Wilcox Industries designs some of the most sophisticated and user-centric night vision helmet mount systems available. The first reaction people tend to have is to balk at the price tag. Sure, it is expensive, but like everything: you get what you pay for. Wilcox helmet mounts are, literally, works of engineering art. They are designed with direct input from US Warfighters at the very tip of the sharp stick. These designs are refined until they reach perfection and are then masterfully crafted in Wilcox’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
The Wilcox L4 Hybrid Shroud is compatible with helmets drilled in the MARSOC/WARCOM 3-Hole pattern and the standard U.S. Army 1-Hole pattern. It is constructed from advanced glass-reinforced polymer and Aerospace-grade Aluminum Alloy. The L4 Hybrid Shroud utilizes a machined/anodized aluminum mount interface that is insert-molded in a polymer frame for a balance of strength and weight-savings. The machined interface provides a solid lock-up with any standard bracket NVG mount. The sleek, yet aggressive polymer frame design is low profile, so it will not snag on ropes, lines, risers, and straps. Like all Wilcox NVG shrouds, the L4 Hybrid Shroud is compatible with their retractable lanyard system.
The Hybrid Shroud’s main claim to fame is its ability to be used on either 1 or 3-hole helmets. A rubber insert is sandwiched between the helmet surface and the shroud body to stabilize the shroud and keep it from twisting when used on a single hole helmet. Rubber plugs fill in the gaps in the shroud housing in this configuration to keep it from collecting dirt and debris. The rubber insert can also be used when mounting the shroud on a 3-hole configured helmet. The major benefit of this shroud is that you do not have to change shrouds if you get a new helmet with a different hole pattern. This is especially useful for military and law enforcement agencies who have to deal with items issued in bulk.
The L4 Hybrid Shroud comes with two sets of mounting hardware, including both long and short bolts. This allows users to easily attach the shroud to either ballistic or non-ballistic helmet shells without having to modify hardware. It also features several attachment points for other accessories and future expansion of the product’s capabilities. Four recesses are molded into the sides of the polymer frame, providing hook points for bungees such as those found on the Ops Core FAST line of helmets and the Crye Precision AirFrame. Two lower recesses are molded to accept cable/cord pass through and/or future expansion accessories.