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Slumberjack – Thermal Cloak First Impressions

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Slumberjack revealed their SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line during SHOT 2014. The line includes packs, insulated tree stand bags, and tents, all made from durable, lightweight materials in Kryptek camouflage.

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We recently got a hold of a product in the upcoming line, the SJK Tactical Thermal Cloak. The Thermal Cloak is designed to offer protection from the elements as well as act as a personal blind. Tactical hood styling allows the wearer to maintain peripheral vision and hearing. The fabrics used are waterproof and seam taped to repel wind, rain, and snow, while 160g of synthetic insulation keeps the wearer warm. The bottom of the cloak is open to allow the wearer to feel the edges of their tree stand to ensure proper footing. The cloak can also be cinched up around the wearer’s knees for increased mobility. The arm ports are self-sealing (via magnets) that allow for the wearer to move into a firing position. The front zipper and hand warmer pocket help regulate temperature.

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The 160g of insulation cloak keeps the wearer warm, and the fleece around the collar area is a nice touch that adds a bit more comfort to the cloak.

The arm ports are spacious, and secure using magnets. This is a nice feature for when trying to stay quiet, although the position of the magnets does leave a bit of open spacing for cold to get in. There are also front-side handwarming pockets to help regulate temperature.

The hood features a rear elastic retention band for adjustment. This is a nice feature as it allows the user to tailor the hood to the size they require, so as to maintain peripheral vision and for comfort.

The bottom of the cloak features split sides that secure with magnets like the arm ports. They quickly and quietly separate when mobile, and snap back together when stationary. There are also cinches with loops to raise the bottom of the cloak to knee level if additional mobility is required.

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The Thermal Cloak utilizes a front side zipper. This is also supported by magnets like the arm ports, so that the user can quietly secure the front opening without manipulating the zipper, and/or maintain ventilation when wearing the cloak.

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The Thermal Cloak also comes with its own stuff sack.

Functionality wise, the Thermal Cloak fulfills its purpose well. It keeps its wearer warm, and is designed to operate as quietly as possible, as expected from a product meant for use when hunting.

Expect to see the SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line available later this year.

www.slumberjack.com

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up – Bataan

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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This time, it’s Bataan and mounted on a great looking pack in Kryptek from Slumberjack.

SJK Tactical Hunting Gear Gallery

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Slumberjack has sent along a gallery of photos showing off a few more items in the SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line while in use. Most of the new packs as well as the new rifle case/shooting mat are featured in the photos. None of the products were named for us, however the line will be fully revealed at the upcoming SHOT Show 2014.

www.slumberjack.com/

Slumberjack Announces SJK Tactical Hunting Gear

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Slumberjack will be releasing their SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line during SHOT Show, which was developed using input from highly experienced hunters. The line includes packs, insulated tree stand bags, and tents, and is constructed from lightweight, durable materials using Kryptek camouflage. Below is a preview of 3 of the products that will be available under the SJK Tactical Hunting Gear brand.

Bounty 4500
SJK Bounty 4500

The Bounty 4500 is a 74-liter pack designed for high elevation hunts and big game. It features an expandable load-carry system which allows meat to be carried close to the back for better load support. The Bounty also features a detachable day pack with organizational pockets, a built-in rifle shooting platform, and a main pack bag that can be completely removed from the frame. The military-grade, dual stay suspension system supports heavy loads over long distances on uneven terrain. A stowable, versatile weapon carry system accommodates rifles or bows and large twin side pockets carry optics, bipods, and other essentials.

Thermal Cloak
SJK Thermal Cloak- rifle

The Thermal Cloak is designed to offer protection from the elements as well as act as a personal blind. Tactical hood styling allows the wearer to maintain peripheral vision and hearing. The fabrics used are waterproof and seam taped to repel wind, rain, and snow, while 160g of synthetic insulation keeps the wearer warm. The bottom of the cloak is open to allow the wearer to feel the edges of their tree stand to ensure proper footing. The cloak can also be cinched up around the wearer’s knees for increased mobility. The arm ports are self-sealing (via magnets) that allow for the wearer to move into a firing position. The front zipper and hand warmer pocket help regulate temperature.

Sightline
SJK Sightline

The Sightline was developed specifically for overnight hunting trips – available in 1 and 2 person versions. It features a field-of-view window to maximize line-of-sight for glassing game. A rifle-specific sleeve allows the user to keep their weapon close at hand. It uses light and durable 7001 aluminum poles, and a full coverage rain fly with taped seams which repels even the hardest downpours with little effort. The Sightline comes with a dark green rainfly to help it blend into the environment.

www.slumberjack.com/

By: Richard Graves, Staff Writer

TacJobs – Kelty Military/LE Sales

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

American Recreation Products is seeking candidates for a Sales Division Manager of AmericanRec Government.

American Recreation Products is owned by Sun Capital Partners, Inc and consists of Kelty, Sierra Designs, Royal Robbins, Slumberjack, Wenzel, Rokk, Insta-Bed, Mountain Trails, Ultimate Direction and ISIS. However, as we understand it, the position will be primarily with Kelty.

