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Wild Things Tactical Catalog 2011

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

WT Tactical Catalog 2011

www.wttactical.com

Smith & Wesson Selects Wild Things to Design and Manufacture Clothing

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Wild Things, LLC, the maker of sophisticated technical outerwear for the US Military, Law Enforcement and Consumer markets, today announced that the company has been selected by Smith & Wesson, the legendary 159-year old firearm maker, as licensee for men’s and women’s technical apparel. The apparel line issued under the professionally recognized Military & Police, or M&P brand, will be designed for the law enforcement market. A separate apparel line issued under the Smith & Wesson brand will also be designed for the consumer market.

James Debney, President of Firearms for Smith & Wesson, said, “Wild Things has a 30-year tradition of innovative product design and the use of leading-edge materials. With their continued focus on quality in each and every garment or pack, they have built a solid reputation as a world class technical apparel and extreme alpine sport equipment company, Their innovation, product design skills, attention to detail, and unparalleled quality, not to mention their continued presence as a United States home-based manufacturing company, make Wild Things a natural licensee for our M&P and Smith & Wesson brand names.”
The new M&P apparel line will be available to the law enforcement community through qualified distributors and available directly through Wild Things, LLC, and on the Smith & Wesson website in early 2011. It will feature a range of apparel products based on the company’s WT Tactical™ line, outerwear specifically designed for and used by US Military Special Forces. Later in 2011, Wild Things will launch the consumer line of Smith & Wesson apparel that will be available through select retailers and directly on the Wild Things (www.wildthingsgear.com) and Smith & Wesson (www.smith-wesson.com) websites. The Wild Things product development team is working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as Smith & Wesson personnel, to design the new apparel lines in keeping with the exacting standards of the professional and the dedicated outdoor enthusiast.

“We have been serving the military operator market for years now and wanted to find a way to quickly become the premier provider of technical wear to the law enforcement community. Our product expertise coupled with the M&P and Smith & Wesson iconic brand names are going to let us do just that.” said Ed Schmults, CEO of Wild Things, LLC.

S&W M&P Clothing

Be sure to see the new line in Smith & Wesson’s booth #10962 at SHOT Show.

Mad Duo – AF Makes a Smart Move When It Comes to Snivel Gear

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

SSD Note: This is great news for WTT as well as the USAF! Airmen look for your Gen III Level & garments in Grey.

As you may have read last week, the Marine Corps has ordered a bunch of new happy suits for Gyrenes in cold places around the world, courtesy of Wild Things Tactical by Wild Things, Inc. What you may not know is it’s now official that zoomies can wear their version of WTT. Yes indeedy, the AF has finally figured it out.

Now let me make this clear. Slim and I have been bad ass tough guys for years, but frankly when it comes to cold weather we’re what you might call actively voluble pussies. (That’s the MILSPEAK way of saying we piss and moan and bitch a lot, but still get out there and get the job done—and for the record, before you criticize us for being pussies, keep in mind that the snow currently stacked up to the top of your boot is actually over our head.) If you want to make an acronym out of that, feel free. We’re not ashamed of being AVPs.

Anyway, our handlers have spent the last couple of days in Wild Things Tactical snivel kit. You may remember us talking about WTT cold weather gear before, because it’s so damn fantabulous. We genuinely love this stuff, and so do our handlers, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that we’re happy to bring this good news to those of you forced to wear that damnable digital tiger stripe crap and deal with zipper-suited sun gods.

If you do not know what a zipper-suited sun god is, then you haven’t spent much time around AF bases. We hear at Breach-Bang-Clear appreciate pilots for their impact on the battlefield, CAS gun runs in particular, but anyone whose spent any time around them out of the cockpit knows what a pain in the ass most of them are, and must wonder how much they spend annually on hair gel, sunglasses and teeth-whitener…but again we digress. Wild Things Tactical Extreme Cold Weather Gear, by Wild Things Tactical, Inc, is now Air Force approved.

According to the Air Force Uniform Office, Wild Things Tactical Gen III Level 7 Extreme Cold Weather System jacket and pants are replacing the N3B and F1B parka and trousers. This is the same ECWCS the Army has been using and it’s pretty bad ass. We actually called Richard Keefer’s office (he’s the head duck at the “AF Uniform Office”) but we never heard back. This could possibly be because he and his staff weren’t sure how exactly to deal with an interview request by foot tall tactical operators-slash-journalists, or perhaps he’s just really busy. We won’t hold it against him.

A couple things you need to know if you’re an A4/purchasing officer type USAF individual (or anyone else that might want to put your troops, officers or operators into WTT snivel kit). First off, it doesn’t have to worn as just a layering system. It can be stand-alone. They jackets, for instance, are sized to accommodate body armor, and are sized in the torso appropriately to wear with a duty belt or holster (if you’re so inclined). This could be a Good Thing for some of the folks that spend a lot of time shivering in garrison, like skycops doing dismounted RAMs, foot patrols around billeting, standing overwatch at the gate, etc. It’s comfy, it’s warm and it’s nowhere near as loud or irritating as the Gore-tex jacket you’re already wearing.

