Russian Khaki Shelter Half - As Seen In Enemy At The Gates

Russian Khaki Shelter Half

The Russian Khaki Shelter Half was widely issued to Soviet troops. Soldiers could use this as a shelter half, or it can be worn as a poncho. Made of heavy duty canvas, and provides maximum coverage from the elements.

Description / Russian Khaki Shelter Half

Features of this Russian Khaki Shelter Half:

  • Made of heavy canvas
  • Pie shaped when laid flat
  • Like New Condition
  • Authentic Soviet Issue Item

Customer Reviews

Polish (not Russian) shelter half
Review by Mike
As many reviewers have said, this is a Polish, not a Russian, shelter half. Since I was actually hoping it would be a Polish one, I'm very happy with the outcome. I ordered two of these, and got a size 2 that was un-issued from 1980 and a size 1 that was issued from 1983 but was in great shape. You can make a tent out of two different sized ponchos, but for some reason while I found I could button one side closed, I couldn't button the other (they weren't spaced the same due to size), but you can certainly just stake down the grommets at the door, and that should work.
New old stock
Review by Dan
Great poncho, came as described. Two of these combine to be a tent.
Like it a lot
Review by burymeinthewoods
Great poncho/shelter! Use it in far north winter conditions and didn’t die. Will buy another set for backup.
Half Shelter is Polish army Lavuu version
Review by Linda
I received very fast and in good condition ,but i wanted to mention this is not Russian Version where Russian version poncho shelter also well known as palsh palatka is 100%cotton Canvas,this is Polish army Lavvu poncho version and just to add this is not 100%cotton canvas, this is polyester blend with cotton,so if you plan to wax this will be a bad idea and you might want to think again and look for real palsh palatka 100%cotton canvas Russian version,however this is good nice shelter poncho at reasonable price,mine come in size 2 -height 170cm-180cm stamp and year 1985 ,keep in mind this come without poles and pegs,as i understand sizes are random and you gamble what size you will receive overall good buy.
great,great item
Review by powderbob
The two shelters I received are in brand spanking new condition and very happy with my purchase. KeepShooting did a great job of packing them good all together with the two big Bulgarian Army cots with the order and some other stuff. Again, I'm very pleased with the shelters, mine are from the 1980's, very heavy duty. Two put together make a nice pup tent/shelter big enough for my 5'11" tall body. They are great as ponchos covering everything I need to cover on me, with the grommets down and a string up for the hood. With the two, buttoned arm openings, it's easy to use and hold things. However, They are NOT Russian, but are Polish as I've bought the same some years ago. On mine, the writings are in Polish alphabet, not in Russian. I didn't care about it, I like them and that is what I was looking for anyway.
Fab item
Review by William
A really great item. Mine were/are in fine shape. These come in 3 sizes- you get no choice, apparently, but you can tell the size by the number of grommets on the corner. I wanted my two to be in size 3, as I am a tall dude, but got a 1 and a 2. Not really for wearing to Whole Foods, but maybe Kroger or the Food Lion. On Halloween, I had a lot of fun with this and a scythe (although that got heavy after a while), our group was a 'peasant insurrection' with yard implements, but the kids just called me death. I got 2 so I could try the tent thing, but alas, they are different sizes. The tent thing might be a kid thing, as I can't imagine sleeping under the shelter, but I am looking forward to walking the dog in the next rain storm.
Brand spanking new!
Review by Norman
It was sent to me new without tags and when I put water on it after an hour the water did not penetrate to the inner side! I highly recommend this poncho/ shelter and will buy another!
Great Item
Review by Mark
This is listed as a Russian Shelter Half but it's actually Polish Army Issue from the 1970's-1980's... not a problem though as that's exactly what I was looking for to complete an 80's Polish equipment display..
Great item, in brand new condition and dated 1980.. also had paper factory tag attached. Person taking the order was a pleasure to deal with and super fast shipping, arrived in just two days. overall a great deal and outstanding service.
Review by William
Everyone should have these POLISH shelter halves in their inventory. Mine arrived in New condition. Clean, no storage odor or discoloration. Tight buttons and seats, no corrosion on the grommets, perfect.

