VALKEN TACTICAL ZULU GLOVE REVIEW!

Hey everyone!

I’m back with another review for Valken and this time we’re looking at the Valken Zulu Gloves! The Valken Tactical Zulu Glove is Valken’s most popular glove in their line of hand protection and it boasts a whole range of features that promote comfort and utility, as well as protection. The Zulu glove offers the end user a balance of comfort and protection for shooting activities ranging from airsoft, to paintball.


The Zulu gloves are made of a breathable material that is not only lightweight and durable but also comfortable. To maximise the comfort for the user the gloves have kevlar covered hardshell knuckles to protect not just against BB/paintball hits but scrapes and scuffs to your knuckles whilst playing as well which is a great feature because we all know that knuckle shots absolutely suck! The hardshell knuckles are really thick and substantial, the gloves also have some rubber and thicker fabric along the fingers which compliments the hardshell knuckles and offers extra protection for the fingers as well.

As for extra features, it also has 4 way stretch articulated joints on the small, ring, middle, and index fingers to allow for movement whilst playing, a soft absorbing pad on the thumb for sweat – keeping those hands dry, double stitched padding on the palm and silicon grip pads on the upper palm and index finger. The silicon grip pads are a cool feature on the glove because they give you more grip allowing for easier reloads, removing mags from pouches etc.


How do they fit? Well most of you know that I have very tiny hands and so for me finding gloves that fit has been a nightmare so I was a little bit sceptical about trying out armoured gloves as I have tried armoured gloves before and they've absolutely drowned my hands – I put these on and there weren't any major fit issues. I did find that the little finger of the glove was a little roomy but apart from that the small size gloves are a pretty good size. The velcro closure adjustment helps keep the gloves tight around the wrist and top of the hand so they aren’t baggy. I used these for a woodland skirmish and found them to be comfortable, quick drying and protected my hands from any hits well. Tan colourway also went well with my MultiCam loadout which is a plus!


Are there any improvements I would make? The only improvement I would make to the gloves would be a lower profile hardshell knuckle for airsoft and a tinier pinky. I really like that they offer so much protection but a more streamlined knuckle would in my opinion improve the aesthetics and would eliminate the extra bulk/weight that is unnecessary for an airsoft glove.

The Zulu glove is available in Black, Olive and Tan. It’s also available in sizes S to a 2XL. As for price, the Zulu glove retails at $36.95 from Valken themselves (which at the current exchange rate is around £28).

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 Post sponsored by Valken Tactical
Photography thanks to Pewpewpatriot

VALKEN ALLIANCE

Hey everyone!

So today I wanted to take a little time to tell you about the Valken Alliance from my sponsors at Valken Tactical!

The Valken Alliance is a reward program for players around the world that want to support the Valken brand and are loyal customers. It gives you, the player a chance to be apart of a community of players and gives you access to some pretty cool opportunities and offers. Once you’ve signed up to be part of the Alliance you get notified about Valken sponsored events and access to the V.I.P tent, Alliance specific contests and giveaways, receive periodical discount codes and special offers for Valken products, be able to purchase Valken Alliance merchandise and you can even submit blog reviews on products and get your work featured on the Alliance website!

There is more coming to the site soon, including a video section where players can submit their videos and get them featured, sponsorships and also a full list of international regions.

The Valken Alliance is free to join, and has two membership options – basic which is free, or the patch membership which costs $10 and includes a Valken patch.

You can join the Alliance here!


FIRST TACTICAL WOMEN'S SPECIALIST TACTICAL PANTS REVIEW!

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So I'm back with another kit review for the ladies and this time we’re looking at the First Tactical Specialist Tactical Pants for women!


The First Tactical Specialist Tactical Pants are a durable pair of tactical trousers that are made specifically for the field, whether that be the range, airsoft, outdoor activities and even first response work. They are made from a double ripstop polyester/cotton blend fabric that has a Teflon® Shield+ stain repellent finish to keep them looking fresh, this combination gives the end user sturdiness and functionality. My favourite thing about the First Tactical range of trousers is the feel of the fabric used – as soon as you get them out of the packaging, it feels smooth, sturdy and tough.


