For 2021, our new AMBIT Dopp Kit that's part of the X-Series of products, this one item #X-002.
Made out of Dimension Polyant’s VX21, 210D nylon ripstop & mesh
#8 YKK reverse coil zippers
WooJin buckle and zipper pulls
Dimensions - 11" W x 5" H x 3.5 D
Weight - 8 oz
Alpha One Niner, Boot Bags
It all started with personal shoe bags I have that don't fit any of my Salomons, Lowas, Vasques, Zamberlans or any of my chukka or desert boots. These easily fit up to a size 13 and some 14s..........Helm
Constructed out of 210D Ripstop Nylon (Coyote Brown or Red), dual #8 YKK reversible zippers, mesh and WooJin molded pulls. Plus a close cell foam padded base.
Photos show examples of selected boots and corresponding sizes of each pair.
Dimensions of each boot bag is 13" x 9.5" 5"
Alpha One Niner, MATROSKYA Pouches
Our Matroskya pouches are named after the Russian nesting dolls of old and designed for the Recon 9 EVADE, Evade 2.0 and now the new Evade 1.5 backpacks. Each set comes with four differently sized pouches, each nested inside the other.
It is currently available in:
Each pouch has 2 (two) zippered compartments; a vertical in front and a horizontal in the rear.
Each pouch is easily mounted by slotting the top 1" rectangular buckle (what we call a hanger) into any PALS webbing setup (what some call a MOLLE panel) or a d-ring of appropriate size so as to hold it in place.
Dimensions of the largest to smallest as follows:
15" x 10.75"
12" x 8.75"
9.5" x 7.75"
7.5" x 5.5"
The largest 2 (two) pouches has 2 (two) hangers and the smallest 2 (two) have only 1 (one) each. These pouches are extremely versatile can be used to hold anything from IFAKs, toiletries to a change of clothing.
Alpha One Niner, MATROSKYA, Pouches, Deep
Our new Matroskya DEEP pouches are similar in design to the original Matros except these have some additional depth (thickness). These are made out of clear PVC (top) and Mesh (sides & bottom). Because the sides and bottom are made of Mesh there is some flex that allows you to stuff more in each pouch. These work great in the Recon 9 EVADE backpacks but can also be used in other packs/bags that have a loop wall. Each set comes with three (3) differently sized pouches, each nested inside the other.
Unlike the original Matro, each pouch has one (1) zippered compartment; a vertical in front. But these pouches also have two rows of 1.5” hooks that allow you to mount these on loop walls.
Each pouch easily mounts by slotting the top 1" rectangular buckle (what we call a hanger) into any PALS webbing setup (what some call a MOLLE panel) or a d-ring of appropriate size so as to hold it in place.
Dimensions of the largest to smallest as follows:
15" x 10.75" x 1.75” D
12" x 8.75" x 1.5” D
9.5" x 7.75" x 1.5” D
The largest 2 (two) pouches has 2 (two) hangers each while the smallest one has only 1 (one). These pouches are extremely versatile can be used to hold anything from IFAKs, toiletries to a change of clothing.
Alpha One Niner, Packing Cube, Set of 3
Our packing cube set of 3 comprises of the following:
Large, 14” x 9.75” x 4”, compression
Medium, 10 x 7.5” x 3.5”, compression
Small, 11” x 4.5” x 2’, non-compression
210D Ripstop Nylon
#18 RC YKK Zippers
WooJin Zipper Pulls
17337 Webbing Handle
It goes without saying that here at A19 we are big proponents of the backpack but there are days when we need or prefer a smaller bag to carry our basic essentials. These are the items that you use and need excess to regularly. Understandably what these basic essentials are differ for all of us but you get the gist of it. So after almost a year of testing, evaluating and abusing our prototypes, we are finally releasing a new addition to our Alpha One Niner family, the CHIO Bag.
The CHIO bag is 13” across, 10” high and about 3.5 to 4” wide at the sides. That’s approximately 33 x 25 x 10 cm.
It has a total of 6 zippered pockets of which 5 are external; there's 2 in front, and the other 3 are in the rear.
As mentioned we designed the CHIO to hold the basic essentials and mine is what is shown in the video below. These items I carry daily regardless of whether I’m back home, traveling stateside or internationally. What I do is add or remove additional items depending on where I’m going, how long I’m going to be there, etc.
For domestic and international travel, it is the Chio bag that I have below the front seat on a flight. I leave everything else in my backpack in the luggage bins above. Imagine being on a 14 hour flight and the lights are out; the last thing I wanna do is rummage through my backpack in that bin. I have all my essentials in my Chio including some additional items I bring for long flights, notably an eye mask, snacks, a travel toothbrush and oddly for some, a good shoe horn.....I kid you not! I'm sure other Longhaulers would agree with me.
