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    Olive green gabardine SAS smock

    Is there a database for CG numbers? (whatever those are)
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    Olive green gabardine SAS smock

    Ok, thanks. That's what I thought, too, that the Canadian style buttons might point towards relatively recent manufacture.
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    Olive green gabardine SAS smock

    This is what it looks like.
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    Olive green gabardine SAS smock

    Thanks for the info. Incredible that it could be that old. It's in very good condition.
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    Olive green gabardine SAS smock

    Hi, I happened to score an olive green gabardine SAS smock in new condition on Ebay. From reading some UK military forums, I came to the understanding that these are very rare. I've certainly never before seen one for sale. The DPM and desert ones are extremely abundant in gabardine, while the...
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    Wanted Ventile cotton cap

    This one doesn't look bad but as a spectacle wearer, I do need a longer peak. Some of the ones with a proper peak, have a manufacturers logo or something else embroidered. That I don't want.
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    Wanted Ventile cotton cap

    As the title says, I'd like to find a cap made of ventile cotton. Preferably olive/grey/black color and a size that fits a pretty big male head. The retail ones available at the moment don't really fancy me.
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    Is it possible to make a fabric more breathable?

    None of the gore-tex fabrics or other membrane fabrics work in real use. That is right: none. Move in them and you are drowned in internal moisture. They have several other very negative qualities too. I used and tried different membrane garments for over 25 years, never satisfied, until I...
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    Willis & Geiger bush poplin garments

    I would say that the fabric was almost certainly ventile cotton. That indeed was the fabric developed and used by the British military. They still use it in certain applications. Whereas the bush poplin cotton developed and used by Willis & Geiger was used in the US (also by the US military)...
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    Willis & Geiger bush poplin garments

    I am surprised that these are not talked about or known here. Like at all. W & G was one of the true premium makers, i.e. emphasis was on quality. They outfitted a large number of expeditions, safaris and similar stuff in the 20th century...
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    Ecologically reasonable insulated Jacket

    I recently bought a used (but in extremely good condition) Willis & Geiger down jacket. The outer is made from their proprietary bush poplin, which is an extremely tight weave cotton fabric, made from long strand cotton. No synthetics in the entire garment and it is extremely comfy & warm and...
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    Sources for good quality cotton gabardine and ventile fabrics?

    Perhaps one of the stores mentioned in the messages above could order it if requested?
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    Kuksa Wood

    It seems you know your Nordic neighbours and their habits :biggrin: A vodka type alcohol probably does not work because they are not that flavour rich. I would use Jura Prophecy, it is my personal favourite among good single malts :-) By the way Janne, Koskenkorva is actually made in the...
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    Sources for good quality cotton gabardine and ventile fabrics?

    I did find out that Stotz Twill (bottom of page: https://stotzfabrics.ch/en/outdoorfabrics/ ) is actually the classic gabardine used in the British army smocks! Here's what I wrote to Stotz: "I was on Stotz website reading about your Twill fabric which is listed alongside the EtaProof...
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    Sources for good quality cotton gabardine and ventile fabrics?

    Billy-O, yes, I have noticed a similar trend. Ventile seems to be slowly gaining popularity among the fashion community. Perhaps gabardine availability will also get better. Erbswurst, is the Tencate fabric similar to gabardine, i.e. completely windproof and rain resistant? I have never heard...
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    HILLTREK VENTILE

    Great minds think alike :) Me too, no more membrane jackets. I've also completely ditched fleece in favor of merino. It feels better and performs better too. Another large minus regarding both membrane and fleece garments is that they are so unfriendly to the environment. Both in terms of using...
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    Sources for good quality cotton gabardine and ventile fabrics?

    Thanks guys, those tips cover ventile nicely. There's a local store here, Shelby, that has cordura fabrics etc. for sleeves and hem: https://www.shelbyoutdoor.com/?cPath=402_22 Leaky5, is that place still selling gabardine? If I obtain a sample and it seems like the right stuff, I may buy some...
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    HILLTREK VENTILE

    Ventile is way better than any membrane stuff. I've been let down by membrane garments in more ways than I care to count. Courses for horses of course but for my uses membranes are rubbish. I'll be interested to hear about this new Hilltrek.
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    Kuksa Wood

    Perhaps alder? Although spalted birch of course is the traditional one. I do not think spruce or pine would work at all. When the Kuksa is ready you need to offer it a drink first :) That is, quality cognaq or single malt whiskey sitting in it over a night or a bit longer. It will sink in nicely.
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    Sources for good quality cotton gabardine and ventile fabrics?

    Hi people, I am considering making some DIY garments, a simple shirt in ventile fabric and simple trousers in ventile, trousers in gabardine cotton. I mean the type of windproof cotton gabardine that was used in the proper windproof smocks of the British army. Are there sources for good...