Just posted on the pro-boot thread which got my wee brain to thinking. (not that it does too much) I am serving with a home service battalion of the R Irish, much of whose AOR is urban, yet many of us have been routinely issued with pro-boots. Several of my "country cousins" have on more than one occasion expressed mild annoyance at this. Mainly due to the fact that while my tootsies are ensconsed in all their gortex-clad glory on a street corner somewhere, theirs are curling up with damp inside their assault boots in the middle of a boggy field. I have witnessed many other similar incidents over the years, in various climates and environments. Making do on deployment with the old-style combats, then discovering later the Regt Clerk had been issued with windproofs for the duration is one other. Somebody else is bound to have seen or experienced similar. The point I'm trying to make is that items of good kit, as issued are too few and far between. Are these examples "one-off's" or is there a general problem with the right people getting preference to the right kit?