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THE TRADE TACTICAL GEAR MAGAZINE

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Gear Up Magazine is the worlds first business to business publication for the tactical gear industry, aiming to bring all of the relevant parties to the same table. With such a huge range of products on the market, knowing what to invest in, and more importantly, what to supply your customers with, can be a hard task. Gear Up Magazine aims to make this process easier, allowing you to enhance your understanding of the industry, allowing you to make smart purchases.

Ebcon Publishing was launched in 2004 with one simple goal – to create a range of successful publications, which combined informative content with a high level of up to date design to match. Over the last 14 years, Ebcon Publishing has done exactly that, launching a number of publications that have won a number of awards in their respective sectors and continue to be dominant in their chosen area of operation.

TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING

With Gear Up Magazine, you’ll have a better understanding of the tactical gear and equipment on show, who buys it, and what they use it for. We’ll introduce you to the evolution of each of the ‘tools of the trade’, from ballistic helmets to boots, giving you the knowledge needed to traverse the tactical gear market with confidence.

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OVER A DECADE OF PUBLICATIONS

Ebcon Publishing has set up a fantastic portfolio and now the company’s next step is to further improve that portfolio by releasing Gear Up into the wild. All the staff at Ebcon Publishing work tirelessly to bring its readership a range of comprehensive editorial across its various magazine titles, providing thier readers with the best information available, along with high design values and inspiring imagery to suit.

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how it works Broken into six key sectors that drive the tactical gear market, Gear Up Magazine aims to bring you a selection of the finest products in each of our carefully deliberated sections. Whether you’re looking to procure items at a battalion level or are an individual in charge of bringing a plethora of tactical equipment to your customers, Gear Up Magazine aims to do the hard work, so you do not have to.

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The tactical gear market is forever evolving, and with that evolution comes the necessity of adapting to it. Our ‘Tactical’ section aims to make that process as easy as possible, bringing you a number of key components, allowing you to equip the modern warfighter to the best of your ability.

Ensuring your customers can count on the protective equipment you supply them is of the utmost importance. Our ‘Protection’ section endeavours to provide you with numerous options, enabling you to best serve your clientele, allowing them to operate in the harshest environments known to man.

It is no secret that military and law enforcement personnel spend long periods of time on their feet. Due to this, it is imperative that the options you have on offer provide unrivalled comfort, protection, and support, allowing them to fight harder, for longer, with no unwanted issues.

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The firearms market is slowly becoming inundated with equipment that simply isn’t up to the task it was created for. With a plethora of optics and accessories on the market, Gear Up Magazine will ensure that you are providing your customers with products that will withstand the test of time.

The modern warfighter is often dropped in hostile locations, and ensuring the equipment they’re carrying is capable of dealing with the numerous areas of operation is key. Ranging from a variety of tools to sleeping bags, our ‘Bushcraft’ section aims to provide to cover the very best in outdoor equipment.

Medical equipment by design is created to save lives. Our ‘Medical’ section aims to look at a range of equipment that is best suited to this role; from full-blown medical kits through to Individual First-Aid Kits, making sure your clientele is amply prepared for a worst-case scenario.

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GEAR UP

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EDITORIAL MEET THE TEAM PAUL MONAF

PUBLISHING DIRECTOR paul@ebcon.co.uk With a track record of launching a number of successful magazines and experience working within business-tobusiness sectors, Paul is the driving force behind Gear Up.

CONNOR JAMES EDITOR connor@ebcon.co.uk

Having worked within Ebcon Publishing for ten years, Connor brings a wealth of knowledge to Gear Up Magazine. If you need any information regarding editorial, he’s your guy.

BEN DICKIE art DIRECTOR ben@ebcon.co.uk

Ben started working for Ebcon Publishing nearly a decade ago now and has been a vital member of the team since. The self-proclaimed Rambo of shapes and colours.

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CONTENTS INSIDE THIS ISSUE 009 FEATURE SURVIVAL HEALTH AWARENESS RESPONDERS KIT

013 TACTICAL QORE PERFORMANCE ICEPLATE CARRIER EXOSKELETON

016 TACTICAL DIRECT ACTION SPITFIRE

018 TACTICAL BLUE FORCE GEAR HORIZONTAL TEN-SPEED

022 TACTICAL RONIN TACTICAL TASKFORCE BELT

025 TACTICAL DRAGON SUPPLIES SPARTAN BERGEN

029 TACTICAL CARINITHIA MIG RANGE

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Beside every great man is a great woman, and Sharon is most certainly the Bonnie to Paul’s Clyde. Sharon looks after all of the administrative work within the company.

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038 PROTECTION REVISION SHADOWSTRIKE

040 PROTECTION 5.11 LIGHTWEIGHT GLOVES

044 FOOTWEAR HAIX SCOUT

047 FIREARMS TRIJICON SRO

050 FIREARMS DANIEL DEFENSE WAVE SUPPRESSOR

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056 BUSHCRAFT HIGHLANDER PHEONIX RANGE

058 BUSHCRAFT POWERTRAVELLER TACTICAL EXTREME

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AIR FORCE SHARK AN AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY TEAM RECENTLY DELIVERED VERSION 2.0 OF THE SURVIVAL HEALTH AWARENESS RESPONDERS KIT TO INSTRUCTORS AT JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CAMP BULLIS, TEXAS, A 28,000-ACRE SITE USED TO TRAIN SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESISTANCE AND ESCAPE SPECIALISTS.

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AIR FORCE SHARK Issues surrounding the well-being of recruits going through armed forces selection have been brought up on numerous occasions in recent years, especially following the deaths of three reservists during an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons. Until recently, it has been the responsibility of instructors to regularly check trainees at regular intervals to ensure their well-being, however, instructors are not medical professionals. That is all about to change though with the U.S. Air Force recently introducing the Survival Health Awareness Responders Kit, or SHARK. With the Survival Health Awareness Responders Kit, sensors are embedded into shirts to transmit key metrics including heart rate and estimated core temperature from smartphones to a server. As students undergo physical endurance tests during extended periods of

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isolation, the system allows instructors to monitor the data in real-time and issues alerts for heart rate spikes and significant increases in temperature. Since the device identifies the user’s location, medical personnel can quickly respond to those in need of care. The Survival Health Awareness Responders Kit project began following Cedarwood University’s long-standing connection with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing, where Loren Caleb Baum’s senior computer science design team began work on a platform that could effectively monitor trainees undergoing physically demanding Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training. During training, the recruit may face a sudden heatstroke or other medical emergencies on the field. Such medical conditions could hinder the recruits radioing instructors for help.

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Baum, a 2019 graduate of Cedarville University’s computer science program, worked on the health sensor that helps keep airmen in training safe from potential medical crises for his capstone senior project. Following his work on SHARK, Caleb was offered a job at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and has since been working on refining the system, with the Air Force recently announcing that SHARK 2.0 was complete and had been delivered to instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis in Texas. SHARK 2.0 has seen a number of changes following Baum’s employment by the Air Force, with Baum moving SHARK from the realms of mobile applications to a cloud-based server to make the system more reliable, as well as improving the usability, with SHARK now deployable in a wider range of scenarios. With the new approach, instructors simply log into a website from any computer to monitor the health status of trainees instead of launching an application which required installation and constant updates. Furthermore, the team simplified the startup process with Quick Response codes that automatically input students’ information when scanned. This measure reduced the total setup time from one hour to five minutes and makes it easier for students and instructors to begin a new session. Prior to the introduction of SHARK, Tech. Sgt. John Garcia noted that in extreme cases, numerous students would have to be administered ice baths to students with elevated body temperatures in a last-ditch effort to treat trainees. However, since the introduction of SHARK, instructors have been able to pin-point students reaching a zone known as “the danger zone”. This has allowed instructors to act pro-actively, pulling trainees out of training before the effects caused major health issues. As such, no ice baths have been administered, showing the effectiveness of the system. Maj. Toby Andrews, 66th Training Squadron, Detachment 3 commander, said he appreciates that SHARK “gives (instructors) real-time alerts on the health and well-being of students.” The system “truly eases my mind as a commander,” he said since it “allows us to provide preventative care (in cases) that could otherwise lead to serious medical situations.” In the future, Baum expects the SHARK technology will be applied in other fields, including for many first-responders. Baum believes the SHARK system will better protect the health of firefighters who are in the midst of battling a blaze. The technology can track health conditions and provide preventative countermeasures to reduce the danger of heatstroke and other medical issues.

