302 thoughts on “Military surplus

  1. Anonymous says:

    Surplus is nice and cheap and well fitting 🙂
    Got these pants for 8 bucks at a goodwill the other day, and a Korean war trenchcoat a week before.
    The hardest part about buying them though is that I personally don’t want to larp too hard and so I usually only wear surplus for like camping or cold weather like we’ve been having.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How does fabric that old hold up? I had to have some NOS mil surplus boots resoled after a month, the leather and sole were fine, but the PU foam midsole thing decomposed from stored humidity, apparently a common issue with that style of boot. The goretex on it is also iffy.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is just cotton, so it seems like it should hold up very well. I ordered it online so I’ll have to wait for it to arrive before I can say much more. I have some French army surplus boots that have been going strong for years.

      It was based when I was a boy scout and could buy cheap as shit clothes and gear for camping. As an adult I did find a brand new 100% wool U.S. Navy standard issue pea coat but otherwise haven’t looked for much surplus gear.

      Same. I used to have a bunch of cheap sturdy surplus gear when I was a teen, bit got rid of most of it years ago.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It was based when I was a boy scout and could buy cheap as shit clothes and gear for camping. As an adult I did find a brand new 100% wool U.S. Navy standard issue pea coat but otherwise haven’t looked for much surplus gear.

      • Anonymous says:

        https://i.imgur.com/xwgPouX.jpg

        The one in the closet was bought off Far East Tactical facebook group as well as ebay, I also got a Type 07 PLAN Marine uniform off of aliexpress.

        Aliexpress is weird because the factories that make shit sold there are often the same factories that make the actual chinese uniforms, so as long as the uniform matches it’s basically the same as actual issued stuff. However, there are cheaper, less authentic chinese uniforms on there too so you need to know how to distinguish them.
        Similar situation with ebay, but there is legit stuff on there
        Royaltigergear also sells authentic Chinese surp, but shipping is kinda expensive

        sorry for the autistic rant, i’ve spent a lot of time researching chinese uniforms when I was putting the kits together

        Damn all that and I didn’t reply to the right person lol

    • Anonymous says:

      The one in the closet was bought off Far East Tactical facebook group as well as ebay, I also got a Type 07 PLAN Marine uniform off of aliexpress.

      Aliexpress is weird because the factories that make shit sold there are often the same factories that make the actual chinese uniforms, so as long as the uniform matches it’s basically the same as actual issued stuff. However, there are cheaper, less authentic chinese uniforms on there too so you need to know how to distinguish them.
      Similar situation with ebay, but there is legit stuff on there
      Royaltigergear also sells authentic Chinese surp, but shipping is kinda expensive

      sorry for the autistic rant, i’ve spent a lot of time researching chinese uniforms when I was putting the kits together

    • Anonymous says:

      Wearing this one right now, it’s a legitimately fantastic coat, the Austrians know what they’re doing.

      I’ve also got the Flecktarn and Alpenflage jackets, just to name a couple.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’ve been back and forth about getting one of those, versus getting an m-65 repro. Is it worth it? Those are kinda hard to find in my size now.

        • Anonymous says:

          I can’t speak to the M65 but the Austrian is definitely worth the money, it’s great for both the cold & rain and just looks good.

        • Anonymous says:

          I have both (among other iterations of US Army jackets, like the m-51). There’s something really badass and well designed with an OG m-65 but the Austrian Goretex one is, overall, a better jacket. I find it more breathable, tailored, and the membrane is a nice touch. The non GTX Austrian m65 type jacket isn’t as great. The fabric has a bit of a sheen to it, nor does it fit as well. If I had to have one surp jacket it’d probably be the Austrian GTX one. The US m65 being a close second.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a great compliment to more traditional men’s clothing because all of it really takes inspo from either workwear or the military, and there’s a lot of crossover. Personally I’m finding I really like field shirts as outer layers in the summer. They keep the sun off of you and breathe well enough that they aren’t much hotter than raw-dogging UV rays

      Just got that same Slovakian jacket in KS’s gumball machine. Not too bad for $10. Already de-badged it though

      • Anonymous says:

        the patch is awesome tho
        the one I have is a bit too small

        https://i.imgur.com/A8w3jWa.jpg

        not a huge fan of marpat but this is kinda swag

        https://i.imgur.com/DQK1Ndm.png

        fellow flecktard, I just got mine. Probably gonna dye it though

        […]
        that’s hecking sweet wtf, how much did that run you?
        […]
        gonna have to be more specific lolz

        >though

  4. Anonymous says:

    Unrelated but what’s your thoughts on this hypothetical fit.

