The German Gore-Tex® jacket is a German surplus jacket that is perfect for the cold, wet weather typical of the winter months. If you are looking to keep the elements out, then this lightweight jacket all but guarantees your comfort.
As noted, each German Gore-Tex® jacket offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic German military surplus item. These jackets were originally designed for and used by service men and women enlisted in the German heer, or army, which is one of the five service branches that makes up the Bundeswehr, or unified armed forces of Germany.
Gore-Tex® is synonymous with wet, winter weather. And when you pick up one of these German Gore-Tex® jackets, you get a jacket that provides a tough barrier against wind and water while retaining breathability. Each jacket, designed for layering, features a full-length zipper as well as a snap-fasten storm flap for enhanced protection. The integrated hood with drawstring closure adds to the protection, as do the Velcro® adjustable cuffs, which are useful in blocking out drafts. Additional features include two deep front pockets with snap-fastener closure flaps and German flag shoulder patches with rank tape.
Undoubtedly, you have noticed the unique camouflage pattern on this jacket – the famous flecktarn camouflage pattern. 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.
The final noteworthy aspect regarding the German Gore-Tex® jacket is the fact that the NATO Stock Number (NSN) is printed on the interior of one of the pockets. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the jacket is 8415-12-326-6863, which identifies it as a tarnmuster jacke, which translates loosely to "camouflage jacket." The "8415" identifies it as a piece of special purpose clothing while the "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits are an item number.
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