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
The company that has put Slovenia on the tactical clothing map, has introduced a new addition to their Monsoon waterproof range – the new Monsoon Rain Shirt® .
The lightweight, low bulk Monsoon Rain Shirt® from UF PRO® is specifically designed to be worn underneath a plate carrier, chest rig or other load-bearing gear. It’s made out of a special laminate mix, which makes the jacket thin, breathable and lightweight where it is covered with gear and very robust and extra durable wherever it is not.
Exposed areas, like shoulders, lower back and sleeves are made out of a robust and durable 3-layer laminate. The rest of the jacket is made out of an extremely lightweight and low bulk 2.5-layer laminate. Both laminates are based on a super breathable and reliably waterproof high-tech membrane. For better wear comfort and reduced risk of secondary fragments, there are no pockets or zipper pulls in the torso area.
The history of the ‘smock’ in military usage goes back to the Second World War when they became famously associated with the German Fallschirmjaeger, the British and Allied Airborne Forces and the British Special Air Service.
WWII-era British Airborne Force ‘Denison Smock’, from the Imperial War Museum’s collection. © IWM (UNI 11787)
Continuing to be inherently associated with Airborne and Special Forces in the UK, Commonwealth and Western European countries, the ‘old skool’ style smock reached what was perhaps the pinnacle of its design with the famous ‘Kit Karry Smock’ from Special Air-Sea Services in the UK (see below). However, since the start of the Global War On Terror, the kit used, carried and worn by Special Forces (and even regular grunts) has undergone a remarkable transformation – so much so that many people felt that the smock no longer had a place in the modern kit list of combat shirts and body armour / plate carriers…
But, as is so often the case, units are (re)discovering that some of the old ways were in fact the best ways. Such is the case with the new Striker Stealth Smock from UF PRO®. UF PRO® learned from working with European Pathfinder and other Special Units that there are occasions when you simply want to or need to travel light, and that there are also times when a combat shirt under a plate carrier simply doesn’t provide enough warmth or weather protection, and that you also sometimes want to carry secondary or sustainment items in your backpack but keep all of your essential items’ within reach of your hands…
After reviewing the current needs with a German special unit, it became clear to UF PRO® that the classic smock design couldn’t meet the desired criteria – so they would have to reinvent it, and the result is the Striker Stealth Smock.
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.
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.
So, 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…
For more info about the other Navy uniform changes that are coming down the blow tube, read up on Soldier Systems Daily.