WebTex PLC Kit

What are your experiences of webtex plc type kit.

It is, in some cases ~50% cheaper than the PLCE/issued equivalent.

but how rugged, durable is it? Or is it liekly to collapse on your first tour? In aprticualr I am looking at it side pouches and Patrol style ruksack with zip on pockets, and their Medic Pouch.

Whislt on Op Telic, my driver had purchased a Webtex assualt vest. It did not seem to with stand the daily use like my PLCE vest especially as sticthing was concerned.

Any comments apprecited.

It doesn't seem to be as robust as issue kit. The lads in my platoon who had webtex vests on Telic seemed to have problems with stitching going and buckles breaking. It's also not IRR so you'll glow if anyone puts an IR lamp on you.
My Webtex burgen didnt even make it out of Brize without one of the buckles going, then another went as soon as I got into location. Bag of arrse the lot of it. Last thing I buy made by them.
How can you even think of buying Web-tex stuff? It's crap. Poor materials and workmanship. The non- IRR is the important bit.

Either beg, borrow or *cough* prof the issue stuff, or shop around mil surplus stores and ebay to find the pukka kit. Although if it's not issued to you, why do you need it? Surley the Army would issue it if you needed it? LOL.

If you have access to a unit with the gear, "someone" told me that you could buy trashed kit from surplus stores and exchange it for new stuff.............. :wink:


General Melchett said:
Although if it's not issued to you, why do you need it? Surley the Army would issue it if you neede it? LOL.
That'll be Silvermans out of business then :D
Medics side pouches, zip tends to go,if it's even vaguely full. However i'm on 2nd one and getting on fine with it. E-Bay do them from some place in S.Wales 27.99 plus p+p


War Hero
Jennie said:
I have ordered their med pouch (having seen several people recomend them on the site) and a Day sack with zippable side pouches...

May cancel that order If I can and oder a PLCe one (from silvemans if no one else can give me a web site.. tried looking but with out much success)

If you don't want to have to sell body organs to pay for silvermans kit, www.campshop.co.uk is pretty good. They have the Arktis daysack with zip side pouches and internal frame for less than the Webtex equivelant.
Right here goes, I know a little about the subject - I run a mail order and online sales outlet. We sell Arktis, Webtex, Highlander, CombatKit, Wyvern, BCB, and Survival Equipment from WoodlandOrganics.

Webtex - Improving, some of the items now have been IRR Treated, (Combat Assault Vest and Ultimax Bergan) the problem with the kit is now the clips (SR25), they break very easily, but can be replaced. - Equipment is produced in China

Arktis - Used to be very good, but they now make most of the equipment in China / Hong Kong - Same factory as Webtex! So a lot of the stuff looks the same, IRR treated equipment, and good clips - But you do pay more for the ARKTIS name.

Highlander - Made in China, IRR Treated Battlevest and Chest Rig, but in lower spec material they the others use (600 Denier Cordura rather then 1000)

CombatKit - Made in Poland, Design by ex Dutch Army, All their euipment is IRR and very well made, but you do have to pay a lot for it and most of its made to order and can take 6 weeks for delivery Have a look at their site www.combatkit.net

Wyvern - Made in the UK, IRR Treated, make the new issue Smocks in Ripstop and some good battlevests.

BCB - Have equipment for sale from lots of different sorces - But branded to them, made all over the world.

If you want a good Battlevest and you won't it to last get it from CombatKit, If you are local to Devon then purchase from Arktis, but check the quality first.

Webtex / BCB / Highlander - OK Kit and getting better, but not completly their yet

I have no direct knowledge to the quality of Webtex gear, although I do know a lot of cadets use it, this is not because it is the best, just that it is available.
And while it is very easy to knock the ACF, they are not little soldiers, they are teenagers enjoying themselves within an army framework.
As an ex gunner, and now an instructor, I feel it is important to not forget, that we get issued, bugger all kit, and the prospect of running around in 58 pattern webbing ( I kid you not! ) last used by myself over 20 years ago, is hardly appealing, hence most people go out and buy there own bits and pieces.
Now some may say this is waltish, and there are definitely cases of this, but if I am going to give up my free time to somehow get these youngsters on the right side of the tracks, I think having something that makes your life a little more comfortable is no bad thing.
I doubt there is anyone out there that has not at some time or other bought something to improve there lot in the field. even if this was a disposable lighter or bungees.
Having said all that if anybody or unit ever disposes of half decent kit, please think that somewhere an ACF unit could benefit.
Better than flogging it on ebay to some seriously strange people, living out some wierd latent fantasy.
webtex is SH1TE. Someone in my unit bought one of the extra large bergens from webtex which he promptly decided to fill to capacity in his naivety. buckle lasted about 2 miles on the insertion tab for a week long exercise. he had to struggle through.

also didnt have enough sense that you want to carry as little as possible not the maximum possible!

taught everyone else a valuable lesson - at least if you buy issue kit that stores wont issue...and it breaks, you can exchange it. if you buy civvy makes and it breaks you are going to have to sign for new stuff and pay!!! do you want to risk shelling out for stuff that breaks if youre on deployment, and then be forced to get new issue stuff anyway?

buy your own small items that make your life easier like cookers, camelbak or equiv, and of course boots if necessary!


Kit Reviewer
Tango34_UK said:

Webtex - Improving, some of the items now have been IRR Treated, (Combat Assault Vest and Ultimax Bergan) the problem with the kit is now the clips (SR25), they break very easily, but can be replaced. - Equipment is produced in China

Not quite accurate T34, Webtex/Thatchreed say that some of the kit is IRR, but to use the words of the chap that runs the joint,"Who'll know the difference ?"
Yes, he does have a letter from the Chinky factory claiming that it's IRR, but the Trade Description laws of the UK have bograll clout in PRC, so they could claim it's made of Kryptonite and still flog the usual tat.

Even their latest offering in "IRR" lit up like a protesting Buddhist monk when checked through various A/PNV.

I know there's a decent markup on this kit, but there's a reason it's so cheap in the first place - and it ain't just because of the sweatshop wages.
Cutaway - I understand where you are coming from! But if you check the factory they use, its the same one as Arktis and Highlander also use........

When purchasing none issue kit, its always worth checking the IRR, before you part with your money! Not always possible, but I agree you get what you pay for!

As for true IRR, issue kit is "normally" ok, but then again!

Wyvern, CombatKit and a few others seam to be ok. Arktis is fine when they make it in the UK, but when it is produced in the "factory" you can't always trust the IRR treatment. As a point of note, I have seperate IRR and None IRR areas on my site, for selling equipment. Its better to tell the truth in the long run



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manchestercop said:
www.rangemaster-products.com - Excellent kit, as im sure Cutaway will agree. They won't sell to you, the individual, direct so contact someone they will sell to or email them for your nearest retailer.
I believe this is the kit that will shortly be stocked in the ARRSE shop...

Please contact the BCO/GCO for details.

Go on PM them now - everyone - it might light a fire under them !
Web-tex kit is absolute shite!, how they can live with themselves selling poorly constucted kit to british service personel i don't know!, better you spend a bit more on proper kit than suffer later.

webtex good for cadets, **** for anyone else!

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