MIL Another REVIEW YOUR GEAR thread

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  1. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Pro's List
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    Review (your own words)

    You must have either owned or used the product you review. :squint:
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Surefire E1e
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    Retail/Best Price:
    $79.00 / $69.99
    Pro's:
    • Small. Fits easily in the palm of your hand, pocket, molle strap, etc.
    • Bright as fuck.
    • Rugged as fuck.
    • Waterproof.
    • Momentary on & constant on button on the base, where it should be.
    • No need to rotate the bezel to focus.
    • Filters available (red/blue/infrared)
    Con's:
    • Expensive as fuck. If all you want/need is a small flashlight, there are many alternatives.
    • Takes a non-standard and expensive battery. ($21 for a box of 12)
    • Your buddies will steal it if you don't tie it to your body. Mine stays tied to my IBA with a length of 550 cord.
    Review:
    I'm a sucker for impulse buys, but I always looked at the surefire line as a sucker's buy. Until I impulse-bought one. Now I am a confirmed believer and surefire customer. This is one of the smallest that surefire makes, and for me it's pretty much all I'll need. I don't need to hit anyone over the head with it. All I need is to see what I'm looking at and know that the light will work when I need it to. I carried a mini maglite before, and although it worked, I didn't like having to focus the beam every time I turned it on. And it wasn't as tough as I needed my flashlight to be. This one beats the maglite line in every area I need except for the price. For me, the trade-off was worth it.​
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Oakley S.I. Assault Boot
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    Retail/Best Price: Pro's:
    • Most comfortable thing I've worn on my feet, with the exception of fluffy socks.
    • The sole and leather don't easily come apart, unlike other tactical boots I've bought/worn.
    • Excellent traction in dirt/sand/rock terrain.
    Con's:
    • More expensive than the free mil-issue boots.
    • More expensive than most tactical boots available in stores.
    • You'll need to wrap the laces around the top of the boot when tying them. I prefer my laces this way, but you may not.
    Review:
    My previous boots were Bates 9" Assault. The Bates had a problem with the sole and leather separating at the toe, like a cheap pair of tennis shoes. These are much more durable than the Bates, and also much more comfortable.

    They were comfortable from the instant I put them on the first time. After 3 months of use they feel like moccasins, only with tougher soles. When I first bought them I didn't like the fact that they don't have the open hook to speed-lace them on the top 2-3 holes like other boots. That was easily fixed by just tying a "combat knot" in the end of the lace, and pulling the laces loose in the top 3 holes. When I put them on, I just pull the knots tight. Easier and faster than the speed-lace loops I had in my other boots. :wiggle:

    I haven't experienced any "hot" areas around the heels or soles. I've never had any blisters or sores from wearing them, although the fact that I always wear soft hiking socks may help.

    The sole pattern doesn't lend itself to collecting mud and snow like other boots. You pretty much get the grip without the cling. I have read reviews online that say these boots aren't good for wet surfaces, but I haven't noticed any problem yet (we're nearing the end of the rain season in Iraq as I type this).
     
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    you can't get your Supply to issue batteries?
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Not for non-issued equipment. :mad:
     
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    Rayovac Sportsman 3-in-1 LED Headlamp

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    $15-20

    Pros
    -Price
    -Durability
    -Red Light

    Cons
    -Triple A batteries can be hard to get in the field

    Probably the best piece of gear I have ever purchased on my own. I have had it for over three years, it lasted through my entire deployment. Very comfortable to wear. It operates in three clicks, the first is red, second is white led, third is regular white flashlight. The fact that it clicks to red first is awesome. You don't need to buy a $100 dollar headlamp, this does everything that those do.
     
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    if it is attached to your rifle they should support you. Or if you have other guys in your platoon that do have surefires issued to them, get a couple of batteries from them.
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    This is just a small hand-held light. Not attached to my weapon. And my supply guys suck cock.
     
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    Con: Won't be authorized for wear in the soon to be published AR 670-1
     
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    Marine Corps clamped down on that shit too but just make sure you aren't wearing them around fobbits
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    maybe when they pry them
    FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!
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