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- Last updated: 19/01/2017
Clawgear is a name not automatically recognised in the UK yet, but with more and more retailers holding their excellent products in stock, I believe this situation will change! The story of Clawgear began in 2011 when Thomas Goldinger, Martin Goldinger and Harald Kirschner, today’s CEOs of TMH Trading GmbH, took over the brand name Clawgear. The first initial step was to develop new professional gear from scratch. TMH Trading GmbH now has two headquarters, Cham in Switzerland and Steyr in Austria. The company started with a small warehouse, office and development department, but since then they have been continuously growing, employing more and more people every year; today they have more than 30 employees and continue to bring more and more cutting-edge new products to life.
I’m a big fan of their gear and IWA 2016 saw the launch of two great new pieces of clothing. The Operator Combat pant sets the focus on fit and versatility. In comparison to Clawgear’s excellent Raider MK.IV pant, it’s been pared back to the essentials of a mission pant. It features the proven waist adjustment system with elastic components for better comfort and absorption of body movement. The integrated main thigh pockets offer great storage and provide a separate compartment for the user’s smartphone; everything is accessible even when wearing gloves. A small pocket on the outside of the thigh is there to stow a knife or a pistol mag. The knee area is equipped with a handy inward knee height adjustment, stowed in the front main pockets. The modular knee pad compartment allows the use of a wide range of different knee pad inserts from different brands. Clawgear particularly recommend the TRUST HP from D3O, which features outstanding knee protection and is available as an accessory; this pad can be installed via buttonholes, which have been integrated for this reason into the pant design.
The Operator Combat Pants come with more features as well; the belt area is optimised for rigger and safety belts, as well as for suspenders and is comfortable thanks to the use of soft materials. On the inner backside there is a hidden pocket, which can be used for documents, (e.g. a passport). The inside knee area is equipped with a convenient and moisture-wicking fabric to provide optimum sweat absorption. On the very bottom of the pant you can fix the leg-ends via gaiter hooks on your boots to prevent the pant from moving upwards. Despite its comfortable fit, the pant’s robustness and reduced NIR signature (not valid for MultiCam poly cotton) are outstanding. ‘YKK’ zippers and highgrade sewing threads have been processed.
All main seams are triple stitched for extra durability, and many heavily used spots are furthermore reinforced with bar-tack seams. The Field Short has been especially designed for use in very hot conditions and closes the gap between comfort and functional capability in this area; these are spot on and would be ideal for use on a camping site. They feature the proven waist adjustment system with elastic components for better comfort and absorption of body movement. The integrated main thigh pockets offer lots of storage and the shorts share all the great features of the Operator Pants!
As I stated earlier, more and more UK retailers are stocking Clawgear, but for now the most extensive range is offered by Heinnie Haynes.