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PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Review

PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Kit, Reviews | 4 Comments




British Army PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock – quick review. Specification The British Army has invested heavily in it’s new PCS (personal clothing system), and the thermal windproof smock is part of the ancillary items, envisaged to provide additional warmth to the basic system. The thermal smock is designed to be a replacement for the previous […]




KarrimorSF Predator30 Rucksack Review

KarrimorSF Predator30 Rucksack Review

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Kit, Reviews | No Comments




I had been  looking to replace my EDC (every day carry) rucksack for the past year or so, as my old and trusted Karrimor Spike25L was pretty much worn out after 14 years of almost everyday use. Though it had served me well, the lining was inevitably gone, a zip was on its way out, and […]




Interview with Richard Prideaux from Original Outdoors

Interview with Richard Prideaux from Original Outdoors

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Outdoors, Resources, Reviews | One Comment




As part of the regular #RedMatter blogging challenges I am involved with, I decided to interview Richard Prideaux for this article. Richard is the leading instructor and business owner of Original Outdoors based in Denbighshire North Wales which specialise in outdoor training and activities. Richard is a fully qualified Mountain Leader with Mountain Rescue Service […]




Buying Gore-Tex Army Surplus gear online

Buying Gore-Tex Army Surplus gear online

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Kit, Outdoors, Resources, Reviews | One Comment




This is a fantastic ‘guest blog’ post, which explains the tips and tricks needed when buying Gore-Tex (especially Army  Surplus gear) online. This has been kindly written by a true industry expert,  not just in marketing outdoor products online, but also with first hand experience of working with the direct sale of army surplus gear […]




Army Surplus Shops in Norfolk

Army Surplus Shops in Norfolk

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Resources, Reviews | No Comments




Boating Holiday on the Norfolk Broads and Army Surplus Supplies.. Whilst on a family boating holiday at the end of October 2013, and navigating around the beautiful Norfolk Broads, I managed to find and visit a couple of great local Army Surplus shops by chance. Independent Businesses ?  However this post hopefully will go further […]




US Navy Gore-Tex Parka Review

US Navy Gore-Tex Parka Review

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Kit, Reviews | No Comments




Over the years, I have purchased and used a good range of Military Surplus clothing and equipment due the cost effectiveness when compared with equivalent civilian outdoor products, and also importantly for their general ‘tried and tested’ hard wearing quality. Last year I stumbled across a US Navy Gore-Tex Parka whilst browsing at a militaria […]




US Navy Digital Camouflage – Resource

US Navy Digital Camouflage – Resource

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Resources, Reviews | 2 Comments




US Navy Digital Camouflage History; Towards the end of the 1990s, the US Marine Corps began looking to update their combat uniforms from the standard US military woodland and desert equivalents to new digital camouflage patterns. These new designs were not only envisaged to be more effective in terms of camouflage capability, but also apparently […]




Exploring the hills above Treherbert in pictures

Exploring the hills above Treherbert in pictures

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Outdoors, Reviews, Uncategorized | 2 Comments




I spent a night out in the hills above Treherbert with ALXMLS, and this is the trip in a few photos. So we parked up and began the trek up the hill towards the waterfall. The views looking back where we had climbed up through the valley were spectacular. As we moved up from the […]




My Favourite Rucksacks for Outdoor Use

My Favourite Rucksacks for Outdoor Use

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Kit, Resources, Reviews | 2 Comments




I am often asked why I have so many different Rucksacks – by friends, family and colleagues. So I thought I would explain this by summarising my favourite top 5 Rucksacks (in no particular order), whilst also hopefully touching upon my reasoning behind the different load carrying variations. Over the years there have been many […]




DAS25 Bushcraft Weekend

DAS25 Bushcraft Weekend

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Outdoors, Resources, Reviews | 3 Comments




One of my favourite surplus and outdoor suppliers, Denbigh Army Surplus recently celebrated 25 years in business, by arranging a wilderness adventure to say thanks to their customers and friends for their support over the years. So in conjunction with their local outdoor course specialists at Original Outdoors, they planned 25 hours in the wilderness with […]