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10 hours ago, RememberSchiff said:

Update Friday Aug 23, 2019: 

After a century, I. Goldberg Army & Navy closed Friday. Back in the 60's, my Dad bought my camping gear there.  :(

https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-closes-for-good-army-navy-taps-20190823.html

https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-army-navy-philadelphia-business-closing-20190820.html

Mine too.  The canteen I had lasted two decades before being accidentally kicked off the side of one of the presidential range peaks in the White Mountains.  Way too far for me to climb down to get it.

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18 hours ago, RememberSchiff said:

Update Friday Aug 23, 2019: 

After a century, I. Goldberg Army & Navy closed Friday. Back in the 60's, my Dad bought my camping gear there.  :(

https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-closes-for-good-army-navy-taps-20190823.html

https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-army-navy-philadelphia-business-closing-20190820.html

Back in the day, civilians used to buy Military surplus because it was typically the best stuff available for the outdoors (and often cheapest).

Nowadays, those in the Military buy civilian gear because it's usually much better than that issued to them (though never the cheapest).

Obviously there are exceptions, especially when we started getting issued cold- and wet-weather gear made by Patagonia.

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13 minutes ago, Pale Horse said:

Back in the day, civilians used to buy Military surplus because it was typically the best stuff available for the outdoors (and often cheapest).

Nowadays, those in the Military buy civilian gear because it's usually much better than that issued to them (though never the cheapest).

Obviously there are exceptions, especially when we started getting issued cold- and wet-weather gear made by Patagonia.

 

Joke in my troop growing was the following: "Government surplus, if it is designed to survive combat, it MAY survive Boy Scouts." :)

 

Forgot to add, I am still using my used A.L.I.C.E. pack I got back in 1988/89. Oldest has used it too.

Edited by Eagle94-A1

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