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Posted: 12/12/2016 5:38:58 AM EST
For folks into wool sweaters, LL Bean used to sell an awesome version of the commando sweater made from 100% wool, and imported from England. At some point the switched to an inferior version of this made in china, and the difference is striking...the new chinese manufacture is frankly a POS.

Im a fan of these sweaters, and since my original sweater from the 90's no longer fits, I've been on the hunt for a replacement. I'm pretty sure I located the original supplier of these to LL Bean...if it's not them, its a damn close copy.

http://www.outdoorknitwear.com/crew-neck/16-woolly-pully-nato-crew-neck-sweater.html#/size-xs/colour-derby_tweed

best part is the price is exactly the same as the LL bean version
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:41:36 AM EST
I like the look of those sweaters but they make me itch like crazy.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:46:46 AM EST
I have one of the english sweaters here somewhere. Only worn it once or twice. Way too warm!
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:46:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By RayFromJersey:
I like the look of those sweaters but they make me itch like crazy.
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Wool sweaters itch me as well. Wearing a under shirt is the solution for the itch for me.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:51:03 AM EST
I wore one of those none stop as a kid lol

Great sweaters
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:55:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2016 5:55:50 AM EST by HKH]
Twenty pounds to ship at checkout.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:58:03 AM EST
that's like old school tactical
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:04:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2016 6:04:44 AM EST by glocke12]
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Originally Posted By HKH:
Twenty pounds to ship at checkout.
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total price is roughly 68 USD

Price of LL Bean Chi-Com POS sweater is $69.00

The difference in quality is just yuuuuge...I was looking at the LL bean version this weekend, and it was simply appalling how different it is from the original they were selling in the 90's
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:07:49 AM EST
It even comes in 4XL.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:15:55 AM EST
The Brigadier approves. 

Come over here to any militaria/surplus store and grab as many as you want for peanuts. 

Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:19:49 AM EST
Nice sweater, I've got a German army surplus sweater, otherwise I'll be buying that. I'm wool obsessed.??
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:33:31 AM EST
Get a USGI one for $20.

i wear wool sweaters all the time, of all varieties. including yesterday. love 'em
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:37:58 AM EST
This appears to be a no-brainer, OP.

Fo with confidence.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:15:16 AM EST
A Woolly Pully, is a damn fine piece of kit!
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:18:45 AM EST
From Prince's Gate to the Falklands, the Woolie Pully was my sweater, long before being sold before LL Bean.

I gave mine away in the '80s when I....outgrew it.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:20:02 AM EST
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
Get a USGI one for $20.

i wear wool sweaters all the time, of all varieties. including yesterday. love 'em
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Can we get a link for that?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:33:41 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:42:04 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Plattekill:
From Prince's Gate to the Falklands, the Woolie Pully was my sweater, long before being sold before LL Bean.

I gave mine away in the '80s when I....outgrew it.
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That's the problem with wool. It seems to shrink,...over time !
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:17:16 AM EST
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I have a Bean commando sweater from the 90's.

itchy, but warm and durable. It's from a British manufacturer.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:21:16 AM EST
I have a Netherlands .mil sweater. I love the thing. I think $20 at sportsmansguide at one point a few years ago.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:23:23 AM EST
Never seen these before but I like it thank you
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:26:23 AM EST
Why doesn't your old one fit?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:33:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:34:06 AM EST
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
Get a USGI one for $20.

i wear wool sweaters all the time, of all varieties. including yesterday. love 'em
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This.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:45:55 AM EST
What's that in American money?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:47:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By mdguy90:
Why doesn't your old one fit?
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It's too large. I've lost a fair amount of weight since than. Old sweater is xl and I probably take a medium now
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:48:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/14/2016 7:14:53 PM EST by 6winchester2]
Had one years ago that I really liked.

Link Posted: 12/12/2016 8:52:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Pesty:
I wore one of those none stop as a kid lol

Great sweaters
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me too, mine was RAF blue
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 9:21:27 AM EST
My family was stationed in Holy Loch back in the late 70's and my dad bought me one of those sweaters. I wore the hell out of that thing!
A kid coming from the warmth of Orlando Florida to the cold, rainy weather of Scotland-- that SUCKED!!! ??

