[SHOT 2018] 5.11: New Camo Pattern, New Backpack and Plate Carrier, New Boots

    James visits 5.11’s SHOT Show 2018 display to see the smattering of new gear on display there:

    From TFB’s own Adam S.’s article about 5.11’s SHOT Display:


    This next backpack released at SHOT Show actually comes in 3 different sizes based on your activity’s needs. You can now get an AMP 12, AMP 24 or AMP 72 which can be loosely interpreted as providing enough gear and/or utility for a 12-, 24- or 72-hour mission. An exterior hex-grid paneling system is lasercut and employs 500D nylon material. This unique type of paneling allows for multi-directional attachment of gear; not just horizontal and vertical. The hex-grid panel can also be removed entirely and stored inside the pack if so desired.

    There are multiple secret pockets within the All Missions Pack to hide a wallet, CCW, personal documents or a secret rationing of Snickers bars. Aside from the backpacks, 5.11 Tactical will be introducing plate carriers and other gear throughout 2018 using a lot of the same features from the All Missions Pack series. At the moment, there are not openly stated MSRPs for these packs, but that information should become available very soon after the dust settles from SHOT Show.

    VEIL Camo:

    I know what you are thinking, not another camo pattern, but the one thing that makes a high curb appeal camo pattern worthwhile is when you back it with science. The GEO 7 CAMO should hopefully be superior to many of its competitors because it was mathematically devised to give you an edge – on both a macro (large scale) and micro (small scale) level. To expand on that thought, by engineering large regions of colors in the camo pattern GEO 7 disrupts the human form or outline at approximately 10 meters giving the user a tactical advantage. The micro level disruption of networking smaller regions of color breaks up the human form at roughly 25 meters which once again gives you the advantage.

    As a result of this multi-level disruption in varying environments you should have what 5.11 Tactical states is scalable concealment. Whether you are hunting or in a defense capacity such as our law enforcement, you should blend into your environment significantly better – regardless whether it is rural or urban.

    This new camo pattern was developed in conjunction with Veil Camo™ and is going to be offered in two different styles. The GEO 7 Terrain is more earth-based with foliage colors while the GEO 7 Night is darker in tones with a mixture of black colors. Both of these camo color palettes were produced by refining colors from specific target environments. By doing so, you have a better performing camouflage when out in the field.

    GEO 7The folks at 5.11 Tactical go on to describe the GEO 7 Camo in even better detail below:

    Offered in two colors, GEO7™ Terrain and GEO7™ Night, GEO7™ is a revolutionary technology designed using both fractal and chaos mathematical principles. These principles fuel the visual biases found in the natural world. This approach lends to the color and visual disruption which makes GEO7™ so effective.

    This new line of camouflage should be available to consumers in fall of 2018. You will be able to get Tactical Duty Uniform Shirts, Pants, Jackets, Hats, Plate Carriers and other gear all in the GEO 7 Camo of Terrain or Night.

    With many of the products not fully launched or available to consumers at this time, the MSRPs have not been openly stated yet. Once again, all of this should be available come Fall 2018.

    James Reeves

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