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Old 29-09-2009, 10:47 AM
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Default Polish Army 2 Man Shelter (pic heavy)

As promised; a ‘review’ of the Polish Army 2 man shelter.

This bit of new shiny was ordered for me by Twodogs (many thanks Cliff) from German eBay.

Grand total of £24 and arrived in a couple of days.

It arrived with Andy2112 on Friday at Swift Valley. No shots of the kit whist being opened out because of my habit of getting things up quickly (but once it’s up, it’s up)

Condition

Both halves were in unissued condition and complete. One half even retained a paper label referring to the manufacturer and I guess the Polish equivalent of a NSN.

The real surprise was the date on both halves; one was made in 1978 the other in 1976!

Proper, old school gear and in a tough, but quite light, cotton canvas. Colour of; GREEN.



Erection

Everything went together very easily; and if you know how to do up buttons and erect a tent properly you will have no problems.



Space

There’s loads of it. I’m 6’ and a big chunk of ration eater. I use the MSS (reviewed elsewhere here)
And there was no problems fitting me, my doss kit, rucksack and ammo inside.



Comfort

I like it. Slept very well and draft free on the 3 nights that I used it. The weather at SV was fine; but as always a bit of a breeze/wind that was quite chilly at night and early morning. I didn’t feel any of that and was only in a patrol bag, bivvy bag and on a multimat type base.

Entry/Exit

No dramas here for the late night/early morning entry and exit. I didn’t fasten the shelter up fully; I just looped the loose flap over a tent peg. It is something I will work on though to make it a bit easier. It did however provide sufficient seal for the night.

Behind closed doors

There’s plenty of headroom when closed down, and the whole thing lights up very easily with a basic light source.





What next?

Do I like it? Oh yes! Very happy as it is, and it will be my kit of choice for autumn and winter meets.
The only things I will do are:
• Add loops of elastic in the peg holes to provide some tension.
• I will fully button the two halves together and pack and haul the kit as one unit on the radio shelf of my Alice pack frame.
• Waterproof the shelter with a suitable agent.
• Get a bit funky with a made to measure groundsheet.



Any questions folks; fire away.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 29-09-2009, 10:55 AM
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Good review Neil,must have been comfy in there, as you never got out of it till gone 12 yesterday

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Old 30-09-2009, 10:18 PM
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Good review Neil,must have been comfy in there, as you never got out of it till gone 12 yesterday

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Old 29-09-2009, 11:05 AM
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It looks to me to be about the same size as a Golite Hex 3, or Shangri La as it is now known. I'll bring my Hex next month for a comparison side by side shot, there isn't much in it!
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Old 29-09-2009, 11:17 AM
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I've still to try mine but seems a pretty bombproof shelter for not many sheckles.
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Old 29-09-2009, 11:21 AM
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As I have said elsewhere, it looks very similar in size to me Hex 3, getting rid of the pole in the middle would make it lighter to carry and give you more space inside. Simply sew a loop at the top of each shelter half and when you put it together thread a ridge line through the top most loop and suspend the shelter between two trees, much as I do with the Hex. I tend to use a karabiner off the loop to make life a little easier.

I was intrigued by this shelter but don't think it is worth me getting one if it is the same size as my Hex. It will certainly weigh more, so I'l stick with the Hex, although I bet a fire near that isn't as dangerous as one near the silnylon Hex!
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As I have said elsewhere, it looks very similar in size to me Hex 3, getting rid of the pole in the middle would make it lighter to carry and give you more space inside. Simply sew a loop at the top of each shelter half and when you put it together thread a ridge line through the top most loop and suspend the shelter between two trees, much as I do with the Hex. I tend to use a karabiner off the loop to make life a little easier.

I was intrigued by this shelter but don't think it is worth me getting one if it is the same size as my Hex. It will certainly weigh more, so I'l stick with the Hex, although I bet a fire near that isn't as dangerous as one near the silnylon Hex!
That would be interesting. I'm trying to keep mods to a minimum but not having the pole in there would be useful. I didn't find it a problem and it was handy for hanging a torch inside.

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That would be interesting. I'm trying to keep mods to a minimum but not having the pole in there would be useful. I didn't find it a problem and it was handy for hanging a torch inside.

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The Hex has a loop inside for that too!
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I'll be having a mess about with this kit over the next couple of days. I'll update as and when.
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Great Review Neil.
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