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Shelta Hats Icarus

I’ve been using a Shelta Hats Seahawk for about 3 years now for all of my outdoor activities including training on the range. I haven’t found a better sun hat – the No Flop brim is excellent, the performance of the materials is excellent, and the hat has held up to everything I’ve thrown at it including high winds, water, and gallons of sweat.

Now Shelta Hats is rolling out their first cap, the Icarus. This may be even better suited to use at the range for those who use over-the-head hearing protection thanks to its ball cap design and lack of a top button. The Icarus features 6-panel construction, plenty of laser-cut mechanical venting, breathable fabric, glare-resistant treatment under the brim, and adjustable Velcro closure with an elastic stretch band.

In my experience, Shelta Hats makes some of the most functional outdoor headwear around. The Icarus looks like a worthy addition to their line.

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Lester River Bushcraft Heavy-Weight Quilt Prototype

Lester River Bushcraft has a slick new heavy-weight quilt prototype that could be available very soon. The quilt is clad in cotton-poly ripstop material with a wool blanket sandwiched between for insulation. The result should be a roughly 60”x68″ quilt that insulates like natural wool but is easier to keep clean. Of course, it should be basically indestructible as well.

It won’t be light and, given that the entire thing has to be sewn on a long arm sewing machine, it won’t be cheap either. But, like all the other wool creations to come out of Lester River Bushcraft, it will be functional.

Friedberg Fabrication Spetsnaz Shovels

Freidberg Fabrication is a custom woodturning/carpentry shop that makes all kinds of cool things like custom clubs, picks, batons, and more. One of their latest creations is a turned Spetsnaz Shovel. The turning looks great and enhances grip.

This was too cool not to share. These shovels are the ultimate in function over form… but no one says they can’t go just a little harder on the form part of the equation.

Friedburg Fabrication on Instagram

PocketUp JT (Jack of All Trades) Pack

PocketUp’s newest pack, the JT or Jack of All Trades Pack, is designed to live up to its name thanks to the use of PocketUp’s SleeveWrap Pocket System. Need a sleek pack for days at the office or travel? It can do that. Need a tactical pack that scales up with a variety of pockets? It can do that too.

From PocketUp:

The JT Pack can do it all, working great in the city, travel, or in the field…easily earning the Jack of all Trades title! It is built with 1000d Cordura and 1050d Ballistic Nylon and comes with 1/2″ wide and 17″ long 7075 T6 aluminum stays. It has a front panel opening with a full field of Velcro on the inside of the panel to attach Velcro back pockets. There are sleeves on the front and sides to attach our SleeveWrap Pockets. It comes with 2 dual adjust compression straps that are removable. The back panel is 1050d Ballistic Nylon with dual density foam. There are wide contoured shoulder straps, with lifter straps, along with a bladder hose port. The top and bottom of the pack have tab loops for mounting our Pods or lashing gear. On the inside of the bag there is a bladder sleeve. The JT Pack is extremely versatile and can be set up in many different configurations to meet your needs and requirements.

The JT measures up at 19″ x 11″ x 7.5″ and has a 1700ci capacity (before adding optional pouches). It weighs just over 3 pounds.

Shown with optional Sleeve Wrap pouches.

NIXIEWORKS Eliminates Lead Times

NIXIEWORKS has eliminated lead times on their Lightfighter Rigs. They are moving to a batch production model rather than building to order. This should allow them to produce more rigs and allow customers to have them in hand faster. There are already a number of rig options in stock.

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