Vertx

Kryptek has proven to be an immensely popular (and unconventional) series of camouflage pattern. Here are Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn giving you some background on how they went from working on the sharp end in Iraq to developing a ‘final four camouflage finalist’ (in the U.S. Army down select process).

 

 

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We checked that spare magazines were ready to pull out. Pick them up the wrong way and you waste a precious second or two turning them around. Put them in your belt kit with the curve the right way up, and they’re ready to slap into place. A lot of people put a tab of masking tape on the mag to make it easier to pull out. When my mags were empty, I’d throw them down the front of my smock for refilling later. We could use the rounds from the belts of the Minimi…” Andy McNab, Bravo Two Zero

Vertx Solid Smock JacketVertx has some new options available for admirers of their original smock (to wit: offering them in black and dark earth so you can wear one without looking like you’re hunting muj or training to be a mall ninja).  If you’re not familiar with the Vertx smock, it’s billed (fairly accurately) as a wearable go-bag.

The smock has 14 total pockets with 6 integrated 30-round magazine pockets. It features NanoSphere treatment of lightweight Cordura (not nylon as their catalog says) so it’s weather resistant. Both the hood and the hand warmer pockets are lined with hydrophobic fleece so they won’t retain water once they get wet (which is for me particularly annoying and occurs frequently on some garments’ front pocket). It’s oversized so you can wear it over your other kit, has pit zips with mesh lining to keep debris out while allowing the garment to breathe and features patch/ID panels on the sleeves.

The Vertx smock has been around for a little over a year now and is essentially a modern take on a military classic (the Denison smock, which really is a classic):

http://www.wearvertx.com/VertxSolidSmockJacket.aspx

 

More on the history of the smock here.

 

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Funker always delivers good stuff. Here’s Darrell Morrow of Vertx talking about some of their line-up for the year.

Vertx is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/wearVERTX) where they run the occasional FB-only discount code. Most recently it was for 20% off any of their Kryptek kit.

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 Vertx has a new belt that will shortly be available. It uses contour webbing that tapers down from 1 3/4″ to 1″ and the American made side-release Raptor Buckles from JBC Corp instead of the more common Cobra buckle. The Vertx Raptor belt (may not be the actual title) is not a rigger’s belt, rather more of a range/shooter’s belt, though they do intend to eventually make one with a rigger’s harness. It provides sufficient platform for duty carry without providing too much for EDC or CCW/off-duty work.

Vertx chose to taper the webbing in once piece the way they did so there’s no attachment point (as there is in some belts where two different sized pieces of webbing are sewn together) and to allow the 1″ metal Raptor buckle (which is lower profile and lighter weight than a Cobra buckle, can be threaded through typical pant loops without removal and has a 2,000 lb. rating (assuming you wanted to lift a minivan or whatever).

The belts will  initially be available in Black, OD and Earth (the Vertx coyote)–and there may be a few at SHOT if you want to swing by their booth.

The Raptor buckle, if you’re unfamiliar with it, has an interesting back story. It was developed by a male nurse in Iraq who was having to deal day to day with inadequate three-pronged buckles on the litters they were using…more on the Raptor buckle and why Vertx chose it in a future article.

No word yet on how soon the new belt will be available for purchase but expect it soon.

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I received an e-mail from Bartek, one of the Equipped.PL crew. He was kind enough to send an English version of their review of the Vertx smock, which the Mad Duo posted yesterday in Polish. Hopefully this is a little easier for most of our readership to understand (since I’m guessing we have a limited number of Polish speakers). They apologize for any awkward wording and syntax, as English is not their first language. I’ve tried to smooth out some transitions, so any glaring issues are probably mine. Mostly I’d just like to thank Bartek and Equipped.PL for being good sports and letting us share their review.  DR

 

Vertx SMOCK

Smock jackets are one of the most characteristic pieces of combat clothing associated with United Kingdom armed forces (and all the other Commonwealth countries too). Smocks have been used by airborne and special forces troops since World War II – fabrics and camouflages often changed but the cut was only slightly modified. The unique, generous cut of hooded parka with plenty of pockets to allow the carry of complete survival or first line kit became its trademark.

