NVA shelter half, Strichtarn, surplus

12.99 EUR
NVA shelter half, Strichtarn, surplus
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One of the most versatile items issued in the NVA, although patterned more like the Soviet model. Or the Great War model, depending on your historical preferences.

A shelter half has been a part of most armies' equipment for a long time, dating back at least to the First World War and maybe even earlier. But some took it further; for example the Germans and the Russians made it much more versatile. The idea was to combine the need for a tent, rain protection, stretcher, and camouflage cape, to name a few possible uses. And this is just what even the East German Zeltbahn does pretty well.

This rectangular piece of canvas has paired buttons and keyholes on each of the four sides. It can be buttoned to other Zeltbahns to form tents both small or large. Near one corner there's a drawcord. If worn as a cape, this forms the base of the hood, while you just button up the front and stick your arms thorough the opening slits. Simple. Grommets on the corners for pitching purposes.

Made from tightly woven cotton, with a water repellent treatment. Measurements 175 x 175 cm, weight 1,2 kg.

Condition

Most looked unissued, but may be a bit dusty after decades of storage.

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3.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
03.07.2016
Hämmentävä esine: painava ja edes käsiteltynä ei täysin vedenpitävä pitkittyneessä sateessa. Silti lähes aina reissussa mukana. Toimii sadeviittana, maavaatteena, laavuna, pressuna, peittona... Onpahan ollut sopivasti taiteltuna monta kertaa maakuualustan korvaajanakin.



Jos nyt jotakin, niin saisi olla tämän mittaiselle miehelle vähän isompi ja jos olisi kevyemmästä kankaasta, niin olisi aina kassissa.



Yllättäen kankaan kuvio toimii hämärässä metsässä todella hyvin. Jopa niin hyvin, että kun sateessa kävelin pururadalla, minua päin juoksi lenkkeilijä joka ei hämärässä hahmottanut kankaaseen pukeutunutta laahustajaa.
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5/5
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15.09.2016
Useful item. Looks to be unissued. All parts are intact. Can be used as a ground cloth, poncho, or shelter. Button two together for a tent. Will need poles for this.
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4/5
I would recommend for a friend
01.11.2016
Tough canvas, used almost for everything,, tarp, tent, tipi (by piecing two together.), poncho , ground mat .. to name a few
Sure not waterproof but still a very good water-resistant shelter
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4/5
I would recommend for a friend
10.01.2017
Neat piece of equipment, arrived in what appears to be unused condition. Tried the fabric under some running sink water and seems to be mostly water resistant.
Some complaints is that all the drawstrings are not as pictured. They were more like the black plastic packing twine that you can probably find at your local hardware/farming goods store. Should be easy to replace with 550 cord if I spend a bit of time with a sewing machine.
Also I'm not really a fan of the metal buttons and corner loops. Would prefer if they were much like the Russian ones.
But hey for a dirt cheap price and really good condition, I would recommend this if you can get your hands on one.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
11.02.2017
4.5/5
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07.03.2017
Love these things, just so awesomely versatile! Almost endless uses for these and they are dirt cheap. Mine hat a little rip in it but otherwise looked fine, it was a quick fix. Just get one or even more when they are in stock, they are simply an awesome piece of gear. If you are looking for ideas to set it up as a shelter, maybe you want to check out my blog, I posted an article about different setups. Here's the link: http://skillsandthoughts.blogspot.co.at/2017/02/nva-zeltbahn-nva-tarp-setup-methods.html
I also plan to do an article about the general uses of one of these Zeltbahns.
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5/5
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14.04.2017
Hard to complain; you cannot find a better price for this item if you're an American, since these cost so much to ship.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
16.04.2017
5/5
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23.04.2017
I really like this item. I also own a Platsch Palatka, but I prefer this even though it's just a tiny bit smaller. Why? Because it seems like the East Germans took the Platsch Palatka and improved every aspect of it slightly. It has 24 super-sturdy, double-sided aluminum buttons along the entire outer edge instead of just a few toggles on one edge (and just half of that edge!); two arm slits, each of which are double-overlapped (inside and outside), with two buttons each instead of just one armslit with a single overlap and one toggle; 2 small tie-out loops (midpoints of opposite edges) instead of having none; and, overall tighter stitching and better workmanship.

The cool strichtarn pattern is just the icing on the cake.

My Platsch Palatka is now staying in my car, whereas the Zeltbahn is what I'll be carrying when I go hiking and camping.

Edit: I like it so much I made a Youtube video about it - https://youtu.be/MA0GqDVKqYo
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
29.04.2017
5/5
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08.06.2017
I bought 6 of these I'm going to use 4 of them to make a campfire/ baker tent and the other 2 are for quick tarp setup whilst canoe camping in the summer as others have said they look new/ unused very happy reasonably speedy delivery and an excellent price compared with tarpaulin prices yes they are heavy but will last a lifetime with regular proofing etc
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4.5/5
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17.07.2017
Mine arrived apporently stock new, given that all of the button holes where still factory tight with apparently having used exactly zero times.

