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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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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.


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:

S.H.A.D.O. Backpack and Accessories from Prometheus Design Werx

The New PDW S.H.A.D.O. 28Litre Backpack and Pack Accessories from Prometheus Design Werx are Now Available!

In the SHADO

The S.H.A.D.O. 28L is a US-made day-pack designed to perform in a multitude of environments and use-cases. The unique dual-clamshell design allows for full storage access to two compartments, and a high degree of user options to organize internal items.

me and my SHADO

Built from lightweight, high-strength 500D Cordura nylon, with a hi-viz orange internal lining of 70D nylon, the name SHADO is an acronym based on the primary design criteria it was built to meet: S.uspension, H.aulage, A.ccessability, D.urability, O.rganization.

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The Science Behind the Soldier: ‘Grunt’ by Mary Roach

Hot on the heels of our last article about Natick Labs came this online article from ‘The National Geographic’ about a new book by renowned author Mary Roach:


Mary Roach, a self-confessed “goober with a flashlight,” has created a niche for books with one-word titles—Gulp (on the digestive system); Bonk (on the science of sex)—that take a funny, and informed, look at the scientific secrets of everyday things. In her latest book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, she goes behind the scenes of modern warfare to celebrate the unsung heroes of military science, who do everything from design high-tech clothing for the battlefield to perform penis transplants—all in the name of keeping soldiers “alive and comfortable.”

Read the full interview here:



The Science Behind the Soldier: Natick Labs

Located in Natick, Massachusetts, and officially known as the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), the installation is often referred to by its common nickname of ‘Natick Labs’.

Whatever you call it though, there’s no doubt that these folks do some very important work – even if you don’t hear of it very often.  One part of that important work is in developing new gear to meet the ever evolving challenges of modern-day combat and stabilization missions.  Long gone are the days of lowest-common-denominator and one-size-fits-all – the modern American soldier is equipped with some of the most specially-designed and high-performance gear on the battlefield.


In the photo above, a squad from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) visit the equipment lab to discuss load carriage with NSRDEC’s individual equipment designer, Rich Landry.  Their visit was part of the Science & Technology Project Integration Pilot, a collaborative program that pairs Natick scientists and engineers with paratroopers from the 82nd’s 504th PIR.  Within an hour of the meeting, Landry had already begun developing the prototype for a performance enhancing rucksack based on their feedback.

Landry is also no stranger to carrying heavy loads in the field – he was once a Pathfinder in the 82nd Airborne Division himself.  In the video below, he talks about that experience and how it has helped him in his work at Natick.



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