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SITKA Gear, the leader and pioneer in performance hunting apparel, has teamed up with Milliken & Company and Polartec to launch Arrowhead Equipment, a new technical apparel program for the Special Operations Forces end-user.
Milliken & Company has been a key partner and supplier of high-performance technical textiles to every branch of the U.S. Military and elite defense troops around the world for 75 years, providing best-in-class materials that are engineered to keep defense personnel protected, comfortable and focused on the mission at hand. As SITKA focused on developing and manufacturing purpose-built technical products for its new line, the brand turned to Milliken & Company and Polartec for those best-in-class, TAA compliant materials.
The initial product offering consists of four performance fleece and active insulation midlayers featuring Polartec® Alpha®, Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™, and Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface®.
The Arrowhead Equipment Midlayer Pullover and Hoody MDW are inspired by SITKA’s Fanatic Hoody - the brand’s most functional and widely used midlayer fleece. Purpose built for combat layering systems, the performance fleece offers long-lasting abrasion resistance, without sacrificing flex and comfort.
For the main body of the garment, Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface® delivers exceptional wind and abrasion resistance. Comprised of an advanced knit construction, it provides four times the wind resistance of traditional technical fleece, while maintaining a high degree of breathability. The added proprietary Hardface® treatment increases abrasion resistance, durability, and weather resistance while maximizing its performance as a versatile combat layering system. Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro, noted for its dynamic stretch and comfort, is strategically mapped under the arms, down the sides, and in the hood. The result is a technical apparel solution with enhanced comfort and dynamic stretch for a better fit during prolonged operations.
The Arrowhead Equipment Midlayer Jacket and Hoody MDWi are inspired by SITKA’s Kelvin Active Jacket, drawing from its DNA of high performance in an active environment, but with a lighter and more breathable design. The key to this midlayer is its effectiveness as both a standalone piece and as part of a Wet Weather Protective system. Exceptionally lightweight, highly breathable and compressible, it performs equally well in both situations, as suited to Special Reconnaissance tasks.
Polartec® Alpha® was invented for the U.S. Special Forces to provide superior insulation for extreme temperature variations and the start-stop conditions of combat. Polartec® Alpha® active insulation is engineered for consistent warmth, while allowing greater breathability for temperature regulation. This air exchange technology creates sustained comfort without shedding layers, which isn’t an option during a mission. Polartec® Alpha® Direct is an evolution of the original Alpha® technology that eliminates the need for a backing fabric to enclose the insulation. By refining the size and shape of its lofted fibers, Alpha® Direct can be in direct contact with skin or other fabric layers. This provides increased breathability, while reducing weight, bulk, and dry-times.
A cross-functional piece, the Midlayer Jacket and Hoody MDWi is a reliable piece you will find yourself never deploying without.
Products can be purchased through partner dealers, US Elite, Tactical Distributors, Operationally Proven Tactical and TSSi, in the USA. DS Tactical and Millbrook Tactical in Canada. Level Peaks Associates in the UK and Aquaterro for Australia and New Zealand.