We’re rolling out a few new made in the USA products today, just in time for summer. We’ve added our BEVCON Koozie that’s made in the USA out of neoprene. Last year’s version was made out of foam and we just weren’t happy with the quality. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of neoprene in the morning?
The Ladies Kiss Tank let’s you wear our bold skull and shield logo with a touch of femininity in an entirely new way. Our tank is the perfect addition to your wardrobe for warm weather excursions and workouts but is also soft enough to sleep in.
Made by American Apparel from Tri-Blend construction this heathered black top is comfortable, durable and has beautiful drape that provides extra room for concealed carry.
It has been a tragic week in America, first with the bombings in Boston on Monday, April 15th and now with the massive explosion in Texas. Many fortunate people are able to carry on with life as normally as possible, but for others directly affected by these disasters our help is needed.
Earlier this week we shared information from various sources on how you can help the city of Boston and the victims of the marathon bombings. We wanted to follow up and provide information on how you can help the people of West, Texas as they try to cope and move forward after the horrific fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday, April 17th. [Read More…]
The 2013 Muster is in the works and while a formal announcement with registration instructions will be posted this time next week, we wanted to whet your whistle with a little teaser.
Just like last year, the ITS Muster is only available to Plank Owners, Crew Leaders and Life Members and will be a limited attendance event. If you’re interested in becoming a member on ITS, click here.
For those relatively new around here, the Muster was developed to be a way for us to get our hands dirty with the skills we cover and advocate. It’s a break from the typical online classroom and a move to a physical one where this year, we’ll be covering Self Defense, Lock Picking, Escape from Illegal Restraint, Knot Tying, Rappelling, Ascending & Rope Rescue, Fire Building, Cover & Concealment, Tracking & Patrolling, Medical (including TCCC principles) and Navigation.
All of this takes place while camping in the great outdoors, enjoying great food and camaraderie. If you’re lucky, Bryan will make his famous Dutch Oven Cobbler!
Everyone who attended last year had a blast and we have some great new things planned for this year. For those interested in what last year looked like, click here for a recap of our 2012 Inaugural Muster.
I didn’t want to lose the effect of publishing this on April Fool’s Day, but yesterday, April 1st, was the 4th anniversary of ITS Tactical. It’s been a wild ride since starting ITS in my home office back in 2009.
With no idea of how my idea would be received, I put it all out there in hopes that there were others like me, interested in developing under-appreciated skill-sets that could come with a nefarious perception at times. There were a few great resources around back in 2009, including Military Morons, who still produces some of the most thorough gear reviews around and Soldier Systems, which is still the go-to resource for new products in the industry.
What was lacking, was a resource for the skills that tied everything together. The “doing” and not just the cool-guy gear required to get the job done. It’s no different today and we’ll always be strong advocates for the skills necessary to save your own life, to put it bluntly. Skill-set development, gear reviews and DIY articles are the backbone of ITS Tactical and will always drive what we do here.
However, without the knowledge, the tools are useless. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the greatest weapon is the mind. Don’t forget that! That thought can fade when the latest and greatest gizmo comes out. Getting out and practicing the skills we advocate is essential, not only for personal development, but for life in general. After all, if you’re not learning something new every day, you’re doing it wrong.
I’ve had an outpouring of support since the beginning and could have never done it without all the contributors, members and overall awesome people I’ve met along the way. Mike, Eric, Matt, Peter, Jason, Joel, Preston and Rob all deserve recognition for all they’ve done to help ITS grow to where it is today. I would also like to especially thank my wife, Kelly, who’s supported me since it was all an idea running around in my imagination. To the original brain trust of Tom G., Doug E., Matt Z., Rob C. and Nick H., a hearty thank you for your help and for your service to this country. I’ve also had the opportunity to get to know some incredible businesses and business owners who share similar values that I’ve strived to bring to ITS and I sincerely thank them for their continued support.
Mike and I had a great time a few weeks back digging through some of the first orders placed on ITS, where you had to send in a message along with your payment to say what color patch you wanted. He was customer #9 by the way. With thousands of orders since that time, things have been refined a bit, to say the least.
We haven’t lost the personal touch though, each order from our store is still hand packed and personal messages are included all the time. Thanks is something we can never say enough and our customers, readers and members are our top priority. Our daily content will always remain free, as I feel the Internet should be. Free doesn’t mean free to use wherever you like though. Some companies can’t seem to understand that when it comes to our logo, but I digress.
