>This is a review of the Danner Explorer, style #45200.
I bought these boots for myself in lieu of the Danner Mountain Light as it was out of stock at the time. The boots I ordered were a 11D (standard width). When I received them, they were of course very well manufactured as is any Danner boot. I had previously only bought US made military boots from Danner, so I was slightly concerned about the boots being made overseas. These boots are made in China. I am happy to report that they are extremely well made and there were no manufacturing issues at all with the boot. Danner’s quality assurance team in Portland does and excellent job of only releasing the best.
I put the boots on and found them to be stiff at first. In particular, they were very stiff at the top of the boot around the Achilles tendon. The boot fit very well however. I wear a size 11D dress shoe and these fit very well initially. After wearing the boots for several days, they leather became very soft and supple and I was able to comfortably wear the boots .
After owning the boots for a few weeks, I spent a long weekend outdoors in January for an annual winter camp with friends. The boots worked great, they were warm even though I spent the entire weekend in snow and standing water in 8 degree weather. I also took along several pair of the Danner heavyweight wool socks. Specifically, style #H50118, the Merino Wool Pronghorn sock. These are awesome heavy weigh wool socks and kept my feet toasty warm and dry. The only issue I ran into was wearing these socks with the boots. The extra thickness made the boots incredibly tight and the leather wasn’t stretching to accomodate me! So, I ended up switching boots to my size 11.5D Pronghorn boots, style #42216 to accomodate the thicker socks. The combination of the Pronghorn and the socks was perfect and all I needed in 8 degree farenheit weather!
After the trip, I noticed the leather on the Explorer boots tightened up a bit from the moisture. To alleviate that, I simply rubbed the boots down with Danner’s clear boot dressing. In my youth, I would have called this stuff mink oil paste. It is very similar. It is perfect for conditioning your boots whether old or new. It is what I used during the break in period to get the boot leather supple around the Achilles tendon area. I highly recommend it for keeping the boots new looking and preserving the leather for years to come.
So, my closing rating of the Danner Explorer boots:
Style appeal: Excellent. Perfect boot with jeans in the winter.
Break in period: Longer than expected. Use the clear boot dressing
Overall on a scale of 1-10: 9
>The Tru-Spec Combat Shirt available from Patriot Surplus is Tru Spec’s ‘Combat Shirt’ -style garment which was pioneered by Crye Precision’s Combat Shirt. The shirt has ACU-fabric sleeves combined with a lighter-weight moisture wicking torso baselayer. The shirt is specifically designed for use under gear or body armour. It has been designed around the Army’s new Combat Shirt made by Massif and the USMC’s FROG2 Combat Shirt manufactured by Crye Precision.
The Combat Shirt concept addresses the main issues that personnel encounter when integrating body armour with their uniforms. First, the uniform chest and lower pockets cannot be reached when body armour is worn, rendering them practically useless. Not only is the weight unnecessary if they cannot be used, but they also add folds and bulk under the armour. Pockets are located on the sleeves/shoulders instead, where they can be readily accessed. The second issue is comfort. In hot weather, a standard BDU top under armour is hot and uncomfortable, as it’s usually worn over an additional base layer, and doesn’t breathe well. By having a torso made of a lightweight wicking, breathable baselayer fabric without any pockets, the Combat Shirt eliminates excess material and bulk under gear while increasing comfort when worn under body armour or gear.
The TRU Combat Shirt is made up of two main fabrics – the shoulders/sleeves are either 50/50 NYCO rip-stop (ACU Universal Pattern and MultiCam) or 65/35 poly/cotton (black, khaki and olive drab), and the torso baselayer is 60/40 cotton nylon no melt, no drip Cordura® Baselayer fabric. Cordura® Baselayer – Baselayer is Invista/Cordura’s new next-to-skin fabric that claims exceptional moisture management, comfort and durability while offering no melt/no drip thermal properties. It’s not advertised as fire-resistant nor retardant, but just that it will not melt or drip onto the skin like polyester when exposed to high temperatures. It will act like most other natural fibers like cotton or wool and provide limited insulation against flame/flash fires.
