About Lawrence Holsworth

Marketing and Business Development Director, Hyde Definition.

S.O.D. Gear Update

Italian military clothing and gear manufacturer Special Operations Department Gear (more commonly known as S.O.D. Gear), will be opening its doors to the public in July for the first time ever!

Visitors will get a chance to see the showroom of the company, as well as being able to view, handle and try-out prototypes and equipment never seen before. More than 400 products will be at the disposal of visitors!  SOD Gear will be running special promotional prices on their standard products as well.

Finally, SOD Gear will also be presenting new products, including the long-awaited SPECTRE CHEST RIG (seen below in Hyde Definition’s PenCott-Badlands pattern camouflage).



Saturday 7 from 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday, 8 from 09:00 to 13:00
Monday 9 from 09:00 to 19:00

Friday 13 from 09:00 to 19:00
Saturday 14 from 09:00 to 13:00

For more details:


tel. (+39) 0571 73041/73042


Molay Military Uniform Division expands its PenCott offering

Molay has sent us the details of their new PenCott portfolio which now includes 2 different types of uniforms / tactical clothing, a combat shirt, a plate carrier and a boonie hat. 

“Rapid Task Trousers”: Designed to be paired with the Echo Tac 1 Jacket, this is Molay’s ultra-modern multi-purpose tactical trouser design.  The trousers feature articulated knees for comfort and dynamic movement, as well as some clever and unique pocket designs and configurations for effective load carriage.  Price for a pair in PenCott is $170 US, available to order now.  Full details can be found on Molay’s Facebook page here.


“Peacekeeper Uniform”: Designed at the request of an Indonesian law enforcement special operations unit, the Peacekeeper is Molay’s innovative take on a modern ACU / MCCUU type uniform suitable for garrison duty as well as field and tactical deployments.  Price for a set is approximately $170 US (depending on current exchange rates), available to order now.  Full details can be found on Molay’s Facebook page here.


“RapidTask Top”: The Rapid Task Top is Molay’s re-interpretation of the USMC’s FROG shirt.  Molay’s shirt features nIR-reflectance resistant PenCott NyCo ripstop fabric on the sleeves, collar and zipper placket and Cordura® Baselayer fabric on the torso.  Price is $105 US, available to pre-order now.  Full details can be found on Molay’s Facebook pre-order page.


“Alpha Plate Carrier”: Molay’s first foray into “hardwear” is the Alpha Plate Carrier.  Robustly constructed to hold up under heavy use, the Alpha features 1000D Cordura nylon with a durable water resistant finish and urethane backing, as well as US milspec buckles, webbing, mesh, Velcro, shock cord and snaps.  The production version will feature breathable padded mesh on the interior – picture is of a prototype. Price will be approximately $170 US (depending on current exchange rates), available to pre-order now.  Full details can be found on Molay’s Facebook pre-order page.


“Tango Brim Hat”: Molay’s boonie hat is of the short-brimmed “operator” style that’s popular these days.  The 55mm short brim is also angled in order to provide more protection from sun, rain and creepy-crawlies and the brim is also chain-stitched for additional stiffness.  Molay also replaced the traditional (and clumsy / uncomfortable) chin strap with a shock-cord and cord-lock system to fasten the hat securely around the wearer’s head.  The price is $30 and its available to order now.  Full details can be found on Molay’s Facebook page, here.

If you don’t use Facebook, or you can’t access it at your location, you can also contact Molay Military Uniform Division via telephone at +62 821 34 183183, or on email at cs_molaymud@yahoo.com


UFPRO Sniper Garment System in PenCott camouflage

Slovenian clothing maker UFPRO recently  updated their website with up-close detailed photos of their Sniper Garment System featuring Hyde Definition’s PenCott camouflage family.

For further information, see the detail pages of the Sniper System Jacket and Trousers on the UFPRO website.

Besides their 3-layered Sniper Garment System, UFPRO also offer an assortment of outdoor clothing, headwear and footwear – as well as their highly-regarded P-40 Duty and Commando Trousers. UFPRO also designed and supplied the current Slovenian Army combat clothing ensemble, as well as garment systems for the Slovenian Customs and Prison services.


PenCott camo + SOD Gear x SEAL + Medal-of-Honor = AWESOME!

(Photo copyright 2011 Yamil R. Sued.)

