If it has to be new, you're looking at Â£100.00 for a basic model, if you want a full-spec model with rank slides, knitted cuffs, extra pockets etc, you wont see much change out of Â£150.00 I'm afraid.
Good to see the army running along its usual sensible lines. If I'm reading this right what he is saying is 'yes, we agree. We could give you all windproof smocks which are better but then we'd get Mike Jackson and all the paras and booties getting shirty (excuse the pun) because they wouldnt be the only ones wearing gucci kit.'
Cheapest option is to get a hood sewn onto the issue CS95 Jacket. Avoid Knitted cuffs as you can't roll them up a couple of turns to aid cooling when doing phys in it. The issue jacket thus modded becomes a good piece of kit (As tours in NI and AACC will bear out) as the zip chest pockets are so usefull.
I notice the c95 smock comes with button holes which kind of suggests a hood is available, but the only hoods I can find are the older pre ripstop pre 95 variety with button holes ( the older smocks used to have button on the collar ISTR) anyone ever seen one ?
Yes, there is a ripstop hood available for the CS95 field jackets. Have seen so tis true. Try eBay. My issue with them is not the lack of a hood (which most will end up not using anyway but it's nice to have the option) but the comfort of the collar which tends to rub on the neck when worn long periods of time.
Cheers All, ended up going for Silvermans, at 90 notes for your trouble. Then saw John Bull... kick in the knackers!! Ordered from Silvermans across internet on Sunday, requested 10 day delivery (Â£3.99) and it turned up on the tuesday. Actually quite impressed.
Having just spent a very cold week on exercise and changing the thread slightly, what boots would people recommend. The search for the perfect boot goes on.