TAD Gear Special Service Sweater and Praetorian Hoodie

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on December 29th, 2008 by M M

Two new additions to TAD Gear’s (Triple Aught Design) ‘Green Label” (natural fibers) Merino Wool Garment line for 2008-2009 are the Merino Praetorian Full Zip Hoodie and the Special Service Sweater. TAD Gear’s ever-expanding wool garment line gives the tactical/military community designs catering to their needs, in nice, subdued colours – something that you’re not likely to find at the local REI or ski shop.

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OTTE Gear MultiCam Alpine Trouser

Posted in GEAR, MILITARY CLOTHING (NON-UNIFORM) on December 26th, 2008 by M M

This is another item that I’ve been waiting for: OTTE Gear’s matching soft shell trousers to the Alpine Jacket in Crye MultiCam. The OTTE Gear Alpine Trouser is a lightweight, breathable and weather resistant soft shell pant. It’s also available in Black, Lt Coyote, Sand and Foliage Green.

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Vltor Weapon Systems CASV-S Handguard Preview

Posted in AR, Uppers, WEAPONS on December 24th, 2008 by M M

The new CASV-S from Vltor Weapons Systems is a bi-level midlength version of the CASV-M with a few differences. Like the CASV-M, the CASV-S is designed to be used with a midlength gas system with any front sight/gas block, or with a carbine (or shorter) gas system with low profile gas block underneath. The main difference between the CASV-S and the EL and M versions is that it has a bi-level top rail.

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215 Gear Blended Operators Hat

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Headwear on December 21st, 2008 by M M

Tactical hats have flooded the market over the past few years. It seems like just about everyone offers their own tactical hats, which are basically unstructured ballcaps with the top button removed and some velcro ID patches sewn onto it. Most are variations of the same hat, but once in a while, someone comes up with something a bit different from the rest. The Blended Operators Hat from 215 Gear is one of those.

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TAD Gear Dispatch Bag

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Packs on December 19th, 2008 by M M

The Dispatch Bag Sz2 from Triple Aught Design (TAD Gear) is an all-round, general purpose EDC (Every Day Carry) messenger style shoulder bag. Rather than a bag designed for fighting out of or organizing a full compliment of ‘tactical’ gear, the Dispatch bag is laid out like more of a mobile office for the laptop-armed traveller and everyday user. That being said, it’s versatile enough to be used for a variety of non-administrative pursuits.

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Bates Tora Bora Alpine Combat Boots

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Footwear on December 14th, 2008 by M M

Over the past three years, Bates® Footwear (a division of Wolverine World Wide Inc.) has worked with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to develop a boot engineered for warfighters operating in advanced mountaineering and high altitude combat operations. The Bates Tora Bora Alpine Combat Boot is the result of that joint effort. Recently, Bates was awarded a contract to supply nearly 8,000 pairs of Tora Bora boots to various U.S. military warfighter communities.

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TAD Gear Survival Spark

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Outdoor on December 11th, 2008 by M M

The TAD Gear Survival Spark is a diminutive emergency firestarter, inspired by the Vietnam War-era emergency Spark-Lite fo aviators, which was made of brass. Current Spark-Lites are made of plastic, and TAD wanted to make one that was a homage to an era when things were made to last, rather than the plastic-disposable mentality of today’s society.

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Source Hydration reservoirs

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Outdoor on December 8th, 2008 by M M

Source Vagabond Systems is an Israeli based company that creates, produces and markets gear for outdoor enthusiasts. They also have a military division, offering a wide selection of cargo hydration packs, hydraton packs, reservoirs and hydration accessories originally designed and built for the Israeli Army that are now in use by various militaries worldwide. I’ve been using various Camelbak reservoirs for years, and while they’ve worked well, Source reservoirs offer some unique additional features that I think are pretty neat.

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TAD Gear Force 10 Spartan Pants

Posted in GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on December 5th, 2008 by M M

TAD Gear’s Force 10 Spartan pants are designed for the user who prefers a more discrete or streamlined look than those offered by cargo pants with side pockets. While cargo-style pants are quite the norm aound town, and frankly, don’t really attract much attention, there are places where you might need to present a ‘dressier’ or more ‘professional’ appearance, and these are where the Spartans come in. While they’re not a pair of pressed slacks, they’ll pass for smart casual under most circumstances and yet be ready for some rough and tumble if need be. They’re also less common than 5.11 types, which attract attention from those who are tuned into those kind of things. Depending on your top, you can dress these up or down as you please.TAD Gear’s Force 10 Spartan pants are designed for the user who prefers a more discrete or streamlined look than those offered by cargo pants with side pockets. While cargo-style pants are quite the norm aound town, and frankly, don’t really attract much attention, there are places where you might need to present a ‘dressier’ or more ‘professional’ appearance, and these are where the Spartans come in. While they’re not a pair of pressed slacks, they’ll pass for smart casual under most circumstances and yet be ready for some rough and tumble if need be. They’re also less common than 5.11 types, which attract attention from those who are tuned into those kind of things. Depending on your top, you can dress these up or down as you please.

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Thor TC Tactical Land Boot

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Footwear on December 1st, 2008 by M M

The Thor TC is completely different from the Bushmaster and Ferdelance OTB Tactical Land boots. Rather than looking like a LE or military boot, the Thor TC looks more like a commercial light hiking boot at first glance. It was designed as a CQB boot for SOF units that wanted a boot that wouldn’t scream ‘military’, and wouldn’t look out of place amongst civilians. While it looks like a hiking boot, the Thor actually has it origins in a climbing boot, or more specifically, an approach boot. An approach boot has some of the characteristics of a hiking boot and rock climbing shoes – it’s comfortable for light hiking but has a more flexible and sticky rubber sole for maintaining traction on steeper grades or rock, or walls, stairs and ladders. The Thor TC is best described as an ‘assault approach boot’.

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