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    Experimental MARPAT lycra desert

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    Post by bravo_2_zero Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:29 pm

    The 1st thing i noticed about the suit is the weight, it's incredibly light. In fact it seems too light to be a battle worthy item. The pants are also same material weight as the jacket.

    Anyways here are the pictures
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    jacket, this is MARPAT cut with tiny differences.

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    The arm pockets have the ACU style IFF patch that can be turned on or off with the use of Velcro.

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    The jacket forearm and elbows are made from highly stretchy Lycra. They are not reinforced in any way by extra material.

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    The jacket has gone back to the old BDU style pockets with micro Velcro closings.

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    The jacket is now zipper fastened with metal snap fasteners too

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    The tag, made by American Power Source INC which did all the ACU testing.

    pants these have changed radically and are no way the same item as on issue now.

    there is no reinforced seams on the pants, the pants also have zipper fly and full rear ( the the cargo pockets) reinforced seat area. Pants are also lined with Lycra in the waistband at the rear.

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    just on 1st glance they look ACU.

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    ACU vs MARPAT pocket, basically it's the MARPAT pants cargo pocket with the ACU top flap. Again they used Velcro to close but have not used the pull cord system on the ACU.

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    Lycra crotch area, again very very stretchy.

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    Knees made from Lycra, single ply not reinforced.

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    sweat suit style pants with zipper bottoms that are rubber lined elasticated and metal snapper fixed.

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    The pocket in the rear sewn onto NFL style jersey material pockets. All the pockets are lined this way.
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    Post by CollectinSteve Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:17 pm

    There's been quite a few of these for sale on eBay over the past two years. Unfortunately, I bought one of the first so I paid much more than they are going for now.

    I'm curious... has anybody ever seen a used set? Does anybody have a picture of it in use with the Marines? I don't doubt these are official, I'm just not sure what the intention of the Corps was when it acquired them.

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    Post by Philip Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:22 pm

    i've never seen a used set or any pics....

    my set:
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    Post by bravo_2_zero Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:25 pm

    I have worn this to try and it's painful pale

    places where the NYCO and Lycra meet is like cheese wire and it's painful as hell
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    Post by CollectinSteve Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:27 pm

    They were made uncomfortable on purpose. Everybody knows a comfortable Marine is an unhappy Marine Very Happy

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