Hook and Loop Without the Tear (Fooled)

[EDITOR’S NOTE:While Kit Up! tried to avoid the whole April Fool’s Day spoof posts, it turns out we were the victims of such a prank. Our new friends at Zulu Nylon Gear wrote us a note this morning apologizing for the mixup. They have indeed not developed a silent Velcro product. We say there’s no need to say ‘sorry’ after pulling off such a good prank. And Kit Up! is OK with being the victim of such a well thought out one (sort of).]

It was (and still is among some) the greatest complaint of the Army’s ACU (not talking about the camo pattern UCP mind you): The new fangled velcro closures, while convenient and low maintenance, are loud when you open them, potentially compromising a tactical situation with the tearing sound of hook and loop.

Well, it looks as if at least one tactical gear company has developed a new product that takes the audio signature out of the equation. Called “Silent Rip,” Zulu Tactical has begun to incorporate the stealthy sealer in its lineup of pouches, packs and accessories.

Might be worth a look for retrofitting onto old ACUs and incorporating into new ones…?

  • Stefan

    It’s about time! Congrats on silent hook and pile tape!

  • Bek

    Video is Private now :-(

  • It was just an April Fools joke, sorry guys!

  • Joel is correct…

  • strikehold

    ha ha! Nice one.

  • L Duffy

    No Joke!

    LYNX Fasteners is developing a brand new silent closure technology called XOLOK (pronounced Zo-lock) which just received US patent approval. It is not only silent, but is non-grabbing, thin, durable, and self-extracts sand, water, snow, etc. See a preview at http://www.LYNXfasteners.com.

  • chilpyl

    There is actually some very quiet(not silent) velcro in use on kids clothes. My daughter has a bib that has a very smooth hook surface and it makes very little noise when its being undone. And since the loop is so small it doesn’t grab, cut, or snag on other surfaces.

  • Moondog

    Maybe I am old fashioned, but the common button has worked for centuries, and is not high maintence. Anyone that thinks re-attaching a button is high maintence, cannot be trusted to maintain their indivdual weapon either.

    Lets go back to buttons, they are simple and proven technology.

  • Silly rabbits

    Buttons fall off or break. Plus you can’t attach a morale patch with a button. You want to put Mil Spec Monkey in the poorhouse?

  • Jeff Duran

    +1 for milspecmonkey