The folks over at HPG have a new website with lots of new features…….
Go check them out - http://hillpeoplegear.com/Home/tabid/1157/Default.aspx
Based in the UK, Ru Titley provides custom made knives, sheaths and tactical products. I first discovered his blog through valleydeepmountainhigh, who has helped test and develop the markers we’ll be talking about today. Based on the strips of SOLAS that ValleyDeepMountainHigh used in the military, ru-titley-knives has developed a whole range of products that provide exciting new ways to “Glint & Glow”.
I have been using a selection of his products for over 3 months now and they’ve been on my pack since I received them! Besides looking really cool the are truly effective at their job. Standard “Ranger Eyes” or “Cat Eyes” have a good initial glow, but fade quickly after that. These take identification to the next level as they are useful locators, even hours after charging, due to the glint combination. These could easily work as markers for your camp or individuals, I’ve even used them on the inside of our tent to help quick location of the zipper pull.
The Square MK4 is great for attaching to the small velcro squares on various TAD clothing (the first image shows it attached to my Force 10 RS Cargo Shorts). It’s low profile and convex edges mean it doesn’t catch as easily as I’ve found other Ranger Eyes do. As well as the rather cool ‘hive’ design of the Cyflect, the interchangeable central section means you can taylor this product to specific activities whilst on-the-move.
The ITW Web Dominator MK3 attachment (see above) is really easy to attach to any pack with webbing (most outdoor packs have at least some webbing on them). Ru suggested undoing the screwed on MK3, attaching the Web Dominator, then re-screwing the MK3 on. I found that the Web Dominator could actually be attached in reverse. I’ve had two attached to my pack almost the whole 3 months with not even a hint of them coming off.
Last year I found myself walking along roads, often at night and often at my own peril. These have put an end to that and with something attached to my straps and the back of my pack I feel very visible, in a pretty stylish way.
I seriously, seriously cannot recommend Ru-Titley’s products highly enough. The build quality is fantastic and these inventive solutions are very worth getting hold of. Also they look really cool.
Check out his site here. There is a full selection of his gear on display here, from beautiful custom knives, to other creative products like the ones seen here. He doesn’t have a store, but if you drop him an email on email@example.com he’ll sort you out. He’ll ship to any destination and even offers discount for any Military, LEO, SAR Teams and First Responders to name a few, so be sure to ask about a discount if you think you qualify.
Here’s a list of what I’ve got in case you want to order these specific items (second image):
MK3 double sided, Cyflect and 3m High-Vis Orange, mounted on an ITW Web Dominator x2
MK4 – 3m Orange (velcro backed) with x3 Micro Dots to fit behind.
NEW Square MK4 the Cyflect (velcro backed) designed to fit on Triple Aught Design gear kit with a GITD Micro Dot.
Mini MK3 Cyflect for zip pull.
Cyflect Micro Dots (velcro backed) to fit on the back hood of Triple Aught Design Ranger Eyes patched jackets.
Thanks for your kind words mate! Like I have said in the past, these really are products that I would not be without!
Down on the coast……
Took a few days off this weekend for a much needed rest, and went to visit an old army buddy.
Seen with -
Grey ghost gear lightweight assault pack
CyFlect kit marker by Rtknives@hotmail.com
TAD recon AC pant
Oakley half jacket
Suunto core military
Everyone needs to explore somewhere uncharted at some point in their lives. Going off the map to hunt some big game is just one way.
I see lots of people carry a small button compass in there gear. These come in different sizes but they are all essentially a ‘back up item’
Next time you are out and about in your chosen AO. Conduct a few legs using them for some simple Navigation tasks.
So when the time comes this is not a new tool out the box.
Being a ML and SAR my navigation is to a good standard, but it is still a skill that should used regularly.
Secondary Function .
As with many bits of kit I always try and come up with a secondary function where ever possible .
By removing the cyflected APALS from the prototype 3D printed holder and replacing it on a hooked tape backed Mil-spec elastic Ranger band it can then seal in small gear such as tinder circles , compass , mini firesteel in snakedr style para-cord sheath , SERE V cutter and 10 hour light-stick .
This version still needs proper testing but I kinda like the rough idea .
Custom knives , sheaths and gear from firstname.lastname@example.org
Such a great aircraft! It will be a shame when the UK stop using these they are an iconic sight in the mountains.
Custom made Markers from email@example.com
I have had the pleasure of helping test and develop the markers from Ru over at rtknives. These went from simple materials and have developed from plain strips of SOLAS that I used in the military, to a whole range of custom markers in different high end materials.
Each are hand crafted so in a way each are unique.
When I started testing these around 12-18 months ago I was impressed. What they have developed into today is a product I feel lost without!
Be it on my TAD Stealth in the mountains, my pack around town or seen here on my SAR kit they get the job done.
You can see on the leg of my TAD trousers a new version of the Cyflect cut specifically to fit the Velcro on TADs line of clothing.
It has been both an honour and a pleasure to help with the development of this product. It is great to now see them being trusted and used by various SAR teams.
Ru has become a good friend of mine and is a true craftsman.
If you want something that you can trust and depend on to help you stand out and be safe and seen, then give Ru an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Myself and a fellow team mate on the cable.
It’s real time training like this that makes all the difference when we are called out.