Are good for standing/laying still in. Get a bit warm if you are doing anything lively, certainly not recommended for section attacks. There are new 2006 models with reinforced sections on. Should pay around Â£50-60 for a new one, or less on ebay.
Yes well said chosen man spot on but they are good bit of kit & one id advise anybody to invest in, lot of infantry lads prefer them to buffalo's as they are more practicle but yes give them a go if not you can always flog it on to somebosy else on ebay, i swear by mine & have done for 9 odd years having had 4 different ones well useful in cold in bosnia & when it got a bit chilly in iraq.
I favour the snugpak at the moment definitely better in winter, not good for moving around in, ... the Buffallo wins hands down for that. Tend to use the Buffalo for cycling and summer time, the shower proof outer is very good. They are pricey though more that the snugpak Â£90 versus Â£60 ish.
Having said that, whilst watching rugby yesterday, snugpak was top.... I have had to by my wife one she kept using mine.
Depends on what your role is,.. one or the other is good, each have different strengths and weaknesses.. Both have lasted very well... and as you say there is always Ebay