Tips for a newby on equipment

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by Jessop, Sep 2, 2012.

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  1. Arrse Users,

    I have only recently passed out of Basic and now that I have a bit of money I want to invest in some personal equipment so that when i'm out in the field or back in barracks life becomes a little easier.

    I was wondering if you guys/girls could suggest some equipment worth investing in.

    I have already considered buying the following:

    Personal Webbing
    Personal Burgeon
    Mini Towels
    Gas Stove

    I understand I will have to carry whatever I want to take out with me but I just want some suggestions from people who have much more experience than me.


  2. Personal burgeon, classic!
  3. Softie Jacket or a Buffalo Jacket.
  4. Buffalo kit is also a thing you only buy once.
  5. Any PLCE/Webbing check with Boris on here you'll find some of his stuff in the reviews section, can't speak highly enough of it.
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  6. Caecilius

    Caecilius LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Seconded. He is also cheaper than JayJay's/Dixies and with higher quality gear.
  7. If your Inf then look at buying a decent set(dragon supplies and a few others do great webbing), if not Inf then forget buying webbing and a bergan, the MTP stuff will be issued by next year.

    A must would be a jet boil and a decent rab or softie jacket(dont buy cheap ones) my sasquatch jacket had done me well for years.
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  8. I would avoid a Rab, not because they are no good as they are indeed great in dry cold, I have an Alpkit down jacket myself which is very similar, they just don't take well to getting piss wet through.
  9. Don't buy anything to wear! All, the stuff you will need gets issued - particularly if you go on a tour.

    If you absolutely have to spend cash, a Coleman cooker. Webbing, up to you. Bergen mods make life easier but not life changing.

    Get Pax.
  10. Jet boil is a must.
  11. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Xbox and big screen Samsung ftw!!
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  12. A softie/buffalo jacket, softie gonk bag, good boots, gas cooker and lots of porn and beer.
  13. That's what I thought about softie jackets.

    Then some twat stole mine.
  14. Is it ?

    Softie Vs Buffalo Vs Keela if in doubt see what you are issued then ask your troop Cpl or Sjt what they reccomend.
    Black bag for deployment contains kit that saves you spending money. head torch multi tool travel towell and of course mr Jack flask.

    Boots are your best sole source of comfort, with the change to brown Altbergs are worth the money as are Hanwags. Hold off until asking, nothing like wasting money when issued something similar.

    e+lite is worth buying though.