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Review: Outdoor Research Frostline Cap

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter. Some of that is by choice doing things like snowshoeing or hiking. Some of that time is not by choice doing things like clearing snow off our driveway which we accomplish with a 74″ snow blower mounted to the rear of one of our tractors. If you have ever cleared snow with a tractor mounted snow blower (with no cab), you know that you end up covered from head to toe with snow as the wind swirls and shifts. This means that you not only have to deal with cold temperatures, you also have to deal with lots and lots of moisture. You are soaked in short order.

The above situation, coupled with a warmer than average year in which we have seen plenty of wintery mix, wet snow, and more than our share of winter rain sent me on a quest for a hat that was warm, purpose built, breathable, and that would shed water. Any time I am looking for a technical, outdoor-oriented cap, I start at Outdoor Research.

Here is what I needed from the cap:

  1. It had to have a synthetic outer shell to help shed moisture.
  2. It had to be warm.
  3. It had to work with a head lamp since it gets dark around 3PM here at the height of winter.

The Outdoor Research Frostline hat seemed to fit the bill and then some. I purchased one before the worst of the snow flew and I have been wearing it almost daily since. This hat is a serious multi-tasker and has done exactly what I have needed.

Dealing with Precipitation

This hat seems purpose built to deal with winter precipitation. The outer shell is constructed from breathable and water-resistant 30D Pertex Endurance fabric. After almost a full season of wear, water still beads and rolls off of mine. There can be some slight seeping at the seams when the cap is getting absolutely soaked but it is more than enough to keep my head dry in most conditions.

The Frostline also has a really well designed flip down brim. It is held up with a magnet and stiffened with a relatively soft foam (like what OR uses in many of their hat brims). The brim is short and flips down at a very severe angle which is great for keeping sun out of your eyes and channeling the water running off your hat away from your face.

Warm

This cap is warm. The Pertex Endurance outer is lined with pile fleece that has good loft and wicks well. The fleece lines the hat completely including the bottom of the flip down brim and the ear flaps (which can be folded up and secured on top of the cap when they aren’t needed).

The Frostline also has a built in facemask that tucks away inside of one of the ear flaps in a zippered compartment. It is easy to access with gloves (though putting it away is a little bit of a pain) and does a great job of keeping your comfortable when the air is so cold and dry that it hurts to breath. There is very little exposed skin when the face mask is deployed.

Works with a Headlamp

This may seem like a weird requirement for a headlamp but it gets dark very early in my area. Many caps with brims just don’t work well with headlamps. The Frostline is different. When the brim is up, it doesn’t get in the way at all. When it is down, the angle is severe enough that you can still place your headlamp above it without shadowing.

I have Outdoor Research dealers near me but none of them had the Frostline in stock for me to check out. I was able to pick up mine at Amazon on sale for about $20 less than I could find it elsewhere: OR Frostline on Amazon.

This cap has become my go to for cold weather outdoor activities and I especially like the fold up ear flaps for use with over the ear hearing protection! I like it so much that I may pick up a second one. Even my daughters have asked for their own Frostline cap.

Gadsden Dynamics Custom Wasp Rig

Have you ever looked at an offering from a gear maker and wished you could make changes or additions? Not every gear maker can accommodate those types of custom requests but Gadsden Dynamics can. They recently posted an image of a custom Wasp Rig that features the addition of shot shell loops across the lower portion of the rig.

If you would like to customize a Gadsden Dynamics product, get in touch with them at GadsdenDynamics.com.

Snake Eater Tactical IWB Mag Pouch Glock 42/43

You may already be familiar with Snake Eater Tactical’s IWB Magazine Pouch. These versatile mag pouches make use of elastic and hypalon construction to fit a wide variety of magazines. While they work just fine for shorter magazines like the Glock 43 (see our review), users requested a shorter version and Snake Eater Tactical delivered.

Snake Eater Tactical now offers the IWB Mag Pouch Glock 42/43 which is essentially a shortened version of the original pouch. As the name implies, it works with Glock 42/43 magazines but also with a wide range of other subcompact magazines.

www.SnakeEaterTactical.com

Beez Combat System Retro-Kit Cummerbund GRID

The new Retro-Kit Cummerbund GRID from Beez Combat Systems (BCS) allows you to convert earlier BCS plate carriers (and many others) to a full featured cummerbund complete with FirstSpear Tubes closure system. As the name implies, this cummerbund makes use of BCS’ laser cut GRID material to create a lightweight, low profile, fully MOLLE compatible surface. It will also be available in a version with sewn on PALS webbing.

