Ripstop - Out of Fashion?

#1
I went to the QMs', this morning, to exchange my field jacket in a bid to smarten my appearance for the forthcoming remembrance service. The transaction was both fast and trouble free - which was disappointing.

At lunchtime I inspected my new, Irish made, Jacket Field Woodland Disruptively Patterned and found that it to be ripstop free.

Should I allow my cynicism to follow its natural course and presume that we are the victims of yet more penny pinching? Or

Should I now be flattered that, for the first time since 1979, I'm now at the forefront of military fashion?

I'll be cynical - it's easier.
 

maninblack

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#2
These things have started to appear on issue to some ACF staff as well, well, the five or so who get kit issued. I would imagine the idea is that they won't wear out at the collar and cuffs as quickly.
 
#3
Irish made? FFS are there not entire Chinese villages dependent upon our defence clothing contracts, think of the children!
 
#4
Dont worry the Irish have sub contracted to the Chinese according to an article in the Telegraph, a while back.

S_J

Wasn't it thinking of the children that got you in trouble, last time?
 
#5
the_Bat said:
Dont worry the Irish have sub contracted to the Chinese according to an article in the Telegraph, a while back.?
That explains why the Irish Army are wearing Soldier 95, albeit in their own 'flavour'

You know full well The_Bat that no witnesses ever spoke up against me
 
#8
Boys, Boys! People are listening 8O
 
#9
Ripstop never goes out of fashion.

Like corduroy, it's the textile that just keeps on giving... :D

And noise down, you lot - you don't want Miss Scaryspice on your cases - just ask Abacus and Antbloke. ;)
 
#10
Darth_Doctrinus said:
Ripstop never goes out of fashion.

Like corduroy, it's the textile that just keeps on giving... :D

And noise down, you lot - you don't want Miss Scaryspice on your cases - just ask Abacus and Antbloke. ;)
She's even more intimidating in the flesh D_D, believe me we know.
 
#12
strut_jack said:
Darth_Doctrinus said:
Ripstop never goes out of fashion.

Like corduroy, it's the textile that just keeps on giving... :D

And noise down, you lot - you don't want Miss Scaryspice on your cases - just ask Abacus and Antbloke. ;)
She's even more intimidating in the flesh D_D, believe me we know.
Sadly D_D - they do know....although of course it's not all true - I'm quite nice really.

Anyway Bat, I've always thought you were a true fashion trend-setter :D
 
#13
Darth_Doctrinus said:
Ripstop never goes out of fashion.

Like corduroy, it's the textile that just keeps on giving... :D

And noise down, you lot - you don't want Miss Scaryspice on your cases - just ask Abacus and Antbloke. ;)
Ah. A timeless material which will see out a whole new generation of Grandads (and Cavalry Officers :lol:)

And anyway, why would scary get on their case - its not like they were slagging off.....

"My coat?" "Why thank you... hang on, this isn't mine. Mine is the Ripstop one ;)"

Ghost
 
#14
So why's ripstop being phased out, if it was so good?

It's not a big issue to me, despite the column inches/cms (showing my age). However it's more likely to be about cost cutting as opposed to giving us the best kit for the job.

On the plus side there's now even less chance of 2 soldiers being dressed the same.

Hey, ho!
 
#15
Aren't the new smocks that are ripstop free windproof, like the new type thatw ere issued in desert DPM, but they've just come out in temperate pattern?
 
#17
So we can expect to see on EBay:

"One step away from being an sas smock replacement jacket"
 
#19
But isn't the sas smock its name and the artic windproof a diffrent garment with a wired hood ? Traditionally worn as large
as possible for that wearing my dads camoflage look team with a pair of luminous tropical combat trousers for the 80s look :lol:
 
#20
always it was a bit of a mad combination, artic top, tropical bottoms. there is some logic somewhere, but i cant find it. i thought the retro look was in.
 

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