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Slangvel Is Still The Source For Custom M43 Caps

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Slangvel is a custom hat maker who specializes in modern-era military headwear. He is also a disabled Veteran. Somehow he comes up with some great camouflage fabrics and every once in a while he catches my eye with something like this French Lizard Pattern. One of his specialties is the M43-style cap, which has been adopted at one time or another by several armies. In fact, they are still used by the Germans.


In addition to M43s, Slangvel also makes Boonies, Rhodesian-style kepis, Bigeards, Helmet Covers and the occasional Smock. To keep track of what he has for sale, follow him on Facebook or eBay.

Slangvel – SADF Style Smock

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Many of you may remember Slangvel for his custom boonie and M43 hats he sells on eBay. Occassionally, he also makes smocks and generally in the South African Defense Force Slangvel or “snakeskin” style. That name derives from the high tenacity fabric used to reinforce high wear areas which reminded wearers of snake skin.

This time, he had some Austrian camo fabric and decided to make a South African style Para Smock. In fact, this one is available right now on eBay.

Slangvel Hats Now In MultiCam Arid

Sunday, February 16th, 2014


Slangvel is now rolling out his M43, Patrol, and Recce hats in MultiCam Arid. The Patrol hat is currently up on the Slangvel eBay store page, with the M43 and Recce to follow soon.

Slangvel Hats Now In MultiCam Tropic

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


Slangvel will soon be offering his M43, Patrol hat, and Recce in MultiCam Tropic, a pattern heavily influenced by the ERDL camouflage pattern.

Slangvel Offering SADF-style Helmet Covers

Sunday, August 25th, 2013


Tactical milliner Slangvel is offering South African Defense Force-style Pattern 87 helmet covers. They incorporate a fold down bill and a hi-viz panel at the rear that can be covered by a flap. First up is MultiCam. Looks like ACH cut. Below are some photos of originals.


Kryptek Hats Now Available From Slangvel

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

M43s in three Kryptek patterns

Slangvel has his line of M43 and Recce hats now available in Highlander, Nomad, and Mandrake Kryptek patterns on his eBay store. Additionally, he’s started production on patrol caps, examples shown above, which will be available soon.

Kryptek Hats Coming Soon From Slangvel

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013


Slangvel currently manufactures M43-styles, Bigeards, Recce Hats, 2? Brim Boonie Hats, Berets, and Rhodesian Kepis. All of his offerings are made via eBay as they come off the line so you have to check back regularly to ascertain available styles and patterns.


He’s getting ready to release a run in Kryptek Mandrake (M43 seen here) as well as Highlander and Nomad.


Those interested in his services should visit Slangvel on eBay.

Badlands Slangvel

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Here are some photos of a Slangvel in PenCott Badlands. For availability contact

Slangvel Teaser from Slangvel

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Here’s another slangvel teaser from Slangvel, maker of things cool and camouflage. He sent these images of a test garment along to show a contrast between the camo and the 500 denier cordura coyote on the smock. The Cordura he has chosen blends with the Pencott Badlands as well as MultiCam.

For more info contact

Interested in a Slangvel from Slangvel?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Right about now, the vast majority of you are scratching your heads asking yourselves, “What’s this “slangvel” you speak of? It is an Afrikaans word for “Snake Skin” and is used to describe the South African parachutist smock because the shoulders and elbows are reinforced with nylon webbing.

There’s also Slangvel, the manufacturer of things camouflage and cool. He has manufactured some of my favorite hats and while he has made Smocks in the past, he is working on getting a new Slangvel off the ground.

Here you see a South African brown (nutria) Slangvel next to a Badlands Slangvel to show how close he has kept the detail. He is in final sourcing for the proper snaps which is a major design detail on a Slangvel as they are exposed.

Although the sample is in PenCott Badlands he also plans on offering them in MultiCam and other patterns and solids as well. These will be initially offered in medium and large size. We’ll let you know when they are ready for order.