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Helikon-Tex: Raccoon Mk2 backpack now available

This lightweight, sturdy 20 Liter pack is an optimal choice for everyday carry , day hikes and tactical operations of short duration.

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The RACCOON Mk2 is also equipped with an external pocket similar in size to the main compartment and also contains a simple organizer for carrying additional items.  For heavier loads the webbing hip belt distributes weight properly.

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Features:

  • Made from 100% genuine Cordura® brand 500D nylon fabric
  • All compartments close with YKK® zippers
  • Large external organizer poczet for maps, pens, lights etc.
  • Mesh pocket for smaller items in main compartment
  • Side compression straps and removable belt webbing
  • Spacer mesh on back panel and suspenders for enhanced airflow
  • Loop ID Panel
  • External bungee cord web for stowing lighter items
  • Hydration bladder sleeve in main compartment
  • MOLLE compatible

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Available in black, olive green and coyote brown through all Helikon-Tex dealers.

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Direct Action’s ‘Dragon Egg MKII®’ backpack now available

The ‘Dragon Egg®’ has been one of the best sellers in the company’s so-called “Legacy Line”, but never ones to rest on their laurels, the company recently announced an upgraded version. That upgraded, MKII version is now available for sale in a variety of solid colors and can be purchased through the company’s US/North Americs and European / International online stores.

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The Dragon Egg MKII® is a 25+ liter capacity backpack designed to fulfill the needs of an LE or military patrol pack, as well as serving the hunting, hiking or EDC user as well. The pack features two hydration bladder pockets – one in the main compartment and additional in the zipped back part. The rear pocket, thanks to a padded sleeve, can be used for safely carrying a multi-band radio, or a notebook, laptop or tablet PC (up to a 15’’ screen).

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The Striker Stealth Smock from UF PRO®

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.

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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…

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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.

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Direct Action SPITFIRE Plate Carrier Cutaway System

The latest product video from Direct Action gear is now live on their YouTube Channel.

SPITFIRE Cutaway System

This system provides for the immediate cutaway release of the SPITFIRE Plate Carrier. Its innovative design and allows for quick and easy reassembly of the Plate Carrier without the cutaway elements. Created with primarily with waterborne operations in mind, the SPITFIRE Cutaway System also allows for immediate battlefield assessment and treatment of a wounded team-mate, and then quickly and easily reconfiguring and reassembling the wounded person’s Plate Carrier for armor protection during transportation / evacuation.

To order within the European area: https://eu.directactiongear.com/en/vests/plate-carriers/spitfire-cutaway-system.html#AGR

To order within the US / North American area: https://us.directactiongear.com/vests/plate-carriers/spitfire-cutaway-system#PGZ

DIRECT ACTION ‘Dragon Egg MkII’ coming soon!

Direct Action gear’s ‘Dragon Egg’ backpack has been one of the best sellers in the company’s so-called “Legacy Line”.  But never being ones to sit on their laurels, the company recently announced that an upgraded version is coming in a few weeks.

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The “MkII” version of the Dragon Egg features a new side pocket design that will securely hold a 1-litre Nalgene, or similar sized, water bottle.  The Backpack retains all of the other great features of the original Dragon Egg, and will be available in Black, Olive Green, Coyote Brown, Adaptive Green and Shadow Grey colors.

Stay tuned for more information: www.directactiongear.com

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