    >black Nike SFB gen 2 Gore-Tex
    >Loose fit gray tracksuit
    >pants tucked into boots

    It’s edgy but I’m handsome, 15% BF, and jacked so I think I could pull it off at the gym / running errands. I live in the city too so you see a lot more out there fits already.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just go to any surplus site find something that looks neat and wait 6 months or so for it to restock in your size. Can’t really go wrong
      While you can get a great pair of whatever for 40-60 some odd dollars, pic is the funny one that everyone wants

      • Anonymous says:

        should i get those or the alfa m/77 norwegian boots, also note, i am not tall and my feet are small, so i need the "easier to find" version i guess

        • Anonymous says:

          Flip a coin honestly. m77 is probably the easier less hyped option but neither seem unattainable. How small is small?
          If its small, Varusteleka has the m77 in 5.5 and 6.5.
          If it’s *small*, Kommando has the Austrian in 3.
          Listings aren’t hard to find for either if neither of those work.

        • Anonymous says:

          Flip a coin honestly. m77 is probably the easier less hyped option but neither seem unattainable. How small is small?
          If its small, Varusteleka has the m77 in 5.5 and 6.5.
          If it’s *small*, Kommando has the Austrian in 3.
          Listings aren’t hard to find for either if neither of those work.

          Varusteleka doesn’t have Alfa, I’m wearing some M77 from Varusteleka right now and they are made in Estonia.

          For what it’s worth I do think that the m77 is lighter and more comfortable, but it’s hard to top the look of the Austrian lights.

          https://i.imgur.com/nDodlDE.jpg

          I’m looking for the same kind of thing. Need to look in surplus cause I don’t want to spend $300+ on boots.
          Looking for a black boot like meme boots, but ones that only go up to the ankle
          Thought about getting these Canadian parade boots, but some of them look really boxy.

          I have these too, they are uncomfortable. They look good and I honestly use them as dress boots but I wouldn’t walk around in them all day.

          where to buy milsurp at good prices? Any particularly good deals out there now? I’m looking for good cheap heavy duty clothes that I won’t mind getting dirty or wet. Ideally I’ll be wearing this for backpacking/hiking/camping/larperating
          I have an m70 field jacket on the way, I’d like the pants + suspenders but cant find a reasonable price.

          Surplus is really getting ridiculous. Like the other dude said, sifting through ebay is probably your best bet. Sometimes the usual places like Sportsmans Guide or Coleman’s can be good, but they are run by boomers so the sizing is always a mess as they don’t put the actual size for things, just S/M/L.

          • Anonymous says:

            >I have these too, they are uncomfortable.
            Thanks for the info. Any chance you have any other recommendation for a 6" black boot?

          • Anonymous says:

            Don’t get me wrong, that Canadian parade boot is decent but it doesn’t feel very quality. I’d recommend you try to find some Norwegian or Swedish ankle boots. Not the Swedish bean boot type but there are some black all leather ones that are my favorite. Norway made an ankle version of the m77 for a while that I also have and wear a lot. That said, the Swedish ones are resolable, so that’s nice.

            Do you actually wear all that stuff or it’s just a collecting thing?

            Not him but like I mentioned: I have hundreds of pieces. I never buy anything I wouldn’t wear at least while hiking/camping/doing yard work. Some weird stuff I have like the Czechoslovakian salamander camo I rarely wear at all but I do enjoy it. It’s just like collecting anything, I guess.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah I wear all that stuff +more pretty frequently, they’re functional and I like how they look

            I’m not against wearing milsurp, I actually own a couple pieces, but some of that stuff, the badges, the camo patterns… looks a bit larpy to me. Not in the stupid muh stolen valor way, but more like "I’m a raging autist". No offense, though. Some fit pics to see how you guys wear those clothes normally wpuld be appreciated

          • Anonymous says:

            Very nice. As for me, I’m trying to go for the chaos hero look, can’t find a decent coat though.

          • Anonymous says:

            My buddy wears this T-Block smock from Kruschiki a lot, I’ve always thought it looked pretty sick in his fits, he’s also an SMT fan and said the same thing you did lol

          • Anonymous says:

            Not surp.

            https://i.imgur.com/OqqOu55.jpg

            Is there any way to incorporate puttees into a modern fit that doesn’t look like ultra LARP

            No.

            […]
            I’m not against wearing milsurp, I actually own a couple pieces, but some of that stuff, the badges, the camo patterns… looks a bit larpy to me. Not in the stupid muh stolen valor way, but more like "I’m a raging autist". No offense, though. Some fit pics to see how you guys wear those clothes normally wpuld be appreciated

            Never wear badges. Only thing I’d ever keep on would be flags or name tags.

          • Anonymous says:

            Ah, saw this in the waywt. Honestly like the fit. Slim grey jeans but still with some room to them with the boots are nice. I like the touch of the kanji shirt. If you were wearing an olive drab m65 instead of camo, you’d look like Jayne from Firefly. Are you tall and muscular?

