The Full 9 – Modified Desert Night Parka

First off hello to all SSD readers, it’s a great pleasure to be here.

TheFull9 is something I created as a pastime in the form of just discussing interesting gear, uniforms, camo kit and firearms.  Material comes both from my own collection and things that I find on my travels and at shows like SHOT.  One item of military apparel I posted not too long ago was the modified Desert Night parka pictured above and since that time an awful lot of people had asked me how they could go about getting one of their own.  If you happen to be interested in finding out the answer to that question you can follow the link below to my own site for all the details:


The blog entry is also posted here on facebook if you happen to use that platform.

Thanks folks

17 Responses to “The Full 9 – Modified Desert Night Parka”

  1. Kit Badger says:

    Nice write up buddy!

  2. Stefan S. says:

    That brings back memories.

  3. Eric says:

    I really appreciate the writing style and opinions the author has. Much appreciated.

  4. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    This is so sweet!!

  5. EODMadBomb says:

    Cool! I wished I hung onto my night desert from the early 90’s.
    Now I can re-live my glory days!

    • TheFull9 says:

      Good news it’s still fairly commonly available and reasonably priced, might be wise to buy fairly soon though given the rise in popularity and obviously the stock is only diminishing.

  6. stan says:

    my son is using my night desert blouse so this is perfect.

  7. Love it, love it, love it!

  8. John says:

    Can you really be considered a gearwhore without owning a custom desert night parka? 😉

    • Stefan S. says:

      Nope. Still have my sleeping shirt and the sleeping cap that came with the intermediate cold weather sleeping bag from the mid 80’s

  9. Luke says:

    As someone who sews for a living I get approached fairly often about modifying stuff or making one-offs from scratch. I’ve learned to make blanket rejections and excuses, because walking someone through the actual work involved in bringing their wildest dreams (and “great ideas that would make a ton of money”) come to life is exhausting and almost universally fruitless.

    Often people just want a product that would take 20 hours and 3-4 prototypes to nail, except they want it on the first try and for the $2.50/hour they can buy “almost the same thing” from overseas.

    I had to explain not so long ago that the custom combat shirt someone wanted would cost them at lest $250, but no I wouldn’t do it even if they were willing to pay that, and no the design they doodled wouldn’t save any time.

    • Ben O'Toole says:

      I get this too. Unless you actually make stuff it’s really surprising how long it actually takes to bring something to production!