Smocks have always been a symbol of elite forces and a piece of gear all the international partners of the SAS or Royal Marines wanted to have. Though the issued smocks were apparently one of the best of military clothing ever developed,they did not always fit to the custom requirements of all prospective users. Naturally a commercial market developed, resulting in multiple derivatives of smocks from numerous companies such as Arktis and SASS. Since the introduction of the new British Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage and Personal Clothing System (PCS) in February 2011, smocks are now a widely issued part of equipment for every British Soldier. Of course, the updated version includes many new features (as sleeve pockets which weren’t common in the past) but overall it’s still a good ole’ smock. In other countries, especially France, Germany and the Scandinavian countries, smocks are very popular in the reconnaissance and mountain infantry units. Over the past few years the smock fashion arrived in the United States, where unique features of such clothing were finally seen. Most of new projects were very “traditional” but there have been some incredible and innovative solutions, both in cut and fabrics.

The first, widely presented “US Smock” was  the technically advanced Vertx Smock of the Vertx brand – a smart design company which quickly became widely recognized for their low-profile tactical pants. During SHOT Show 2011 they also debuted a new concept of smock, the wearable go-bag.

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This could be courtesy of guys who served in the Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej or Marshal  Poniatowski’s Hussars for all we know, but it looks good. This a review of the Vertx Smock by a gear site in Poland. It appears to be a pretty thorough review, and the home page with full content has some great pictures.

VertX Smock Amerykańskiej

Kurtki typu smock są charakterystycznym elementem wyposażenia, nieodłącznie kojarzącym się z siłami zbrojnymi Wielkiej Brytanii (i innych krajów Commonwealthu). Smocki towarzyszą brytyjskim żołnierzom oddziałów spadochronowych i specjalnych od czasów II wojny światowej, zmieniały się materiały i kamuflaż, jednak krój modyfikowany był nieznacznie – zawsze była to stosunkowa długa, obszerna kurtka z kapturem i znaczną ilością kieszeni, które pozwalały bez problemów przenosić kompletne wyposażenie survivalowe, umożliwiające przeżycie w sytuacji odłączenia się od sił własnych. Stają się coraz popularniejsze, niech świadczy o tym szereg firm cywilnych szyjących ich własne odmiany, czy choćby fakt przyjęcia ich jako przydziałową odzież dla każdego brytyjskiego żołnierza – patrz udany smock z systemu PCS.

Także Amerykanie pozazdrościli smocków i zaczęli szyć swoje. Pierwszym, szerzej zademonstrowanym nowoczesnym „amerykańskim” smockiem jest VertX Smock amerykańskiej marki VertX, która szybko znalazła uznanie wśród licznych użytkowników, wprowadzając do oferty bardzo popularne spodnie, które przedstawiliśmy wcześniej na Equipped.pl. W 2011 roku VertX zaprezentowali swoje podejście do klasycznej kurtki smock – łącząc klasykę z nowoczesnością.

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Tak jak klasyczny smock, VertX Smock charakteryzuje się obszernym krojem, jednak z możliwością dość dobrego dopasowania za pomocą elastycznych ściągaczy w dole oraz na wysokości pasa, ze znaczną liczbą kieszeni, których jest łącznie dziesięć. Kurtka zapinana jest solidnym, dwubiegowym zamkiem kostkowym firmy YKK, dodatkowo krytym patką, chroniącą przed przedostawaniem się wiatru i wody do wnętrza, zapinaną rzepami oraz napami – na obu końcach. W miejscu wszycia anatomicznie profilowanych rękawów, zakończonych patkami umożliwiającymi dopasowanie ich do dłoni, znajdują się długie dwubiegowe zamki służące do wentylacji korpusu, szczególnie podczas dużego wysiłku. Co ciekawe, zdecydowano się na wszycie w rejonie pach miękkiej siatki, a nie zostawienie dużych, niezabezpieczonych otworów.

 

Read the original in its entirety, if you’re lucky enough to read Polish.

 

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Calling all urban snipers: Vertx has advised that their new Overwhites are in stock and available. The Vertx Overwhite Suit is an extremely lightweight and packable camouflage system (a 2-piece set) unique to the tactical market. Though they are designed to be donned over whatever the shooter is already wearing, these are not the old military pull-overs and smocks you’d wear with Mickey Mouse boots. They’re unique and far more ubiquitous than you would think, too – and you don’t have to be crawling in the winter to use them, and you may find them very effective within the confines of a city.

As it turns out, although originally designed for snow and ice environments, the Overwhites have evolved into something more than, well, Overwhites. Their white-and-gray pattern is very well suited for a variety of urban environments, particularly high light-colored positions. At least one major metropolitan police agency has put them into the field for rooftop counter-sniper positions (see staged photos recreating their field use) and found them to be an excellent alternative to lying there in OD/MC/Blue/Black.

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