          • Anonymous says:

            The slavshit M77 clones Varusteleka sells are cosplay-tier SHIT. Nowhere near as durable compared to the real deal.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m looking for the same kind of thing. Need to look in surplus cause I don’t want to spend $300+ on boots.
      Looking for a black boot like meme boots, but ones that only go up to the ankle
      Thought about getting these Canadian parade boots, but some of them look really boxy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Got some ABL’s but my feet aren’t ready for 20+ min walks in them (i usually walk for an hour when i’m tired of waiting for buses) so i use them when my feet can handle them.
      Tried what i could to stop/slow chaffing around the heels and toes but so far nothing works and my socks get slightly chewed. Guess i’m stupid.

    • Anonymous says:

      this one always baffled me considering people in the military famously hate the issued boots and opt out whenever allowed

      • Anonymous says:

        I can see why, they have worse than zero cushioning and hurt your ankles if your socks are too slim

        They look great tho, people always compliment mine

  5. Anonymous says:

    I do have an M65 by Alpha Industries (Civilian issue) on extra small size.

    Love it. if there is one thing I love about this jacket is that 4 pockets are extremely useful to me. and I’ve been thinking about getting it embroidered.

    • Anonymous says:

      do not embroider it. if you want embroidery on your fit, limit it to a hat or beanie. even if its not real milsurp its just cringe and try-hard

      • Anonymous says:

        >if its not real milsurp its just cringe
        true
        >if you want embroidery on your fit, limit it to a hat or beanie
        not true

        • Anonymous says:

          what other clothing items (as a man) are okay to have embroidery on then? I could see a small design on a crewneck also being acceptable

          • Anonymous says:

            >what other clothing items (as a man) are okay to have embroidery on then
            it doesnt make a difference whether you are a man. you can get embroideries on your jacket or pants or anything else. you have very silly ideas about what it means to be a man if you are overthinking embroideries

      • Anonymous says:

        No like with cute embroidery maybe with flower and shit. I’m not talking about anything like military "patch" or anything like that.
        just want something small and personal.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How do i pull this off without looking like a clown or a larper? I’m not even into guns or miliary culture, i just think this pattern looks sick.

    • Anonymous says:

      get the parka or field shirt instead, and wear it with a black or dark brown/plum tshirt and jeans, white/light grey sneakers, and perhaps a beanie that’s two shades darker than the yellow in the camo. you can also layer a field shirt underneath an OD green jacket so you get just a hint of the camo pattern between the jacket and your shirt

      if you want to do the pants, try a tan work jacket or carhartt, brown boots and a warm toned white sweater.

      there will be certain people who might think you’re a larper or cringe irl but those people will never ever talk to you because they suck and are stupid. as long as you own it, no one will care. just coordinate with the colors in the camo.

      easy as.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have the field jacket and I like it a lot(love that high collar) , but living in Belgium ever since the army were on the streets after terrorist attacks a few years back, I stopped wearing it since it was pretty cringe. Is it possible to bleach and dye this green?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have hundreds of surplus pieces, but I usually only wear camo when I’m going /out/ unless it’s a pleasing camo like fleck or French brushstroke.

  8. Anonymous says:

    where to buy milsurp at good prices? Any particularly good deals out there now? I’m looking for good cheap heavy duty clothes that I won’t mind getting dirty or wet. Ideally I’ll be wearing this for backpacking/hiking/camping/larperating
    I have an m70 field jacket on the way, I’d like the pants + suspenders but cant find a reasonable price.

    • Anonymous says:

      I actually saw a guy wearing puttees in a fit about two weeks ago and it looked great. He had them paired with chelsea boots, balloon pants, a knee-length single-breasted overcoat, and a flat cap. I only got a short glimpse from the front but I think he had on either a vest or sweatervest.
      I wouldn’t exactly call it a "modern" fit but it didn’t look too out of place, and you could use that as a jumping-off point.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I want red/white/black camouflage cargo pants but are they all really 40$ plus? I went to an army navy surplus and it all felt cheap. I believe Rothco was the brand. I would pay 60 or 70 for a good pair of comfortable red camouflage pants but all I’ve seen is shitty thin canvas type material.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good luck with that. The red/white/black/gray color pallet version of m81 woodland camo is not used by any military and was just created by companies like rothco to make overpriced low quality novelty replicas. That’s said, the pattern looks pretty cool so every once in a while you will see it filter into mainstream fashion brands when designers are feeling especially spicy.
      If you want some quality real surplus gear that prominently features the color red, check out the old Swiss "alpenflage" TAZ-83 stuff. It’s very well made, features some fairly unique design elements you won’t see anywhere else, and looks really cool.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I wanted to get some SS Leto gorka pants myself but thanks to ((someone)) i wont be able to find one for the next several years.

    • Anonymous says:

      Search camopedia for the pattern. Most Russian stuff is easy to find on ebay.

      Is there a guide to this jacket? Lots of straps and flaps I’m not sure what to do with.

      What are you confused about? The only weird straps are the clip on the chest which is for a helmet. The one on the waist is for a belt. Everything else is just a pocket.

