The Sphinx Halfshell is another new offering from the LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) division of Arc’teryx, and is part of LEAF’s new Armour Compatible Layering system. Also named after a legendary hybrid creature, the Sphinx is a 1/4-zip, non-insulated pullover hybrid combat shirt/jacket designed for use under armour in inclement weather. It uses two different weights of soft shell material in its construction to provide both freedom of movement and protection against the elements. The Sphinx also incorporates Arc’teryx’s ‘Roll-and-Stow’ sleeve system that enables the user to convert the sleeve configuration on the go from long to short during periods of intense physical activity.
Hydration systems have been around quite a while now, but the variety of reservoir shapes and sizes has usually been relatively limited. To meet the warfighters’ different needs, Source Military Hydration is continually coming out with new reservoirs that fill the current gaps in the market. Source has come out with a new baffled reservoir called the Low Profile Hydration System (LPS) designed to fit armour pockets or similarly shaped carriers. It comes in two sizes; 2.0L/70 oz (shown here) and 1.5L/50 oz. The reservoirs are kept flat by the use of baffles; one baffle for the 2L model and two baffles for the 1.5L model.
Another new jacket from the LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) division of Arc’Teryx is the Atom AF (Armed Forces) Jacket. At first glance, the Atom AF looks like just a puffier, oversized version of the Atom LT, but there’s more to it than that. It’s intended for use as a breathable, super-warm mid layer under a shell on frigid days, or as a stand-alone jacket. Also, instead of the trim fit of the Atom LT, the AF is cut roomy enough in the torso to wear over light body armour or a compact rig. This allows it to provide warmth and some protection from the elements when wearing gear, yet enables it to be removed without taking your gear off.
Luma (Luma Labs LLC) has released their new version of the LumaLoop Camera sling reviewed previously. It’s just referred to as the Loop, and incorporates new features that include a camera connection inspired by single point slings for rifles. The Loop is a strap that was designed for professional photographers that need a strap that keeps a second camera out of the way, but at the ready when carrying two DLSR or SLR cameras with different lenses. I’ve been using the original Loop for my single DSLR for about a year, as it helps distribute the load more comfortably than 1″ straps or regular camera loops, and it’s been my favourite DLSR sling until now. The Gen II Loop has surpassed the original, in my opinion.