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SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.

SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus

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South Africa is one of the few countries that rival Israel when it comes to military endeavors on their own soil or nearby. The South African Pattern 83 Battle Jacket is one of the most well-known modern pieces of military kit. It has been copied by numerous manufacturers and is found in a plethora of colors and patterns in service worldwide.

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SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus.

South Africa is one of the few countries that rival Israel when it comes to military endeavors on their own soil or nearby. The South African Pattern 83 Battle Jacket is one of the most well-known modern pieces of military kit. It has been copied by numerous manufacturers and is found in a plethora of colors and patterns in service worldwide.

After working together with the Rhodesian security forces in the '70s, the South African military picked up some ideas from the famous James North, and Fereday & Sons combat vest designs and started making their own ones. The first designs were pretty much copies of the Rhodesian ones but led to further development of various models, which were issued primarily to the Special Forces.

After a couple of years, the final design of the Pattern 83 Battle Jacket emerged. It was to replace the aging Pattern 70 yoke-based webbing and did so in the mid-'80s. Since then, the Pattern 83 Battle Jacket has seen continuous use and is still in service today. Outside Africa, these have been most notably used by individual British fighters serving in the Middle East.

The Australian School of Human Movement Studies and Centre for Human Movement found in 2002 that a person wearing a Pattern 83 Battle Jacket consumes significantly less energy on the move compared to a person wearing traditional webbing with a yoke and belt.

The vest in a nutshell

The design process was heavily influenced by experienced bush soldiers and any kind of input from pencil pushers was quickly shot down. While progress has been made since this vest was and still is a prime example of functional fighting gear.

  • Durable and breathable mesh construction.
  • Tough, Cordura-like fabric in Nutria Brown.
  • Generously padded for comfort.
  • Adjustable straps on the sides and shoulders for a good fit.
  • Pouches with flaps for
    • Up to twelve (12!) 35rnd R4 magazines,
    • grenades, and
    • other necessities.
  • Two large pouches on the sides for 2-liter (1/2 gallons) canteens or field radios.
  • Two large daypack compartments on the back.

Genuine South-African surplus

This is a very sought-after piece of kit, grab yours while stocks last!

These are in a used condition, sometimes a bit rough, but perfectly serviceable. They are a bit dusty, some seams and straps might be a bit frayed, and the fabric can be patched up. There could even be some markings by the previous owners on them. Some have even had bloody field dressings in the pouches but we try to scavenge such relics for ourselves.

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10.08.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
I utilize this for day hiking. Hands down one of the best day packs ever. Yes, it is 100+ $ but the storage space is immense. I was able to boulder with every pouch filled to the brim no problem! Compared to yokes and even lumbar packs you won’t find anything much better than this!

Downside is the two water pouches on the sides are a little oddly shaped but 2L hydration bladders fit well.

There is an inside pouch on the left interior near the buckle as well for map storage.
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Three stars
I would not recommend to a friend

24.08.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
AK:n 7,62mm:n lippaat eivät mahdu lipastaskuihin, mikä on yllättävää. Lisäksi omasta liivistäni PUUTTUU RINTALIPASTASKU! On törkeää pyytää 130€ moisesta kakkoslaatuisesta tuotteesta!
Varustelekan ehdottomasti pitäisi siirtyä hyvien puolelle ja alkaa lajittelemaan tuotteitaan ykkös-, kakkos- ja kolmoslaatuihin, ja sen mukaisiin hintoihin!

Lyhyesti:

Olen pettynyt, älä osta ylihintaista tuotetta.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

01.02.2021 (Edited 15.06.2021)
Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

10.02.2021 (Edited 15.06.2021)
Well thought out, plenty of room for the essentials with no space for bullshit.

Was worried the vest may be too big as I'm quite small, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only does the vest adjust small enough to sit at the appropriate height, but it's high enough to allow me to use a mid height holster and a few pouches mounted towards the front of the belt.

5/5, would fight commies in Africa with
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

14.03.2021 (Edited 24.06.2021)
I was initially pretty skeptical of spending over $100 on a piece of military kit like this, but I've got to say it lives up to the hype. The design is extremely efficient, with an incredible amount of storage space for just about anything you can think of. It's also very comfortable and distributes the weight well. It works great as a day pack, a piece of competition shooting gear or even as a realistic weight vest for training and exercise.

Pricey, but worth.
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Sebastiano B. 23.07.2021
I wonder how long it will take for someone starting production of these and the P83 chest rig again. Karrimor 's and Morane's versions were different from the original and went out of production recently, I speculate due to poor sales. Wouldn't a proper quality exact copy of the now 100+ euros original that is hard to get even in Africa sell better? P83 webbing, nutria apparel and, in general, material from pre-1994 South Africa is obviously very desired and clearly not just by collectors.
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James B. 23.07.2021 (Edited 27.07.2021)
This is, of course, an '80s version of the British 1942 Battle Jerkin, first used in action on Operation Overlord. This, the original combat vest also had two large rear small pack pockets, side water bottle and front ammunition pouches. It also came in a chocolate brown colour, and some in light khaki were made. Possibly the Rhodesians copied it too. However, one original military invention we, the good guys, can thank the Saaf Efricans for is the Mine Protected Vehicle.
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James B. 24.07.2021
Also see:- the combat vests used by Egyptian Army assault troops for the crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
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