Military Surplus for the Great Outdoors
We've discussed why we love army surplus, but purely from a fashion stand point. Sure, it's a known fact that vintage clothing is ideal for breaking conventions and forging your own style, like many do with military gear. But there's more to simply slapping on an old army shirt and getting stuck into a festival mud bath or showing off your militaristic chic on a night out.
Getting Out And About With Army Surplus
Aah the Great British countryside. Is there anything finer? It's a far cry from the urban jungle where you can normally find Rokit, but that doesn't mean we don't love it so! Aside from being, you know, gorgeous, it's a place where you can really connect with the great outdoors and nature. But before you accuse us of coming across all flower power, hear us out. Hiking, rambling, mountaineering, kayaking and loads of other outdoor pursuits are just ready to be tackled; but first you're going to have to be dressed properly.
So why army surplus? Why not just go out and get some specialised gear? Well, yeah, you could do that but consider this: members of the armed forces have to put up with a lot of less than pleasant climates and conditions. As such, they've got to be kitted out properly. So you know with old military gear it's going to be a) practical and b) more rugged than a warehouse full of rugs.
We all know the unpredictability of British weather. One moment the Ssun will have finally peaked from behind the clouds and next it's raining so much that fields aren't so much green spaces but oceans of mud. It's all very well and good for Glastonbury, but not when you fancy a spot of hiking. Items of military surplus laugh all of this off.
Considering they were meant to be worn in the most trying of conditions, you can be assured that old army kit will keep you warm and dry whatever the UK can throw at you. There's no need to get down on your knees and curse the name Michael Fish ever again as you'll be prepared for any wayward weather.
It doesn't really matter what you're planning to do either. A military-grade waterproof jacket will be more than capable of keeping out any windchill or spots of rain if you were to be scaling the side of Snowdon or river-rafting in the rapids up north.