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    + 1 on the poncho and the wool blanket. I'm not a fan of the Alice packs though. Also, the allure of the Sportsman's Guide "buy 4 for the 19.99" is sometimes a mixed bag. Sometimes those deals are for great gear, sometimes you get total crap. I bought some Czech canvas work clothes that lasted exactly one week before they fell apart. Also the SG deal on the "windproof" lighters is not worth it. They fall apart and are beyond fixing.

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    ALICE and Woobie.

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    USGI wool blanket and molle ruck, love them both!

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    all my molle gear. french or german canteen cups. canadian poncho. wool scarf in the winter.

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    My favorite day pack is the Italian surplus Mountain Rucksack. It goes from between $15-$40. I bought mine in new condition for $40. Here's a BCUSA review of the pack:

    http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=52672

    My surplus nalgene water bottle carrier was $2. It's a british military ammo pouch. Here's the review of the pouch:

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62979

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    Alice pack, poncho, e tool, Italian army wool blanket, sleep system bivy (so glad the army let me keep it!), that's all I can think of. I love the canteen cup paired with the stove, but I don't like using a plastic canteen. Anyone know where one might find a ss army style canteen?

    Aw man! Forgot my arctic mittens and my wooly-pulley sweaters! Saved my bacon on sub-zero arctic nights already!
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    Hmmmm, let me think...

    Shelter half tents: four so far, WWII to recent.
    Dad's SS canteen, several canteen cups, covers
    USGI mess kit
    M1956 H suspender rig with butt pack
    Alice pack and frame
    BDU sets in woodland and desert, boonie hats to match
    Several ponchos
    Woodland bivy, cotton sleeping bag cover
    arctic shell from earlier issue feather-filled sleeping system
    surplus therma-rest pad
    various pouches and bags
    entrenching tool
    one-pint survival flask
    various match safes, P-38 can openers
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    Poncho, woobie, sleeping bag, wool blankets. Woobie is my fav.
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    USGI poncho liner (I have several of these and they are awesome!)
    USGI wool socks ( I wear them everyday, seriously!)
    550 paracord (Use it for everything)
    USGI 1 quart canteen with cup and canteen cover
    USGI 2 quart canteen with cover
    USGI E-tool
    USGI ALICE Med. pack with frame
    Swiss Army AlphenFlage Poncho
    USGI boonie hat
    U.S. Army black web pants belt
    German stainless steel knife, spoon, fork, can opener
    USGI Electrican's knife

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