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More Camouflage Craziness from The US Navy

So by now you might have already seen the news that the US Navy is ditching their ridiculous camouflage duty uniform – known officially as “Navy Working Uniform Type I” (NWU-I), but nicknamed ‘Blueberry’ because of its camo pattern.

BRUCE LIPSKY/The Times-Union--09/15/09--Petty Officer Third Class Nicole Bieneman {cq}(L) and Petty Officer Second Class Sherri Hill pose, for The Times-Union, in the new Navy Working Uniform (NWU), outside of the Navy Federal Credit Union Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. Revised Navy regulations allow sailors to wear the NWUs off-base during routine short term stops like the bank, gas stations and dropping or picking children up at day care. However they are not allowed to wear the NWUs off base for long stops like grocery shopping or shopping at the Ortega SuperTarget {cq} adjacent to NAS Jacksonville. (The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky) 2009

While this could certainly be considered good news, and a step in the right direction, at first glance….  The end result actually makes even less sense.  For all of its faults, the NWU Type I duty uniform at least had one thing going for it – with its coloration it was pretty obvious that it was a ‘Navy’ uniform (all those blue and grey colors).

Now the Navy brass have decided that since the ‘Blueberry’ uniform was unpopular, all sailors should instead wear the jungle/woodland environment NWU Type III uniform in AOR2 digi-cam – a uniform that has been mostly associated with the SEALS, since they actually had a need for such a camo uniform.

nwu-3So, as of Oct. 1, 2016, EVERY desk-bound, base-dwelling, shore-duty sea person will get to feel special by wearing jungle cammies to the office too.   No word on whether every set of Type III BDUs will also be issued with a ‘special snowflake’ patch well…

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For more info about the other Navy uniform changes that are coming down the blow tube, read up on Soldier Systems Daily.

MONSOON Jacket Gen2 from UF PRO

UF PRO® has introduced the new generation of their Monsoon waterproof/breathable jackets.

UF PRO® has launched a new generation of waterproof/ breathable jackets with their Monsoon and the Monsoon XT Gen.2 Jacket. The two jackets differ in material and cut; the XT version is the more robust ‘tactical’ version, whereas the Monsoon jacket offers a more ‘civilian’ look.

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Direct Action SPITFIRE Plate Carrier Cutaway System

The latest product video from Direct Action gear is now live on their YouTube Channel.

SPITFIRE Cutaway System

This system provides for the immediate cutaway release of the SPITFIRE Plate Carrier. Its innovative design and allows for quick and easy reassembly of the Plate Carrier without the cutaway elements. Created with primarily with waterborne operations in mind, the SPITFIRE Cutaway System also allows for immediate battlefield assessment and treatment of a wounded team-mate, and then quickly and easily reconfiguring and reassembling the wounded person’s Plate Carrier for armor protection during transportation / evacuation.

To order within the European area: https://eu.directactiongear.com/en/vests/plate-carriers/spitfire-cutaway-system.html#AGR

To order within the US / North American area: https://us.directactiongear.com/vests/plate-carriers/spitfire-cutaway-system#PGZ

DIRECT ACTION ‘Dragon Egg MkII’ coming soon!

Direct Action gear’s ‘Dragon Egg’ backpack has been one of the best sellers in the company’s so-called “Legacy Line”.  But never being ones to sit on their laurels, the company recently announced that an upgraded version is coming in a few weeks.

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The “MkII” version of the Dragon Egg features a new side pocket design that will securely hold a 1-litre Nalgene, or similar sized, water bottle.  The Backpack retains all of the other great features of the original Dragon Egg, and will be available in Black, Olive Green, Coyote Brown, Adaptive Green and Shadow Grey colors.

Stay tuned for more information: www.directactiongear.com

Helikon-Tex ‘WOLFHOUND’ Light Insulated Jacket

The WOLFHOUND has landed!  Helikon-Tex’s long awaited light insulated jacket landed in shops this past week.  Check it out!

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The Wolfhound is a lightweight & insulated mid-layer that can be used as part of a layered clothing system, or as a stand-alone jacket.  The hydrophobic properties of its Climashield® Apex™ insulation keep the user warm and dry in all cold weather conditions, while the breathable nylon outer layer provides durability and crucial wind and water resistance. The jacket’s two bottom side slash pockets are lined with fleece to provide quick warming for cold hands.

The Wolfhound is also highly compressible – it can be stuffed in a pack or cargo pouch, without affecting its properties.

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