Posts Tagged ‘Triple Aught Design’

Triple Aught Design – Spectre 34 Pack

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

The Spectre 34’s scalable, lightweight design includes customizable 7075 aluminum stays and HDPE frame sheet, adjustable harness system including removable waistbelt, and expandable capacity.


A 3-row, 4-column PALS grid on the face supports the Spectre compression system and accessory pouches, such as the OP1, GPP1 and GPP2. A low-profile daisy chain along the periphery of the bag provides attachment points for S1/S2 pouches, radios, and other accessories.

Internal mounting points within the main compartment support a range of accessories such as Control Panels for further customization.

Isolated side compartments, easily accessed via dedicated full-length zippers and separated from the main compartment by durable and water-resistant ripstop panels, feature hanging loops, covered exit ports, and externally routed drain holes. Ideal for hydration systems, isolating wet or dirty gear, or for keeping extra layers and small items readily accessible.


The Spectre Transporter Tail, hydration pack systems, and other accessories can attach to either the concealed, integrated attachment points at the crown or to the daisy chain for externally configurable storage.

Similar attachment points inside the side pockets allow for management of ice tools and other gear along the sides of the pack via the zippered port on the bottom.

A modular compression system controls the load in the main compartment, or can be positioned across the pack to carry larger items, such as snowshoes or antler shed.



Dimension Polyant LS-42 and X51
Tweave 4-way stretch Panels
Closed Cell Cross-Linked Polyethylene Foam
3D Spacer Mesh
Nylon Webbing
HDPE Framesheet
7075 Aluminum Frame Stays

34 liters (2075 cu in)

12” (30.48 cm) W x 23” (58.42 cm) H x 7.5” (19.05 cm) D
Torso: 16” to 23”
Waist: 26” to 50”
21” Vertical Stay

1.6 kg (56 oz)

Pocket Configuration
Main compartment with top and bottom attachment points
Zippered side storage/hydration pockets with hanging loop and covered exit ports
Internal divider panel
Gusseted, expandable water bottle pockets with deployable ice axe loops and attachment points for accessories

Made in the USA

Polartec Introduces Polartec Power Fill

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

(Andover, Mass.) – May 30, 2017 – Polartec® LLC, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, announces the upcoming launch of Polartec® Power Fill™. The fabric technology is a best-in-class fill insulation that rounds out the company’s range of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.

Polartec® Power Fill™ is a soft and pliable matrix of spun polyester yarns engineered with a proprietary hollow fiber construction that is softer and more durable, forming thousands of air pockets that continuously capture and contain body heat, while maintaining a resilient, equalized thermal layer between the colder air on the outside and the warmer temperatures on the inside.

A unique controlled melt process bonds the hollow fibers, increasing durability and drapability, eliminating the need for scrims or other stabilizers. This gives Power Fill™ unmatched warmth and design versatility for a wide range of styles and usage occasions. The polyester fiber’s inherent hydrophobic properties also work to ensure that Polartec® Power Fill™ resists moisture absorption and dries quickly, while maintaining a high warmth to weight ratio.

Made with industry-leading, cruelty-free, 80% post-consumer recycled content, Power Fill™ insulation technology provides greater warmth retention in colder conditions, without added weight or bulk.

“We’re proud to deliver an insulation technology to our customers that enables the design of better products with Polartec premium quality,” says Polartec CEO Gary Smith. “Polartec created the category of active insulation with our industry leading range of Alpha™ temperature regulating product offerings, and now Power Fill™ continues with innovative fill solutions for the coldest conditions.”

Polartec® Power Fill™ is being shown to customers now in 60, 80, 100 and 135 g/m2 weights, and will first become available to consumers in Fall 2017 product from Polartec customer Triple Aught Design.

