I am an avid military surplus buyer, and have seen very few things that I would not recommend, but there are a few. I have never bought any foreign military surplus, so I can't tell you anything about it.What military surplus gear would you recommend and what's just a waste of money?
I get good deals on eq. But I put a lot of time into finding it. I have a fully loaded alice pack sitting in storage at my mothers condo, 2300 miles from here.
So...I've been replacing everything but some smaller items I brought here with me. I like Belleville boots. They break almost immediately for me. I get them free from my safety shoe allowance from work (got my Blackhawk Warrior Wear black ops boots that way too). They're tough and wear well. I also have a lot of Blackhawk items, some tactical tailor.
I like the new tactical packs. New hydration alternatives. New sleeping systems. ECWCS cold weather gear. I've had to remake a Ghillie.
Some of the current production surplus far surpasses some of the old gear I used in the 80's-90's. If you put some time into searching the web and ebay...you can find good deals.
I find some of the improvements to ergonomics to be far more user friendly than some of my older gear. I am long through the torso so no matter how I adjusted the alice pack, it never really found the comfort zone with me.ive not really looked at the newer stuff what stuff surpasses the old?and how?
I find some of the improvements to ergonomics to be far more user friendly than some of my older gear. I am long through the torso so no matter how I adjusted the alice pack, it never really found the comfort zone with me.
The newer hydration systems with the MSR in-line filtration and drink tube w/bite valve is much more convenient than my reach-around canteens (even though I still employ them).
The Modular sleep system far surpasses the extreme or intermittent cold sleeping systems for carry options. Old LBE systems replaced with molle vest, improvised belts, molle battle belts (Uncle Mikes manufactures a nice one).
Some materials used are lighter, more durable. There are a lot of manufactures contracting to the military with lighter, high-tech equipment.
I've always been a gear-head, and love it when the military opts for the faster ***** cat.
You know what, I think I do. I need some time (if I can ever quit digging holes in the sand) to put it to test on a good trek. But I had given up on the Y harness and gone back to the H because I prefered the fit and equal weight distribution.ahh i see yea i think the molle backpack i got is ALOT more comfortable :thumb:
do you like the vest better than the LBE? i havent tried a vest but it seem like it would be harder to bend/twist, low crawl or even get down low with all that stuff hanging off those vests right in the chest area. dosent it put all that weight on your shoulders?