Outdoor Research always has lots of new solutions for the warfighter. They’ve taken their success in Modular Glove Systems and taken it to operational clothing. ADS and Operation Research, an Operational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) partner supplier, attended the leading weapon industry trade show, SHOT Show, in Las Vegas last week.
Soldier Systems Daily (SSD), a well-known publisher in all things military products, technology, and trends, highlighted Outdoor Research’s four-layer deep clothing system that is meant to wick away moisture and retain heat while still offering flexibility and mobility in their blog. Read the full article about all the products highlighted. The following is a sampling from the SSD article.
The Outdoor Research puffy garments go by the name of Tradecraft and include jacket, vest, and pants. They are all insulated with varying weights of PRIMALOFT Gold. The vest features 130 gram fill while everything else is 70 gram. The vest also has stretch panels under the arms. All of the garment shells are DWR treated 40D ripstop. However, the jacket offers 70D on the upper arm and the Pant also has 70D on the lower leg and rear for abrasion resistance. Full sides zips for don and doff on the pants.
The Infiltrator Jacket and Pant is impressive. They’ve incorporated W.L. Gore and Associates FLEX2FIT stretch fabric in key areas, combines with Gore 3-Layer Light and Fast. In addition to the mechanical stretch, their Dynamic Reach construction was great when I tried the jacket on. In addition to the Helmet Compatible Halo Hood design, which moves with your head, they’ve added two TorsoFlo venting zippers at the hips. Additionally, the pockets are mesh so that when you open the zips, you get some decent ventilation.
On the softshell side, they’re offering the Obsidian Pant and Obsidian Hooded Jacket, made from Tweave four-way stretch with a lighter version of Tweave under the arms. In fact, all of the garments feature their Dynamic Reach construction with no seams under the arm. However, they’ve added SuperFabric along the elbows of the jacket as well as the rear of the pant. The jacket has a helmet compatible, adjustable hood. The pants feature a slated button fly and incorporate laser cut, glued pockets, stitched for added durability. Lots of stretch in these garments and they’ve also incorporated a DWR coating.
The Prevail Hooded Jacket is a super lightweight wind jacket. It is almost silky and has some breathability, and the full zip helps with ventilation. It has adjustable hood and packaway fabric. This Black version is a prototype. Production will be Coyote and MultiCam.
The new Foundation crew and zip tops, as well as a bottom. Made from Polartec Power Wool, which is a plaited knit construction, they can be laundered with no adverse effect to the wool. It’s a bicomponent fabric (poly and wool) which also gives moisture management, low odor, and low shrinkage. Foundation features an athletic fit.
The Colossus Parka 180 gram PrimaLoft Gold insulation. They’ve taken it down to -26 °F in mountain field trials. It incorporates an internal neck baffle, similar to a sleeping bag and has offset quilting to reduce cold spots. The hood is adjustable and an internal stuff it pocket for water bottles, etc.
Outdoor Research’s Berry or TAA-compliant clothing systems provide our military service men and women with the mission critical yet comfortable clothing they need while in theater.
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