By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
June 2, 2016
Speaking of combat/tactical gear and clothing in Hyde Definition PenCott combat camo (camouflage) patterns, DefenseReview (DR) also got a look at the Revision SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle System/balaclava in Hyde Definition PenCott-Snowdrift arctic combat camo pattern at SOFIC 2016 (Special Operations Industry Conference 2016). The Revision SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle System was developed with the assistance of Anon Optics (a Burton Snowboards brand), which supplied the goggle portion of the system.
The Revision SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle System, designe and developed specifically for arctic warfare operations, is essentially a very comfortable balaclava that incorporates Anon’s Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI®) technology to “seamlessly integrate the goggle and balaclava, ensuring stabilization and seal, with no skin exposed,” achieving total head and face coverage, ease of use, swift removal, and comfort. Revision also applies the Revision OcuMax Plus coating to the inside of the goggle lens to prevent fogging, and a hard-coat coating on the outside of the lens to prevent scratches.
It’s a nice looking system, particularly with the PenCott-Snowdrift arctic combat camo pattern applied, and will likely be greatly enjoyed by military Special Operations Forces (SOF) tasked with arctic warfare missions. On a side note, DefenseReview wouldn’t mind seeing balaclavas in Hyde Definitions’ other PenCott camo patterns, including Pencott-GreenZone and Pencott Badlands.
The following is Revision’s official press release on the SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle System:
“Essex Junction, Vermont (May 23, 2016) – Revision Military, a world leader in protective eyewear solutions, introduces the SnowHawk™ Cold Weather Goggle System. Revision developed this goggle system in collaboration with Anon Optics, a leader in goggle design for snow sports and a brand owned by Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company. The SnowHawk Cold Weather System is the first-ever fully integrated ballistic goggle and balaclava system offering complete face coverage, superior anti-fog performance, and ballistic protection.
Cold climate operations have become an essential tactical focus for militaries around the world, with many dedicating more resources and training to maneuvers in the Arctic and other cold weather regions. This shift has generated a growing demand for gear that can withstand harsh conditions and function in extreme environments. Extensive time, attention, and resources were dedicated to ensuring the breathability of this cold weather system: Mesh over the mouth and nose directs breath away from the goggle; the dual-pane thermal gasket lens creates an insulated barrier; built-in top and lateral forced-air vents provide constant airflow; and, Revision’s leading OcuMax© Plus coating is applied on the inside of the lens to prevent fogging, plus a hard-coat is on the outside of the lens to resist scratching. The SnowHawk system’s balaclava design utilizes Anon’s Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI®) technology to seamlessly integrate the goggle and balaclava, ensuring stabilization and seal, with no skin exposed. The system achieves total face and head coverage, but is also intuitively designed for ease of use and swift removal when necessary. The SnowHawk Cold Weather System is available in black or winter white.
“As Revision has evolved, we have increasingly taken advantage of our cutting-edge facilities to tailor our protective equipment to the many environments forces around the world encounter,” said Jim Hester, Vice President, Optics, Revision Military. “We are excited to take this capability to greater extremes and challenge the limits of what our protective eyewear can do with the SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle System. We are especially pleased to partner with a neighboring Vermont company on this venture. Burton is a likeminded and impressive company in an adjacent field, and it brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the table.” Hester continued, “As extreme cold weather operations are expanded, the SnowHawk goggle system, and the technology we have developed for this product, will be the standard for integrated head systems used by forces in extreme cold conditions.”SnowHawk_Headform_FloatingAbove: Revision’s SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle is shown in Arctic white and Black configurations.
With improved comfort, functionality, and stability comes enhanced endurance and situational awareness; this is especially vital in the harshest and most unforgiving terrain on the planet. The SnowHawk Cold Weather System is low-profile and lightweight, with a sleek form-factor ideal for both tactical operations and extended-use missions. This efficient design ensures compatibility with helmets, binoculars, and night vision systems. The SnowHawk goggle lenses are interchangeable—with options for bright sunlight, overcast or low-light scenarios, and laser protection—and are made from optical grade polycarbonate to shield eyes from unexpected fragments, exceeding U.S. Military eyewear ballistic impact resistance requirements (MIL-PRF-32432).
SnowHawk goggles are compatible with Revision’s Rx Carrier for prescription lenses up to ±11D. Revision has tested the SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggle System in the company’s Research & Development laboratory, and the SnowHawk system has undergone rigorous review by multiple organizations in many diverse environments and conditions, including in Alaska, California, Norway, Canada, and atop Mount Washington, NH, a location known to be one of the coldest and harshest in the U.S. For additional information on this product and Revision’s capabilities, or for purchase inquires, contact [email protected].
Revision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face, head and torso protection as well as energy storage and power management products, continues to develop innovative capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems. To that end, Revision brings together the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with additional offices in Montreal, Canada, The UK, and Luxembourg. For more information, visit www.revisionmilitary.com, write [email protected], or call +1 802-879-7002.”
Company Contact Info:
7 Corporate Drive
Essex Junction VT
Email Contact Page: https://www.revisionmilitary.com/contact-us/
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