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Direct Action® launched as independent brand

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.

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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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MilSpec Monkey reviews Blauer Clash LT 8″ Boot

MSM takes a close-up look at a pair of boots with a pretty unique lacing system…

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Footwear typically doesn’t change too much these days so it was a treat to checkout something truly different with the Blauer Clash series. The main stand out is certainly the BOA lacing system used which uses a steel cable and rotating cinch concept instead of laces you tie. Originally the BOA system was for snowboard boots and has since been applied to all kinds of boots and other footwear…. read more here.

PRACTACSYS: AKU Pilgrim High Leg Boots – used & abused

Practical Tactical Systems (Practacsys) came into being as the direct result of a group of like-minded people, who had banded together before on numerous specialist projects, deciding to bring a new kind of news and reviews website to the international tactical community.

Our friends at PracTacSys are professionals from diverse areas of the tactical and firearms industries, including those from the manufacturing side and those who are active operationally on a daily basis.  Together, their aim is to personally use, abuse, trial and evaluate over time and then report as objectively as possible on their findings and impressions.

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They recently reported on their findings after stomping and yomping around in a pair of AKU’s Pilgrim High Leg Boots.  These boots are available in Black, Forest / MTP Brown and Desert Biege.  Check out the full report on PracTacSys.

BE-X (Begadi Exclusive) Combat Gear now ships worldwide!

German retailer Begadi, and their tactical/outdoor/airsoft brand BE-X, is happy to announce that they are now able to offer their customers worldwide shipping!

I’m personally happy to be sharing this news because I’m a long-time fan of their clothing and gear, but since relocating to the US its been harder to get hold of for me.

Anyways, now we can all reach Begadi’s International Shop at begadishop.com, and the BE-X brand on Facebook.

Begadi worldwide shipping

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New boots for Canadian soldiers

Canadian soldiers will soon be able to choose which combat boots suits them best.  The Directorate of Land Requirements and the Directorate of Soldier Systems Program Management will give soldiers a choice about which type of Land Operations Temperate Boot (LOTB) they wish to wear. This choice marks a change in how combat footwear is issued, allowing soldiers to choose their preference from two designs of boots.

This is the newest development to address the requirement for a new temperate combat boot for the Army, and will replace the in-service combat boots, Mark III and the General Purpose Boots.

In order to achieve the most successful design possible, the Directorate of Land Requirements conferred with Canadian footwear manufacturers about the features soldiers were looking for in a combat boot. These findings were used as the starting point for the requirements of the new designs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe new requirements placed more emphasis on weight, shock absorption, traction, fit, comfort (including thermal quality and breathability) construction and durability, and over-all design.

This phase of selecting the new LOTB began in Spring 2013. A total of thirteen boots were received for evaluation through a Request for Proposal, and went through a process of assessment based on appearance and technical performance. The top three boots were selected for a user evaluation trial.

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