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SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket

Note: Ebay and other sites have been overrun with counterfeit knock-offs of the PAT 83, but our jackets are the genuine articles — no reproductions here! 

In October 2015, Pattern 83 was fully discontinued by the South African Defense Force. Since then, supplies of PAT 83 equipment have decreased exponentially due to heavy domestic and foreign demand (and a couple Mad Max movies).

For a long time, it was quite possible to find the iconic battle jacket by the hundreds. We’re afraid that day is long gone. Today it is typically available used and in single quantities — even in Africa.

Recently we uncovered a significant number of pattern 83 items while developing a separate project in South Africa. This was the result of a series of in-person visits throughout South Africa, facilitated by our local contacts there. 

Most Saffie businesses have little-to-no web presence, so things like this require phone books and commutes halfway across the country. In short, we were incredibly lucky to find a cache in this condition, and doubly so at this pricing.

As a result of this import, we are pleased to offer the crown jewel of the pattern 83 system in excellent condition. The battle jackets in this import have been hand-inspected for damage and laundered to remove the dirt and dust from years of storage. The result is as close to a new jacket as is possible, especially given the 30-some-years since the Border War.

History and Overview

The Pattern 83 webbing system was produced to fill a very specific need in the South African military. In the later years of the Border War, the SADF was hurting for a comfortable, lightweight, and simple-to-use load bearing system. As with much of the equipment of the time, private sector commercial outfitters helped the military design and produce an effective solution. The resulting “battle jacket” (heavily influenced by Rhodesian Fireforce webbing) is still in use today by the South African Defense Force and has been featured as the go-to load bearing gear of various movie baddies (see Blood Diamond, District 9, and most recently Mad Max).

The iconic “Nutria brown” pouches on the vest are made of a waterproofed Cordura nylon. You’ll find a heavy wear-resistant coating inside the pouches. The “body” of the vest is a padded breathable nylon mesh which distributes weight evenly across your shoulders, back, and hips. In total, there are five magazine pouches, each capable of holding two standard capacity mags (for a grand total of ten). Although originally intended for R4 (Galil) magazines, we’ve found the pockets are plenty roomy and will even accommodate some battle rifle users.

On the sides of the vest there are two large pouches intended for canteens. In a pinch, they can be used as dump pouches for empty magazines, but we’d recommend using them for their original purpose (dehydration is no joke). Smaller pockets arranged around the water pouches are intended to hold grenades but work just as well for storing cleaning kits and other miscellaneous small gear. The large lower pouch in the front can fit even more magazines or be used to store bandages and other bulkier items. The backpack pouch features a roomy upper and lower compartment, with additional straps to secure a bed roll.

Specs

  • Waterproof, durable Cordura nylon with nylon mesh webbing
  • Nutria brown color, designed to get dirty and build a natural camouflage
  • Padding along shoulders, back and hips
  • Webbing can be adjusted and secured with buckles to fit all sizes

Pouches

  • Five double magazine pouches, compatible with STANAG pattern magazines, and partially compatible FAL, G3, Galil, AK 5.45, and AK 5.56 magazines. Not compatible with AKM magazines.
  • One large front pouch
  • Two large canteen side pouches
  • Two small side grenade pouches
  • Large “backpack” pouch with two compartments

Condition Guide

Like-New+

  • The item has been used, but remains in like-new condition. Suitable for discerning collectors and reference use.

Excellent+

  • The item has barely any cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
  • The item may exhibit internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.

Great+

  • The item has only minor cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
  • The item may exhibit noticeable internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
  • The item may have minor field repairs, or field modifications.

Good+

  • The item has clear cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
  • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
  • The item may have minor or major field repairs, or field modifications.

Serviceable+

  • The item has significant cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
  • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
  • The item may require minor repairs to either a seam, or to the fabric to restore 100% functionality

    Note: A “+” following any of these conditions indicates the product has also been freshly laundered.

    Instructions

    Featured here we have the original SADF field manual containing adjustment, handling and maintenance information on all P83 equipment. This can be viewed here. Battle Jacket usage information can be found on pages A4-A4, A9, and A34-A46.

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      Note: Ebay and other sites have been overrun with counterfeit knock-offs of the PAT 83, but our jackets are the genuine articles — no reproductions here! 

      In October 2015, Pattern 83 was fully discontinued by the South African Defense Force. Since then, supplies of PAT 83 equipment have decreased exponentially due to heavy domestic and foreign demand (and a couple Mad Max movies).

      For a long time, it was quite possible to find the iconic battle jacket by the hundreds. We’re afraid that day is long gone. Today it is typically available used and in single quantities — even in Africa.

      Recently we uncovered a significant number of pattern 83 items while developing a separate project in South Africa. This was the result of a series of in-person visits throughout South Africa, facilitated by our local contacts there. 

      Most Saffie businesses have little-to-no web presence, so things like this require phone books and commutes halfway across the country. In short, we were incredibly lucky to find a cache in this condition, and doubly so at this pricing.

