I’ve personally been a huge fan of Kickstarter for some time now and have backed a handful of projects to help fellow entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. For instance, I can’t wait to receive my Fellhoelter TiBolt Pen!
A project I’ve recently backed is from Tarik Lazri, called Tough Hook. This hanger was designed by Lazri to support heavy equipment like body armor and Scuba gear. You may find the design of the Tough Hook to be similar to the World’s Strongest Coat Hanger that I reviewed here on ITS last year.
While the design may seem similar, the Tough Hook has a few unique features that I really like. For instance, the main feature is the ability for the hanger to “flip over” and turn into a carrying device for your body armor. I think this is a great feature if you need to quickly go from hanging your body armor/plate carrier to transporting it. Lazri states that the handle opening is large enough to get a gloved hand inside of too.
The other feature I like are the opposing hooks on either side of the hanger to keep the straps on your plate carrier from sliding off. This is great for things like plate carriers and body armor and much needed for those, but it also doesn’t completely take the place of the World’s Strongest Coat Hanger’s for other applications. I’m certainly going to be replacing a few of my current hangers with the Tough Hooks, but not all of them.
I mention this just to drive home the point that both of these type of hangers serve different purposes and there’s certainly a need for both. The Tough Hook is a product I’m excited to see getting developed, as one of the things on my wishlist for the WSCH was to have something integrated that would secure shoulder straps better than the small cut-outs they feature.
Check out Lazri’s video I’ve embedded below and head over and help back his Tough Hook Kickstarter Project if you can. Even if you don’t want one for yourself, he’s got a backer level for $20 where he’ll send one to a deployed soldier. I know plenty of deployed guys that could really use these.
Touting their coat hanger as the “world’s strongest” isn’t much different from world’s best burger, but in this case, the World’s Strongest Coat Hanger from VK Plastics has certainly lived up to all my expectations.
These hangers were designed and manufactured in the USA (by American workers) for first responders, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts who require a strong hanger to protect their investments. I’ve found them to be perfect for hanging plate carriers with body armor and for heavy scuba diving wetsuits or anything with substantial weight. [Read More…]
Editor-in-Chief’s Note: ITS contributor Chris Sajnog is a former Navy SEAL and current Director of Training at Center Mass Group.
A few months back my good friends and Fellow Former Frogmen (F3?) over at T3 Gear were kind enough let me try out some of their gear. The gear was free, but I was asked to give them honest feedback on what I liked, and what I didn’t.
It took a few months to put their gear through the paces; gear evaluation takes longer outside of a combat zone. The first piece that I can provide an honest assessment of is the centerpiece of your warrior-wear: the plate carrier.
Despite the article title, US Palm certainly makes more than just gear and parts for the AK platform, but our primary focus in this article will be showcasing a few of their AK specifics.
We’ll also be taking a look at two different plate carriers, the Defender MOLLE and the ASP-C (Air Save Plate Carrier) to see how they stack up. Our testing has encompassed the better part of a year and this comprehensive review is the result. There’s a couple of video overviews embedded into this article as well as detailed photos to go along with it. [Read More…]
In the past few years I’ve noticed a big surge in the popularity of hard plate carriers. Not only for the military (those have been around for a while) but for law enforcement and even civilian use.
Trying to navigate through all the companies that are now producing plate carriers can be quite a feat these days. Just Google armor plate carries and you get blasted with acronyms like IOTV, CIRAS, PIG, LVAC, BOAR, RBAV, and PICO among a bunch of others.
So what do you with your old ballistic vest panels? If you have been in law enforcement or other occupation where you get a new vest roughly every 5 years, you probably have a couple of sets sitting around.
A few years ago I figured there had to be a way to use the panels I’d accumulated, as mine were sitting in the closet collecting dust.
Around that time I came across a video and photos of a Schertz Texas Police cruiser that had taken a bunch of rounds to the front from a AK-47. The article showed forensics photos of the trajectory the rounds took and had the officer been in the front seat he would have been killed.
Based on a Naval Special Warfare design, the Mayflower R&C APC (Assault Plate Carrier) represents an evolution in Mayflower’s growing lineup of innovative products and solutions for the military athlete.
Despite being designed as a more “overt” plate carrier with exterior mounting options, we’re still classifying the APC as low-profile due to the versatile form-fitting nature of the design, the significant range of motion the end user is capable of and the lightweight nature of the 500D Cordura construction.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the brand new APC in both the following written review and corresponding video review below. [Read More…]
Anyone who has ordered anything from SKD Tactical knows that they have some of the best customer service in the business. They also have super fast and inexpensive shipping. When shopping online, they only show what items they have in actual stock so there is never a backorder.
Along with great business practices, they also work with top gear makers to have custom gear designed and sold under the SKD brand. Their newest endeavor is a research and development shop with a full computer assisted design capability.
The Patrol Incident Gear (or PIG) plate carrier is the latest in plate carrier design. It is made 100% in the USA by Eagle Industries so you know you are getting a quality product. You also have to love a product line with a motto like this: “Help the Good Guys Break Things & Kill Bad Guys™“. [Read More…]
Sometimes bigger isn’t better and this certainly came true recently when I needed a fix for my TAC vest.
I was having issues with the vest coming apart partially at the sides. The front and rear panels are only held together with Velcro strips. This works fine for concealable body armor but it isn’t optimal for a TAC vest loaded down with gear.In extreme body positions the Velcro would try to separate and that wasn’t good. Like anything velcro, once you start to separate it, it doesn’t take much force to completely undo.
I started searching for a solutions online and came up empty. None of the “big” gear carriers had anything that looked like it would work. All the pre-made strap systems were for mounting things vertically on PALS webbing. In my case I needed to have the straps run parallel and I couldn’t find anything that looked like it would work. [Read More…]
When we first saw photos of Mayflower Research & Consulting’s Low-Profile Armor Carrier, we were in awe… when we discovered the purpose of the female fastex buckles attached to the front, our jaws dropped!