize it for purchases. If you sign up using a .Gov or .Mil email account we can approve your account without further authentication. If you choose not to use your .Gov or .Mil email account we will have to verify an ID (via email, fax or in person). We understand that some information will need to be redacted for security reasons.

Are there additional benefits to The PROgram?
Yes, we will be offering a general discount on all products that we are authorized to resell. Depending on the product line, some discounts will vary; but please log in from time to time to check and see the new deals offered by The PROgram.

The PROgram Polices & Restrictions
Before you enroll yourself into the program, we would like you to be aware of these guidelines to make sure the integrity of The PROgram stands.

·The PROgram account you set up is for you; it is not for family or friends. IF they would like to be a part of The PROgram, please have them follow the same procedure you did to sign up.

·If your unit or department would like to buy in quantities, please have them send an email with any pertinent information to [email protected].

·These items are being sold to you; your purchases are forbidden to be resold outside of the bounds of The PROgram.


SHOT Show – Elite Defense / Patagonia

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014


In addition to the commercial PCU which includes Level 3A, Level 9 and the Jungle Uniform, Patagonia is also introducing a version of the M10 jacket and pant in Gore-Tex Light and Fast. Com medical PCU is offers in MultiCam, Black, Alpha Green and Retro Khaki.

It’s a very simple design intended for use while active. The jacket features a single chest pocket and stowable hood. Additionally, there is a two-piece overlap to protect the main zipper but you won’t find pit zips due to the breathability of the material.


The trousers also feature a simple design with full length side zips for donning and doffing as well as integrated, removable suspenders and waist belt. Additionally, the cuff will accommodate even larger size boots.


Look for this new garment late Spring.