Found immediate extra in home use for this multipurpose tool. When not in use in wilderness, it makes for a pretty darn good impromptu (and cheap) blackout curtain to keep every Northern sleepers worts in house enemy during night, Sun, out of the room.

Apparently when one makes canvas tight enough to be water and wind repellant it also is pretty light tight. Bonus for all the buttons, holes and grommets make for easy hanging from pretty much any curtain rail/pipe/support.
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5/5
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17.07.2017
Toiminut sekä maavaatteena että katoksena ... ja loistava rannalla ei tartu hiekat ja tuntuu puhdistuvan helposti suihkuttalla myös linnunpaskasta, mustikasta yms mille altistunut vuosien varrella. Ei tarvitse sääliä kun hinta kohdallaan.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
25.07.2017
I have a total of 4 of these now an I must say They are the best 12 bucks I've ever spent! They are strong, durable, and suprisingly resistant to water! You can pour it all over the thing and it just rolls off, no wet marks! They all have NVA stamps on one of the corners, along with other various numbers and markings. Curiously, the 1st two I received had a kind of black plastic rope one might find at any old store, the other two had a different kind that was gray and thinner, and a slightly different material. Guess the East Germans were changing things up as they moved along. A great buy, considering you can't find them for under 50$ in the US. I'm gonna get more next time I order!
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
28.07.2017
The ones I received are brand spankers and are very light compared to my Hungarian zeltbahns weight wise, I've yet to try either in the field though.

If it came complete with poles and pegs I'd give it the full 5 stars but for the money you get a decent lightweight basha/poncho or tent if you buy more than one.
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5/5
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01.08.2017
One of the most useful pieces of kit you can get.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
03.09.2017
Onhan nää ny ristus lättyjä. menöö pentujen kans leikkipuistos telttana,piknikalustana,ryyppyreissun sadetakkina ja 5 lättyä taipuu vaikka telttasaunaksi. Puolikas tähti lähti koska 1/6lätystä on "epämuodostunu",perkeleen hankala liittää napittamalla.joku itäsaksan maanantai-aamun tuotos.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
14.09.2017
Fantastic equipment, buy at least two and you are set.

I occasionall give one as gifts to friends and tell them to keep it in their car as an emergency tarp, poncho or shelter.

Buy a few while you can.
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5/5
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30.09.2017
I have the russian and east german variants of these. Though im yet to use the german ones they look to be more versatile with the double sided buttons and tie points. From comparing them both side by side the german ones are alot nicer overall. I may spray the buttons a darker colour though because they're shiny.

Here is a list of possible uses for one or two of these or the plash palatkas and shows how versatile and amazing value they are.
Tarps.
Tents.
Groundsheet.
Bivvy bag.
Floatation aid/rafts.
Raised beds.
Hammock.
Stretchers.
Rain cape
(German variants Also more of a rain coat when fully fastened up).
Backpack/bedroll.
Browsebag.
Camouflage.
You could probably also collect and filter water through it before you purify it as it's just very tight woven canvas.
Also a little trick for anyone hammocking if you fasten it using the buttons around the outside of the hammock also with a blanket pinned in a similar fashion it makes a lovely cocoon of warmth with no cold currents of air on your ass and you can just slide it to the end of the hammock out of the way if you wanna get in or out
And some pros over modern materials is it's strong, flame retardant, easily repairable and treatable for weather resistance, quieter, and not shiny like all this plastic stuff that poisons our water.
It's certainly a jack of all trades but master of none item. But worth all that extra weight in gold.
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4/5
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07.10.2017
The fabric these are made of is excellent - both due to the great quality, tightly-woven canvas they are made of, and whatever waterproofing agent was used in the DDR, water beads up and rolls off even in torrential rain. I assembled a shelter from 4 shelter 'halves' using 2 to make 'ends' for privacy and folding the excess inside, in combination with some of the Hungarian pole sets sold here. I didn't pay proper attention to the orientation of the buttoned-up arm-holes when I first assembled it, and if you mess that up, water will get in when it rains. In fact the waterproofing was so good, that I found pools of water sat in the arm holes after the rain stopped! I took everything apart and re-assembled with the main sections rotated 180 degrees, and the next night I was perfectly dry despite a torrential rainstorm.

The metal buttons used to assemble the shelter and close the arm-holes are cheaply and crudely made, which makes for a slightly uncomfortable job of assembling them, and as these are unused NOS, the buttonholes are often very tight. I expect that with time they will get a bit looser. I also found that one button popped off as I was rebuilding my shelter, because they are just riveted on in a fairly crude fashion.

I am quite tempted to buy more of these to extend the shelter somewhat - 170x170 is probably generously sized for the average NVA soldier - or indeed men generally in the 1970s, but I only just fit in there. Once I start that though, I have no idea when it will end...that's the beauty of modular construction!
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
22.10.2017
Very good product.. Mine is brand new... Nothing to point out!
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5/5
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23.10.2017
Mine arrived in mint condition, albeit with some white stains on the eyelets. Maybe the Volksmarine used these as duvets? Nevertheless, huge tarp, folds neatly into a small 20cm² pack. Bigger than the Polish one.
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