The Chio has a couple of options including the use of the SERT V-Kit for those considering off-body carry. Now I will always recommend that you have your concealed carry on you but there are times or circumstances that does not permit you so off-carry now becomes an option. If that is the case then I highly recommend not getting into the habit of simply chucking spare mags or blades etc into the main compartment or the other zippered compartment. If you are going to use your Chio bag daily or on a regular basis and also take it with you for travels, then may I suggest you restrict such use to the larger rear zippered pocket. It would make it so much easier if all you had to do is check that rear zippered compartment before you head to the airport, cross state lines or step into a restricted building/facility.
And for more organization, the Chio now has two optional organizers that fit and mount inside the rear zippered compartment; Type 1 and Type 2 (with elastic webbing).
Finally, for those photographers among us, I would like to also mention the availability of the optional Chio camera pouch add-on. This pouch is also a stand-alone bag with its own shoulder strap. This well padded pouch has a hook bottom that helps secure it to the bottom of the Chio where you will find a corresponding inline strip of loop. In a quick instance you’ve basically converted your Chio into a small camera bag!
As always we strive on feedback so if you do decide to get a Chio for yourself, please feel free to drop us a note down the line to let us know how it goes .Thanks!.........................Helm
500D Cordura Nylon; Black, Gray, Med Navy
500D Codura Kryptek Typhon and Multicam Black
Limited release - 1050D Ballistic Nylon
Inside zippered pocket in 210D Nylon ripstop.
Dimensions 13" (w) x 10" (H) x 3.5" (D)
Volume approximately 9 liters / 550 cu2
Weight approximately 0.7 pounds (0.33 kg)
A total of 6 (six) zippered pockets; 2 in front, 3 in rear and 1 in the main compartment.
Rear zippered pocket concealed/covert compartment lined with loops.
NOTE: This Pre-Order is for the Full version of the EVADE 1.5 only!
NEXT: Our EVADE backpacks are built with some heft and as a result the Full (version) packs weigh 4.0 lbs or more depending on your fabric choice. So BEFORE you place an order, please be aware of this.
NOTES (Please read ALL the notes before placing an order):
If you have ANY questions about our Evades and/or this pre-order, please email us HERE.
We expect this Pre-Order to ship between the end of May and the first week of June. This is an ESTIMATE and we reserve the right to adjust this accordingly.
All updates will be provided on our FB page as we usually do. Please check our FB page before emailing us for updates.
You MUST register an account before or when you place an order otherwise you will not be able to pay your invoice when the times comes. We've seen this issue before.
We DO NOT ask for any deposits. All we ask is that you honor your pre-orders.
We will send an invoice out about 1-2 weeks from shipping your order.
If you need to change your order, please email us versus canceling it and placing a new order. We can manually do so.
These pre-orders may arrive in batches so some ship out earlier than others. Please keep in this in mind.
All international orders - please note that we are NOT responsible for all import duties or taxes or brokerage fees that you may incur for importing an Evade.
For this round of Pre-Orders we are only offering the Full versions in the following fabric/color combos:
500D Multicam Black
500D Ranger Green
500D Wolf Gray
420D Black Diamond Ripstop
1050D Black Ballistic Nylon
All our products are developed and manufactured in our own Studio in Saigon, Vietnam using materials sourced from the US, Korea, Taiwan and locally.
500D Solids incl Black, Wolf Gray and Ranger Green.
500D Multicam Black.
420D Diamond Ripstop Black
1050D Ballistic Nylon Black
Lining is 210D Gray Ripstop Nylon.
Dimensions 19" (H) x 12" (W)(at base, tapers to 9" top)
Depth (measured from front to back at the base) of EV1.5 is 7".
Inside the main compartment it is 5.5" deep for the EV1.5.
The current weight of the Full 500D is 4.4 lbs (2.00 kg).
The current weight of the Full 420D is 4.0 lbs (1.82 kg).
The current weight of the Full 1050D is 4.88 lbs (2.22 kg).
Volume approximately 25 L.
Four (4) compartments for the EV1.5 Full:
Main version (not Lite) - A back dedicated laptop compartment (with a well padded base) that will fit up to a 15" laptop, and sleeves for your tablet and periodicals.
A middle main compartment that includes:
Two (2) zippered mesh pockets on the front wall
And a full rear wall PALS loop.
Front organizer compartment that features
1 mesh zippered pocket on the front wall
A loop velcro back wall for front organizer panel - Type 01 (no elastic) or Type 2 (with elastic).
Key lanyard with dual d-ring locations.
And a rear concealed/covert compartment lined with Velcro loops - use a V-Kit for off body CCW or slip an ultrabook or tablet in there. The zippered access (both sides) is approximately 12.5” and the compartment is approximately 18” H x 10” W.
Well padded mesh back with a luggage handle pass through along the air channel.
