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One of the best selling military surplus items from any country is the standard issue parka. In Germany the standard issue parka is this Fleckatarn Parka that is made from premium materials and features the unique Flecktarn camouflage pattern. With commercial grade parkas you are often paying a premium for a well known brand that does not provide the performance to match the price. Military surplus parkas have been designed by governments to give their soldiers a performance edge over all others and that ensures that military grade parkas always out perform commercial parkas.
The German Flecktarn Parka is unique in the crowded field of military surplus parkas. There are many aspects of this parka that make it stand out and should be considered desirable characteristics in any parka. Some of these features would include the look of the Flecktarn camouflage, the quality of the materials, the condition of the parka, and the style.
|Manufacturer||German Army Surplus|
I know the description says "Surplus Used" but mine had to be brand new. Colors were rich and bright and displayed zero fading. I could tell the fabric had never seen the inside of a washer or dryer, as the tag on the inside was bright white, flat, and stiff - not wrinkled or discolored (if you buy a lot of surplus you know what I am talking about). The parka I received was dated 2001 and therefore was the brighter pre-2005 Bund Flecktarn pattern. The ones issued post-2005 have a more muted tone, apparently. I'm 6'2"and 170#, kinda lanky with long arms, and the German size 12 was a perfect fit. I have had issues with European surplus stuff having sleeves that were too short for me but not with the size 12. I give it a 10/10 would buy again status.
I was amazed at the high quality of this parka considering the low price. A commercially-made parka with these features would cost 3 to 4 times more in most stores.
The parka arrived in original plastic wrap and appeared to be brand-new as described. The colors were very vibrant with no fading. There were no visible defects to the parka. The parka is made from a canvas-like material and appears to be very durable yet light-weight. It can be easily folded-up for traveling. It has many outer storage pockets and a nice large, inner pocket. It fits a little larger than the stated size but this allows room for layering underneath. I plan to use this for hunting and hiking.
You can't go wrong in buying this parka for under $20.00. I hope to purchase the insulated liner when they are available to make this an even better cold-weather parka.
Held off till size and price available. Glad I did, new 90s date mfg tough and color vibrant Got liner w / purchase so match gear good to go. Surplus unissued the way to go on this garment, thanks again!!!
For those of us who like a coat a bit longer than the US field jacket, this is a great choice. At the sale price, it was time to buy for friends! Well made but can use some additional water-resistant treatment. That's not hard to do. Size chart is accurate. The liner listed elsewhere is a worthwhile addition.
I bought two of the Gr. 12 ones, which is for 37" chest and about 5'11" to 6'2". I have a 36" chest and am only 5'7", and this is very long on me (which I expected), but the sleeves are long enough for my long arms, which is always a concern. I'm planning to cut the jacket off at the waist and re-hem it there with a drawstring with cordlocks, then treat the jacket with wax waterproofing to have a cheaper-and-better rain jacket to wear while cycling around town. All that to say I don't care that it's too long. The material is very tightly knit and is pretty water-repellent as is.
The jacket is HUGE in the body. I'm sure it was made for layering over a lot of clothes, but I'll probably end up taking it in at the side seams, since for my use I'd prefer something a lot more form-fitting. The hood on this jacket is the most well-designed and ergonomic one I've ever tried. I didn't know anyone could MAKE a hood this good. It cinches down nice and snug and turns with your head and never blocks your vision. I'm really looking forward to using this as a rain jacket. I never cared for Gore-Tex that ALWAYS delaminates, I've been interested in waxed cotton or poly/cotton as a solution, but those jackets cost $200 and I don't have that kind of money. Here at KS I can buy two new jackets of superlative quality for $31, have a fun project making a jacket that will last the rest of my life, and have enough material left over to use for repairs or, I don't know, a throw pillow?
Excellent quality parka, and $15 for a NEW one? You can't touch that price anywhere on the internet.
I am 6'11 and 135 lb. I got the jacket for a more fashionable look rather than utilizing it as a hunting jacket as many other people here would use it as. I wanted the oversized look, so I got a GR 12. The sleeves taper nicely and the length gives a longline aesthetic. A really nice touch is the strings that come off of the bottom. Some have dyed this particular coat black, but I'll be keeping it flecktarn until i get tired of it, then I'll dye it using dylon dyes.