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ICE (ICEPLATE CARRIER EXOSKELETON) IS A NEW TYPE OF ULTRA-MINIMALIST, SCALABLE, PLATE CARRIER. ICE ANCHORS ALL OF QORE PERFORMANCE’S HUMAN ENHANCEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL INOCULATION TECHNOLOGIES, COMBINING THEM INTO A SINGLE ULTRA-LIGHT, DURABLE, AND BREATHABLE PLATFORM WITH UNRIVALLED CAPABILITIES.

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Working with the top thermoplastic engineers and designers in the US, IcePlate went from concept to prototype to reality in only six months’ time, and is now deployed across all branches of the US military as well as in the kit of body armour users worldwide.

ICEPLATE CARRIER EXOSKELETON Inspired by the tried-and-tested emergency responder protocols, Qore Performance’s co-founder Justin Li initially thought to combine first aid science with athletic base layers while on duty as a sworn law enforcement officer in the California desert. Faced with difficult terrain, a formidable adversary, heavy protective gear, and high altitude, Justin was looking to improve his odds in the field. Unwilling to add more weight to his kit, he realized that efficiently offloading heat to stay hydrated was the best way to boost his endurance, strength, focus and recovery. Following a number of innovations, Qore Performance began work on providing a solution to cooling soldiers down in hot environments following a call from the United States Army. Qore identified that while a number of innovative cooling systems were on the market, many of them simply were not applicable to use on the battlefield due to weight restrictions. They did however realise that soldiers were already carrying one of the most effective cooling sources available – water. With this in mind, Qore Performance began work on the IcePlate. The IcePlate was designed to minimise weight and maximise cooling duration and body contact.

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Using a unique and incredibly strong laser-cut, ultra-high molecular weight laminate that is 14 times stronger than steel, ICE weighs approximately one pound. This makes it one of the lightest plate carriers available today. It is also hydrophobic, cut-resistant and abrasion resistant. The Iceplate Carrier Exoskeleton incorporates MAPs (MOLLE Attachment Points) and loop on both the inside and the outside of each sleeve as well as an open-bottom architecture, ICE is configured for maximum ventilation, modularity and drainage. ICE will not retain water, even under the most intense circumstances. ICE fits medium ESAPI plates. This design synchronizes with the soon-to-be-released ESAPI-contoured IcePlate 3 to create the thinnest, flattest, toughest and coldest (or hottest) system ever. Evaporative cooling can be added easily with IceVents. ICE sleeves can be stacked (via MOLLE and/or hook and loop) for streamlined carry of both ESAPI armor plates and IcePlate 3. Individual ICE Sleeves can also be purchased to MOLLE onto any plate carrier on the market. Don/doff is easy with a flat and durable quick-release system. ICE also features an elastic cummerbund with four pouches for 30-round magazines, SOARescue MedMags, radios, etc.

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ICEPLATE COMPATIBLE With the IcePlate Carrier Exoskeleton being purpose built for use with Qore Performance’s IcePlate, the system works in harmony with their unique cooling and water-carrying system. IcePlate is the world’s most powerful water bottle. Worn close to the body, IcePlate cools/warms the user while providing water to drink. Holding 50 oz (1.5 L) of water, IcePlate gives you unparalleled control over your environment! Pushing the limits of water bottle design, IcePlate Curve furthers our mission to transform human performance, protecting and empowering end-users in the most hostile environments on earth... and bridging the gap between man and machine. The IcePlate works in a fairly simple way to regulate temperature. Fill and freeze the IcePlate Curve for an unparalleled 70 Watts of Cooling Power per plate, keeping your core body temperature where you want it for hours. As the ice melts, you will have ice cold water to drink. Fill with hot water and enjoy the conductive heating effect.

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HURRICANE HYBRID CHEST RIG

Looking to best serve their userbase, Polish-based Direct Action have invested in the necessary understanding of the needs of various operators across the globe. Combining this knowledge with a design ethos centred around providing top-of-the-range products and high quality manufacturing capabilities, Direct Action have created a range of equipment that serves the modern warfighter in any and all situations. Every detail has been rigourously thought out from a systemic perspective, with no random design choices, no compromises made, and no shying away from new technology that has entered the marketplace. Each part of the Direct Action system has been designed in a way that it perfectly combines with various other items in their product range. This has allowed Direct Action to realise their mission statement of creating products that complement weapons systems, load baring equipment, backpacks, jackets and duty uniforms, with each composite part creating a bigger picture that as a whole allows for improved operating power, leading to the successful completion of the end users mission.

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Named after the iconic British fighter plane that was so successfully utilised by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, The Hurricane Hybrid Chest Rig is the workhorse of Direct Action’s range of chest rigs. Manufactured from a proprietary laser-cut laminate, the base of the chest rig offers the end-user a range of features including a reinforced drag handle, a low profile, adjustable harness with slots for a Push-to-talk module and the ability to route comms cables and antenna via hook-and-loop closures. Direct Action have gone to great lengths to ensure that the Hurricane Hybrid Chest Rig covers all assets of the end-users load baring needs, with the Hurricane Hybrid Chest Rig coming fully equipped with a plethora of storage options. The Hurricane platform itself offers somewhat of a kangaroo pouch on either side of the YKK zipper. Furthermore, Direct Action have included a suite of pouches including two integrated adjustable magazine pouches, alongside a sealed zippered pouch and a Velcro flap pouch to allow for quick access to important items. Moreover, Direct Action have ensured that the Hurricane Hybrid Chest Rig is compatible with a range of plate carriers. This is achieved via two buckles found on the front of the plate carrier; simply remove the Hurricane’s harness and clip them into a compatible plate carrier.

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The Hurricane Hybrid Chest Rig is manufactured from a proprietary laser-cut laminate, combined with a 500D Cordura® nylon and a softshell material. This ensures that the Hurricane Hybrid Chest Rig is up to the rigours of the modern-day battlefield.

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Driven by the desire to make a difference, Blue Force Gear are not satisfied by simply making copies of current products on the market and stamping their name on it. Instead they look to innovate at every opportunity, attempting to revolutionise the tactical gear market and in turn provide unrivalled quality.

Blue Force Gear burst onto the tactical market in 2004 with a range of innovative products that revolutionised load carriage and weapon carrying capabilities. Instead of sticking to age-old design standards followed within the market, they design by what they refer to as a ‘code of advancement’, which has seen the company look towards the current market, highlighting areas in which they believe they can re-develop and improve an existing product type. This process has seen Blue Force Gear become a tour de force within the market, and one product that epitomises their success is the Helium Whisper range. The Helium Whisper range is the epitome of innovation within the tactical gear market, with Blue Force Gear setting out with a simple mission - to lighten the load placed on the modern warfighter. Following the widespread adoption of the MOLLE system in the late 1990s, no real alternatives had been brought forward within the tactical gear market, and with Blue Force Gear’s design ethos of re-developing and improving existing systems, they begun work on reinventing load baring equipment.

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With every gram crucial to the modern warfighter, Blue Force Gear looked to eliminate the excessive weight attached to the MOLLE system. With materials and production capabilities advancing ten-fold since the creation of the MOLLE system, Blue Force Gear looked to combine the advancements, leading to the creation of the Helium Whisper range. The Helium Whisper panels are constructed from ULTRAcomp – a laminate which equals the durability of 1000D Cordura, which in turn drastically reduces the number of components needed for attachment to MOLLE webbing, leading to the reduction of failure due to less potential weak points.

