Media

Want to know more about Thyrm? Below, you’ll find our most recommended media if you are first becoming acquainted with us, followed by media grouped by type, chronologically. Enjoy!

Sage Dynamics Video (September 6, 2016) about the Thyrm SwitchBack, a ring that converts a flashlight into a flexible tool that can be used in all original ways plus the SwitchBack Technique, a relatively natural two-handed shooting grip.

Video about the Thyrm Cell Vault, a Battery, Safety, or Survival Gear storage solution (January 19, 2016), also viewable at Vimeo:

Mil-Spec Monkey Video about the Thyrm Cell Vault with context for design motivation (February 17, 2016):

Mil-Spec Monkey Video about the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring with context for design motivation (February 6, 2014):

Breach Bang Clear article, “Tactically Tubular,” about the Thyrm Cell Vault (January 24, 2016).

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“It’s a year later, and Andrew Frazier and Scott Noble out of northern California have just released the CellVault: a dustproof, waterproof, and idiotproof way of storing your batteries, survival gear, or emergency cash. Basically, it holds anything you want to keep out of the elements.”


Online Editorial Article about the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring by David Reeder at Recoil Magazine on April 23, 2014: Recoil Screenshot

“Traditional flashlight techniques make you hold the light and weapon separate. Obviously you will be faster and more accurate, particularly under stress, if you have both hands on the weapon. That’s where the Switchback is intended to come into play. I think Chris Costa is spot on when he says, “It works, I think it’s intuitive and it’s easy to use. It’s not the end all be all, but if it suits your needs, use it.””


A fun, short ad for Thyrm’s inaugural products: The SwitchBack Flashlight Rings (Large and Backup sizes):

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On February 9, 2017, Thyrm Released the CellVault XL. Several media outlets including GAT Daily and Ammoland celebrated the new product.

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“We were blown away by how many uses customers found for the original CellVault, so we can’t wait to see how the XL’s larger capacity allows for even more possibilities.”

The Recoil glows about the Vinz Clortho Keymaster Patch January 18 in Thyrm Comes in One of the Pre-Chosen Forms.

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“…we like it. A. Lot.”

The Ammoland, Soldier Systems, and Red Blooded Gun Owner shared news of the release of the Vinz Clortho Keymaster Patch January 13 and 14.

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“Shhh, I Smell Something New From Thyrm at SHOT Show 2017.”

“The Vinz Clortho patch is truly the Keymaster, with an included covert handcuff key hidden inside a slit in the velcro and room for a house key if you’d rather go that way.”

The Outdoor and Tactical Wire shared news of the release of the Clear Cell Vault: “Thyrm Introduces the CellVault Clear (November 10, 2016). Soldier Systems followed on November 22.

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“…identify the CellVault’s contents without opening it…”

Tactical-Life’s details and specifications about the Thyrm Cell Vault: “Cell Vault: Thyrm’s Solution to Small Critical Gear Carry.” (April 22, 2016).

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“The all new Cell Vault from Thyrm allows for the storage of batteries and other small gear in a quick and organized design.”

Off Grid’s presentation of Thyrm’s Cell Vault in their “Gear Up” section of Issue 13 (April 8, 2016).

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“The Cell Vault was conceived to keep a fresh set of batteries handy and protected during extreme activities. There’s more to a Cell Vault than a covered tube, though…”

ITS Tactical’s Article about Thyrm, “Tactical Startup: Thyrm and Their Silicon Valley Roots” by Matthew Sharp (April 4, 2016).

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“Unlike other Bay Area garage startups, however, the problems Thyrm is most interested in solving are those that affect people engaged in force of arms professions.
Thyrm involves the entire Frazier family…
Design and testing takes place in Sunnyvale, while production, prototyping and fulfillment takes place in Ohio and Chicago. While the various aspects of the company may be distributed and in some ways “virtual,” all Thyrm products are 100% American-made.
Thyrm is also working on developing devices for military and civilian medical first responders, gathering feedback from those in the field in order to try and solve technical problems to help them be more effective in saving lives.”

Carryology’s Article about new waterproof carry options, including the Thyrm Cell Vault (February 21, 2016).

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“Small in size, big in securing your essentials.”

Soldier Systems’ Announcement about the release of the Thyrm Cell Vault (January 20, 2016) and Release of a new color – Rescue Orange – Cell Vault (February 17, 2016).

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The first announcement presents several graphics and a brief description of the battery and survival tool carrier. The second announcement includes mention of the color for maritime and high contrast use. Includes reader/user comments.

