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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Trace Systems Rope Bag is often called the ‘Magic Rope Bag’ because it makes a rope disappear into the bag so quickly. There are many rope bags on the market with integrated skirts out there but they are all pretty big. This bag is made from MultiCam 70D nylon along with a solid colored skirt.


There is also a side pocket for a rope protection sleeve.


Although it is not yet on the site as a stand alone product, it can be specified as a component of the Trace lots or purchased alone.


SOMA – Marz Tactical

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Marz Tactical has introduced a headrest harness for their Multi-Mode IFAK, unveiled last year here at SOMA. It allows you to mount the rear of a headrest where it is easily accessible. The buckle and strapping system keeps it secure yet allows deployment in an instant.


Marz has also made a change to the interior of the Multi-Mode IFAK. Based on user feedback, the horizontal elastic strap has been replaced with a flat pocket.



SOMA – NARescue

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

With the curtailing of live tissue training for the US military, SOMA was wall-to-wall manikins. But for me, one stuck out. North American Rescue has developed a full line of Combat Trauma Simulators that replicate typical injuries experienced on the modern battlefield. Developed by a former Combat Trauma Surgeon, the line consists of five hyper-realistic manikins that simulate different wounding patterns, ranging from facial trauma to amputation. Each manikin is anatomically correct, featuring a five liter blood reservoir in the chest for bleeding. The internal skeleton is supported by airplane cable and an untethered remote control system regulates simulated breathing and other signs of life. Each manikin has Dragon Skin (not the armor system) a rugged silicone based material that also demonstrates realistic tactile response. The manikins are water resistant, making difficult training situations like inclement weather possible. Training capabilities include tourniquet application, wound packing, burn treatments and bowel evisceration.


SOMA – ATS Tactical Gear

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

ATS Tactical Gear is offering their Cobra 2.6 Low Signature Back Packs in civilian colors such as the two-tone Black and Grey.


Originally developed several years ago for a Navy customer, these Low Signature Packs incorporate brushed DriLex interiors to allow for customization via compatibility with ATS CAP (Cobra Accessory Pouch) line of organizing pouches or similar other brands. It also has a bit more of a commercial pack feel with the shock cord matrix on to the face to allow for the stowage of lightweight items like jackets and the like. There is also a hydration carrier slot in the back face and a center mounted port for drink tubes and cable routing.



SOMA – Rip Shears

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The RIPPER unit from RipShears is an attachment for standard EMT shears allowing the medic to snip a hole in a garment, boot, or strap which obscures an injury, and then rip it open in a single motion. It’s much faster than the traditional scissors motion. Additionally, their improved design now integrates an O2 wrench.


Featuring user-replaceable 440A surgical blades, the RIPPER unit is 100% Made in the USA and will bolt onto the handle of most 7-1/4″ or 7-1/2″ trauma shears. It can purchased alone in Black or as a complete RipShears unit that includes imported trauma shears with Black, Orange, OD Green or Coyote handles. Additionally, the RIPPER unit is available in a glow-in-the-dark Firefly model. Recently, they improved the Rip shears by adding a Black Titanium Nitride coating, and increased the serrations on the blades that are hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 56C. And a new Gold coated blade with Pink handles was just introduced for the Ladies, or for situations where you don’t want your shears to walk off.


Beyond Announces M9 Medic Pant

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

M9 Medic Pant

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At SOMA, Beyond announced the new M9 Medic Pant. The pant is made from milspec 50/50 NyCo Ripstop and features a hook and loop waistband, open hand pockets with mesh lining, universal kneepad pockets, back of knee hook and loop tightening system, and hook and loop ankle closure. However, the primary feature of the M9 Medic Pant is the oversized left and right front facing thigh cargo pockets, designed specifically to fit an IFAK. This placement is optimal because medics often function in a kneeling position when dealing with patients.

Phokus Low Vis Trauma Kit

Interestingly, this pant was developed for use with the Lo Visibility SONS Trauma Kit from Phokus Research Group, which was a customer-driven request. And while these pants are cool, it really demonstrates the flexibility of Beyond in creating user-specific solutions. I overheard several conversations with potential customers at SOMA and this modification really got the creative juices flowing for those who saw it. Beyond is a very dynamic company and I recommend you talk to them if you are looking for a custom clothing solution.



Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Innovative Tactical Training Solutions, builders of the H60 Casevac simulator have introduced a new Little Bird Extrication Scenario Trainer. It is a portable and reusable MH-6 size helo cabin for multi-purpose extrication exercises. I also see where it could be used for static load training if planks are installed. The model seen here does not include planks.


The trainer is designed to be used with the ITTS TOMManikin and Android based Sensory Control Unit. The front compartment can be used as a trap for the TOMManikin and features extractable doors. The SCU can be used to control noise and a fog unit to introduce a little chaos into the scenario. Additionally, ITTS has integrated a remote camera into the design to allow evaluators access to the action. An on-board generator allows for use in remote locations and facilitates quick scenario reset.

ITTS products are available for unit and agency purchase from ADS Inc

SOMA – S.O. Tech

Monday, December 16th, 2013


The new Survival Sling from S.O Tech is a multipurpose item that does 4 things. It’s a 4000 lbs breaking strength strap that can be used as a 2-PT rifle sling. It can also be used as a load carriage and drag strap as well as an extraction harness. To me, the most interesting use is to carry litters, offering a hand free solution for litter bearers.

In a pinch, it can also be used as a belt or combined with other Survival Slings to make a longer rope.

Look for this for sale before SHOT Show.