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1. Posted by Patrick89 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi there!

I'm looking for travel gear and thought about buying it from the military (Bundeswehr).
That includes: boots, rucksack (60 l.), compass and cutlery.

Are these good enough there? I'm trying to spend just a little money....

2. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Army gear not built with weight constraints in mind. Buy lightweight everything, except perhaps your hiking boots, army boots not in the running (no pun intended). Also their stuff is expensive. I would think in the current economic climate there would be bargains to be had.

3. Posted by Jimix (Inactive 15 posts) 7y

In todays consumer world you get what you pay for. In saying that you should be fine with the rucksac, compass and cutlery as these items should withstand rough usage.

Clothes I would probably shop around for a bargain.

With boots look at it as an investment as a good pair of boots can last you for years i.e. get the ones that suit your feet best regardless of price. As the saying goes "If your feet are f**ked, the rest of you is f**ked" :)

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 7y

One small point - I know this might sound a bit silly, but i would be wary about having too much ex army gear, depending on where you are going. Sometimes Army rucksacks (and assuming you look reasonably fit/dressed etc) can cause problems at borders/internal checks, and I would certainly advise against wearing army gear and carrying an army rucksack. I know more than one person who has ended up spending several nights in jails/police cells after being picked up by police who didn't believe he was a tourist...

Much of the world is (or used to be) fine, but in more paranoid places...

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

BW Besteck (cutlery) - YES, best thing the Bund ever gave to the public. I got my set for 1 EUR at a flea market.

boots, compass - check out, should cost about the same without the stigma of ex-army. Boots only if they are your own, already worn in after your Grundwehrdienst.

Rucksack - no. I've seen the BW ones and IMO Deuter is far better. I really like the ACT lite series, the 40+10 or the 50+10 would work very well for you. Go into a shop and try on, then look online for the best deal. I usually find good bargains for Deuter rucksacks on ebay.

sleeping bag - again see the "Globetrottel" site. Their house-brand "Meru" sleeping bags are very good value for money.

A good rucksack and good boots are the most essential things on your trip.