Archive for August, 2012

Five Great Boots for Fall and Winter

Whether you work in construction or are a police officer, you need a boot tailored to fit your specific needs. These needs also change as the seasons do. Working outside in the fall and winter means you have to deal with cool to freezing temperature and snow. Harry’s Army Surplus has the selection of boots you need to keep you warm and dry. Here are 5 boots that we think are great options.

1. Keen 1008212 Wenatchee Insulated Steel Toe Brown Work Boot

This leather work boot is perfect for anyone working construction needing a steel toe. This 8 inch brown work boot is full of great performance features and won’t let you down. This Keen boot comes with 400 grams of insulation that is sure to keep your feet warm. In addition, this insulated boot comes with a waterproof breathable membrane that will keep water and snow out of the boot, but will also allow water vapor caused by foot sweat to escape. The lining of the boot is also made up of moisture wicking fabric to help keep your feet dry. These waterproof boots have left and right asymmetrical steel toes to increase your comfort level.

2. Bates 2488 8 Inch GX-8 Gore-Tex Insulated Side Zip Tactical Boot

If you work in law enforcement or security, the Bates 2488 GX-8 insulated boot is just what you need on those cold winter days. Made of full grain black leather and ballistic nylon, these uniform boots are durable and lightweight. The athletic cut of this boot makes chasing after a criminal easy. The oil and slip resistant outsole will help keep you on your feet. These black duty boots come with a breathable, waterproof Gore-tex membrane to keep your feet dry. This membrane will keep water out of the boot, while allowing water vapor from sweat to escape. To keep you warm, Bates has added 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation.

3. Carolina CA7013 8 Inch Insulated Waterproof Leather Work Boot

If you are looking for a heavy duty work boot that can stand up to the elements, but you don’t need a steel toe, then you should definitely take a look at the Carolina CA7013. Carolina Boots has made sure these boots are comfortable by featuring cushioned footbeds and a supportive steel shanks. This Carolina work boot has a waterproof Scubaliner to keep your feet completely dry and for warmth, each boot has 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation. Other great features include a Vibram outsole, welt construction, and these boots are electrical hazard rated.

4. Lacrosse 367225 Safety Pac 1000 Gram Composite Toe Work Boot

For those of you looking for something a little more heavy duty than what we’ve listed so far this, boot is for you. The Lacrosse Safety Pac work boot is perfect for those of you operating machinery and working outdoors all winter long. This durable boot is made with full grain leather that has been treated with Hyper-Dri, which is a scent free, waterproof barrier that lines the entire boot for 100% protection. For warmth, each boot has 1000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation, ensuring that your feet will stay toasty warm. The outsole was specifically designed for cold weather traction and debris release. The composite toe caps provide the same toe protection as a steel toe, but are non metallic and a lot lighter. This boot will definitely get you through the harshest of winters.

5. Danner 42919 Striker II Gore-tex 8 inch Black Insulated Uniform Boot

The Danner Striker II uniform boot without insulation has been one of our best selling uniform boots, and the insulated version is no different. The Danner 42919 comes with a waterproof, breathable Gore-tex membrane, which prevents water from getting into the boot, but allows water vapor from sweat to escape. The black leather boot comes with 400 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation for warmth. The 1000 denier nylon upper material is extremely abrasion resistant, is easy to clean, and improves breathability. This boot is built on a TERRA FORCE X Lite performance platform, which provides enhanced support, traction, and comfort. The outsole is oil and slip resistant ensuring you will stay on your feet. Overall this duty boot is one of the best on the market and you will not regret ordering it.

Harry’s Army Surplus has an extensive collection of work boots, uniform boots, and insulated boots online or in our store. Come on in and check out all we have to offer!

Carhartt: An American Classic

There is no wonder why Carhartt is beloved by so many people. From construction workers to kids on the street, people have been wearing Carhartt clothing for generations. Founded in 1889 to supply railroad workers, Carhartt focuses on quality and durability.

This classic coat is wonderful. Carhartt Men's Duck Traditional Coat Arctic Quilt-LinedMade of 12-ounce, 100% ring-spun cotton duck, the coat is equipped with two chest pockets, two large lower front pockets, and two inside pockets. The corduroy collar offers under-collar snaps to accommodate an optional hood. The main seams are triple stitched, and the split back plus pleated elbows work to ensure easy movement.

Carhartt’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt, grew up here in Southern Michigan. Located just a few miles from the Carhartt headquarters in Dearborn, MI is Harry’s Army Surplus, your one-stop shop in-store or online for all things Carhartt! Visit today and get your Carhartt on!

