What do you guys think of rothco military items? I know a lot of them are made in china, but I was wondering if they were worth it. Specifically, their knives and M-65 jackets
Do you own any rothco items?
Rothco raped my childhood. There as nothing I loved more then going in a surplus store and smelling that mildly mildewed old USGI canvas smell. Rothco churns out Chicom junk at a fraction of the price of USGI suplus items so what do you think the Surplus stores mostly sell? No I would never but that commie filth. But the real thing.
I used to work a uniform shop. Mostly it was school sports teams or doctors offices, but we also serviced our local prison. The guards there had wanted 5.11 everything but didn't have enough people to get on the price level they wanted, so my boss talked them into trying Rothco. They we so dissatisfied with the quality of the BDUs and boots that we lost the contract.
I ended up with several sets of BDUs and two pairs of boots that I got for free because we couldn't sell them. The BDUs seemed fine to me, but I had nothing to compare them to and wore them maybe twice. The boots fell apart terribly fast from daily wear. One pair lasted like 8 months, the other made it though a whole year. I wouldn't spend any of my hard earned shekels on their crap.
tl;dr Rothco is a shit
Their pants are alright. Any other stuff is complete shit that will fall apart. I have the M65 jacket and it does an okay job keeping me dry and sort of warm, but it doesn't have a real hood. Instead it's like a spandex thing.
rothco made gear for the USA in WW2
the gear isnt bad, its fair-mid quality.
its main selling point is value, i use their belt pouches religiously at work, i also have a spool of their paracord.
the belt pouches they sell are 10 bucks, i use them at work as a lightweight toolbelt. saved me about 80 bucks using 2 pouches vs a toolbelt. i do industrial steel construction work and i abuse the shit out of the things, never failed me once.