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The SALAMANDRA Plate-Carrier from Project Gecko / OSO Gear

Unlike most current plate-carriers on the market, the “SALAMANDRA” comes in a ready-to-go configuration.  Rather than needing to buy all of your pouches separately – and the resulting ‘some-assembly-required’ approach needed to get ready for the field – the Salamandra includes all basic pouches – and even a backpack – already attached.  

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Besides being a smarter and easier purchase process, the pre-configured, ready-to-go nature of the SALAMANDRA also makes you tactically more efficient and effective and reduces your gear-admin time as well.  In addition to these points, the SALAMANDRA also offers other key features and benefits worth taking a closer look at…

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Hyde Definition and MMI Textiles partner for production and distribution of PenCott™ camouflage fabrics

MMI Textiles and Hyde Definition have forged a partnership for the production and distribution of PenCott printed camouflage fabrics in the US and international military and commercial markets.

OCTOBER 7, 2014 – MMI Textiles introduces Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ family of patterns into its strong portfolio of military textile products.  The PenCott™ inventory will initially consist of the BadLands™, GreenZone™, SandStorm™ and SnowDrift™ patterns on 500D Cordura, Nylon-Cotton Ripstop, and 50D Polyester fabrics – all printed and finished to meet US milspec nIR standards.  Future production will also expand to include Asia for delivery to our customers who manufacture their end products in the Far East.  Additional fabric and fabric-based substrates will be added to the portfolio as well – some of which will also leverage new printing technologies.

Increased availability of PenCott™ patterns, with commitment from MMI

MMI has always had a strong commitment to the US armed forces, and many of their international customers also seek quality products that have been manufactured to US standards.  They have over 30 years of experience in the military market producing cotton, nylon, polyester and blended fabrics.

PenCott family 500D Cordura

The PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns greatly enhances MMI’s existing product offering and MMI is excited to have this opportunity to increase sales and marketing efforts for the patterns through this newly created partnership.

For further information about the PenCott™ patterns, please visit www.HydeDefinition.com and/or the PenCott™ Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/PenCottcamouflage

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Rangers Lead The Way: with OCP

In case you missed it on Friday – the Ranger Regiment has officially become the first US Army unit authorized to wear OCP uniforms in garrison State-side.  Below is a photo of Rangers wearing ACUs in OCP camo on the occasion of the Ranger Regiment’s 30th Anniversary parade on Friday of last week.

Rangers Lead The Way with OCP

US Army photo, Soldier Magazine:   photo by SFC Brehl Garza.

But wait there’s more!  Check out this interesting story on Soldier Systems Daily about how the Rangers were able to get enough sets of ACUs in time for the parade….

Direct Action® launched

You might have heard about or seen the first prototypes of the Direct Action® line of professional gear during the IWA trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany in March 2014.  Over the next months, interest in the Direct Action® line grew quickly – especially among special operations forces units.

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Building on this interest, and the potential that new technologies offered, Helikon-Tex® quickly turned what had begun as a project into a fully-functioning independent brand with a dedicated team of design and production professionals.  Leveraging the over 30 years of experience of Helikon-Tex®, over the next few months the Direct Action® team established a new R&D, built a strong professional team of designers, prototype makers and production specialists to create a range of products for the Direct Action® brand.

Direct Action logo

All of the gear they designed, after initial in-house testing, was then fielded to special operations units for end-user trials and evaluations. Their input and suggestions were critical and were incorporated into the final designs at a speed never seen before in the Polish defense industry.

Direct Action gear fielded with Polish SOF operators - still from promo video

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WTFix – ultra-lightweight pouch attachment system from WTF

Whiskey Two Four proudly supports gear makers by offering COTS design and manufacturing solutions for integration into their finished products.  Their latest development is the PALS/MOLLE-compatible “WTFix” system of Strapped, Strapless, Straps, Surface and Grid.

The WTFix system components are precision laser-cut from extremely durable, engineered Hypalon fabric.  WTFix is as light as it is tough, with components weighing as little as .1oz / 3 grams.  WTFix is  cost effective replacing both the weight and complexity of traditional nylon webbing as well as the labor necessary to build it.

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WTFix Strapped backers are a self contained attachment solution integrated by the gearmaker at the manufacturing level.  Nothing else is needed to mount on modular platforms.  WTFix Strapped are available in short (2 row) and long (3 row) in 2, 3, 4, and 6 column widths.

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