Platatac Kryptek Mandrake Combat Shirt and Pants

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Platatac Kryptek Mandrake Combat Shirt and Pants

Post by BlackJack » Mon Feb 10, 2014 16:12

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About Platatac:
“Platypus Outdoors Group is as unique as the animal we derive our name from. From humble beginnings with an ambitious vision, we have grown from a simple outdoors and militaria store to an international distributor of over 40 worldwide brand names with a combined product list in the thousands. We offer a great range of products and capabilities in support of the soldiers and law enforcement personnel that stand on the battlements looking over us whilst we are safe in our homes. Thanks to you guys; we simply would not exist without your support.
We have dedicated teams in sales, design, development, accounts and production that ensure high quality and world class tactical nylon, ECW and flame retardant products are available to our clients. Through our Platatac brand, our teams design, innovate and create the best gear imaginable (at the best price) to meet the needs of operators of all types. Our Melbourne factory employs the finest machinists and designers that converse directly with our end users to augment and develop ideas with the vision of continued improvement in performance and quality.
With our other brands we represent from the US, UK, Sweden, Israel, and our mates here in Australia, we have the most comprehensive product range of tactical nylon products that the industry has seen in our country.” – Directly from website.

Shipping time took 1 week. From the time of order to my front door, including the processing time through customs.

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Yes, this pattern is made from the Kryptek Mandrake Pattern. As far as I am aware, this is one of the only companies that makes a pant or shirt of this style with built in knee and elbow pads, or at least the option too. It is important to note that the company Vertx does make a pant with the Kryptek pattern, however, the shade and color is off due to their manufacturing process. Platatac is the correct design and pattern used directly from Kryptek.

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Starting with the Pants:
The pants are extremely well built and are extremely similar to the Crye precision cut. Platatac’s sizing chart is in centimeters and they do run a little small. These pants are a XXL and I have a 42” waist. There is elastic around the knee pads (not included) and in the waist. One thing I found was weird was the amount of elastic around the knees.

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Instead of a button or snap closure, there is the use of Velcro, allowing a little bit more sizing adjustability. The pants do have a very good quality zipper.

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On the front of the pants there are two small pockets that have Velcro closures as well as larger, deeper cargo pockets on the sides of the pants. The standard pants pockets are small and shallower than usual.

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Towards the ankle there is also another smaller pocket with a Velcro closure. The standard Velcro cuff at the bottom of the pants is also available for more adjustability.

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On the rear of the pants. There is elastic around the waist. As well as between the legs and crotch. Causing your pants to less likely split in more dynamic positions. If you look at the waist on the rear of the pant there is Velcro to adjust the waist sizing.

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Behind the knee pads there is Velcro adjustments

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(Elastic in Crotch Area)

Overall, the stitching is great, great quality material that can stand up to a dynamic player. The pants to run a little small, but it’s very minor.

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The Combat Shirt:
The body of the shirt is extremely stretch so it conforms to your body extremely well. This is a regular size shirt and I’m 6’2”. I can pull the bottom of the shirt all the way down to about half way on my thighs. SO if you’re extremely tall, a Regular size should fit you fine.
The zipper is the same of that’s on the pant.

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Another interesting point of the shirt. There is padding on the shoulders to help with comfort when wearing a plate carrier.

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The pockets on the arms are full of Velcro. With a Velcro closure. On the side of the pocket is a zipper opening to another, but smaller compartment.

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On the rear, the camo does not go far down the back, unlike the Truspec combat shirts, where the pattern goes almost a 1/3rd of the way down the back. Again the stitching is perfect and is done with the same quality in mind as the pants.

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For New Jersey and the North East I would say that this pattern would excel very well in our environment.

Price wise, it’s a little bit cheaper than Crye. Be aware, when you make an order the price is in Austrailian Dollars, so a $400 order will actually be a $320 order.

Next time I go play outdoors when the weather gets better I will post some load out pics, and will give a longer term update on the integrity of the pants.

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Re: Platatac Kryptek Mandrake Combat Shirt and Pants

Post by Jason_Cain » Mon Feb 10, 2014 22:09

Thanks for the pics. Zipper on the pants seems like it might be the weak point. I still am partial to the ACU buttons. And zippers on the shirt are a pain in the ass when wearing a plate carrier >.>. But the padding on the shoulder looks nice, so long as it doesn't get in the way of the buttstock.

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Re: Platatac Kryptek Mandrake Combat Shirt and Pants

Post by BlackJack » Tue Feb 11, 2014 08:21

Jason_Cain wrote:Thanks for the pics. Zipper on the pants seems like it might be the weak point. I still am partial to the ACU buttons. And zippers on the shirt are a pain in the ass when wearing a plate carrier >.>. But the padding on the shoulder looks nice, so long as it doesn't get in the way of the buttstock.
I see what your saying. I'll have to do a full game test and see what happens, although it seems as if it can withstand most of what you can throw at it. The padding is on the top of the shoulder and is low profile (doesnt look like it in photo). Its not on the front. Shouldn't interfere with the buttstock.
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