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    Military Surplus gear

    The days of seeing only heavy wool cold weather clothing at your Army/Navy store are over. Today's military is being outfitted with performance clothing every bit as good (except maybe boots) as the expensive stuff. I checked materials on the tags of base layers and for eight dollars per piece, I can get tops and bottoms that are just as good as the fifty dollar base layers with big names.
    Just FYI.

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    I will have to check that out. I used to search for older military wool items because it was the best available at the time. Wool is known for being 'warm when wet' and to an extent that is true. The wool swells and blocks out wind. Those are pretty hard to find now and they don't make them to fit me after I got fat.

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    There is a vendor that normally sells the GI Issue polypropylene underwear for $5 a piece. I think that stuff does a great job keeping me warm, and it is light weight, so you don't feel like the michelin man when you go outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caliboose View Post
    I will have to check that out. I used to search for older military wool items because it was the best available at the time. Wool is known for being 'warm when wet' and to an extent that is true. The wool swells and blocks out wind. Those are pretty hard to find now and they don't make them to fit me after I got fat.
    Yep know that feeling! Just get 2 pairs and sew together. Thanks for the laugh

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    With Ft. Benning just across the river one would expect to find low prices on stuff, but that is not the case. It isn't new priced, but not far from it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom W. View Post
    With Ft. Benning just across the river one would expect to find low prices on stuff, but that is not the case. It isn't new priced, but not far from it.....
    If you live by an Army post like that, which I do, you will find a lot of those at the Goodwill stores around, just not this time of year. Go when it starts getting warm and it'll be there cheap. This time of year it doesn't stay on the racks long. I have quite a few sets of the stuff.

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    I got a pair of Mickey Mouse boots for 5 bucks at a yardsale a few years ago. Those things are amazing warm. The cold temps here don't get much below 20 normally. Only issue I've found is the air release knob is right in the way when setting cross legged while hunting. Least for me, it hits right on the ankle.

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    Mickey Mouse boots! How well I remember them. Ours were black, and had no air valve. Our socks were wool. You were o.k. in them for awhile, but if you moved around much your feet would sweat, socks get damp, and your feet were cold anyway. Just not as cold as without them.

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    I love military surplus. On time on hunting trip buddies expensive REI stove didn't function. I pulled out Swedish alcohol stove and saved the day. I bought 45 automatic leather holster in Misoula for 15 bucks, looked new. I found Swedish wool pants in Oregon, in man size. I have water bladders I use. Then I loved p38 can opener,one I used is 50 years old probably. Ponchos, and liner, framed backpacks.
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    I too wear a fair bit of army surplus. Actually had a buddy give me his wool lined parka and bib front lined pants (he claims they "shrunk"). He used to wear them when in a Canadian tank or APC. Hard to warm up 30 tons of frozen steel, so they dress for it instead. Between that and surplus wool sweaters, and couple pairs of combat boots, for summer and winter, I can be pretty comfortable.
    The army surplus mitts are hard to come by because all of the farmers and sledders up here snap them up at a fraction of the cost of big box store prices. Goofy fitting, but stupid warm

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