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Hazard4 – Kato Messenger

Published on July 22, 2014 by in News

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When iPads and other electronic devices are used in potentially dangerous, fast-moving situations, there needs to be a way to keep them safe. Part of Hazard 4′s Sidekick collection of small, nimble, modular bags, the Kato is their tablet-carry solution.The Kato’s fast-access, padded and quilted back-pocket cradles the user’s tablet while the other compartments allow the user to store various essential gear.

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Major features of the Kato include a padded panel in the main bay that fits an 11-inch MacBook, a unique 3D flap-pocket with locking-capable zipper-sliders for fast access on the run and two sets of strap D-rings for flap over/under use.

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Features:

  • fast-grab padded/quilted tablet pocket on back
  • padded panel in main bay fits MacBook 11”
  • unique 3-d flap-pocket for fast access on the run
  • 3-d flap-pocket has locking-capable zipper-sliders
  • large velcro panel for i.d.’s, logos, etc. on the front
  • large, locking front-buckle is secure and handy
  • tough-material on flap-edge in the high-use area
  • rubbery, vented handle for a secure wet-grip
  • two sets of strap D-rings for flap over/under use
  • modular MOLLE web field can double capacity
  • flap conceals the gear mounted on the MOLLE
  • large side-pouch w/ MOLLE & accessory-loop
  • zippered side pouch fits a smaller soda bottle
  • access the main bay through unique flap-zipper
  • can be worn as a 3-point chest-pack
  • quilted sides hold & protect DSLR cameras/lenses!
  • vented/MOLLE-topped-pad strap w/ stabilizer

The Kato is available for $99.99 in black, coyote or OD Green, and for $122.45 in ATACS and MultiCam from Hazard4.com

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News by: killa@operator7airsoft.com

 
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Bates – Recondo Jungle Boots

Published on July 15, 2014 by in News

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Bates Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) announces the launch of the Recondo jungle boot a low-absorption, quick drying, durable solution designed to provide secure footing in multi-terrain jungle regions. Named for the Reconnaissance and Commando Training Course developed in the 1950s at Fort Campbell, the Recondo meets the need for a Berry Compliant jungle/tropical combat boot for today’s warfighters and peacekeepers.

To meet the demands of today’s evolving asymmetrical threats, Bates partnered with the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) to develop the Recondo. Bates received valuable performance feedback after the 75th Army Ranger Regiment tested the Recondo in Central America during the winter of 2014. As a result, the Recondo boot delivers an exclusive lighter weight, quick drying durable leather and textile upper and has been designed to provide the best breathability possible for the spectrum of jungle combat situations.

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“The Recondo provides a much needed jungle boot update for the next generation of our armed services,” said Bates Footwear President Onder Ors. “Based on the specific feedback we received from our development partners in the Special Operations Forces, Bates has created the only boot specifically engineered for hot, wet and humid combat environments common in tropical regions.”

The Recondo boot is made with Wolverine Warrior Leather™ which is lighter more durable, breathable, and is water, stain, and oil resistant. The MultiCam® ripstop nylon fabric enhances performance as it is lightweight, abrasion resistant, and highly durable. The blended upper material is light, strong, comfortable and has near infrared properties (NIR) making the boot less visible in low light environments.

The Recondo utilizes a unique lacing system developed based on feedback from operators and incorporates Bates’ many years of experience with lace-to-toe styles. This assures that all users can easily utilize the speed lace system and achieve proper fit and closure.

The design of the solid rubber outsole is the Vibram® Mutant, which has a deeper, more aggressive lug depth for off road traction, a multi-directional leading edged that enhance slip-resisting properties, and a rounded heel for natural touch down. This sole design has also incorporated a customized rubber compound that is durable enough to withstand Special Operations Forces use in hot weather, temperate weather, and mountainous operational environments.

The Recondo will be available for purchase beginning Fall 2014.

