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

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. I'm afraid that day is long gone. Today it is typically available used and in single quantities---even in Africa.

Recently we were approached by an individual in South Africa. He had access to small but significant quantity of Pattern 83 and Pattern 70 webbing which had never seen the wider market. Many businesses in South Africa have little to no web presence, so this is not unheard of. Regardless, he wanted to move them, and we quickly arranged for their export.

As a result of this import we are very pleased to have a a wider selection of Pattern 83 Battle Jackets available for purchase. This includes three collectors grade jackets which appear to have never seen use, an exceptional rarity. 

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 10). 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 I’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 hold up to ten 30rd magazines.

  • One large front pouch.

  • Two large canteen side pouches.

  • Two small side grenade pouches.

  • Large “backpack” pouch with two compartments.

Condition

Collector's: Like new condition, no observable blemishes or damage.

Great: Minor use and abrasion on the fabric, cosmetic damage.

Good: Mild use and abrasion on the fabric, minor dust and dirt (e.g. grass stains, water stains, dirt/dust pushed into webbing), cosmetic damage.

Serviceable: Dust and dirt, some stains, torn or missing components, no structural damage or damage that would impede use.

SADF PATTERN 83 BATTLE JACKET

Rated 4.6 out of 5
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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. I'm afraid that day is long gone. Today it is typically available used and in single quantities---even in Africa.

Recently we were approached by an individual in South Africa. He had access to small but significant quantity of Pattern 83 and Pattern 70 webbing which had never seen the wider market. Many businesses in South Africa have little to no web presence, so this is not unheard of. Regardless, he wanted to move them, and we quickly arranged for their export.

As a result of this import we are very pleased to have a a wider selection of Pattern 83 Battle Jackets available for purchase. This includes three collectors grade jackets which appear to have never seen use, an exceptional rarity. 

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 10). 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 I’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 hold up to ten 30rd magazines.

  • One large front pouch.

  • Two large canteen side pouches.

  • Two small side grenade pouches.

  • Large “backpack” pouch with two compartments.

Condition

Collector's: Like new condition, no observable blemishes or damage.

Great: Minor use and abrasion on the fabric, cosmetic damage.

Good: Mild use and abrasion on the fabric, minor dust and dirt (e.g. grass stains, water stains, dirt/dust pushed into webbing), cosmetic damage.

Serviceable: Dust and dirt, some stains, torn or missing components, no structural damage or damage that would impede use.

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Received it pretty quickly

Yeahhhhhh it's pretty good

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Bretty good

Rightfull rhodesian clay was stuck to it, minor cosmetic damage and staining. Overall bretty good.

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SADF vest

I love this thing it hold every thing for my innawoods needs

The only problem I had was a opening in the document pouch but I quickly sewn it shut!

Here me being gay wearing it

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Great

Adjustments are great, was really easy to get it perfectly adjusted.

For 5.45 ak74 mags it works perfect which is what i primarily bought it for.

308 scar 17 mags dont fit. Dont even bother trying this for battlerifles.

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Amazing.

Perfect condition. Absolutely love this vest. Almost to the point of not wearing it in the field to preserve it. Almost... Well worth the over time. Witness!

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