In addition to our rope access arm, Southern Cross Equipment is one of a select few organisations chosen to supply clothing, footwear and equipment to the Australian Defence Force, including sections of the elite Special Forces Regiments.
We have over ten years’ experience is sourcing the very best and most appropriate gear for their needs, and in doing so we have established excellent relationships with some of the best international suppliers in the tactical field, often securing exclusive Australian distribution rights.
Below are just some of the brands we are both pleased and proud to be able to supply to Australian forces:
Yates are well-known in the rope access community for their excellent range of equipment for working at heights, but perhaps their absolute forte is their tactical range. Made in the USA and Berry Amendment compliant, Yates Tactical gear is impeccably designed with the input of Special Ops, and constructed from the most durable fabrics and construction techniques possible. They are particularly known for their harnesses, personal retention lanyards, assault ladders, rope bags and fast rope accessories.
Also from California, Beyond have recently established themselves as the go-to military manufacturer for jungle and extreme cold weather clothing. Impeccably-built and guaranteed to keep field teams as comfortable and dry as possible, Beyond work with top tier materials such as Gore-Tex, Cordura, Polartec and Climashield. This is the ultimate military-enabled outdoor apparel.
Possibly the world’s best rope manufacturer, Sterling’s operations in Maine are able to customise orders to fit any military spec, from sewn eyes to thimble termination to custom lengths, and of course - everything comes in black. Nylon or polyester, plaited or kernmantel, no rope eludes them. Whether you are involved in water rescue, fire rescue, SAR, Tactical Response, FastRoping etc. – Sterling can provide the best solution.
Coming out of the energy cauldron of Israel, Highnovate specialise in solving high angle problems with unique designs. One such example is the RAFA – the Roof Adjustable Fast Anchor – for quickly, quietly and cleanly installing a safe, temporary anchor just about anywhere. They’ve also designed superb systems for drones, ladder attachment and lightning-fast stop-n-go rope descent. These are the best toys in the world!
Coming out of North Carolina, Misty Mountain have forged a reputation for stitching bombproof tactical harnesses, particularly their modular ISH (Integrated Stealth Harness) system which we have successfully supplied to the ADF, NZDF, and other government departments over the last couple of years. They round out their harness offering with tethers and specialist bags such as the TRIC, or Tactical ROCO Insertion Cache.
Now 15 years old, Velocity Systems have made a name for themselves in custom armour solutions, and boast an extensive range of soft and hard body armour, as well as plate carriers, chest rigs and ammo pouches. Their Jump Pack has been popular with the ADF, for whom they custom designed a comforter belt to integrate with the Misty Mountain ADF ISH system (see above). Their gear is amazing and they are a pleasure to work with.
While most of Rock Exotica’s focus is on rope access equipment, this translates well into various military disciplines, which Rock encourage by anodising all of their products in a Matt Black, including their world famous Artificial High-Directional System – the Vortex. Also popular is the tactical Aztek Pulley Kit, the ultimate personal mechanical advantage kit, for which Sterling Rope provide the associated cordage.
OR started life designing the best gloves, hats, gaiters and other apparel accessories in the outdoor equipment world, so it makes sense they still dominate those markets in the tactical one. With a huge manufacturing and distribution infrastructure behind them, they can fulfil orders of any size, given enough time. Talk to us about custom manufacturing runs.
The tactical arm of climbing brand DMM, Helix are hoping to take over the global military supply network from their manufacturing base in north Wales. And they’re well-placed to do so with their superb quality hardware forged from the best materials. When it comes to carabiners, slings, climbing axes and unique, esoteric mountain pieces, look no further.