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Following the creation of the Helium Whisper system, Blue Force Gear began to implement their design into load-bearing equipment, with the Ten-Speed range being the first to make use of their proprietary technology. Having already featured the Ten-Speed magazine pouches in Issue 1, Blue Force Gear have since released a new variant of the pouch, adding to the versatility the range offers. The Horizontal Ten-Speed M4 Mag Pouch combines the tried and true Ten-Speed M4 mag pouch with an unconventional carry position for more versatility in ammunition carrying. Built with the same military grade elastic as the Ten-Speed M4 Magazine Pouch but with a horizontal orientation to fit on an otherwise unused section of MOLLE webbing on a plate carrier, vest, or belt.  The Horizontal M4 Mag Pouch was designed around the 30 round STANAG M4 magazine and will fit most common 5.56 magazines such as aluminum GI mags, Magpul PMags including the issued Gen 3 mags, larger SMG mags such as the UMP, CZ Scorpion, and P90, and some AK-74 magazines. The mags can be stowed either bullets up or down and either forward or backward.   

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The pouch itself is manufactured from a military grade elastic, which provides the end user with the ability to easily access any items stowed within the pouches, as well as offering unrivalled retention.

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TASK FORCE BELT

Ronin Tactics was originally founded as a school of instructors, all of which are Special Operations veterans that are exceptionally qualified in Marksmanship, Direct Action, Personnel Recovery, Security, Executive Protection, Reconnaissance, Trauma Medicine and other Special Operations capabilities. The company is somewhat unique in the sense that it’s training arm not only provides knowledgeable instructors, but also provides their customers with a range of high-quality equipment to train with. However, with said expertise comes the knowledge of what excels on the battlefield, and what doesn’t. That knowledge led to the launch of Ronin Tactics’ manufacturing arm, which has led to a range of products including plate carriers, knives and belts. Their range of belts have been developed, tested and proven on the battlefield, with many of the worlds’ most elite units recognising the high quality of Ronin Tactics’ product range. Ronin Tactics’ take great pride in developing the best equipment possible for the end-user, ensuring that it is a “No Fail” mission – with the company proudly boasting that they have had no reports of failures from their end-users.

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Ronin Tactics’ Task Force (TF) belt is a tactical gun belt that has been designed and developed on the battlefield by Special Operations soldiers, for Special Operations soldiers. Due to Ronin Tactics’ being founded by members of the Special Operations community, the Task Force belt finds itself in a position that more and more companies are making use of, a position in which it has been forged from the experiences of a real-world operator. The Task Force belt is a lightweight and comfortable tactical two-layer system that is adaptable to a wide range of holsters and accessory pouches. Manufactured from a military-grade nylon weave material, the Task Force belt is incredibly durable, and boasts a tensile strength of 7,000lbs (5,000lbs for the MultiCam variant). This two-layer combination ensures a secure shooting platform by combining a comfortable inner Hook-and-Loop Fastener webbing belt with a tactical load-carrying belt. The tactical load outer layer allows for 2 rows of 1/2” webbing enabling the shooter to add an assortment of MOLLE attachments. The belt features a newly designed 2” Cobra Buckle with an attached “D-Ring”, which ensures more MOLLE space for the shooter.  Furthermore, the Task Force belt comes complete with a 2” inner belt that has been cut for military style combat pants issued to the military. One thing to note is the 2” inner belt will not fit standard civilian trousers; however, Ronin Tactics do offer a 1.5” inner belt to counteract this. Should the end-user need the 1.5” variant, an extra cost is occurred.

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■ ABOUT THE OWNER

While we usually steer away from highlighting the owners of companies within Gear Up, we feel that Tu Lam’s story is an interesting one worth highlighting. Ret. MSG Tu Lam served within the United States’ Army for 22 years, earning the coveted Green Beret in the process. Tu was born in Vietnam in 1974, shortly after the fall of Saigon, and has known a life of war since. In ’76, members of his family were the victims of Communist rule. Shortly after this, he was smuggled out of the country and eventually landed in the United States after his Aunt married a Green Beret. Following this, Tu found himself at Ft. Bragg, and at the age of eight he was indoctrinated in the ways of a Special Forces soldier. Tu heavily believes in the Bushido Code, a Japanese term for the many codes of honour and ideals that dictated the Samurai way of life, or in short, the Samurai Code. When Tu retired, he labelled himself ‘Ronin’, a term used to indicate a masterless warrior. The role of the Ronin is simple, to take his life’s teachings and give back to the good of this world. This led to him forming Ronin Tactics, giving Tu the ability to pass his knowledge onto those who needed it the most. The company name is symbolic of Tu’s own life. While the Ronin symbol is the “O”, which represents zen, Tu combined this with the stripe above the “O”, the Ronin symbol for war. Through war, Tu found his own zen. AVAILABLE IN

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DRAGON SUPPLIES

LOCATED AT THE HEART OF COLCHESTER, DRAGON SUPPLIES HAVE SLOWLY ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES AS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST ONE-STOP SHOPS IN THE SUPPLY OF MILITARY CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND TAILORING TO A PLETHORA OF DIFFERENT CLIENTS. FROM BOOTS TO BADGES, WEBBING TO MESS TINS, DRAGON SUPPLIES HAVE GATHERED A WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF THE END-USER, WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM’S 16 AIR ASSAULT PROVING TO BE HUGE FANS OF THE STORE. W W W.GEARUP-MAG.COM

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DRAGON SUPPLIES Having been established in 1999 by Gary Day, Dragon Supplies have not only become a force to be reckoned with in the retail market, but have also begun to create a range of their own equipment, ranging from belt orders to bergens. This venture has allowed them to commit themselves to providing an excellent range of equipment, with direct input from soldiers based in Colchester. In doing so, Dragon Supplies can provide the end-user with a plethora of equipment that is not only of a high-quality, but also great value for money, meaning the modern soldier need not bankrupt his or herself to ensure the best in combat equipment.

SPARTAN BERGEN The Dragon Spartan Bergen is a flagship Bergen in the UK Forces Featuring two removeable side pockets, three large utility pouches, and a generously sided main body the Spartan is easily capable of the large load out required by todays operators and can be customised for role specific needs. The Dragon Spartan Bergen is made from 1000D Multicam / MTP compatible material, and has two removable side

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pockets covering a mesh pocket, retained by elastic when not in use. Under the mesh side pockets there is a flat pocket for shelter poles or other items. The front features a triple utility pouch and poncho pouch on the front. The poncho pouch incorporates a lid that closes over the main zip and contains a separate peg pouch. The triple pouch features storms hoods and side release buckles. The floating top lid features a pocket on inside and large pocket on the top. The top pocket features a 3-sided zip that hinges open to reveal 2 small and one large mesh pockets with elastic loops and MOLLE on the inside of the lid for kit organisation. The unique backing system features contoured S-Shaped shoulder straps with a sternum strap and spacer mesh padding. Spacer Mesh back support system with two long vertical pads that promote air flow run either side of the spine that flow into a lumber support pad for added comfort. This allows the operator to carry the load in the most comfortable way over long periods of time.

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The Dragon Supplies Spartan Bergen is teeming to the brim with features, giving the end-user a range of storage options. These include removable side pockets, three utility pouches and mesh side pockets. Furthermore, many of these features are removable should the end-user choose to remove any of the options to downsize the Bergen.

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“EVOLUTION IS QUITE INCREDIBLE” IT IS ALMOST PARADOXICAL TO POINT OUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EVOLUTION, BY WHICH ONE MEANS IT IS AN OBVIOUS NEED WITHIN ALL WALKS OF LIFE; ESPECIALLY WITHIN A CONSUMER MARKETPLACE. WELL AWARE OF THIS, CARINTHIA® HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK AND HAVE SINCE RELEASED THEIR LATEST RANGE OF COLD-WEATHER PRODUCTS - THE 4.0 RANGE.

