Propper MCPS Gore-tex Nomex Jacket

Propper MCPS









Still available on some retailer sites, but honestly go to eBay and get it cheaper.  At $700 not too many will buy this great piece of gear, but if you do you’re in Helicopters a lot. (this type 1 version is for non ejectable aircraft only…i.e. helicopters) This jacket developed for the military’s Multi Climate Protective System of outer wear program by Propper will definitely get the job done.  Available in Green and Khaki Nomex FR fabric as the bread and waterproof breathable Gore-tex as the meat laminate. Pants also available for those cool doors-off Autumn flights.  Roomy enough to layer underneath but not so bulky to be cumbersome.  Popping the collar…not mandatory but recommended.

Propper MCPS jacket

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SKINS Unisex Adult Bio T&R Long Tights

Skins T&R tights









Koldsmoke has some long haul flights ahead, (some sort of winter sporting event in Russia?) and to stave off the dreaded DVT  (unlikely for me) or just to feel more up and at em after the flight the Skins T&R tights are just the ticket.  T&R stands for Travel and Recovery and after donning the spiderman like tights, they felt super comfy and compressive.  A lot of data out there extolling the virtues of compression gear, so why wouldn’t you wear these on the long flight? SKINS Unisex Adult Bio T&R Long Tights: Clothing.

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5.11 Tactical Screen Ops Patrol Gloves

5.11 tactical screen ops patrol glove









Capacitive touch screens…do not work when you have gloves on.  There may be a new ice age coming but never fear, the 5.11 tactical company isn’t banging rocks together, they have a whole set of gloves designed to work with all your touch screen items-ipad, Android, Windows etc.  The Patrol glove although tactical- look the least tactical of the bunch and still sport leather and have a tech look.  Not a huge fan of the tan colour on the finger tips but we guess that’s how you know that is what they’re for-keeping your digits warm while you unlock your phone and call for a boost in the frigid wasteland of North America.  For those of you working in and around flammables they also have a kevlar version, which is unmistakenly Tactical.

5.11 Tactical Screen Ops Patrol Gloves | Official 5.11 Site.

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Sexy tie windsor









If you need assistance and don’t have your own awesome helper to get your formal wear affixed; click over to Koldsmoke’s favourite [ahem] tie knot is the full windsor.  Click the link below for more popular and convential styles.  If you must do the flamboyant and nearly impossible to loosen tie knot click here for the Eldredge.

Thanks Nolan! | Learn how to tie a tie the sexy way.



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Essence Jacket and pant

Marmot essence jacket Marmot essence pant









Ever vigilant for lightweight and compactable equipment for rappel fires; Koldsmoke has come up with one alternative to the yellow rain gear they’ve had in their leg bag since rookie training.  The Marmot essence jacket and pant are so far the lightest and most water resistant system we’ve been able to research.  Although expensive at around $400 full price for jacket and pant (I’ve seen it cheaper all over the internet but that would be the most expensive for the whole set up) a lot of other options are slightly heavier and cost about as much for one component.  The pants are 5oz or about 142 grams, the jacket 6oz, 170 grams, 312 grams total.  Membrane strata is the technology, and is very breathable and water resistant according to Marmot.  As I’ve used my rain gear a handful of times during my career at Rap, and is mandatory to rappel with, I’d recommend the Marmot Essence pant for extreme lightweight infrequent use rain wear.

Essence Jacket | Marmot Clothing and Equipment.

Essence Pant | Marmot Clothing and Equipment

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Skyline Motorcycle Jacket – Aether Apparel

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Aether skyline








Removeable protection.  Waterproof.  Multiple pockets.  A motorcycle jacket that doesn’t look like a biker jacket.  Aether Apparel kills it with the Skyline Motorcycle Jacket.  Black, Grey, Blue, and Green.  Thanks Uncle Chris!

Skyline Motorcycle Jacket – Aether Apparel.

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Hit-Air/MUGENDENKO Motorcycle Airbag Jackets/Vests

jp3 Hit-Air Air bag jacket










Unless you have “Ample and Dense muscle mass” even a mild accident on a motorcycle is painful and dangerous.  The Hit-Air wearable airbag system addresses some of the issues with crashing on a motorcycle.  Replace-able cartridges and quick reset turnaround times, the Hit-Air system is not a magic bullet but increases the survivability and potentially decreases the instance of injury during a motorcycle crash.


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DVS Shoes Yodeler

yodeler red

Tired of the usual skate shoe?  The yodeler looks great.  Would prefer a full gusseted tongue but hey it’s just a shoe to slip on after a day on the slopes to go grab a beer in.  Red or black?  You decide.  At the time of the post the DVS webbie doesn’t have their 2012/13 line up showing yet, but google DVS Yodeler and it’s all over the web.

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Mons Royale

Mons Royale guy and girl


Mons royale girls


Long john mons royale


Funner than Icebreaker but with the same price tag.  Merino wool undies, hoodies and t’s.  Hard to find, but doing my part to get them in the lime light, at least here in NA.  Guys and Gal styles.  Prominent waist band logo placement.  Jump into them.





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Swiss Army Wool Gaiters

Swiss Wool Gaiter Lateral view

Swiss Wool Gaiter full view

Swiss Wool Gaiter Zipper detail

Swiss Wool Gaiter Medial view

















Swiss Army Wool Gaiters, a steal at $14.99 and less.  Though swiss army surplus they are in very good shape. These gaiters keep you warm and dry thanks to rugged construction, felted, waterproof wool, and leather protection where needed.  The outer surface is smooth and slightly shiny, and the interior shows that it is indeed fuzzy wool.  Zippers make for  easy on off and a rubber strap keep these puppies in place.  One size fits all.  Thanks Boulder 1!

New Swiss Army Wool Gaiters w/Zipper – 999 – Military Surplus.

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