Now the winter’s here I can finally put on my MilSpecMonkey Hoodie the way I like and talk about it.
If you’ve been subscribed to the channel over there a fair while you may remember the previous video I did on this jacket, I liked it then, but this newer example is definitely softer to the touch and more comfortable all around.
If you find camo and tactical colourways interesting make sure to check the description for the articles MSM have published going in to great detail on the minutiae of choosing the shade they finally went with. There’s a lot of very interesting pictures in there. Before reading those pieces I myself thought Wolf Grey absolutely made sense as the solid colour to go for in an urban environment, but I think the Monkey has done a really good job debunking that concept in reality.
Will we see more apparel and cordura load gear like rigs and pouches in this colour? Maybe, but given the logistical issues for a company of investing tens of thousands in getting thousand yard rolls of fabric printed (be it NYCO or 500D) and then standardising other components, adding it all to the production line for various offerings and then convincing other brands to get on board so people can build the loadouts they want… it’s a slow conversion process.
As I mention, RAL 7013 uniforms are already out there from UF PRO and Clawgear and RAL is not too far off this shade from MSM, but I’ve not seen any loading bearing kit to match yet. Ranger Green rigs and pouches from Crye or FirstSpear probably come closest but that cordura can most definitely vary in shade depending on when it was manufactured. The old Foliage Green cordura some companies made 5-6+ years ago may have been closer but that is long gone from most inventories.
If the right people see this stuff and appreciate its’ value I reckon we could well see an expansion in these ‘muddy’ middle-ground colours. Hard to say which shade it would replace exactly since they sit very much in between RG and Wolf (with a bit of Coyote in there) but do keep your eyes peeled and we’ll see what unfolds.
Unfortunately, and annoyingly, as of this moment there’s no stock of these in. I have had this one for a fair few months in order to be able to actually try it out a couple of times, examine it in depth and put out the review, but I’m hoping they’ve not been discontinued entirely.
We’re certainly taking it back to the sort-of old school a bit with this design, but it’s the sort of layout I like and the zip up front is a really crucial element to include I think. You always have to consider carefully what you’re actually going to carry before picking up a fixed pouch rig, but if this one fits what you need and you find one for sale, I’d have no reservations about recommending it.
While the concept of covers for lids seems to have died a bit of a death in some circles, one thing I see everywhere these days is people just running around with their mega shiny helmets out and I think “bloody hell, cover that up will ya”.
Honestly though, non-ballistic brain buckets tend to be super shiny and look kind of ridiculous to my mind when not using a cover. If they’ve got a hydro dip then doubly so, because the varnishes they put over those dippings are always shiny as hell.
If you’d like to treat your dome guard to a real fancy cover then the FirstSpear offering will of course serve you very well. If you’re purely after aesthetics and having the highest quality doesn’t matter for you all that much, there are cheaper options out there and I fully get that, you have to spend what makes sense for YOU. But for my readers out who can’t compromise and need gear built for what they’re doing, I’d recommend the FS cover for various reasons I’ve detailed in this video.
I feel like I need a specific day to publish videos. Tuesday seems good since it alliterates with the ‘Tube and you know I like some alliteration early in the week.
Part of the PLATATAC gear I was kindly provided a little while back was this pair of their Mk3 Tac Dax combat cut trousers. I’ve given them a few runs out and the following is my entirely honest and open opinion of the product.
Video review is up now on the TRU-SPEC combat shirt, picked up from LA Police Gear (but it’s available around Europe too).
If you fancy the new multicam colours but don’t want to gamble on bargain basement chinese Crye knock-offs it’s a particularly good option in the UBACS department. The NYCO version is available in plenty of patterns for a pretty decent price.
No-melt no-drip construction just like most Cryes and Arc’teryx, so if you can’t stretch to full FR or you just have concerns about small pyrotechnics, another reason to take a look.
1. To illustrate my earlier point about subscribing to small retailer channels, they put out some quality content just like the US Elite Gear video from the other day.
2. If you’re in the US, this looks like a SERIOUS contender for your AR builds as far as BCGs. Lifetime bolt warranty that actually covers normal wear and tear. Your standard warranty on basically any other product will specifically exclude normal wear and tear through usage. That’s the reason I posted about CamelBak before and any time I find a gear company I can buy from that I hear offers that sort of customer service, I always give their product a very close look indeed.
Who knew nylon went through a heat treatment process just like a quality steel would? Not this guy, until tonight.
There’s a few retailers out there with their own channels who rarely upload, but if you don’t sub to good channels who rarely upload I fucking guarantee you’re missing out on a lot of top-tier learning opportunities. US Elite Gear is a prime example.
Do I recommend Arc’teryx for everybody? Hell no. The position their stuff sits on the price/performance curve graph is waaaaaay out there. I have a few pieces that I’ve always picked up in sales and the quality of manufacture is pretty unreal there’s no doubt about that, wearing the product feels pretty awesome. But in a world where people justifiably think Crye is mega bucks, Arc’teryx LEAF pretty much takes it to another level on a lot of their offerings and it’s a rare person who will genuinely benefit from the performance gains. I know I could use far cheaper items to extremely similar effect for work, everyday use and airsoft, but my personal goal is to understand everything from the basic and mid-range gear up to the indulgence items and the cult following they generate.
Very good video to watch to at least gain some understanding of the fine details of really premium hard use equipment. If you’re not a believer you won’t come away converted to the church, but it might give you some fresh perspective.