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CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, you can enquire about the Carinthia range of products through the following lines of contact. AUSTRIA ■ Contact Number: 43 (0) 4762 5101 - 19

PART OF GOLDECK TEXTIL GMBH, CARINTHIA® PRIDE THEMSELVES ON THE CREATION OF EQUIPMENT THAT THEIR END-USERS CAN FULLY RELY ON. WITH A RANGE OF PRODUCTS THAT INCLUDES SLEEPING BAGS AND TECHNICAL JACKETS, ALONG WITH A PLETHORA OF IN-HOUSE DESIGNED TECHNOLOGIES, CARINTHIA ARE SLOWLY BECOMING RECOGNISED AS A SERIOUS PLAYER WITHIN THE TACTICAL GEAR INDUSTRY. Carinthia® have built their success around a simple ethos. While the worlds of outdoor athletes, operators and hunters are all vastly different, they all share a single common denominator - a complete reliance on the equipment they use on a day-to-day basis. With such a reliance comes the need to have complete trust in the company you are buying from, and with almost seventy years of experience in the production of sleeping bags and cold-weather protective clothing, it comes as no surprise that professionals around the world often place their faith in Carinthia.

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The combination of years of research & development as well as the use of constant feedback in the product development stage have allowed Carinthia to stay ahead of the pack, and thus create through professionalism and flexibility in production quality solutions that provide greater comfort and safety. All of this is done completely in Europe, allowing them to maintain a certain level of production excellence, an excellence that has become a hallmark of Carinthia products.

MIG 4.0 RANGE Now in its fourth iteration, the Medium Insulation Garment range, more commonly known as the “MIG” range, from Carinthia is the lightest product in the aforementioned release. Through a meticulous research and development cycle, Carinthia have been able to further refine their well-known cold-weather range. Through the use of new materials and an optimised cut, Carinthia have achieved the unthinkable; improving on their already successful 3.0 range, providing the next evolutionary stage for military and law-enforcement professionals around the world. With three new product ranges already rolled out, the 4.0 could well be interminable, with Carinthia ensuring us that they have a range of ideas to explore within the product range. At the time of writing, the MIG 4.0 range is broken into two separate garments - the MIG 4.0 Jacket and the MIG 4.0 Trousers.

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MIG 4.0 JACKET

LIGHT INSULATION GARMENT The performance-oriented MIG 4.0 Jacket has been further developed following direct feedback from a number of Special Operations units, with Carinthia constantly looking for ways to further improve the capabilities of their equipment when partaking in cold-weather missions. The redesign of the MIG 4.0 Jacket has seen Carinthia breathe new life into the product, realised through the optimisation of the cut and the reduction of outer seams by using a range of new materials. Through these changes, Carinthia have been able to ensure that the MIG 4.0 Jacket is comfortable through long periods of use, as well as offering robust durability and optimal protection from the elements. Furthermore, a newly designed, adjustable in two directions hood has been incorporated into the design of the MIG 4.0 Jacket, ensuring that the jacket is weather independent. As well as this, the MIG 4.0 Jacket offers the end-user a plethora of features, including ventilation openings, a 2-way front zipper with storm flap and chin guard and 7 pockets to ensure the end-user has enough storage options should he or she choose to utilise them.

MIG 4.0 TROUSERS

LIGHT INSULATION GARMENT Continuing from the well-received 3.0 range, the MIG 4.0 Trousers combine with the MIG 4.0 Jacket to offer the end-user complete protection from the cold environments it is designed to operate within. Again, the MIG 4.0 Trousers are characterised by their high thermal performance and robust durability; with these characteristics being combined with a range of well thought out design features that allow the end-user to complete the tasks in front of him or her. This is best realised through the 3D side pockets, which have been designed to allow the end-user to attach a holster while wearing the MIG 4.0 Trousers. Furthermore, the MIG 4.0 Trousers include a further 2 side pockets which incorporate a wind flap, 2 ventilation openings with wind strip on the inner leg, a reinforced hem, inner leg and knee areas and width adjustable leg closures through the use of Velcro and push buttons.

TECHNOLOGIES USED ■ ISO MAPPING®

Carinthia ISO Mapping® Technology helps the body to build up heat where it is needed. This is achieved by a zoning of the body’s regions. Each body region has a different heat radiation behaviour. Carinthia ISO Mapping® builds exactly on this phenomenon and divides the body into different heat zones, allowing the body to naturally gather heat in the areas in which it is vital.

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The revolutionary G-LOFT® insulation meets the highest standards and combines the benefits of natural down with the ruggedness of a synthetic fibre. And it is permanent. Due to the ”MEMORY EFFECT” the fibres automatically return to their original and unique form, providing warmth, even after repeated washing and hard use. G-LOFT guarantees optimal thermal insulation and heat regulation, both indoors and outdoors.

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® Born in 1999 from the real-life experiences of serving Search and Rescue teams, Massif has since become a global giant in the tactical gear market, with a range of exceptional apparel aiming to bring the comfort and effectiveness of traditional tactical apparel to the world of fire-resistant clothing. Massif was founded following the experiences of one of the founding members of the company following his time serving as a Search and Rescue crew member in Wyoming. With the constant risk of flash fires, he often found himself donning fire-resistant gear that was found to be cumbersome, uncomfortable and heavily ineffective compared to similar non-FR equipment. Unhappy with the current examples on the market, he teamed up with another passionate visionary, and together the two launched Massif, with the intent of addressing the issues surrounding fire-resistant fabrics, which simply lacked the characteristics found in high-end outdoor apparel. Following the creation of the company, Massif began work on the research and development of cutting-edge fire-resistant materials. Teaming up with LA-based Antex, the two began to forge a relationship that would later lead to the acquisition of Massif by Antex/Matchmaster. This partnership has allowed Massif to formulate a range of products that combine innovative fire-resistant fabrics with original design features, with Massif now placing themselves at the forefront of the tactical gear market.

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ADVANCED ¼ ZIP COMBAT SHIRT

The Massif Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt is the amalgamation of years’ worth of experience with creating combat equipment for the United States Armed Forces. Building off the success of earlier generations of Massif combat shirts, the Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt provides a range of features to optimise the performance of the end-user. The main talking point surrounding the Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt is its fire-resistant properties. All fabrics used within the Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt pass the stringent ASTM D6413/F2302 performance specification; which provides minimum requirements for labelling protective clothing offering heat, flame, and melting resistance. While there is a wide range of fire-resistant gear on the market now, Massif have endeavoured to ensure that they go the extra mile with their equipment to ensure that they can merge fire-resistant materials with the ultimate wearing experience. In an effort to achieve this, Massif have ensured that the shoulders are seamless, which prevents any potential chaffing when worn with body armour. Furthermore, Massif have done away with elbow pad inserts, instead choosing to make use of reinforced elbow patches, made from SuperFabric®. The Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt also comes with a number of other features, including a high collar to prevent chaffing on the neck, two zippered upper arm pockets complete with Velcro attachment for any patches, adjustable wrist cuffs to provide the perfect fit and a left forearm pen pocket which holds two pens.

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ASTM PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS The Massif Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt offers the end-user a combat shirt that adheres to a number of regulations. All fabrics used within the manufacture of the Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt pass ASTM’s D6413 and F2302 performance specifications.

■ ASTM D6413 ASTM D6413/D6413M is the defining test method for compliance with OSHA 1910.269 and one of the most commonly used tests on flame resistant fabrics in the United States. Adopted from Federal Test Standard No. 191A, method 5903.1, the vertical flame test has been used for many years. The purpose of the test is to determine whether a fabric will continue to burn after the source of ignition is removed.

■ ASTM F2302 This specification provides minimum requirements for labelling protective clothing offering heat, flame, and melting resistance for applications where the potential exists for incidental exposure to open flame, radiant heat sources, or hot surfaces which could melt or ignite materials. Furthermore, F2302 ensures that all materials used in the construction of the protective clothing, with the only exclusions permitted relating to labels and small components that do not come in contact with the wearer’s skin or underclothing. Further information regarding ASTM’s regulations can be found on their website: www.astm.org/standards

■ SUPERFABRIC® In an effort to increase comfort, Massif have done away with insertable elbow pads and have instead reinforced the elbow areas of the Advanced ¼ Zip Combat Shirt with SuperFabric. SuperFabric materials are known for their rugged, durable and flexible properties, making them great for use in combat uniforms where the end-user relies on their equipment in life or death scenarios. Furthermore, the material is resistant to water, stains and abrasion, as well as offering quick-drying properties and being highly breathable.

CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, You can inquire about Massif’s range of products through the following lines of contact. AMERICA ■ Toll-Free: (888) 462-7743 ■ Main: (541) 488-0801

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BASED IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, CORE SURVIVAL HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION WITH THEIR RANGE OF TACTICAL LIGHTS. CORE SURVIVAL WORK DIRECTLY WITH A NUMBER OF ELITE WARFIGHTERS TO CREATE EFFECTIVE, INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS THAT SPRING DIRECTLY FROM THE IDEAS, EXPERIENCE AND FUTURE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO CURRENTLY SERVE. IN DOING SO, CORE SURVIVAL HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENSURE THEIR PRODUCTS OFFER THE END-USER EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED, MAKING THEIR JOBS EASIER AND SAFER IN THE PROCESS.

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Core Survival entered the market following a chance conversation at a United States Air Force base in the early 2000s, in which the need for a special helmet light for Pararescue Jumpers surfaced, with the options available at the time being either bulky strobe lights or chem sticks. Following said conversation, the company begun working on prototypes; working with a helmet manufacturer and active duty users to create the first helmet mounted light that offered the end-user a low profile, snag-free, break-away lighting solution for High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) and High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachute helmets. This initial requirement expanded to tailor the needs of others within the broader Special Operations Forces community, where Core Survival were lucky enough to have direct input from a number of serving SOF members to offer new solutions to address old problems. Over time, Core Survival have made a range of products that support those serving within the SOF community, and in doing so have expanded their product line to include a range of other lighting solutions designed for military parachute operations. We have high hopes for Core Survival as we enter a new decade, and with a strong range of products already on the market, they are in a great position to thrive in 2020 and beyond.

HEL-STAR EXO RANGE The HEL-STAR EXO® range builds on the success of the HEL-STAR 4® and HEL-STAR 5® improving on Core Survivals original helmet mounted lighting solution. Developed for the High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) and High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) community as a low-profile alternative to the bulky strobe lights that were in use at the time, Core Survival’s premium product range is now utilised by a range of different SOF contingents for both operational and training purposes.

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The HEL-STAR EXO range offers the end-user a helmet mounted, tactical light which has been designed for military free-fall and other airborne applications, ground tactical, Search and Rescue, K9 and other confined space operations. Furthermore, the EXO range offers increased visibility, durability and water resistance when compared to the HEL-STAR 4 and HEL-STAR 5 and allows the end-user to re-program the lighting options within the EXO range through a Program Interface Module. Further improvements include a decrease in weight and a noticeably smaller footprint, both of which are important for those within the SOF communities due to the amount of equipment they carry when on missions. Both the HEL-STAR 4 EXO® and HEL-STAR 5 EXO® are available in black or tan, with a number of tactical light functions available upon the request of the end-user. Furthermore, the EXO range is Patent protected and available via a GSA Contract for those in the United States, as well as being manufactured within the United States.

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THE HEL-STAR EXO 5 The HEL-STAR 5 EXO® is Core Survival’s most impressive product within their range in our opinion, sporting a plethora of features that cement it as one of the best – if not the best – examples of ingenuity within the tactical gear market. With direct feedback from their intended end-users, Core Survival have been able to ensure the HEL-STAR 5 EXO does exactly what it needs to, increasing the visibility, durability and water resistance of its predecessors, with the HEL-STAR 5 EXO being safe to use up to 66-feet below sea-level. Furthermore, Core Survival have looked to eliminate any excess weight and provide the end-user with a product that has a noticeably smaller footprint than the HEL-STAR 5®. The HEL-STAR 5 EXO also improves on the HEL-STAR 4 EXO®, offering the end-user three user defined functions compared to the HEL-STAR 4 EXO’s two functions. These functions come in a variety of colours, including an IR option, and offer a range of flash rates including Morse Code and NATO Flash. Furthermore, the end-user can choose to adjust the light intensity should they choose to do so. All of the above features are adjustable thanks to Core Survival’s brilliant field reprogrammable capability, which allows the end-user to reprogram the lighting functions of the HEL-STAR 5 EXO through the use of the Program Interface Module and access to a laptop. To offer the end-user unrivalled safety, Core Survival have applied a number of different methods to the manufacture of the HEL-STAR EXO 5. First of all, the HEL-STAR 5 EXO incorporates a no-snag Velcro® interface which provides an emergency peel-away safety feature, reducing any issues when paired with parachute risers. Furthermore, Core Survival have included a built-in security design which features quick-switch deactivation which is easily accessible and usable while donning tactical gloves. On top of this, the HEL-STAR 5 EXO provides the user with a positive confirmation to ensure the unit is off and does not inadvertently drain much needed battery power. For additional peace of mind, Core Survival have ensured that the slider provides the end-user with both a positive visual and tactile confirmation when moving between the various functions within the HEL-STAR 5 EXO. In a final effort to ensure the HEL-STAR 5 EXO ticks all of the boxes, Core Survival have ensured the product adheres to a number of requirements, with the White and Green functions both meeting the FAA 3-Statute Mile requirements. Moreover, a new LED element gives users significantly improved lateral visibility and brightness, powered by a Lithium 123 battery which is easily replaced in a no-tools needed compartment to the rear of the main compartment.

ITEM SUMMARY ■ VERSATILITY: Three user-defined functions in White, Green, Red, Blue and/or IR (flashing, coded, or steady) in various intensities. ■ SAFETY: Low, no-snag profile. Velcro attachment provides an emergency break-away feature. ■ OPERATION: Detented sliding switches operate in the blind and provide tactile confirmation of ON/OFF and operating mode. ■ VISIBILITY: White flash meets FAA 3 statute mile requirements; redesigned LED element provides full 180 degree side-visibility. ■ WATERPROOF: Designed for operation at 66 feet plus. ■ HELMET FRIENDLY: Smaller footprint; 20 grams lighter than original design. ■ BATTERY: Replaceable lithium C123 cell; no tools required. ■ FIELD REPROGRAMMING CAPABILITY: Available as an option. Requires Program Interface Module (PIM) and laptop.

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CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, you can inquire about the Revision range of products through the following lines of contact. AMERICA ■ Contact Number: +1 802.879.7002 ■ Contact Form: revisionmilitary.com/en/contact

First and foremost, Revision is a company that specialises in protective equipment, primarily dealing in protective eyewear. Their products have been heavily tried and tested by military assets around the world, making a name for themselves in that Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. With Revision’s success came growth, and they are now involved in five sectors, creating solutions for armour, head protection, power management and integrated systems. With years of experience in the creation of protective equipment, the company is driven by a simple, yet powerful idea: the delivery of protective solutions that save lives. This ethos is embraced throughout the company, with each department devoted to delivering life-saving equipment to the designated end user utilising robust design and development expertise, extensive experience and the ability to heavily invest in efficient, high-volume, high-quality manufacturing. Having now supplied over 1.4 million helmets and over 8 million units of eyewear, goggles and Rx adapters internationally, Revision are a brand trusted the world round.

SHADOWSTRIKE BALLISTIC SUNGLASSES

The ShadowStrike Ballistic Sunglasses are a new addition to the United States “Authorized Protective Eyewear List” or (APEL®) - a list of manufacturers who have had their products examined and tested and who have satisfied all applicable qualification requirements for that product. The ShadowStrike joins a range of Revision products that have all been examined and tested to meet U.S. Army’s standards for ballistic

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protection and have been approved for wear during combat and training across all branches of the Department of Defense. ShadowStrike Sunglasses have a sharp, geometrical wraparound design, with Revision aiming to provide a Compact, low-profile design with a tighter curvature and unrestricted field-of-view—fits squarely, securely, and comfortably at all times for any mission. Like many Revision products, the ShadowStrike incorporates an interchangeable lens system, with a novel nosepiece mechanism makes changing out the polycarbonate dual-frame lenses, and adapting your eyewear to the mission at hand, quick and easy. As with all Revision products, the ShadowStrike uses the best in optical technology, incorporating polycarbonate lenses shield eyes from unexpected fragments, provide 100% protection from harmful UV-A, B and C rays, and ensure distortion-free vision for peak performance. Furthermore, Revision have gone to great lengths to ensure that the ShadowStrike is equipment compatible, fitting seamlessly with various head systems, headborne equipment and comms systems.

