Radical changes are happening to closure systems and modular pocket technology for tactical vests and armor carriers. We’re not talking tweaks, but a complete re-envisioning, and FirstSpear® technologies are leading the industry disruption.

Imagine using a ballistic vest closure system that self-cleans. One that makes a quiet click instead of the teeth-clenching rrrriiip of traditional hook and loop closures. A closure system that is the lightest on the market, and ensures ballistic coverage to keep operators safe. Changes to modular pocket attachment systems involve a completely unique design that is more lightweight, secure, and covert.

Safariland Armor and Protech® Tactical armor collections are now integrating FirstSpear® technologies into our line of tactical vests and armor carriers. Read on as we connect with the FirstSpear team to ask the questions that matter most to you.

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FirstSpear Tubes™ Technology Q&A

How is the Tubes technology different than any other product available?
FirstSpear Tubes are different in their ability to be attached or detached in an upward or downward motion. Other similar closure systems utilize a squeeze function or horizontal locking/buckling system with a one-way closure direction. FirstSpear Tubes feature fixed positioning on the carrier, as opposed to systems with degrees of adjustability. Tubes are located in the same spot and cannot be moved. This fixed positioning also benefits in terms of providing resistance to weight-bearing loads from accessories, pouches, ballistics, etc.

What makes this product better than other closure systems?

  1. The FirstSpear Tubes ensure that the cummerbund is always positioned in the same location on a carrier. This eliminates issues such as misalignment and incorrect attachment that are vital for proper ballistic coverage.
  2. The Tubes are also relatively quiet to operate, exhibiting stealth features during donning and doffing.
  3. The third benefit is that they provide you with a lightweight closure system, lighter than anything else on the market.
  4. The fourth reason is that they are essentially ‘self-cleaning.’ As they are used, dirt, sand and debris are removed from the mechanisms. As you can imagine, this is beneficial in harsh environments, when you’re dealing with rain, snow and mud.
  5. Lastly, Tubes exhibit a ‘cool factor’ in tactical body armor. The trend for tactical carriers is all about hardware. The look and operation of FirstSpear Tubes is a feature trend for tactical teams.
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What problem does this product solve for the end user?
Compared to the traditional hook and loop closure systems, Tubes are quiet and resistant to weather elements such as precipitation. The ability to lock the cummerbund in a fixed place on the carrier lessens the chance of an accidental release during operation. Safety is always our number one priority.

Who would wear this?
Any Tier 1 Military, Domestic LE SWAT, and First Responders.

What Safariland vests will Tubes be available on?
This technology is available on the Shift 360™ plate rack, Fast Attack Vest (FAV), All Purpose Vest (APV), TAC PH and the Titan® Assault vest.

When will these vests be available to ship to customers?
All these vest offerings are available for order now. Please allow at least 45-60 days for delivery.

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6/12™ Pocket Attachment System & Modular Pocket Technology Q&A

How do the 6/12 Pocket Attachment System and Modular Pocket Technology differ than any other product currently available?
The 6/12 Pocket Attachment System is a unique, laminate design not seen in the market before. The body side of 6/12 features a loop platform, which is specifically designed to function with the 6/12 modular pocket technology. The 6/12 PAS is very lightweight, comprised of 500-denier material. Thin vertical laser-cut slits create a stronger material that features the ability to lock pouches into place with the additional support of the hook and loop tabs located on the pouches. This creates a cleaner and stronger hold as the loop on the back of the 6/12 system adheres to the platform on the pocket backers.

What makes this product better than other closure systems?
Due to the smaller slit cuts, the 6/12 PAS features a consistent color palette for carriers, with little being seen through the slits. It’s a cleaner and more covert looking platform. The loop located on the back of the load-bearing platform also creates a more secure fit.

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What problem does this product solve for the end user?
The 6/12 Pocket Attachment System offers a lightweight load-bearing platform with a noticeably more secure pouch attachment when used with 6/12 backer.

Who would wear this?
Tier 1 Military, Domestic LE SWAT, and First Responders.

What Safariland vests will this be available on? What colors will be available?
The deployment of this technology will be similar to that of the Tubes technology. So it’ll be on Shift 360™, Fast Attack Vest (FAV), All Purpose Vest (APV), TAC PH and the Titan® Assault vest. Choose from black, ranger green, coyote, MultiCam®, and Tactical green.

When will it be available to ship to customers?
This feature is available now on the Shift 360™ plate rack, Fast Attack Vest (FAV) and the All Purpose Vest (APV). Coming soon, the Titan Assault vest will also be available.

Learn more about the technical specifications of the FirstSpear Tubes™ and 6/12™ Pocket Attachment System.