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Rainier Knives Introduces Fastpak Scale Kit

The Fastpak from Rainier Knives is an ultralight fixed blade knife for EDC or outdoors. It was previously only available with a skeletonized handle befitting it’s lightweight design intentions but now they have introduced Fastpak Scales. Even with the new scales, the Fastpak weighs in at a scant 2.55 ounces including the sheath.

The scales are available as a kit for those who already own a Fastpak or as an optional accessory for those purchasing new Fastpaks. The scales are relieved so that the original sheath can still be used with the scales installed. They are available in Black, Green, or Natural Micarta.

RainierUSA.com

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Sneak Peek: OV Innovations FILBE Shoulder Harness to ALICE Frame Conversion

OV Innovations is developing a conversion kit that will allow end-users to mount FILBE shoulder harness to ALICE frames. This would certainly be an upgrade over the standard shoulder straps and FILBE straps are quite affordable ($10-20) compared to many aftermarket pad kits. Additionally, the plastic frame sheets that have replaced the ALICE frame have a reputation for breaking so this could be a solution.

This kit is still in development. Keep your eye on OVInnovations.com for updates.

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Amtac Blades Introduces the Magnus

If you have ever looked at the Amtac Blade Northman and wished it was bigger, the new Magnus might be for you. The Magnus features a 5″ blade ground from 3/16″ thick CPM-20CV steel and comes in at 8 5/8″ long in overall length. Like the Northman before it, it features textured G-10 handle scales.

The Magnus will be available to order on Thanksgiving Day. It will also be available for a special price on that day ($50 off).

Stay tuned for more details.

AmtacBlades.com

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The Buff – Swiss Army Knife of Headwear

What if there was one piece of gear that could serve as a scarf, a knit hat, a gaiter, a pot cozy, a handkerchief, a sleep hat and more? What if it also weighed very little and folded almost completely flat? Well, such an item exists. It’s called a Buff and it’s as amazing as it sounds.

What Is It?

It’s simple – really, really simple. A Buff is basically just a fabric tube. It is usually made from a material with some stretch like Merino Wool, polyester, and synthetic fleece. The tube shape is the key to its versatility.

Original Buff is, as far as I can tell, the originator of the Buff. The name “Buff” is a brand name but it has become somewhat of a genericized trademark that refers to similar headwraps from other manufacturers. My first experience with something similar was the Spec Ops Brand Recon Wrap about 15 years ago. Mil-Spec Monkey, OR, and others all make versions of this useful item. Now I own several including some from Original Buff which I prefer.

What’s the Big Deal?

The Buff’s versatility is off the charts and if you enjoy spending time outside, you’ll likely never stop finding uses for them. They are an incredible addition to a cold-weather EDC. I don’t leave home without one when the temperatures start dropping and I camp/hike with one year-round.

Here are some of the ways I have used mine:

  1. knit cap (great for cool summer nights above treeline)
  2. sun protection
  3. sweatband
  4. ear warmer
  5. helmet liner
  6. pot cozy/holder (great for insulating rehydrating camp meals or holding hot pot handles as long as you have a non-melting material)
  7. scarf
  8. gaiter
  9. balaclava
  10. handkerchief
  11. hand towel
  12. pillowcase (wrapped around a stuff sack that was stuffed with clothes)
  13. More ways to wear a buff

My first Buffs were all made from synthetic materials. They were fairly thin and served me well in all 4 seasons. However, last year a friend mentioned that Buff Headwear now offered 100% Merino Wool Buffs which opened up a whole new world of functionality since Merino won’t melt. I am more comfortable using the wool version handling hot pots in camp. It also seems to stave off stink longer than the polyester versions. If I could only have one, it would be one of the lightweight Merino Wool Buffs.

My Buff is usually working for me even when I am not wearing one. I typically fold one flat and tuck it into the front pocket of my Hill People Gear Kit Bag to pad items like my compass and phone. This protects my gear just a bit and keeps the Buff in an easy to access location.

Wrap Up

Buffs are as multifunctional as a Swiss Army Knife and useful in all 4 seasons. They are one of my all-time favorite pieces of gear.

You may have a source for them locally so check your local outdoor stores. I have a local source but they don’t carry the Merino Wool versions that I prefer so I have purchased mine on Amazon.

Buff Headware on Amazon.com (affiliate link)

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GunfightersINC Adds Nightstick Weapon Light Support

When I reviewed the Nightstick TMC-550XL weapon light, I found it to be a great light. The only thing that I lamented was the lack of holster support at the time. Fortunately, that is changing as GunfightersINC has just announced that they are selling and will mold holsters for the Nightstick weapon lights.

GunfightersINC.com

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Bockscar Bomber Hat from Garage Built Gear

Garage Built Gear, maker all kinds of EDC items from the materials and camo patterns that we all love, is about to drop some very cool bomber hats. The Bockscar Bomber Hat is their version of the classic bomber hat design and it looks amazing.