- 50/50 nyco rip-stop sleeves with 60/40 cotton nylon no melt, no drip Cordura® brand Baselayer (ACUPAT/Foliage and MULTICAM®/Sand)
- 65/35 polyester cotton rip-stop sleeves with 60/40 cotton nylon no melt, no drip Cordura® brand Baselayer (Black/Black, Khaki/Khaki and Olive Drab/Olive Drab)
- Moisture wicking, lightweight and breathable torso – The Cordura® brand Baselayer fabric is thin and very lightweight.
- It’s smooth and very comfortable.
- No shoulder seams to minimize rubbing and chaffing
- Mock turtle neck for comfort – this protects the neck from armour rubbing on it, while being more low profile than a Mandarin stand-up collar.
- Zippered sleeve storage pockets – Each shoulder has an 8″ x 8″ pocket sewn to it with top zipper access.
- Anti-abrasion padded elbow patch – An oval, very lightly padded elbow patch protects the elbow from light knocks and scrapes.
- Gusseted sleeves – underarm gussets for increased comfort and range of motion when lifting arms.
- Glint tape holder for IR tape on left shoulder – A tab conceals and protects an IR square and can be secured to expose it.
- Loop on right sleeve pockets for attaching name tape, rank square and flag patch.
- Hook-and-loop cuff closures
>Hi folks, its been ages since we posted anything here. Life has been very busy lately. Over the last year, our business, Patriot Surplus, has grown far beyond we ever believed possible. Our site, www.patriotsurplus.com has been growing at a feverish pace. We constantly add product lines and update the site. Check us out when you get a chance!
We are getting ready to move into a new building. Having outgrown our current historic building in Mount Holly Springs, PA, we have bought and are renovating another historic building in Carlisle, PA. We will also be housing our other business, Fanzone Sports there. Check our Fanzone Sports at www.fanzonesports.com.
Our new building was built in 1849 and will be renovated from top to bottom. We will also be restoring the original 1849 facade of the building. Stay tuned. There will be lots of interesting developments as we progress with the work.
I had the complete pleasure of meeting many of the members of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania last week. They stormed my store with full force and curiosity as a field trip for one of their weekly meetings. I was actually surprised at how many of them we fit into my store!
I have to admit, I had never had any exposure to the CAP prior to a customer introducing me to the unit commander from my region. These young men and women were probably the most polite and respectful teenagers I have ever met! Every single one of them called me sir and asked questions that were well worded and intelligent. Bravo to the leaders of the squadron.
As someone who served in the military, I have a sense of belonging and kinship among service members. Sometimes my family and friends don’t quite understand that feeling. No matter how long you served or what generation you are from, I believe all who serving or have served in the military have a core love and respect for this great country of ours. What I saw in these young CAP members gave me a sense of reassurance that we are on the right track in our cause for freedom and liberty.
>Good evening! I have just gotten around to taking pictures of a few items that are rather unique and some of which I can’t identify. Can anyone tell me what these patches signify and what the history behind them might be? I have also attached a pin that I found in the pocket of a US Army dress jacket. Any ideas? Thoughts?
Well, last night I spent a good bit of time getting this blog up and running. You can now access the blog through our website homepage. It is on the very bottom of the page. You can also access it directly via the web at blog.patriotsurplus.com. Don’t put a www in front of it, as that will tke you to our website homepage.
I will be posting some more things soon. I have a few items that need identified from a batch of surplus I received last year. Hopefully will post that infomation within the week.
>Hello and welcome to my world. This is the blog for Patriot Surplus in Mount Holly, PA. I created this blog for a few purposes. First and foremost, my goal is to create a sense of community for my customers and friends, a place to share military stories and laugh a little more in life. Secondly, as I am scouring the military auctions I buy, I sometimes come across items which I just can not identify. My hope is that someone out there will know and can help us identify some of these truly unique items.
Feel free to post your comments. I ask that you be respectful and hold the profanities. I know that is hard for all of those like me who spent time in the military, no matter how long or short. One thing is true, cussing comes with the territory. However, for a few minutes a day, please respect the forum.