      As a result of this import, we are pleased to offer the crown jewel of the pattern 83 system in excellent condition. The battle jackets in this import have been hand-inspected for damage and laundered to remove the dirt and dust from years of storage. The result is as close to a new jacket as is possible, especially given the 30-some-years since the Border War.

      History and Overview

      The Pattern 83 webbing system was produced to fill a very specific need in the South African military. In the later years of the Border War, the SADF was hurting for a comfortable, lightweight, and simple-to-use load bearing system. As with much of the equipment of the time, private sector commercial outfitters helped the military design and produce an effective solution. The resulting “battle jacket” (heavily influenced by Rhodesian Fireforce webbing) is still in use today by the South African Defense Force and has been featured as the go-to load bearing gear of various movie baddies (see Blood Diamond, District 9, and most recently Mad Max).

      The iconic “Nutria brown” pouches on the vest are made of a waterproofed Cordura nylon. You’ll find a heavy wear-resistant coating inside the pouches. The “body” of the vest is a padded breathable nylon mesh which distributes weight evenly across your shoulders, back, and hips. In total, there are five magazine pouches, each capable of holding two standard capacity mags (for a grand total of ten). Although originally intended for R4 (Galil) magazines, we’ve found the pockets are plenty roomy and will even accommodate some battle rifle users.

      On the sides of the vest there are two large pouches intended for canteens. In a pinch, they can be used as dump pouches for empty magazines, but we’d recommend using them for their original purpose (dehydration is no joke). Smaller pockets arranged around the water pouches are intended to hold grenades but work just as well for storing cleaning kits and other miscellaneous small gear. The large lower pouch in the front can fit even more magazines or be used to store bandages and other bulkier items. The backpack pouch features a roomy upper and lower compartment, with additional straps to secure a bed roll.

      Specs

      • Waterproof, durable Cordura nylon with nylon mesh webbing
      • Nutria brown color, designed to get dirty and build a natural camouflage
      • Padding along shoulders, back and hips
      • Webbing can be adjusted and secured with buckles to fit all sizes

      Pouches

      • Five double magazine pouches, compatible with STANAG pattern magazines, and partially compatible FAL, G3, Galil, AK 5.45, and AK 5.56 magazines. Not compatible with AKM magazines.
      • One large front pouch
      • Two large canteen side pouches
      • Two small side grenade pouches
      • Large “backpack” pouch with two compartments

      Condition Guide

      Like-New+

      • The item has been used, but remains in like-new condition. Suitable for discerning collectors and reference use.

      Excellent+

      • The item has barely any cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
      • The item may exhibit internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.

      Great+

      • The item has only minor cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
      • The item may exhibit noticeable internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
      • The item may have minor field repairs, or field modifications.

      Good+

      • The item has clear cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
      • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
      • The item may have minor or major field repairs, or field modifications.

      Serviceable+

      • The item has significant cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
      • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
      • The item may require minor repairs to either a seam, or to the fabric to restore 100% functionality

        Note: A “+” following any of these conditions indicates the product has also been freshly laundered.

        Instructions

        Featured here we have the original SADF field manual containing adjustment, handling and maintenance information on all P83 equipment. This can be viewed here. Battle Jacket usage information can be found on pages A4-A4, A9, and A34-A46.

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          Reviewed by Zach A., from United States
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          Best. Jacket. Ever.

          Not only is it incredibly stylish but it also holds all the items I need for long hikes in the mountains or patrols in the Desert . The best part is the history of the jacket and I can see who wore it last! Definitely a great buy !

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          Top quality from the boys down south

          10/10 Light comfortable and low profile while still having buckets of storage, wrap your bedroll around it and you're set for a week long ruck, and for the Simonov bros out there each mag pouch comfortably carries 6 clips with easy extraction. Grab em while you can it doesn’t get much better than this.

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          Handy bit of kit.

          Bought a battle damaged one several years ago for about 50 American dollars. Customized it for a water bladder and it easily carries anything needed for 24hrs. Excellent mag capacity, comfortable and durable.

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          Wish I could put it to some real use!

          Haven't gotten to put it to much use yet sadly due to this whole quarantine deal but it arrived on time and the only defect is a tear halfway down the divider of one of the ammo pouches. It isn't anything worse than I'd have expected given the condition (doesn't really impact the use of the pouch) I chose and would be easy enough to repair.

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          Pattern 83 battle jacket

          I ordered the "Great+" condition of this item。The battle jacket is a true classic from the Bush War Era of Southern Africa. It is a versatile load bearing system but I suspect the magazine pouches are designed to carry AR or R4 mag, and AK mag will not be a nice fit (you can check on the web)

          The quality of the item for me is lesser to "great+" with partial server wear and tear,since it is a surplus item so I can live with that.

          Just a point of reference: there are two types for the P83 vest but there is no indication on the web store, so I assume it is random.

          Overall I am happy with the purchase.

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