Kit you have purchased and are using

Everyone seems to be banging on about how much they have spent on kit.

So: what have you actually purchased and are using?

1x Gas Stove (£20)
1x Arktis Chest Rig (£10 ebay)
Miscellaneous stationery (£10)
Nirex Folders (£20)
Other bits and pieces (small carabiners, black insulating tape, wetpruf kiwi, simple wet wipes £15)
DPM Day sack from Dubora (£65)
Maglite (£10)
Metal Mug (Silverman's £8)

Hippo pad
Gas stove
Bush hat
Mini Maglight
Day sack
Poncho liner
Montane extreme smock

Edited to add
Folding kip mat.
Surfing shoes
Bergan liner
Extra waterbottle pouch
Extra waterbottle
Lightweight summer boots (Le Bock)
Map case
Waterproof notebook
Extra set of combats (only issued one set!)

There's loads more so I'll probably edit it again later.
In smock or webbing:

Metal mug and stand (crusader) £12

Lots of Trioxane tablets £10

Lots of Greenheat gel in 500ml or 1000ml bottles or 200ml tubes, but never those pointless little sachets £10

(Summer only) Cool water gel neck scarf (Brilliant and only £3.50!)

Gerber recon torch £11

Pocket knife with built in flint and steel £15

US Infantry whistle (Very loud) £2

racing spoon (non-skiffed!) £0.79p

Bergan stuff:

Bundeswehr folding mat £4

US Airbed, rubber inflatable (fab super comfy bit of kit from Vietnam era, sadly very, very hard to come by, and those self inflating mats are poor by comparison) £6 ish 20+ years ago

US 2 quart waterbottle and cover (goes in Bergan) £13-14?

DPM Goretex Bivi bag, new £30

Snugpak softie Merlin 3 and expander panel £64

(Winter only: 1lt S/Steel thermos) £10

The above is what I consider essential for comfort, with minimum bulk or weight. I've just realised how much of it has had to be bought, but at least I know I paid rock bottom for it courtesy of the internet and e-bay.(£200 approx) As a CFAV, we are scaled for 2 fifths of fück all anyway, so we have to pay for it ourselves.


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I couldn't stand the cheap crap biro that Banner supplied. So I bought a Pilot P-500. It's the daddy of all extra fine point pens...
"Lots of Greenheat gel in 500ml or 1000ml bottles or 200ml tubes, but never those pointless little sachets £10"

Where can you get the bottles from ?
softie sleeping bag/extreme smock/led torch & headlamp/german army issue mountain boots/karrimor daysack/gerber multitool/nyrex orders book/waterproof notebook and cover/thorlo socks/gs shovel/hh baselayer/peak stove & fuel/bungees/drybags/karabiners/washing&shaving kit/housewife/boot cleaning kit/tent pegs/platypus waterbottle/inflatable roll mat/chest rig.
Snug pak rocket pack ,softie jacket ,softie 9 ,canoe bags ,various bits of webbing , helly hansen lifa top,zoot suit top ,alladin mug,Antartica shirt like a norgie only wool polyester mix .leatherman,crkt knife ,Jet boil .
metal mug .
I have just been issued a full issue of desert kit from man at Q&M and I have to say I am now pushed to think of anything to spend my hard-earned on! How times have changed.
SASS Hip pad
Roll pin belt
Windproof smock
Altberg Defender Microlite Boots
Daysack canoe bag
Arktis patrol pack
Helly Hansen Lifa
Softie 9 Sleeping bag
Softie Shirt
Metal mug

Hmm probably some more that i will remember later on.
Gas stove
Mini Maglight
Day sack
Daysack liner
Softie 9 sleeping bag
Extreme smock
Nyrex orders book
Waterproof notebook and cover
Helly Hansen baselayer
Washing&shaving kit
Tent pegs & Bivvy pole
Chest rig
Various webbing pouches
Everything I use in the field except my weapon, bergen and bivi bag!

Vanguard daysack
Altberg boots (summer)
Hanwag boots (winter) with Gore Tex gaiters
Roll pin belt and most of the pouches on it.
Bush hat
Windproof smock
Exped dry bags
Metal mug
Plastic spoon
Gerber Recon
Lumo colours
Waterproof pad
Head torch with red filter

I'd add more but thinking of the money I've spent is starting to upset me...
Windproof Smock
Arctic Smock
Lowa Boots
Several Webtex Webbing pouches + padding
Softie Jacket
Sealskinz gloves
Oakley goggles
Floprene balaclava - excellent for driving armour when its raining
Jack Flask - keeps brew warm for like 6 hours, cant remember the name
And a crappy non issue daysack - does anyone actually use those crappy bergan side pouches as a daysack???
Sealskinz gloves.
Smelly Hansen base layer.
Snugpak rocket pak ( awesome bit of kit......its like the fookin tardis!! )
Softie shirt.
One of them metal mug thingummybobs with no handles......Fits nice in smock pocket/webbing ammo pouch.
Windproof smock.
Hanwag boots.
Silk doss bag liner.....( One of the best bits of kit i've purchased! )
Hip flask.......large........ I never deploy without it.!!

Then the usual bits of kit....Maglite, Nirex folder, Non issue beret etc etc.
(1) Soft bog roll.
(2) Wooden spoon.
(3) Extra magazine pouches....

softee jacket/ shemagh/ sealskinz gloves/ yeti gaiters(best buy ever made!)/ helly hansen lifa top/ new issue smock (from e-bay,our clothing store has a " not below the rank of brigadier" type issue policy!)/ cool max socks. Might have more but can't remember at the moment. Oh,nearly forgot, got presented with a pair of Lowa's off the mess as a leaving gift today!

Misc stuff:

Bergan liner/ nirex folder x2/ maglite/ roll pin belt/ chest rig (old issue type)/ metal mug/ various flasks/ gas cooker/ wash & shave kit/ housewife/ first aid kit/bivi-poles/ goretex covered, folding roll mat.
This is starting to scare me, with just how much shite I've had to buy myself just to keep comfy. I didn't think I'd bought much kit!! At least £300+ worth of kit,I'd say. 8O
Shemagh's are possibly the most awesome arab invention ever - NOT ONLY do they cover you nicely, they can also be used as a table cloth in the field!

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