I am not the biggest fan of military surplus. I am not the biggest fan of camouflage either. But you can bet I would be all over this deal if I were a fan of either. Not only does the German Flecktarn parka appear to be well made, it does not really have that typical military surplus style. And because they are brand new, unissued military surplus items, each parka is 100 percent free from the rips, tears, stains and scents that you would expect from military surplus.
Constructed from a cotton/polyester blend, the German Flecktarn parka provides water-resistant relief from those surprise afternoon showers and cold to moderate temperatures that those phony spring days throw our way. All of that is quite obvious though. Less obvious are the numerous features the parka includes to ensure your comfort all season long. Let us start from the top. The attached hood with integrated drawstrings provides the cover you need to make umbrellas a thing of the past – so does the full-length zipper closure and accompanying storm flap with snap fasteners. And you can forget about those whipping winds with the inclusion of a cinch cord at the waist and Velcro®-adjustable cuffs at the wrist – both of which serve to keep the wind out. If you are worried about all that bundling up keeping you too warm, do not be. Located in each underarm is a zippered vent that allows your body heat to escape without letting the elements in. Those who crave storage space will be pleased with the five pockets this parka has to offer: one small pocket on the left sleeve, two expandable chest pockets and two oversized slash pockets at the waist with zippered closure. Other features include a sewn German flag patch on the left sleeve and a Velcro® strip for mounting name tape.
Your best bet for beating the cold, wet weather on a budget is the German Flecktarn parka. The parka is available in the following sizes: medium, large and extra large. At only $19.25, we are practically giving them away.
Willst du die Geschichte hinter der Tarnung wissen? Want to know the story behind the camouflage? Back in 1976, the Bundeswehr, or German armed forces, began developing new camouflage patterns as a push to replace the olive-grey uniforms that were being used at the time. The result was this work of art known as Flecktarn, German for “spotted camouflage.” The word Flecktarn comes from the German words fleck, for “spot,” and tarnung, for “camouflage.” It wasn’t until 1990 that the pattern found widespread use among the service branches of the Bundeswehr, including the Heer (Army), Marine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air Force) and the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst (Central Medical Services).
Flecktarn is a multicolor disruptive camouflage pattern, generally utilizing three or more colors. This particular pattern was designed for use in temperate woodland terrains, though by varying the colors, it is adaptable to other backdrops.