|Manufacturer||German Army Surplus|
Very nice parka. This is similar to the Olive Drab version. The main difference is in the pockets. All the pockets have button closure where as the OD version doesn't. Also the pocket locations are different. I have the OD version and like it for cold weather, so I just had to have the blue version too.
Have you ever put on a “new” piece of clothing, or at least one that is new to you, and it just fits like you have worn it for years? Well, that was what wearing this coat for me is like. The coat I received from Keepshooting is very lightly used, if used at all. The coat itself is very well made, actually I am surprised at how well made it is. The cotton shell is a very heavy gauge of fabric, and the liner is a thick synthetic pile; both combine to add some serious weight to the parka. My coat was dated 1988; I had forgotten how well made certain clothing items were made back then. The only slightly odd thing about the coat is that between the outer shell and the inner liner there is a nylon cape that goes across the shoulders; I am assuming the cape is there to give the wearer a slight amount of protection against rain. Well, with age the nylon has begun to get old and stiff; so it crinkles a little when handling the coat; initially I thought that there was a plastic grocery bag or something stuck between the liner and the shell. I have a feeling that the nylon cape will loosen up over time, if not it seems like it is easily enough removed. I take a US men’s XL, I am a US size 48 in a jacket, and the size XL Keepshooting sent me fits like it was tailored to me.
This jacket brings back memories of my LL Bean Parka in the '80's. It is very well made and much heavier than I expected. The size runs true. A couple of design details that the pictures don't show: 1) the liner is full (all the way down the sleeves and inside of the hood) and 2) the zipper stops at waist level (lower part is secured by button). Overall a very nice parka at a great price.