SOFIC 2017 Review

SOFIC-2017

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Back in May we attended SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) in Tampa, Florida. SOFIC is a collaboration between U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, and the National Defense Industry Association, the conference is also a marketplace of ideas. SOCOM officials will meet with industry and academia to lay out the kinds of goods and services they need in an increasingly challenging world.

This conference is crucial for businesses looking to do business with the military's most elite forces. We had the opportunity to meet with over 10,000 attendees including many soldiers and military personnel. It was a great opportunity to meet the guys that use our gear in the field and get reviews from them - that is what makes our gear even better. We look forward to working with our nation's armed forces to make their lives easier and improve the mission. 

Outdoor Signage at the Tampa Convention Center

Outdoor Signage at the Tampa Convention Center

Interior Enterance to the show

Interior Enterance to the show

Catoma's booth on the showroom floor. (In process of setup)

Catoma's booth on the showroom floor. (In process of setup)

Big Bend Pack Repair

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Big Bend Pack Repair

Sometimes you have to think outside the box to get to where you are going. Back when we did the Outer Mountain Loop trail at Big Bend National Park our gear designer Ryan had to do just that. He was testing his new prototype pack when one of the shoulder straps started to come undone. No need to panic; he found a agave plant and made a needle and thread out of it! If you are ever in the same predicament just tear off a piece long enough and beat it against a rock to break it up enough so you can sew with it. He actually made it the rest of the trip without having to redo it.

Agave plant

Ryan holding his agave needle and thread

Sewing the shoulder strap back on

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