Top front EDC / Quick Access Pocket lined with Nilex.
Padded Sewn-In Adjustable Shoulder Straps with Load Lifters.
Side Elastic Pods (pouches)
Padded tubular webbing carry handle
Adjustable chest strap
Double side removable compression straps
Removable shock cord on front of pack.
Heavy duty WooJin hardware
D-Ring loops/hangers in the main compartment and the front organizer to accept Matroskya pouches.
#8 Reverse YKK zippers
Matching pack fabric hook velcro patch for the front loop panel.
Removable buckled 1" straps at the bottom of the pack.
Each Evade 1.5 comes with one organizer, and right now we are shipping it with the Type 1 organizer.
WooJin hardware - shoulder straps (buckles, web adjuster, slider and webbing roller/organizer), side compression straps
Fidlock V-buckle - sternum strap
Each Pathfinder INCLUDES a Type 1 Organizer
#10 YKK RC zippers
2 vertical columns of loop on the back wall, will accept the Evade PALS Panel
2 mesh zippered pockets on the front wall
2 mesh zippered pockets on the sides
Reinforced buttonholes for cable pass through into external side zippered pockets
Clamshell opening, #10 YKK RC zippers
Loop patch for Type 1 or Type 2 organizer (front wall)
Document sleeve behind loop patch
2 elastic mesh pockets below loop patch
Padded laptop sleeve with pleated sides and bottom, with magnetic closure, and will fit laptops up to 15" wide x 10.75" deep and 1" thick.
Padded tablet sleeve
Front zippered (#8 RC) pocket, ambidextrous access (pass through), with loop rear wall
Front (top) quick access zippered (#8 RC) pocket lined with Nilex
Zippered (#8 RC) side pockets with 2 sleeves and a cable pass through (to main compartment)
Flat elastic side water bottle pockets, large enough to hold a Nalgene
Single side compression strap with WooJin magnetic buckle
Padded mesh back with luggage pass through in the middle channel
RECON EIGHT, Compact Dopp Kit
A dopp kit (toiletry bag to some) is one of our travel essentials. Problem is most kits are either too large or too small. I've been looking for one that is compact yet large enough to hold my toiletries. So what is a guy to do when he can't find the right one? He designs one!
The RECON EIGHT is essentially a compact version of a traditional dopp kit with one practical feature - a row of milspec elastic webbing in the side pocket that allows you to organize your grooming essentials such as tweezers, nail clippers, travel shaving brush, collar inserts, trimmers, etc. Everything shown below fits into the RECON EIGHT!
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Exterior made of 1000 water resistant denier nylon
Genuine YKK zippers
Oxford nylon lined interior
Fully taped seams
Milspec folded side handle
The combination of this lining and the external 1000D Cordura helps prevent any leakages should one of your bottles or containers break or left open accidentally. It would be an easier clean-up!
Exterior dimensions - 9" (L) x 5" (W) and 4" (H) ( 22.86cm x 12.7cm x 10.16cm )
Weight - 0.3 pounds ( 0.14 kilo )
The RECON Eight is available in the 8 colors:
Black (Red lining inside)
Med Navy (light Gray lining)
Coyote (matching Coyote lining)
Gray (matching Gray lining inside)
Kryptek Highlander (Coyote lining inside)
Kryptek Typhon (Red lining inside)
Kryptek Mandrake (Coyote lining inside)
RECON FOUR, Tote
For the Traditionalist, our open top tote design with snap closures. Inside, there are two (2) inner zippered pockets (7" W x 6" H) on one side and another large flat zippered pocket (17" W x 10" H) on the opposite side that will fit our Recon One Caddy.
On the exterior, as all our bags, it comes with our signature two (2) padded pockets (7.5" H x 5.5" W x 1" D) on the front side with nylon webbing flaps with magnetic closures. Above the pockets is a well padded zippered sleeve that will would easily hold an ultra-notebook in a pinch (17" W x 16" H).
On the other side of the tote is an open sleeve with a snap closure for items like newspapers and magazines. This sleeve has an opening on the bottom to allow you to slide the tote onto your luggage handle for ease of use.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Exterior made of 1000 denier water resistant nylon
Genuine YKK zippers
Genuine Duraflex / WooJin hardware
Two (2) padded Front Pockets with double magnetic flaps, and a sleeve pocket behind each
Removable &adjustable nylon shoulder straps
Dual layer reinforced handles
Heavily padded non-slip reversible shoulder pad
Oxford nylon lined interior
Fully taped seams
Luggage handle access on rear snap pocket
Exterior dimensions - 15" (Width) x 17" (Height) x 5" (Depth) (38.1cm x 43.18cm x 12.7cm)
Weight - 2.0 pounds (0.91 kilo)
RECON NINE, EVADE, Optional Shoulder Straps
Optional shoulder straps for the EVADE backpack.
