Rufus Breacher: Ferro Concept Slickster Plate Carrier Setup & Review

This is an article not written by FMB but by “Rufus”. He is a currently deployed Recce dude and former contractor that is an obvious gearwhore. He’s got a great IG that for some reason features a plastic chicken from time to time.

So, grab a cup of coffee and start reading!

I used to work with a JPC for several years now, and I decided to adopt a new load out, a fresher one.
Don’t misunderstand me, my JPC did his job pretty well, and remains a reliable Plate Carrier.
But since it was a bit damaged at the bottom of the Kangaroo Pouch (After all these years, fair enough), I decided to buy a new one and try my chance with the Ferro Concept Slickster.

One of the reason, is that I was really seduced by the idea of the elastic cummerbund with additional compartments in it.

My setup

As I was working with a MRAP-style Dingo 2 vehicle, wich is really tight inside when it’s full, I wanted to get rid of my so much loved tactical belt.
Putting my magazines, IFAK and grenades on my Plate carrier instead of my belt was an option I had to consider.
So the elastics compartment were coming.
The basic product is made for lighter tasks, able to be worn concealed, as well as overt.

My basic load requires me to carry 10 magazines for my SCAR L, 3 Magazines for my sidearm, the FNH 5.7, some grenades, an IFAK, a radio device and some small equipment, I decided to add to the basic Slickster, the Ferro
Kangaroo flap pouch. On the inside, I added a triple Mag turnover pouch.
Without adding any equipment to that configuration, It provides you 4 compartments each side, and three more on front, giving you the capacity to fit 11 items of your choice directly on the Slickster.

Two compartments were used for the IFAK from ITS Tactical (Slim Pouch) and an additional Israeli bandage.
Four other compartments were filled with 4 AR Magazines, plus 3 in the kangaroo flap pouch.
The radio fits in another elastic pouch on the cummerbund.

To that, I still had to add 2 pistol mags with an unusual size, so I needed some stretchable double mag pouch…
Found it with Tasmanian Tiger, as well as a double grenade pouch to carry a frag and a Flashbang.
I never had been a big fan of TT products, but I have to admit that some of them are up to the job.

As I needed to add some personal equipment but didn’t wanted to encumber myself with an admin pouch, I decided to try and put a Shock Cord Insert from ITS Tactical on the velcro surface above my Magazine.
On it, I attached a Gerber Filter Torch, the PTT for my Radio device, etc…

I also added some shoulder pads for my own confort.

Finally, I reached my goal with a plate carrier that fits perfectly to the job, getting rid of my tactical belt to only keep my Sidearm, a tourniquet and a dump pouch.
Carrying 7 AR Mags, and 2 5.7 Pistol mags and some grenades on the slickster, 1 AR mag on my assault rifle, 1 on my sidearm,
2 additional mags in my “Bug Out bag” from 5.11 Tactical as well as some smoke grenades, white and colored, a PR Kit, an MRE, some extra medical equipment and a softshell jacket.

My thoughts about the Slickster

After almost a month of deployment, spending most of my nights patrolling outside the wire, I find that configuration really handy and feel really comfy using it.

I will just add side soft ballistic inserts in the next few days to fit the standards imposed by my higher echelon.

In the vehicle: gain of mobility going in and out of the MRAP, even with the M249 of my colleague in the way…

The only disadvantage i saw so far is about the elastic slot of the cummerbund. Be careful about the equipment you fit inside, like the IFAK for example… the friction due to the movement sometimes ejects the soft equipment parts. Think about a way to attach it, like i did with the ITS pouch and some bungee rope. But prefer to use these slots for “hard” equipment such as mags, radios,etc , that stick into the pouches without any problem.

My conclusion is that the slickster remains an affordable multi purpose plate carrier, you can use it for overt as well as for covert kind of mission.

I hope you guys liked his article like I did.

Go check out his IG (@rufusbreacher) if you did.

~ FMB

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FROG.PRO SFD-Responder Review

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Over the last year, it seems that the terror attacks in Europe have increased. From Oslo to Madrid, organised cells and “Lone Wolfs” have been targeting civilian gathering places.

One of the lessons learned from the attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016 was that the Tourniquets applied by the Military personnel saved a lot of lives. But the question now is: what if there aren’t any soldiers, LEO’s or first responders nearby? Do you have the equipment and, more importantly, the skills to save your own but also another life?

On one of my IG posts, I asked my followers if they carried any trauma, first aid or medical gear in general on their person and if they tought that it was paranoid if someone did. The consensus: I’ve got a collection of very prepared followers that carry a bunch of kits (from personal EDC kits to full medical kits in their car). What caught my eye was that several noted that they started carrying medical kit after the recent attacks in Europe or that they carried particularly in Europe. It makes you think how much the recent terrorism has influenced our lives.

I’ve been carrying an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) of some sort on me for the last 4 years. It has ranged from a single RATS TQ ( who I do not advise anymore because of the conflicting reports) to a full kit in my backpack.

After discussing with and learning from several IG members ( medic_sf, _0_tim_0_ and whiskeydeltagulf to mention a few) and medics, I realised I needed to up my game.