Great jacket, bought it for my brother. I bought him a GR 12 But the arms were still a bit short, he's 6'1'' with long arms. But still a good deal.
Jacket is in new condition. got a GR8 which seems to be a US large. My height is 5'7 and I'm 180 lbs. Ordered a GR10 last time and it seemed to be a US xl. So i pucharsed this and it fits perfectly. The colors are nice in bright.Going to use for hunting in southwest new mexico. seems to be a good camouflage in the lava rocks landscape
This is a superb parka. The price is extremely affordable, which is a main attraction. It's a very comfy fabric and the length holds in heat very well.
Awesome alone to around 10 degrees F. Colder than that I wear another jacket on top. If it's sleeting outside I can put a raincoat on top and that keeps me both waterproof and toasty.
I've only had it for one winter, but I have faith in it for many winters to come.
Ordered this back in 2013 and have been using it ever since. Really durable, comfortable and stylish. My friends even like to borrow it from me every now and then. Keeps you warm when its cold, not waterproof but will keep you dry in light rain. All in all, it does its job and definitely would buy again if I wear my current one out.
I've picked up several of these. Quality is consistently excellent. Does not appear to ever have been issued. Sizes run fairly large, but it's a parka, so go for it. NOT waterproof- I've sprayed all of mine to good effect. Good features, nice buttons. Worth at least 50% more than what you're paying.
I bought this one to put into service when my current flecktarn parka finally goes. My current parka has done forest and hiking service for 10 years and the fabric is beginning to wear significantly at the rub points. It is my favorite for a light jacket. Parka is in perfect condition, as advertised.
This parka is amazing!!!! Brand new and never issued. The quality is top shelf.
I am 6ft tall 40 chest 165lbs and the GR12 fits perfectly. Plenty of room for a fleece underneath for colder weather. Don't wait any longer, order one now while you can. Thanks Keep Shooting for a great price and a quality product.
I break this jacket out every winter. I combine it with the matching jacket liner on the really cold days. Most of the time the parka alone is warm enough. Also the flecktarn camo is great woodland camo. The one I received was brand new and unused.
I have always had a thing for "flectarn." This parka did not disappoint. I'm 6'3" 190 lbs with a 35" sleeve and this size ("GR15") fits great...I could gain 30-40 lbs and it would still be an excellent fit. The Parka itself appears to be in unissued condition. Have already recommended to others. Order without reservation.
Great jacket..... I bought one of the extra large ones and it fits me great I'm 6'2 200lbs... Love this thing I wear it out in the field hunting all the time ...order the liner and you're set to go for some cold weather ....
These are "da bomb". I have the old style OD parka from the 80s/90s also. No comparison - the old one has buttons, no velcro, fabric is more cottony and less water-repellent. Any Downsides? There is almost too much Velcro on these babies, I'd get rid of the "attach name tag here" velcro strip on the front, but the German tailors use such tight stitching on these guys it's impossible. You'll have the same trouble getting off the flags if you don't like 'em. But really - what's not to like? As the Brits say - "Does what it says on the tin", and at a great price too!
I think I now own 4 of these parkas. Purchased another from Keep Shooting along with the liner. I just wish that the liners buttoned in to the parka like the old German OD moleskin parkas with the synthetic fur liners (if I could only find one of those liners...:) These parkas are the best. Like all German Flecktarn uniforms, the quality and workmanship are top-notch, providing years of use with proper care. To find these parkas new, unissued...for under $20? That's a no brainer. Seriously, if you don't already own one of these, don't order one. I mean it, don't order one. Order two. Trust me. If you order only one, you'll just end up placing another order when you realize what a value these parkas are. The Flecktarn pattern is also one of the most effective camouflage patterns ever fielded.
I ordered GR12 (Medium) and it fits (5'9" 155 lbs Size 38 jacket). I had a GR8 (Large) already from another store. Love the design of this parka. Durable, well-made, German engineering. Perfect for the rainy Pacific NW weather. Other sites charge more than KS, so this is a great deal. Not to be missed. KS needs a better photographer to showcase their products. The actual product looks much nice than the photos on the site.
I bought the parka and the liner and got a winter combination that can't be beat by a $300 dollar store bought coat.Very nice !!!
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARKA FOR ALL OUTDOOR , VERY WELL MADE NOTHING COMPARE TO GERMAN STUFF , THIS IS MY 4TH JACKET ORDERED AND WILL ORDER MORE FOR GIVE AWAY AND KEEP . AND NICE FOR HUNTING ........