Easy replacement for your current shoulder straps.Top folds and the bottom connects using existing buckle.
RECON ONE, Tablet Caddy & Bag
Was $145, Special $50!!!
RECON ONE, Flight Tablet Caddy & BagThis is where we got our start, the RECON ONE (see video below). It is a rugged mil-spec designed bag with a revolutionary detachable flight tablet caddy (more info on this Caddy HERE) that was successfully funded on Kickstarter (read some of the KS backer comments received below). What makes the RECON ONE so special? Once you open up the YKK zippers, you will find the bag has an organizer on one side and the flight caddy on the other. The organizer side has three pockets. A padded pocket (5.7" (Deep) x 3.5" (Wide) x 1" (Thick)) designed to hold a portable charger, a middle pocket to hold your phone and a mesh zippered pocket with key ring. In one of the photos we have one of NewTrent's iCarrier heavy duty dual port charger which we use to charge both a phone and a tablet. Keep in mind that the RECON ONE does NOT come with a charger. The charging cable routes through the bottom of the pouch and into the side of the tablet sleeve (for an iPad; other tablets are easily charged from the top) and any excess cable length is kept tidy inside a Velcro sleeve at the bottom.All this organization along with the flight caddy (more info on this Caddy HERE) inside a bag that comes with two padded exterior pockets with nylon webbing flaps and magnetic closures. Behind the pockets, additional space is available to hold items like your flight tickets. Last but not least, the RECON ONE has been designed to slide securely onto your luggage handle for ease of travel. FEATURES & BENEFITSExterior made of 1000 denier water resistant nylonGenuine YKK zippersGenuine Duraflex / WooJin hardwareTwo (2) padded Front Pockets with double magnetic flaps, and a sleeve pocket behind eachRemovable & adjustable nylon shoulder strapsDual layer reinforced handlesHeavily padded non-slip reversible shoulder padOxford nylon lined interiorFully taped seamsLuggage handle access on rear snap pocketSPECIFICATIONSExterior dimensions - 13.5" (Width) x 11.25" (Height) x 4.5" (Depth, this includes the padded front pouches) (34.3cm x 28.58cm x 11.43cm)Weight - 2.2 pounds (1 kilo)Fits all iPads, Tabs, Nexus tablets, Kindles, Nooks, etc."Just received mine today. While waiting for the recon one I had to get a Maxpedition neatfreak to carry the ipad mini around, and gotten quite used to it and thought I didn't actually need this already. I'm glad to say I was wrong. While both are very high quality, this looks a lot more conservative and less tactical while maintaining the mil-spec quality and feel to it, the compartments are well thought out, the padding is more than adequate, I'm happy with how the colors turned out, and I wouldn't hesitate to pay more for it. At $130 it really is a steal. Nice work, Helm!""Got my package today, love the contents. The bag looks great and I can even get my laptop in there. Quality looks is awesome. Thanks Helm, look forward to seeing future products from you.""Great bag! I'm 100% impressed with the quality. I can't wait to make my trip in a couple weeks. Plus this has been a great project to follow. " "nice really nice. just received, well thought out, good construction and material choices. attention to details. clean and functional product. I do feel that the end product is well worth the price.""Just got my Recon 8 in the mail. Love the red liner. And just in time, going on a little trip so gonna pack this guy up for it. Thanks for the great product.""Thanks Helm, I have indeed received my bag and everything is fine! I really like it, so please keep up the good work!"
RECON THREE Backpack
420D Diamond Ripstop, $105, now $75
500D Wolf Gray, $115, now $82
500D Black, $115, now $82
500D Multicam Black, $125, now $89
500D Kryptek Typhon, $125, now $89
Please note that if you cannot select a color it simply means that that color is out-of-stock. Thanks.
Before anything else, a big thanks to Omar Jermaine, an old friend and menswear designer from NYC who help collaborate on this. His past works included Everlast, Enyce, Exsto and Robert Graham.
Solid Color 500D Nylon in Wolf Gray, Multicam Black, Kryptek Typhon
420D Diamond Ripstop Nylon
With 210D Nylon lining
Dimensions 18.5" (H) x 10" (W) x 5" (D)
Volume approximately 15 liters / 925 cu2
Weight approximately 2.2 pounds (1.00 kg)
One (1) main compartment plus four (4) zippered pockets (3 external, 1 internal)
One (1) external padded pocket will fit a tablet (side zipper entry) and another padded pocket will fit up to 12" MacBook (top zipper entry).
Main compartment that includes a 9.5" (W) x 7.5" (H) flat zippered pocket on the rear wall.EDC / Quick Access Pocket (front flap) with access on both sides, to hold your basic EDC gear or all immediate travel needs like your passport, boarding pass, some cash, flashlight, etc.