      That said, the whole thing is kinda floppy because it needs the pants to make a complete set. The pants hook into the jacket and provide some balance.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s called a russian M4, very nice jacket. I’ve been meaning to pick one up, sadly they usually don’t come with the patch. Great movie taste btw, danila is literally me

  11. Anonymous says:

    I like surplus but I’m not really confident enough yet to wear full camo stuff, but I have a bunch of this 80s type stuff from the Bundeswehr (West German army)
    I get my stuff from Kruschiki, KommandoStore. Its convenient and standardized.
    Also heck Kanye West for using that Bundeswehr logo on his gay album or whatever the heck.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nice – I’ve got the same track jacket from krus, I use it to go skiing on warmer days and on retro nights, the colour is great.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I usually dress in all military surplus — danish stone grey wool wide trousers, danish ammo boots, white swedish civil defense pullover shirt, swedish navy v neck jumper, swedish navy beanie.

  13. Anonymous says:

    For me I feel like anything that isn’t jacket, boots or maybe gloves is larping. I wear an od green M-65 as basically my everday jacket, but it doesnt have patches or anything, and I the biggest reason I like it is the pockets. I have 2 different woodland m65s, one of em even has my last name on it and everything, on account of it being a handmedown through my family, but even those feel like too much for me

  14. Anonymous says:

    the military might not be queer if you’re european (but if you’re european you’re probably queer already)
    but all i can think of is army pups getting pumped full of puppyskunk cum
    its been an open secret that virtually everyone in the us military navy seal or above is a bisexual/homosexual since the 1990’s… how many us generals’ wives have written books about it?
    the army is hecking
    GAY

  15. Anonymous says:

    SIR YES SIR
    I’LL HELP YOU RELEASE YOUR TENSION YOUR WIFE CANT GET SIR!! ALL THAT TENSION WE BUILD UP PROTECTING AMERICAN FREEDOMS!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    […]

    Yeah I like the way camo pants and fatigues and stuff look, but I think wearing them in public makes most people think you are an autistic gay or about to shoot up a school. The main exception id make is like you said, hiking or any outdoorsman stuff

  17. Anonymous says:

    i have a bunch of random milsurp stuff. mostly jackets, but a few pairs of pants, a helmet, and some hats. the best thing i have is a pair of corcoran jump boots.

  18. Anonymous says:

    […]

    Soles not being replacable is an inherent problem with all DMS boots, what I was getting at was that compared to original Alfa M77s the knockoffs sold by Varusteleka are made from substandard materials – thin leather, pot metal hooks, cheapo soles prone to cracking and splitting. Doesn’t help that the people putting them together are semi-stupid gopniks.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I lucked out and found this at an antique store. It’s an experimental camo from Czechoslovakia made in like 1990-1991 only. The US asked them to help out in Desert Storm and they didn’t have any desert camo so they made this and sent like 200 dudes to Kuwait. Then they broke up in 1992. Got it for $50.

  20. Anonymous says:

    […]

    >That’s cool. Where’d you get them from?
    Any surplus store near me, they seem to size well so i probably took one size too big.

    • Anonymous says:

      Larpy, but if you wear it with regular clothes, no other milsurp item, could look pretty good. I should get a wool jacket myself.

    • Anonymous says:

      i think you can make this work, but it’s going to depend on your body type and looks, as well as the context you wear it in

    • Anonymous says:

      I actually own this one. The fact that it doesn’t have shoulder tabs gives you a LOT more leeway for styling it than most other milsurp field jackets would, since it comes off as less recognizably military. If you want to get a jacket of this sort of model second hand, there isn’t a better choice to get imo. So long as you make sure to style it appropriately and wear it to the right occasions it wouldn’t come off as too larpy.

    • Anonymous says:

      I actually own this one. The fact that it doesn’t have shoulder tabs gives you a LOT more leeway for styling it than most other milsurp field jackets would, since it comes off as less recognizably military. If you want to get a jacket of this sort of model second hand, there isn’t a better choice to get imo. So long as you make sure to style it appropriately and wear it to the right occasions it wouldn’t come off as too larpy.

      What outfit to wear it with, boys?

      >Please wait a while before making a post
      What is this shit? I haven’t posted in days.

      • Anonymous says:

        My go-to outfit for the swedish field jacket is a turtleneck and pleated trousers: I’ve noticed that turtlenecks fit the jacket especially well. A sweater worn over a button-up also looks good under it. A shirt & tie combo can work depending on the materials, but there is a risk of the shirt contrasting a bit too much with the rough/thick material of the jacket, so ymmv there. In general, you’ll want to look for items which fit the old-fashioned look without leaning into a military style. Definitely take a look into british country clothing, as wool field jackets show up quite a bit in there. As far as accesories go, it looks good with a leather bag and gloves, as well as darker-colored (wool) scarves.

        Lastly, you might want to make consider not wearing it with trousers of a matching grey color, to eliminate chances of the outfit looking like a uniform.

