British Army Desert Sweat Rags - 5 Pack

British Desert Sweat Rag

We've got an interesting item for sale, the British Desert Sweat Rag which we've put into a 5-Pack. Originally issued to British forces in Iraq, you can now own five of your very own British army sweat rags. Don't let the military designation of "RAG, SWEAT" dissuade you from purchasing this item. These are very functional for a variety of purposes. When you pick one up you can begin to see the full range of possibilities.

Description / British Desert Sweat Rag

Think of these British Sweat Rags as being more than just a sweat rag. Like most military surplus equipment, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to repurposing.

Our warehouse staff is pretty creative, and they've come up with a few ideas for how these can be used:

  • Light weight neck scarf - The length and weight of the sweat rag makes them ideal for a light neck scarf to help keep you warm.
  • Bandana Mask -  These sweat rags are perfect to tie up as a quick mask.
  • Cloth Tie Down - When you need to tie down an item, these actually work quite well.


  • 15" x 40" Dimensions
  • Marked with British Army Designation "RAG SWEAT DESERT SAND"
  • Includes 5 Sweat Rags - less than $0.80/each

Customer Reviews

No sweat choice!
Review by Dark Earth
All arrived clean and new in packages. Good size and color. Like how they cover the neck but not down the back or front of the shirt like a bandana. Easy to stick in a pocket.

All cotton and cool in the sun. Seem to stay in pace knotted or not. Good for motorcycling. Kind of like an old cyclist's scarf.
Review by Shane
Came clean and new, good for when it's really hot out.
Not too dank
Review by Kyle
These sweat rags came clean and absent of the familiar mildewy odor associated with a piece of surplus, which is great. Fantastic condition and as any good piece of kit, multipurpose. Would recommend for those looking to get uncomfortably sweaty in the coming summer months.
Best Deal on these anywhere!
Review by Steve
This is my second order for these. They are good for a multiple of uses and are surprisingly soft once you wash them a few times. I'll probably order some more. Ebay sells them at the same price as here. For one! And that's not including shipping. Buy some before they're gone.
Sweat deal!
Review by Hank
I live and work in a desert outdoor environment, so these will come in handy for a variety of tasks. Should make a good coarse debris filter for manky desert pothole water, as well as reducing sweat-o-vision while wearing a helmet. Will get a good workout this summer. Condition as expected: M4S2R (military surplus storage stank removal required) so they'll go to the laundromat before use.
Great buy! You will pay 2 x's at a name brand store for 1 and they offer 5
Review by Daryl
My first time to order from Keep shooting. My only problem is I didn't find this site sooner. Product was Brand New. You get 5 in a pack. They sent 6. Exactly what we used in Afganistan. Could not be happier!!
Great product
Review by Cody
Great product at a great price. Two were new and three of them appeared to be used but like new condition.
Many uses for Rags
Review by David
In addition to all the uses already mentioned, you can use it as an arm sling as part of a medical kit since it is large enough.
Worth it
Review by Jeff
These sweat rags work perfectly. The fabric absorbs sweat and other liquids well but also drys fairly quickly. I use them at work, in a hot warehouse, and they have made my life a lot easier either as a bandana or wrapped around my neck after soaking in ice water.
Excellent for Hot weather hiking
Review by Anonymous
If you are hiking in hot weather these are great. An excellent way to use these is to bring a zip-lock plastic bag. When you encounter a stream/river/water source on your hike soak them all in water, then place them into the plastic bag. When you are overheating place them around your neck - works wonders to cool you down.
One of the best buys on the site..
Review by Michael
Truly, these things have so many uses.

I much prefer these over regular bandanas due to the larger size. These are top quality, and all of mine came brand new. I ended up ordering another set immediately upon reception of the first.

They can be used to store kit in a sash, filter out earth, cooling rags, sweat rags.. The uses are endless and the size and length are very clever.

Keep shooting has some of the best value and unique products out there. Believe me, I scower the net for deals. Strangely, this is one of my all time most useful buys.
what can I say?
Review by Tony
For less than a buck a piece these are great. Light weight fabric encourages evaporation cooling effects and the generous length makes them easy to tie around your head or neck. I use them when I exercise or am doing outdoor work and they perform well.
Perfect for many uses!
Review by Bradley
I actually used these for their intended purpose upon buying them, wiping the sweat off my forehead in the South Texas heat. These pieces of cloth do exactly what they are designed to do plus so much more! They are large enough to be wrapped around your head as a headband or tied to cover your face to keep the dust out of your nose. They are surprisingly absorbent as well making them perfect for handkerchiefs and such. I will be buying more!
Good Buy
Review by SurplusCollector
Bought 5 of them. They still had their NATO tag on them. The years vary from about 2001-2007 on the ones I got. 4 were brand new, 1 appeared to have been used. A good place in my survival bag.
Perfect head band
Review by Robert
These things work perfect to keep the sweat off your forehead and out of your eyes. I received 4 used and 1 new but all in good shape. These are thin enough to wear under a hat and not notice them. Will definitely order more to put in the range bag and hunting bags.
Better than Bandanas!
Review by Oliver Cromwell
I really like these--I never leave the house without a handkerchief, and these fit the bill perfectly, because they are light and quick drying. They are long enough to use as a light scarf or top wrap around your face to keep the sun off. Why spend a bunch on a shemagh, when these are better and cheaper? Best of all, you'll never beat the price!
Desert scarves
Review by don
These are scarf shaped, not do rag shaped, but they can be used many ways. I am glad I got them, they sold out the next day.
Excellent product
Review by Benjamin
4 out of the 5 were new and the other was in excellent condition. Very good quality for what is and will be good for many uses. Will buy more to put in my packs.
What a great buy!!
Review by ZHI
I love these rags! Well, they call it rags, but it can be used a million of ways for a outdoor love such like me. I used it as scarf, I used it as face cover to resist wind, I used it for sunshade, I used it to filter the water, I used it a towel when I camping, I used it as a string when I need to tie something and there are no other thing to use..........This is such a useful and great buy for an outdoor person!! And it's cheap!! I need to buy more and put it in all my outdoor gear bags!
Rags in name only...
Review by T. C.
These are excellent - about 15.5" by 40", well hemmed. I got 3 new (2 still in plastic wrap), and 2 used but clean and in perfect shape. Big enough for a multitude of uses - I put one in each of my BOBs and emergency kits. A great deal, well worth the small price!!!!
dew rags
Review by steve
Placed one in each of the bob bags..will work great in the
Arizona heat. great price !!
I wouldn't call them rags
Review by Harry
Great multi-purpose 'rag'
Cloth is like linen. Out of 5, 2 were still seal in plastic wrapper.
Color is desert sand. Great item at a great price.
Multi purpose desert hankies
Review by Philip
Use it for sweat, use it for anything. Put in under your hat for a makeshift net protector from the blazing desert sun. Cover the face during a sandstorm. Makeshift scarf or anything else.

My 5 pack came with 3 new/wrapped rags and 2 used ones. Condition new and excellent. Now I can stuff a couple in one of my British tactical vest pouches!
Review by Jedediah the GyroCaptain
These are great 'drive on' rags. They are about the thickness of a handkerchief, but longer and wider. So they can work as a light scarf; a head-wrap; a sling for a wounded arm/shoulder; the list is endless. Great product, and the best price I've found on the internet.
Great deal
Review by Logan
5 for $4, can't beat that. These have multiple uses and will come in handy more often that you'd think. All came sealed too!
Excellent item
Review by Bradley
These rags are great. Good size and good quality. One of the five was still sealed in its plastic wrapper.

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