Spitfire® MKII – Options
All these options are possible thanks to pre-built-in features of the Spitfire® MKII.
The next optional hidden feature of the Spitfire® MKII has to do with the cuts that can be found on the very top of the front panel and with the narrow fabric canals on the shoulders.
These are made to be used with the Spitfire® Cutaway System which is basically a way to immediately release and field reassemble your carrier without cutaway elements.
It is a parachute type of retrofit system build with waterborne ops in mind and it allows to make an assessment, treating and re-armoring of a wounded teammate in an instant without losing the plate carrier.
Even though this system only gets held together because of friction, it holds everything surprisingly well together.
Interchangeable Front Panels
Next up is the addition of an interchangeable front or back panel. For this Direct Action® has made some different designs available. As for the front panels these are all designed to serve as magazine flaps. There are 4 versions whereas one is made to carry four SMG magazines, another can carry shotgun shells and the two other versions are made to carry three rifle magazines.
Of these last two, one can take AR, AK or SR mags while the other is a slick elastic design and can take AR or AK magazines.
The nice thing about these mag flaps, with the exception of the slick and shotgun version, is that they also feature lots of PALS to stack other stuff onto them.
Above that, these two versions are adjustable in tension due to the bungee cord construction and as for the slick version you have the choice to add bungee cord pullers as well.
Now, if you think the options are already mentioned are nice, then the back panel versions will surprise you even more.
Interchangeable Back Panels
These exist in 4 different designs. The first is a utility back panel, the second is an assault panel, the third is a breacher panel and the fourth is a backpack panel.
Before going into each design there are some features all these panels, except the backpack have in common.
The first feature is that they are all basically one large, flat pocket to store a hydration bladder or breaching tools. They all also have a large bottom pouch with a soft velour inside to carry scratch sensitive objects, like eye protection, NVGs, binoculars and so on. This is all what they have in common, where they differ from each other is the top of the panel.
Now, aside these pre-made panels, you can also make something entirely of your own, because both the front and back panels also come in a MOLLE only version.
That being covered, the next part has to do with the cuts that are present on both sides of the front plate bag. These are there to attach wings onto one or both sides.
For this there are two version available. One is an adjustable comms wing to fit various radio models and the other is a MOLLE wing to attach a pouch of your choice. An example of this is the attachment of an extra speed rifle magazine pouch.
This is mainly meant to maximize your freedom of movement, but also provides a way to not necessarily adjust your sizing each time you switch to an extra layer of clothing or a jacket for example.
MKII Modular Cummerbund Slim
MKII Rapid Access Cummerbund
Only thing that we from a personal standpoint don’t like is that they can be quite annoying since they dangle all the time and they also limit your movement capabilities quite a bit. But that is just our opinion about these sort of pouches in general.
Spitfire® MKII Chest rig interface
And that guys was the final option you can go for to create your Spitfire® MKII into something of your own. So, having that covered let’s now look at our final thoughts about this product.
This one makes it perfect to work light, but at the same time still provides that ballistic protection up front. And above that, it also works greatly together with backpacks.