    • Anonymous says:

      daily wear for me. Warm and comfy to move in(once broken in)
      >Collars up with turtleneck
      >Collars down with tie
      My advice, get a size slightly larger, and wear long sleeve. The interior is scratchy as shit

    • Anonymous says:

      You Anons think there’s any way to wear a sam brown belt & the Swedish tunic without coming off too larpy? Thinking button down under it and black jeans. Would be using the belt to carry photography gear.
      Post related.

      • Anonymous says:

        I have this jacket and honestly it is try-hard enough on its own. The model without breast pockets is the one I reach for the most. I can’t even fathom how someone would wear it with jeans and a sam brown belt. If you are out innawoods, fine, but anywhere else it would look horrible.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t think there is any way to wear a Sam brown belt in >current year, other than a fetish context.

        I disagree, if he’s actually using it to carry photography equipment then it’s actually serving a function. I’d personally pair it with something more lowkey than a uniform dress top though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lmao no

        https://i.imgur.com/KofpSej.png

        Are these Belgian field jackets any good?

        Don’t get the later model with the stowable hood, it’s shit.

        The older model is nicely made and has a bunch of cool features, poachers pocket, bottom flap, elbow patches, armpit slits.

        It’s a very functional looking jacket and the olive drab they use is a bit richly greener than other ODs, so it’s harder to match with clothes. It has a shit ton of velcro so you’d better like that. I’m not a fan of diagonal pockets myself so that’s another thing to be aware of.

        So I would say no if you’re looking for more showy army jackets with cooler patterns, otherwise yes, it’s a pretty solid jacket.

        • Anonymous says:

          What exactly is shit about the newer model? I was specifically looking at it because I like the diagonal pockets and don’t like hoods. Also the zipper looks nice. Is the fabric decently heavy?

          • Anonymous says:

            The hood is a thin, synthetic material and is quite a bit smaller than the older one. My general impression is the older one is overall a thicker material. I guess if you’re not going to be wearing the hood it’s not a big deal.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah not really concerned with the hood, I never use them anyway. I just want a decent medium weight field jacket that isn’t obviously an m-65 or overly tactical or whatever.

  21. Anonymous says:

    military surplus is about to go mainstream in the next 2 years

    https://onlinemilitaria.net/products/2195-us-early-wwii-us-army-rubberized-poncho/?bc=no

  22. Anonymous says:

    anyone have the pic/name of those pants from wwi/wwii that are an earth tone and kinda baggy but pester down at the shin for a tucked look? idk hard to explain

  23. Anonymous says:

    are these US navy peacoats any good? i hear they are pretty good and 100% kersey wool too. I want to get one but i heard that they got lighter and lighter in weight during the years. also how to clean them? can you clean them at home with cold water or is it better to get it professionally cleaned

    • Anonymous says:

      pre 1970 is kersey wool. 1970-80 is a mix of kersey and melton. anything after is all melton wool. melton is thinner and not as smooth as kersey. best years in my opinion would be 1949-70, as the older ww2 pattern coats don’t have lapels and are designed to button all the way to the neck. Pic rel are pre 1949 bridge coats but are identical to ww2 peacoats save for their length

      • Anonymous says:

        Those are navy greatcoats which are completely different. Please make sure you know what you’re talking about before speaking nonsense.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I bought a german bundeswehr PT track suit cause I thought it looked kino, what site would you reccomend for buying older euro PT clothing? Also is armyandoutdoors any good? its where the pants are coming from and I only used it cause te site I usually go to was sold out

      • Anonymous says:

        kommandostore does have a fairly good selection of tracksuits, too bad literally all of them are sold out with 0 sign of getting restocked, like most things worth buying on that site

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, I think they are transitioning to be mostly original products, which seems to mean dumb anime crap, autistic crap with their brand on it, or remakes of good surplus. End of an era.

          Where would one get a real German Polizei Sommerblouson? Not the Kommando Store remake. I remember threads back when they were 9 bucks.

          Those are long gone, anon.

          Any experience buying shoulder bags and rucksacks from milsup stores?
          I like the designs and the tough canvas but is there a better option made for carrying every day items instead of gasmasks?

          As someone with a lot of these bags I’d suggest the Romanian one. They have a selection of them on Varusteleka now. Decent bags for the price. The Finnish gas mask bags are the best, though.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Where would one get a real German Polizei Sommerblouson? Not the Kommando Store remake. I remember threads back when they were 9 bucks.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Any experience buying shoulder bags and rucksacks from milsup stores?
    I like the designs and the tough canvas but is there a better option made for carrying every day items instead of gasmasks?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I like milsurp.
    Recently got this east german jacket and I’m really liking it.
    I also own a set of Swiss Alpenflage. M70 jacket with the Backpack is great to go hiking with, but I don’t think it’s something for everyday.

    • Anonymous says:

      east german milsurp is hands down the best. The formal uniforms let you larp as a wehrmacht soldier but without the taboo symbolism, and the field uniforms are affordable and great to combine with normal clothing.

