More Modularity – Holsters

One of my SOC Rigs from G-Code Holsters; I picked up a new light shroud which unfortunately turned out not to work on an x300 but I chalk that up to airsoft gun dimensions. Either way it was a good reason to mention these holsters today since they’re not very well known, but I think they should be. I also need to post the HSGI high-ride leg rig I’ve got for mounting these at some point, because I made it long before tactical social media was a thing and it also far predates the common Safariland UBL + 1 leg strap setup that’s ubiquitous these days.

As far as both these holsters and the aforementioned leg rig, I found them via a good buddy of mine who used to work for PTS and was a trail blazer in the tac gear world for civilians who play airsoft and take weapons manipulation classes (which are the ‘grown up’ equivalent of bbbattles for a lot of folks lets be real). At the time, the universal fabric holsters that nobody with sense would dream of using these days had finally died their death, kydex was coming on strong, but any time you wanted to change light on your pistol you’d have to wait goodness knows how long for Raven, G-Code or whoever else to get around to making the very specific new holster you wanted.

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With just a few screws the lower cowling on the SOC can be changed and all the commonly available quality pistol lights are catered to. Combining this with the G-Code RTi system you’ve got an awful lot of modularity as to which sidearm you sling on your hip and how said weapon is configured. By comparison to a fixed kydex pistol caddy on a belt slide mount it’s an absolute breeze to change things around and doubly so if you’re running lots of PALS compatible belts vs just a plain 1.75 or 2″ duty belt.

The hood retention is flipped down by spring pressure when the user presses straight down on a button upon initially creating the 3 finger grip around the frame, so it’s a perpendicular motion to Safariland. It certainly functions fine but I have found that when you wear the SOC Rig on your hip and also wear gear on your torso then lean to the side, your torso rig can end up podging down on the retention button leaving the pistol only held in by friction. This has never been a problem for me in hobby usage and this design has been for sale for many, many years with no serious complaints being abound online that I’ve seen. Quite the opposite.

Assuming I didn’t have to use the AWFUL issued Radar rig, I don’t know if this would be my absolute number one choice for duty use given one knows which light they’d be using and sticking with (for example) a certain model of SureFire, LLC X300 for many years. But the build quality is of course right up there with G-Code. The plastics can take a beating and all the metal hardware and operating parts are built to go the distance. Any time I’ve got a pistol/light combo that can fit in a model these guys offer, that’s the option I’ll take.

PCU Primer Pt 2 (Things You Should Learn If You Haven’t Already)

I mentioned over the weekend I’d be sharing a very important article; why important? Because if you’ve read the aforementioned post along with perhaps some of my previous posts about layering as a system for inclement weather, then this piece right here is THE definitive guide all written down in one place.

There’s a couple of good online resources about PCU (though not too much that’s recent) and ITS Tactical not only has one of the newest written pieces on the subject but between their YouTube channel and website it’s certainly one of the best resources when it comes to this topic. Especially how it relates to the military and any outdoor pursuit, be it camping, hiking, hunting, extended types of airsoft games or anything else where you need to look after yourself away from hard shelter.

If you’re perhaps still scratching your head on what PCU stands for, it’s Protective Combat Uniform, and has been issued in various forms to US SF for many years now; longer than you’d probably expect given the fabric technology used. The standard US Army clothing system known as ECWCS (extended cold weather clothing system) works off essentially the same numbering and layering system. There’s slight variations in patterns, cut and fabrics but it’s overall really quite close to PCU. Now the old CS95 we used to have here was a rather obsolescent interpretation of the same idea but PCS implementation has brought our issued kit much closer to PCU and ECWCS, with the main exception of a lack of Level 5 softshell layer and that we’re hanging on to the smock.

The general concept and the archetypes of clothing items you find within each level of PCU can be seen mirrored in various civilian style outdoor/mountaineering type clothing lines produced by all sorts of companies.
Gaining an understanding of what each layer or level can do for you will be truly invaluable knowledge. Often a manufacturer will work to the same system but won’t use the numbering in their product nomenclature, leaving you the consumer to figure things out. Arc’teryx being a key example but O P Tactical Gear Store have a great sub-section of their clothing section which assigns layer numbers to items for you. However once you have this sort of information yourself you will make you look back and think “bloody hell I was doing seriously stupid stuff before” AND crucially you’ll be able to instantly recognise where any given item you’re looking at buying will fit in with the rest of your gear and whatever your end usage is for said gear.

