The French MVP CCE Parka is one of the finest military issue jackets in the world. On the surplus market, this jacket would rank number one in virtually every criteria used to judge jackets.
Top 5 Reasons Why This Jacket Is The Best:
Condition - We purchased these in the original factory boxes. They sat sealed in an army depot for a few years, and were never worn or taken out of the boxes prior to our purchase. Too often military jackets show signs of use, repairs, or other defects. We have never been offered unissued military jackets in the more than a decade of buying this type of product.
Sizing - With military issue goods, the sizing is often too small as they are designed for recruits who are generally in their late teens. These French CCE Parkas were designed for the French Foreign Legion, so they run large to accommodate the larger framed Foreign Legion soldiers. This makes these jackets ideal for the American market as we tend to need big sized clothes. There are no small sizes in this lot!
Performance - The French M.V.P. material used to make this jacket performs to military standards for water resistance, breathability, and warmth. There are two hip pockets and two hidden pockets to cut down on the chances for leaks in the jacket. All of the seams are taped and the hood stows perfectly. If you are in an extreme cold environment you can zip the jacket up to provide mouth and nose coverage. Simply put there is no jacket that out performs this one.
Style - This jacket has a very sleek stylish look to it that is distinctively European. When you wear this jacket you will have people tell you it looks really great and will want to know where you got it. We wore a few samples out to test them and every time we had someone want to know where to buy it. It is cut well, and the French CCE pattern is very appropriate for the woods or the streets. Camo clothing is making a huge comeback fashion wise, and this jacket is extremely popular right now in Europe and Japan.
Military Unit Association - This isn't a regular infantry soldiers jacket. These are standard issue to the French Foreign Legion which is known around the world as an elite military organization. Governments do not like elite troops uniforms and gear to be sold to the public, so this jacket is sure to become a collectible once our supplies are gone.
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Holy crap... This jacket is boss!!! I'm 6'4", 205 lbs, and I've got 36" arms (6'6" wingspan). I wasn't sure which size to go for so I called Customer Support and the guy that helped me was awesome. He confirmed that at least the 112 XL (the size I purchased) did come in a long size. He said he'd make sure I got the long model and sure enough I did. Now the arms are a tad short when I'm fully extended but that fine. I short-shirt almost anything I'm wearing anyways as I've got monkey arms. The jacket is a little big on me as I'm fairly slender but that leaves plenty of room for layering, and the torso is plenty long for my long torso. The build quality on this baby is insane and it's perfectly new as stated. The sizing was overall very good for me and of minimal concern. For the price, and the value, the team at KeepShooting has blown away the competition! They're selling these at a price that is far lower than the competition. They always seem to have the coolest and best mil-surp you can find too. If you're looking for a goretex quality jacket at an insanely good price, just get one of these babies! If you sign up for their emails you'll also get discount coupons that you can use at checkout too. Thanks guys! I'll be back again as always. Cheers!
I've also had this for a while along with the fleece. Got it on sale and it was a great deal. It is very nicely made and the combo makes a great cool to cold/wet outerwear combination. A lot of fabric in the high collar- takes some getting used to. I wish the sizes listed if they were short or long, etc.- my first one was a 120 s and it was too short, so I had to send it back and got the L which works better for 6'-2" 200 lb. me. Would have been even better in the 120 XL as the military cut is shorter in the body and I have a long torso and long arms. I've made this my trout fishing jacket, but it has also been to Whole Foods where the camo pattern works well for concealment amongst the kale and broccolini.
I have owned this coat for over 2 years now. I bought the 128, but at 5' 10" and 240lbs its still big on me. I pair it with the French Polar Fleece when it gets REALLY cold, and they fit well together. Both of which I got for a whopping $55 combined back in 2014. I could have probably gotten the size 120 and been just fine though. In fact I suspect I am getting the size 120L French Arctic Parka for Christmas. I spent a few months shy of 10 years in the Army, saving in some frigidly cold places. This is in my opinion better than the Gore-Tex parkas we were issued in the mid-90's-2000's. In fact I am EXTREMELY impressed with the high quality of the French Army surplus that I have gotten from here. It is obvious that France spent much more money on quality personal equipment for its soldiers that we did during the same time frame. I like that this coat is shorter in both the sleeve and overall length. In my opinion this makes work outdoors much nicer as you are not fighting your outerwear to stay out of the way. I live in the high mountains of Wyoming now and we regularly see temps in the -20's, and receive more than 16 feet of snowfall per year where I live. Although this will not keep you warm by itself, it does go a long way to that end and will keep you dry. When paired with a decent fleece will keep you very warm. This is my current ski jacket and it works amazingly well in those conditions. It has served extensively through 2 hunting seasons (large game and waterfowl), and probably 20+ cold/ wet weather primitive camping trips into the back country. I have yet to deploy or use the hood, so I can't comment on that. This coat has plenty of pockets, and has two way zippers at the armpits to vent heat and moisture when you are working up a sweat. That is very important in a gore-tex style coat as these materials are not real THAT breathable. All the seems are taped and after two years of heavy use everything looks like it did the day I bought it. In fact only one of the keepers has broken over two years of heavy use (this has been my only coat). I am SO very glad that when I bought this and saw the quality, I immediately bought a second (I also bought a total of 3 of the FFL Polar Fleece Jackets), so I have a lifetime supply of these coats! If you can't tell, I CANNOT recommend this strongly ENOUGH! Buy it now while its still available!
When I got this jacket I was initially disappointed, it was HUGE and did not have the fit I am used to with jackets like the M65 however I found this is a perfect jacket to wear over my main hunting jacket. I wore it this deer season in Pennsylvania and it not only completely stops the wind I remained completely dry despite hours of steady rain. The loose fit allowed it to easily fit over multiple layers and another winter jacket with plenty of room to shoot without binding. Sleeves were long too which is great since most jackets come up short on my arms. If you want a Goretex jacket for a tiny fraction of the cost of a US version this is a great option. I would recommend buying down one size if you don't plan on wearing this over other heavy clothing.
Late Fall on the Great lakes is wet and cold,this has become my go to jacket. When used with my polar fleece coat it's an unbeatable combination. Thanks to your selection of equipment and great prices I'll be able to snowshoe this winter with relative ease and comfort. Come Spring I'll wear it hiking in the Sand Dunes.
I love this jacket. The French pattern of camo is my favorite. It fits perfectly, like it should a little bigger because it is for protecting against rain and to be worn over other clothing. This is one of my favorite jackets. I use it all the time for hiking and hunting. It's is built very durable and can take a beating. I sometimes use it a jacket even if it's not raining, which you can't do with some jackets because you would be sweating big time. The gore-tex keeps you dry from sweating and rain. If you get to hot, it has zippers in several place to let air in. One more thing it has a built in rain hat/ hood if needed. When not in use you roll it up and zip it in is own compartment. Finally it has stood the test of time being used in woods, forest, and some deserts. I've had it for almost two years, it's always with me.
Great all weather parka, new coondition. I ordered 112 and on sale last year hold up well to wind and wet, vent sleeve zip pockets and large hood that stow in collar smartly. Order polar fleece and add more warmth, waited and now have both, get while in stock ,, got wet and cold beat with mil spec tough gear thanks KS!!
Brand new. Heavy duty. Well designed. The French fleece jacket fits perfectly under neath.