I'm 6' 3" 165lbs and I ordered gr 15. It's big on me but that's what I wanted. Made in 1997 but looks brand new.
A wonderful parka for all outdoor uses. Extremely well made and attention to detail. Great camo pattern for the eastern woodlands. New condition and a price that can't be beat. Also, consider the parka liner to make it that much more versatile.
Not only is the flectarn design superb for concealment, the design of these Parkas excel above most others. Most notable is that the hood will follow through as you pull it on, making for one of the quickest full entries around. The long length is very desirable for covering your butt where other "designs" do not.
Anyone who shops from Keep Shooting like I do, and have a military background know that Keep Shooting has some remarkable surplus for sale at great, unbeatable prices and this German Parka is no exception, I absolutely love this jacket (especially for this price).
When I ordered I was a bit concerned about size. I am 6'-2" and 220 lbs. I ordered the GR15 (XL) and it fits great. Previously I had a big box store camo jacket that was waist length - I couldn't stand it! Every time I would bend over or move around it would ride-up. Not this jacket. Once I knew the jacket would fit with room to spare I ordered a parka liner as well - again great fit, great value, like new condition...what more could I ask for?
Very well made. Makes a great hunting jacket or for everyday wear. Plenty of pockets for essentials. I would highly recommend the matching liner for cold weather. Could not be more pleased with quality or price.
lets face the Germans got us on this one
1- the flecktarn is a design that is the basis for the US military's current patterns but I found it perfect for temperate climates and woodlands
2- its a parka but feels like a field jacket.
3- plenty of pockets storage and sturdy zippers.
however its perfect for daily use and if the world ends tomorrow.
Well constructed of heavy material, this parka is a great buy. I'm 6' 1"/ 188 lbs. and the size 15 fits just right. I also bought the matching liner and would recommend it. This will make a great hunting coat and will be nice to wear to the shooting range when the weather gets cold. The fit provides for good freedom of movement. This is an almost unbelievably good deal. Deutschland uber alles!
Brand new and unissued, the Flecktarn Parka was a fantastic purchase for the 2014 winter season in upstate NY. It does not include the liner, but perfect for layering stuff underneath due to its bulk. Plenty of pockets to store stuff and its build like a tank.
Made it Germany, its stitching is fantastic and stops wind. Thick fabric.
It attracts so much attention from people asking where I got it, I'm questioning the effectiveness of the camo!
Bought the GR12 and I'm 6' 180 lbs. Fits great, sleeves are an appropriate length for an American. The jacket is long, but that won't be a problem for its intended uses outdoors. It was brand new and I may order another one.
Bought two of these for each of my son-in-laws who wear XXL & the GR 15 fits perfect. Excellent German quality. These are Christmas gifts & I wanted to get them early before they sold out.
Very well made ,German Quality and looks. Size wise, is matching perfectly the descriptiom of the product. Strongly recommend this product.
Mine appears brand new in unused condition- I suggest the liner (sold separately) and the flecktarn camo winter hat to accompany this parka. Nice fit & quality all around- the pattern is awesome and not faded. Great item at an unbeatable price
These are amazing parkas and to find one that is new is very difficult. It is worth every penny, this parka. The attached hood covers the head/face really well. The drawstrings on the bottom, middle and hood help to cinch-up the parka and keep the cold out. The adjustable Velcro cuffs are easy to fit to your wrist, no more fiddly buttons like on other military coats. And the camo is stunning and virtually invisible in the right environment. Not to mention the inside hidden pockets! What a great offering from KS. Get one before they're gone!
This parka length, unlined jacket is well constructed by Mil-Tec in a sturdy fabric.The features and quality are far beyond what I expected to receive at this price. Bellowed snap chest pockets, zippered lower slash pockets and side vents. Fitted hood, velcro wrist adjustment and shoulder epaulettes. Incredible bargain.
I was shopping around for a new parka to replace my old well worn Flecktarn Parka. I was excited to see our friends here at Keepshooting selling these brand new ones and was blown away by the price.
Other company's who sell these new parkas charge twice as much and their shipping rates are insane.
I'm 6'6" and I ordered a GR15 sized Parka and It fits like a glove. The parka I received is dated 1999, can't beat new old stock at the price of worn out surplus.
