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TRU-SPEC® 24-7 Pro-Flex Pants: Blending Tradition and Flexability

Debuted at SHOT Show in 2019, the Pro Flex Pants are one of 12 variants in TRU-SPEC®’s 24-7 Series® line of tactical trousers. The Pro Flex blends all the best features of TRU-SPEC®’s original 24-7 tactical trousers, and adds in the same four-way stretch material from the Xpedition® series to key stress points.

Constructed from a 65% polyester / 35% cotton blend in a rip-stop weave pattern, the principle fabric in the Pro Flex pants are also dipped in a DWR water-repellent. Four-way accents on the pants are a 91% nylon, 9% spandex, and double weave for added flexibility and breathability.

At the waist, the Pro Flex pants have seven belt loops (two on the front, five on the back) with an elastic slide adjuster on both sides of the waist that adds an extra 2” overall to the waistline. Four-way elastic accent material is added at the hip yolk for added flexibility and air flow, a feature that is then repeated above the knees.

The cut of the Pro Flex pant is a straight hip-to-ankle, with slots designed into the inside of the reinforced knees for adding knee padding. The two front pockets are a deep slash pattern with small accessory pockets behind them for carrying EDC items or pocket knives. The rear low-profile back pockets are zipper-secured on the right side. The Pro Flex pant features TRU-SPEC®’s PYRM snap closure with a YKK brass zipper fly.

Mid-thigh features include a billowed, side gusset cargo pocket and accessory pocket on each side secured by hook-and-loop. Inside each cargo pocket is an internal pocket designed to accommodate an AR magazine or other accessories. Behind each cargo pocket is a DropN dump pouch intended to accommodate most modern smartphones.

Lastly, the Pro Flex include a gusset in the groin using the four-way accent material for increased range of motion. Behind each reinforced material at the knee is an inward-facing slot for inclusion of soft knee pads.

The Pro Flex pants come in six colors including Coyote, Black, Navy, Ranger Green (featured), Khaki and Green/Black. Its sizing runs from 28” – 44” waistlines with a 30”, 32”, or 34” inseam, or 28” – 54” waistlines with a 37” unhemmed inseam.

Product Evaluation Scores:

  • CostAverage (3/5): At $63.95 the Pro Flex has all the tactical advantages of the Xpedition and the practical cost of TRU-SPEC®’s Original tactical trousers. One can find the Pro Flex online at third-party vendors for down to $53 with the use of specialty coupons. Overall, for the purpose of a light-moderate tactical pant the Pro Flex is very well priced amid the market of Propper, 5.11, or Blackhawk that would put them on par with the competition.
  • Comfort Good (4/5): While not as breathable as the Xpedition, the Pro Flex still maintained some degree of air circulation during stressor drills (lunges and sprints). It is likely that these will be more comfortable in mild-to-colder temperatures than the Xpedition as there is more trouser material and less four-way accents. There was enough flexibility in the gusset and accents that the pants were consistently comfortable. The elastic waistband material ensures that regardless of changes to waistline, you will still find a comfortable fit. It should be noted for the consumer, like the Xpedition pant, the Pro Flex runs on the long side of inseam measurement, and TRU-SPEC® confirmed this is on purpose so as to accommodate for rise in the pant while taking a knee or wearing boots, so the buyer need not add to their current inseam length when ordering.
  • Durability – Good (4/5): Although there is no Denier rating for the Pro Flex’s 65/35 polyester, the 6.5-ounce polyester/cotton blend used is among some of the industry standard for a wide array of tactical clothing. This combination offers a solid balance between abrasion resistance and flexibility. The added rip-stop pattern used to weave the polyester ensures that if any damage does occur, it does not compromise the overall garment. Despite stressor drills I did not observe any tear or sudden wear that would indicate problems. There is extensive bartack at key stress points throughout the Pro Flex, specifically at the corners to all pockets and gusset, that will help ensure longevity.
  • Functionality Good (4/5): The Pro Flex reaps the benefits of two of TRU-SPEC®’s bestselling tactical trousers; the Xpedition’s flexibility in the knee, waist, and gusset and the durability of the Original. Unlike the Xpedition however, the Pro Flex pockets are designed to dominantly be accessible from the outside, whereas some of the Xpedition’s pockets were concealed or inside other pockets. Given the intent of making an affordable tactical trouser, without going down the full rabbit hole of all the bells and whistles the market has to offer. The Pro Flex are a good balance between TRU-SPEC®’s innovation and consumer affordability.
  • Weight Average (3/5): The weight of each pant varies depending on size due to mass of material used in different waistline and inseam measurements. In this case, the featured pants were a 38” waist and 34” inseam that weighed 1.6 pounds. This is lighter than the average tactical pants, in part due to the lighter four-way accent material. However, often heavier tactical pants on the current market include features the Pro-Flex did not include in design, such as additional snap enclosures, external knee pads, or thicker polyester. In comparison, if you want the advantages of the Xpedition but not the expense, then the Pro Flex is the perfect option.

