Search and Rescue Radio Rig from Team Wendy now available

Ohio-based Team Wendy recently announced the availability of their radio rig; it’s a chest rig designed specifically for ESAR work. Though well known for their helmets and other equipment, the “Radio Rig” is the company’s first foray into this particular kind of search and rescue gear.

Their CEO, Jose Rizo-Patron, says,

“We strive to provide our clients with optimal solutions by identifying gaps and filling unmet needs in the market.Through our ongoing engagement with several domestic and international SAR communities, it was clear to us that they needed a comfortable, purpose-built communications rig that includes a better approach for cable management. Our Radio Rig also serves as a complementary solution to our widely fielded EXFIL SAR helmets.”

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Here’s what we’ve been advised:

Team Wendy launches radio rig for Search and Rescue Community

The new ESAR chest rig is fully compatible with MOLLE / PALS accessories

This new chest harness is a first for the Cleveland-based company, a leading provider of exceptional head protection systems (including many pieces of search and rescue gear) worn by thousands across military, law enforcement, emergency search and rescue (ESAR), and adventure communities.

The skillfully crafted harness offers an abundance of compartmentalization without compromising mobility. It comes with an assortment of three pouch sizes (small, medium, large) to accommodate any size radio or GPS. It features a separate weather-resistant zippered accessory pouch to protect a cell phone or other electronic equipment from the elements.

PALS webbing on the front provides a modular attachment system for the included pouches, as well as any other MOLLE / PALS compatible holsters, bags, etc. Fidlock® magnetic buckles allow for the front section to fold forward providing access to the backside of the front panel, which features a clear touch-screen compatible pocket for electronic devices (phones or tablets), maps, notes, etc.

ESAR comms: a radio rig from Team Wendy

The front panel features an interior zipper pouch, including two pockets:

  • One pocket is dedicated to cable management with six separate pass-throughs for cables to enter from the exterior and be stored inside.
  • The second pocket is for organization, including some webbing to help secure pens, flashlights, and multi-tools.
The Radio Rig from TW is designed for Search & Rescue comms.
The Radio Rig from Team Wendy is designed specifically for Search and Rescue comms, but is perfectly suitable for other mission sets.

Low-profile rear panel and straps allow for use with other backpacks if needed. That panel has loop for mounting ID patches and PALS webbing for securing any other small pouches.

[Team Wendy CEO] Jose Rizo-Patron says, “This rig was designed with explicit input from the communities we serve. They told us what was missing from the chest rig market and our engineers went to work.”

ESAR radio rig from Team Wendy, for Search and Rescue personnel
Good comms are a critical element of ESAR (Emergency Search and Rescue).

Note also that Team Wendy has partnered with communications industry leader Silynx (, to offer a Radio Rig optimized version of the CLARUS XPR in-ear communications system (with a specific wiring configuration) and the EXFIL SAR helmet at well. This Silynx system, which is available for purchase through Team Wendy, consists of an in-ear headset, control box, dual comm splitter, and the option of a Smartphone adapter and one of four radio adapters compatible with 95 percent of radios on the market – including the Motorola APX.

Find the Radio Rig online at:

Search and Rescue gear from Team Wendy: learn more.

The Team Wendy Radio Rig retails (as of this writing) for $134.95 and is now available for purchase on, through authorized Team Wendy dealers, and will be available on in the coming weeks.

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