I had deliberately pushed this - and a load of other good things we had planned - to the back of my mind. Then I got a calendar reminder this morning. . Still, got to keep positive. Hope everyone is doing ok, and hopefully we'll all catch up next year .
BPL Duo tarp
This has been my go-to tarp for maybe 8 years (? I can't quite remember). I've picked up a few little cuts on it over the years, but all my Tenacious Tape repairs have held fine. It's been great - plenty of loops - and I'd buy another in a shot.
I've used neatsfoot oil a couple of times on the leather on mine and I can't say I've noticed significant darkening. It did remedy an annoying squeak from the harness bit and make it all a bit more supple, so seemed to work okay for me.
Thanks for that Mowmow. I know what you mean about the Russian stuff and that appeals to me too. In fact I only just managed to hold off buying a veshmeshok on eBay the other day; maybe I should just have gone for it!
Out of interest, is there any particular model of gorka you'd go for?
I'm now thinking about getting a shovel of this type. I know it doesn't really matter, but I get put off by stuff with 'special forces' branding. Has anyone has tried an ordinary, Russian army surplus shovel?