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Make sure you get a genuine one, and not a Chinese knock-off.

I have an issued one from waaaay back, somewhere in a stack of gear, and they are much better quality than all of the copies I have seen.

There are a few places in SA that may still have them for sale, but you will probably have to get on one of the local forums to get good info.

Regards.

Mark

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Picked mine up in the late 90s, used it quite a bit over the years and it has held up in spite of it. I cut the divider out in the back two sustainment pouches to hold a camelbak (the original 70Oz in the black sleeve) and ran it all over Bosnia in the pre first election SFOR days weighed down with camera gear and other sundry stuff. Even used it during Katrina/Rita responses. 

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Mine was issued in the late 80's. We called them Gevegsbaadjies, which translated from Afrikaans means Battle Jacket.

It was issued along with a set of chest webbing and a large framed backpack, both made out of the same materials.

The GB could hold 12 to 15 35 round R4/R5 magazines, 4 liters of water in 2 liter bottles, a manpack radio, rations in a set of nested mess tins, compass, grenades, and a bunch of smaller stuff.

As for the smell, I think it comes from the dye they use for the canvas. All the webbing smells like that, especially the older stuff. 

Fun times.

Regards.

Mark

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jcustisredux,

I have taken a look at fire line-packs.  Funny enough lots of us bush dudes got pulled into firefighting this summer due to the scope of what was going on in our area and I ended up having an American crew attached to me that were all running either Mystery Ranch or Nar Gear lumbar packs.  Have been tossing the idea around of trying that out along with my HPG Kit Bag (tablet, field book, compass, gps, etc all fits in there nice).

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I like mine much more than a flc. The M83 is going to be more pocket space without the extra 2 - 4 layers & attachment bulk. I used mine for years with only a few mods. I pulled the divider from the middle of the back pouches, thois made camelbacks fit great. I also used the straps along the back to roll up a jacket and a tarp. In Bosnia it was my one stop grab and go kit. Used it 1996 - 2006. It went on several deployments, so I am partial. 

I still use mine. Original and unmodified, but well-worn and a bit battered and bruised.

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For what it's worth, Varusteleka isn't TOO pricey for one of these rigs since non-EU buyers don't pay VAT and they ship fast too via DHL. When I order a Box O' Crap from them it's typically 7 days or less from Helsinki to Sydney - even during COVID-19. Great folks to deal with.

Varusteleka link - https://www.varusteleka.com/en...-jacket-surplus/8448

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I still use mine. Original and unmodified, but well-worn and a bit battered and bruised.

 

For what it's worth, Varusteleka isn't TOO pricey for one of these rigs since non-EU buyers don't pay VAT and they ship fast too via DHL. When I order a Box O' Crap from them it's typically 7 days or less from Helsinki to Sydney - even during COVID-19. Great folks to deal with.

Varusteleka link - https://www.varusteleka.com/en...-jacket-surplus/8448

The DPCU copies used to be popular.

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