We’re here for the long term and thanks to each and every one of you, we’re where we are today. I’ve always been proud of ITS Tactical and all that it’s become. I appreciate each day I get to live my dream and follow my passion and look forward to another four years to come.
4/2/13 Update: As most of you have figured out, this was an April Fools goof that we thought you’d enjoy. It also looks like many of you enjoyed it so much that you are interested in this becoming a real product. Well, Zulu Nylon Gear was listening and is considering making a few. Be sure to chime in on the Facebook post if you’re interested.
As stricter gun control laws take effect in state after state, Americans are adapting with new methods to protect their homes and families. In light of recent changes in firearms laws and with more surely to come, Zulu Nylon Gear has begun to shift their product line to support more commonly available, legal weapon systems. Namely, the traditional bow and arrow.
The first product in Zulu Nylon Gear’s new line is the MOLLE Quiver. This is a fully modular arrow quiver system which can be quickly converted to either back or hip style carry modes to facilitate both range and field carry. The user simply clicks into either a shoulder harness, a belt hanger, or direct attach to armor by way of a quick disconnect system using ITW QASM Buckles. These buckles can be adjusted to any location on the Quiver body for the perfect fit thanks to a MOLLE grid running the full length of the tube. The MOLLE grid can also be used to attach other MOLLE/PALS compatible pouches and accessories, such as the ITS Skeletonized Bottle Holder and Tallboy ETA Trauma Kit pouches also made by Zulu Nylon Gear.
Expect to see continuing innovation in tactical load bearing equipment from Zulu Nylon Gear as they adapt to the ever changing tools of the warrior. Other upcoming products in development include discreet carry bags for takedown bows, concealable boxcutter sheaths and slingshots.
We’re excited to bring you some great new products to the ITS Store this week. First up, we’ve got our popular ITS Discreet Messenger Bag available in a brand new color way, Grey and Black! You guys have been clamoring for a more subtle colorway and we’re proud to introduce it here today.
Drawing its inspiration from old Powell Peralta Bones Skateboard T-Shirts, our Skull & Bones Long Sleeve T-Shirt is built to grind. Featuring a sterile front, ITS Logo on the rear and our ITS Skull & Bones logo repeated down each sleeve. These black long sleeves are screen printed and made in the USA.
With the recently published article by The Art of Manliness, we discussed how it was both useful and important to carry a pocket notebook. To jumpstart your pocket notebook usage, we are giving away two sets of our full Field Notes memo book lineup.
March 25 is officially National Medal of Honor Day, set up to recognize the first date the medals were presented in 1863 to a group of six men for valiant acts performed during the Civil War.
Each year, Medal of Honor recipients lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in honor of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. They also present Citizen Service Before Self Honors to three Americans who have demonstrated courage and selfless in their civilian lives similar to what the recipients did in combat.
How will you be honoring and thanking members of our Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and their families for their sacrifices this Memorial Day? We’d like to invite you to join our team this Memorial Day in Dallas, TX for Carry The Load.
Carry The Load is a life-changing journey for people as they walk or run as long or as little as they can in the 20-hour period. Like the service members they honor, they carry more than they have to, longer than they think they can.
Carry The Load
We’ve organized a team to participate in the event and are calling on you to show up and help us Carry The Load. As mentioned, there’s no commitment to the whole 20 hours that we’ll be there. To register for free on our team we’ve dubbed the ITS Tactical Joint Task Force, click here. Even if you can’t make it out, you can help us reach our goal of raising $2,500 for the event’s charities. To donate to our team, please click here.
We attended Carry The Load last year in Dallas and it was a huge success, both personally and as a team. We had a great group of people show up, including the crew from Madcat Aviator Operator. I had a runkeeper going during last year’s event and during the 20 hours and 12 minutes we walked, which showed the ground covered was 33.81 miles.
While I was hurting afterwards, carrying a weighted pack and an American Flag and Navy Flag, it was the least I could do to remember my friends that have fallen. Please don’t feel that you have to participate in the whole event, or even carry a weighted pack, we’d love to have you on our team for just an hour if possible. We’ll provide an update as we get closer to the event with a place to meet up so we can all start together.
Carry The Load – Dallas starts on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. and goes through Monday, May 27 at 12:13 p.m. It’s being held at Reverchon Park in Dallas, TX. If you’d like to participate and join our team, sign up here.