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THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS SENT TO ME FROM A READER. IT APPEARS IN THE OUTSIDE MAGAZINE MAY 2019 ADDITION. I DO NOT KNOW WHO RICK ELDER IS BUT I DO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT HIM, HE HAS BROWN EYES DO TO WHAT HE IS FILLED WITH.

What Special Forces Can Teach Us About Layering and Materials OO:NOTHING!!!

Indefinitely Wild: YES WHEN YOU ARE FREEZING YOUR ASS OFF YOU WILL GET WILD!!!

What the Special Forces Can Teach Us About Layering: AGAIN NOTHING!!!

Beyond Clothing is turning protective combat uniforms into stylish outdoor gear: WE WILL HAVE THE BEST DRESSED COMBAT UNIFORMS THAT DO NOT WORK!!!

Wes Siler: THIS GUY IS JUST ANOTHER SO CALLED WRITER WHO HAS VIRTUALLY NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT!!!

May 9, 2019

Imagine clothing capable of drying out and keeping you alive after you’ve spent ten minutes submerged in arctic water. Well, that’s the requirement the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command came up with for the apparel systems it wanted for its soldiers. And the man who developed that solution is now bringing it to the civilian market as Beyond Clothing.

Retired Army Ranger captain Rick Elder was sitting at his desk in early 2002 when the phone rang. On the line was a soldier deployed to the early phase of the war in Afghanistan. Elder was about a year into his new role, developing personal equipment for Special Operations units, and the solider was calling from a bomb crater where he was sheltering from enemy fire. Before the call got cut off, he told Elder that “he was freezing his ass off” and that Elder needed to come up with a fix. So over the next year, he and his team created something called the protective combat uniform (PCU).

The Naval Special Warfare Command’s (NSWC) requirements called for a clothing system that could go from completely soaked through to completely dry in 30 minutes, in subfreezing temperatures, using only body heat generated by exercise. Such a requirement, says Elder, is “a real son of a bitch.”

NSWC CAN ASK ANY THING THEY WANT, AND A CHARLATAN WILL TELL THEM THEY CAN MAKE IT. RICK IT WAS NOT “A REAL SON OF A BITCH” TO MAKE; IT COULD NOT BE MADE!!!

Clothing specs for the Special Forces are very extreme because, in the field, soldiers may have little to no control over the conditions they face and no ability to remove themselves from those conditions. If you or I get a little too cold or wet on a camping trip, we can usually do something about it: start a fire, crawl into our sleeping bag, go home, whatever. But that soldier under fire, sheltering in a crater, needs to be able to stay comfortable and alive even if that crater is full of water and the weather is below freezing, while concentrating on the battle.

IF THE SOLDIER STAYS IN A CRATER FILLED WITH WATER IN BELOW FREEZING CONDITIONS HE WILL DIE JUST AS IF HE IS SHOT BY THE HUMAN ENEMY. THE WEATHER CONDITONS ARE THE NATURAL ENEMY.

Elder nailed the requirements with that first PCU system. The big innovation happened when the team accepted that wearers were going to get wet—either from their environment or through physical exertion—so the system’s performance could be focused around managing that moisture. Whereas previous combat uniforms were designed simply to keep soldiers dry, Elder decided to focus on getting them dry. In order to do that, he had to look at the performance of fabrics when they’re soaking wet, then design a layering system in which all components worked together to transfer moisture away from the wearer’s body as quickly and effectively as possible. Elder employed fabrics and technologies you’ll be familiar with—Polartec Power Grid base layers, Polartec Alpha midlayers, Gore-Tex hard shells, and others—but considered their performance in combination and designed a system accordingly.

ELDER OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT KNOW OR EVEN UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO MANAGE MOISTURE REGARDLESS WHERE IT COMES FROM ESPECIALLY THE HUMAN BODY. PREVIOuS UNIFORMS MAY HAVE BEEN DESIGHED TO KEEP SOLDIERS DRY BUT THEY DON’T, NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL. SINCE HE WAS ACTIVE DUTY HE KNOWS THAT OR SHOULD. BUT HE IS A CHARLATAN AND WILL TELL THE MILITARY THAT HE CAN DO AND MAKE WHAT THEY WANT: BULL SHIT!!!

POLARTEC IN ALL OF ITS MACHINATIONS WILL TRAP AND HOLD MOISTURE FOR HOURS. AND WHERE DOES IT HOLD THE MOISTURE AGAINST YOUR SKIN SO THE MOISTURE CAN ABSORB YOUR BODY HEAT AND CAUSE YOU TO GET A CHILL.

NOW BRING IN A GORETEX SHELL AND THE MOISTUREGOES NO PLACE. ANOTHER INDICATION OF HOW MUCH KNOWLEDGE HE HAS WHICH IN MY OPINION WILL NOT FILL A CHILDS THIMBAL!!!