It supports both hard side armor and soft armor:

 

  • Full cummerbund with intergrated side plate pockets. Holds 6×6,6×8 and 7×8
  • Support soft armor inserts 6×12-18″

BeezCombatSystems.com

 

SHOT Show Sale at RE Factor Tactical

RE Factor Tactical is offering 15% off to celebrate the arrival of SHOT Show. Use code GUNBUNNY at checkout to save.

REFactorTactical.com

SERT & Sneaky Bags at SHOT Show 2018

WOODBRIDGE, Virginia – January 20, 2018 – SERT and SNEAKY BAGS, the industry leaders in nylon rifle cases and covert bags, will launch several new products and services at 2018 SHOT Show, January 23 to 26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

For the first time, SERT will introduce its Precision Rifle Bag (PRB) which will become available to the public later this year.  It will be available in 2 sizes, 46” and 51”.  In addition, the company recently launched it’s Take-Down Case (TDC) to the public.  The TDC was first introduce at the 2017 SHOT Show and is now available in 28” and 22”.

SERT will also be introducing an OEM program targeting rifle manufacturers who seek quality rifle cases to be packaged with their respective rifles. The products specifically designed for the OEM program will be exhibited at the booth.

SNEAKY BAGS will be showcasing some new additions to their line which includes their new Covert Duffel Bag (CDB).

Attendees of the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas can see their new offerings at the SERT Booth #20000 in the main LE Hall (Level 2). In addition both companies/brands will be launching their new web sites during 2018 SHOT Show.

For more information please contact 703-670-8001 or info@sert.us

SERT: www.sert.us
Sneaky Bags: www.sneakybags.com

AmmoPAL in Action

AmmoPAL released a new video showing their product in action. It works like a sort of external magazine that allows you to hold 10 2 3/4″ 12 gauge shells in a compact package but access them quickly. The AmmoPAL can be belt mounted or attached to PALS webbing in a number of ways including upside down.

AmmoPAL.com

 

Beez Combat Systems PcC Chest Rig GRID

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) is in the process of updating much of their product line with their new laser cut GRID technology. The latest product to receive the GRID treatment is their PCC Chest Rig GRID.

The PCC Chest Rig GRID has BCS’ internal magazine design which keeps the rig very low profile and offers a completely uninterrupted PALS compatible surface on the front made up of the laser cut GRID material. This chest rig can carry 4 30/32 round pistol caliber carbine magazines and features adjustable flaps so the user can dial in the fit.

Like all of BCS’ chest rigs, this one is available with a number of harness and lat strap options. It is available in Multicam, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Black.

This rig has been tested and confirmed to fit the following magazines and will likely fit others:

  • Glock 9mm 33rd Magazine
  • M&P 9mm 33rd Magazine (ProMag)
  • Beretta 9mm 32rd Magazine
  • Ruger 9mm 32rd Magazine
  • Springfield 9mm 32rd Magazine
  • CZ Scorpion 30rd mags
  • PGS hybrid CZ Scorpion mags
  • MP5
  • Sten
  • Currently working to confirm KRISS mags

You can check out the PCC Chest Rig GRID at BeezCombatSystems.com

5col Survival Supply Attachenator Kit

5col Survival Supply’s Attachenator Kit is now available. This clever kit comes with everything you need to attach all kinds of gear to a PALS grid, a backpack, your belt, and more.

The kit includes:

  • 4 ITW GTSP Cordlocs
  • 5 ft. 1/8″ diameter Shock Cord
  • 5 ft. MIL-C-5040h Type 3 Parachute Cord

This kit can be very convenient for the guy who doesn’t already have these components on hand. In order to piece together a kit like this, you would have to buy all the separate components in bulk which not everyone wants to do.

I have used these same components to do all kinds of things like:

  • Mount a TQ to a PALS grid
  • Attach trekking poles to a backpack
  • Attach water bottles to a backpack shoulder strap
  • Make a strap for managing a sling on a rifle
  • Make retaining straps or a grid for securing bulky outerwear to a pack
  • Make adjustable dummy cords for gear like a compass

Check out the Attachenator Kit at 5col.com.

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