The outer portion of the Bockscar is sewn from your choice of color or camo pattern in either 500D or 1000D Cordura Nylon (denier depends on color or pattern). The options include Multicam, Multicam Arid, Multicam Alpine, Multicam Black, Chocolate Chip, Woodland, Black, and OD Green. The inner is soft, warm fleece in your choice of Black Stretch Polar Fleece or “Mountain Pattern”.

These hats are hand made and will be released in small batches. The first batch will be released today (November 5th, 2019) at 12PM CST (Noon). If you want one, don’t screw around because $60 is a great price for a hand made item like this. They will likely sell out quickly.

GarageBuiltGear.com

RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap in Multicam Tropic

RE Factor Tactical is now offering their popular Blasting Cap in Multicam Tropic. The Blasting Cap is a FlexFit cap with breathable mesh side and back panels, large front and back loop fields for patches and ID, and an interior signal panel.

They are available in two sizes (small/medium and large/extra large) and several colors and patterns in addition to the new Multicam Tropic version.

REFactorTactical.com

Admiral Scott Moore joins Board of Directors of Wild Things, LLC

NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Wild Things, LLC (“Wild Things” or the “Company”), an ASGARD Partners & Co. (“ASGARD”) portfolio company, today announced that Admiral Scott Moore has joined its Board of Directors.

(PRNewsfoto/ASGARD Partners & Co.)

Admiral Moore retired in 2014 as a Navy Rear Admiral with over 30 years in Naval Special Warfare (“NSW”). During his impressive career, he led at every level of NSW, from SEAL platoon commander, to Commander of the Nation’s premier Counterterrorist Force, to Deputy Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, where he was responsible for training and equipping a 7,000 person force. He also commanded a 1,500 person Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, which conducted over 2,000 missions against enemy leaders.

His staff tours included assignments as director of Counterterrorism on the National Security Staff, White House, directly briefing The President of the United States; as the Assistant Operations Officer for Counterterrorism, The Pentagon, where he advised the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff daily on counterterrorism operations; and as the Deputy Commander for Operations, Office of Defense Representative, Pakistan, where he coordinated NATO operations with Pakistani military leaders.

Admiral Moore currently serves as CEO of Karakoram Group, which he co-founded, an organization that focuses on solving global commercial security problems.

“We are more than excited to welcome Admiral Moore to the Wild Things board of directors. Admiral Moore is an accomplished leader with over three decades of experience in NSW, which will provide valuable insights into the needs of the warfighter. We are confident Admiral Moore will make an important and positive impact on the Company,” said Christian Cantalupo, Partner of ASGARD.

“I have a lot of respect for the Wild Things mission to protect extraordinary men and women taking extreme risks in uncertain conditions,” said Admiral Moore. “I have always admired the Wild Things brand and product, having used it firsthand in the field, and am looking forward to contributing to the Company’s next level of success.”

About ASGARD

ASGARD Partners & Co. is a private equity firm based in New York that primarily invests in founder, family, and management-owned companies. ASGARD predominantly focuses on manufacturing, services and distribution businesses, with ties to defense, government or aerospace markets, located in North America. The partners at ASGARD form a cohesive team, with decades of investing and operating experience, well‐suited to drive value and assist companies with transformational change. The firm invests in all forms of corporate divestitures, management buyouts, recapitalizations, generational ownership transitions, and going-private transactions. ASGARD believes business is a powerful platform that can change the world for the better and is committed to serving entrepreneurs, companies, and investors that share this belief. For more information about the firm, please visit https://asgardpartners.com.

About Wild Things

Wild Things (www.wildthingsgear.com) is a leading brand and manufacturer of premium technical outerwear and gear for extreme outdoor conditions, primarily serving the military, special forces, and law enforcement communities both domestically and internationally. The Company is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

SOURCE ASGARD Partners & Co.

Armageddon Gear Ultralight Shooting Mat

Armageddon Gear’s Ultralight Shooting Mat is just what it sounds like. A lot of shooting mats are large padded affairs that will only ever be used on the range due to their too large size when rolled and heavy weight. The Ultralight Shooting Mat is a field usable mat that corrects those problems.

The Ultralight Shooting Mat is made from 500D Cordura so it is durable and lightweight. It has a coffin shape with thin closed-cell foam padding on the parts where your chest and shoulders would be to prevent moisture from wicking through and provide a bit of comfort. It weighs about 1.5 pounds and rolls up to about as small as a backpacking sleeping bag. This is a shooting pad made to be used on the move.

ArmageddonGear.com

Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Junction Pack

Hill People Gear dropped a sneaky hint about their upcoming pack, the Junction, a few weeks ago and we caught it. We now have even more details and images of the new pack.

Scot Hill said this of the junction, “It is a minimalist daypack just a bit larger than the Tara. Top load, no compression straps but lacing, two wand pockets, and Tara style suspension.”

The back panel has a zippered compartment that is designed to accept a 13″ laptop though that may vary in the production version. The top flap also has a small zippered compartment for organizing small, quick-access items. It also retains all the loops necessary to be used as a compression pocket/panel on HPG’s larger packs.

If you have been looking for something a bit bigger than the Tarahumara and with a bit more organization, this could be it. The Junction is not available for sale yet. Stay tuned for details.

HillPeopleGear.com

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