By David Crane
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April 8, 2013
Otte Gear (OG) has a new tactical anorak/combat anorak called the Sentinel Anorak that DefenseReview (DR) recently got to try on and examine at SHOT Show 2013. Currently available in Ranger Green, Desert Tan and Black, the Otte Gear Sentinel Anorak is an easy-to-pack lightweight pullover softshell tactical jacket (31 oz/879 grams) designed specifically for lo-pro (low-profile military Special Operations (including covert ops) and personal security detail (PSD) security operators that need to operate lo-vis (low-visibility) while running a tactical armor plate carrier (body armor) with rifle mags (magazines) underneath it. As such the Sentinel's most obvious and mission-specific feature is the kangaroo pouch that provides a tactical operator (or civilian tactical shooter) direct access to his mags on his plate carrier. He can conduct speed realoads by simply reaching in and pulling his mags, making the Sentinel really a gunfighting jacket.
The OG Sentinel Anorak also sports a zipper runing the length of its right side to allow easy access to your secondary weapon, i.e., your pistol, and has a dump pouch on the back of the jacket. The jacket's "lightweight, highly-breathable fabric dries quickly" and aids wearing comfort.
Looking at all it's feature's (detailed below), the Sentinel's a really slick design, as well as a natural and logical follow-on to the Otte Gear Recce Anorak, which was designed and developed specifically for military snipers. The Sentinel Anorak utilizes the same sophisticated design aspects and technical materials (high-tech fabrics/fibers) as the Recce.
Speaking of the Recce Anorak, DR detailed it back in August 2011, after the design really impressed us. That article contains all the info on the OG anoraks' design history and technical materials. It's the combination of advanced, sophisticated design, attention to detail and high-tech fabrics/fibers that make Otte Gear's combat/tactical jackets truly state of the art.
So, if you're looking for a combat anorak/tactical anorak specifically designed for lo-pro/lo-vis ops and running and gunning, Defense Review recommends you give the Otte Gear Sentinel Anorak a very serious look. Current MSRP is $450.00, which isn't cheap, but the high-end tactical gear never is. Quality costs. DR recently received a review sample that we plan to wear around town and run at the range over a plate carrier as soon as possible. However, just from handling and wearing it at the Otte Gear booth at SHOT, the Sentinel looks like it will deliver on its design promise.
The following information on the Sentinal Anorak comes from the Otte Gear website (slightly edited for readability and presentation):
"Sentinel Anorak Technical Details:
– Packs down into a rucksack.
– Stand-up collar fits snugly around the neck, keeping debris out.
– Loop on sleeve pockets for patches.
– Large dump pouch on the back of the jacket.
– Right side unzips from hem to elbow for easy access to sidearms.
Fit and Fabric:
– Climbing-inspired cut
– Lightweight, highly breathable fabric dries quickly.
– Fabric provides abrasion resistance.
– DWR protective finish keeps the jacket water resistant and repels stains.
This technical stretch-woven anorak, little brother to the Overwatch, is geared for missions where discretion and blending-in are priorities. However, the Sentinel also allows the operator to go full-power in a heartbeat.
Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight: 31 oz (879 grams)
Availability: In Stock
Style: Soft Shell
Company Contact Info:
OTTE Gear LLC
6542-A Lower York Rd, #141
New Hope, PA 18938
Email: [email protected]
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