Now, you don’t need to own every layer from 1 to 7 to utilise this sort of setup, far from it actually. You will basically never end up wearing every layer at once. But from the perspective of the duty and hobby usages you personally are most likely envisaging, the fact these items are so widely issued by the military means you can pick them up relatively cheaply as surplus and integrate them in to your gear bags and loadouts.

Now this is a long old read, no doubt, but if this is a new subject to you don’t fret at first like I did when I was trying to gain and understanding. If you can just grasp the basic intentions and the foundation of what the key layers will (and won’t) do for you then you’ll be in a far better position of understanding than you were yesterday, I absolutely guarantee that.

Protective Combat Uniform and Equivalents

Seeing an awful lot of people online/out on the actual streets shockingly under prepared for the unprecedented snowfall we’ve had here in the UK.

I removed (by various means) a blanket of a good 6″ of snow off my car roof and windscreen earlier then shovelled out a channel in front of it before the sun went down in the hope said snow wouldn’t all freeze solid overnight. Then I did the same with my parents’ car. Currently crossing all my fingers that the gritters will get around to me by the time I try and go anywhere tomorrow. I’m in the suburbs of London here, so it must be a hell of a lot worse further north and in the countryside and yet even here the sheer weight and volume of snow on my roof was genuinely impressive.

Good opportunity here of course to break out all these layering items that sit dormant through a lot of the seasons. Not that I was going on an epic trek (far from it) but I’ve learnt over the years to layer down when I’m running around and bulk up when I’m not really moving far, the latter being the case today. Also remember that regardless of the task you’ll always do a better job if you’re concentrated on said task rather than shivering and when it’s 0 or below you will get bloody cold in under 5 minutes without good insulation.

I opted for just a regular t-shirt, then grabbed my Beyond Clothing A3 Alpha jacket, which was one of their entirely civvie looking variants in grey with no loop fields; thin nylon shell with a thin layer of light Polartec alpha. In terms of insulation it would be rivalled by some thicker L2 items that are considered base, but the A3 also packs down to nothing. Next, since I was going all out, on top of that I went for the Snugpak Original Sleeka that I picked up from PLATATAC in a sale a while back. For those who are familiar the Sleeka is a lot like the Brit issued softie jacket, only the construction is overall a step above in quality. It’s a big and ‘puffy’ PCU L7 equivalent and with the full roll-out of all the layers in PCS a similar jacket now seems to be standard issue, whereas it was deployments only in the past under CS95. I spent a large portion of my time down the Falklands with a softie jacket living almost permanently inside my smock, and for barrack wear (with just a CS95 t-shirt and shirt underneath) that was a winning combination. So I’ve got a lot of love in my heart for the softie jacket these days.

If you were to go off the PCU charts and the way the numbers work, your big puffy L7 jacket would always be the outermost layer and some people seem to imply that should be the case, but I’ve never personally found it better to have a jacket that’s all about insulation on the outside of a jacket that’s about water repellency, so fully encompassing my L3 and 7 I went with the Группа 99 | Gruppa 99 softshell L5. It’s a frequent go-to for me outside of airsoft because it may have arm pockets but it lacks arm loop and it’s not a camo pattern, not to mention of course that decent L5 shells are just immeasurably versatile. The size I ordered turned out to be a tad too long and maybe a tad roomy, which is in actually quite ideal for fully shrouding layers underneath that won’t repel external moisture. With L5 outermost you avoid having snow melting on to the very thin synthetic shell of your insulating jacket, soaking through in to the fibres that are keeping you warm and reducing their effectiveness. The ability to shed a certain amount of rain makes L5 shells very handy indeed at keeping out snow, because the fabric and treatments easily handle the small volume of water that does melt on to you.

I ended up spending a lot of time digging snow out of door handles and around wiper blades with my hands and the Sealskinz Dragon Eye gloves did pretty well overall. Considering the circulation in my hands is pretty poor compared to the average person they weren’t suffering much at all when I got back in. The synthetic leather palms were very much sodden but the insides didn’t seem to be wet. These gloves were very much a compromise purchase for me realistically since they offer good insulation but in a comparatively thin build that actually allows for manipulation of magazine catches, triggers and zips and buckles on kit. I’ve been a big fan of the classic issued leather ‘assault’ gloves for years given they are entirely waterproof, insulate fantastically and still just about allow some dexterity, so those would’ve worked even better for the task at hand given insulation was far more a priority than dexterity.

