When I were a lad (early 2000's) we got issued shíte gear, it was that simple. We cut about in assault boots, those temperate field jackets with the epaulettes on the shoulders, and turtleback bergens. To that end, we just had to buy kit if you wanted to be more comfortable and not look a complete nugget on exercise. There was a thriving market in kit that would up-ally you for a few sheckles. Top of the list to be seen in was a pair of jungle boots, Lowa hi-leg or the gold standard Danner or Matterhorn. A windproof SAS smock with taped buttons was fairly high on the list and a decent pair of tropical combats would make even the sweatiest Recy Mech swoon. Peak stoves, Hippo belts, chest rigs and COP vests were all must-haves. My questions are firstly, what were the must-haves when you old dogs were serving and secondly, what makes you ally nowadays?