I think I'll order one just for the nostalgia--- especially since I'm back in Florida where I belong!
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:00:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2016 10:03:16 AM EST by Mariner82]
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Originally Posted By diesel1:
I have one of the english sweaters here somewhere. Only worn it once or twice. Way too warm!
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Bought mine (along with the rest of the officers on SAIPAN) at a naval outfitter in the UK during a port visit to Portsmouth.  Damn if they weren't welcome during ops in the Norwegian fjords!  That was before they were adopted fleet-wide.  We were trend setters.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:10:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SonofHater36:

Can we get a link for that?
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ebay
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:21:31 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:23:12 AM EST
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Originally Posted By rogueboss:
What's that in American money?
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$41.17 as of today.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:27:33 AM EST
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Do they come in a slightly darker black?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:34:16 AM EST
I think Century Arms used to send those as freebies with a big enough order. I have a couple in the closet.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:39:20 AM EST
TW Kempton, UK manufacture for MOD.

http://www.militaryclothing.com/British-Commando-Sweater-Original-Woolly-Pully-New.aspx
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:08:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2016 9:25:41 PM EST by Bohr_Adam]
Seriously, though, did one of those holding companies buy LL Bean or something?

Almost all of their quality has gone to shit.

Used to be, half my closet was from them. Now, I think maybe a few (older) shirts.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:14:04 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DV8:
I grew up in Maine and used to love annual visits to LL Bean. I loved the fact that most everything was made in the US and many items made in Maine. I went a few years back with my wife and daughter who had never been. Everything was made in Laos, Vietnam, China and a host of South and Central American nations. Not even the famous LL Bean shoes and boots are made in the US anymore.

We spent a half hour there and left disappointed. The only thing they proudly make in the USA is their rediculously high prices on everything. I thought CTD was the king of hyper inflated pricing, but LL Bean is the undisputed champ.
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Picked up a pair of Bean boots for the wife in store yesterday, made in Maine
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:16:30 PM EST
I agree with the OP. I used to buy the LL Bean woolly pullies all the time, and the were quality goods made in England from British wool. Very good sweaters. Finally wore the last one out, and ordered a new one from LL Bean. It was Made in China, had a fit like a garbage bag, and was just crap overall. Sold it off my back at a gunshow two months later for five dollars.

I finally bought a real replacement from England, but after shipping and VAT, it set me back over a hundred bucks- oh, well.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:19:01 PM EST
I always wondered what commandos do in their sweaters that wears out the shoulders so fast they need reinforcing patches. Their regular shirts don't have patches, after all.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:21:20 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Cromlech:
The Brigadier approves. 

Come over here to any militaria/surplus store and grab as many as you want for peanuts. 

http://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/237774/Brigadier-Lethbridge-Stewart-105786.jpg
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Alistair gordon lethbridge stewart is that you?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:37:32 PM EST
Thanks for the link OP although I just bought a nice sweater last week in Reykjavik. Iceland Air misplaced my luggage so they told me to go shopping and send them the receipts.
I went to a nice shop where a little old lady sold handmade Icelandic wool sweaters and bought one that would keep you warm in any temp.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 12:41:30 PM EST
LOL.

Never looked as good on as it does in the ads!

I have a flat tummy, but it always made me look fat. And we can't have that...vanity, thy name is easysixonezero.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 1:50:41 PM EST
I got one a few years ago for x-mas from the inlaws. It's pretty nice.....Just looked and made in china
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 3:07:50 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:
Seriously, though, did one of those holding companies but LL Bean or something?

Almost all of their quality has gone to shit.

Used to be, half my closet was from them. Now, I think maybe a few (older) shirts.
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all the old "preppie" brands became crap via stealth in the past 20 years or so.  If you think Bean is bad, Orvis is even worse
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:40:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By cttb:
I always wondered what commandos do in their sweaters that wears out the shoulders so fast they need reinforcing patches. Their regular shirts don't have patches, after all.
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Wear rank on them
And also, wear them under other layers while carrying a ruck, the shoulder straps on a mil weight ruck will wear the fuck out of sweater weave wool
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:42:13 PM EST
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
all the old "preppie" brands became crap via stealth in the past 20 years or so.  If you think Bean is bad, Orvis is even worse
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I wish Eddie Bauer still made legitimate hunting and expedition clothing
I have a pair of their upland pants from the late 70s/early 80s and they are amazing
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:13:20 PM EST
I got mine from Brigade Quartermasters back around 1985. Still have it hanging in the closet in case I need it. I just checked the website and Brigade still lists the British made versions in OD, Blue and Black.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:21:28 PM EST
I love wool sweaters. Problem is that my allergies towards them have grown in recent years. My allergies towards other things like cats, dogs and pollen have largely abated. But wool has gotten worse. go figure.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:28:25 PM EST

I hate woolly pulleys.  I would wear this under my utility top.



M65 Jacket liner.
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