Hat wise I grabbed my trusty Outdoor Research beanie, which I believe to be their Wind Pro model. It’s a fairly thick fleece lining with a poly/spandex outer that goes around the ears like a champ while still staying just about out of your field of view. Unlike my Arc’teryx beanies which I can’t wear for more than 5 minutes without having to take off to scratch my entire scalp, the OR simply stays comfortable and doesn’t feel like it ever lets the slightest bit of heat escape your skull. If anything it almost does too good of a job.

Now is this huge over analyses for shifting some snow? Yes. But as I said at the start I’ve seen a lot of people today wearing essentially their normal fashion clothes with a basic coat chucked on top with a hat and then suffering for it. My plan at some point is to produce a decent length video explaining PCU layers (and equivalents) further and my experiences of which ones are useful and when.

I think generally in the forces people tend to have a reasonable grasp of their issued layering system – the colder it is, the more insulation, rain jacket when it rains, softie/fleeces under your smock when not running around etc etc. But that’s easier to do when you’ve been issued all that kit and most likely been forced to learn to use it through some inclement weather in phase 1 training. However there’s a tendency for the likes or airsofters and recreational shooters and other outdoors types to see anything outside of guns, plate carriers and helmets (or equivalent popular/key items in a given hobby) as uninteresting – not worth investing the time to learn about them or the money to acquire them. This often seems to apply to eye pro, good boots and any layering other than maybe a budget softshell jacket; though I use the term softshell loosely when it comes to some brands. Also very few people seem to grasp the fact that continuing to wear their regular cotton-blend camo uniforms when it’s wet and freezing is a nonsensical move. Hint – combat shirts were designed for people sweating their balls off running around in armour in the desert, they’re not in any way going to assist you in the cold, mud, rain and snow and are an inferior base layer under a shell.

I’ve no doubt there are lots of fair weather hobbyists out there and I’ve been guilty myself in the past, but there’s simply no reason to miss out on doing what you enjoy or being uncomfortable doing it for a large portion of each year if you just take a bit of time to learn about different layering options. As I say I’ll be putting together a video on this topic at some point and I’ll also be linking to a truly fantastic article over on ITS Tactical. It’s an article with a much higher word count than even this post, but this post itself will act as a fairly decent primer so that you’re not going in to the full explanation of PCU with no frame of reference. I tried that a long time ago and being a simple-minded armourer it took a lot of mental effort to genuinely grasp the key points that were being put across amongst all the detail that is provided.

Modular Modularity

For those wondering about sizing on the G-Code contact chest rig bags and what I keep in them, here’s a couple of custom made modular PC placards from Dead Coyote Tactical Nylon which fit said bags perfectly. Unfortunately DCTN don’t seem to be in the gear making business any more, but thanks to the proliferation of the modular fronted carrier idea you can get these placards retail from various companies who build relevant PCs. For example Velocity Systems/Mayflower R&CEsstacand Warrior Assault Systems/UKTactical, not to mention any 3-mag chest rig with the right side-release buckles and hook backing like the ubiquitous Spiritus Systems.

Although there’s no universally recognised ‘spec’ for these panels, the sizing format of 6 columns x 5 rows is pretty well standardised across various manufacturers at this point. Similar story with the placement of the male buckles and using hook velcro to back the placards. There are other systems out there of course like the SKD Systema and Ferro Concepts (as well as some very rare FirstSpear prototypes) that use G hooks instead of 1″ buckles, as well as Crye’s velcro-on panels. But I think if we’re looking at this in the context of a format war, then what you’re seeing in the image below is very much in the lead and most likely to win in the long term.

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I opted for solid webbing instead of alternating rows on my panels to allow best placement of any pouch that happens to be 4 PALS rows tall instead of 3 or 5. Also had the corners cut at 45 degrees with webbing tabs for easy removal if necessary, which is more important if you’re using a classic cummerbund that requires fully ripping up the front flap to don or egress from your armour. Height of the buckles is non-adjustable on these, but as you’ll see on some Vel Sys products that’s easily achievable by simply making the 1″ webbing longer with appropriately facing hook and loop to interface with the back of the panel.

These 2 examples were ordered with blanking plates on the backs for storage because I’ve had too many clothing items ripped and eaten up by exposed hook, but if you don’t have a blank the same effect is of course easily mimicked with various other materials. While you can of course purchase lots of different placards of this size which have magazine pouches sewn on in various common and handy configurations, I think the classic PALS setup to allow fitment of any aftermarket pouch is always a safe bet.

