SMOKING JACKET? ENOLA GAYE TECH ONE REVIEW!

Over the winter months, I have been searching for a lightweight softshell that is both affordable and weather resistant. After sampling a few jackets from different brands I’ve found a suitable, affordable soft shell from an unlikely source – Enola Gaye!


Enola Gaye is the worldwide leading pyrotechnics manufacturer – covering airsoft/milsim, simulation, training and their products have even been featured in blockbuster films such as King Kong. There’s no denying that their products are the best in the biz and their branding is impeccable! Since discovering EG in 2016, their soft goods so far have been pretty much my daily apparel but can a company that primarily produces things that go boom, give us practical apparel for our sport? That’s exactly what they’ve done with the TechOne jacket.

What are the features of the TechOne? It is a windproof, semi-water resistant softshell jacket with 2 x zip pockets too, and I quote ‘keep your sh*t safe’ and a high collar to protect your neck from wind and of course those ‘unexpected knife slashes’. The pockets have textured zip pulls which makes them easy to manipulate even in adverse weather and with gloves on. The inner lining has a fleece-like feel which is comfortable on the skin and helps keep you warm, as it is still lightweight it’s pretty comfy to wear in the British springtime when the weather is a little warmer. The jacket also features loop Velcro on both arms, ready for the player’s favourite patches.



How is the fit? I have both the TechTwo jacket (model with the hood) in grey and the TechOne in black from EG and I will say the fit on the TechOne is much better in my opinion, I opted for a size small and the garment is true to size. It fits well around my shoulders and is roomy without being baggy, unlike the TechTwo it isn’t too long in the body and the arms are a good length as they end just past my wrists. It also features Velcro cuffs to adjust the fit on the wrists and also to keep any drafts out. Overall, I’m really happy with the fit!



The TechOne jacket from EG comes in a few colourways including Tan, Grey, Black and Olive so there’s a colour to suit any loadout, unfortunately, they don’t come in any camouflage options yet which is a development that I would really like to see! In regards to size, it is available in small (which is the size I opted for) all the way up to an extra-large, so the size range is inclusive.

The TechOne jacket retails at £39.00 from Enola Gaye’s website which is a really good price point on a windproof and semi water resistant softshell, cheap enough to have one for each loadout, which is my plan. One development I would love to see on the Tech jacket line is underarm zippers to cool down the body during game days!

Hardwick, K. (2018) Smoking Jacket?. Airsoft Action. 89 (July), 63.
Photo credit: Daniel Castro Photo
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OLIVE DRAB SHOOTERS BELT SET-UP!

Hey everyone!

Following on from my MultiCam belt set-up post, today I’m going to go through my OD (Olive Drab) belt set-up. This is the belt set-up that I wear the most often, and that’s purely because of my preference of green camos such as ranger green, olive drab and my lumber-tac flannel and my team favourite MultiCam Tropic.

As with my MultiCam set-up, the base of my OD set-up is the FRV Tailoring Cobra Shooters belt in OD. A low profile, lightweight and affordable alternative to belts such as the Ronin. It has an inner belt made of one layer of webbing with Velcro hook on the outside which you feed through your trouser belt loops as you would any normal belt, then you place your outer belt with all your pouches, holsters etc attached over the inner belt and fasten it with the cobra buckle. The belt is 50mm/2" wide and has 18 columns of molle. The molle loops run along the top and bottom of the outer belt and they're compatible with any molle pouches and holsters. The outer belt has a double layer of webbing to give it that rigidity and a cobra buckle that is rated up to 4000 lb's. What I love about this belt is it sits quite high up on my hips so it doesn’t bruise me or get uncomfortable even when there’s a fair bit of weight being carried, and I can have all my pouches/holsters etc set up on the belt without needing to take them off when the belt is removed. You can save 10% on the FRV Tailoring website by using the code 'Femmefatale' at the check out!


For my pistol holster, on this set-up, I’m running a custom M&P Kydex Holster from Gungamers in pink. During my visit to Boston with the girls in February, Becca’s husband Matt (lutz_gungamers on IG) had a surprise for each of us – our own Kydex holster in our favourite colours, with our logos on them! I’m usually a little wary of Kydex products after a poorly fitting holster scratched up my beloved M&P but this holster retains my M&P well and most importantly releases it easily without damaging the aesthetics of the pistol.


Next up in my OD set-up we have a new bit of kit – the Viper Covert Dump Pouch in OD! A small addition but one that makes a big difference during a skirmish in terms of stashing used mags in a flash. This tiny pouch folds out into a full-size dump pouch – so it has a good carrying capacity whilst being compact in its folded form and looks tidy. It’s really easy to deploy even whilst wearing my belt and what I really like about it is that it folds away easily too! It has a drawstring to keep everything in the pouch secure and a drainage hole at the bottom of the fold-out pouch to prevent rainwater pooling on wet game days.



