The “silent enemy” is still amongst us and from what I can see, its sadly showing no signs of going away any time soon. People keep telling me about the “new normal” but in many ways to me, it seems to be the “old normal” with a mask on! Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand that we must do the utmost, every day, to protect our families and the vulnerable amongst our communities and, by extension, those unenlightened souls that refuse to see sense. Do I wear a mask when I go to the supermarket? Yup, I do… It’s not some weird uber conspiracy that by wearing a mask we are somehow contributing to the subjugation of humanity, simply a mark of common decency that we actually give a thought to the wider community around us and acknowledge the fact that there is a “silent killer” on the prowl.
Okay, rant over - but how does this fit into talking about airsoft gear you may rightly ask? To me it’s a simple jump; when playing we will wear “eyes” (definitely) and “ears” (usually indoors when some big booms are about!) and that’s just part of our protective shizzle that we take for granted and, in some instances, we may even be wearing protective face-coverings to play safely and effectively. Games are thankfully opening up again around the globe and “Personal Protective Equipment” is something that we, of anyone, should understand the value of and our demands on that equipment are second nature, or should be!
We want to know that the equipment we wear is going to be 100% fit for purpose and will stay that way for some considerable time. Unlike those that are issued their gear, we have many choices from a dizzying array of suppliers out there; our gear is not bought on the taxpayers dime, we pay for it ourselves and we need to spend our money wisely on kit that works and will continue working for the foreseeable future.
The fact is that buying sub-standard gear based on low cost is not a good way forward. I’ve been guilty of this in the past myself but have learned the error of my ways when packs straps have failed in the mountains, or when cheap tarps have left me cold, wet and uncomfortable - even in tropical rain forests!
Don’t buy cheap people, buy smart!
NEW ETHOS, NEW SOLUTIONS!
This, of course, brings me onto the main meat of this article and that’s to introduce some righteous new gear designed by shooters, for shooters, from our friends at Helikon-Tex over in Poland.
I’m not going to make a comment about their brand and heritage as I’ve done that here in Airsoft Action before but I will say that when the guys at “H-Tex” introduce something new to me, I will sit up and listen, as I’ve used gear from them for many years and have come to rely on the functionality, durability and dependability that it delivers!
At SHOT Show in January, I was delighted to see that Helikon-Tex had a great stand and, along with their American-based arm and partners, that the guys had come all the way from Poland to show off their wares to some of the most discerning and knowledgeable shooter-buyers you will find anywhere on the planet. My eyes were drawn to a number of mannequins on show that were obviously showcasing complete sets of new shooter gear and whilst the “bigwigs” were mucky-mucking I was giving everything a good poke!
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