We are back from Shotshow in Las Vegas and Arctic Warrior Experiment in Harstad with NORSOCOM and SORD (Special Operations Research & Development/ Norwegian Defence Research Establishment). Nice to meet you all. We are a bit behind on answering mail and follow ups. We will be ASAP. In the meantime: here’s a photo of the Soft Surface Bipod Platform in the wild.
Our Precision Rifle Shooters Tripod just got it’s Nato Serial Number.
For your information.
The Soft Surface Bipod Platform is now used by the Norwegian elite infantry unit Telemark Battalion. In the picture you can see the S.S.B.P used on a FN Herstahl Minimi (Light machinegun) in Norwegian winter conditions. The S.S.B.P is patented in Europe and Patent Pending in USA. Here you can find more information about the S.S.B.P: http://missioncriticaldesigns.com/s-s-b-p/
The Compact All-round tent was initially made as an emergency shelter, but has evolved into so much more. But these pictures will describe the use as an emergency shelter in the Norwegian mountains. With one anchor point (a ski in this example)and the weight of your body the C.A.T. will be stormproof. You can do this in a few seconds. Of course you can secure it even more by anchoring it with more skis, skipoles or other stuff.
One anchor point (ski) and the cord from one of the doors is done in seconds. It may take a bit longer if you are injured or if the storm has reached you already. We recommend that you always pack the tent with one of the doors closed and the cord hanging out of the transportation bag. Then you can anchor the tent before you pull it out of the bag.
Combined with your bodyweight the tent will be stormproof. The shape of the tent will not allow the wind to get a hold of any textile. Make sure you set the tent along with the wind direction.
You can add more skis, skipoles or whatever you need to secure it even more. In this picture we also set up a ground signal to make it easier for the First Responders to find us.
The last picture is a simple knot used to make sure there will not be any wind blowing through the end that is pointed towards the wind. Simply make a knot around the textile and pull it thorugh all the webbing loops.
There are many ways to put up your tent. It depends on different weather or to keep bugs out. Some of the methods are shown in the pictures in our webshop. Here we provide a few more, just to give you some ideas.
First one out is a setup with bungees. Bungees comes in many different lengths and colors. Some like them bright and in fresh colors so they don’t trip into them. Others may need them in colors that blends in.
As you can see, we have anchored them in the D-rings at each end of the tent and stretched them around a couple of trees. The right end of the tent is close to one tree and the other with some more distance. The purpose of this setup is to have an open area in one end (left in the picture), where we have decided that the entrance should be. In the other end its possible to store your backpack and gear inside your tent. We like to sleep with our head in the area where we have stored the backpack. That makes it possible to get hold of stuff without getting up or getting out of the tent. In the entrance-end of the tent, we store boots. You can also see that we have opened the doors in each end to let in a lot of fresh air and thus prevent moist in the tent. This setup works when there is not to much wind, but you need cover from rain or light snow. If you are worried that there will be heavy snow, we will recommend using paracord or other cords that doesn’t flex like the bungees.
Another way of setting up your tent is when there are less chance of rain, but a higher chance there will be bugs (Probably not when this picture was taken). When you are using the mosquito-net, we will recommend you stretch it out and away from your head to have some spacing to the bugs. It’s not pleasant to have them crawling right on top of your face. We have also rolled up both of the wind- and waterproof doors to gain maximum air circulation. This will keep you bug-free and you will have little to no moist inside your tent.
When you have snuggled up inside your tent you can use the bungee loops at the door ends for storage or to air-ventilate your socks etc.
We will provide more tips and hints about the C.A.T. during the winter and spring.
Stress-testing the CAT’s ability to keep mosquitos and other bugs out, while keeping the person inside dry and comfortable. Sepik River in the background.
Mission Critical Designs’ “Compact All-Round Tent”, or C.A.T., recently accompanied US nonprofit Pacific Wrecks Inc. on an expedition to the remote and huge Sepik River in northern Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Natural beauty and interesting workplace aside, the Sepik River is widely known for being extremely mosquito-infested, due to this river being situated in the tropics more or less right on the equator, on an enormous swampy flood plain, and being fed from several smaller rivers flowing in from mountain ranges to the north and south of the river.
This challenge is further compounded by the fact that mosquitos in this part of the world carry Malaria and Dengue Fever – with Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands being among the most malaria-infested countries in the world – and that the Sepik River is currently experiencing it’s wet season, with 7-10 meters higher water level than the dry months, flooded villages and a huge increase in mosquito spawning as a result.
To preserve one’s sanity, get enough sleep during the night and most importantly keep healthy and malaria-free in a tropical jungle-environment, it is imperative to have sleeping gear that can keep mosquitos – and the much smaller sandflies – out, and the person inside the tent comfortable and confident that his or her sleeping gear will keep the elements at bay.
Just to test the CAT and check – or rather, personally confirm – what it was good for, the Pacific Wrecks staff chose to sleep several nights inside the CAT, placed on a raised platform right on the riverbank. The CAT passed this test with flying colours, giving a bite-free night to the person inside, although waking him up several times during the night due to the collective noise of probably thousands of mosquitoes buzzing around, trying to get in.
We have a competition going on for the members of the Customer Reference Group (CRG). Big prices are waiting. 1st price is for 25000 NOK in products and we will also have a raffle with two prices for 5000 NOK each. But for members only. If you wanna join the CRG, just order the CRG package in our webshop and we will send you competition rules.
Other than that we are working hard, testing and trialling the prototypes for our carrying system.
We will soon go to Canada and USA to pay our partners a visit. We look forward to come back with good news and new ideas.
Very soon you will find us on Youtube. The first videos will be an introduction to the Compact Allround Tent and the GPS/ Map Armband.