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The Revision ShadowStrike incorporates a new interchangeable lens system – making use of a nosepiece mechanism which, when opened, allows the end-user to change out the polycarbonate dual-frame lenses.

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LIGHTWEIGHT GLOVES

The 5.11® brand all started with a simple pair of pants. In 1992, the FBI training academy adopted the original 5.11 pant as its training pant, which has since forged 5.11’s impressive success. Following the success of the 5.11 brand, the company began work on a more extensive law enforcement line, launching 5.11 Tactical® in the process. Their range of designers worked together with a number of different public safety professionals to realise this, aiming to create a range of products that properly met the needs of real people, who often came into contact with real danger. 5.11 Tactical then turned to its women’s section in 2012, redesigning the collection to create a range of products that offered a better fit and higher performance options, ensuring that women within the field could purchase products that performed as well as its range of men’s products. Today, 5.11 has expanded its product range to include 9 different product categories, offering a range of products that gives professionals high-end performance at a cost effective price point.

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Engineered with the assistance of Ironclad Performance Wear, 5.11 Tactical Gloves are designed to provide universal coverage and solid protection without sacrificing dexterity or tactility. Each glove series we offer is designed to fulfill a specific role, ensuring maximum performance in your chosen application. From lightweight, high performance shooting gloves to professional and reliable patrol gloves, from durable and resilient work gloves to heavily protected breaching gloves, 5.11 offers the ideal set of tactical work gloves to meet the requirements of your specific role. When you need comfort, resilience, and outstanding performance, 5.11 Tactical Gloves deliver. With such a wide range of products available, we have split the range into two different sectors – lightweight gloves and gloves which offer some form of knuckle protection. This month we shall be looking towards the TACLITE 3, the TAC A3 and the Competition Shooting Glove, all of which have been manufactured to the highest degree in collaboration with Ironclad Performance Wear; an American-based protective glove company with over twenty years’ experience in the design and manufacture of protective gloves. Together, 5.11 and Ironclad Performance Wear have created a range of task-specific gloves that helped each worker get the job done more safely, efficiently and effectively.

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TACLITE 3

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When precision and dexterity are paramount, the TACLITE 3 Glove provides excellent responsiveness in a lightweight, second-skin design. With a sheepskin palm, form fitting 4-way stretch breathable top and an adjustable hook and loop wrist closure, the TACLITE 3 is the perfect glove for those who need to keep protected.

On patrol or on a bust, protecting your hands from the unpredictable is paramount to safety. Better get a pair or two of our TAC A3 Gloves. The A3 is more than tough enough to protect your paws due to a synthetic suede palm and 4-way stretch breathable top, yet sensitive enough to be used during pat downs.

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COMPETITION SHOOTING GLOVE

5.11 LIGHTWEIGHT GLOVES The 5.11® Competition Shooting Glove is built for maximum dexterity, breathability and flexibility, with accordion flex points in the fingers, vented palms and a sweat wipe for your thumb. Ironclad® rolled fingertips with conductive microfiber allow you to use your smartphone without removing a glove.

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CONTACT INFORMATION You can inquire about 5.11 products directly through the following lines of contact. AMERICA ■ Contact Number: (866) 451-1726

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HAIX’s exponential growth has seen them expand massively. With two factories - one based at their German head office in Bavaria and a much larger complex in Croatia and a sales office recently set up in Kentucky, USA, HAIX have set themselves in good stead to see that growth turn in to units being sold.

SCOUT HAIX was founded in 1948 in Mainburg, Bavaria. The company name comes for a simple play on founder Xaver Haimerl’s name; using the X from his first name and adding it to the first three letters of his last, in the process founding the Haimerl Xaver Shoe Factory - or HAIX for short. Xaver slowly began building the foundations of the HAIX brand, with the company making a name for itself by selling hiking and work boots under various brand names. When HAIX’s now CEO, Ewald Haimerl took over his parents’ shoe making business in 1992, he had a vision. The shoe specialist from the Bavarian town of Mainburg wanted to see the HAIX brand compete in the global market. Twenty years later and HAIX is considered a top brand of functional shoes for fire fighters, police, and task forces worldwide. With numerous patents and new product developments, the global player from Bavaria is ready to set new standards with regards to functionality and innovation.

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As the name would suggest, the HAIX Scout has been designed as a trekking boot, aimed at anyone who aims to explore the great outdoors. However, with that said, the Scout has a range of features that lend themselves well to the military market. First and foremost, the Scout is a highly durable boot which incorporates a range of design features and technologies to ensure it can perform to the highest standard. HAIX have ensured that only the best materials are used within the construction of the Scout, making use of a Vibram sole to provide stability and an integrated PU foam layer to cushion the end-user’s steps. HAIX have left no stone unturned when designing the Scout, with the company going as far as ensuring the tread of the boot allows for optimum toe-to-heel movement. Furthermore, the Scout is extremely quick to put on and remove. The laces are fastened via a plastic clip rather than by the traditional knot and bow, with the excess lace stores away in a side pocket. This means that laces cannot be caught on any objects that may be lying around, such as branches.

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■ UPPER MATERIAL ■ The HAIX Scout is manufactured in

hydrophobised nubuck leather. This is a material which is water repellent, highly breathable and particularly robust. ■ Rubber elements are added to the toe and heel sections to help prevent wear and tear. ■ A two-zone lacing system enables you to achieve different tightness levels in the foot and calf areas to ensure a perfect individual fit. ■ A quick fastening system makes the Scout particularly easy to put on. ■ There is also a small pocket on the side to hold your laces secure.

■ INNER LINING/ INLAYS ■ Pores of the GORE-TEX® membrane

are small enough to prevent drops of water from penetrating into your boot. Sweat, however, is expelled. ■ The inner lining of the HAIX Scout is abrasion resistant and guarantees ease of wearing in both hot and cold conditions. This makes the Scout a particularly good option for those who work both indoors and outside. ■ There is a special inlay to absorb sweat, which can be removed and washed as and when necessary. ■ Fleece insole also absorbs moisture.

■ SOLE ■ The Vibram sole used in the Scout

has been specially developed for mountainous terrain and therefore offers a high slip resistance. ■ The shape and height of the tread ensure a firm foothold on stony and rocky ground. ■ The sole is resistant against heat and cold. ■ It prevents penetration of oil or petrol into your boots as well as discharging electrostatic loads to ensure that no sparks are generated and that no fire can occur should there be any contact with flammable materials.

CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, you can get in touch with HAIX through the following lines of contact. GERMANY ■ Email: +49 (0) 8751/86 25-0 ■ Website: www.haix.com

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TRIJICON HAS LED THE INDUSTRY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUPERIOR ANY-LIGHT AIMING SYSTEMS SINCE THE COMPANY’S FOUNDING IN 1981. WORLD-RENOWNED FOR ITS INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS OF TRITIUM (A RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPE OF HYDROGEN WHICH IS NATURALLY PRODUCED) AND ADVANCED FIBER-OPTICS, TRIJICON MANUFACTURES THE MOST ADVANCED RIFLESCOPES AND SIGHTS FOR TACTICAL AND SPORTING APPLICATIONS. BACKED BY A LIMITED-LIFETIME WARRANTY, TRIJICON’S AIMING SYSTEMS ARE PROVEN ON THE RANGE AND IN THE FIELD. AS A RESULT, TRIJICON HAS EARNED THE TRUST OF THOSE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED OF AIMING ACCURACY AND DEPENDABILITY. W W W.GEARUP-MAG.COM

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CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, you can get in touch with Trijicon through the following lines of contact. AMERICA ■ Contact Number: 1-703-445-1600 EUROPE ■ Contact Number: +44 (0) 777 9033483

SRO REFLEX SIGHT The Trijicon SRO® (Specialized Reflex Optic) is designed with a maximized field of view and a clean, crisp red dot that deliver improved pistol accuracy in competitive-shooting and target-shooting applications. It’s also engineered with Trijicon’s legendary durability, so it can withstand abuse on and off the range.

