Typically when I hear someone talk about Triple Aught Design, I immediately begin to visualize excursions in the Redwood Forest or along a rocky coastline with well dressed enthusiasts enjoying the landscape. My next thought is to wonder if they have any new women’s garments I should be drooling over.
If you’re on TAD’s e-mail list, which I’ve made sure to sign up for, then you may have already seen the release of the new Valkyrie Hoodie LT for women. Our friends at TAD kindly sent one to me for review several months ago, but I’ve really only been able to put some miles on it recently, since our weather has finally turned cold here in Texas.
The new Valkyrie Hoodie LT has a few new features that set it apart from TAD’s Valkyrie Hoodie, which I’ve reviewed previously on ITS. Depending on your style of dress and layering preferences, the new LT version may or may not be for you. [Read More…]
A little over a month ago, Kelly and I had the fantastic opportunity to visit Triple Aught Design out in San Francisco and help put on an awesome TAD + ITS Event.
It was an honor to hang out with the TAD crew and meet one of my favorite companies in the industry that I both admire and respect. Being able to share laughs, stories, meals, camaraderie and even playing some beer pong was incredible. Even if they did win.. (it was the west coast rules, I swear!)
During the trip we were also able to visit their Hayes Valley store and Dogpatch HQ with a camera in hand, so that we could bring you a great photo tour of both locations. [Read More…]
I’ve been fortunate to have had the chance to seriously beat up Triple Aught Design’s newest edition of their FAST Pack EDC and am here to say that it’s performed nothing short of extraordinary.
In this review, I’ll highlight the features, functionality and even compare it to a previous version of their FAST Pack EDC that I’ve owned for many years. The FAST Pack EDC has been my go-to pack and with the upgrades, TAD has managed to make a great pack even better!
That’s not to say you’re only going to read a 100% positive review here, while I love the pack, I still feel there’s room to improve. One of these improvements was something I didn’t realize until after a 33 mile / 18 hour one-day hump during the Carry The Load event I participated in. [Read More…]
We’re stoked to have sat down with Triple Aught Design’s Global Sales Director, Raquel Rusing, last weekend while we were at the TAD + ITS Event in San Francisco, CA to talk about the new production Dauntless Knife.
Raquel gave us an exclusive walkthrough of the production Dauntless, which we have embedded here in full HD for your viewing pleasure.
The Dauntless Knife has existed in may iterations for the past eight years, when TAD first started reaching out to well known custom knife makers and commissioning them to craft their vision of the Dauntless. There have been some stunning collaborations, many of which can be seen beautifully on the Dauntless Archive, a Website devoted to cataloging each one.
With many signature aesthetics, the Dauntless customs have typically featured a double choil, 3 fullers on the handle, as well as a fuller and upper swedge on the blade. All these distinct characteristics can be found on the production Dauntless, which will be available in black or ranger green G10 and full titanium versions. It will also feature a 3.6″ S30V blade, brining the overall length to 8.2″ and is priced at $300 in G10 or $400 in titanium.
The production Dauntless felt amazing to hold and extremely lightweight. I took out my Emerson Commander, compared the heft, and definitely felt a noticeable weight difference. While I’ve never spent more on a knife than I did on my Emerson, I’m very tempted to pick up a Dauntless and put it through its paces. It certainly looks and feels like a fantastic knife with an elegant design… that I can’t wait to get dirty.
I’m very excited for TAD on this release, I know it’s been a long time coming and I could see the excitement and anticipation from everyone at TAD when they talked about the Dauntless. While no date has been set for the production Dauntless release, the photos shown here are from knives that were pulled from the production line with their blades ground, logos etched and certain serial numbers any TAD fan is sure to recognize.
Stay tuned to Triple Aught Design for more information on when the Dauntless will start shipping.
They say that the One Day Hike (ODH) may be the mid-Atlantic region’s oldest long distance hike. Even though The Sierra Club has been hosting this popular adventure since 1974, I just found out about it last year.
They have two distances for hikers to choose from, a 50K and a 100K. All but 1.5 miles of the hike is on the C&O Canal tow path as it winds from Georgetown, Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Hiking 62.14 miles in a single day is not what some people consider a day hike, but this is exactly what they are asking people to do. [Read More…]
One of the great things about being at SHOT Show this year was getting to see some new apparel for women. Since we were so busy covering hardware I didn’t have a lot of time to peruse much of the softer side of SHOT.
However, there was one garment that grabbed my attention immediately when I saw that lovely specimen. It was a prototype of a tactical pant for women that’s in development at Triple Aught Design based on the Force 10 Cargo Pant for men.
I had just been introduced to Raquel from TAD at an event they were hosting and I think the second thing out of my mouth after saying “nice to meet you,” was “I’m diggin’ those pants!” I must confess I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t run out and buy a pair, but I’m excited to know that these pants are in development to attain the perfect fit for the female form. [Read More…]
When Triple Aught Design presented Kelly and I with the opportunity to review their brand new Ranger Hoodie and Valkyrie Hoodie, we jumped at the chance. I’d been trying to get Kelly to check out TAD for quite some time, ever since they first released their women’s apparel line.
I’ve been a customer of TAD for a long time, even before starting ITS Tactical. In my opinion, they’re one of the top tactical apparel companies out there today and I’ve always respected their company values and dedication to customer service. I’m also excited that everything I’ve purchased from them lately, in addition to these two garments we’re reviewing today, are made in the USA.
It seems like almost every apparel item you pick up on a shelf today is made overseas. It’s discouraging, but the more I’ve been learning about apparel manufacturing, the more I understand the trials and tribulations of getting apparel made in the US today. Something refreshing on TAD’s Website is that they tell you exactly where every apparel item is made under the specs section. [Read More…]
Have you always wondered how to achieve the technique that Strider uses to wrap their knife handles with paracord? On Today’s Knot of the Week we’ll show you exactly how to do it with a detailed video in HD!
We’ve previously demonstrated this method on a County Comm Breacher Bar, but if left a lot of you asking further questions and if we could demonstrate it on a Strider Knife. Using a Strider/Triple Aught Design DUK we’ll show you how you can utilize this wrapping on anything that has at least two holes drilled and optionally a lanyard hole as well.
You can apply this wrapping principle to just about anything you want to and we hope you find something of your own to wrap!
I just noticed that Triple Aught Design just released their new Force 10 Cargo Shorts in NYCO Ripstop today, so I picked up pair in both colors they offer. I’m looking forward to checking them out, as I’ve never owned a pair of their shorts before and the boss allows us to wear shorts to work here at ITS HQ.
I’ve been a fan of TAD’s clothing for quite awhile and own a pair of their Force 10 Cargo Pants. Check out the new shorts if you’re interested, but do it quickly. They recently released their Amphibious Cargo Shorts and broke a Kessel Run record with how fast they sold out!
The Force 10 Cargo Shorts are made in the USA and can be purchased direct from Triple Aught Design.