The Dutch Army is a modern NATO-aligned force in Western Europe that has a rich history of producing quality materials for use by their soldiers. These Commando Sweaters are a great example of this as they are one of the finest Commando sweaters we have ever had for sale.
Using 100% wool to construct each sweater, the stitching is flawless and the reinforcing sections on the shoulders and forearms is perfectly placed. In all meaningful ways the Dutch Commando Sweater is designed to ensure that you will be kept very warm when wearing it and the areas that tend to see most use are reinforced to ensure a longer life for the sweater. Most military surplus Commando sweaters are produced in either an olive drab or dark blue, so this Coyote tan sweater stands out for not just the quality construction but looks as well.
XL is nice fit for me at 6'0" 210lbs. The neck opening seems a bit large to me. My sweater has epaulette-like shoulder straps with a square of cloth on the shoulders. I did not see that in the product photo and wish it was not there. However, it is a very nice sweater. If you consider the arm length and the waist size, it does seem a bit small. But the arms are only a tad short if you roll up the cuffs; if you don't roll up the long cuffs, they are plenty long. The waist is tight, I assume, to keep you toasty. I haven't washed it to see how it stretches to fit. It does have a mild surplus smell but unlike some items I've purchased that needed a few days of hanging in the sunlight, this one will likely smell fresh after a single wash.
My sweater arrived with a tag that contained a barcode and read:
Pullover Dess.Storm, khaki,50
Fits great, feels great. Had a little bit of odor from storage, but a quick wash took care of that.
Upon opening, I thought this was a cotton sweater due to the texture and weave. This is very nice wool on the thick side and will stretch due to the type of weave. The KS description is very accurate. I like loose fitting clothes... This size 40, is more like a smaller size large. As stated the weave is very forgiving. New condition is no joke, this will serve me very well I assure you.