Wool has been a staple fabric for hard-wearing outdoor clothing for centuries. Although it went out of fashion for a while in recent decades, its been making a comeback in recent years. As one example, Prometheus Design Werx recently released their updated take on a classic Mountain Shirt design. The US Army is also currently experimenting with various special lightweight wool-blend fabrics for camouflage combat uniforms – yes, seriously, look here.
On the other hand, while fashions come and go, some classics never really go out of style. One of my favourite classic styles is the ‘Woolly Pully’ or ‘Commando’ sweater. Back in the ’80’s when I was in the Army, we had a black v-neck Woolly Pully that was authorized for wear with the Class B Dress Uniform. The USMC also had the classic crew-neck olive green Woolly Pully for their version of Class B’s (which is also still an authorized wear item too it seems). In the 82nd Abn. Division the crew-neck olive green Woolly Pully was quite popular as a mid-layer under our BDU tops in the winter as well.
While I was reading up on the US Army’s new affinity for wool and also checking out the Wilderness Utility Top from Prometheus Design Werx, I got thinking about those old Wooly Pully sweaters and how much I loved the ones I had back in the day. So I jumped on Google and went looking to see if they were still available anywhere…
USMC specification Woolly Pully sweaters in Olive Green and Navy Blue are available from ‘The Marine Shop’ at www.marineshop.net
While not exactly ‘tactical’, this product definitely has cross-over appeal… The new ‘Wilderness Utility Top’ from Prometheus Design Werx features high-quality heritage materials, proven modern performance design, and Made-in-USA quality workmanship.
Cut in a style reminiscent of traditional rugged outdoors ‘jac-shirts’, the PDW Wilderness Utility Top puts a thoroughly modern and updated twist on this garment category, and creates a whole new class for itself. Channeling the spirits of Jeremiah Johnson, John Muir, and Hugh Glass, the PDW ‘WUT’ is crafted for those who feel truly at home in the forests, mountains, and wilderness. The WUT uses a fine blend tried and tested heritage wool Melton and a modern, function-first utilitarian design to create a style that will be lived in and relied on year after year.
Cut in an updated jac-shirt / shirt-jac silhouette, the WUT features a relaxed fit that’s designed to be worn like a jacket over a light mid-layer. Alternatively, buy a size smaller and wear it with just a base-layer as a stand-alone outer garment or ‘mountain man shirt’. The cut also allows a great range and freedom of movement uncommon in heavy-weight outdoor shirts.
UF PRO first designed and built a cold weather clothing system for a military customer 12 years ago. Later on, they developed the first generation of their Delta OL system which was adopted by the German Special Forces. I sure wish we’d had this gear when we did Arctic Warfare training in Alaska at -50 degrees…
Having a former German Army Mountain Soldier as their head of R&D and product development, and building on their successful track record of equipping European Special Forces, UF PRO are making quite a name for themselves in the cold and extreme cold weather clothing arena. Have a look through their website and you’ll see that they have everything from very nice, and innovative, base-layers, through to mid-layers and outer garments. I can personally attest to the quality and performance of their gear too. I’ve been using several pieces of UF PRO’s cold weather gear for the past 3 years, and they’ve kept me warm and dry through the worst that New England winters can throw at me.
Their latest outer garment is the Delta OL 3.0 cold weather suit. It will be in stock on their website soon, but in the meantime they’ve provided an in-depth ‘sneak peek’.
Under their professional milspec brand ‘FronTier One’, BE-X Combat Gear has released their new ultralight, windproof, water resistant, uniform set in PenCott® GreenZone® camouflage.
All items in this set are made from genuine US MilSpec 50D polyester fabric with a durable water resistant finish – this is the exact same fabric used by the US Marine Corps for its snow camouflage over suit and by the US Air Force for its physical training shell suit. The fabric is rugged, lightweight, windproof, water repellent and unbelieveably fast drying!
Combining the fantastic properties of this fabric with the outstanding concealment performance of PenCott® GreenZone® camouflage, produces a set of clothing that will serve many purposes, all year round.
As part of the BE-X ‘FronTier One’ range, the full set includes;
- Windproof Softshell Jacket
- Windproof Softshell Trousers
- Cold Weather Primaloft Anorak
As its namesake was for the RAF during the Battle of Britain, the HURRICANE® chest rig is the workhorse of the DIRECT ACTION® line.
The HURRICANE® is a split front, full size, hybrid chest rig with fixed, integral magazine pouches for maximum weight reduction. The HURRICANE® can be used in regular, stand-alone mode and can also be attached to the Direct Action® SPITFIRE® plate carrier with a separate attachment kit.
HURRICANE® Chest Rig – Coyote Brown
- Proprietary laser-cut laminate, Cordura® 500D and softshell construction
- Integrated, adjustable magazine pouches, will fit: 8 x AR type, 4 x AK type or 4 x SR type magazines
- Fixed external pouches: two silent adjustable pouches, sealed zippered pouch and Velcro flap pouch for quick access items
- Flat inner pockets in each chest panel
- Low profile, adjustable harness with slots for PTT and additional accessories attachment
- Reinforced drag handle incorporated into harness design
- Body armor interface via buckles and additionally stabilized with Velcro adapters
- Antenna / cable routing loops
- 9 PALS slots on the sides for radio, medical or utility pockets, horizontal PALS slots under ammo pouches for tourniquets, pistol magazine pouches, etc.
The HURRICANE® Chest-Rig is in stock and available for purchase in the Direct Action online stores for US / North & South America and Europe / Rest-of-the-World.
The Hawker Hurricane was a single-seat fighter aircraft designed during the 1930s for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire in the popular memory of the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane actually accounted for 60% of the RAF’s air victories in that battle. Of all Hurricane squadrons in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, No. 303 (“Kościuszko”) Polish Fighter Squadron was the highest scoring. During the duration of the Second World War, the RAF contained a total of 16 Polish fighter squadrons.
Polish 303 Squadron pilots in front of one of the squadron’s Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain, summer 1940.