In regards to the pants construction, First Tactical always do a fab job. The running gusset construction gives the user full motion ability, whilst the triple needle stitching at critical seams keeps the pants going strong and together even after harsh use. The pants have double layered knees for durability and internal knee pad access that can be used with the First Tactical knee pads. The pants have a whole range of pockets including two back pockets, two front pockets, two front slit pockets (for mobile phones and magazines) and two organiser pockets (that can hold M4 magazines) with laminated pocket flaps. The pocket flaps are laminated to make sure they stay down and that the pants have a professional look even after being worn, they fasten with hook & loop Velcro and can be tucked in for quick access functionality.

The Specialist Tactical Pants are available in the UK, in US sizes 2, all the way up to a size 20 in both a regular and tall leg – it is worth noting that the sizes on their website are American sizes but they do have a size chart for reference. I usually wear a UK 8 so opted for the US 4 with the regular leg. In regards to fit, the pants have the First Tactical Advanced Women's Fit which is designed and constructed uniquely for a woman's shape – it has contoured cut curves that give a better fit around the hips, buttocks and upper leg to allow for optimal freedom of movement – they aren’t too tight but give the movement you need for strenuous activity without being baggy. As they are a women’s fit the waistband on the pants sits just above my hips rather than on my waist unlike most tactical trousers – which is much comfier. Overall, I’m really happy with the fit!


The pants are available in limited colours – navy, black and khaki. This is my only complaint about them, that they aren’t available in the same range of colours like the men’s trousers are. I would absolutely LOVE a pair of these in Olive Drab Green!

As for price, the pants retail at £44.95.

Overall, I really like them – they are a sturdy, durable and fitted alternative to traditional BDU trousers. They fit well and are a reasonable price, but I would love to see them in more colours!

Photography thanks to Pewpewpatriot

FLYYE SWIFT PLATE CARRIER FROM MILITARY 1ST REVIEW!

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So I’m back with another review! I’ve teamed up with Military 1st to bring you guys a short series of affordable plate carrier set ups for both tan and green team uniforms and first on my list we are going to look/review the base carrier for my first build, the well-known Flyye Swift Plate Carrier in MultiCam.


The Flyye Swift Plate Carrier is an adjustable, lightweight and low profile plate carrier that has a similar look and functionality to the JPC plate carriers that have become really popular amongst airsofters. The plate carrier has a number of built in features including an integrated top admin pouch with a velcro closing and three elastic loops inside the pocket, the admin pouch is suitable for pistol mags, pens, chemlights and tonnes of other useful bits and bobs that you would need to carry on the field. It also has three integrated magazine pouches with loop velcro surface inside, elastic internal dividers and removable shock cords with pull tabs for retention which are suitable for both M4 and M16 magazines. At the top of the plate carrier just above the integrated mag pouches it has a loop Velcro panel for patches (so patchwhores, Flyye have you covered!).










As for its construction, it is made of genuine Crye Precision MultiCam Invista 1000D Cordura Nylon material making it extremely durable and water resistant for wet game days. Its laser-cut Hypalon shoulder straps are extremely durable and make for a closer and more comfortable fit. The stitching and general construction of the carrier is top quality. The carrier comes with two soft armour plates at the front and back included, and the plate compartments have velcro-secured flaps and pull tabs at the bottom making them easy to insert and remove. The plates are a little stiff at first due to their newness, but this is to be expected - after a few game days the plates become a little bit more malleable which means they sit better on the contours of your body.  It has rectangles of durable mesh at the inside top of the plate for ventilation and added comfort – this helps prevent the carrier getting too sweaty on game days. It has sturdy webbing throughout its construction for modular attachments. As it is a JPC style plate carrier it is super lightweight, weighing just over 1.2kg including the soft armour plates that are included, because of this I feel like it would be a really good piece of kit for a MilSim or a weekend event where you end up wearing your plate carrier for an extended period of time.


One of my favourite features of the Flyye Swift plate carrier is the cummerbund made of PALS webbing – the webbing is designed to help improve ventilation and provide extra carrying space for additional magazine pouches and radio pouches etc. I have found in the past that plate carriers with the PALS style of cummerbund have fit my body better than standard cummerbunds. It is easy to put on and adjust – simply pull the front of the vest up to reveal the Velcro fastening, which can be adjusted either at the front or via the cord on the back of the plate carrier. Due to the small size and adjustability of the carrier, I think it would be a great gear option for women and younger players. The only issue I had with its adjustability is that the shoulder straps fit really snug in their cover so it was a little bit of a mission to adjust them, especially with long nails!