      • Anonymous says:

        To be fair, it’s more that I regularly wear it all that reeks of the tism. Doesn’t help that everything in that picture aside from the mp4 gas mask has been purchaced within the last 2 months
        Though i could definitely up the sperg factor if I work at my collection more, I have a croation woodland field jacket, 2 flecktarn jackets (one hot weather one normal), and a gp5 gas mask

      • Anonymous says:

        To be fair, it’s more that I regularly wear it all that reeks of the tism. Doesn’t help that everything in that picture aside from the mp4 gas mask has been purchaced within the last 2 months
        Though i could definitely up the sperg factor if I work at my collection more, I have a croation woodland field jacket, 2 flecktarn jackets (one hot weather one normal), and a gp5 gas mask

        heck me, I meant to say I had all that shit on the way, not that I already have it

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have a few SADF shirts. They’re pretty good for old surplus. Also good that normies are too dumb to know what an SADF is despite knowing about apartheid. If only they weren’t rare as heck these days.

    • Anonymous says:

      Epaulettes are a holdover from the black powder/musket age, originally they were designed to secure cross-body hip bags and ammo pouches to soldiers as well as packs for long marches but eventually they were made obsolete by chest rigs towards the end of the 19th century so they’re purely decorative on more modern uniforms.

  29. Anonymous says:

    PRO TIPs:

    Do not buy from "meme" websites like Kommandostore, Americana Pipedream, etc.They are jacking up the prices based on the fact that you are a clueless goober that doesn’t know the market rates and want something trendy. Go to hunting websites or obscure surplus sites that still have PayPal logos from 15 years ago that are completely out of touch with trends and the market and are still selling shit for what it was worth ten years ago.

    Do not buy garments that are merely sized "small/medium/large". You will get an oversized jacket that doesn’t fit how it should. Instead look up the specific army sizing for your height and chest.

    Unless something is rare as heck, don’t buy grade 2 from an untrusted seller, you’ll get a faded, stitched together piece of shit with no waist cord or hem cord.

    Use PayPal, use ebay. Surplus sellers don’t check their shit, they mislabel all the time, you don’t want the hassle of dealing with a 70 year old boomer over 20 emails trying to negotiate a refund.

    Do not buy army overcoats, they are not made to look fashionable and you will look stupid in them.

    • Anonymous says:

      >Do not buy army overcoats, they are not made to look fashionable and you will look stupid in them
      Some of them do look good, I particularly like the Polish Cold war overcoats, even the buttons are very subdued so they don’t need to be replaced.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s possible it looks go, but I’m skeptical.

        >overcoats
        what about peacoats? i heard the old ones made out of pure wool are good

        Some are decent, just be mindful of the collars. Some are very dated.

        PRO TIPs:

        Do not buy from "meme" websites like Kommandostore, Americana Pipedream, etc.They are jacking up the prices based on the fact that you are a clueless goober that doesn’t know the market rates and want something trendy. Go to hunting websites or obscure surplus sites that still have PayPal logos from 15 years ago that are completely out of touch with trends and the market and are still selling shit for what it was worth ten years ago.

        Do not buy garments that are merely sized "small/medium/large". You will get an oversized jacket that doesn’t fit how it should. Instead look up the specific army sizing for your height and chest.

        Unless something is rare as heck, don’t buy grade 2 from an untrusted seller, you’ll get a faded, stitched together piece of shit with no waist cord or hem cord.

        Use PayPal, use ebay. Surplus sellers don’t check their shit, they mislabel all the time, you don’t want the hassle of dealing with a 70 year old boomer over 20 emails trying to negotiate a refund.

        Do not buy army overcoats, they are not made to look fashionable and you will look stupid in them.

        I’ve got to give it to KS and AP – they usually at least have the full size range given. They are overpriced but unlike fuds I can complain and get my money back or an exchange sent pretty fast. As someone who grew up buying surplus in a store I’ve dealt with a lot of fuds, and the online versions are like you said, terrible. Idiots like Mike from Mike’s Militaria are even worse than the zoomers.

        That said, surplus is a dying game. KS and Varusteleka have less and less surplus by the day. Hell, even stuff they say is surplus isn’t, like the Swedish m90 stuff. All the good stuff is mostly dried up. Even a recent order I made with MilitaryMart was a dud because half of the items they claimed were British surplus were just commerical junk.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah it’s pretty nice, a girl once told me she didn’t like my slim fit jeans with boots but I’m pretty sure that’s just because tiktok has corrupted the youth into thinking super baggy jeans are the only valid option

        I just need to dye my fleck parka and I can basically have the same fit

  30. Anonymous says:

    >surplus british army desert DPM camo backpack (35L)
    >gloves are Mechanix Coyote Speciality 0.5mm High Dex (picked up today, not very grippy. kinda useless)
    >oakley thread 2.0 w/photochromic
    >timex expedition, black
    >$1 baggy jeans from asia
    >generic vibram soled low brown boots

    is this larp-spec milfag? I bought the bag for one trip abroad and now all my fits are suddenly tactical af

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually looks sick, love the jacket-jumper combo combined with the tan of the gloves and bag.
      Also want to know what jacket that is

      • Anonymous says:

        thanks anon 🙂 the jacket is vintage Pretty Green, thrifted so don’t have a model number unfortunately.

        this isn’t it exactly, but it’s the closest I’ve found:
        https://www.retrodesignerwear.com/products/pretty-green-cooper-short-parka-turquoise-jacket

        UK 90s britpop/hooligan-spec

  31. Anonymous says:

    Thinking of getting an Austrian surp jacket. How hard is it to sew extra pockets on the inside? Picrel already has one internal breast pocket but I’d like two. Does anyone know of any field jackets that come with two internal pockets as is?