Have already ordered more!
Misrepresented Not Russian and not Khaki
Review by David
First the good.
The ponchos came in a sealed bag as a matched set, the same size, perfect for use as a tent. Their construction looks solid and they are clearly new. As such, I have no complaints as to their quality.

The bad.
My Russian shelter halves have Polish manufacturer tags in them. It might be another Slavic language written in the Roman alphabet, but it's not Cyrillic Russian writing.

The Polish Lavuu is very well thought of, it would have been better to properly label the product and market it as such.

But, that is a mere nuisance.

The khaki colored product I was promised is a dark olive drab. I paid a premium price for a lighter color and KS did not deliver. As such the product is misrepresented. It will be dark in the winter and hot in the summer, not what I paid for.

I paid a premium price for these khaki models, especially in shipping to the west coast, $27 with another small item, and a week in transit.

Dark green Polish lavuus are readily available for less. Again these are not light brown khaki.

I won't hassle with returning them, as a tent their green conical shape will blend into my northwest woods very nicely. But I paid top dollar for a light colored product I'd intended for summer use.

I didnt get it.
Good Polish Shelter Halves
Review by Ross
I purchased a one of these from Keepshooting a little while ago, and have taken it out into the field many times with no complaints. My example was marked as having been made in Warsaw in 1984, and makes a nice conical tent when combined with another Polish shelter half. Also works great as a poncho, with it's built in hood and arm slots!
"Polish Lavvu Shelter Halves"!
Review by Thomas
Just ordered another unissued mislabeled Polish Lavvu poncho. I'm always satisfied with my purchase,since this is my third. They are used in Europe for bushcrafting,completely waterproof and lighter and more spacious than a US pup tent. You tube them and watch people enjoying a Polish Lavvu and grab a few before they are gone.It's hard to find them in this condition! Thank you Keep Shooting!
Review by Thomas
Just ordered two and they are brand new from 1984 and 1982! They are just like or maybe Polish army Lavvu shelter halves .Polish Lavvu tents are favored by bushcrafters in England. I put them in the sink with a pool of water in each for an hour and no water penetrated the cotton! Only negative point is they come in three different sizes, but will work either way.I got an extra large and a small ,so I need to order one more soon just for the perfect look.The aluminum grommets on the end corners indicate size of shelter half. One,two,or three vertical grommets and weight of each shelter half indicate size. Would buy again and thank you Keep Shooting !

great product
Review by thorne79usmc
super fast shipping . product is as old as I am and looks like it was made yesterday . I received the pictured item which upon review seems to be the polish lavuu poncho . it is lightweight and sets up easily As A shelter . I am not complaining about this but the only downside for me is that being 5'9" tall I have to lay on my side and draw my knees up towards my chest . this wasn't a big deal as I had planned on setting up some tarps to make A bigger shelter already . I would buy more of these in the future
great shelter
Review by Daniel
This is grate to have in your bug out bag
Review by Dan
Came in like new condition. I got two but haven't figured out how to put them together to make a shelter yet.
Got my second shelter half
Review by Gun Nut
I got my second one and it is stamped 1978 but is exactly the same as the one that I got that is marked 1984. You can put two of these together and make a two man circular tent that works great with the Swiss tent poles.
Great Plasch Palatka
Review by Sean
The one that I got was stamped 1984 and looks brand new. Instead of toggles it has buttons and it had galvanized steel grommets. It make a great poncho and a great tent. It can be rolled up and strapped to the East German Backpack that they sell which makes both of them handy to get together. I will buy another so I can make a full tent.
Russian Shelter Half
Review by Richard
Very nice! Works as a tent or a poncho. Still working on getting the poncho part to fit right. Seems there are a few ways to get it adjusted, but haven't had time to play around with it much yet. Great condition as far as I can tell. Seems to be of very good quality construction, too. This is absolutely going in the bug-out bag.
bought more
Review by rodney
I bought one of these a while back, liked them so much I bought 3 more. I hope you get dome more back in stock soon. This Poncho is just awesome. Find some more, please.
Review by Gunny
First of I am not affiliated or connected in anyway to Keep Shooting.Com. I am a Collector/Historian of Russian Military of WW II

