Arborwear Tech Pants

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on May 13th, 2009 by M M

Arborwear isn’t a widely known name in the tactical pant arena, which isn’t a surprise since they don’t make tactical pants. However, they do make durable and comfortable pants that are well suited to ‘tactical’ or outdoor use, as well as what they were originally design for – tree climbing. I think I first heard about them from my friend, GG, a few years ago. I didn’t really think much about them until I ran across them recently on the AFMO website. I picked the Arborwear Tech Pants, as they were made of nylon instead of cotton.

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VertX Tactical Pant Preview

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on March 21st, 2009 by M M

This is a preview of a new Pant from Vertx due out in July ’09. The premise behind the VertX pant is that it is a covert pant for ‘any time, any place, any mission’ with its best features unnoticed by anyone but the operator wearing them.

The VertX brand is owned by Fechheimer, which has been manufacturing uniforms and and public safety apparel since 1842. For the VertX pant, they enlisted the design services of Arc’Teryx who took direct input from operators to come up with this pant. Feccheimer had previously collaborated with Arc’teryx on their Flying Cross brand Justice Jacket for LE use.

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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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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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TAD Gear 100% Nylon Amphibious Cloth HP Force 10 Cargo Utilities 2007

Posted in GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on July 7th, 2008 by M M

This is TAD Gear’s 100% nylon Amphibious Cloth version of their Force 10 Cargo Utilities, which is one of the fabric choices for their Force 10 Cargo Utilities 2007 model. Just as the 100% cotton OD ripstop Force 10′s differed slightly in some details from previous generation MultiCam twill version, the 2007 evolution of the Force 10 Utilities have some slight updates from the previous version.

My previous experience with the 100% nylon Amphibious cloth was with the TAD Gear Force 10 Cargo Shorts reviewed above on this page. The Amphibious cloth is a lightweight yet tough fabric with a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish.

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TAD Gear Pathfinder Jacket

Posted in HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on June 14th, 2008 by M M

Triple Aught Design’s (TAD Gear) Pathfinder Cardigan Jacket is part of their new Pathfinder Series of low weight and warmth to weight ratio 3+ season everyday wear. With the Pathfinder Jacket, TAD has taken the latest fabrics and technology in the outdoor clothing industry and engineered an extremely comfortable jacket. It’s sort of a ‘hybrid’ or in-between’ garment; when the Ranger Hoodie is too warm and a T-shirt is not enough. Consider it a full zip technical replacement for the sweatshirt with added utility.

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TAD Gear Combat and Bug Out Anorak Hardshells

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY), MILITARY CLOTHING (NON-UNIFORM) on April 23rd, 2008 by M M

Triple Aught Design (TAD Gear) has introduced two new hardshell jackets, the Combat Anorak and Bug Out Anorak Hardshells. The Combat Anorak was designed to be the most abrasion-resistant hardshell available, that would stand up to just about anything you could throw at it. The Bug Out Anorak was designed to provide protection from the elements in a more compactable package for stowing. They’re essentially Anorak versions of the Predator Hardshell, and share many of the same features.

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TAD Gear Merino Wool Garments

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on March 21st, 2008 by M M

Triple Aught Design’s (TAD Gear) new ‘Green Label” (natural fibers) Merino Wool Garments are part of their A.C.E. (A.ll C.limate E.lementals) layering system, which describes their highly versatile, component apparel system. Each piece the ACE system represents a component in an overall total system that can be worn autonomously or as part of layering combination. The ACE System offers performance and functionality from base and mid layers to outerwear. Featured here are three items from the ACE system: the Regulator Base layers, Equilibrium Full Zip Sweater, and the Flux Pullover Hoodie. All are made from Merino Wool.

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TAD Gear Merino Stealth Coat

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on March 7th, 2008 by M M

Triple Aught Design’s (TAD Gear) new ‘Green Label” (natural fibers) Stealth Coat is patterned similarly to their Ranger Fleece Hoodie and Stealth Hoodie soft shells shown above, but with a twist. Instead of being constructed out of synthetic fleece or the latest soft shell material, it’s made out of 500 gram New Zealand Merino Melton wool. Similar in weight to the familiar Navy Pea Coat, TAD intended the Stealth Coat to be a modern take on the classic car coat or hunting jacket.

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Beyond Tactical Clothing

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on January 24th, 2008 by M M

For over a decade, Beyond Clothing (formerly separate sites – Beyond Fleece and Beyond Tactical) has been a supplier of high-end custom made cold-weather fleece and soft shells for the outdoor/mountaineering community. With the launch of their new website in May 2007 and a move from Oregon to Seattle, WA, Scott Jones and the Beyond crew now offer an entire line of custom cold weather clothing, from base layers to insulated and wet weather garments.

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