Drink Water! 3 Reasons Why You Should Stay Hydrated

Take a knee and drink water! Stay hydrated! Drill Sergeant yelled this to us more times than I can remember. This advice is too important to overlook. It is really easy to succumb to heat illness and drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest and best ways to stay cool and safe, especially in the record-breaking heat a lot of our country has experienced this summer.  Hydration packs are excellent for soldiers, hikers, fitness enthusiasts, or anyone who is looking for a hands-free way to deliver that delicious H2O. Venturer 2.5 Liter H2O PackHarry’s Army Surplus has a great selection of hydration packs with awesome features. We have packs with MOLLE straps for attaching your gear and even packs with extra storage and pockets so you don’t need to lug anything else on your back. Bite tubes make it easy to drink without worrying about opening and closing the tube with your hands. We stock packs in different colors and patterns, so you are sure to find something to strike your fancy. In store in Metro-Detroit or online, check out our selection and Stay Hydrated!

Why Dog Tags Are So Popular

More than just a cool fashion trend, dog tags are an important means of identification for military members. Before uniformly printed tags started showing up in the United States around the 1900′s, soldiers would print their own identification on paper or other items worn on the body to assist in identifying them in case of the unthinkable. Dog tags have two main purposes; identification of fallen soldiers, and important medical information in case the soldier is unable to speak or unconscious. Nowadays, tags usually follow a five line format:

  1. Last NameDog Tags
  2. First Name, Initial
  3. Social Security/Service Number
  4. Blood Type
  5. Religious Preference


Dog tags are a great way to express yourself even if you are not in the military. Favorite quotes, beliefs, song lyrics, or anniversaries are just a few of the things being printed on tags. Harry’s Army Surplus offers personalized dog tags. Four lines with 16 characters per line, letters, numbers, and the symbols - , . / with the option to add silencers on a ball chain with smaller second chain. Your imagination is the limit on what you can print. If you are in the Metro-Detroit area, you may choose to pick up your tags in store. Order some dog tags and express yourself today!


ALICE Gear and MOLLE Gear will carry that load

MOLLE Military Pack


What is ALICE and MOLLE? We all know the military loves acronyms, and we aren’t talking about beautiful women. When you need to carry a bunch of stuff, there are a few “names” to remember.

ALICE stands for All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment. It consists of an equipment belt and suspenders that a variety of pouches (first aid, ammo) can be attached to with clips. A rucksack with metal frame known as an Alice Pack carries all that the soldier needs to survive in the field. This system was introduced in the 1970′s.

MOLLE is the latest system the military uses, Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (pronounced Molly). It was introduced in 1997 but saw greatest use after 9/11. MOLLE makes use of rows of PALS webbing, Pouch Attachment Ladder System to attach gear and pouches to packs, vests, and more. MOLLE gear is incredibly versatile and more people are utilizing this system, from military to police to EMTs.

Whether you are a Detroiter or abroad, Harry’s Army Surplus has the ALICE and MOLLE gear to help you carry that load. Check us out in-store or order online!

Klarus LED Flashlights

Whether you are a prepper, a survivalist, a believer in the zombie apocalypse or someone who just likes to be prepared for emergencies, having a flashlight in your kit of tools and weapons is a must. The flashlight you have also needs to be durable, reliable, and most importantly, it needs to be bright. A manufacturer named Klarus has successfully designed a line of lights with these characteristics in mind.

Klarus xt10 Flashlight

Klaus X10

Klarus is a leading manufacturer of state of the art illumination tools. They have employed experienced engineers and designers to create flashlights that meet the demands of law enforcement and military, but can also be used camping, spotting zombies, or during a power outage. These lights come in different sizes, lumen ranges, and have different light modes.

The Klarus X10 LED Tactical Flashlight is a perfect size flashlight that works well for use in military and law enforcement fields as well as being useful around the home. This tactical light has a maximum output of 470 lumens making it one of the brightest lights on the market. The X10 LED light has three light modes high (470 lumens). medium (150 lumens), and low (10 lumens), as well as a strobe mode at 470 lumens. The dual switch operation is easy to use and this awesome flashlight is waterproof and dust resistant.

The Klarus X10 is just one flashlight in a line full of great illumination tools. You really cant go wrong with any of the Klarus Flashlights. They are tough and reliable so you will not be disappointed. Their brightness is unmatched and you will never be caught off guard, whether its a zoombie in a dark corner or a spider in the crawlspace. Check out our selection flashlights online or in store!

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