Based in Wixom, Michigan, the company provides a large number of units to United States based military and law enforcement, including - the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Special Operations Forces, United States Government, and state and local Law Enforcement, as well as serving a large number of non-American clients. With a range of products that are seen as market leaders within their specific sectors, Trijicon are most definitely a strong contender within the optics market.

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The wide field of view is parallax-free and compatible with suppressor-height iron sights. Furthermore, the clean, crisp dot makes it easy for users to find and track the dot in both target and competitive shooting applications, helping improve shooting accuracy and speed. This is achieved via a finely tuned, illuminated reticule, coupled with an exceptionally clear front lens. The end-user also has complete control of the illumination settings, with 8 brightness settings available; including one super bright mode and two night-vision modes which can be ‘locked in’ to secure the user-chosen brightness setting indefinitely. Additionally, a top-loading CR2032 battery provides a 3-year battery life (at setting 4 of 8), which makes battery switching fast and easy, lending itself well to the law-enforcement market where batteries may need to be changed in a hurry.

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The Trijicon SRO® incorporates a maximised field of view as well as a crisp red dot that delivers improved pistol accuracy in all shooting environments. While designed for the competitive and target shooting markets, the SRO lends itself well to environments where a clean shot is pivotal to the completion of a mission.

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The Trijicon SRO® offers the end-user a plethora of illumination options, with 8 brightness settings available; including one super bright mode and two night-vision modes. Furthermore, the illumination settings can be ‘locked in’ to secure the user-chosen brightness setting indefinitely.

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CONTACT INFORMATION You can inquire about Daniel Defense’s products directly through the following lines of contact. AMERICA ■ Contact Number: 1-866-554-GUNS ■ Website: www.danieldefense.com

their own in-house robotic Cerakote finishing line, Daniel Defense aims to control its own destiny to better serve the end-user. This was only enhanced in 2017 when the company moved into its state-of-the-art 300k square-foot manufacturing facility.  By leveraging their design and manufacturing efficiencies Daniel Defense have successfully been able to provide consumers custom quality products at a great value.

DD WAVE® 7.62 SUPPRESSOR Daniel Defense is a family owned and privately held firearms manufacturer located in Black Creek, Georgia. Founded in 2000 by President/CEO Marty Daniel, the company was born from Marty’s vision to create custom rifle accessories for his personal rifles. Eighteen years later, Daniel’s concepts have evolved into one of the most recognizable brands in the firearms world, consisting of some of the world’s finest AR15-style rifles, pistols, bolt action rifles, and accessories for civilian, law enforcement, and military customers.  Since selling their first AR in 2009, Daniel Defense work each day to deliver products unmatched in quality, precision, and world-class customer service.  From inception, the company has strived to control every facet of production and today makes nearly every component part it sells.  This differentiates them from many industry players who basically assemble rather than build their products.   From being one of the first in the industry to use a cold hammer forging process to build the world’s most accurate and durable barrels to using

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The new DD WAVE 7.62 sound suppressor’s advanced cascading baffle geometry more effectively attenuates sound than simpler baffle styles. The DD WAVE’s unique one-piece, 3D-printed Nickel Based Superalloy baffle/tube eliminates the need for welds—typically the weakest points of a traditional suppressor—providing unmatched strength and durability. As mentioned, the DD WAVE is 3D printed, making use of one of the most advanced methods to do so – laser sintering. Laser sintering is most known for its use in the creation of parts for space rockets, however Daniel Defense have incorporated it into the design of the DD WAVE due to its ability to generate unique designs. Constructed of nickel-based superalloy, stainless steel, and titanium— and then Cerakote coated—the DD WAVE 7.62 is fiercely strong yet lightweight, making it durable, and reliable for full auto use. The DD WAVE is attached via their Acme Thread Quick-Clamping System, which will not carbon lock, and securely clamps the suppressor to a 17-4 PH stainless steel muzzle device, making it easy to remove even after extended use.

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WITH THE NEED FOR A HIGH QUALITY MULTI-TOOL WHILE ON OPERATIONAL DUTY BECOMING MORE AND MORE APPARENT, GERBER HAVE SHIFTED UP A GEAR WITH A NEW RANGE OF CUTTING EDGE EXAMPLES THAT COMBINE A RANGE OF NEW INNOVATIONS WITH THE LEVEL OF QUALITY THAT HAS DEFINED GERBER’S PRODUCT RANGE SINCE THE COMPANIES INCEPTION.

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Renowned as a master in the production of knives and tools, Gerber is an American brand based in Portland, Oregon, that takes into account the unique needs of specific activities, creating products to solve the problems presented to their users on a daily basis.

GERBER SUSPENSION

The Gerber Suspension is somewhat a classic within the realms of multi-tools. Various Gerber multi-tools being built using the same chassis, such as the Truss (See issue 1 for our thoughts on this), however sometimes the original is simply the best offering, and in our opinion this rings true in regard to the Gerber Suspension. Founded in 1939, Gerber has reliably served their customer base for eighty years, providing products that revolve around three key points quality, reliability and innovation. Working out of their base in Portland, Oregon, Gerber have created a global supply chain that has seen their profile grow since the companies inception. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers and tradesmen, decades of innovation and dedication to their cause has cemented Gerber as one of the biggest companies within the marketplace, with millions around the world relying on the quality of their products.

The Gerber Suspension comes loaded with a number of tools – 11 to be precise, including spring loaded needle-nose pliers, ‘V-Cut’ wire cutters and three screwdrivers; a phillips and two flat screwdrivers. Furthermore, the Suspension makes use of Gerber’s Saf.T.Plus locking system, which makes sure the tools remain in place once in use, protecting your fingers from any potential injuries. Furthermore, the Gerber Suspension comes included with a high quality nylon sheath to protect it when not in use.

With a wide range of products ranging from knives to machetes, multi-tools to shovels, they have consistently been able to pinpoint the specific needs of their end users and deliver products that have become engrained within their various sectors. You need only look at their track record to see how revered their products are. Gerber are in fact so confident that each item is backed by a lifetime warranty, almost challenging their users to find fault in their products.

The chassis itself is robust, with the Suspension making use of a stainless steel construction, with the handle later anodised in aluminium. Furthermore, the tools are finished in Titanium Nitride which improves the substrate surface properties. In regards to weight, the Suspension comes in at a measly 272.1g, or 9.6oz, making it an insanely light multi-tool, which has become growingly important within todays market.

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The Gerber Suspension is a classic multi-tool, with a number of later Gerber products built around the design of the Suspension. This is in part due to the chassis, which is manufactured from a single piece of steel to allow for additional strength.

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To ensure tool stability, the Gerber Suspension makes use of Gerber’s proprietary Saf.T.Plus locking system. This ensures that the tools remain in place once put into use, making it perfect for high-stress situations in which the end-user cannot afford to injure themselves.

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CONTACT INFORMATION You can inquire about the Gerber range of products through the following lines of contact. Or you can find an extensive list of their dealers via their website: gerbergear.com AMERICA ■ Contact Number: 800-950-6161

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After the intense levels of exertion that come with operational duty, have the peace of mind in regards to getting a good nights sleep is paramount. With a range of state-of-the-art sleeping products, originally being designed to withstand the Scottish Munros, Highlander have cemented themselves as a favourite within the outdoors market.

PHOENIX SLEEPING BAGS

With the need for high quality sleeping apparatus, Highlander have endeavored to create a range of high-quality sleeping bags that can withstand a range of different climates, with each sleeping bag rated to different seasons. The Phoenix range of sleeping bags is Highlander’s premium range of sleeping bags, with the range broken into three different products – the Spark 150, Ember 250 and Flame 400, with each sleeping bag designated based on their rating; taking their names from a varying degree of fire, indicating warmth.

