Ripstop CS95...

Seen and heard about new ripstop CS95 shirts and trousers. What's happening with these then? Who will get them and when? Are they replacing the thinner version or will some or all still have both?

Also in Pirbright about a year ago I saw new recruits wearing some kind of magnum boot that they said were being trialled. What happened about them?

Just curious.
Found some of this stuff in a army surplus place. Checked the labels and everything and it looks like the real deal. The bloke who runs the place said they've been stocking it since C95 started getting issued. Why haven't we been issued ripstop uniform to date? Is it cost? Does anyone know if the fabric goes all bobbly after a while a la issue field jacket? The stuff the yanks get doesn't seem to do that. Any septics feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
We've been getting it for years - you have to be in south armagh though! Apparently this is the only place you need it. And yes it does go all bobbely when washed.
eBay auctions have loads of new C95 rip-stop items
Had the rip stop bottoms in S Armagh, they were much better than the normal CS95 bottoms.

Had to had them back though for some other poor sod to sweat there nads off in a swamp in sunny S Armagh.

What ever happened to CS 2000?

probably end up like the SA80.... they'll take it off us, give it back the same and tell us its mega!

Bring back red tunics!!!!
doghead said:
Bring back red tunics!!!!
You first. I'll follow behind, maybe a couple of km.

I've seen the CS2000 smock and it is very smart, in the style of the 'sass' smock everyone seems to love. Having said that, the bloke wearing it didn't get issued it, he 'acquired' it. Presumably the rest of CS2000 is ripstop material?

It's 0458 on a Monday morning and I have nothing better to do before anyone wonders why I care so much.
Its just a bit odd that CS 2000 seems to be dribblin out, normally at least a full unit will have it then more and more after that?
Maybe Iraq put it all on hold??

What about CS 2005?


Its 0504 on a monday morning i'd love to be doing something else!!
CS 2000 Jackets have been on eBay as welll
RCSignals said:
eBay auctions have loads of new C95 rip-stop items
Don't see why we should have to go on E-bay to get some!! :evil:
Empire said:
We've been getting it for years - you have to be in south armagh though! Apparently this is the only place you need it. And yes it does go all bobbely when washed.
(Yet another sad spotter moment)

...and the reason is that you didn't read the washing instructions, and washed it at too high a setting in the washing machine / dried it too hot in the tumble dryer / ironed it too hot with the steam iron (remember the green smear on the base of the iron from ironing lightweight trousers?)

At a guess .... the "ripstop" threads are a different material; shrinks at a different rate when enough heat is applied; ripstop lines shrink more than the rest of the material, hence the bobbling effect.

...another explanation is that it's all the same material, it's just that because the ripstop lines are set at a different angle to the rest of the weave, when it all shrinks, those lines twist the fabric slightly to make it bobble.
Just so you don't make any mistakes on Ebay......

Thatchreed (Also known as WEBTEX!!!!!) make what they call a Soldier 2000 Trouser, Shirt and Jacket........

........... A Lot of sellers have this stuff on EBay.

And Thatchreed / Webtex put NSN Numbers in their clothing to make it look issue........

Always ask the seller who made the item, if the seller purchased it from either Thatchreed, Highlander, Webtex then there is a good chance it won't even last until you get out of your bed space, let alown survive Operations or Exercise's.

I seem to remember when CS95 was being trialed that the combat trousers, as well as the jackets we eventually got issued were of the ripstop variety. The trousers did not make it (to us anyway). Then again I remember the hood that was supposed to be issued and the leather overjerkin type thing for engineers and techs etc, neither of which I ever saw anywhere else other than surplus stores.

Mr Happy

6 Bn AngleIrons had a Plt Cmdr who worked at Scallymead (SP???) and he came in one day with all the gear for an ex., including a Kevlar helmet rather than that GRP thing we all have. Anyway, ripstop trousers and jacket were there and this was circa 1991 - glad to see the procurement Flash to Bang time is still counting.

If I recall, the main motivator for not issueing them is cost vs. actual requirement (e.g. for 12 months concentrated ops in a difficult to re-supply third world war they were foreseeable but now our 'day trip to the theater' has replaced all that.


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