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Universal Improved Combat Shelter

rated 3 of 5 stars Universal Improved Combat Shelter Military Two-walls, low-profile freestanding tent by Orc Industries For 1-2 person (1.5 person tent) Color: Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) Dimensions Outer: 250x170x88 mm Dimensions Inner: 240x100x83 mm Weight: 2.9 kg I would love this tent if it was truly one-person (instead of 1.5 person) with outer dimensions:  200x140x95 (2.2 kg) instead of 250x170x88 (2.9 kg) Plus painted olive green or one of RealTree patterns (instead of UCP, which is useless in forest)… Full review

MOLLE Pack

rated 3 of 5 stars Not bad for what you pay for it these days, more for mountaineering than backpacking and thru-hikes. Way to bulky for day hikes. I carried max loads in the military with it and about a 40-lb load with an added 15 to 20 lbs of firewood and it carried that load well. I still prefer lighter civilian packs like Osprey, which only weighs slightly over 4 lbs and has an AG suspension harness. Full review

Modular Sleep System MSS

rated 4 of 5 stars Great first sleeping system (with two pads). Horrible for backpacking. I recommend the MSS to all my Boy Scouts. A used MSS paired with two foam pads is BY FAR the best value in sleeping gear. Here's what I give all my new Scouts (and parents): A synthetic-fill sleeping bag and two dimpled foam pads are best for most Scouts. Both are cheaper, rugged, easier to wash, and handle wet/dirty conditions better. Both can be used with better and/or cold-weather gear you can buy later. Consider first the… Full review

M65 Trouser Liner

rated 5 of 5 stars I used these in the late Cold War Army—wonderful when worn alone but sometimes not warm when buttoned in the cold-weather fatigue pants. It's the same construction as the wonderful poncho liners which thankfully the U.S. military still provides. In addition to Amazon, etc, you can get these at Army-Navy surplus stores, although Amazon etc tends to be cheaper. Just concurring with other reviewers—it's a great piece of military surplus that is cheap, warm, and dries fast, although when buttoned… Full review

Gen III, Level 2 ECWCS Top

rated 5 of 5 stars U.S. made Polartec Power Grid fleece top for $20. Compare to the $100 Patagonia R1 which is now made overseas. I find myself wearing the level 2 grid fleece top (aka waffle top) more than any other garment when playing outdoors. Here's why: Ultra breathable Great wicking properties Warm, even as an outer layer Versatile: can be used effectively as a base, mid, or outer layer Thumb holes to facilitate the donning of other layers Half zip for venting Even if I do sweat while wearing this, the impressive… Full review

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Armed Forces equipment can often be found secondhand or at Army-Navy surplus stores.