The common closure method for most Armor Carriers on the market today is to join the cummerbund in the front with hook & loop fasteners like Velcro®. This presents many performance failures. The hook & loop adds weight and bulk, is noisy and wears out quickly, and retains water, mud, and snow.
From a safety standpoint, the hook and loop closure flap allows for cummerbund protection accessories like side plates and inflatable floatation to shift position and misalign from where they should be to provide maximum performance. The common release mechanisms found in most releasable vests typically utilize a variety of cables, routed through a complex maze of channels that when assembled correctly, are clumsy, heavy, awkward and difficult to reassemble. When assembled incorrectly, the results can be catastrophic. Tubes™ technology solves all these challenges. Quick to close and even quicker to doff, Tubes™ fasteners are manufactured from lightweight high-performance polymers that exceed the strength of other molded fasteners currently used on Operational equipment. Molded in signature suppressive colors and with a variety of choices for activation, this closure system can be rapidly deployed and completely reassembled in SECONDS. Tubes™ technology will improve performance, enhance mission functionality, reduce weight and allow you to ditch the cable.
There are several philosophies on dealing with weight as it applies to load carriage. Some development has occurred in lightweight materials, but these tend to sacrifice performance. Other developments have taken place in “load transfer” by shifting weight around, but they reduce flexibility while increasing heat retention, bulk, and even overall load. We listened to the Users and decided to eliminate the weight and sacrifice nothing. In the design assessment of current pouch attachment systems, FirstSpear® recognized that the major weight parasite on both the platform and the attaching pockets is the yards of bulk nylon, snaps, and polymer stiffener. 6/12™ technology eliminates these components and achieves a 20%-40% reduction in weight per standard Assaulter configuration when compared to traditional pocket attachment systems. Our design team invested more than a year developing and testing the 6/12™ System. It utilizes state of the art fabric technologies to deliver a completely modular system, compatible with standard MOLLE pockets.
From advanced lamination technology to laser cut precision attachment points, the 6/12™ system is a completely new, design-engineered solution that meets the need for modular, lightweight load-carriage platforms and pockets. Additionally, 6/12™ provides greater fabric flexibility on unarmored platforms and tighter mounting of pockets to create a cleaner silhouette that aides in enhanced signature management and mobility. The 6/12™ platform face is completely slick when pockets are removed and allows for easy management of communications cables and wires.
Don’t transfer the weight, get rid of it.
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Weight reduction is not just a buzz phrase at FirstSpear® - it is an ethos demonstrated by the 6/12™ Pocket line. Utilizing these pockets on FirstSpear® 6/12™ platforms allows the wearer to achieve a weight reduction of over 40% without sacrificing performance. By removing the heavy nylon webbing, polymer reinforcement and metal snaps of the previous systems, not only is weight reduced, but the overall profile of the pocket on the platform is significantly condensed as well, allowing improved signature management in all visual, IR and thermal spectrums.
Developed specifically for those Users who have not yet adopted FirstSpear ®6/12™ platforms, the 6/9™ Modular Pocket Technology is not only completely backward compatible with legacy MOLLE/PALS style load carriage or armor carrier platforms but also offers significant weight reduction over traditional MOLLE/PALS pockets. Due to the flexible nature of the attachment straps and tighter tolerances when compared to traditional MOLLE/PALS, 6/9™ pockets actually mount closer to the body and conform tighter to the platform.
Already adopted by Professional Users within the joint US Special Operations Forces community, this system provides many advantages over the traditional MOLLE/PALS system and can further help facilitate transition into the 6/12™ Modular Pocket Technology where the ultimate in weight savings, signature management, and fit can be achieved.
Originally developed to replace traditional laces on snowboard boots, the BOA® system is quickly becoming the standard for micro adjustment in the harshest and most demanding environments. Through careful collaboration with the BOA® Performance Fit Lab, FirstSpear® integrates the latest lightweight compression and fit technology into personal protection and load carriage products for the Armed Professional. Micro adjustment increases product flexibility, significantly reducing the multitude of products and change over required to be mission ready. Each product integration is meticulously tested and refined to ensure the highest performance. One example of this is the FirstSpear® MultiMag Rapid-Adjust™ Pocket. Featuring patented adjustment and retention hardware from BOA®, the operator can quickly adjust the pocket to fit a wide range of firearm magazines and other similar sized items.
Hostile Environments involve more than just gunfire. Other factors will directly impact the Professionals ability to survive and successfully complete their missions. Among one of the most demanding and challenging an Operator can face is the Maritime Environment. In addition to armed adversaries, drowning & hypothermia can be every bit as much of a threat to personal safety.
Making use of several decades of acquired Operational experience in Maritime Operations, FirstSpear® has looked at the needs and mission requirements from multiple angles to offer true Maritime integrated capabilities.
The MASS™ offers armor augmentation that is easy to employ, completely ballistic integrated, and a significant comfort upgrade. The MASS™ is an excellent alternative to traditional systems. When additional armor is necessary, it is time to get all you can functionally employ. MASS™ gives additional protection to the neck/throat region, shoulders, and upper arms. To don this, simply put the MASS™ on first and place your FirstSpear® armor carrier on over the top of it.
Utilizing the latest reflective glow tapes and precision laser cutting and bonding processes, this item will relay a call sign, identifier or other information on the exterior of the users clothing or equipment. This capability can be tailored to include overt illumination glow tape, passive NIR or thermal. Additionally, any combination of the three can be incorporated as requested.
Precision cut high visibility materials
Non-deteriorating adhesion process
Custom requests available
Made in the USA
ACM™ (Advanced Clothing Material™) is 100% sourced verified American Merino Wool combined with our other quality materials. By using a unique blend of each product, FirstSpear® is able to tailor each item to its intended purpose. By using Merino Wool, FirstSpear® is able to capitalize on all the naturally occurring material characteristics you desire. Merino Wool is packed with a huge range of high-performance benefits.
It feels soft and is lightweight. It allows you to ditch the itch thanks to the finer fiber’s smaller diameter. It helps regulate your body temperature better than any synthetic fabric and will keep you comfortable in a wide range of temperatures. When it is warm outside the wool will wick moisture away from the skin and into the air, keeping you cool. When it is cold outside the wool will trap the warm air and keep you comfortable. Merino wool can absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in moisture and still maintain its ability to insulate, keeping you dry and warm out in the elements. While the core of the Merino fiber is capable of absorbing up to a third of its dry weight in moisture, the surface or Merino fibers have a waxy coating that repels liquids. This surface layer is not easily removed by washing or processing. Water droplets on the surface of Merino will bead and roll off instead of being absorbed into the fabric. Merino wool also has the highest natural fire resistance of all commonly used textile fibers. The outer layer of wool fibers have a high concentration of fatty acids, which have anti-bacterial properties, which also helps to diminish body odor. Merino wool is a completely renewable fiber source; Merino sheep produce a new fleece every year. It is also composed of a natural protein that is biodegradable. When disposed of, Merino wool decomposes in the soil in a matter of years. Patent Pending