Second, they’re built with Epic, which is way too complicated for us to explain here and will probably be over half of your heads anyway (no offense, we don’t get it either). It makes for a good cold weather garment, though, trust us. We’d lie to you, just not about this. They’ve got 6 oz. of PrimaLoft and the Epic barrier that allows it to insulate even while completely wet. This gear wasn’t only industry tested, it was NATICK tested.

Third, it’s already been tried and tested in really shitty conditions under fire by guys that know what they like. When the Army decided to completely redesign its cold weather system, it went to the 10TH Mountain Division (Climb to Glory!) for field testing between the Fall of 2006 and Spring of 2007. Reviews were outstanding. For instance, LTC Christopher Cavoli of 1-32 Infantry (“Chosin”) said, “…I found myself praying for bad weather…I knew my soldiers could handle it and the enemy couldn’t. [Wild Things Tactical] ECWCS allowed my men to outlast the enemy on their own terrain. When the enemy was forced out of the mountains due to the bitter cold to take shelter, that’s when we got them…”

Fourthly, if you’re an AF purchasing official, UDM, etc. with authority to source equipment for your squadron, group or wing, Wild Things Tactical will send you a sample to T&E at the local level. You just need to contact their military sales representative, Grady Burrell, and make the arrangements.

Fifthly and lastly, Wild Things LLC, WT Tactical will offer until Jan 15, a Military / Federal Officer Discount of 20% off Retail on Multicam, Coyote, OD Green and Black Tactical Gear for INDIVIDUAL sales. Must validate with FED / MIL address. AD/RES and NG. ON IN STOCK ITEMS ONLY!

Gen III ECWCS is provided to the US Army under a contract with ADS. Air Force units wishing to purchase Level 7 should contact them. www.ADSinc.com/Gen-III

Oh…if you need to contact Grady (Grady Burrell III, Director of Military & LE Sales), he can be reached at (828) 421-4349 or [email protected]. Make sure you let him know we referred you, so we can affirm in their minds once again how valuable an ally they have in the Mad Duo, and how foolish they’d be not to keep us up to speed on new developments on their end.

Please check back in at SSD more frequently than you might otherwise do so. We’ve gotten a bunch of new kit in over the last couple of weeks and are in the process of reviewing it. Naturally we are eager to share the finding of our evaluation, our wisdom and almost supernaturally incisive wit. If you have any ideas for us to review or discuss, drop us a line at Breach-Bang-Clear or FaceBook.com/MadDuo; unless you’re going to complain about our opinions, writing style or philosophy (or you’re a sissy) in which case don’t bother.

Mad Duo Out!

Marines Purchase Additional Extreme Cold Weather Gear Using PrimaLoft Insulation

Friday, December 17th, 2010

PrimaLoft® Insulation Technologyâ„¢, the research and development leader in high performance insulations used to enhance combat conditions for soldiers, has announced that the United States Marine Corps (USMC) has purchased 6,000 additional sets of the USMC Extreme Cold Weather Parkas, Trousers and Booties insulated with PrimaLoft® to equip U.S. Marines stationed in the coldest areas of Afghanistan and across the globe. This new buy brings the total number of system sets currently fielded to Marines to 50,000. Known to Marines as the “Happy Suit” the garments are manufactured by Wild Things Tactical.

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, PrimaLoft® insulation provides Marines with critical tactical advantages over the enemy during the most challenging extreme cold weather conditions. The Extreme Cold Weather Parka, Trouser and Booties insulated with PrimaLoft® are packable, lightweight, weather resistant, and very warm for extreme combat conditions. Notably, this technology works in conjunction with the USMC sleeping bag system also outfitted with PrimaLoft® insulation and allows Marines to carry a less bulky sleep system, while increasing protection under diverse environmental conditions.

“PrimaLoft® takes great pride in our work to provide the best possible insulation technology to meet U.S. Marine Corps mission readiness needs,” said PrimaLoft® Vice-President and General Manager Joe Rumiesz. “We began working with the DoD 25 years ago, and we continue to advance our unique technology to address the specialized gear needs of our men and women in uniform.”

The U.S. Army originally commissioned Albany International Corp. to develop a water resistant synthetic alternative to down. Today, PrimaLoft® is the premier supplier of insulation to the United States Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces providing them with a tactical advantage over the enemy under exceptionally wet and cold conditions in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Want to Know More About Wild Things Tactical?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Mad Duo has published an interesting look at Wild Things Tactical over in their usual digs at Breach Bang Clear. So if you’re still not familiar with WTT check it out.

Countdown to End of the Fiscal Year

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ADS has included a countdown clock for the impending end of the fiscal year. This is a great reminder to get your ducks in order and figure out what you want to obligate your end of year funds for. Don’t waste it all on 10,000 rolls of toilet paper, or 500 paddle locks because that is all they have left at SSSC. Many vendors are open late and will help make sure you get what you need instead of what is left on the shelf.

