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    Replica Polish Lavvu?

    Good news! It's nice to read that this great tents exist in new original production. I guess the newer ones are made in a better quality than the old ones. Surely worth the bit more money. Still incredible cheap! I own and used the eastern German NVA Zeltbahn /tent. That is a good version for 3...
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    Titanium Kidney Pot

    The swiss army uses a very similar mess kit for very long times. France developed a rectangular version. After WW2 the Red Army started to use a 100% copy of the Wehrmacht Mess Kit. (I think, they simply disassembled a few eastern German factories.) GDR develloped a cheaper but nearly identic...
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    Replica Polish Lavvu?

    No Idea. Please give us the link to your seller. So others can avoid that problem. Grüetzy and welcome to the forum! Räer in Hildesheim offers polish grade 1 tents (here called A/B) for 69 €. Links to the shop are not working for british users. I told it them several times, but they didn't...
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    Titanium Kidney Pot

    If they would have copied the original correctly I would have bought it. But not with that lid here, sorry! :O_O: Very funny that they think to be more intelligent than the German armies in the last 100 years...
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    Titanium Kidney Pot

    It's a pity that they didn't understand that the lid of the German mess kit is the eating plate or cup. The German mess tin has round about 1500 ml pot and 500 ml lid. That are sensible sizes...
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    Synthetic bags - brands

    I think both options are pretty similar in winter times. Identic materials stiched together by the same people. The Softy 15 Dicovery is lighter than the SF complete System which is easier to dry and which allowes a better heat regulation, because you can open just the outer bag. I use my...
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    Synthetic bags - brands

    The Special Forces system exists in a large version and an extra large version too. The adapter works as an expander if needed but the bags are relatively wide. The cut counts with an athletic professional soldier in winter clothing including boots inside the sleeping bags, so most people...
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    Hello from Estland!

    Hallo and welcome! I had a friend who grew up in Reval until the Molotov -Ribbentrop Pact forced his family to move to Germany. Decades later, as Estland became independent, he went home to Tallinn, where he died a few years ago. Together with the Finnish Boy Scouts he helped to reorganise...
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    Austrian mountain wool jumper

    Neck size Austrians count in Centimetres! I think, 17 is a special military sizing, 108 the civil size. On the German market I only found original Austrian army woolen jumpers. In the following link you find the price in € for the original new one. Why don't you write them an e-mail and ask...
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    Folding saw - cheap might not get much use

    I use the short Fiskars X tract because it is very light. An other interesting small option is the smaller Opinel saw. But for the beginning... Why not the Lidl saw? I think it will do the job.
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    Free Open University Courses.

    Great Idea!
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    Downsizing.

    Very nice! During the last two weeks I fitted out a small construction trailer. Currently sitting in it I slowly start to feel myself like a gypsy... ;)
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    Synthetic bags - brands

    The Snugpak Special Forces sleeping bag System is the better option in my opinion because it is constructed with the perfectly fitting very light bivvy bag and over all it is a very well working very universal idea and made in Britain on top! I use it since a couple of years very very often and...
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    Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

    Bushcraft Town ??? That here are german boy scout tents and (in this case a bit larger) bushcraft camps! ;) That are videos about larger meetings. Of course usually one group is hiking with only one tent for a couple of weeks, but sometimes they organise larger camps. In every of this tents...
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    Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

    Jurtenburg / Jurtendom The smaller Kohte with buttons at the bottom line allows a lot of different bigger tent constructions made from parts of (smaller) Kohte and the old German Quadratische Heeres Zeltbahn (165 x 165 cm square tent sheeds) which was in use in the German army during WW1...
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    Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

    Jurte (Yurt) With 6 tent sheeds of a small size Kohte (with buttons at the bottom line) german boy scouts usually construct a tent for round about 30 persons in the middle of the camp to come together. The side walls are made with 12 square tent sheeds "Quadratische Zeltbahn" 165 x165 cm (...
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    Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

    Lok (Lokomotive) Two parts of the Kohte, connected with the buttons of the usual bottom line, give you the two persons tent Lok. As you see, it is very aerodynamic (1 metre high) and fully enclosed. That is the mountain use version of that tent system. Because the Kröte of the Wanderkohte...
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    Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

    Kröte One part of the Kohte as one man tent One of the tent parts can be set up as a one man tent, here the small version: Especially for this one man tent construction the larger size of the Kohte, the Tortuga WANDERKOHTE is highly recommended for adult tall persons! That two men tent here...
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    Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

    Traditional German Boy Scout Tent Tortuga KOHTE I prefere to put shorter and lighter poles (like the wooden pegs made in the forest every evening) inside the Kohte, they are standing next to the stone circle around the fire in the middle of the tent and are pressing the spreading cross up...