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Direct Action® 2015 catalogue

Direct Action unveiled their full line of next-generation gear at Enforce Tac / IWA (we even got a special sneak-peak at some of their next gen + gear that’s still under wraps!) – you will be impressed.

The full line is expected to be available for general purchase by June / July of this year.  In the meantime, download their catalog and feast your eyes on all the goodness that is Direct Action gear… GO LOUD!


IWA 2015: ‘Salamandra’ Plate Carrier System in-depth overview

Our friends from Airsoft & Military News blog are back with another IWA video.  In this installment, Eli (ex-IDF SF) from ProjectGECKO / GECKO Superior provides an in-depth look at the plate carrier system they offer in conjunction with Oso Gear from Israel. 

The ‘Salamandra’ (salamander) plate carrier system is available in Coyote Brown, Ranger Green, and PenCott-GreenZone camouflage.   #NoMOLLE

Project Gecko Plate Carrier

Click on the image above to watch the full video.

IWA 2015 Camo Wars: PenCott™ is on the offensive

We reported back before the show that this year there was a huge increase in the number of companies that would be featuring products in PenCott™ patterns on their booths.   And indeed, visitors to IWA 2015 certainly would have seen plenty of it – as this round-up shows below.

In no special order, here is a run-down on all the PenCott products that were on display in Nuremburg.


New things on their booth this year were the ventilated CPU Boonie Hat and the PCS Smock – both items were displayed in the GreenZone pattern.


You can download a PDF copy of Helikon-Tex’s entire 2015 Military and Law Enforcement catalog here.

Direct Action

Making its debut as a full, stand-alone brand under the Helikon-Tex stable, the Direct Action team displayed the full range of their gear designed for professional special operations forces end-users.  Interestingly, they are only offering two camouflage patterns; GreenZone and MultiCam®.


You can download a PDF copy of the Direct Action 2015 catalog here.


A small company from a small country – but very big on innovation and quality – UF PRO rolled out their latest developments at IWA 2015.  Included on the display were their ‘Hunter Sweater’ and ‘SmallPac Monsoon’ in GreenZone and the new and improved ‘HT’ version of their ‘Striker’ BDU pants and shirt in BadLands.


Visit UF PRO’s website for full product details.

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ZentauroN – Made In Germany

ZentauroN (German for ‘Centaur’) produce a wide range of equipment and bags for a variety of applications. Their range includes products for military and law enforcement, civil protection and security, search and rescue, outdoor pursuits and sports.  

Well know for their Vulcan Plate Carrier system (seen below) which is in use with German special forces, ZentauroN recently developed a new Multi-Mission Plate Carrier / Body Armor System for the Italian ‘Incursori’ special forces.


They also recently launched the Vulcan and a number of their other core military products in Hyde Definition’s PenCott-GreenZone™ camouflage pattern.

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OPS brand ‘Gen 2 Ultimate Direct Action Pants’ now in PenCott™ camouflage patterns through UR Tactical

The Optimal Performance System (OPS) brand was stablished in 2005 and has become a fairly well-known international tactical gear brand.

The OPS brand continuously pursues creativity and quality in product development and uses only genuine and first-quality materials to ensure the durability of their offering and the protection of the user.  To date, OPS customers include troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Law Enforcement SWAT Teams and Private Security Companies.  OPS products also featured in the ‘Terminator 4’ movie.

OPS added the GreenZone™ and BadLands™ colorways from Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ camo family to their line-up a while back, and they’ve been building up a nice full portfolio of PenCott™ products rapidly since.  Most recently, they released one of their most eagerly awaited PenCott™ products – their very popular ‘Gen2 Ultimate Direct Action Pants’.  Already available in GreenZone™, watch out for BadLands™ to follow soon.

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