The Duo wrote back in August about the company Wild Things Tactical and their high-end snivel gear, including softshells, hardshells and fleece for cold-weather combat zones (like right now in Afghanistan).
I've been test driving their SO 1.0 insulated softshell jacket and as someone who goes way back with high-end mountaineering gear, this jacket ranks up their with the most technical, best fitting piece I've ever seen. It's no surprise that the bubbas with SEAL Team VI helped design the jacket.
Well, according to a top company official, looks like the DevGru frogmen will be test driving a new variation of the combat shirt out in The 'Stan early next year. Wild Things is looking to team with Providence, R.I.-based G-Form to add lightweight padding to its combat softshell -- an "under-armor" shirt that combines water and wind repellent shoulders and arms, with an athletic, breathable mid-section.
WTT says they're going to bond the G-Form padding to the combat shirt in the chest area and back to mitigate blunt force trauma from potential ballistic impacts. They also plan to fit the padding to the shoulder area to relieve stress from plate carrier loading. We had a chance to tug and twist the G-Form padding at the Modern Day Marine show, and it was extremely lightweight, formfitting and pliable.
Company officials say the new combat softshell will be sent overseas with some frogmen later this year and could be available by May, 2012.