Lovely, Lovely Storage

Something from G-Code Holsters that satisfies my OCD immensely – the contact chest rig system bag.

First thing I’ll say is I don’t think the contact chest rig gets anywhere near the attention it should given how goo-goo people get over the Spiritus, but then if there’s one thing we know there’s *definitely* no element of sheep-think or this-month’s-flavour in the tac gear world.

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The idea of this bag course is to house the G-Code contact chest rig when loaded up with pouches and mags etc. It’s sized just right for that purpose. Could you just wrap the thing in a cheap supermarket bag? Sure, it’d keep the mud and grit out of your mags if you stash the rig in the car boot or whatever, no drama. But if you do happen to want a more durable storage or transport option then this bag will serve you well.

Where I realised these bags would fit my desires (“needs” would be a stretch) perfectly is storing placards. I’ve got 3 different plate carriers that are either built or adapted to accept the standardised(ish) size of modular front panel using a pair of 1″ side release buckles and hook+loop. Of course if you have that system it’s pretty pointless to only have 1 placard, so where do you store those spares in a neat and easily accessible manner? Using colour matched bags made from cordura in the expected military gear style fashion. How else you silly sausage?

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With the contact rig being sized for 3 x 30 round 556 mags, the complementing storage bag works out to be just the right size for the most common type of placard, which will be 6 columns x 5 rows of PALS to accommodate 3 commonly available magazine pouches. There’s enough depth in each bag to store at least 3 placards with stiffened pouches like TACOs, but if you use all-fabric pouches or even something super slim like BFG TenSpeeds you could easily fit in at least 6.

Not a terribly complex item as you can imagine. Loop field for whatever you like on the front, coil zips with paracord sheath pulls, built inside-out with ribboned seams and very nicely constructed handle up top comprising 2″ webbing that’s been folded in and sewn in to a more comfortable carry shape. Doesn’t open symmetrically as you’ll note, which means you have a flap or lid of sorts which is pretty nice for accessing the contents. Only thing I’m not a fan of is the field of hook that runs along across the top of the bag on the inside; exposed hook likes to eat other gear and it’s really stitched in to the construction of the bag so no unpicking it. But some cheap loop to cover that won’t exactly bankrupt you.

Whenever I pick up another PC or Chest rig that takes placards in a different colour I’ll honestly be looking forward most to adding another one of these bags on to the top shelf there. Something which is easily done to compliment whatever kit you use because they offer a very wide range of solids and camo patterns when you buy one of these.

Hopefully some of you will find the aesthetic of this 3rd image as deeply satisfying as I do.

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Buy My Gear!

I’ve had a few requests for a full listing of all the gear I’ve personally got for sale, so after literally years of procrastination I’ve spent most of the weekend taking pictures of basically everything I’ve got that I’d like to move on and uploaded them all. I’ve had the link in the pinned post for a while but who ever reads pinned posts? Check it:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjPXJkHw

I’ve eaten more than a few cakes and occasionally lifted a weight over the past couple of years, so if you wear a Small in shirts oh boy do I have some deals for you in particular. There’s all sorts of accessories, pouches and plenty of clothing as you’d expect. As you’ll also note the variety is about as wide as you’re ever likely to find, which is just a result of trying to cover as many brands and items from around the world on the website, here and on the channel. Also the fact I’ve been putting off uploading these images for many years now means there’s a huge spectrum of brands and price levels. I’ve got some ‘big ticket’ items (more of which will be added in the next few months so be sure to bookmark if you like Crye) ranging all the way down to the middling and economical budget.

As I’ve mentioned before, my storage space is really beyond its’ limits and I need to open it up to get more gear in to feature, use and review. It’s all getting posted on forums, groups and ebay over time but I thought you lot should at least get first chance if you fancied it. Given how much room I need to create here I’m not at all adverse to letting things go pretty cheaply, so just get in touch any way you’d like and we’ll sort out some deals. If you know anyone else after some pretty decent kit then share or let them know too. The quicker I make room the quicker I can bring in new product and I’m confident you’ll all really enjoy the line up of posts that are incoming over the next few months and years. If you’ve seen the big mail call posts that have gone up in the last ~12 months you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I’ll not post about this again for the next couple of months at least because I don’t want to bombard your feeds with sales, but I hope you don’t mind the very occasional entry here in order to help me out bringing in the content you hopefully will enjoy.