Triple Aught Design Introduces Axis Expedition Duffle and Catalyst Field Shirt

Monday, May 15th, 2017

During last Friday’s drop, Triple Aught Design introduced two cool new products, the Axis Expedition Duffle and Catalyst Field Shirt

Axis Expedition Duffle

* Made from Polyant LS42 and X51
* 5 rows of 1” webbing loop pairs along inside floor for panel, cube,  and other storage attachments
* Webbing key loop attachment inside mesh pocket on lid
* 1” elastic retainers on shoulder straps to capture loose webbing ends.
* Removable padded shoulder straps/ carry handles accommodate 3 modes of carry: Side Carry,  Shoulder strap, & Backpack mode.
* Reinforced grab handles at front and back with tie-down loops
* 3” x 4.5” luggage tag included featuring TAD logo, loop velcro for patches, and concealed business card slot.
* 6 side compression straps (3 per side)
* Made in USA

* Small: 50 liters (3432 cu in)
* Medium: 75 liters (5070 cu in)
* Large: 100 liters (6272 cu in)

* Small: 13” W X 24” H X 11” D
* Medium: 15” W X 26” H X 13” D
* Large: 16” W X 28” H X 14” D

* Small: 0.9kg (31.84oz)
* Medium: 1.04kg (36.64oz)
* Large: 1.23kg (43.52oz)

Catalyst Field Shirt

* Relaxed Fit

* 101 g/m² 100% Nylon Ripstop
* UPF 50
* Moisture Wicking finish
* Made in USA
* 51 g/m² Polartec Alpha
* 70% recycled polyester, 30% polyester
* Made in USA
* 95 g/m² 100% Nylon
* Made in USA

Weight for Medium
* Weight :  0.59kg (20.8oz)

Pocket Configuration
* Two Chest Pockets with Snap Closure
* Two Zippered Hand Pockets
* All Zippers Are YKK® Zippers

Cuff & Sleeve Configuration
* Double-Snap Barrel Cuff
* Single Snap Sleeve Placket
* Reinforced Elbow

Made In USA

Triple Aught Design Brings Back The Shag Master Blanket

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Years ago, I bought a cool fleece blanket from Triple Aught Design. Unfortunately, they only made a short run of the Shag Master Blanket, that one time. I’ve been after them for years to make more and now they’ve made it happen. I’m not taking credit for this production run of this cozy blanket, made from Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft, and takes it’s name from their fuzzy hoodie, but it sure put a smile on my face. It’s 78″ x 54″ making it quite a bit longer than the original.

Be advised, this is a pre-order, but they are offered in three colors, Black, Eclipse and Phantom. Orders begin shipping May 29th.

Sneak Peek – Highland Shirt from Triple Aught Design

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

This Friday, Triple Aught Design is releasing the Highland Shirt.  This wool shirt features slotted buttons and is Made in USA!

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Triple Aught Design – Sentinel Field Jacket

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The Sentinel is Triple Aught Design’s modern take on the classic field jacket but I see it as more in class with traditional English driving coats as they’ve inset the chest pockets.

It’s a straight forward outer shell but with hidden internal carriage features. Internal and external chest pockets offer both security and accessibility, while classic flap-over front pockets also feature zippered hand pockets for convenient protection against the elements.

The Sentinel Field Jacket is made from Ventile which is both breathable and weather-resistant.

-Two Large Front Pockets with Flap Closure
-Two Front Hand Pockets with Weather-Resistant Zippers
-One Exterior Chest Pocket with Weather-Resistant Zipper
-One Interior Chest Pocket with Weather-Resistant Zipper
-Adjustable Cuffs and Locking Waist Cinch

Triple Aught Design – Protocol Jacket

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

I am super excited about this launch. First off, it’s on a Thursday rather than the normal Friday launch day for Triple Aught Design. Second, it’s a blazer. The team at TAD hinted at this when I was out there in September, but I had no idea it would be this nice. Based on the photos, I think the Protocol will be great for those of you looking for a travel blazer. Now I know I just got a new blazer form another company, but a fella can have two, right? Maybe Mrs SSD will read this and get me one for Christmas.

