Solid gear and a place to get this gear is an essential part of any camping, prepper, survivalists toolbox. Many times we find ourselves perusing Amazon or Ebay and crossing our fingers when the gear we see doesn’t have a good number of reviews or is stuck in the limbo of the 50/50 world, where half love it and half hate it. Since no one likes to flip coins we often find ourselves out searching the web/local sporting good stores and even yard sales and pawn shops to locate gear we need so that we can ensure the safety and comfort of our family.
While I am and always will be a dedicated bargain shopper, with some items bargain shopping is not beneficial overall. You can get the less expensive pullet or the less expensive knife and still have a solid tool. With jackets, tents, sleeping bags and the like, less expensive sometimes means the difference between relative comfort and uncomfortable, soggy days. So where is the middle ground?
Military 1st is a great website based in Great Britain with reasonable pricing and relatively quick shipping. To test them out I ordered the Helikon Wolfhound Light Insulated Jacket in “coyote” or light tan. Upon receiving the jacket less than 10 days after ordering it, I was quick to try it on, for we Arizonans, this is a perfect jacket to have, as layering is essential given the large temperature swings that occur this time of the year.
Over the weekend we had a group (local friends/family/like minds) get together and did some shooting, training, eating and all around enjoying of each others company. The jacket soon found its way on to one individual who promptly fell asleep only to later waken and state, wow, that’s a nice jacket. The next morning my son grabbed it on the way out the door to school, he is 14 and stands 2 inches taller than I do, it fit him well, (though looser in the waist than with myself) and after wearing it all day he came home and sheepishly stated, “dad, I grabbed your jacket”…smiling he said, “can I have one now?”
Now I cannot vouch for the other products on the site, I can however, say that with myself they were prompt, extremely well mannered and as is usual with our British cousins explained exactly what was being received on the site. Very punctual, solid material and worth the money spent. Again, I do not always spend lots of money and truly do enjoy looking for the bargains, however, there are times when finding both or possibly spending a bit more will in fact, get you a better product. This is one of those times, I think that this Online Product Portal would make a great addition to your repertoire of places to shop.
Pricing is in British pounds, however, this is easily changed to dollars with any number of online currency conversion tools. Shipping is quite quick and reasonable as well. It will come via Royal Post, made me feel quite special, maybe silly but heck it’s the little things right? Regardless, I hope that they are able to stay around for a bit and keep supplying solid well-made equipment and clothing for reasonable prices.
Free the mind and the body will follow