Särmä TST L4 Field Uniform Update
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You can develop things by fixing faults in an otherwise good idea but it only gets you so far. At some point, you should shift the focus into what's good and make it better. To avoid not "fixing if it ain't broke", care must be taken as when drilling an arsehole to a stick horse. With this philosophy in mind, we took the Särmä TST L4 Field Jacket and L4 Field Pants and whipped up some refinements.
The new material is lighter and stronger at the same time. Dries more quickly, too. It's a 50/50 Polyester-Cotton with a weight of 200 g/m2 (5.90 oz).
L4 Field Jacket
The jacket now has 8 mm zippers by Opti. The jacket pockets are easier to access thanks to longer zippers and the pockets are deeper, too. The sleeve pockets have newly developed loop bases for patches.
The cover of the front zipper and collar were tuned a slight bit.
L4 Field Pants
We deemed the rear pockets to be decorative so they were replaced with double fabric across the whole ass. The waist was lowered a slight bit - these aren't trendy pants but fit even better than before now. The cargo pockets got pleats and closures by a button and hooks-and-loops.
The cuffs and inner ankles got 500D Foxdura reinforcements.
There certainly were ants in our pants to put these into production but we wanted to make sure they are as good as we say. So the prototypes were punished around the world before green-lighting these. Here are some testimonials from our paid gang:
Despite having worked for Varusteleka for over 10 years, I have abstained from using better gear in military refresher training, as wearing basic issue-gear is part of the experience. However, one year ago I was assigned to test the updated L4 Field Jacket and Pants and I was completely sold on the idea after one week in the exercise. The blinders came off as I realized how unnecessary it is to embrace the suck and how big the improvement is over the regular M05 uniform. The materials and cut of the Särmä TST L4 is in a league of its own but doesn't stand out too much visually next to the military-issue clothes. My only complaint is the slight sweatiness of Foxdura reinforcements on the knees.
I tested the L4 Field Jacket and Pants in Finnish Brutality, Desert Brutality (Arizona), Varusteleka's Remote Military March, and various refresher training exercises with the Finnish coastal defense. To put it short, it's good as hell! Light, durable, and practical in every way.
The best field uniform. Light, breathable, durable and has no useless trinkets. This is the outfit I wore during a 100 km (62 mi) loaded march within 24 hours, Royal Marine Commando Fitness Test, Remote Military March, and several recon exercises. For me, an important aspect is the fabric that dries quickly. It improves morale and comfort during longer missions.
Särmä Merino Socks
If you still use cotton socks, dump them now and get these instead. These are superb for outdoor use, but work just as well as formal wear too! These aren't thick, so they can be used around the year. Made with our own specs in Finland.
Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool
26.99 - 34.99 USD
A purely functional merino wool T-shirt for active wear, made from merino wool, simply the best material you can wear next to the skin. Snug active fit, raglan sleeves and flatlock seams guarantee minimum chafe and maximum comfort, making this a damn good base layer for active, demanding use.
Savotta Jääkäri M backpack
209.99 - 225.99 USD
Based on the Light Border Patrol Pack, the Jääkäri M is a natural heir to the throne, an updated modern daypack, a sturdy one that carries even a few days worth of supplies comfortably.
Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool
20.99 - 31.99 USD
Designed with pure function in mind for demanding active use. The long, tight legs and high waist stay snugly and securely in place. The merino wool blend wicks moisture away and feels comfortable against the skin even in prolonged wear and varying conditions.
Särmä TST L4 Field Jacket
The L4 Field Jacket was designed for pure functionality. Smart materials and a purpose-built design guarantee the best possible comfort regardless of what type of fighting and/or sustainment load you´re carrying. This is a great alternative for the Finnish military-issue jacket, which suffers from a load of compromises due to the fact that it was designed to double up as parade wear.
Tired of shabby baseball caps? Here's a proper one! Say what you will, there's always demand for yer standard baseball cap. But this ain't no cheapo crap, it's a solid, well made cap - after all, it carries our name.
Särmä TST L3 Wind jacket
62.99 - 83.99 USD
A very lightweight and packable windshell layer jacket. Keeps freezing winds and light rain at bay while allowing moisture to freely evaporate. Primarily designed for layering between base layers and camouflage wear, but can also be used as a stand-alone jacket in light use.
Särmä TST L4 Field Pants
The L4 Field Pants were designed for pure functionality. Smart materials, a relaxed fit, and clever details make them what a pair of field pants should be, comfortable and utilitarian. These are a great alternative for the Finnish military-issue pants, which suffer from a load of compromises due to the fact that they were designed to double up as parade wear.
Särmä Hiking Socks, Merino Wool
Anatomically designed socks for demanding users and people who appreciate extra comfort in everyday life. Särmä Hiking Socks are made of lofty knit, moisture-wicking and have a proper fit to prevent blisters and keep you walking all day.
Savotta Jääkäri L rucksack
345.99 - 366.99 USD
The Jääkäri L is a large, multi-day pack designed as an update to the old 1980's Finnish Border Guard patrol pack. A very versatile, relatively simple, and bombproof military grade pack. The generous amount of PALS webbing allows for a wide array of different extra pouches to be attached, depending on your personal needs. This pack was formerly known as "Rajajääkäri".
Salomon Quest 4D GTX Forces 2 EN
The crossbreed of a sneaker and a mountain boot is just that - works well in rough terrain, but fits like a sneaker. This means it's possible to give a good sprint if necessary. Lined with Gore-Tex and has a bit of shaft too. "Military" color scheme, i.e. black. A popular choice among many special forces etc. these days.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack
The RP80 is a large, top-and-bottom loading sustainment pack that carries enough gear to keep you going for weeks. Although streamlined and straightforward the pack design offers almost endless possibilities for modular scaling and optimizing
Lowa Z-8N GTX - Särmä TST M19 Combat Boots
As a joint effort of Lowa and Varusteleka, we're proud to present the Z-8N / M19 Combat Boots! We took the stock model of the Lowa boot and not only ordered a LOT of them but had some tiny alterations made, thus is born the "M19 Combat Boot". This model is available only from Varusteleka!
Särmä Light Merino Socks
Socks so thin you could swear you're wearing your shoes in a sensual bareback fashion! And unlike many actual liner socks, these dodge the stink bullet thanks to merino wool magic!