Clear Giveaway

(Copied from facebook)

Good news, I secured the go-ahead from PLATATAC to do my first ever gear giveaway of this style. I’ve got a set here of the Tac Dax Special Projects Mk3 trousers in NWUII (pretty much AOR1) sized Medium/Regular (around a 33-34″ waist) that I reviewed a little while ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fOFpbVvf8Y&t=1s

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My biggest issue these days is definitely storage, so if I can give something back to you good folks, publicise the name of a brand I know makes really good quality kit and make a bit more room for more gear to come in here for posting about; well that seems like a win-win-win.

To enter 1. You need to have liked this page of course 2. Drop Platatac a like either here or on IG, which honestly I would recommend anyway because they make cool stuff; I’m not going to be checking on these because there’s not really a reasonable way to do so, so there’s an integrity test for you 3. React to this post and comment when you’ve done so. Throw in some pics of your other gear you’d rock these with as well if you like, just for the craic.

A share here on facebook or a like/comment on youtube would certainly help your case and help me out but the reality is, far as I can tell, unless you have your facebook settings fairly open Pages cannot see who has shared their posts. On the rare occasion I see shares here I’m very seldom able see who’s clicked the button and to require a share for the competition would be disingenuous (despite the fact plenty of big retailers pretend this isn’t the case).

This will run for a week (winner announced Saturday 2nd Dec) and is open to anyone, even if you’ve won stuff from me before because I’ve not given away actual gear like this previously. If you’d like to read the manufacturer’s product description or buy some yourself in a different colour here’s the link:

http://www.platatac.com/platatac-tac-dax-special-projects-mk3.html

Salomon Blues

You want controversy and really hard hitting stuff? It doesn’t get much harder hitting than this my friends, because let me tell you.. I am not particularly a big fan of Salomon (regular or forces). You might go so far as to say, I don’t like the brand.

I know lots of people think they’re great and people can get really protective of brands in this general arena, so don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here as an attempt to somehow disqualify every good experience anyone else ever had in a Salomon boot; that isn’t how I roll. However my XA Pro 3D mids have come up in my image posting queue so this felt like a good point to run through my history with this footwear.

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Purchases starting around 2012, through until now:

1. A pair of non-forces trail runners that I actually picked up in a Millets if memory serves. Wore them just strolling around camp for a few days when a long stitch line along the side just totally failed creating a 3″ wide tear in the outer shell of the shoe. Resigned the pair to ‘dirty jobs’ and moved on.
2. Eskape Peak – one of the arch shaped metal eyelets right at the top of the right shoe (by the ankle) simply ripped right out one day when tightening the laces, this was after maybe a month or so of just general walking around at home and on base. I contacted Salomon UK, who’s customer service response consisted (eventually) of “we’ll send you a 20% discount on a new pair”. Then to top the shit cake with an extra turd, they never actually bothered doing so.
3. Eskape Aero – Another pair of fairly simple trail runners at the lower end of the Salomon price range that haven’t failed me in any way, been my most comfortable pair of trainers for about 4 years now. They’re the most horrendously unfashionable dad-shoes I own, but when I’m going to be on my feet a really long time I reach for them.
4. Forces XA Pro 3D Mid (as pictured) from LEAFGEAR, really great customer service from them – I took the Mids with me on a contractually obliged sunny summer get-away and alternated them each day for a couple of months with the issued Haix suede/desert boots. The Mids were wonderfully light and comfortable for sitting around and the quick lacing made them far superior for the multiple times per day I’d be changing clothes. Unfortunately the soles were the most pathetic I’ve ever encountered, even with no weight on my back I could feel the concrete floor through them, just no comfort under foot. With belt line, Glock 17 + spare mag, Osprey Mk4 with full armour compliment of armour, 4 x EMAGs, pouches with med kit and other ancillary/admin items, Mk7 helmet and backpack with food, hydro and spare clothes… not a bloody chance, the material of the in and mid soles absolutely caved in. I opted for the Haix and that’s not a thing I thought I’d ever have to type. I’ve kept these for using indoor at airsoft games, but that’s all. I don’t trust them for work.
5. Forces XA Pro 3D Mid, GTX – I had some credit with a certain ebay store and they had the gore-tex lined Mids in my size, but an older variant that feels slightly more solid. Worn for a day’s indoor skirmishing so far where they did fine so I’ve not resigned them yet, but a day running around with minimal weight on smooth surfaces isn’t exactly a thorough test. They will be tried out again on some hills and in less pleasant weather.
6. Forces XA Pro 3D (lows tops) – I wanted a super tacticool shoe that would allow me to really blend in a SHOT Show, what better? Probably literally anything else as it turned out. It may be all indoors but the expo centre is gigantic, on my feet from 9-5 covering at least a few miles each day; yet still on flat carpet so how hard could the going be? Well I certainly got the right size and as always I used all the proper foot care knowledge I’ve accumulated and practiced over the years, but at the end of day 2 the skin was just straight missing from the outside of both my little toes. Not an issue I’ve ever had with any other pair of boots or shoes I’ve ever worn in my life.