“Consider it for SAR and maritime use as well as survival applications since it will not only hold your CR-123A batteries, but other items as well. Additionally, the Orange really stands out on dark internal MOLLE/PALS panels.”

Breach Bang Clear’s “46 Everyday Carry Items in 3 Different Setups” by John Scott on April 28, 2015. This was also printed in the inaugural issue of Ballistic Magazine (Summer 2015 edition).

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This article features three pocket dumps. Chris Costa’s pockets reveal a SwitchBack Backup Flashlight Ring on a SureFire X300 Ultra compact light.

Breach Bang Clear’s “The Thyrm Switchback, Small Appendages and a Glock from the Heavens” by Chris Hernandez on January 31, 2015.

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Chris Hernandez explores two great discussion points: (1) how to best use a SwitchBack if you have small hands, and (2) if holding a light on your finger is just asking for a broken finger in a fist fight.
“I fired about eighty rounds with the Backup. I was able to maintain a good grip, fire accurately (at close range), and keep the light on constantly as I engaged. I was carrying spare mags in my weak-side front pants pocket, and I was able to pull mags from the pocket, reload and rack the slide without taking the light off my finger. … I had unlocked the formula: hand size + correct light + the right gun = successful Switchback use.”
After testing SwitchBack strength: “The ring broke before the dowel rod. It was a totally non-scientific experiment and I couldn’t swear the ring would give before my finger, but I’m convinced carrying a Switchback is worth the risk.”

The “Incoming” feature showcased the Thyrm SwitchBack Recoil Magazine (Issue 16) on November 27, 2014.

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“Designed in collaboration with Chris Costa of Costa Ludus, the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring aims to let you use a flashlight while still maintaining a two-handed grip on a pistol or long-gun.”

“Everyday Carry Essentials,” an article by John McGregor, featuring the newest, best everyday carry gear, including the Thyrm SwitchBack, at Personal Defense World on October 16, 2014. This same article appeared in Concealed Carry Handguns, a magazine produced by Harris Outdoor Group.

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“To further increase this light’s utility, I added a Thyrm SwitchBack Backup to my light. The SwitchBack is a ring that mounts on the rear of some models of flashlights that allows the user to hold a firearm in a standard two-hand grip while being able to control the function of the flashlight.”

 

“The Thyrm SwitchBack,” a review by Sylvester Scott (guest writer, known for his blog One Weapon, Any Tool) of the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring, at Home Defense Gun in September 2014:

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“… every so often a product comes out that is actually worth talking about. While I’ve carried, bought, used, tested, broken and discarded hundreds of dollars of gear over the years, once in a great while I come across piece of kit that works, is simple, and actually meets the definition of tactical. This time around it came in the form of a flashlight accessory. … Unlike the Ayoob, Chapman, Surefire, FBI or Harries techniques, the Switchback from Thyrm goes right to work and requires very minimal conscious manipulation to become proficient.”


“Chris Costa’s Premier Low Light Course AAR,” a summary of the after action report of Costa’s Low Light Course in Wyoming featuring the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring, at Predator Intelligence on July 3, 2014:

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“All students received Costa SwitchBack Flashlight Rings from Thyrm and learned the Switchback Technique’s advantages, especially with a handgun…. Considering the probability that a violent encounter will occur after dark, it’s definitely worth getting this kind of training and practice, especially if you can do it in a beautiful place like Jackson.”


“Thyrm SwitchBack – EDC Ready, Costa Approved” review of SwitchBack Flashlight Ring at Gear Expert by Optics Planet on July 2, 2014:

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“Until about a decade ago, the approved way to fire a pistol while wielding a light was extremely awkward. It meant taking one hand off the pistol and performing a myriad of maneuvers with an outstretched arm or crossing over your primary shooting arm. … The Switchback is a polymer collar that when installed on the correct flashlight, allows the shooter to use a flashlight in a modified but still extremely effective shooting grip. … It works with some of the best flashlights on the market.”

 

“Costa RVET Course AAR,” a full-length after action report on Costa’s Low Light Course in Wyoming in which the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring was featured, at Soldier Systems on June 25, 2014:

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“[Costa introduced] the “flashlight-forward” SwitchBack Technique. Costa demonstrated how the SwitchBack Technique can encourage a more natural, modified isosceles stance and allows the flashlight to be toggled on and off similar to a weapon-light. In contrast, older techniques like the Harries require shooters to break their support arm downward and twist their body out of the generally advantageous “plates forward” isosceles stance. It’s a non-issue though, as all techniques work with the SwitchBack. The polymer ring aligns with a traditional flashlight grip regardless.”


