Do The Sinister – Bargain Priced Nike Smoke Green Wind Breaker Spotlight

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** BECAUSE IT CAUGHT MY EYE – NIKE WIND BREAKER **

… not exactly review worthy, but as the title says – ‘always keep an eye out’ as you never know where and what you’ll find !!!

… quite literally trawling what I prefer to call a ‘flea market’ with my family, I’d only gone along on the promise of hot coffee and breakfast I found this !!!

Not something I’d either go look for, nor even consider off the shelf – but, in what I’d describe as a very dark ‘sage green’ I spotted this on one vendors table. A like new Nike Windbreaker.

Made from 100% Polyester, and exceptionally lightweight and easily stowable, with its two large front YKK Zippered pockets and sculpted hood – for a mere £1 ($1.26/€1.15) I quickly snapped it up without deliberation. Especially as it was in faultlessly exceptionally brand new condition…

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Trenches – Crye Precision LWF ™ ‘Light Weight Fleece’ Jacket in Multicam

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Trenches – Crye Precision LWF ™ ‘Light Weight Fleece’ Jacket in Multicam

Crye’s LWF (Light Weight Fleece) landed upon my desk late yesterday and as such I thought I’d take the time to run up a quick over view.

First impressions, I’d certainly argue this is one of Crye’s better made, more solid and robust entries to their growing catalogue – and, assertively gives the likes of its Arc’teryx and Beyond Clothing equivalents a real run for their money.

It’s a generously sized garment, and whilst a fitted cut, it would comfortably accommodate a base layer or tee, however I’d encourage dropping up a size if you plan to wear this over either a combat or field shirt.

To put that in perspective, at 6ft and proportionately sized – this, in large fits perfectly, when worn with a tee. More than long enough in the arms, Crye have taken every…

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Through Silver in Blood – ATRG’s interview with The Reptile House

Through Silver in Blood – ATRG’s interview with The Reptile House

… good news, draw yourself a cold drink or hot coffee for that matter and get reading.

Why ATRG are back, not long after my S23 interview with another installment, with none other than The Reptile House !!!

Why should you read this, well – we interviewed the TRH a few years back upon his return, but predominantly discussed Plastic Deth, and subsequently PTW blasters and further collaborated on some gear pieces …

I digress, what’s really important here, is this is seminal piece behind one of the leading sites on Airsoft, MilSim as well as Gear and Blasters, but a truly personable insight into than man with his finger on the pulse of current zeitgeist – it’s a compelling read, and as I enjoyed it thoroughly so I thought I share it too …

You can read it all here: https://atrg836615659.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/the-reptile-house-interview/

Last but not least, another pro turn from Dan at ATRG, his content right now has been crushingly good, and this serves as an excellent entry point – S23

Get your S23 stickers here: https://s23familia.bigcartel.com/

Troops of Doom – Inside an S23 ‘Day Sack’

Troops of Doom – Inside an S23 ‘Day Sack’

It’s the weekend, so I thought I’d do a quick bag (day sack) dump before getting geared up for another whole new week …

I’ve been using my surprisingly vacuous LondonBridge Trading 8000ain MultiCam ‘Tropic’ …

This carries:

• 1 x Jetboil Flash

• 1 x Patagonia Lvl 5 Soft Shell

• 1 x Patagonia Lvl 4 Wind Shirt

• 1 x SureFire, LLC 6P Classic Blk

• 1 x MRE Spoon

• 1 x Oakley ‘Gas Can’ Glasses

• 1 x Gerber Gear ‘Suspension’ Multi Tool

• 1 x Noble & Blue M05 Field Note Wallet w/Sharpie and IR Cymalume

Patrol Incident Gear FDT gloves

• 2 x Nalgene 1 ltr Bottles

• 1 x AeroPress (fitted with Percolo Stainless Steel Filter)

• 1x Gsi Outdoors ‘Java Mill’

• Assorted Storacell holders

• 1 x Neck Gaiter

… what’s in yours, have an awesome Bank Holiday weekend – S23

**BANK HOLIDAY SALE 25% OFF – GET EM’ BEFORE THEY’RE GONE**

‘Bank Holiday Sale – 25% Off’ – back by popular demand and now with

an all new additional variant sticker – get em’ here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

**NOW WITH MORE NEW DESIGNS**

Plaster your ‘Blaster Cases’ your stocks, kit and even gear or coffee mugs with hard wearing S23Familia Sticker pride

Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

(*whilst stocks last)

Good Lookin’ Out – Stretch Tactical and Back Country Workshop Spotlight

Good Lookin’ Out – Stretch Tactical and Back Country Workshop Spotlight

Short overview of some excellent new products released this week.

It’s great to see good people take the first foray for real in to the world of product design and bring it to the masses – always great to support local and see that ‘hardcore diy’ ethic still lives too …

First up, perhaps make familiar to many of you, hot off the heels of his Mk II PVC patch Stretch Tactical have collaborated with Neptune Designs to bring a new range of UKSF inspired designs …

The first being the popular and arguably now iconic L119a2 platform, stunningly presented in X-ray format.