    Also I don’t wear it on a regular basis anymore but Alpenflage jackets are kino and if anyone ITT is thinking of getting one, buy it. Very well made and when I did wear mine I would get compliments on a daily basis.

    • Anonymous says:

      don’t know what your budget is, but fire force ventures have some shirts, pants, and hats in it
      https://www.fireforceventures.com/Belgian-Congo-Brushstroke_c_128.html

  32. Anonymous says:

    I got more
    this time I got the matching pants for the dutch desert camo jacket, never going to wear them at the same time unless im larping or hecking around in the wilderness but since I only wear jeans otherwise it’s nice to have another pair of pants

    • Anonymous says:

      Ebay.

      https://i.imgur.com/2y9TrEH.jpg

      I got more
      this time I got the matching pants for the dutch desert camo jacket, never going to wear them at the same time unless im larping or hecking around in the wilderness but since I only wear jeans otherwise it’s nice to have another pair of pants

      Kommando victim.

      https://i.imgur.com/dz7g9Jg.jpg

      Do burrs stick to ripstop material?
      any specific clothes for tropical humid heat?

      i want to buy some cheap camo pants/shirts, nothing specific.
      am from australia.

      have been using 86% Nylon 14% Spandex hiking pants and they work great for thick bush but aren’t camouflage.

      Check Army and Outdoors. They are in NZ and have good service. And yes, burrs stick to most anything. Rip stop is just a fabric type that prevents rips from getting larger.

      • Anonymous says:

        >burrs stick to most anything
        only the J kind in that pic stick to my current pants, i guess i’ll just look for nylon stuff

  33. Anonymous says:

    Do burrs stick to ripstop material?
    any specific clothes for tropical humid heat?

    i want to buy some cheap camo pants/shirts, nothing specific.
    am from australia.

    have been using 86% Nylon 14% Spandex hiking pants and they work great for thick bush but aren’t camouflage.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got my eye on getting a pair of OG-107 Pants. Does anyone have any clues about what sizing is like? Do they run big like the M65 jackets?
    Also wondering if there’s any specific companies that I should look for.

    • Anonymous says:

      they run pretty true to size. m65s fit bigger because they’re meant to be worn over base layers and liners. taller rise than most modern pants but aside from that would recommend comparing measurements. there’s not really specific manufacturers to look for like how there’s alpha for m65/cwu jackets/etc but there are rarer variations than your standard og107.
      one thing to note is that nos pairs tend to have their seams give out more than worn pairs. think it’s something to do with the thread degrading without being washed.

  35. Anonymous says:

    >milsurp thread
    >surplus website shilling
    >same rehash guide pics that have been floating around for a decade
    >flecktarn
    >rain pattern
    >m83
    >baby’s first surplus pieces
    >people wanting to be spoonfed even when they have the most google-able questions
    surplus threads have had 0 progression since 2014. there’s like 7 people in this thread that I somewhat respect but the rest of you need to do more research. no point of me posting my niche shit if all you gays are going to get hype over a flecktarn parka

  36. Anonymous says:

    >Order a pair of bundeswehr pt track pants to go with the top the 14th of feb
    >Took 9 days to ship from NZ to the US
    >Has been held for clearance in LA for the past 8 days
    Honestly I wouldnt have been annoyed if the first pair I bought (it was too big) didn’t get delivered in a week, atleast then I’d expect the wait. I wanna larp as a gopnik god damn it

  37. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen lots of examples of black dyed flecktarn parkas, and they look good. But have any of you tried using other dye colors? I’m thinking about doing one with brown dye, but I can’t find any examples of results.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kommando did some shirts in brown. I think they called it Acidtarn or something. I have one of the shirts in black, brown, and blue, along with a parka in black. I honestly can’t tell much of a difference because the brown turned out so dark. Might be interesting to use a desert camo one, which I think was used for the blue dye job.

      https://i.imgur.com/j746Fuh.jpg

      Lmao no

      […]
      Don’t get the later model with the stowable hood, it’s shit.

      The older model is nicely made and has a bunch of cool features, poachers pocket, bottom flap, elbow patches, armpit slits.

      It’s a very functional looking jacket and the olive drab they use is a bit richly greener than other ODs, so it’s harder to match with clothes. It has a shit ton of velcro so you’d better like that. I’m not a fan of diagonal pockets myself so that’s another thing to be aware of.

