About Us


Our family has been in the military surplus for what is now three generations. It started with our grandfather George buying and selling U.S. military surplus just after WWII in San Francisco. Following in his fathers footseps his son Mike started his own military surplus store in SF in 1968. While Mike moved on, his brother Jerry (Berkeley Surplus founder) started his own military surplus and sporting goods store inĀ  Napa in 1976 before relocating to Berkeley in 1982 where we remain to this day. All of these years of our family in the business has netted us a lot of contacts and business associates from all over the country. This enables us to find the best deals and provide our customers with the best products we can find for the money. As we enter the 21st century, and the 3rd generation of bay area surplus/sporting goods merchants, we find that now more than ever people are striving to find quality goods at affordable prices. As the military surplus market has evolved, so have we. While we may not be able to find the same massive quantities of G.I. (general issue for the non military acronym inclined) gear, we do our very best to source goods from longstanding U.S. manufacturers who share our passion for great quality at affordable prices.

What we provide as a store is a staff of outdoor/wilderness enthusiasts who get outside and use the goods in question. We field test our gear, and our goal is to make sure you have the right gear for the activity in mind. We believe that the great outdoors should be accesible to anyone regardless of economic situation. So whether you are just starting to adventure outside or are looking to add that crucial piece to an already established kit we are here for you. Our customers are not limited to just wilderness pursuers but also to many folks who find military goods to be quite functional for everyday life. Who doesn't like affordable wool socks?

We have a retail store filled with a wide variety of military clothing from all over the world. This web site is intended to satisfy those of you who are curious about our merchandise. If you see items that you want, call or e-mail us; keep in mind that this is only a very small sample of our inventory. Why military stuff? Because it is well made and affordable, and just right for most every outdoor activity. Besides straight military-issue clothing, we have camo netting, water containers (many sizes large and small), cooking stoves, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, mosquito netting, backpacks, knapsacks, sunglasses, dog tags, rainwear, and much, much more.

What's your interest? Outdoor gear? Fashion? Burning Man? If you like to camp, hunt, or simply are interested in good quality clothing for a practical lifestyle, check us out.

We believe that everyone benefits from the outdoors, and we would like to help you get there. Supplying the gear you need at a reasonable cost is our way of doing it!
"Just open yourself to the universe"......

-Nic Kerson