Your thoughts on civilians wearing military/tactical gear?

Airblade

Clanker
To clarify I don't mean walts pretending they've served and wearing medals they haven't earned. I just mean people wearing tactical/combat trousers, or gear from surplus stores. I wear a pair of 5.11's in daily life, and had a couple of comments asking if I was a police officer or in armed forces. I set the record straight, explaining I just find them convenient for the number of pockets and they feel quite comfortable when worn in. But I wonder if this is "looked down on" or seen as something to be discouraged by military types?
 
People can wear what they want, especially if it’s civilian clothing.
Although 2002 called and it wants its fashionable combats back.
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
How original. How on earth has this not been discussed on here before?
 
To clarify I don't mean walts pretending they've served and wearing medals they haven't earned. I just mean people wearing tactical/combat trousers, or gear from surplus stores. I wear a pair of 5.11's in daily life, and had a couple of comments asking if I was a police officer or in armed forces. I set the record straight, explaining I just find them convenient for the number of pockets and they feel quite comfortable when worn in. But I wonder if this is "looked down on" or seen as something to be discouraged by military types?
Wear what you want ,I usually wear a Tricorne for trips to the supermarket but I was never a Redcoat.
 

964ST

LE
To clarify I don't mean walts pretending they've served and wearing medals they haven't earned. I just mean people wearing tactical/combat trousers, or gear from surplus stores. I wear a pair of 5.11's in daily life, and had a couple of comments asking if I was a police officer or in armed forces. I set the record straight, explaining I just find them convenient for the number of pockets and they feel quite comfortable when worn in. But I wonder if this is "looked down on" or seen as something to be discouraged by military types?
„Arrseless chaps“ if you get jumped „do not push back!“

Not my bag baby! But it Takes allsorts

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Slime

LE
How original. How on earth has this not been discussed on here before?

Maybe it’s because the original thread was about cammo gear…………….

Even I’m not bad enough to suggest why Airblade didn't see it.
 

Chef

LE
I still use Boxhead shirts for work. The original green ones rather than the flecktarn stuff.

Seems to puzzle eastern Europeans who abound round our neck of the woods.
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
DPM and leather is ok. DPM and DPM is seriously gay. Not up to date on which modern paterns count as seriously gay.


Not as gay as leather and leather.

Especially if the leather is the previously mentioned chaps, or a hat with a chain.
 
The thing (for civvies) about surplus or tactical type gear is to mix it with obviously civilian gear, hoody, jeans or trainers, or in my case waxed jacket - all over camo top to toe is just naff, like double denim.
Not least because it might lead to embarrassing questions like "Are you a soldier?" "Err, no just a twot."
Personally I like ripstop trousers (pants) for general outdoor work or even just dog walking, the thornproof aspect and big pockets. (I do look like badly wrapped parcel mind you.)
 
Pattern 58 webbing is dashed useful for bimbling round the shops with the memsahib. One can stow ones pipe and matches and all manner of accoutrements about one for those times when she's trying on hats or something and one is in need of diversion.
 
I still use Boxhead shirts for work. The original green ones rather than the flecktarn stuff.

Seems to puzzle eastern Europeans who abound round our neck of the woods.
Used to buy them at a quid or two each, and dye them black.
Hard wearing, comfortable, and the right sized pockets.
And those parkas with removable liners were the dogs danglies for the cold.
 
A trendy young lady in ASDA in a tailored DPM trouser suit, holding her young daughters hand, also in a DPM jacket and trousers, very bizarre.
I am noticing that more and more young people wearing camo jackets and cargo pocket ex militery gear, i fail to see the attraction, i could not get out of the bloody things quick enough. I used my reserve /call up stuff for work on construction sites, until it fell to pieces. :)
 

TamH70

MIA
I wear my Flecktarn gore-tex analogue Bundeswehr trousers over my joggers when it's wet, cold, and otherwise miserable up here, which is most of the autumn and winter. You can pry them from me from my cold dead fingers. What I particularly like about them is the attached elastic braces, which stops the things from falling down - a fault I found with my otherwise nice Dutch DPM ones.
 
Bloody students wearing decent ex-Army issue gear that I never got issued.
 

Krelsea

Old-Salt
A trendy young lady in ASDA in a tailored DPM trouser suit, holding her young daughters hand, also in a DPM jacket and trousers, very bizarre.
I am noticing that more and more young people wearing camo jackets and cargo pocket ex militery gear, i fail to see the attraction, i could not get out of the bloody things quick enough. I used my reserve /call up stuff for work on construction sites, until it fell to pieces. :)
Price, comfort and manufacture quality I suspect. Also camo patterns are forever in and out of fashion trends so they are something you can buy once and when worn without hammering them last forever.
 

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