Czechoslovakian foot wrap, surplus

1.99 USD
Czechoslovakian foot wrap, surplus
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Not often do you find such relics today - after all these years the Czech army finally let go of their foot wraps. Being Finns we naturally were very interested in them. These are tied up probably like the Soviet and Finnish wraps, which are close relatives. 1 pc means 1 wrap! Buy two if you are lucky enough to have two feet! Buy one if you just intend to use it as a rag.

Important: the sizes vary quite a lot. We have no time to go through each rag, so we really can't promise you that the cloth you get will even work as a foot wrap. This is unfortunate, but what can you do.

Footwraps have a history probably almost as long as the mankind itself, but during the last centuries they have been known almost exclusively as a soldier's item. Of course they come in many shapes and sizes, these Czechoslovakian ones seem to be modeled after the longer Soviet wraps very similar to the ones used by our own army until the 90's. Most of us are too young to have been actually taught how to use them, but with some research we managed to come up with a workable style - the most important thing is not to leave bad wrinkles beneath.

As you probably know, socks have replaced wraps today, but these still are sort of useful:

  • They fill jackboots pretty well
  • They dry faster than regular socks
  • Wraps beginning to wear out? Just start wrapping from the other end!
  • Work as a top layer on a sock for collecting sweat and providing some extra insulation.
  • If you need to equip a million man army, these are way cheaper to make than socks!

These come in two flavours; thick flannel and thin cotton. We get them in random batches and quickly sort them out as they come. Measurements for the flannel one about 70 x 42 cm, and 55 x 42 cm for the thin cotton wrap and this does vary A LOT, usually downwards of course, maybe even so much that these are difficult to use for their intended purpose. Please accept this when ordering.

Instructions (Finnish army style)

  • 1. Place you foot on top of the rag about two foot widths from the edge.
  • 2. Fold the corner under your foot.
  • 3. Wrap the other end over your foot.
  • 4. Continue - now turn it under your foot.
  • 5. Pull the corners to get the wrap sit tight and without wrinkles.
  • 6. Ready! Make sure there are no creases under the foot. This will probably take several tries to get it right at first.

The wrapping styles vary, this is just one of them - for example, in the Soviet doctrine you start by placing your foot diagonally on the rag. Bottom line: if it works for you, it's not wrong.

The flannel model is probably better for the intended purpose, while the cotton style is maybe best used as a cleaning rag.

Condition

Usually unissued naturally, but might have heavy storage stains and such. The edges are not finished, but left raw.

Product reviews

Rating average 3.25/5 - 3 ratings.


4/5
I would recommend for a friend
29.12.2016
Olen sitä sukupolvea, että jalkarättejä käytettiin intissä! Ja ei räteissä mitään pahaa sanottavaa ole ja niitä käytettiin kumisaappaissa ja nahkasaappaissa; alle jalkarätit ja päälle villasukat. Ja tuolla reseptillä mentiin ja tuntui jopa pehmeälle jalassa.
Suosittelen noita flanellirättejä, ovat varmaan lähelle sitä materiaalia mitä olivat intin rätit!
Ja minunkin sukkavarastosta löytyy muutamat jalkarätit, vaikka olenkin niin sukkien pilaama, ettei niitä tahdo tulla käytettyä, vaikka minulla on kahdet intin nahkasaappaat!
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1/5
I would not recommend to a friend
01.04.2017
Way to small. I got two, one was 68x40cm the other was a tiny 55x40cm. These were flannel and very warm, but much smaller than advertised.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
01.04.2017
Jalkaräti on loistava keksintö. Täyttää hyvin tilaa isossa kengässä ja on lämmin. Lisäksi kuivuvat tosi nopeasti verrattuna sukkiin.
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