However options are always good, and they’ve released the above shirt in tandem with another populist piece of equipment – following on with the X-ray theme the second shirt features the ubiquitous Ops Corereplete with Comm’s, NVG’s and strobe …

Both shirts proudly display StretchesTactical’s ‘Varsity inspired logo on the rear and are printed on high quality tee’s with a very broad selection of sizes and fits for both men and women …

You can head over to his store and grab yourselves one of these over at his web store.

Stretch Tactical Online Store: http://www.stretchtactical.co.uk/

Next up, and quite possibly no stranger to many of you – Back Country Workshophas been steadfastly producing no end of excellent Kydex items such as knife sheafs and holsters as well shirts, apparel and of course the essential item you should all have on your key chain – his brand new bottle opener …

As there web bio aptly describes: We develop and design equipment, apparel and promote a lifestyle for the military, athletic, crossfire and outdoors enthusiast, as well as providing consultants for these areas to the commercial world. We are a veteran owned business and take pride in everything that is produce here in the cave.

This caught my eye trawling through the feed of several social media accounts, and boasting a design based on his Bearded Ball Cap logo, it’s not only a stunning piece but fully functional as an Every Day Carry ‘bottle opener’ – due for release imminently, it would appear these will be offered in a matte black finish and distressed copper ‘acid dipped’ variant.

Of course supporting quality home grown gear is always great, but yet in picking one of these up is a sound investment, as you’ll be supporting a former Royal Marine, as you well know the Corps is very close to my own families heart – check out Back Country’s store right here: http://www.bcworkshop.co.uk/

Feel the Darkness – ATRG’s S23 Interview

Feel the Darkness – ATRG’s S23 Interview

**NEW INTERVIEW UP FROM ATRG**

I’ve made it no secret that I’m genuinely a big fan of good friend Dan’s new blog ATRG, so much so I’ve encouraged many of you to check the excellent and consistently solid work he’s published so far …

Well, it’s all down hill from here on in, he asked me for an interview (just kidding, this was a pleasure and honored to make a guest appearance)

More relevantly he asked some thought provoking questions and it certainly solicited some earnest answers – you can read it all here: https://atrg836615659.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/interview-andy-s23/

*footnote, more importantly go follow his Instagram and Facebookpages, lots of really cool stuff on there, and subscribe to his blog, it really is a relevantly fun read – S23

**RESTOCKING STICKERS – GET EM’ BEFORE THEY’RE GONE**

Restocking stickers, back by popular demand and now with

an all new additional variant sticker – get em’ here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

**NOW WITH MORE NEW DESIGNS**

Plaster your ‘Blaster Cases’ your stocks, kit and even gear or coffee mugs with hard wearing S23 Familia Sticker pride

Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

(*whilst stocks last)

… Who’s Buying – Tacbelts UK Incremental Update

… Who’s Buying – Tacbelts UK Incremental Update

… in a short but sweet update, rather than redux our original Peace Sells … Tacbelts Spotlight – I thought I’d get out and get some quick photographs of my new S23 patches from Tacbelts and as they’re so good I put in a third order. The man is a machine, this too was turned around in true ‘speed metal’ fashion and arrived only a mere day after the two S23 patches had dropped.

Blend In

As you can see, the first S23™ Callsign perfectly blends in against the Wild Things Soft Shell Tweave in Multicam™.

Needless to say perfectly equal and laser cut straight with tight and tidy stitching the 3M Solar IR backer peaks through the stenciled font perfectly. Bound to MilSpec Hook, it securely attaches to your chosen Loop Velcro attachment point …

The Thin Blue Line

So, to say I’m impressed doesn’t quite cut it, these are far beyond superb, so pleased in fact I immediately reached out to Andy at Tacbelts UK for a very special third piece. Not so much for fun, but a special requirement for at work, when on duty. It was to be a UnionJack with the ‘Thin Blue Line‘ through it …

… and drawing inspiration from images of SOF and in particular 75th Rangers I opted for Hook bordering so I could switch between the ‘Hi-VisPhotoluminescent side and the more subdued ‘3M IR Blackout‘ on the reverseside …

Suffice to say he’s knocked it out of the park again and I’m sure he’ll be in receipt of requests for more of these very soon …

… staggering to think, such is his ability to visualize the customers brief and subsequently realize it and get it shipped within a mere few hours is truly testament to not only his professionalism, but commitment to customer satisfaction, I’ll be wearing this with no end of pride.

Last but not least the second patch ordered from Tacbelts is possibly the most stunning of the pair, in Multicam™ and with ‘Night Glow’ bordering – whilst this will provide for a more covert visual signature – when attached to bags and cargo it’ll be quickly located with a flash of my trusted Surefire, LLC 6P Blk …

Naturally, I’ll urge you to go give Tactbelts UK a follow over at their pages here at Tacbelts UK FB and Tacbelts UK IG account too …

I’ll leave you with a few more shots of his stunning patches – S23

**RESTOCKING STICKERS – GET EM’ BEFORE THEY’RE GONE**

Restocking stickers, back by popular demand and now with

an all new additional variant sticker – get em’ here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

**NOW WITH MORE NEW DESIGNS**

Plaster your ‘Blaster Cases’ or stocks, kit and gear even coffee mugs with hard wearing S23 Familia Sticker pride

Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

* (*whilst stocks last)