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deepblue1947
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« on: May 13, 2018, 02:45:20 AM »

Where is the best place to buy the lightweight ABU uniform.  Is the one from Vanguard light or winter weight?

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kwe1009
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 02:48:46 AM »

There is not lightweight and winter weight versions of the ABU.  There was the original issue (the ones that have a map pocket inside the shirt) and the newer rip stop version.  The rip stop version replaced the old version so it is the only one being sold now.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 02:55:09 AM »

There are heavier weigh ones than others.  I had the one with the map pocket that was too heavy, and the one without... The ones I have now are heavy weight with no pockets... check Ebay
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deepblue1947
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2018, 03:05:44 AM »

There is not lightweight and winter weight versions of the ABU.  There was the original issue (the ones that have a map pocket inside the shirt) and the newer rip stop version.  The rip stop version replaced the old version so it is the only one being sold now.

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hamburgee
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2018, 03:11:26 AM »

ABU Cap
ABU Coat (Men's) ABU Coat (Women's)
ABU Pants (Men's) ABU Pants (Women's)
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deepblue1947
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2018, 03:15:53 AM »

Let me clarify my question.  Our wing was given a bunch of ABUs by the Air Force a few years ago.  They are HEAVY and we are in the deep south.  They will make you sweat like mule.  I am trying to find a source for the "new" lighter weight ripstop ABU uniform.  Is the one that Vanguard sells the lighter weight than the older versions?  Or is there a better source?

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MG
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deepblue1947
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 03:16:45 AM »

ABU Cap
ABU Coat (Men's) ABU Coat (Women's)
ABU Pants (Men's) ABU Pants (Women's)

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hamburgee
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2018, 03:21:13 AM »

Yup! My post above is the lightweight version. They're a bit expensive, though, being from a commercial vendor.
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2018, 03:52:14 AM »

Let me clarify my question.  Our wing was given a bunch of ABUs by the Air Force a few years ago.  They are HEAVY and we are in the deep south.  They will make you sweat like mule.  I am trying to find a source for the "new" lighter weight ripstop ABU uniform.  Is the one that Vanguard sells the lighter weight than the older versions?  Or is there a better source?

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MG

The ripstop will make you sweat like a mule as well.  Maybe more emphasis on hydration and heat injuries...
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hamburgee
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2018, 04:02:35 AM »

Let me clarify my question.  Our wing was given a bunch of ABUs by the Air Force a few years ago.  They are HEAVY and we are in the deep south.  They will make you sweat like mule.  I am trying to find a source for the "new" lighter weight ripstop ABU uniform.  Is the one that Vanguard sells the lighter weight than the older versions?  Or is there a better source?

Thank you
MG

The ripstop will make you sweat like a mule as well.  Maybe more emphasis on hydration and heat injuries...
That too. Wearing lightweight ABUs, while better than wearing the heavier ones, won't necessarily keep you from getting sweaty/overheating. Hydration is power!
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kwe1009
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2018, 04:07:40 AM »

Let me clarify my question.  Our wing was given a bunch of ABUs by the Air Force a few years ago.  They are HEAVY and we are in the deep south.  They will make you sweat like mule.  I am trying to find a source for the "new" lighter weight ripstop ABU uniform.  Is the one that Vanguard sells the lighter weight than the older versions?  Or is there a better source?

Thank you
MG

I can't speak for what VG sells but what your Wing (and the rest of CAP) got from the USAF was their surplus pile of original ABUs.  They have not been manufactured for at least 5 years as far as I can tell.
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deepblue1947
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2018, 04:25:19 AM »

Thanks to all for the replies.   Hydration is something we practice and take serious in Southern Louisiana.

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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2018, 01:18:38 PM »

Those cost as much as the actual issue version, purchased via MCSS ... and they are much lower quality.

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hamburgee
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2018, 01:47:52 PM »

Those cost as much as the actual issue version, purchased via MCSS ... and they are much lower quality.

ABU Cap
ABU Coat (Men's) ABU Coat (Women's)
ABU Pants (Men's) ABU Pants (Women's)
Interesting... My BDUs which I've bought from them are top notch. Same goes for everyone else I know who's bought them.

Come to think of it, though, I did have the chance to do laundry for a certain officer at NESA and his ABUs from Propper didn't look so hot... Strange, I'd expect better knowing how great all of my BDUs from them are.
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2018, 02:42:52 PM »

Those cost as much as the actual issue version, purchased via MCSS ... and they are much lower quality.

ABU Cap
ABU Coat (Men's) ABU Coat (Women's)
ABU Pants (Men's) ABU Pants (Women's)
Interesting... My BDUs which I've bought from them are top notch. Same goes for everyone else I know who's bought them.

Come to think of it, though, I did have the chance to do laundry for a certain officer at NESA and his ABUs from Propper didn't look so hot... Strange, I'd expect better knowing how great all of my BDUs from them are.

In addition to the poly blend ABUs, Propper also makes a 100% cotton version that I would not expect to hold up very well, especially with a lot of washing over time.
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