I really like the simple aesthetics of the carrier, it’s sleek, low-profile and the integrated mag pouches give it a tidy look but because of the molle on the integrated mag pouches you can add extra pouches to add usability and of course beef it up. For a lightweight loadout I paired this with my cobra shooters belt – super effective and lightweight.  


What’s the retail price? The Flyye Swift plate carrier is available from Military 1st for £137.95 for the MultiCam option and it is available in a wide variety of camouflage patterns - MultiCam, black, coyote, A-TACS FG, ranger green, AOR1 and AOR2. It is worth noting that the price is dependent on the camo, some of the camo options are a little less expensive. It is available in sizes small, and all the way up to an extra-large with room for adjustment on all sizes of the carrier so the size range is really inclusive. In regards to price I would say that the Swift Plate Carrier is in the mid-price range, it definitely isn’t the cheapest plate carrier that you can get your hands on but as it’s made of genuine Crye Precision MultiCam you do have the peace of mind that the material it’s made of is durable and the construction is good quality meaning it will last you a good while! In fact knowing airsofters, you’d probably want a new loadout before you wear one of these out.

I’ll be using this carrier as the base of an affordable to mid-priced plate carrier set up which will be featured in a YouTube video on the Femme Fatale Airsoft YouTube channel so be sure to keep your eyes out for those which will be uploaded towards the end of the month!




Photography thanks to Pewpewpatriot
Post sponsored by Military 1st




VALKEN V-CAM TANGO COMBAT PANTS REVIEW!

Hey everyone!

I’m back with another review for Valken and this time we’re looking at the Valken Tango Combat Pants!


The tango combat pants are a pair of adjustable, padded combat trousers that are designed for our paintball counterparts but can also be used for airsoft thanks to the mainstream camo options they’re available in. They have the baggy look that is signature of paintball uniforms but they have a tonne of features which make them adjustable, functional and most of all comfy! From the drawstring inner waist for adjustment, stretchy areas above knees and also the lower back, adjustable knee pad placement straps and adjustable velcro ankle closure with boot zippers the trousers can be adjusted to fit most frames. The bagginess of the pant also means they are really comfortable to move around in and there’s plenty of room around knees, hips etc for movement.

One of my favourite features of the Tango combat pants is the integrated knee padding which makes them extra durable - the knee pads are larger and cover a greater area than the ones we usually see on airsoft BDUs so they're comfier when taking a knee or being prone. The size and thickness of the knee pads mean they also offer protection for the players who spend a lot of time diving and sliding around! I found when kneeling in the pants, that thanks to the knee straps the padding was wrapped around my whole knee so it was really well protected.



Another thing I like about the Tango combat pants is that they are also FULL to the brim with pockets! From the low profile cargo pockets, deep front hand pockets, dual concealed zippered front pockets, utility rear pockets, zippered ankle and calf pockets to the front thigh velcro pockets it’s clear that these pants are designed to be useful on the field – the utility rear pockets are great for storing extra mags and are easy to access in a hurry when you’re wearing gloves which is a crucial aspect of a trouser pocket for me personally – they have to be easy to reach and access in a hurry!


The pants are available in 3 different camo options - US Woodland, Tiger Stripe and V-CAM, I opted for the V-CAM pair to go with my MultiCam tactical gear (I’m a sucker for full Multiglam!). I like that they’re available in a couple of mainstream camouflage options because this makes them more usable for airsofters. They’re available in sizes S to 4XL so the size range is really inclusive! I have the size S and they were a good fit and adjusted easily to fit my body but due to the baggy design gave me a lot of room for movement. Finally, what about price? The trousers retail for $99.95 from Valken themselves (which at the current exchange rate is around £76) which honestly? I feel is a little bit pricey for the average airsofter but it is important to remember that these pants are primarily designed as paintball uniforms so because of the extra level of protection they will be a little more expensive.

Get yours here



 Post sponsored by Valken Tactical
Photography Pewpewpatriot
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