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FirstSpear – Summer Catalog now Available

Published on July 14, 2014 by in Featured, Multimedia, News

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Great news today. the guys over at FirstSpear just  released their Summer Catalog (V7) with about 69 pages full of badass gear like Plate Carriers, Modular Pouches,Chest Rigs,Rifle Bags,Back Packs, T-shirts just to name a few of the products you cand find on their catalog, interested? Cool, just click the catalog cover below and enjoy the FirstSpear – Summer Catalog

FirstSpear Summer Catalog

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Echo Niner – Patch Pouch

Published on July 2, 2014 by in News, Products

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The ECHO NiNER – Patch Pouch is a low profile, discreet pouch that will attach to any loop material and will not cause any loss of loop real estate. This 3.5″ x 2.25″ envelope-style pouch features Velcro on both sides so that it can be sandwiched in between the platform (clothing, vest, etc) and ID Cards, Flags or other patches you need or want to use.

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The Echo Niner Patch Pouch was an idea from a friend of the company who is often in 3rd world countries and wanted a way to “hide things in plain sight”.

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The  Echo Niner – Patch Pouch is available in Black, Coyote and MultiCam for $9.00 directly from Echo Niner at store.eniner.com

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TAG – Marine Gladiator Chest Rig

Published on July 1, 2014 by in News, Partners, Products

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Tactical Assault Gear – Marine Gladiator Chest Rig was designed to give unit commanders down range more flexibility during different types of combat operations. Unit commanders can choose to have their troops wear different armor configurations depending on local threat assessments and mission types.

TAG Marine Gladiator Chest Rig

From full armor carriers down to lighter plate carriers, this chest rig allows the units to quickly switch out their armor but still keep their full fighting load. Based on TAGs original Gladiator platform the Marine version has longer and thinner padded shoulder straps.

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A fold down bib for adding small admin type pouches. There are loops sewn into the body of the chest rig for hanging different items such as chemlights, carabiners, and retention lanyards. Shoulder straps and waist straps are fully adjustable and will fit on all body types with and without armor. Made in America, lifetime warranty.

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Features:

  • Allows for quick switch out of armor.
  • Fully adjustable padded shoulder straps.
  • Fully adjustable waist straps.
  • Fits on all body types with or without armor.
  • Made in USA.
  • Backed by lifetime warranty.

The Tactical Assault Gear – Marine Gladiator Chest Rig available in Coyote Tan,Ranger Green,ACU,MultiCam,A-Tacs AU and  ABU for $ 219.99 from tacticalassaultgearstore.com

 
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Mayflower – Fixed Shoulder 24H Assault Pack

Published on June 24, 2014 by in News, Products

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Mayflower’s Fixed Shoulder 24 Hour Assault Pack is a light weight mission focused back pack built to provide the end user the right size bag to carry the items necessary to conduct 24 hour dismounted operations. It is designed to be used as a stand alone assault pack.

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The inside of the pack features a sleeve to carry a hydration bladder and a small cell phone or PDA pocket; the exterior features PALS webbing on the sides. All buckles are ITW-Nexus IR and all workmanship is 100% made in the USA.

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Available in MultiCam, Ranger Green, Coyote Brown, and Black for $145.00 directly from Mayflower-rc.org

 
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Review: Lowa Zephyr GTX High

Lowa Zephyr GTX

I don’t like reviewing boots until I’ve had chance to wear them in properly through various environments and put some good miles on them. Seeing as I’ve owned these boots for about a year and figured it about time I gave them a write up.

I’m a creature of habit and the first thing I do with any boots is get them on, lace them up and take them round the same 5 mile route. This gives me a common ground on which to get my first impressions.

Before I even got these out of the box you can’t help but notice the feather weight of these boots. I mean for a second I thought the box might actually be empty! They weigh in at a ridiculously light 1100g (approx).. which compared to my previous Lowa Desert Elites (circa 1500g) is practically lighter than air!

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On my feet the first thing I noticed was the flex, they almost instantly take to the shape of your foot without any unnecessary rigidity in the usual high mobility spots (bridge of the foot, Achilles areas), right then I knew I’d got myself some tactical slippers!

