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Vertx - A-Range bag - 1Several of our minions have been playing around with elements of the new Vertx EDC lineup – the A-Range Bag is particularly good to go. This isn’t to say we don’t like what we’ve seen of the whole line, we do, but the A-Range Bag is what we’re most intrigued by. We’ll warn you up front, the price point on some EDC pieces will make you work to justify the expense to Household-6. They range from $150 for the satchel up to $220 for the Gamut Plus. It’s worth the purchase in our estimation, just not something you’re going to pick up for a few bucks at the PX as an impulse buy.

There are 7 pieces in the EDC lineup total – Commuter, Satchel, Gamut, Gamut Plus, Courier, A-Range and the limited edition version of the Gamut Plus. All of them have a lot of Velcro real-estate, largely because of their “Tactigami” add-on (this Tactigami stuff would be worthy of a short article itself, so watch for that). Below are a couple of videos from the new series. To our minions’ minds, the best piece of the line is the A-Range bag. It is, as the name indicates, a modular range bag. It’s very well designed and has some great features. Good for an individual/family visit to the range though obviously it’s not going to be something that carries everything you need for everyone during a qual day.

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5.11 Overatch Carry-on 5

5.11 Tactical has an unlikely but effective new bag that somehow manages to combine tactical and traveler without appearing foolish.  It’s called the Overwatch Carryon.

Make no mistake, I don’t plan on packing a duffel, flying to João Pessoa and terminating somebody from the roof of the Guarany Hotel Express, but it’s nice to know I could. The Overwatch is described as “duffel, shooting platform and garment bag.” I haven’t thrown mine on the ground at the range yet, but I did put a freshly dry-cleaned suit in the garment bag portion with a folded AK and magazine pouches on each end and slung it around. [click to continue…]

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4-BKP-2NDF-BLK_Left_400PX[1]Hazard 4 now has a larger, backpack version of the sling pack models that allow users to rotate the pack off their back around to their front for easier access to gear or a concealed handgun.

The Second Front day pack “has generous size to accommodate laptops in its padded retainer, yet is nimble enough to be rotated from back to chest. Common to all our slings, such as the Evac™ series, this maneuver gives on-the-go access to frequently used gear while carrying heavier loads on the back the rest of the time. It’s also more secure in crowds etc., since you can keep it in sight and allows users to sit back in tight quarters such as ski lifts, or in vehicle interiors,” Hazard 4 officials maintain.

The new pack measures 16.9 inches long, 10.6 inches wide and 3.1 inches deep.

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Infantry_Sleep_Anywhere2_Adam_Ferguson_PhotoThis isn’t your typical Kit Up! post by any stretch of the imagination. However, I’ve found sometimes the oddest things have a certain appeal. There are two pieces of kit that received rave reviews from some fellas at COP Herrera and another location were an electronic kettle and this thing – the Travel Halo. I’m guessing some of you reading this can understand why.

Originally created last year after an Indiegogo campaign, the Travel Halo is designed to make it easier to sleep sitting up (and, by default, in other contorted positions). Set aside the obvious benefits if you’re stuck in a C-130 or a C-17 for a flight halfway around the world, this could be another sort of beloved snivel kit entirely.

The Travel Halo doesn’t act as just a pillow, it provides stability for your head, with an optional piece to shut out the light.

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LBT Load-out bag

Ok, first off, London Bridge Trading Company is a great company and most of their stuff (have to be honest here) is made in the USA.  Loren is the COO of LBT, is a solid dude and also a former Command Sergeant Major. I first met him out in VA Beach a few years back working with a company I’m a partner with a company called Neptunic Technologies.  We were talking textiles and we hit it off right away over beers.  It’s always nice to see a guy with operational experience at the helm of a company like this.  [click to continue…]

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The Jeep J8 at AUSA

Keeping with the spirit of next generation vehicles, for those of you that know, Jeep and AM General are in a cage match over the next generation military vehicle.  While this is big Army, Jack had a good SOCOM post back in July you can check out about Jeep vs. Flyer. I’m personally not a fan of the Hummer.  Big, clunky, expensive to repair and sticks out like a turd in a punch bowl in any Area of Operation.  I hated driving the Hummer when I was in Afghanistan and much preferred the Toyota Hilux four-door.  [click to continue…]

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We got some of the new 5.11 RUSH Delivery messenger bags to check out nearly a month ago and haven’t been able to get to them until now. Warrior Expo East, the FBINAA Conference, then New Breed of Warrior and of course frequent efforts to support single dancing moms with dollar bills in between have kept us really busy—what’s interesting, though, is we’ve seen these bags at all of the conventions (and at least one place with the single dancing moms).

This will be just a first look, not a true review. We’ve got them going out to different members of the review team, so it will be at least a month before we get solid feedback from them. We’ll advise when that eval period is complete.

So, this Tactical Messenger Bag looks to be a well thought out piece of kit. It’s obvious a lot of thought went into the design and they’ve made allowances for about every conceivable need someone carrying such a bag have. In fact, that was our initial hesitation—it seems like there might actually be too much to it. We have no doubt that some less organized folks (not you, Christian) might actually find the thorough and proficuous construction to actually be something of a drawback rather than a benefit. (Note: grunts, here ya go.) 5.11 Tactical bills them as “Business Tactical” on their website and the description seems to fit.

The bag has a padded 17” laptop compartment, into which we easily fit a 15” laptop and cooler base. Not sure if it would accommodate something as large as a Toshiba Satellite, but we’ll try it. There’s a double-secured back pouch (Velcro and strong ambi zippers) to address concealed carry and retention. Even if you’re not into carrying a weapon away from your immediate control, it’s lined entirely with Velcro for easy modularity (plenty of space for mag or cuff pouches or whatever, so you have ample reloads for any unexpected festivities). There’s a loop on the rear of the bag you can slide over an extended suitcase handle and expandable, cinched mesh-lined pockets that will hold a liter bottle on each end. There are a number of other useful features culled from both traditional tactical bags and “bicycle messenger” courier type bags. For instance, a place to hang reflective streamers so you can accessorize the reflective PT belt we all know and love.

This thing has a lot of space. It’s more organized than a drag queen’s closet, with 20 pockets and pouches and plenty of MOLLE/PALS real estate (Brian van Hoose actually says it’s a Mega-capacity storage device). Frankly, if you stuffed it completely full of everything it could hold, you’d wind up wanting to switch to an assault pack or small ruck anyway. Guess it all depends on how tightly you pack and how much pogie bait and ammo your standard business tactical loadout requires. 5.11 Tactical’s Dave Rhoden (whom you may recognize from his brief cameo on Glee, or when he won the Wafa Wafa Desert Rucksack run two year ago at Moses Lake) explains the RUSH Delivery features in this video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kit Up! contributors Swingin’ Dick Kilgore and Jake “Slim” Call (the Mad Duo) are tactical celebrities of the action figure world whose humility and scalpel-like wit have been called the “editorial equivalent of a .308 boat-tail to the head”. They’re an amalgam of several operators from different backgrounds representing a wide range of tactical experience.

 

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