In comes the SFD-Responder by FROG.PRO.

In their own words:

” The SFD-Responder is an unconventional elasticized pouch for carrying the first aid kit designed to ride concealed on your ankle.

The SFD-Responder is an unconventional elasticized pouch for carrying the first aid kit designed to ride concealed on your ankle.”

Let’s take a look at the pouch and afterwards how I’ve set up mine for the moment.

Overview:

Looking at the central part of the pouch, we see the section where you can store your medical equipment. It’s made of a double 4″ elasticized band that has been separated to form 3 smaller pouches. The elastic nature of the band makes sure that you can carry different sized items, as well as comfort in carrying.

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The outer closure flap consists of a laser cut MOLLE system, made of Hypalon® and Cordura®, backed by velcro. Due to the MOLLE system, you can add items with shock cord or MOLLE pouches ( note that they have to be slim) or your gloves. The velcro can be used to add bloodtype or medical patches.

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On the back of the outer closure flap is very powerful velcro that has yet to come loose during movement.

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For the inner flap, they used a 3D Air Mesh fabric that is very comfortable.

The SFD-Responder weights approximately 110g and is available in Black, Tan, Coyote, Ranger Green (Masterrace) and Multicam.

I went for Black, because it’s supposed to be concealed in urban terrain, not camouflaged.

Setup:

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So how have I set up my SFD-Responder? To be honest I’m waiting for a couple of additional medical kit to arrive from the excellent EMT shop. But this is what I have in mine right now:

  • North American Rescue CAT
  • H&H Bandage
  • Seatbelt/clothing cutter
  • Quikclot Advanced clotting sponge
  • examination gloves

How will I set it up in the future:

  • SOFTT-W (CAT will go in my Backpack Kit)
  • H&H Bandage
  • New clothing cutter attached to the MOLLE
  • Quikclot Combat Gauze
  • HYFIN Chest seals (2x)
  • Examination gloves

How do I like it?

I really love this thing! I’ve been carrying the pouch while running with my dog on the beach, during city trips, to the movies, for 3 hour car-rides, to a concert and it has yet to come loose or be noticed!

The folks over at FROG.PRO really did their research concerning materials and construction. I wear the SFD just above my shoes for extra security ( not that it’s needed to be honest) and they stay put.

During really hot days it does get a bit sweaty under the pouch, but not that it’s uncomfortable or that it comes loose.

Even with a full load, the SFD-Responder wasn’t noticeable under my TAD gear trousers. For people who wear skinny jeans ( looking at Europeans and Lucas from TREXARMS) it might be a problem, but under most of my straight cut and boot cut jeans it wasn’t noticable.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for a concealable option to carry your medical kit, look no further! The SFD-Responder by FROG.PRO is a quality product that does what it has to do and then some!

Links:

FROG.PRO SFD-Responder: FROG.PRO , EMTShop

North American Rescue HYFIN: Amazon , EMTShop

North American Rescue CAT: Amazon , EMTShop

Disclaimer:

I bought this product with my own funds, I did not receive or ask for a discount or the product in exchange for a good review. My reviews are truthful and BS free.

 

First impression and overview: Re Factor Tactical Delta Trauma Kit

After using the HSGI Pogey pouch as an IFAK on my 1st Line for a couple of months, it became obvious that it wasn’t ideal.

I needed a “tear-away” pouch that could hold all my medical gear, excluding a TQ, and be low-profile, yet secure enough to mount on my belt.

Instagram came to the rescue! One of the few things I like about social media is the ability to meet and talk to like-minded individuals who, in some cases, have more knowledge about certain things. This time it was medical!

I’ve gotten many suggestions, from basic pouches to custom build ones. One of the suggestions, backed by input from a medic and a video review by the awesome Canadian Robo Murray, really caught my attention.

In comes the Re Factor Tactical Delta Trauma Kit!

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Description from the Re Factor Tactical website:

“The Delta Trauma Kit is a low-profile, minimalist kit designed to provide only essential medical items for treating life threatening wounds sustained on the battlefield.

Compatible with MOLLE or belt attachment, the kit can be worn overtly or covertly while maintaining a low-profile carry. The center red identifier pull-tab allows you quickly detach and open the kit under stress. The outside features a large carrying tab down the center of the pouch for ambidextrous access, and also includes velcro adhesive in addition to the buckle strap for added retention. Additional bungee straps have been included for the addition of a tourniquet on the bottom of the pouch. The interior is built with multiple elastic bands and slots for securing various sized pieces of equipment, including combat gauze, NPA’s, bandages, and other required items.”

Acquiring the Trauma Kit

To be honest, the pouch that was suggested and also reviewed by Robo was the Coyote Tactical Solutions STOMP. An amazing pouch with mostly the same features. I’ve been told that Coyote Tactical Solutions makes the Delta Trauma Kit for Re Factor Tactical.

Looking around on the internet, the STOMP wasn’t readily available in Europe and I didn’t want to pay an insane amount of import taxes.

