Last post of 2011! The LTS (Lightweight Tactical Shirt) from Massif is a long-sleeved tactical shirt designed for hot-weather, high exertion missions that don’t require FR protection.
The Vipera Shell from S.O.D. (Special Operations Department) was developed for Italian SOF as an insulated cool/cold weather jacket that is designed to provide protection against the elements while being extremely breathable, comfortable and durable. It’s not really like any other soft shell out there and can play the role of both soft shell or fleece jacket.
This is the CBDU (Contractor BDU) from EMDOM USA. It’s a limited-run custom modified BDU shirt and pant that was originally designed as an enhanced BDU for private military contractors, or anyone else that can make use of its practical features.
This project actually started in December 2006, when Ken from EMDOM asked me if I had any ideas for modified BDUs. ‘Custom/enhanced’ BDUs have become more commonplace now; back then all you had were BDUs that you took to the tailor to modify. Most of the BDUs were geared towards the military; less so for the civilian or PMC. Since PMCs can’t wear camouflage, and some civvies dislike wearing camo to tactical classes etc, there were some modifications that I had in mind that I thought would be practical, and that I could make use of on the range while running around. So, while these BDUs can be worn by anyone who can use its features, we always referred to them as the ‘Contractor BDUs’, so the name stuck. The main goal was to provide practicality, additional elbow and knee protection, comfort and load bearing capability over the standard BDU without a noticeable increase in weight.
Gear has introduced a new softshell, called the DK Jacket. Designed for movement-intensive operations and activities, it’s a hoodless softshell that includes the ability to roll up the sleeves to convert it to short-sleeved configuration. The DK is not just a hoodless version of OTTE’s Alpine Jacket, but a completely different cut.
TAD Gear’s newest hardshell offering, the Raptor ProLite Hardshell Jacket, is the lighter weight version of their popular Predator Hardshell, currently up to version 3.0. It features the newest 3-layer waterproof breathable fabric from GE’s eVent Professional Line Division. The Raptor reduces bulk with the lighter weight ripstop eVent shell, eliminates the loops swatches of the Predator on the sleeves for even less mass, allowing for easier compression for packing, and overall felt weight on the user. It’s designed as a true lighter weight alpine shell for serious backpacking and mountaineering. It’s not an ultralight shell, but is a great balance of weight savings and durability.
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.
Adventure Tech’s APCU (Advanced Protective Combat Uniform) mirrors the PCU (Protective Combat Uniform) system with the seven garment layers. The Adventure Tech APCU Level I – SS (Short-Sleeved) Lightweight Baselayer Top (available from USCAV) is a stretchy, Level I base layer shirt with breathable panels and X-Static silver fiber.
Triple Aught Design (TAD Gear) comes out with new stuff faster than I can keep up. The Battle Hoodie was designed as a cool/cold temperature, arid-desert warfare hooded jacket. It’s a specialized jacket, and was produced in response to very specific requests for a quiet, non-melting, insulated garment for dry environments. TAD Gear was asked to design a garment that would be tasked for the colder months at higher altitudes in Afghanistan and Iraq. It had to be no-melt and was to be used in dry/arid environments, so a cotton blend for the outer fabric was chosen. Warmth was desired, so it is fully lined with a cotton liner. The Battle Hoodie is the garment that resulted from this criteria.
It’s been about three years since we first saw the prototype Arc’Teryx Combat Jacket from the LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) division of Arc’Teryx in Crye MultiCam, and now, the production version is finally available. The Combat Jacket has been available in black and crocodile, but the development of the softshell MultiCam material is what took so long. The Combat Jacket was designed with comfort and versatility as the driving design factors, and is constructed with Arc’Teryx’s signature quality and workmanship that have all the other companies playing catch-up.
These are OTTE Gear’s matching soft shell trouser to the Alpine Jacket. The OTTE Gear Alpine Trouser is a lightweight, breathable and weather resistant soft shell pant. It’s also available in Black, Crye MultiCam and Foliage Green. A matching softshell pant is also available.