      So I would say no if you’re looking for more showy army jackets with cooler patterns, otherwise yes, it’s a pretty solid jacket.

      I wanted to like this but yeah, the velcro is too much and the diagonal pockets just don’t look good. Rather just go with a French OD coat

      https://i.imgur.com/40bnxAJ.png

      >Order a pair of bundeswehr pt track pants to go with the top the 14th of feb
      >Took 9 days to ship from NZ to the US
      >Has been held for clearance in LA for the past 8 days
      Honestly I wouldnt have been annoyed if the first pair I bought (it was too big) didn’t get delivered in a week, atleast then I’d expect the wait. I wanna larp as a gopnik god damn it

      Lol did you buy from Army and Outdoors? I’ve never had a problem with them, but customs in LA blows. Those pants are fine, but be careful around pet claws or anything like brambles because the fabric will pull pretty easily.

      […]
      I disagree, if he’s actually using it to carry photography equipment then it’s actually serving a function. I’d personally pair it with something more lowkey than a uniform dress top though.

      I’m on the fence, but if I saw someone innawoods I would still find it a bit weird. Sam Brown belts really aren’t designed for photo gear…If I saw someone innacity with it I would definitely be concerned.

      • Anonymous says:

        >Lol did you buy from Army and Outdoors?
        Yeah, it’s like my 2nd order from them ever. Dunno why customs are so interested in some german track pants, but hopefully it’ll be outta there soon
        And yeah, im not really gonna be trekking around the woods with that fit on, so unless any pets try climbing on me I should be alright

      • Anonymous says:

        >acidtarn
        Thanks, that’s the kind of look I am hoping to achieve. I’ll try it once I find a parka at a non-boomer price.

        • Anonymous says:

          Kommando did some shirts in brown. I think they called it Acidtarn or something. I have one of the shirts in black, brown, and blue, along with a parka in black. I honestly can’t tell much of a difference because the brown turned out so dark. Might be interesting to use a desert camo one, which I think was used for the blue dye job.
          […]
          I wanted to like this but yeah, the velcro is too much and the diagonal pockets just don’t look good. Rather just go with a French OD coat
          […]
          Lol did you buy from Army and Outdoors? I’ve never had a problem with them, but customs in LA blows. Those pants are fine, but be careful around pet claws or anything like brambles because the fabric will pull pretty easily.
          […]
          I’m on the fence, but if I saw someone innawoods I would still find it a bit weird. Sam Brown belts really aren’t designed for photo gear…If I saw someone innacity with it I would definitely be concerned.

          IIRC the “acidtarn” is still black dyed, but using the post-2003 flektarn which has a higher concentration of synthetic fibers resulting in it coming out green

          • Anonymous says:

            That might be the case. I’m a wuss and just bought them rather than dyed myself. To Kommando’s credit they are well done. I’m very color blind so I usually don’t even know which one I’m wearing. For what it’s worth I get a lot of compliments on the black dyed pieces.

    • Anonymous says:

      try to find the older parkas that are 80/20 cotton poly as they’ll be more receptive to the dye than the 65/35. brown should be fine as long as it’s a darker brown and you have the time to properly let it dye and the container to let it sit without it being too bunched up.
      i have a 5 gallon steel bucket that i use for bulk dyeing/bigger pieces but you might be able to squeak by with a smaller one or potentially a bathtub. i like the bucket because i can keep it on a hot plate to always keep the dye bath temp hot.

  38. Anonymous says:

    bought a strichtarn jacket and it hecking reeks. Worst part is I barely have a sense of smell so I didn’t even realize it was that bad. Ran it through the washer a few times and doused it with febreeze, but it still stinks. Any tips?

    • Anonymous says:

      If it’s a strange industrial smell, just air it out the best you can. I had a combat pack that smelled like a combination of gasoline, paint, stuffy warehouse, and mildew. It eventually went away.
      Otherwise, dust it with baking soda and wash it with some too, just air it out if that doesn’t work. If it gets hecked it’s not likely they’ll be readily available replacements

  39. Anonymous says:

    Recently got a M85 czechoslovakian parka. Love that hecker to death but what’s with the hood being enormous? I almost always carry an umbrella whenever I think it may rain but on the couple times I was caught unprepared this hecker reached my nose so I had to walk around while only being able to see peoples shoes to (mostly) avoid collisions. Is there a way to break in the hood so it stops being a gay or do I have to larp as zatoichi whenever rain catches me off guard?

  40. Anonymous says:

    My spanish paratrooper boots still hurt after having used them a few days

    how long does it take to "break them in" ? they mostly hurt the top of my right shoe when walking, because of the way they bend

    • Anonymous says:

      You might try an insole or some thick socks to give them a tighter fit if they’re a bit big for you

      Seconding the thick socks. There’s no way to fix it besides wearing them, so make sure you have enough padding inside.

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