I took them out on the 5 mile loop expecting some rubbing and aching as is usual with all new boots, but a few hours later on my return there wasn’t a sign of any discomfort at all. Moreover they’d stood up to the traditional Manchester monsoon excellently with no leaking or seeping at all (Note: as is common with most boots the GTX indicates Gortex lining).

Since then I’ve used these on 3 Milsim Ops (100+ hours) and as many training events enduring weather varying from -7 degrees blizzard, torrential rain, + 27 degrees sunshine and about everything in between. Not once have my feet felt anything but lovingly hugged by an absurd amount of comfort, and even more surprising, a higher than expected level of support from a boot so flexible and light. I can only put this down to the way the sole section form up the side of the boot cradling the foot.

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As you can see from the photos the boots have held up remarkably well showing no significant signs of wear and zero signs of damage at all. Even the interior is still as good as new with no signs of wear and tear.

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I’ve used nothing but Lowa boots for 4 years (which is only 3 pairs of Lowa’s all of which are still going strong) and these are the best i’ve had to date by quite some way.

They excel in terms of comfort, durability and haven’t failed to offer support through all the environments I’ve used them in to date. In conclusion they’re a lightweight boot with a heavyweight punch!

Highly recommended combat creepers!

Review made by Voodoo One-Zero member of the Task Force Voodoo Airsoft Team based out of the UK. Once again,thanks for letting us publish your review mate!

 
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BCM – Survival Straps

Published on June 13, 2014 by in News, Products

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The rugged Survival Bracelet™ is expedition ready, super stylish, and preferred by most men.Made in America with a portion of the proceeds going to support America’s heroes.Contains up to 15’ of super strong, 550 test military spec paracord.In an emergency, unravel the bracelet to deploy the paracord for your use.If you use it in an emergency, send BCM your story, hardware, and a photo and they will replace it for free. The nylon 6-6 shackle adjusts on your wrist and contains a break away safety feature.If your bracelet has an officially licensed logo, it is super durable and won’t scratch, rust, or show fingerprints

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DETAILS:

Paracord

– All Survival Straps® gear is made from actual military spec 550 test paracord. Paracord is super strong military cord used for rigging inside of military parachutes. It is an incredible material that is used in thousands of other ways by the military and outdoor enthusiasts.
– An average 7.5” Survival Bracelet™ contains approximately 14’ of paracord.
-You can unravel your Survival Bracelet™ in any emergency. Once the paracord is deployed, you can use it however you may need it!

Survival Straps Policy: If You Use it, They Replace it

– If you find that a strong piece of paracord would help you or someone else out during an emergency, we want you to unravel your Survival Bracelet™. If you do use the paracord in an emergency, send them your story, pictures, and the hardware from your gear and they’ll send you a replacement for free!

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CLOSURE

• Adjustable Nylon 6-6 Shackle – Clevis Pin
-This closure is made from super tough black matte nylon 6-6 with three adjustment settings and a high speed, no-snag design.
-Push the pin through the tongue and shackle to secure the bracelet. This closure is secure, but super easy to take on and off.
-Includes: standard and breakaway pins.
-Survival Straps® is stamped into our stainless shackle closure just so you know who has your back!

BRACELET SIZE

How to Pick your Size

Please follow these instructions to determine what size bracelet you need to order.

1) Take a tape measure, string, or scotch tape and wrap it around your wrist to where the two ends touch and there isn’t any slack. Keep in mind this doesn’t need to be so tight that it cuts off your circulation, but merely a true wrist size without slack.

2) Mark this exact length on your string and use a ruler to determine your true size.

3) Order this exact size when checking out, and you are good to go!

SMALL = APPROXIMATELY 6.5″

MEDIUM = APPROXIMATELY 7.0″

LARGE = APPROXIMATELY 7.5″

The BCM Survival Straps are available in Coyote Brown for $24.99 and OD Green for $24.95 from bravocompanyusa.com

 
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Review: Voodoo Tactical Europe Phantom Gloves

Published on June 11, 2014 by in Partners, Reviews

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Dusting off the review writing and thought i’d put a few words together about the Voodoo Tactical Europe Phantom gloves.