Overall Rating – Above Average (18/25)

Product Link: https://www.truspec.com/24-7-series/pants/mens-pro-flex-pants

IMG_2889I am reviewing this product as a courtesy to the manufacturer and via STL Shooting Enthusiasts, so that I can evaluate it and provide my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give positive reviews. All views are my own, and based off my personal experience with the product.

The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the author. The views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

 

Dragon Egg Mk II Backpack: For Those With a Mission

Initially introduced in 2016, the Dragon Egg Mk II® by overseas manufacturer Direct Action® (DA) is one of several versatile backpacks offered by the vendor. The Dragon Egg itself is intended as a lightweight medium reconnaissance backpack that can also double as an EDC pack. It’s 500D Cordura material, rubberized zipper pull tabs, and NIR coating (color dependent) is used throughout and offers significant durability.

Exterior

From the front, the Dragon Egg’s exterior has a slightly curved design that allows for additional storage of items in either the administrative compartment or main storage space. On the front is a laser-cut MOLLE/PALS compatible field on which both sides have daisy chain webbing for use with bungee cords or other retention accessories. At the top is a soft 5” (L) x 3” (H) velour lined pocket that is zipper secured and intended for small electronics or sunglasses. On top of the velour pocket is a 5” (L) x 3” (H) (female) hook-and-loop field for identification or morale patches.

Behind the front exterior is a dual zipper-secured administrative compartment that opens to the bottom of the pack. The admin compartment includes; two slip pockets for paperwork, a small mesh pocket for loose items, three pen sleeves, and two accessory pockets of different sizes (one secured via a hook-and-loop flap and the other utilizes a pull tab and shock cord retention). Oppositely, a second larger mesh pocket is on the interior of the opening side. At the top of the admin compartment is a key retention lanyard.

At either side of the pack is an elastic storage pocket designed to fit a full-sized hydration bottle that is secured via hook-and-loop, with a pull tab at the top to assist in opening. The pockets also include an additional laser-cut MOLLE/PALS field on the exterior, and a single drainage grommet. Both sides also have top and bottom compression straps that facilitate in securing the weight of the backpack closer to the body.

At the top, the dominant feature the Dragon Egg has is a reinforced carrying handle woven inside of 2.5 meters (8 feet 2 inches) of 550 paracord, which is in turn anchored by plastic D-rings. The reinforced material also ends in another plastic D-ring on either side. The access slot for a hydration tube is located just above the shoulder straps.

The bottom of the Dragon Egg has nylon loops and straps, secured via slide-release buckle, for a sleeping bag or shooter’s mat. Additionally, there is a single drainage grommet in the center of the bottom.

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The Dragon Egg’s backpanel includes a rigid padded insert for added support to the pack’s frame and against the body. It also provides insulation for the laptop/radio storage compartment that measures 9.5” (W) x 15” (H) and accessed at the top of the backpanel via its dual zipper.

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On the exterior of the backpanel are two bands of DA’s proprietary CVS-Combat Vent System® that is an enclosed air channel foam design that aid in moisture wicking and improved ventilation. Both shoulder straps are contoured and feature the CVS foam for added padding. A fully adjustable sternum strap can be relocated throughout the length of the shoulder straps. A slide-release buckle at each strap also provides immediate disconnect should it be required. At the bottom is a removable waist belt that is secured via a slide-release buckle.

Interior

The Dragon Egg’s main storage compartment is zipper-secured and has an internal hydration sleeve and zipper secured mesh pocket. It should be noted the main storage compartment only opens 2/3’s the height of the pack due to the associated external side pockets.

Specifications:

  • 25+ liter capacity
  • Made of durable 500D Cordura®
  • All zippers are YKK with rubberized tubing on pull tabs
  • All slide-release buckles are Duraflex®/WooJin
  • PenCott™, Kryptek™ and Multicam® camouflages are NIR treated

The Dragon Egg Mk II is available in 15 colors or color combinations that include Mk II Crye Multicam (featured), Adaptive Green/Coyote Brown, Black, PenCott variants, Woodland, and Urban Gray.