I bought one of these a while back at a gun show. I have been nothing but happy with it. I like it because both the sleeves and length run long and give full range of motion without exposing skin. Ample pockets as well.
This parka would be a great buy at its price as a military used surplus item-it's a truly exceptional bargain as a surplus new and unissued item. The Keep Shooting sales person assisting me with my phone order was very helpful in determining the best sizing given European sizing and American physiques. The jacket simply reeks of quality throughout; the German Army did an excellent job in spec'cing this out, and the manufacturer's quality was concurrently excellent. While mine was bought specifically for an outfit for a commemorative IDPA event, due to its inherent features and quality will doubtlessly see far greater wear than I'd anticipated. It is quite possible the very best surplus clothing buy I've experienced.
This is a very nice garment. The seams and stitching are all even, the fabric is thick and tightly woven, and the zippers are all very easy to manipulate. The bottom zipper pockets really make sense with how they are oriented on the parka. They are set at about a 20 degree angles so your hands naturally slide right into them. The button snaps are very tight, and still need some use to break them in properly.
I really like the way that this parka feels on me. It is very comfortable, and I could wear it all day comfortably. The fabric is tough, but not stiff so it moves with your body well.
Some other key points to be aware of:
-It has zippered vents under the armpits in case you need to vent some heat out of it.
-It has 2 breast pockets, 2 lower angled pockets, an arm pocket on the left sleeve, and an internal pocket.
-It has 3 draw strings: 1 on the bottom, one at waist level, and one for the hood to cinch it closed.
-It uses a zipper to close, and has 6 button snaps to secure the weather flap on the front.
-The adjustable wrist cuffs are held with velcro.
-The hood is fixed.
If you get this, you should really get the liner with it if you want to get the most out of it. This is a great parka,and I highly recommend it.
This parka was worth every dollar spent. I still can not say that enough. The flecktarn looks great and comes dark. No fading at all, so this parka is truly new. I stand at about 6'0 and it fits me long and comfortably like a parka should. overall length comes to my thigh. I tested the water resistance with some drops of water. The drops soaked right in but I felt dry. I would suggest sealing it with some sort of water sealer just to be sure. It seems as if it could be wind resistant but for colder months a liner would certainly be needed. At a price of under $20 (not including shipping) this parka can't be beat.
The Germans, being Europeans, arrange their zippers backwards. So, you’ll need to use your left hand to zip up your shirt and your parka.
The parka has much the same layout as the shirt. In addition, it has a hood, which can be tightened down by a drawstring. The waist can also be tightened via drawstring, and zipper-closed hand pockets provide ample storage space. There’s even an interior pocket on the left side. While not made to be a rain gear, I found it to be weather resistant, even in the middle of Hurricane Sandy.
This Parka has great looks. Flecktarn is an incredibly good camo pattern. Like others have said, go a size larger than you think you need, The length is long but it will feel snug compared to American sizing. That said I am 6'2" and 210# My large fits perfectly, but I like a athletic fit more than baggy.
I did get wet, but only light rain, it kept me dry. I don't think these are goretex, so a touch of wax will seal these perfectly.
Mine is in new condition, aside from a name inside, I cant tell it was ever used.
Pockets are nice and accessible. Hood is very effective
I have several surplus field jackets. This one is one of my top favorites. I got extra large which is really to big for me. I'm 5'8 165. I like to buy European stuff over sized because it tends to be to small, and I like to layer. An extra large would fit a much bigger guy.
The thing has a cool camo pattern, its got good deep pockets, its fabric is a heavy cotton canvas. It is water resistant somewhat. Get the liner while they last and have a great winter jacket.
This parka is a real quality piece of gear. They are made up of a heavyweight cotton fabric. These jackets show an excellent attention to detail, such as all of the seams have cloth tape sewn into them to reinforce the seams. Some of the other well thought out features of the jacket are that the armpits have zippered vents to keep the wearer cooler if need be; the cuffs have velcro adjustment to them; there are drawstrings around the hood, waist, and bottom; and my favorite is that the bottom set of pockets have zippers to them. There is four pockets on the front of the jacket and one small one on the left shoulder. Originally these jackets were designed to be worn with a separate liner in cooler weather. I have one of the liners but I found that regular hoodie works just as well. This jacket is my early spring fishing coat, but I would not hesitate to use it throughout the year as well. These really are a high quality item at an excellent price.