Read about the latest PenCott® news and more…
Read about the latest PenCott® news and more…
Although the Bearcat is designed mainly with Swimmer Cut plates in mind, it will also fit SAPI or Shooter plates. Due to the use of highly stretchable softshell fabric, the plate carrier offers great fitting, no matter what kind of plate cut you choose. The inner velour Velcro® panels are also specifically designed to work well with the COMFORT PAD system of the Spitfire® Plate Carrier.
Other Spitfire accessories, like the CUTAWAY set, flaps and back panels also work well with the Bearcat. That makes this carrier a great choice for those who already have the elements of Spitfire® System, but seek for a lighter platform. For extra versatility, the Bearcat is being launched with a set of its own specifically designed accessories – all designed to compliment the ultra-lightweight of the Bearcat platform. The Bearcat accessory set includes; SKELETONIZED BACK PANEL® and SKELETONIZED PLATE CARRIER FLAP®, as well as the minimalist SKELETONIZED CUMMERBUND SLIM®, and the SKELETONIZED COMMS WINGS SET®.
The BEARCAT Ultralight Plate Carrier and all accessories are available now in PenCott-WildWood camouflage. For full details, visit www.directactiongear.com
This new 30-litre capacity version should prove very capable for everyday use as well as being a good 3-day sized patrol pack. Like its predecessor, the Dragon Egg Enlarged® is made from a combination of Cordura® 500D nylon and laser cut laminate.
The main internal compartment features a zippered mesh pocket for small items, and the front compartment includes an internal organizer system for conveniently carrying and locating small tools, personal equipment, and cell phones or radios. The pack also features a back pocket that is padded with protective foam for safely carrying tablets or laptops (up to 15″ size). On the sides are pockets for water bottles or other items that you might want to have quick and easy access too. The pack also features two hydration system pockets to choose from – one internal and one external.
Making the Dragon Egg Enlarged particularly useful for tactical, SAR, and military users is the fact that the pack and the hip/waist belt include sections of laser-cut panels that are compatible with MOLLE / PALS configured pouches. The hip belt can be detached and used separately, or together with a pair of lightweight shoulder straps that are included with the pack.
The Dragon Egg Enlarged is in stock and available now on the Direct Action webstore for €139.00 in the PenCott-WildWood® camouflage pattern, as well as several solid colors.
The patterns are DevilDog™ and LeatherNeck™, and are both 4-color variations of the standard PenCott pattern geometry. They were named after popular nicknames for US Marine Corps members, due to the fact that the founder and CEO of 0241Tactical is a USMC veteran.
DevilDog™ is specifically oriented towards high plains, scrub desert, dry bush land, and similar types of terrain with light, sandy soil and sparse vegetation.
LeatherNeck™ on the other hand is designed for more temperate terrain that has a significant amount of brown tones – such as pine forests, mixed woodland with reddish soil, and so on.
Developing new pattern colorways during a period of lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation required some flexibility and creativity in the approach we took – not the least because all the work had to be done virtually between team members in the UK and US.
Our starting point was to analyze existing military patterns that have proven effective in North American environments – such as AOR-Universal, MARPAT-Temperate Woodland, CADPAT-Intermediate, Scorpion W2, etc. – comparatively analyzed within the specific types of environments we wanted to address. With this data in hand, we worked up a palette of potential colors, plugged them into the PenCott geometry, and then worked through numerous color combinations to down-select to a shortlist of pattern variations. Using extensive picture-in-picture analysis we ended up with a pattern colorway for each that seemed to be the best option – and also worthy of the names.
With the colors and names established, artwork was sent to 0241Tactical’s digital printing partner in the US and a small trial run of each pattern was printed on ripstop polyester material. The results can now be seen in the form of anoraks, neck gaiters, and beanie hats being offered through 0241Tactical.
With these garments now going out into the real world for field evaluations, we will be able to validate if the colorways are correct or need tweaking before being released for licensing and/or full production with other partners as well. 0241Tactical will also be able to provide various digitally-printed fabrics, such as 500D Cordura® nylon, in the DevilDog and LeatherNeck patterns to other makers as well.
Beyond these new patterns, look out for an expanded offering of GreenZone® fabrics and partners to come in the first half of 2021. We will also be expanding the MetroPolis® offering with webbing and 500D nylon, as well as additional product partners too. And lastly, Helikon-Tex and Direct Action will continue to expand their WildWood® product offerings this year as well.