Beyond Clothing was started as a supplier for the military back in 1996. Elder says the brand actually fulfilled some of the contracts for his PCU designs. It was acquired by 5.11 Tactical in 2012, and that company brought Elder in as the new president and has essentially let him run wild with the brand. Military contracts dictate American-sourced materials and American manufacturing, so he started there, with a range of layers called Axios. Those were made to the same standards as the PCU, but the range came in a wider variety of colors and offered a few more options than soldiers got. Axios was also pricey, so if the government wasn’t buying it for you, it was a hard sell, and production remained very limited. That’s a problem the new foreign-made Kyros collection is trying to solve, while also bringing to the brand new technologies like better DWR coatings that aren’t yet available from U.S. manufacturers.

I DID NOT KNOW THERE WAS A “NEW TECHNOLOGY LIKE BETTER DWR” MORE BULL SHIT!!!

Now Elder is bringing that Beyond performance to civilians. Thinking of clothing as a solution rather than, well, clothing, is what makes the company unique. Elder doesn’t want to sell you a jacket; he wants to look at the problem you’re trying to solve, then sell you a complete layering system designed to solve it. You probably already wear base layers, insulation, and some sort of outer shell if you want to be comfortable in a cold, wet environment. But you have to learn through practice how all those layers work together, and you’ll probably be stripping them off or adding them on as the environment, and your levels of exertion, change. By analyzing the performance of its layers all together—especially their ability to drive moisture away from your body—Beyond Clothing thinks it can prescribe a selection of its gear that will be perfect for whatever conditions you might face.

HE WANTS PEOPLE TO BUY A SERIES OF CLOTHING ITEMS THAT ARE UNNECESSARY.

“We’re one of the only companies in the world that will say: in this environment, you need exactly this, and you wear it this way,” Elder says. And he says he can do that because Beyond’s solutions are based on massive amounts of real-world testing accomplished by the military. “It absolutely, 100 percent works and has been validated so many times over now that it’d be ridiculous not to trust it,” he says.

RICK ELDERS DOES NOT KNOW THAT WIGGY’S INC. EXISTS AND HAS SINCE 1988 AND MAKES THE MOST EFFICIENT COLD WET WEATHER CLOTHING IN THE “WORLD”!!! WHAT YOU ARE SELLING 100 PERCENT DOES NOT WORK; YOU ARE A CHARLATAN!!!

I’ve been wearing a system pulled from the brand’s new Kyros collection since November. And I can report that it works as claimed. One day that first month, I spent a 20-degree morning wearing the base layers, an insulation piece, and a soft-shell jacket and pants while going through mostly static firearms training. I was warm and comfortable, even as light snow transitioned to freezing rain. Later that same day, in the same weather, in the same-exact clothes, I took the dogs for a hike up a steep mountain. Halfway up, we surprised a herd of mule deer, and Bowie, our two-year-old husky–German shepherd gave chase. The deer led him out onto a horse ranch, so I had to try and catch him, running at full speed for 30 minutes before I was able to do that. I was too focused on trying to tackle the most athletic dog I’ve ever owned to notice, but once he was again on leash and we were headed back to the truck, I realized that I was totally dry, and I’d never needed to even zip the jacket open a bit.

BULL SHIT!!!!!! TOTALLY DRY!!!!

I RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE RICK ELDERS BUY THE WHAT I CALL BULL SHIT GARMENTS AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU EXPERIENCE WHAT HE CLAIMS!!!

THE SPECIAL FORCES CAN NOT TEACH US ANYTHING ABOUT LAYERING AND MATERIALS!!!


SPEAKING OF STAYING WARM AND WET OR DRY, JUST RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING TESTIMONIAL


i have one of your liner vests and a liner jacket that i use as a sweater. These are my favorite all weather clothes, because they seem to both shed excess heat very well as well as insulate very well. I don't overheat with these garments- they keep me in a sweet spot. I spend most of my time inactive, so Im speaking more about that end of the spectrum, rather than hard physical labor, think fishing instead of paddling, but Your product does all that this new miracle fabric (see link)promises.They laugh at water, and are warm even wet, and don't over heat. My bodys mechinism for heat balance seems inhanced with the lamilite combo you have come up with! I've worn clothes that seemed to generate sauna conditions, but not yours, and i stay warm. I'm looking forward to buying more of your products- Not only is it important to have a good system, but also good execution. You can just wash these, nothing special!I was worried about cold spots,because of the sewn through construction, but i havent had one yet. I dont live in extreme weather conditions- but i find myself going to your clothing. Its perfect for mild to changing weather!

Thanks for making a great product! Michael, Santa Barbara

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