Having a tailor isn’t quite the mark of a gentleman that it used to be, but a great fitting blazer still is.

Made from Ventile, it is unlined and incorporates both a bi-swing back as well as a single vent amking itba great warm weather jacket. Additionally, TAD has finished the Protocol with their signature taped buttons, functional cuffs, and double welted, tuckable pocket flaps. This is a sporty looking coat.

Ventile, originally designed in the UK, is densely woven from 100% cotton using the world’s finest long staple fibre. Its secret lies in the uncoated and non-laminated construction. The performance of Ventile® fabrics results from the properties of cotton fibres which expand in a uniform manner when they come into contact with water. This allows the interstices within the fabric to close up, preventing the further passage of water. In addition to this, Ventile is impregnated with a high quality DWR system which enhances the fabrics water resistant properties and increases performance. The fabric therefore provides excellent protection against the wind, rain, snow and cold, and a unique level of comfort that is highly breathable, very durable and quiet.

-Bi-swing back and single vent for enhanced mobility
-TAD signature slotted buttons at front and functional cuff closures
-Double welted front pockets with tuckable pocket flaps
-Single ticket pocket and dual internal welted pockets
-Field repair buttons included inside

Triple Aught Design – Azimuth Transport Pack Now Available For Pre-Order

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

I was first exposed to the Azimuth Transport Pack from Triple Aught Design during Destination: Granite. TAD gave each of the attendees a prototype of this lightweight daypack. I used it during the experience and now keep it with me for travel. As you’ll notice, it compacts into an internal pocket for storage or transport. The idea is that you can take it with you in your main luggage and then pull it out and use it as a daypack once you get to your destination. It weighs .8 lbs and offers 19 liters of carrying capacity.  I really like the top zipper opening which secures via two side release buckles. The pack also offers a handy side zip for panel access as well as dual water bottle pockets.  However, the real exciting thing about this pack is that it is super durable thanks to the VX-21 Ripstop and VX-07 Shell materials which are essentially modern sail cloth.

Easy Access: Primarily loaded via the large, water resistant zipper at the top of the pack, the Azimuth Pack also has zippers running along both sides of the front panel. One zipper leads to the main compartment, allowing the user to quickly and easily access items at any layer of the pack, and the other zipper leads to a separate, flat storage compartment that keeps small items readily accessible.

Internal Organization: Two Helix (HX) attachment points inside of the Azimuth Pack allow the user to attach Transport Cubes, our soon-to-be-released Transport Sleeve, select Control Panels, or any other compatible storage system securely inside the pack. An internal mesh pocket keeps small items accessible at the top of the pack, and also acts as the carrying pouch when stowing the Azimuth for transport.

External Organization: The Azimuth Pack has two quickly accessible external side pockets with attachment loops to help retain essential tools such as a water bottle, compass, GPS, or map. These pockets are ported to allow small debris or loose liquid to escape.

Capable Companion: Unstructured and minimalist, the Azimuth can be packed into its own internal mesh pocket, rolled up, or packed flat. Made in the USA from premium lightweight and durable weather-resistant materials, the Azimuth packs features above its weight class into a package you’ll forget is there until you need it.

Hydration Compatible: A hydration bladder attachment strap rests inside the top of the Azimuth Pack to allow common sizes and shapes of hydrations bladders to be suspended. The top of the pack is ported to allow hydration hoses to be routed to either shoulder strap. Both straps contain a small elastic loop to secure the hose to the strap.

Colors are Black/Brindle. Pre-orders for the pilot production run will begin shipping on Wednesday, 12/7. All pre-orders will ship in time to arrive by 12/24. Not available for pickup in-store. However, there will be a limited number available at the annual prototype/sample/warehouse sale happening this weekend at their Dogpatch location. On a side note, this year TAD will be doing an online sale for the customers who can’t make it here for the sale. Online info:

To pre-order the Azimuth Transport Pack, visit