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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.

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WTFix – ultra-lightweight pouch attachment system from WTF

Whiskey Two Four proudly supports gear makers by offering COTS design and manufacturing solutions for integration into their finished products.  Their latest development is the PALS/MOLLE-compatible “WTFix” system of Strapped, Strapless, Straps, Surface and Grid.

The WTFix system components are precision laser-cut from extremely durable, engineered Hypalon fabric.  WTFix is as light as it is tough, with components weighing as little as .1oz / 3 grams.  WTFix is  cost effective replacing both the weight and complexity of traditional nylon webbing as well as the labor necessary to build it.

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WTFix Strapped backers are a self contained attachment solution integrated by the gearmaker at the manufacturing level.  Nothing else is needed to mount on modular platforms.  WTFix Strapped are available in short (2 row) and long (3 row) in 2, 3, 4, and 6 column widths.

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Who you gonna call? – Presenting the “Ghost” backpack from Direct Action

The “Daddy” of the Direct Action® line is the Ghost® 3-day backpack for both patrol and tactical missions.

10409039_271467346365850_2071288911462860306_nAlready receiving excellent reviews in the professional trade press, the “Ghost” features a 28-litre main pack, plus a removable 3.5-litre “Organizer Pouch” that can also be worn as butt-pack with the pack’s removable waist-belt and separate Y-straps.  The pouch can also be used in conjunction with any other MOLLE/PALS system.  When attached to the main pack, the space between the pouch and the pack can be used as a handy storage space for gear or as a helmet carrier.

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AGAMURA Light Assault Vest – OSO Gear and Gecko Superior

The Agamura Tactical Vest is an extremely light, compact and durable vest designed with extensive input from former Israeli SOF operators, and already being put to the test on operations.

Made from 1000D Cordura for extreme durability, but with an empty weight of only 1,5 kg, this vest comes with a backpack and a complete set of pouches, and a backpack, built-in.

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The Agamura is a ‘ready-to-go’ vest – instead of using the nearly ubiquitous MOLLE/PALS ‘assembly required’ set-up, all the pouches you generally need are already sewn in place on the vest. The layout and total carrying capability was carefully planned and considered based on operational field experience.

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Make dust, or eat it – Introducing the “Dust” backpack from Direct Action®

Slightly smaller than the Dragon Egg®, the Dust® is 20-liter capacity backpack useful for both EDC and basic patrol missions or tactical duties.

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The Dust® features a hydration bladder pocket accessed from the top behind the shoulder straps.  It also features a padded pouch inside the main compartment that can be used for safely carrying a radio, or a notebook, laptop or tablet PC (up to 15’’ screen).

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