Product Evaluation Scores:

  • CostGood (4/5): At $139.00 USD for a mid-level backpack, the Dragon Egg offers a great level of functionality, quality materials, and durability at its offered price. Closest market competitors would be Tru-Spec’s 3-Day Backpack ($131.95), the Huron Assaulter’s Sustainment Pack ($229.95) by TYR Tactical, or the Exigent Circumstance Pack ($281.01) by First Spear. Other market alternatives are readily found, but often lack the extensive hardware, design, or lack the quality materials with such weather and abrasion resistance.
  • Comfort Good (4/5): The CVS padding on the backpanel and shoulder straps were immediately notable for their comfort when the pack was fully loaded. The CVS material aided in mitigating body heat despite the humid Midwestern temperatures. The paracord-wrapped carrying handle was also very comfortable in the hands due to its width and rounded dimension. However, the most positive aspect for comfort was the Dragon Egg’s ability to keep the center of the pack’s weight up high because of its domed design. Alternative packs often have a sack-like design to them wherein all the weight is consolidated at the bottom. If not worn properly, or there is no waist pad, this can have an adverse effect on the body. But as the Dragon Egg is tapered on the top and bottom, the load was more evenly distributed along the upper torso. It also had the added benefit of being more maneuverable while wearing a plate carrier and gun belt, because of that taper.
  • Durability – Excellent (5/5): With 500D Cordura (treated for a low Near InfraRed (NIR) profile), genuine YKK zippers, and Duraflex slide-release buckles it was be hard to imagine a pack with more durability built in. Add into it that the CVS foam padding had a protective fabric on the exterior to prevent being compromised, and that bartack, X-pattern, and double-pass stitching was readily noted throughout made for a high level of improved reinforcement over other market packs. Typically, these marks often reveal vendors with extensive experience who are marketing their products to end-users who thrive in the field, and that is reflected in the Dragon Egg Mk II.
  • Functionality Good (4/5): Functionally, the Dragon Egg was ideal for a light-moderate pack that was at home for a day on the range, day hike, and short camping trip. The elastic pockets and extensive laser-cut MOLLE/PALS compatible fields offered the added benefit of expanding on the pack’s functionality be adding accessories or additional pouches. The angled zipper of the main storage compartment made accessing it easy and allowed for the user to readily see the bottom of the pack. Another positive in the functionality of the Dragon Egg was its consistency in hardware, specifically the rubberized pull tabs on all the zippers. Other vendors that do include similar features often only do so on the main storage compartment and not throughout. The Dragon Egg did this on all zippers and it allowed for tactile grip on all enclosures. About the only negative from a functional aspect was the Dragon Egg had a storage capacity of 25 liters and it would be nice if DA had a larger variant of the pack.
  • Weight Average (3/5): At 3.49 pounds, the Dragon Egg comes in under the weight of Tru-Spec’s 3-Day Pack (3.8 pounds), but above the weight of TYR Tactical Huron (1.50 pounds) or First Spear’s ECP (1.74 pounds). This reflects the differences in lightweight materials and minimalist designs by all the vendors, and each should be balanced against the needs of the user. As it stands, the Dragon Egg is of average lightweight design considering its enclosing materials still makes it ideal for day hikes or extended light field work. It would be interesting if DA would make a larger 3-Day pack of the same design as it would put it on more even footing with larger packs while still keeping a lot of the same functionality.

Overall Rating – Good (20/25)

Product Link: https://us.directactiongear.com/dragon-egg-backpack-831#UGC

IMG_2889I am reviewing this product as a courtesy to the manufacturer and via STL Shooting Enthusiasts, so that I can evaluate it and provide my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give positive reviews. All views are my own, and based off my personal experience with the product.

The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the author. The views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

SLR Rifleworks Magwell Adaptor (Short): Give Your Glock Some Flair

Regardless if you need it for competition, EDC, or just personal preference—handgun magwell extensions aid in rapid reloads and allow you keep your eye on target while driving home the magazine. The Magwell Adaptor (Short) by SLR Rifleworks is one of many offered for the extensive Glock line of handguns, including the newer Gen 5, accomplishes those tasks flawlessly.

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Made from 7075 billet aluminum, the Magwell Adaptor Short for the Gen 5 G19 gives added purchase for the hand, similar to other magwells, without the added shelf for the pinky finger. This makes it ideal for EDC and duty applications without making the pistol grip bulky. The Magwell Adaptor (Short) is compatible with high-capacity or 10-round magazines, and includes a relief for Taran Tactical pins.

SLR offers magwells for each Gen 5 models with/without the half-moon cut in the pistol grip. These accessories are machine cut specific to the model, a process that negates excess movement that often comes from one-size-fits-all magwells.