“But you haven’t tried the Quest 4Ds! The 4Ds!” you say and you are not wrong there. Many people have them, I know for a fact a few people reading this have them, my brother owns a pair and liked them so much he wore them out after very regularly using them for about 3 years. But 4 pretty bloody bad experiences out of 6 products purchased isn’t just my limit, it’s well beyond it. I kept going thinking “but so many people love them, surely I’ve just been really unlucky” but I was betting endlessly on red in vain hope and black just seemed to keep coming in.

If you’ve got Salomons and you like them, that is awesome, they do have some good ideas and designs. But I’m done buying them.

Daylight(weight) Robbery

Just noticed SKD Tactical have their very awesome FirstSpear OEM’d STT on sale today only. In flat colours, once you add it to the cart, you can pick one up for $159.20 before shipping.

Particularly for you guys in the US who haven’t experienced the Tubes magic yet… well I’m not seeing any better opportunity to get in on the action. You can easily spend the region of $150 on carriers from lesser manufacturers that weigh more with lower quality stitching, not to mention far older design and technology built in.

I’ve never so much as exchanged a message with anyone who works at SKD but I’ve shopped there at least a dozen or more times. I’ve recommended them before in terms of customer service and that recommendation still stands based on my last order placed a couple of months ago. They stock a lot of nylon stuff that I personally think really stands out.

http://www.skdtac.com/FirstSpear-STT-Plate-Carrier-SKD-Exclusive-p/fsr.550.htm

What Happened With Arktis?

In a move I always greatly welcome from any company that makes gear, Giena Tactics contacted me earlier today asking for details on what specifically was wrong with the kit I posted yesterday. Obviously I gave them a few other details and other feedback and they’ve got my e-mail now, so we’ll see what happens there.

Turns out they’ve already got a combat cut lower garment in the works which actually includes the stretch panels, which would be a good move I reckon. They’ve built a pretty solid foundation of products already, it wouldn’t take more than a couple of tweaks to improve their offerings substantially and bring them in to line with what I’d call pretty bloody solid.

As I’ve mentioned before, I did go through this with Arktis in 2016 and earlier this year. I offered them literally no end of assistance, experience and ways they could drastically improve their combat cut trouser with only a few minor tweaks and did they listen to any of it? Nope. A change of quite literally about 3mm in the opening to the knee pad pocket would’ve fixed their pad fitment issue and then I’d be pretty happy to recommend their Ranger Trouser to you all, especially given the huge range of patterns they offer. I gave them dimensions, photographed measurements, offered to lend them my own Crye gear to get things right; and they either ignored it all or refused to accept they had issues in their pattern. At one point they claimed “oh the trousers you have are from a really early batch, we’ve checked some new ones in the warehouse and it’s all fine now” then a few weeks later I see posts from other people who’ve just purchased their stuff and are having the EXACT same problems. Excruciating.

As for blatant copies of Crye’s design.. tricky one. At this point I honestly think it’s sort of crossed in to that area where the horse has thoroughly bolted and it’s just a common design that everyone’s making. Every type of gear we know and love came from one company at one time but it comes to a point you sort of have to accept it’s just out there to my mind. Adjustable mag pouches with bungee lacing, certain styles of chest rig, features on plate carriers, the combat shirt (another thing Crye started and now everyone’s doing it and that’s just accepted everywhere), the list goes on.

Anyway, I enjoy being transparent and not letting any manufacturer get away with putting out gear that’s got significant problems, especially if they can be easily solved. I feel there’s a real lack of both transparency and integrity in a lot of social media for the sake of money and free shit. Hopefully you lot like this kind of thing, but let me know either way.