Online Editorial Article about the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring by David Reeder at Recoil Magazine on April 23, 2014:

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“Traditional flashlight techniques make you hold the light and weapon separate. Obviously you will be faster and more accurate, particularly under stress, if you have both hands on the weapon. That’s where the Switchback is intended to come into play. I think Chris Costa is spot on when he says, “It works, I think it’s intuitive and it’s easy to use. It’s not the end all be all, but if it suits your needs, use it.””


Military Times’ Gear Scout: Deploy your Backup Light, Maintain a Two-Handed Grip about the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring (April 8th, 2014)

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“Many, if not most fights, happen in low-light. But for EDC — particularly concealed carry — having a dedicated weapon light with a special holster isn’t a reasonable option…. The SwitchBack offers a cheap weapon light solution for under $20 and can be used with a pistol, or held by the forward hand on a rifle or shotgun.”


Flashlight Guide Reviews and Compatibility on Thyrm’s Two SwitchBack Flashlight Rings: SwitchBack Large (February 9th, 2014) and SwitchBack Backup(March 9th, 2014)

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“Transitioning to the backhand hold was much smoother and operation was easier than I expected….
Positioned opposite of the tactical ring, the clip also prevents the ring from “winging out” away from the user and causing snags…. The SwitchBack is ready to work, straight out of the package, with any of the newer SureFire lights as well as several others.””My review sample of the SwitchBack Backup has found a permanent home on my tan EB2T as I really value the additional grip it provides…. Quite frankly, any owner of a SureFire EB1T or EB2T should give this product a look, even if they don’t plan to use their light for tactical purposes.”


Feature about our newly released SwitchBack Flashlight Rings at Soldier Systems on January 21, 2014:

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“Many of the original flashlight techniques developed by Ken Good and Dave Maynard are still relevant and we wanted a product that would work with their techniques in addition to newer methods of employment. Likewise, we have a lot of respect for instructors like Matt Graham who showed the community the benefits of additional retention features on flashlights. The SwitchBack™ builds off these techniques and enhancements, taking it to the next level of capability and durability.”-Chris Costa

Podcasts:

Practically Tactical

Practically Tactical Podcast 037, July 29, 2016. The Practically Tactical crew review the Thyrm Cell Vault and offer a sweet coupon code.

Practically Tactical Podcast: PTO 031, December 22, 2015, Nick and company revisit the Thyrm SwitchBack with a full interview with its inventor, Andrew, from Thyrm LLC.

 

Practically Tactical Podcast: PTS 021 – Sam from RangeTime and Nic from Weaponcraft, March 30, 2014. Enjoy a lot of humor and some commentary about everything from flashlights to rifles to loaders, and more, including Thyrm’s SwitchBack Flashlight Ring.

Videos:

I Want That! Reviews Video (November 4, 2016) about the Thyrm Cell Vault for varied storage needs.

Sage Dynamics Video (September 6, 2016) about the Thyrm SwitchBack, a ring that converts a flashlight into a flexible tool that can be used in all original ways plus the SwitchBack Technique, a relatively natural two-handed shooting grip.

Black Scout Survival Video about Cell Vault, including a recommended Survival Kit composed of supplies from Wazoo Survival Gear. August 20, 2016.

Video about the Thyrm Cell Vault, a Battery, Safety, or Survival Gear storage solution (January 19, 2016), also viewable at Vimeo:

Mil-Spec Monkey Video about the Thyrm Cell Vault with context for design motivation (February 17, 2016):

Gear Sight Video from 2016 SHOT Show featuring Scott Noble, introducing the Thyrm Cell Vault. January 26, 2016.

CBS Local News program Good Day Sacramento featured Gordon Gray of Gray Ops, talking about flashlights and low-light situations. Cambi Brown, the newscaster, likes the SureFire Fury sporting a SwitchBack Flashlight Ring the best. August 3, 2014: Good Morning Sac Gordon Gray Light Interview

Firelance Media Review of the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring, May 1, 2014.


Range Time TS provides an overview of the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring, March 28, 2014.

Mil-Spec Monkey Video about the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring with context for design motivation (February 6, 2014):

Costa SwitchBack Technique Video: Learn how easy it is to switch from a traditional flashlight grip to illuminating AND shooting with a traditional two-handed grip using the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring (January 28, 2014).


Mil-Spec Monkey Video about the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring with context for design motivation (February 6, 2014):

Installation Guide for SwitchBack Backup Assembly (February 8, 2014):


Installation Guide for SwitchBack Large Assembly (February 4, 2014):


Introducting the SwitchBack Flashlight Ring, designed in collaboration with Chris Costa, Costa Ludus (January 17, 2014):