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Does anyone have experience with modern Finnish SA gear?

I am looking to put together a modern Finnish loadout.
Does anyone know if the Finn's will sell to residents in USA?
Has anyone in the US purchased any of these items?

http://www.mil.fi/laitokset/talv/individual_en.dsp

Intention is to use the gear in the field, not collect or re-sell.

Any information is appreciated.

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Hello, Billy Bones,

Some items are freely available here in Finland.

The items come and go occsionally.

Here are a couple of links:

http://www.helsinginarmyshop.com/

http://www.maanpuolustusyhtio.fi/

http://www.milpro.fi/index.cfm?action=sivu&sivu=123

These pages are only in Finnish but I am sure you may send email in English and ask if they are willing to mail abroad. I don't see any reason why they would not sell abroad. The prices are high and the delivery will cost something but you may ask, anyway.

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Mestari
 

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I visited the Helsinki Army shop last summer, they carry some clothing, but the prices are very expensive. I do not remember exactly but a pair of lace up Finnish Army boots are about $150.00. The Cammo uniform is very expensive also, something like $150 for the jacket, and the pants, almost the same. Rarely do they have field gear, and all is expensive.
All these things are usually sold the the reserve troops wanting to purchase there own clothing, and usually the clothing tags are differant than the Finnish Army issue clothing.
 

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Does anyone have experience with modern Finnish SA gear?

Has anyone in the US purchased any of these items?

http://www.mil.fi/laitokset/talv/individual_en.dsp

Intention is to use the gear in the field, not collect or re-sell.

Any information is appreciated.

Regards
Billy
Well, you can't. At best you might be able to get some parts of the current field gear and even then its expensive because Finnish gear is top-notch and manufactured only in limited quantities. For example camo uniforms are treated with special chemicals to reduce their visibility in infrared and boots have been espcially designed for snow and cold. Since I wear the stuff routinely each time I take part in volunteer reservist training here are the most important items listed:
- Boots: Available commercially in Finland, either Combat boots M/91 (145 euros), combat boots (169 euros) or winter rubber boots (commercially sold as "Rokka" boots of Suomen Kumitehdas) (138 euros). I have never seen summer rubber boots for sale lately. According doctrine "combat boots" (leather) are no longer primarily for combat use, but rubber boots are for that.
- Camo uniform: Commercially available in Finland is camo uniform M/91 (170 euros), which is still commonly used. Some troops have newer camo uniform M/05, which is not commercially available and camo pattern is patented, so it can't be manufactured anywhere without license.
- Hats: Commercially available. Winter fake fur hat M/91 (30 euros), Beret (15 euros), field cap (20 euros).
- Kevlar helmet: Commercially available, but might not be sold to foreigners. M/96 model costs 500 euros. Helmet cover M/91 commercially available - 15 euros.
- Protective vest not commercially available.
- Webbing M/85 (kind of like US Army A.L.I.C.E. fighting load), not commercially available. Combat vest M/05 is not commercially available either but copy of special forces version is available (225 euros with typical pocket set).
- Backpacks, commercially available. Paratrooper's (395 euros), light backpack for one day carry for infantry (70 euros), additional equipment pack "union bag" (often used with M/85 webbing) (45 euros).
- Combat gloves, winter gloves and winter mittens not commercially available. Ranger-mittens available commercially - 16 euros per pair.
- Protective googles: ESS Land Ops, commercially available.
- Winter camo uniform (worn on top of the camo uniform when there is snow in the ground). Modern version not commercially available. Older version available - 135 euros.
- Polo shirt commercially available (35 euros).
- Jersey commecially available (50 euros).
- Etc…

Everything listed here is new. Since we are talking about modern equipment there is no such thing as surplus with these items.

Few photos:
- M/05 camo uniforms with m/05 combat vests:
http://tietokannat.mil.fi/maavoimat_kuvapankki/include/thumbnail2.php?id=171
- Signal personnel with M/91 uniform and older version of protective vest:
http://tietokannat.mil.fi/maavoimat_kuvapankki/include/thumbnail2.php?id=195
- Soldiers wearing camo uniforms and M/85 webbing:
http://tietokannat.mil.fi/maavoimat_kuvapankki/include/thumbnail2.php?id=32&width=640

The costs mentioned in that website are "compensation prices" - cost that the Finnish soldier has to pay after loosing particular item.

Jarkko
 
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