They are seeking deep experience within the Military/Swat Tactical/ Law Enforcement/ Homeland security marketplace. Minimum of 5 years brand management / sales leadership in the government market. Intimate involvement and familiarity with target market. Proficient in P&L creation and review. Understanding of Military/Swat Tactical/ Law Enforcement/ Homeland Security, familiarity with cost/feature tradeoffs; familiarity with technical materials and specific vendors. Must be able to direct, nurture and develop a highly motivated team of internal and external resources. Must be able to foster and maintain a healthy team dynamic and spirit within a fast paced, problem solving based, collaborative work environment. Must clearly exhibit through example a professional and detail oriented leadership style. Effective and proficient public speaking, writing and presentation skills. Ability to understand and financial analysis, market research, technical product development, relationship building.

Develop and Manage the AmericanRec Government direction
Final P&L for Government business Plan.
Create dramatic topline growth in three-year timeframe.
Collaborate with supporting AmericanRec functional areas.
Must be able to comprehend, thrive within and protect a core brand ethos and market position as it relates to the product development process and marketing function.
In Partnership with the VP, Product Development, identify opportunity for product development for the brand
Initiate strategic objectives that support the Division and Company’s mission and seasonal goals.
Manage long term projects; be able to conceptualize product for at least a two year timeline.
Maintain seasonal metrics regarding the on-time development of product.
Develop a process/timeline strategy and gain internal consensus among multiple disciplines to achieve successful margins.
Manage product creation timelines and deliverables to meet strategic and financial corporate goals.
Maintain a network within the industry in order to stay current on design issues and trends that impact the product process and influence the product development process.
Manage approvals such as: proto, sample, counter-sample and pre-production to ensure the Division’s quality standards as well as the timeliness of deliveries are met.
Partner in developing new technologies which will ultimately create innovative product.

Market Analysis/Brand Communications In Partnership with the Director, Marketing, this position will be responsible for:
Articulating the marketing communication collateral requirements.
As the key leader, the Manager will contribute to the evaluation and recommend opportunities for new products and entry into categories through a keen understanding of competitive dynamics, government trends and needs.
Continually work to understand the division’s base and future customer and predict trends/changes in their behavior.
Manage Trade Show participation
Participate and drive promotional activities, PR and events
Maintain market association memberships

Sales
Manage the overall sales function of the government business.
Grow the revenue base effectively and be the key representative with key accounts.

Sourcing
Effectively partner with the internal resources of the ARP sourcing function
Be the Government Business Champion with the sourcing team at ARP.

For more information visit careers.outdoorindustry.org

Armor Holdings Take 2?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Ok, it’s not the same thing but we do see Sun Capital Partners gobbling up armor companies. In addition to Protective Products Enterprises and Paraclete that we recently wrote about, they have also purchased Point Blank Solutions Inc (in October) which consists of Point Blank Body Armor and PACA Body Armor. That puts several armor companies under one “roof” and when you add in the other companies under the Sun Capital Partners umbrella that operate on the fringes of the tactical industry; Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, Ultimate Direction and Royal Robbins, you begin to see the possibility of some synergy. Let’s see if they do as well.

Some Interesting Connections Surrounding Sale of Paraclete Armor

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In late October MSA announced the sale of Paraclete Armor to PPE. PPE in turn, is owned by Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

What is pretty interesting about the Paraclete sale is that American Recreation Products which includes such brands as Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, Ultimate Direction and Royal Robbins, is also owned by Sun Capital. These brands all have an impressive line of military products that we’ve covered in the past here on SSD.

Since ARP’s primarily outdoor focused the vast majority of their products are produced overseas. This can make for rough going if you are interested in military business. Perhaps, thanks to the Sun Capital connection, we will see some production of ARP’s military products by Paraclete. What would be even cooler is if we could see some cross pollination from ARP’s outdoor design expertise to Paraclete’s product offerings.

Slumberjack VariCom Sleep System

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Slumberjack VariCom Sleep System

The quest for a good night’s sleep is a constant battle for the Soldier. Slumberjack has used intelligent design engineering to enhance its five component Slumberjack Variable Component Sleep System (SVCSS) or VariCom System.

The flexible VariCom System consists of five interchangeable components, including the Delta 30ºF sleeping bag, the Gamma 0ºF sleeping bag, the VariCom Bivy and two compression stuff sacks. The system offers a temperature rating between 30ºF to -30ºF and even lower temperature ratings can be achieved if the system is used in conjunction with layers of extreme cold-weather garments. Both the Delta 30ºF and Gamma 0ºF sleeping bags feature Climashield Combat insulation and double-offset, differential-cut construction, which eliminates cold spots. Each bag has a nylon, ripstop outer and interior liner for durability and compactibility. The Delta sleeping bag comes with an Enhanced Situational Awareness (ESA) hood, which provides coverage around the head, yet reduces sound-blocking fabric around the ears. This patent-pending hood maximizes awareness levels when sleeping in hostile conditions. Slumberjack offers an optional anti-microbial VariCom Bag Liner, which provides moisture management for warm nights and extra insulation for cold nights.

In addition to the sleeping bags, the VariCom System comes with the VariCom Bivy, which keeps the user dry in up to 2 inches of standing water. The bathtub-style bivy incorporates a stuffable,
patent-pending Delrin® hoop, which keeps the mesh away from the face. The VariCom Bivy measures 35 inches by 86 inches and weighs 2 pounds. In addition to the bivy there is the optional No Fly Zone™, which provides light protection from flying insects. Its mesh construction provides full coverage around a sleeping bag.

Finally, Slumberjack offers optional VariCom Compression Stuff Sacks that are weatherproof and breathable (one for each sleeping bag).

The complete system weighs 9 pounds 10 ounces and compresses down to 11 inches by 11 inches when fully packed.

The SVCSS is available from Slumberjack.