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The British Royal Air Force is one of the most highly regarded air forces in the world. With a history stretching back to the early days of aviation, no other air force has as much history as the RAF. The RAF is known for having the best equipment and air crews in the western world and these Royal Air Force wet weather jackets are a great example of this.
With authentic RAF surplus being very rare, we were fortunate to find these wet weather jackets. Even better than just the wet weather jacket, we are able to include the matching removable quilted liner with each jacket. So you can enjoy the same level of protection from the cold and wet weather as air crew in the Royal Air Force and do so at a great price. This RAF Gore-Tex Jacket is not only great for keeping you warm and dry but also has collector value as authentic RAF gear very rarely is offered on the surplus market.
Get this one but pay attn to size- had to sadly send back for store credit. C-S dept great in handle situation w sizing as I am too big for size available. Ordered French CCE smock as replacement so all is well. Phone staff on top of things-Thanks.
Firstly,I'm 5'8" 150 pounds and I ordered the 170/100 and it fit well.I have always been a fan of gortex clothing,having spent 26 years in the Army using supposed rain gear that soaked one from the inside of the clothing-but not Gortex.Since it allows sweat to evaporate and prevents rain to penetrate.This Brit RAF.jacket has performed well in a driving rain storm,keeping me completely dry. The condition of the jacket was new without a fault. The inner liner is a welcomed addition for warmth during 40 degree rain weather,which prevents the wearer from being hypothermic.All in all the subdued blue color,endears itself for use daily without causing unwanted attention for camo clothing.
Mine came in today, so I have not yet tried it out in the rain. Here is what I know so far: It weighs a tad more than 2 pounds with the liner. It is 1.6 pounds without the liner. This makes it suitable for backpacking. There is room for layering. The pockets are big but not obtrusive. There are hand warmer slit pockets on both sides with a cover flap. It does not have a hood, however the ingenious collar design will keep the weather off of your neck. The front zipper is a double slider. There is more than ample Velcro on the sleeve cuffs so you can snug them up without a floppy end flap. Mine came with a reflective strip across the back. There is an adjustable stretch cord at the waist and another along the bottom. Overall construction is excellent. It is a very classy shade of blue, giving the jacket a 'smart' look to it. BTW mine is brand new and came in the original package. The sizing reflects the chest size in centimeters and your height in centimeters. I am short so this jacket fits more like a coat - fine with me. The 170 is ideally for someone 67" tall. The 100 is a 39" chest. And, yes, it is very comfortable to wear.
This is a nice jacket. It reminds me of a Civilian Protective Uniform jacket I picked up elsewhere. The advantage of this jacket is that it doesn't look at all tactical. You get the benefits of a surplus item without the attention it normally brings.
I am not well versed in European sizes so I had to call. The receptionist was extremely patient and thorough. Learned that the numbers correspond to chest and neck- to-rump measurements. I received my jacket promptly. It was oozing quality. Made me wonder why would they designate this excellent garment as surplus; another example of government waste but we can take advantage of this one. Already is my favorite jacket. Make sure you measure your chest in full inhalation; do not worry for this jacket is very adjustable.