At first I was skeptical I admit on what might arrive after having reviewed the description of this item on Keep Shooting.Com
Original WW-II Russian Surplus is getting about impossible to locate for some items.

Upon arrival of this item a quick inspection I found the item to be of good quality and very good condition.

I like to point out now that this shelter half also known by its complete military correct name that being
" Soviet Plash-palatka Rain Cape/Shelter Half is not of WW-II Origin. It is POST WW-II.

It is Soviet Surplus and dated in the 1980's.
This is the difference between WW-II correct and POST WW-II

The Differences are:

WW-II model: this was already issued in the Great Patriotic War. The grommets in the corners are reinforced with thick leather, the toggles along the edges are made of wood.

Post WW-II model: made since the 80's, these have brass grommets and the wooden toggles have been changed to plastic.

On the Shelter half that I received, I found it have the Brass grommets that were very well seated and very heavy duty
I also found that it did have Wooden Toggles that had been dyed a dark brown/black color.

The shelter was Soviet stamped with dates and arsenal warehouse marks. Nice original piece of Soviet style hemp was also included.

If though it is post WW-II it is still exactly as the original WW-II
version with the exception that it lacks the leather reinforcement at the corner grommets.

I am complete pleased with this item and with the outstanding service I received from Keep
Since this is my first purchase with them, I plan on being back again.
Review by Eric
Tried it on the moment it arrived. I love it. Found what I think are cat hairs on it, though not enough to put me off. I'm just all enough that I don't have to put up the corner. there is just so much history in it. Worth every penny.
So simple, it has to be Russian
Review by rodney
Only the military of the USSR could invent something so simple and have it work so well. It will hide your butt from the enemy and help keep it dry as well. The previous comments are true, mine looked unissued as well. Hood is large and leaves plenty room for a helmet. I am going to order a spare.
AAA+ extra info update....
Review by jeffrey Riddick Tonn
A few things I forgot to say that are VERY IMPORTANT is that it was brand new UNISSUED!! The shelter half also has draw string to tighten around your neck for use as a poncho... It also has draw string on each side of the hood when you have it on as a poncho to tighten up the hood around you face.. They thought of everything!! . And it has a wooden toggle between your legs if your a little short to stop it from dragging it at your feet.. In the picture showing Jude Law his height is: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Corner is just off the ground at his feet.. I'm 2 1/2 inches shorter... So it just touches the ground and drags just a little bit.. However it has a toggle on the inside about two feet from the bottom.... Then you fold the corner inward and use corner for staking and wooden toggle to get it off the ground... Problem solved!!! So don't think it won't work for you... Don't miss out.. Before they are gone.... Riddick
Review by Jeff Riddick Tonn
Just showed up today! WOW don't even begin to cover it. It's a poncho and your tent all in one. PERFECT SIZE! Original Russian issue shelter half. All your friends will be jealous as mine will be when they see it. It's got a small opening for your right arm to hold your rifle trigger ready. Don't miss out. These are SWEET! Comes with rope about 11-12 feet long to make tent. Rope goes down the middle. Each corner has leather to keep it from ripping as you stake the corners for tent use and toggles for holding front together if it's cold out. Hood works great to keep rain or snow off you. Works Great. I'd call it Superman's cape. Don't miss out on this item. TOP QUALITY HEAVY DUTY CANVAS!!!

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