To keep my M&P mags safe during a game I have a Kydex M&P Pistol Mag carrier from Phoenix Tactical in the Femme Fatale colourway. The ‘Femme Fatale’ colourway is a pink backing with a grey front sheet of Kydex. These Kydex mag carriers keep my M&P mags safe and secure. It is also compatible with my Raven EU18 mags!


As you guys and gals know, I LOVE pyro, so naturally, I need something to carry smoke grenades and my trusty TRMRs, so for this, I have 2 of the Mile Gear V1 Kydex TRMR Carriers – one in pink and one in grey. It is a Kydex carrying system designed specifically for the TRMR that has a malice clip attachment for use with molle plate carriers and belts. There’s not really much to talk about in terms of features as they are a super simple bit of kit – just moulded thermoplastic with a malice clip but their simplicity means less to go wrong. Once it is attached to your kit, the operation does take a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it does offer quick deployment and of course good retention. As it has a moulded back piece with a lip I found the best way to deploy it quickly is to push the TRMR base up and it will slide out. On the way back in, the best method I found was to have the TRMR at a 45-degree angle against the back of the TRMR and push down.


There you go folks! My OD/Green belt set-up! What are you running on your belt set-ups? Let me know in the comments below!

Model: Kellie at West Midlands Airsoft
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MULTICAM SHOOTERS BELT SET-UP!

Hey everyone!

Those of you who have followed me for a while on social media will have seen that my belt set-up has evolved so much over the 4 short years I have been playing airsoft, from not using one in the beginning (because why would you EVER need to carry more than the 3 mags on your plate carrier right?! *chuckles*) to a full, heavy battle belt set-up that I thought I needed for MilSims even though it had more kit than necessary, to my current lightweight, shooters belt set-up. It has taken me a long time, to not only find a belt that doesn’t bruise my hips (the number of tactical belts I have sat in my Peli Cases is RIDICULOUS) and also to create a set-up that has everything I need to hand but isn’t excessive in weight or unnecessary kit. I now have two set-ups - one for my MultiCam kit and one for my green team kit. In this we’ll be looking at my MultiCam belt set-up:

The belt itself: the base of my build is a MultiCam FRV Tailoring Cobra Shooters Belt. It is a low profile, lightweight and affordable alternative to some of the pricier shooters belts on the market. It has an inner belt made of one layer of webbing with Velcro hook on the outside which you feed through your trouser belt loops as you would any normal belt, then you place your outer belt with all your pouches, holsters etc attached over the inner belt and fasten it with the cobra buckle. The belt is 50mm/2" wide and has 18 columns of molle. The molle loops run along the top and bottom of the outer belt and they're compatible with any molle pouches and holsters. The outer belt has a double layer of webbing to give it that rigidity and a cobra buckle that is rated up to 4000 lb's. What I love about this belt is it sits quite high up on my hips so it doesn’t bruise me or get uncomfortable even when there’s a fair bit of weight being carried, and I can have all my pouches/holsters etc set up on the belt without needing to take them off when the belt is removed. Get 10% off at FRV Tailoring using the code 'Femmefatale'


So now it’s all about the essentials, as I don’t want to be swapping holsters constantly I opted for a Warrior Assault Systems Universal Holster in MultiCam, which is the best holster that I’ve used to date. What I really like about this holster and the reason why I always come back to it, Is because it fits every pistol I currently own, securely! The adjustment system is easy to use, and the pistol is held in place by a trigger locking system. To release the pistol you simply push in the release and pull the pistol, and to lock the pistol into the holster you just push it back in. To carry pyro and empty magazines I have a Warrior Assault Systems Gen 1 Dump Pouch, just something simple to keep anything that doesn’t have a dedicated pouch.



To keep my pistols mags safe during a game, I opted for 2 of the Nuprol Open Mag Pistol pouches in their own variant of MC. They are elasticated pouches which can be tightened/loosened to fit various mags and also 40mm flashbangs/smoke grenades etc if you don’t have any pistol mags to keep a hold of. I’ve had these for around 3 years and have used them for various uses and they just keep on giving.


Last up in my MultiCam belt set-up we have 2 of the Grey Ghost Gear 40mm pouches in MultiCam. Now these are exactly what they say on the tin – they are 40mm pouches that are suitable for flashbangs and smoke grenades of that diameter, they have a malice clip attachment which means they are fastened securely (although they do have a slight wiggle in them) and they have a clip to secure the pouch flap. They keep my grenades secure and the clip is easy to undo quickly even with gloves on.


So there you have it folks, my MultiCam shooters belt set-up! Keep an eye out for the green shooters belt set-up soon!

Model: Kellie at West Midlands Airsoft

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