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Discussion in 'Group Buys' started by littlebiglane, Dec 12, 2009.
Would be great to receive it in time for Christmas!!
Talking to Kev at the Wilderness Gathering, he said he expects a production run of 50 to take place this autumn.
Don't tease me! I'm 15 on the list and would happily give my left nut for one of these!
Tom, I've pm'd you through your knife site about some supplies...
Not teasing. That's what he told me.
Treadlightly is right... Kev had a dsiplay version up at the wilderness gathering with a sign 'Arktis Mastino bush shirt'. Arktis will be doing the manufacturing so it's looking good.
Only thing about the display model is the blanket material seems lighter that my version but the build quality was very good
hmmm interesting i thought Arktis we getting their stuff made overseas these days?
Interesting. Didn't realise that was happening.
Also never noticed Kev's page on it dating back to July.
So will those of us that have been waiting on this group buy list since the start get first chance on this production run or will it just be going into the shop and on his website? If it just goes into the shop then I can see it flying out so it would be useful to know if we need to keep an eye on the shop and get it there quick. I assume if arktis are doing a production run of 50 there will be no options on this just a standard spec and just standard sizes rather than made to measure like the first few.
My impression from talking to Kev was that those on the waiting list would be given first refusal. He also said there would be a few choices available on spec. The display shirt has an open chest pocket and a kangaroo-style handwarmer pocket. Kev said there would be a few optional add-ons for a bit of extra dosh, so you could have a second chest pocket for instance or have the pockets with fastening flaps rather than being open. This was just a casual conversation mind, its best to check all this with Kev.
Excellent, the wait will be worth it I'm sure!!!
Good stuff. I'll keep my eye on this thread for more info in due course.
Woo Good news guys!!! It would be great after the long wait!
IF it happens I'll happily test it during my Arctic course next year.
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That's a bit of a shame Steve, how much lighter was it? I have plenty of wool tops, the thing that set this apart was the fact that it was made from the Dutch blanket. After seeing your coat I was really impressed. These are by far the best wool blankets I've got my hands on!
I'm just pleased that Kev has been able to find a workable solution. Even if they aren't up to quite the same standard as the bespoke originals, the manufacturer seems to have a good reputation.
Agreed, I'd prefer a wool bush shirt made from a good quality Dutch blanket as per original spec....
Would be useful to have it confirmed that Arktis are definitely being used as the manufacturer and no more hand made bush shirts will be made......
We will be able to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of this group buy in December!....given folks have displayed patience beyond of any reasonable saint....I do sincerely hope that after all this time folks are given the option to either have Endicots fulfill the order with a hand made shirt or go with an Arktis version.....
At this point I am even considering a request to just send me an A grade Dutch Army blanket and cutting pattern for the shirt.....it is coming up to a couple of annual Scout camping weekends and it would be great to have one of these as the weather turns.
Although I never got on to the original top 50 list (I was #52), for me, the price of this Arktis version would have to come in quite a bit below the original Swanndri bushshirt if the material is comparable to, or not much thicker than, the Swanny. Plus the Swanny weave is well known to be pretty waterproof; I'm not sure you can say that of wool blankets or wool of "unknown origin".
I'm not going to knock any materials used before I've seen them but I do believe the Dutch blankets are some of the finest I've ever seen so they set a high standard. Tom, even if you do get a Dutch blanket and cut it up you'll have one hell of a time sewing these things up! I did one with normal army blankets by hand, I wouldn't even begin to attempt it with my Dutch blanket, it's just too thick! They really are that good, hence my reason for wanting one of these so badly.
I'm sold and bow to your experience.
Let's hope we can obtain one of the Dutch army ones.
It was a good weight Chad but as I said it didn't feel the same as the Dutch blankets.
However, as I said what I saw was a display version and it may have been made out of a different blanket. I'm sure Kev will be following this thread and when it comes to the actual manufacturing he'll be in touch with everyone to explain exactly what's happening with regards materials etc.
One thing I know for sure is you won't be dissapointed with what you get