The matched hardware for the Magwell Adaptor (Short) is merely a low-profile billet attachment screw that anchors the base of the magwell to the grip. Users should take care not to overtighten the attachment screw.

Please note: The Magwell Adaptor (Short) is not compatible with the additional Glock Gen 5 backstraps due to length of the attachment screw.

The Magwell Adaptor (Short) is only available in a matte black.

Product Evaluation Scores:

  • CostExcellent (5/5): For all of SLR’s Glock Magwell Adaptors, each costs $79.99 and are available for Gen 3 – 5 patterned handguns. Each is made from hardened billet aluminum for long term durability. The magwell is also designed to fit that specific model of Glock so there is no gap, wiggle, or excess material that other “one-size-fits-all” designs. In comparison, other market magwells for the G19 would be the Magwell ($100) by Agency Arms, the PRO One-Piece Glock Magwell ($99-109) by ZEV Technology, or the Full-Size Carry Magwell ($89.99) by Taran Tactical Innovations. All of these market alternatives use the same materials and are above the cost of the SLR, thus making the SLR one of the more affordable magwells on the market.
  • Comfort Good (4/5): While somewhat subjective to the hand size of the user, for this review we were only able to evaluate the “short” variant of the Magwell Adaptor. The idea being that it would eliminate the half-moon cut in the Gen 5 grip and improve overall purchase of the firing hand on the grip. When properly installed (it clips in from the front and then a screw anchors the backstrap) it did completely cover the half-moon cut. The shortened lip of the magwell didn’t give the shooting hand a full shelf that presumably the longer version does, but the shortened version did provide a solid base for the overall grip on the front and sides. The subsequent funnel of the magwell did give an added benefit of driving magazines home, as the overall device comfortably filled up the bottom of the hand and channeled the magazines where they needed to go. Logically, the longer Magwell Adaptor would do this moreso.
  • Durability – Good (4/5): Made from 7075 billet aluminum the SLR Magwell had the same durability and performance as other guns and gun parts. This alloy is commonly found in most machined parts and is known for its ability to withstand both heat and friction, as well as corrosion. The difference over alloy magwells and polymer are obvious, both in durability and price. During evaluation, magazines were repeatedly driven home and showed no significant wear or marring on the Magwell Adaptor. At no point did the single retaining screw become loose nor back out. It is most likely that over time and with extensive handling some surface marring may build up, but not to the extent to undermine the underlying aluminum. Care should be taken by the user when anchoring the retention screws so as not to overtighten it and risk damage to the firearm.
  • Functionality Good (4/5): Functionally, the shortened Magwell Adaptor was simplistic in its installation and application. For a larger hand it comfortably IMG_2514covered the half-moon cut that was an annoyance to the bottom of the Gen 5’s grip, and gave it a minimal shelf. It felt the short version was better suited for EDC carry as it was flush with the bottom of the hand and kept a low-enough profile to not snag on clothing. Longer magwells often are larger and have significant bulk to them and are better suited for competition. The only negative from a functional aspect that was noted on the Magwell Adaptor was a small shelf just inside the well. This shelf is part of its design to snap into the front of the pistol grip. This shelf could prove problematic to those who load magazines from the rear of the handgun and cause a hang-up (a similar problem by those unfamiliar with the problems of the half-moon cut in the Glock’s grip to begin with). SLR may want to consider in the future angling the inward-facing side of that shelf (if it is necessary at all) and eliminate that problem. It would be ideal if SLR would include a longer anchoring screw, or make the Magwell Adaptor compatible with the different sized backstraps that come with the Gen 5 to improve its application to match the Glock’s customization.
  • Weight Excellent (5/5): Despite made from billet aluminum, the SLR Magwell Adaptor itself only weighed 0.6 ounces (with anchoring screw), making it very lightweight, and its application did not unbalance the handgun in any degree. In comparison; Agency Arms Magwell (0.7 ounces), the PRO Magwell (1.5 ounces), and the Taran’s Full-Size (1.7 ounces) had weights proportional to their size (short magwells v long). While flared, the shorter EDC-type magwells necessitate lesser material needed, and thus a lighter weight. As the longer version of the SLR Magwell Adaptor was unavailable for testing, it can be assumed it would weigh slightly more. Regardless either Magwell adaptor is still one of the lighter billet aluminum products on the available market.

Overall Rating – Good (22/25)

Product Link: https://slrrifleworks.com/gen-5-g17-34-5-17-mos-34-magwell-short/

IMG_2889I am reviewing this product as a courtesy to the manufacturer and via STL Shooting Enthusiasts, so that I can evaluate it and provide my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give positive reviews. All views are my own, and based off my personal experience with the product.

The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the author. The views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

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