With a love for the various mountain ranges throughout Scotland’s Highlands, Highlander have delivered a range of products fit to survive the rugged landscape and ever changing climate associated with some of the most adverse environments the United Kingdom has to offer. Having funded hours upon hours of research and development, Highlander soon realised that if their products could live up to the expectations of those traversing Scotland’s Munro mountains, it could survive anywhere around the world. Following their success, Highlander have grown from strength to strength, becoming one of Scotland’s finest product ranges. Now with a plethora of outdoor and tactical products across a range of different sectors, including backpacks, clothing, sleeping bags, tents and outdoor accessories, their range is available in over fifty countries worldwide, a feat that is testament to their success as a company. On top of that Highlander have fulfilled a range of prestigious contacts over the years, including being an exclusive licensee to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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We originally looked at the Ember 250 in issue 1 of Gear Up Magazine, and with the winter months firmly upon us, we thought it fitting to revisit one of the best sleeping bags we’ve come across since the launch of the magazine, pairing it with a look at the other two offerings manufactured by Highlander. The Spark 150 is the lightest sleeping bag in the range, boasting a range of impressive statistics and features. Due to its lightweight design, the Spark 150 is the ideal sleeping bag for spring or summer operations and excels in a jungle environment. The Ember 250 sits within a nice middle sector, being rated as a three-season bag, making it the ideal sleeping bag for warmer countries that see a dip in temperature during the evening. For a full review of the Ember 250, see Issue 1 of Gear Up. The Flame 400 is a 3-4 season sleeping bag that will keep you warm in conditions where the temperature is extremely low. The Flame 400 also offers the end-user the ability to combine it with the Spark 150 or the Ember 250 for extremely cold environments using a built-in attachment system.

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400 3 FLAME HIGHLANDER ■ LINING: 68D 210T polyester pongee, cire ■ FILLING: 2x200g/m2 bounded ■ FOOT: 150D oxford, pu coating ■ Upper Limit: 11°C ■ Comfort Temperature: 1°C ■ Lower Limit: -8°C ■ Combine with the Spark 150 for a sub-zero bag ■ Adjustable hood closure ■ Waterproof boot liner inside bag ■ Mobile phone storage pocket

DIMENSIONS: 220x90x60cm PACK SIZE: 48x29 (cir)cm SIZE: 220x90x60cm

CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, you can inquire about the Highlander range of products through the following lines of contact. ENGLAND ■ Contact Number: +44 (0)1506 438 438 ■ Email: info@highlander-outdoor.com ■ Contact Form: highlander-outdoor.com/contact-us

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Powertraveller are on a mission to enable their customers to enjoy nature on their own terms with the help of lightweight, portable power sources. Technology helps people get the most out of the time they spend outdoors: It keeps people connected with their loved ones and fellow adventurers. For more than fifteen years, Powertraveller have been designing, developing and manufacturing award-winning portable power banks and solar chargers that extend the usability of a wide range of electronics. With the vast array of electronic equipment used by military and law enforcement professionals in today’s battlefields, the ability to stay on the radar is paramount to survival. While on the whole, these professionals have access to charging stations for their equipment, such things aren’t always available, especially in FOBs, or when the end-user finds his or herself deep behind enemy lines. Powertraveller have realised this, and in the process have designed a range of solar-powered charging solutions that adhere to the need for neutral colourings on their equipment.

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TACTICAL EXTREME SOLAR KIT The new tactical extreme aims to further cement the brand’s reputation as “charger of choice” in the outdoor, aid and tactical markets. The tactical extreme houses a massive 12,000mAh capacity Lithium Polymer battery and offers users real power in a compact, durable shell. It features a bi-directional USB-C port for both charging a USB-C device and also recharging the unit itself via USB-C, a 12V DC output for charging larger devices such as SLR cameras, heavy duty torches, and tablets plus a 5V USB output for smaller devices including smartphones, GoPros, smartwatches, and GPS systems. The tactical extreme has been developed in a coyote brown colour, specifically designed for the tactical and military markets when camouflage and blending in is vital. The rugged, clam-shell design solar panel offers 5 Watt max output, allowing full recharge of the extreme battery unit within 18-22 hours in optimum light conditions, plus you can use the solar panel to charge 5V devices directly if desired.

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■ WHAT CAN IT CHARGE? ✔ TABLET: 1 TO 2 TIMES ✔ SMARTPHONE: 3 TO 5 TIMES ✔ SAT PHONE: 3 TO 4 TIMES ✔ GPS: 7 TO 8 TIMES ✔ ACTION CAMERA: 7 TO 8 TIMES ✔ DSLR CAMERA: 2 TO 5 TIMES ✔ SMARTWATCH: 20 TO 22 TIMES ✔ HEAD TORCH: 5 TO 7 TIMES

CONTACT INFORMATION You can inquire about the Powertraveller range of products through the following lines of contact. UNITED KINGDOM ■ Contact Number: +44 (0) 1420 542980 ■ General Enquiries: sales@powertraveller.com

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With more than 15 years-worth of experience in the design and manufacture of equipment for the medical sector, Elite Bags have established themselves as one of the key players within the market. Their mission is to offer solutions in the transport of materials and tools to the professionals of the different sectors, especially health (emergencies, nursing, medicine, first aid, etc.), developing products adapted to their needs. Their design department is specialized in the development of new products to facilitate the work of professionals. The design of their products is carefully studied willing to obtain useful work tools that give an integrated solution both in form and in functionality for its final use. In addition, they collaborate directly with professionals from each sector analysing in detail the needs that are generated in their activity and thus be able to develop a product that fits perfectly to the marked objective. With a commitment to improving their range and the satisfaction of their customers, Elite Bags work under a Quality Management System UNE-EN-ISO 9001 with which they improve their work day by day, being able to offer a better service and a better product every time.

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PARAMED BACKPACK RANGE The PARAMED range from Elite Bags Military is a re-design of their already hugely popular PARAMED range found in their non-military line. Although designed for medical professionals, the Paramed, like all of Elite Bags’ creations is extremely versatile making it the ideal medium sized soft bag for any professional who needs to organise and transport critical equipment. The fully padded backpacks can be fully opened to display six removable pouches and an equipment board. All the removable pouches feature transparent windows to help view contents at a glance and hook-and-loop tape to attach them to the bag. The range includes a number of different options, however we have chose to focus on the MB10.003 and the MB10.135. Both backpacks are made from a 1000D polyamide material, and offer the end-user a water-resistant internal section which is perfect for holding medical supplies. When opened, the end-user will find a central flap with multiple transparent pockets capable of storing a range of medical supplies. Furthermore, there are a number of pull-out containers which are attached to the backpack.

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■ MB10.003 ■ Hole to extract the hydration tube. ■ Pocket for hydration bag. ■ Adjustable chest straps. ■ Molle fastening to combine products. ■ Concealed compression straps. ■ Elastic bands of different sizes for holding ■ Medical materials and supplies. ■ Large removable padded compartment with a transparent window for storing fragile materials ■ Main compartment with space for the resuscitation bag and mask. ■ Four removable compartments for holding respiratory, circulatory, surgical and paediatric equipment. ■ Isothermal ampoule holder with capacity for 42 ampoules.

■ MB10.135 ■ Two external front pockets. ■ Padded, contoured shoulder strap and (removable) waist strap. ■ Molle straps on back and side panels. ■ Loop tape to back panel for ID patch. ■ Fully padded back panel. ■ Six internal removable transparent window pouches. ■ Multiple elasticated loops for holding equipment in place. ■ Ergonomic top haul handle. ■ Compression straps to sides. ■ Webbing at base for attaching rolled material. ■ Padded drug module with elastic loops. ■ Internal pocket for 2l hydration bladder. ■ Waterproof cover with velcro name patch.

CONTACT INFORMATION You can inquire about Elite Bags’ products through the following lines of contact. SPAIN ■ Direct: +34 965 69 22 89 ■ General Enquiries: info@elitebags.es

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