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


Drop Zone Tactical launch PenCott-GreenZone clothing line-up

Last month, Drop Zone Tactical unveiled their Ops Pant, Hybrid Shirt, Recce Smock and Stubby Boonie Hat in PenCott-GreenZone camouflage at the 5th Annual Alberta Tactical Officers Association Competition.  Today, the rest of us got a sneak preview too.

Stubby Boonie Hat, Hybrid Shirt, Ops Pants – PenCott-GreenZone camouflage


Drop Zone Tactical’s legendary Recce Smock – now available in PenCott-GreenZone

Close-up of the Stubby Boonie Hat in PenCott-GreenZone

V765 Full-Zip Utility Pouch in PenCott-GreenZone

The prices for these items in Pencott-GreenZone are as follows:

Stubby Boonie Hat: $49.99

Hybrid Shirt: $119.99

3G Ops Pants: $199.99

Recce Smock: $399.99

To order any of these items, phone toll free (in the US and Canada) at: 1-855-464-1333. If you are in the Edmonton, Alberta area, visit the Check Point Charlie Survival Supply Show Room at 4915 68th Avenue.

Drop Zone Tactical have also confirmed that they will also stock PenCott-Badlands as of this autumn.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page and website for further information.

SABRE® Introduces PenCott Camouflage Clothing and Gear

SABRE® is the tactical clothing and equipment line brand from renowned German defence and law enforcement solution provider, JK Defence & Security Products GmbH. The SABRE brand offers military and law enforcement customers a full range of operationally-proven products for all climates, environments, and duties.

For the past several months, JK Defence has been offering PenCott-GreenZone and PenCott-Badlands clothing and gear to German and Austrian military and law enforcement special ops units, but not to the commercial market.  However, due to the increasing popularity of and demand for the PenCott patterns, JK Defence has now decided to also offer PenCott clothing and gear on the commercial market as well.

Out of all the new commercial patterns on the market, JK Defence elected to offer Hyde Definition’s PenCott “mission critical camouflage” to their special operations customers becuase of its superior, proven, real-world concealment performance.  PenCott is also the only non-German camouflage pattern in the SABRE portfolio.



The PenCott products are now appearing on the SABRE website (www.sabre-shop.de).  Further details can also be obtained by sending JK Defence an email at info@sabre-shop.de or by calling +49 (0)2152-1445-88.


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.


Molay Uniform Division – Echo Tac 1 Jacket in PenCott camouflage

Molay Uniform Division (MUD) is a young and innovative company run by a young, entrepreneurial, camouflage enthusiast located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The company got its start reproducing various types of military issue designs in a wide selection of camouflage patterns to Indonesian and international airsoft players.  Having quickly gained a reputation for providing durable, high-quality workmanship and a can-do attitude to customer service, MUD’s customer base has also begun to include real-deal tactical units as well.

Recently the company also began to introduce the PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns, together with their own range of clothing designs.  The first example of this match-up is their “Echo Tac 1″ Jacket.  The Echo Tac 1 Jacket is designed to be a lightweight tactical / bug-out jacket and boasts an impressive range of practical features.



  • 2 large front pockets with an integrated internal knife pocket.
  • 2 extra length sleeve pockets with large Velcro panel
  • 2 hip pockets
  • 2 inner chest pocket for documents
  • 1 large rear Poachers’ Pocket
  • articulated shoulders for ease of movement#
  • adjustable hood with retention tab
  • cord-locks operable with a single hand
  • dropped tail to provide extra protection when crouching
  • pit zip for ventilation
  • heavy duty #5 YKK 2-way zipper
  • Velcro-adjusted cuffs
  • all plastic hardware and thread are US Mil-Spec


$185 US (PenCott patterns)

Payment Methods:

Paypal, Money Orders, Bank Transfer

Further Details:


PenCott-Badlands “Slangvel” – reproduction South African Airborne Forces Smock

Former Paratrooper, and Service-Disabled Vietnam Vet, Slangvel took his nickname / eBay trader name from the nickname given by South African paras to their distinctive local version of the traditional British Airborne Forces smock.  “Slangvel” is Afrikaans for snake skin and was given to the smock due of its use of leather (later changed to canvas) as reinforcing material on the smocks pockets, shoulders and elbows.

An authentic original “Slangvel” smock will set you back a fair chunk of change – if you can find one for sale – but luckily (Mr.) Slangvel has started making modern reproductions of these iconic garments.  The new ones are also being offered in a limited choice of solid colors and modern camouflage patterns, use 500D Cordura nylon for the reinforced areas, and will be available for sale soon on Slangvel’s eBay page.

One of the real highlights of the repro “Slangvel” smocks is that they will be available in the PenCott family of camouflage patterns.  In fact, Mr. Slangvel was inspired right from the beginning of the project to use the PenCott-Badlands pattern as it would be such a great camouflage pattern for the type of arid terrain found in southern Africa.


And so without further adieu we present the first picture to be made available of a repro “Slangvel” smock from (Mr.) Slangvel….

And here is a close-up shot of the pocket detail, showing the use of “Badlands” pattern 500D Cordura as reinforcing material.

(Mr.) Slangvel also told us that he’s going to be making reproductions of the distinctive South African Airborne Forces helmet cover, and possibly the “Slangvel” trousers that matched the smocks as well.

Slangvel is also famous for his Recce-style boonie hats, M43-style field caps and repro African para caps – all of which are available in all three PenCott patterns as well.


Keep an eye on his eBay page for products and availability.

PenCott-GreenZone in NZ rain forest

We got a set of great photos recently that showcase the effectiveness of the PenCott-GreenZone pattern being used in New Zealand rain forest terrain.

“Pattern-in-picture” and other types of computer simulations are all well and good, but nothing beats real photos of a camouflage pattern printed onto fabric, sewn up into uniforms and gear, and actually being used in the field.

Its interesting to note that this user deliberately left his face, hands, arms and rifle uncamouflaged in order to show by contrast how well the PenCott camouflage works.



More info (and photos) of the PenCott patterns can be found on the Hyde Definition website and on the PenCott Facebook page.  The PenCott-Badlands and PenCott-Sandstorm patterns were also reviewed on Military Morons a while back.

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!