March 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm #993AnonymousInactive
Posted by Max Velovcity on the Blog
I’ve had a couple of emails from people interested in the Arltis B110 smock. This is the one that is usually not sold in the US due to lack of demand. I just received the B210 smock. This has a thin liner inside for increased wind protection. Its an excellent jacket, but more ideal for fall/winter use.
Arktis are dong me a favor and sending me a B110 jacket for testing and review. They will have to special order it so it may take a little while. If it is like the B210 but without the lining, it should be a excellent jacket, and at the lighter weight will be more of a universal season smock, just like the SAS original.
If you are interested in having Arktis special order in the B110, then email me or comment here and we can see if they are prepared to either special order it or just start selling it. Let’s create the demand. The new jacket of choice for Patriots!
HERE is the link to the UK site for the B110.
Combat Smock. Arktis’s Combat smock is exactly the same as the Waterproof smock except it lacks the drop liner. This means it is a lighter weight and is a ‘stripped down’ version of the B310. Ideal for high exertion use.
Outer material Arkis’s own 50/50 Ripstop for extreme breathability and water-repellency
Fully articulated construction
Large boxed pockets
Wire in hood for shaping
Twin needled underarm seam for strength
Adjustable drawcord waist, channel is bartacked at key points of wear
Adjustable draw cord base channel
Double ended zip, with webbing insert for ease of opening
Large slide buttons bound in
Patch Notebook pocket with 3cm stitch from edge for pen loop
Cord channel in hood for adjustment
Smaller zipped entry document pouch
Reinforced ‘felled’ seams throughout
External waist drawcord adjustment with bartacked exit
Central rank tab with small slide button to secure
This garment can be twin needled
Edit: Note: please see my comment below with the email from ArktisUSA. For those wanting the B110 Arktis Windproof smock, please contact ArktisUSA direct. I am not collecting or forwarding names for a group order. Thanks.April 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm #2293
Received my B110 while I was away in WV. This is a very nice piece of kit. I used a surplus smock at CRCD and it worked great. The new one is much nicer with more pockets.You can visit Arktis’ website for in stock purchases or do like I did and have them special order.
"These are not men, but devils" --Colonel Francisco de Paula-Milan, Mexican Army, Camerone 30 April 1863April 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm #2676RRSParticipant
Sportsman Guide has surplus windproof smocks listed for about 35 dollars, and even in the larger size to fit the American physique. And in woodland DPM
Tactical training for Liberty, Fraternity, ExcellenceApril 8, 2014 at 7:49 am #2704DiznNCParticipant
The classic SAS windproof smock concept just can’t be beat, IMHO. I think that your outer camo layer needs to be unlined. It should be a wind and rain shell only, with insulation layers separate underneath. This is the best system I’ve found for trekking with heavy loads.
There are many choices out there. We went with the Soldier 95 DPM smocks, which are cheap and plentiful (right now). The Artkis is a very good piece of kit. The B110 is the unlined smock. If you have the bucks, it’s worth it.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanApril 8, 2014 at 8:25 am #2706MaxKeymaster
Like Diz said, we are really happy with/loving our smocks. Very versatile piece.November 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm #11731
Did a test the past two days….did a run w/ assault pack wearing a tshirt…polartec fleece top…and regular cotton hoodie in 6 degree weather…froze my Arse off. Today warmer(8 degrees) replaced hoodie w/ my B110 and did a two mile walk w/ heavy load(65 lbs. ruck and battle belt). Very warm…the windproofing cant be understated. Also the thinner layers make the gear worn feel more secure to me than having bulked layers…..
"These are not men, but devils" --Colonel Francisco de Paula-Milan, Mexican Army, Camerone 30 April 1863June 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm #18530
Just an observation….after CP class a couple of weeks ago I’ve been trying to get out in the woods once a week and work/train in crappy terrain. Anyway yesterday wet as shit and the friend whos property I use hasn’t cut any grass all year so it was over the top of my truck. I knew this going in so I wore my surplus Brit smock I have as an extra. Well this smock has lots of Velcro everywhere. And just as in CP class all I had all afternoon was “Ripppppppppp” “Ripppppp” “Rip”. The Arktis smock has minimal Velcro(uses buttons over the zipper). I guess a guy on a budget could remove the Velcro and sew buttons w/ button holes with the surplus models. I’ll plug the Arktis smock again…nice piece of kit, I highly recommend.
Couple of more things…
1) ordering a MVT CUTT rig when they become available…I have too much Velcro on my belt set up.
2) walked around in wet sloughs for two weeks with goretex boots…dry feet. Walked yesterday in wet “elephant” grass for 3 hours and my toes were floating in my boots.
"These are not men, but devils" --Colonel Francisco de Paula-Milan, Mexican Army, Camerone 30 April 1863June 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm #18546First SergeantModerator
I have one of the B110’s also. Great piece of kit. The only thing that is different between it and my SAS smock is the poacher pockets on the back inside that the 110 doesn’t have. Have to get my wife to add some.
The answer to your predicament in #2 above is gaiters. Every since I traded for a pair from a German paratrooper a long time ago, I have used them religiously. I retired those sometime ago and started using Outdoor Research gaiters. They are worth every penny.
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Klagt Nicht, KämpftJune 20, 2015 at 9:36 am #18562
Thanks for the advice 1st Sgt…..I have an old surplus pair…Will look at some upgrades.June 21, 2015 at 8:50 am #18591MaxKeymaster
The Velcro problem is easy to fix.
Just take strips of the opposite part (hook/loop) and adhere them to the sewn in sections that you don’t want to stick together. Problem solved.
I use the Velcro backing that comes with most flag patches intended for hats or shoulders. You can cut each backing patch into 3 or 4 (I forget which) strips that are the correct width and almost perfect length. This way you can use tan or OD or foliage colored Velcro, but even basic black from the piece goods store or Walmart could work.
Now I have no unwanted adhereing or ripping sounds, but I can take off the strips at will, put them in a pocket, and maintain 100% functionality.
An added bonus in doing this is the Velcro on the flaps doesn’t adhere to the mesh lining on the later MTP versions of the smocks. A couple that I got from Midway or Major Surplus had the mesh lining pretty much frayed from being stuck to the Velcro over and over.
I also love the smock concept.
Keep your powder dry, and your smock silent,
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