Been Really Impressed (Or Not) By Something You Own?

Discussion in 'Military Clothing & Boots' started by Bad CO, May 19, 2011.

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  1. Bad CO

    Bad CO LE Admin Reviews Editor Gallery Guru

    Most people will have probably seen the ever-growing reviews section of the site. We're keen to add to this so if you've got a piece of gear that you think should be included in there then why not have a bash at writing it up. We hope you'll be honest and our only proviso is that it needs to be long enough (min 5-600 words) to be worth reading. Obviously if you could provide images then that would be great but its not essential.

    Once you've come up with something, all you need to do is create a new thread with the title 'Review of ....' and then send me a PM and I'll do the rest.

    Although most of the current items are privately purchased kit, we're also interested in issue kit, especially new stuff although it may be interesting to have a bit of nostalgia in there too!
  2. this thread has really taken off.......................
  3. Crusader cooking system - great piece of kit. Would write a review but it's pretty dull and the kit is relatively well known, TT should definitely stock this.
  4. Kit review: Barbour Northumbria jacket.

    Originally bought in 1984, I think--it's as old as my daughter anyway. It arrived by airmail while I was posted to Cyprus, so was a bit warm for daily use there, although it
    came in handy up at Troodos once or twice.

    It's the heaviest weight thornproof cloth that Barbour use; on the outside there are 2 large bellows pockets, each closed by a pair of brass studs/poppers, and 2 hand warmer
    pockets at chest level. The collar is corduroy lined, with studs underneath to attach an optional matching hood, in the same heavyweight material.

    Inside, there's a velcro closure wallet pocket one side, and a zip up map/hipflask pocket on the other, each about chest level. Lower down, on each side there's a large poacher
    pocket with a removable, washable nylon liner. The whole inside is lined in the usual Barbour tartan wool, although it's a different pattern to that in the lighter Barbours.

    Front closure is by a 2 way brass zip that, with the collar up, will reach chin level, plus a storm flap with brass press studs. Inside there are also press studs to attach an
    optional fleece liner/waistcoat.

    So what's it like in use? First up, it's bloody heavy, so not much cop for forced marching in. However, when the weather turns shitty, there's nothing better.
    Windproof, very. Waterproof? Among other trips, I once wore it on a sea fishing trip in the North Sea, 30 foot waves crashing over the charter boat, everyone else pissed wet
    through, while inside this coat I was dry and warm.

    It's seen active use in the depths of SLTA in winter, kept out the weather on game shoots in Germany and UK, had roe grallocked on it in the Lake District, and been used by
    the dog as a bed. Rather like its owner it is now a bit rough around the edges and niffs a bit.

    Those poachers pockets are handy for party goers, each has proved capable of holding 2 six packs of beer ( but the weight buggers your neck and shoulders), or scoff.

    Returning from a trip abroad, Calais customs (Frog variant) asked me to empty my pockets: 8 bottles of wine, 3 loaves, assorted lumps of cheese and pate, 40 Gauloise....
    "Is that a ******* magician's coat? Where's the rabbit?" asked (in French, of course) the officer. So I emptied the other pocket, he took umbrage and sent me on my way.
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  5. Worse piece of kit is a partner, they are ok for first 5 years and are hungry for sex. The next five years you become a **** according to them. After ten years they develop some type of lunacy and are only satisfied by shopping. In the end it's better to write a review of the dog as it shows more interest. Hope that helps.
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  6. OK: Review, Golden Retreiver.

    Quite possibly the stupidest creature on the planet. Cost a fortune to buy, especially if it comes with Kennel Club paperwork and a triple barrelled ludicrous name.

    "Golden" only if hosed down 5 times a day, but will immediately go and roll in the smelliest thing to hand.

    As for retreive, useless. The one I had was great at finding chocolate in anyone's coat, but the only time it found a pheasant was when it tripped over one.

    Will eat anything, including 3 square feet of partition wall if left alone for more than 20 seconds. Prone to obesity, bone idle, will run off and expect you to carry it back to the car, then eat the headrests off the back seat.

    Good with small children as it sleeps all day, even if the children sit on it. Will continue to sleep while a rat walks over it to raid the kitchen, then look at you funny when you kick its arrse.

    Prone too to leukaemia, huge vet bills to find out its got leukaemia, followed by even huger vet bill to cremate the twat.
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  7. Oscar, thanks for the excellent Barbour review. One thing caught my eye 1984? Any pics of your daughter?

    BTW the dog review, Shovel, RE, would have squared the last bill away in both respects.
  8. I bought a really good tiger! It ate my webbing and my jetboil but the big bastard makes tab! You know the age old saying "if you can out tab a tiger ....................."
  9. I've had these feet for 52 years now and they still don't let water in, marvelous!
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  10. Good : Boris webbing for price and service can't be beaten if you don't mind waiting
    Bad : most kit that come from china, when you buy stuff of Ebay thinking " that looks alright and the price is good " but it's not it's Tonk and will fall apart as soon as put it to work.
  11. guess not
  12. bates falcon boots

    I have been a fan of magnum for many years now and have slowly been losing faith with them. So i went for the bates falcon i have been simply impressed comfortable on the first time i put them on and only get better. The soles that look like mini studs on them give great grip and traction even in the thickest mud!!

    the leather is great and the non marking leather toe works great!

    my number one boot, i even rate these over some adidas gsg9 mk2 boots i just bought.
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  13. Come on man, don't keep us in suspense!
  14. Would reviews of foreign issue kit do, as they might fit certain climates?
  15. Second hand Buffalo shirt, bought a decade ago from a comrade who had, cough, outgrown it. It's still going strong and has proved hardwearing, warm and comfortable. However, the original owner has recently 'got fitness' and may want it back.

    Tapped in morse code on the radiator.
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