Bag made out of battle helmet bags

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13 Responses to “Bag made out of battle helmet bags”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not too sure about the “used in battle”, I think what they were trying to say is “heavily used military surplus”. My buddy is a KC-135 boom operator who has a “helmet bag” but I wouldn’t call it “used in battle” even though he’s spent months at a time deployed in Qatar.

    Ground troops don’t have helmet bags, these are for aviators to hold their helmet, headset and other aviation paraphernalia.

  2. NeonCat says:

    Or you could go to US Cav or Brigade Quartermasters and just buy a helmet bag for under $30. Your choice of military colors, although only BQ has the same green sateen. You’ll have to add your own supr kewl skull graphics, though.

    I don’t know about the pictured items being used in battle, though. You should really have your helmet on before you go to battle.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It doesn’t look like it’s “made” out of a repurposed helmet bag so much as it “is” a helmet bag with a couple of stickers on it.

  4. Berk says:

    Good idea that. Twenty quid off ebay. No added designer crap tax. Victory.

    • cymk says:

      @Berk,
      Available for >$20 on amazon depending on style.

      Am I the only one getting annoyed by the “bag made out of” culture? I’m all for repurposing and reusing, but making a few cuts, adding some stitching and then charging 3 times as much?

      • AirPillo says:

        It’s called being a hack and exploiting people who don’t know better. It’s as old as commerce itself.

        That said, I’m tired of it too.

  5. jeligula says:

    If you have a canvas/nylon manufacturer in your city, you can buy a quality duffel bag for $5 that will last forever. We didn’t even keep our helmets in those dumb things in the USMC.

  6. Chas44 says:

    I use one of these nearly every day to carry my Air Force helmet. A new one is $32 from Gibson-Barnes, available in six different colors and not covered with spattered paint (oh, and it won’t have pathethic fake background stories insinuated into it.)

  7. Kerov says:

    Somewhat misleading. These bags are only used for aircrew helmets; those helmets are custom-molded to match the contours of the wearer’s head, and are very fragile: they’re only designed to absorb ONE major impact. So you get a special padded bag for them.

    The standard “pot” helmet that everybody thinks of as the typical soldier helmet? No, it doesn’t get its own frou-frou bag. And it ain’t fragile.

    • dbarak says:

      Funny thing about those being helmet bags. In the Navy, in my experience, we used them for everything BUT helmets when flying – lunch, piddle packs, emergency procedures manual, maybe a soda or water, a camera… helmets? That’s what the straps on them are for – carrying. ; )

      • oasisob1 says:

        Yep, I don’t think my helmet bag ever actually contained a helmet. Lunch mostly, water bottles, NATOPs manual (prior to my qual), checklists, etc.

        • dbarak says:

          Are you still in oasisob1? I was an AW in S-3As in the mid 1980s, flying out of North Island here in sunny San Diego. Stop by at the USS Midway Museum some Saturday if you’re in there area, I’m a docent there.

  8. Kerov says:

    Addendum: just remembered that this kind of bag is also used by armored vehicle crewmembers (e.g. tank crews). So that lends a little more credibility to the “carried into combat” line.

    But it’s still not like anybody walks on patrol carrying these things as a murse.

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