I've had the same nylon butyl SAS/PARA rucksack since 1983 and it's still going fine, although the waterproofing has largely been worn off. I had a newer one which began going sticky. I've seen snow cuffs delaminate on some and on PLCE rucksacks.Do the long back PLCE Bergen have parts of fabric that delaminate if they are old?
Do they become sticky inside?
Are the British army Bergens made of 100% Cordura (1000 den) and have no delaminating parts, or is that a problem here too?
Although im going more and more away from relying on weight on my hips, Something I will be getting, just to test more than anything really, is this hip pad. A couple of mods I tried didnt work and ended up with rash burn around my waist. However this does look good and reasonably priced.
Oh sorry, I completely missed this. I've been advised to consider new sleeping bags over 2nd hand, but honestly they are all quite costly when I add up everything else as well, so I'll probably aim for some sort of surplus stuff...Trying not to go to far off topic, but which sleeping bags have you looked at? and owned?
I'd love too, problem is whoever did the calculations for its price put the decimal place in the wrong place!The sleeping bags changed immensely during the last 20 or 30 years, especially the better ones.
Most people who followed my recommendation and bought a Snugpak Special Forces sleeping bag were really shocked when they opened the package.