In fact, Tactical Tailor will have staff on hand to fill phone orders until Midnight on 30 September. Don’t think that they are only accepting military orders either. Federal agencies as well as state and local folks finish the year on the 30th. Individuals are welcome to order as well. Just call them at (253) 984-7854.

Last but not least, if you are in the market for quality MultiCam (or Coyote and OD for that matter) clothing systems as well as shelters and poncho liners then make sure you contact our friends at Wild Things. They are open late this week to accommodate your last minute shopping requirements.

Wild Things Releases Tactical Outer Layers

Friday, June 4th, 2010

About a year and a half ago Wild Things began development on a variety of new tactical clothing items. Combining decades of climbing and expedition experience with user feedback, Wild Things was able to create a fusion of Alpine and Tactical. The line sticks to Wild Things’ core competencies yet is very extensive consisting of High Loft, Low Loft, Soft shell, and Hard shell options. The pieces are designed to be used as part of a layered clothing system but several stand out for use individually. Additionally, everything in the new line has stood up to the rigors of combat and is now available for sale to both individuals as well as units from Wild Things’ new website. Did we say that it’s all available now and in MultiCam? All of the styles are available in X-Small through XX-Large.

Hard Shell Jacket

-Designed to be worn over body armor
-Made of 3-layer eVent® waterproof/breathable fabric
-Waterproof zippers
-Fully adjustable hood is helmet-compatible
-Two inset sleeve pockets with pile tape patches
-Two handwarmer pockets

Hard Shell Pants

-Made of 3-layer eVent® waterproof/breathable fabric
-Waterproof zippers
-Adjustable waistband features belt loops, Velcro® side tabs, and back elastic with suspender loops
-Two cargo pockets
-Zippered hems to pull on over boots

High Loft Jacket

-Designed to be worn over body armor
-Shell is made of 70 denier textured nylon fabric
-6 oz PrimaLoft® Sport synthetic insulation
-Fully adjustable hood is helmet-compatible
-Two hand warmer pockets are lined with 2 oz quilted PrimaLoft®
-Two interior mesh pockets provide storage and a place for wet goods to dry out
-High collar keeps neck worm even when hood is down

High Loft Pants

-Shell is made of 70 denier textured nylon fabric
-4 oz PrimaLoft® Sport synthetic insulation
-330d Cordura® reinforces the rear, knees and instep
-Grommets for cords to keep bottom hem down during movements
-Elasticized waist and side seam zippers

Low Loft Jacket

-Body is made of 70 denier textured nylon fabric
-Nylon rip stop lining is quilted to 2 oz PrimaLoft® synthetic insulation
-Sleeves feature abrasion resistant panels from elbow to cuff
-Two inset sleeve pockets with pile tape patches
-Two handwarmer pockets

Soft Shell Jacket Lightweight

-Tight weave nylon/spandex fabric provides stretch as well as wind and water resistance
-Two inset sleeve pockets with pile tape patches
-Zippered hand pockets are made with mesh pocket bags
-Articulated stow away hood
-Pit zips

Soft Shell Jacket

-Four-way stretch nylon/spandex blended fabric bonded to hydrophobic polyester fleece (Body)
-Two inset sleeve pockets with pile tape patches
-Zippered hand pockets are made with mesh pocket bags
-Articulated stow away hood
-Pit zips

Soft Shell Pants Lightweight

-Tight weave nylon/spandex fabric provides stretch as well as wind and water resistance
-Five belt loops are designed with first line in mind
-Two cargo pockets on the thighs
-Zippered hems to pull on over boots

Soft Shell Pants

-Four-way stretch nylon/spandex blended fabric bonded to hydrophobic polyester fleece
-Five belt loops are designed with first line in mind
-Four cargo pockets, two on the thighs and two on the calf
-Knife pockets are sewn onto both thigh cargo pockets for easy access
-Zippered hems to pull on over boots with gripper tape at the hem

www.wttactical.com

Something Wild This Way Comes

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Wild Things TacticalWild Things has launched a new web address to go along with their new division Wild Things Tactical. In honor of their long-term commitment to providing quality expedition level outdoor clothing and equipment to elite military forces, WTT was created to oversee an entire new line of products being unveiled this spring. Last fall we gave you a taste of what’s coming with their Lightweight Softshell Layer. This product as well as several others are already being used by troops in combat.

I was able to review products at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and they have some really cool stuff coming including FR pieces, and most of it will be available in MultiCam for those of you heading to Afghanistan. Personally, I have been using Wild Things clothing for over five years and they have always taken great strides to be on the leading edge of fabric technologies. I really like their stuff. Some of you may already be familiar with Wild Things and not realize it. They designed the level 7 puffy suit that is part of ECWCS Gen III.

While the new website isn’t quite ready yet, be sure visit www.wttactical.com and sign up for announcements of the release of this new line.