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This was actually something new I came across recently. A Czech bed roll.

I've never seen a set up like this before. I was also intrigued by the name.

Has anyone used one of these? Advantages/disadvantages?

Why are they called Czech bed rolls? Especially the Czech bit?


Yes, I know the example I tagged was Czech army surplus. I am more interested in the history/usage of these things. The post I came across this on refereed to this as a more generic title.

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They do look interesting! Never heard of them myself either. – berry120 Apr 30 '14 at 12:57
Interesting indeed. I have the USA one. Very warm, extremely heavy. – Vorac Apr 30 '14 at 13:18
I'm pretty sure it's because it's Czech Army surplus, so something that is/was used in the Czech army. – furtive Apr 30 '14 at 16:03
This question appears to be off-topic because it is actually a misconception of the naming convention. – Rory Alsop May 21 '14 at 19:47
These things exist all over the world. In Australia, they're called "swag". – Michael Borgwardt Apr 28 at 7:38

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I am Czech ! the blanket rolls were used as standard issue bedrolls in the Army, in barracks they were used as well on the cots, instead of the made bed blankets and sheets issued because as anyone knows who has been in the army, making your bed in the morning and then suffering barracks inspection with roll call is a real pain in the butt !, it saved us time and made inspection much easier, so we just unrolled them at night and slept in that, also in the field, a thermal underlay was placed between the waterproof layer and the inner layer, and then sleeping under a overhead waterproof roof, like a poncho.

The system worked very well, heavy, but bulletproof for lumbering soldiers in the field.

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