Army Surplus Goretex

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malley

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Nov 17, 2008
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Haven't used Goretex for years, but decided I need something waterproof. In a tight budget, so looking at threads here and ended up looking at Norwegian/Swedish/Canadian forces jackets.

None in XL at the moment, so looking if any of you have experience of the above? The Canadian 3 layer system appeals but has very mixed reviews?

I have googled the above, just always interested in the BCUK views.

Thanks in advance.
 

mrcharly

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Jan 25, 2011
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I think you'll struggle not to find any in camo.

Flecktarn pattern is easier on the eye and somehow doesn't look completely 'military'. I had a german flecktarn jacket and salopettes. Great gear, fitted over anything (salopettes had zip on bottom so they could be put over boots). Lasted for years of extreme abuse.
 

malley

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Thanks for those. There are non-camo versions from Austria/Canada/Norway, but, as you say, they are hard to find!

The fleck tarn does look more subtle than some patterns. I'll have a look at those, too.

Cheers.
 

Philster

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Check out the RAF foul weather jackets - blue, 3/4 length, very nicely made and some come with a liner. I bought an unissued one for £25 and it is lovely - go for slightly bigger than you normally would as they are smaller than the Army ones.
 

MikeLA

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Check out the RAF foul weather jackets - blue, 3/4 length, very nicely made and some come with a liner. I bought an unissued one for £25 and it is lovely - go for slightly bigger than you normally would as they are smaller than the Army ones.

+1 for these bought one years ago they were modelled on the old berghaus Lightning Waterproof I believe
 

swotty

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Austrian mountain troop goretex is what you're wanting just Google usually about £40.
Great jacket but for weight and packability I think the British DPM one is the best, just a shame it's camo!
 

malley

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Austrian mountain troop goretex is what you're wanting just Google usually about £40.
Great jacket but for weight and packability I think the British DPM one is the best, just a shame it's camo!

Swotty - yup. That's the fella. Can't find an XL one for sale. They look just the ticket especially for the money. You own one?

Cheers.
 

swotty

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Swotty - yup. That's the fella. Can't find an XL one for sale. They look just the ticket especially for the money. You own one?

Cheers.

Yes, I've had one a few years, good heavy duty jacket. Remember these are on the large side anyway to fit over winter clothing so a large might be sufficient?
 

malley

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Arrived yesterday. Brilliant!!
Didn't get around to buying some reproofing, so off to the moot as is. Great quality. The material is certainly as good as my last high-end montane.

Many thanks for the guidance.

Surplus and Outdoors were spot on, too.
 

swotty

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It says 'unlined' can you buy an inner for it?

Don't think so, it's a shell as are most military goretex jackets. There is an M65 style Austrian jacket that is goretex lined....as of yesterday I am the proud owner of one and jolly nice it is too!
 

decorum

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There is an M65 style Austrian jacket that is goretex lined....as of yesterday I am the proud owner of one and jolly nice it is too!

A good jacket ~ a nice high collar which has been _very_ useful the past few days or so :approve: . Toasty warm when augmented by a Dachstein wooly-pully* ;)

* Until you move, then it's _toasty[SUP]4[/SUP]_! :eek: :yikes: .
 

Tommyd345

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Mine arrived today, didn't really look at the size just whacked it on the biggest. Turns out it ain't big enough! Seems like really good jacket, pretty sad it doesn't fit!
 

Asa Samuel

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Check out the RAF foul weather jackets - blue, 3/4 length, very nicely made and some come with a liner. I bought an unissued one for £25 and it is lovely - go for slightly bigger than you normally would as they are smaller than the Army ones.

I just got one of these unissued on ebay from your advice and it's a great jacket. I'm 5' 11" and 40" chest so I went for the 180/100 size, and I probably could have gone a bit smaller - maybe a 170/96 if I could find it as there is plenty of room for layers underneath but I would prefer a little snugger fit. The length is good because it covers your trouser pockets so your wallet doesn't get wet. I always wear a waterproof hat at work so having no hood is no problem for me at all. I did see that Denbigh sell some with a goretex hood they added themselves, a little pricier than the standard but if you need a hood could be worth it.

Very comfortable material as well - I didn't get too hot even while doing some pretty intensive sweeping up ;). The only thing I couldn't find out - and is purely a matter of interest - is the waterproof rating of the fabric. Does anyone know what it is? I think the standard for goretex is 28,000mm.
 

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