Then an IG follower showed me the Delta Trauma Kit, a pouch that was in stock at the guys of Tactical Kit in the UK.

I immediately ordered two pouches: One in Coyote for “work” and one in Multicam for “play”. “Hello… I’m an gear-addict…”

Shipping was very fast and I got my gear in TWO days!

First impression

A compact and streamlined pouch that can carry a lot! It’s able to hold all the medical gear I had in the Pogey pouch and then some! I now have the ability to add some items, like a survival blanket and an additional gauze bandage if I want.

I’m also liking the belt attachment. It keeps the pouch securely attached without having to worry that you’d lose your live-saving kit!

I’m already liking the pouch, but will do a review of it after some use and training.

Overview

The exterior

The pouch measures 9 x 5″ or 22.9 x 12.7 cm. It’s a very sleek and streamlined design that is perfect to place in the small of your back.

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On the front there is a loop to pull the pouch away from the mounting and a square field of loop velcro to attach a medical patch.

On the back there is a big patch of hook velcro to securely attach it to the belt mounting.

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On the bottom, there are two drain holes where you can pull the included elastic cords trough. With these elastic cords you can secure a TQ to the bottom of the pouch.

The pouch is closed with a zipper that has red paracord to open it. I like to attach paracord to all my zippers, so it was nice that it came standard.

The interior

Here’s where the magic happens! The pouch lays completely flat when opened, so you have a clear view of everything inside.

The two sides of the pouch are configured differently.

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One has the elastic straps running vertically that have stitching across to hold decompression needles, NPA’s, sharpies and the likes. Behind the straps there is room enough for chest seals and Elastic Trauma Dressings (in my case the NAR ETD 6″).

The other side is where the Delta Trauma Kit differs from the STOMP. Here there is one elastic strap running horizontally, stitched to create 3 loops. Then there are two elastic straps running vertically to create the modularity to set up your kit to your needs. The horizontal straps are perfect for compressed gauze.

In the middle of the two compartments, there is an extra strap that can be used, in my example, for your gloves.

The mounting

The mounting for your belt is done by a MOLLE system with loop velcro on one side and a strap that keeps the pouch secured to your belt. It came with the MALICE clips to attach it. It’s a well thought-out system.

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Conclusion

The Delta Trauma Kit is definitely an upgrade to my old system. It’s low-profile, tear-away and holds everything it needs to.

If you’re in the market for a new IFAK pouch, you should take a look at this one!

~ FMB

Links:

Tactical Kit

Re Factor Tactical

 

The Delta Trauma Kit was not a sponsored item, my review and thoughts about the product are truthful and not funded.

 

 

Equipment Series: 1st Line

1st lineTo start the 3-part series, it’s only logical to start with my 1st Line!

All lines are used to complete certain tasks.

Task

My first line is used to survive, escape & evade and fight. The “fight” part isn’t common for a 1st line but I have included it because I carry 2x 5.56 and 2x 5.7 magazines on my belt.

Location

Where do I put the items to survive, escape & evade and fight?

All the survive and escape & evasion items are in my clothing. The reason for this is that my pants and smock/combat shirt will be the last things I will drop.

although I really want to control naked one day…

My “fight” items are on my belt.

Contents

Survival, escape & evade

Survival tin/ E&E Kit
Waterproof Container
Signal mirror
Razor blades x2
Sewing kit (strong needles, cord)
Snare wire/string
Fishing kit (hooks,wire,weights)
Small candle
Waterproof matches
Condom
Magnesium & ferro rods (fire lighting)
Survival blanket
Cotton patches
 Medication (anti-diarrea, headache, …)
Pockets
Notebook and pencil
Lighter
Camo Cream
Small Air Marker Panel
Boonie hat
1:250 000 Map of Belgium
Sawyer Water Filter
Magnets (to hold up maps, air pictures)
Chalk
Extra Petzl headlight
Emergency Strobe Light
JFIRE

Fight

Belt (HSGI Suregrip)
5.7 Mag x2 (HSGI TACO)
SCAR Mag x2 (HSGI TACO)
FNH 5.7
Dump Pouch (WAS)
IFAK (HSGI) NAR Field Dressing
Chest Seal x2
NPA
ARS
Nitrile gloves
Shears
Permanent marker
TCCC Card
Flat Duct Tape
Compressed Gauze x2
Leatherman (WAS pouch)
GP Pouch (Spiritus Systems)
Chem lights (x2 IR, x2 Vis)
Krill Light IR (Not shown)
PRC-152 Batt (Not shown)
Petzl Headlight
MS2000
Spare Batt (AA, AAA, CR123) in container
Gloves (Mechanix)

The setup

Escape & evade

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Fight

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So that is my current first line. The dump pouch is a new addition to my belt and I will see if I like it. My first impression is good, so I’ll let you guys know.

If you guys have any questions, please let me know.

Update on FMB: I have some exiting news! After becoming a contributor to Spotter Up, an amazing community of writers from all backgrounds, I might start working together with a tactical gear company in their T&E program.

In due time I will keep you guys updated!

~FMB