Prior to these i’d be using a mixture of HWI and Mechanix gloves but I’ve had issues with both; HWI decided to put all their seems at the tips of the fingers.. not clever, and the Mechanix are great gloves but need something warmer for winter!

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The Phantom seemed like a good choice, similar style to the HWI i’d used (Hard knuckle, leather palms) and thicker than the Mechanix Originals, plus i’d not seen many about so thought i’d give them a try.

First impressions the fit well, now this sounds stupid i know, they fit like a glove.. of course the fit well, but this often isn’t the case. I’ve found a lot of gloves (certainly some of the cheaper / clone options) fit well on the palms but have bizarre finger lengths (either too long or too short) making them almost unusable for any length of time. This fit snuggly all over, offer no rotating round or pinch points at all.

The thickness shows instantly, there’s no doubting they’re a sturdy well made glove. So much so I had to take the time to break them in before i could use them properly for the more fidgety tasks. It took about 2 training sessions for them to take form and be what i considered broke in so not too long at all.

The knuckle section on the back is a good size, compared to the glove, so as not to over lap too much or interfere with range of movement at all.

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They’ve took a battering from climbing over walls at STANTA (possibly the most abrasive substance on earth and killer of previous gloves!), and stood up to a considerable amount of pyro abuse during training events with not sign of excessive wear, if anything i think the palms are fairing up a lot better than expected.

All in all these gloves have exceeded expectations they offer excellent protection whilst not compromising comfort, movement or feeling. They’re warm, that’s what I needed, but not so warm as to cause issues during the rare sunshine, warm enough so that you don’t have to switch them out at night or in the rain. The durability is spot on and the quality of materials is unquestionable.

I’ve got me some new go to gloves!

 

Review made by Voodoo One-Zero, thanks for letting us publish it mate!

 
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Head On Tactical – Battle Rig & Honey Badger Rig

Published on June 6, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

Head on Tactical

Head On Tactical has introduced two new chest rigs – the Battle Rig and the Honey Badger Rig. The two chest rigs are similar in that they both have “X” harnesses, integrated flap and buckle secured pistol mag pouches, an integrated GP/IFAK pouch, and a map pocket in the body of the rig. They differ in the configuration of their magazines pouches.

Battle Rig

The Battle rig is made of 3 double M4, adjustable lid pouches, 2 adjustable lid and FSTX secured pistol pouches, and a 4×5 utility pouch. All pouches are double walled 1000D cordura along with the lids and the velcro secured map pouch on the main panel. We rolled the tops of each pouch, making the top 1/2″ 4 layers thick for added rigidity to make reinserting yours goods easier. We also went ahead and added adjustable 1/8″ shock cord around each rifle magazine pouch so your 2nd mag isn’t all loosey-goosey after mag number one is in your rifle taking care of business.

Available in Black,Coyote Brown and Ranger Green for $135.00 or MultiCam, A-Tacs AU and Kryptek Highlander for $145.00 from Head On Tactical

Honey Badger

The Honey Badger rig has 4 open top pouches that will hold any M4 and most AK type magazines, 2 adjustable lid and FSTX secured pistol pouches, and a 4×5 utility pouch. Each rifle magazine pouch is constructed of 2 layers of genuine 1000D Cordura, comes with a bungee retention system with an easy to grab pull-tab, and is lined inside front and back with loop velcro. This velcro allows the user to retain the magazine with a small tab of hook velcro on the magazine, or with the use of kydex made ‘inserts’. On the front of each rifle magazine pouch is Pals webbing for attaching any other pouches the user needs. We rolled the tops of each pouch, making the top 1/2″ 4 layers thick for added rigidity to make reinserting yours goods easier. The back panel is also made of 2 layers of 1000D Cordura and forms the velcro secured map pocket for storing any other essentials. Each rig is worn using the included X-Harness and is fully compatable with our Modular back panel for added comfort and expandability.

Available in Black,Coyote Brown and Ranger Green for $135.00 or MultiCam, A-Tacs AU and Kryptek Highlander for $145.00 from Head On Tactical

 

 
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