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  1. MikeLA

    Entry Level Machetes - Other Makes

    I too have a Martindale and like it but anything from Condor should do you I would think.
  2. MikeLA

    Austrian mountain wool jumper

    Found out definitely a large like mentioned above and long length.
  3. MikeLA

    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    Not a one position sleeper even outdoors toss and turn so the amount of times in the past I’ve tried to get out of a side zip sleeping bag especially mummy type a and first struggle to find the zip end or once found snagged it while opening must have done that maybe 100’s of times. Discovered...
  4. MikeLA

    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    Yeah I know fibre pile is good and so is down. To me I don’t care how bulky the bag or heavy. Sleep is important and I want to stay dry I like down but have been damp in so many down bags in the past. If I could find a centre zip down bag that would be 100 % great my trips these days are no...
  5. MikeLA

    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    Ah but what about fibre pile beats them both eh
  6. MikeLA

    Are we buying more or less stuff?

    Over the last few years I’ve realised how much kit and junk I have bought and always gone back to using or reading my favourites. So I have gradually and still doing got rid of clothing , pans, knives, anything that I have not used for over a year. We all probably bought loads of books which...
  7. MikeLA

    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    Didnt like the side zips and felt a little cramped in it. Like a centre zip and room to turn .
  8. MikeLA

    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    I’ve gone the opposite away from 800 skyhigh back to the arctic issue
  9. MikeLA

    Austrian mountain wool jumper

    Thank you label was on the neck thought it was a strange number 17/108
  10. MikeLA

    Austrian mountain wool jumper

    I acquired a while ago one of these with the label Brenner Mollersdorf 1984. Size if reading right 17/108 anybody know what size this would be and if it’s an original not a copy.
  11. MikeLA

    Cheap Casio Analogue Watch

    Anybody in the armed forces will buy a cheap Casio watch and they will last everything they do. I bought a similar priced Casio £10 from Argos for holiday not wanting an expensive watch to be lost, stolen or covered in sun cream. best thing it has a 10 year battery life. I don’t care what...
  12. MikeLA

    The String Vest revisited… Fishnet Mesh Underwear

    For a Brynje. What size would you get for a 46” chest. XL or XXL
  13. MikeLA

    Cleaning sleeping bags

    The 90 pattern was synthetic so after an air, a good wash - just remembered I used to be that unwashed sweaty squaddie definitely need a wash then.
  14. MikeLA

    Cleaning sleeping bags

    Thanks will check for tears and air out on the line first, see how it goes and see if it then needs a wash.
  15. MikeLA

    Cleaning sleeping bags

    Whats the best method to clean a 95 pattern british army sleeping bag. Bought a surplus one been wanting to replace my others for this bomb proof one for years.
  16. MikeLA

    SNUGPAK sleeping bags...

    Not those but own a merlin summer bag and the centre zip combo’s and they are my go to sleeping bags, even got rid of an alpkit 800 because of the bulk preferring my snugpaks.
  17. MikeLA

    Downsizing.

    Hours of fun and enjoyment, beautiful work. Well done !
  18. MikeLA

    Mr Mears on the News

    Glad things have moved on enjoying Ed stafford shows, faster paced suits me
  19. MikeLA

    The String Vest revisited… Fishnet Mesh Underwear

    In the 1980’s the British army issued an airtex vest for under tropical shirts certainly can vouch for their worthiness in temperatures of 130 F. Don’t know if they are still on issue surprised if not as they were invaluable for protecting you skin from being burnt by the heat of your shirt and...
  20. MikeLA

    Cooking repeatedly from food tins

    More thinking of cooking food out of the tin, if I didn’t not have a pot ! Or re-using it to boil water if ever needed. Not that I would use it that way “ But asking if possible and safe to do so.