MRLogoMystery Ranch’s New VLAK and IFAK – First Look: Part 1

Brad Walker

I always try to stay in touch with the guys at Mystery Ranch because it seems like they always have some really cool new products coming down the line. So at SHOT Show this year, I made it a point to  meet up with Ryan from MR. He was eager to show off two of their very new and still unreleased first aid kits, the VLAK (Vehicle Litter Aid Kit) and IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit).

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Side-by-side comparison of the VLAK and IFAKs.

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Open VLAK and IFAK.

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Opening the VLAK.

 

Both kits are a basic mirror image of one another, with the VLAK being the “big brother” in this case and remaining quite a bit larger. The VLAK is more suited for [as it says] vehicle operations and larger casualty situations, but can be used in a number of other operations. Units or individuals could easily use the VLAK to substitute for their standard CLS (Combat Lifesaver Bag) (pending command authorization – never waiver from SOP without approval), or it could also be used as an intermediate medical range bag…just a couple of examples. The IFAK [being an individual kit] is more suited for the end user’s personal gear such as being affixed to body armor, a bag or pack or even a modern battle belt. Either of the two will set you up for complete success, but paired together and used in conjunction, the user will have an extensive set of complete medical provisions.

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Open VLAK.

 

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Closed IFAK in Coyote.

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Open IFAK in Coyote.

 

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IFAK Layout.

 

Mystery Ranch is also partnering with North American Rescue to provide all of the medical kit to outfit their new additions. The brass at MR have informed me that they are still in the early R&D stages and don’t have any concrete information to put out on the exact contents that will be included with the NAR upgrade, but the pictures lend a pretty good idea of what to expect.

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VLAK Layout.

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Backside view of the VLAK.

 

Below are lists of what you can expect to be included:

VLAK

  • 2x CAT
  • 2x Celox 5ft
  • 2x S-Rolled
  • 2x ETD 6”
  • 2x Hyfin Twin
  • 2x ARS
  • 2x NPA
  • 2x Casualty Card
  • 1x Shears
  • 4x Gloves
  • 1x SAM Splint
  • 1x CricKit

VLAK (BLS) *Basic Life Support

    • 2x CAT
    • 4x S-Rolled
    • 2x ETD 6”
    • 2x Hyfin Twin
    • 2x NPA
    • 2x Casualty Card
    • 1x Shears
    • 4x Gloves
    • 1x SAM Splint

IFAK

    • 1x CAT
    • 1x Celox 5ft
    • 1x S-Rolled
    • 1x ETD 6”
    • 1x Hyfin Twin
    • 1x ARS
    • 1x NPA
    • 1x Casualty Card
    • 1x Shears
    • 2x Gloves

IFAK (BLS) *Basic Life Support

  • 1x CAT
  • 1x S-Rolled
  • 1x ETD 6”
  • 1x Hyfin Twin
  • 1x NPA
  • 1x Casualty Card
  • 1x Shears

*Note – BLS items may be purchased by anyone, however certain items listed above require training before purchase, please contact North American Rescue for specifics.

The VLAK shell weighs in at just 11 oz. (311 g) empty and the IFAK shell at 7 oz. (198 g) with a volume of 430 cu in. (7L) and 180 cu in. (3L), respectively. The full details of what will be included with the kits will be released at a later date and final weights will be distributed at that time to give more specific weight requirements.

Both kits will come standard in 500D Cordura nylon and will be offered in Coyote and Multicam to comply with various military branches and mission requirements. The VLAK and IFAK shells will be sold separately, and the user will be able to add NAR medical supplies as an optional upgrade. Prices to be determined as details are finalized. We just wanted to give you a more detailed “insider’s look” on what was coming down the pipe from Mystery Ranch. We’ll also be doing a Part 2 of the VLAK/IFAK as the product launches and is put into production for purchase.

Mystery Ranch’s full line of outdoor packs and accessories are available for viewing on their website at www.mysteryranch.com. Also stay up to date on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MysteryRanch. We will be providing a more extensive review as updates are filtered to us, so check back with us for more details.

 

Walker

 

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