Don’t know who Craig “Sawman” Sawyer is?  How’s this for a bio:

• U.S. Navy SEAL (SEAL Team One & DEVGRU)
• Combat Veteran, decorated for “Heroic Service”
• Counter-Terrorist Operations Expert
• U.S. Marine & SEAL Advanced Sniper Instructor
• U.S. Federal Air Marshal & Manager
• High-Threat Mobile Security Expert
• Surveillance/Counter-Surveillance
• Hand to Hand/Combat Fighting Expert
• International Experience in 54 Countries
• Extensive Cross-Training w/World’s Top Units

Craig has also featured in the History Channel’s “Sniper:  Deadliest Missions”, been an expert commentator on several news stories, and is a regular in-house shooting coach on the History Channel’s popular show “Top Shot”.  Craig also works as a technical expert advising Hollywood films and TV show – check out his website:  www.tacticalinsider.com

But, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, check out these photos of Craig with his buddy Dakota Meyer rocking PenCott-Badlands.

(Photos copyright 2011 Yamil R. Sued.)

In case you’re not familiar with the name Dakota Meyer – let us fill you in a bit…   On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer learned that three U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman were missing after being ambushed by a group of insurgents. Meyer charged into an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and under enemy fire. He eventually found all four dead and stripped of their weapons, body armor, and radios. With the help of some friendly Afghan soldiers, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted. During his search, Meyer “personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded, and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe.”

On November 6, 2010, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos told reporters during a visit to Camp Pendleton, California, that a living Marine had been nominated for the Medal of Honor. Two days later, the Marine Corps Times, an independent newspaper covering U.S. Marine operations, reported that the unnamed individual was Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, citing anonymous sources. CNN confirmed the story independently two days later.

Sergeant Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House on September 15, 2011.   (Wikipedia)

On a final note, the eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that the cut and style of the jacket / anorak that Dakota is wearing in the first photograph doesn’t match up with the style of either SOD Gear’s Spectre Shirt nor their Operator Field Parka…  That’s because its a new sniper suit specially-designed by SOD Gear…

(SOD Gear Sniper Suit)

To Craig and Dakota we say a loud and resounding THANK YOU!

Ares Armor Combat XII-MEC Pack from PredatorBDU.com

The Combat XII-MEC Pack is the same as the original Ares Armor design initially created for a US Marine Corps Sniper Platoon.  On the Combat XII-MEC Pack the PALS webbing was removed from the back of the pack at the suggestion of military customers who wanted solid camouflage concealment with less modularity needed for utility.

The Combat XII-MEC Pack is available exclusively through PredatorBDU.com in the PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage (“MEC”) patterns of GreenZone (Temperate), Badlands (Transitional/Semi-Arid), and Sandstorm (Arid/Desert).  This is a first of its kind and the premier of a pack in these camouflage patterns manufactured from 1000D textured nylon that is nIR treated and features a durable water-resistant coating.


The main compartment features two sections for 100 ounce hydration bladders with additional space for field rations or other sustainment supplies, along with external side solid color webbing for MOLLE compatible pouches. Two rear mounted pouches allow for additional storage. The pack can be worn solo with the shoulder straps and directly to a plate or armor carrier for free range of motion.

Dude, where’s my ruck?

Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ multi-environment family of camouflage patterns is under consideration for the US Army’s next-generation family of camouflage patterns, and is also being used by a growing number of special operations units around the world.



PenCott-Snowdrift pattern debuts at SHOT 2012

Good personal concealment is not a fashion statement or a popularity contest. Its about reducing the risk of being detected.  And that can mean the difference between mission success or mission failure.

However, when it comes to snow camouflage most military patterns seem to have been developed with the line from the Christmas Carol about King Wenceslas in mind: “when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even”.  In most terrain, however, the snow cover is often uneven and features shadows and textures from undulating or broken ground and from rocks and dry vegetation breaking up the blanket of white.

PenCott-Snowdrift™ breaks that mold and was specifically designed to provide superior camouflage in a wider range of snow-covered terrain.


Snowdrift™ is a 3-colour variant of  PenCott™, and like all members of the PenCott™ family it features:

  • a naturalistic, omni-directional, multi-scalar fractal geometry pattern
  • a unique 3-in-1 pattern design for superior blending and disruption performance
  • color palettes optimized for a variety of terrains and environments
  • high-difference boundaries and hypoacuitive color dithering create false edges and the illusion of 3D

PenCott-Snowdrift™ will be going in to production soon and will be available later this year – printed on lightweight, water- and frost-resistant, packable polyester fabric (the same type used by the USMC in fact).  The entire PenCott line-up will also be featured on the SOD Gear / TangoDown booth at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas January 17-20, 2012.