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The Swedish M59 was the standard olive green uniform in use by the Swedish Army up until the 1990s. This uniform was seen all over Sweden and in joint exercises where Sweden participated with NATO. The use of an olive drab green uniform is unique as most countries utilized some form of a camouflage pattern on their army uniforms, with Sweden and Austria being two that standardized with olive green.
Field caps like the M59 from Sweden have been issued in massive numbers to soldiers since the early days of the Second World War. Recognizing the value on a military hat for keeping the sun out of your eyes, completing a uniform look, and providing resistance to the wind field caps have become an essential uniform component. The Swedish army produced the M59 for all of these reasons and constructed it to the legendary Swedish military standards for excellence. You'll find this field cap uses quality materials and is perfect down to the last stitch sewn.
|Manufacturer||Swedish Army Surplus|
I ordered the large (59) cap. It fit a bit loose, but perfectly actually. Very comfortable. For comparison I also ordered the large German wool cap in Flechtern pattern and found that to be a bit tight. I love this cap. It's a nice neutral green, and is well made, and well designed. It provides ample head coverage and looks good. The ear covers and bill are perfectly sized.
An important point to convey is that the material used is doubled. I.e., rather than being thick, it's two layers - thus there is an air layer between. This would be too warm to wear in the summer but ought to be excellent in spring and summer. I don't know if it would be enough in sub freezing weather. It's not likely to be as effective as the German or other fully winter caps. This isn't a deficiency, just a note.
I was really pleased with this cap and will be ordering a few more, in different sizes as what I anticipate will be very welcome winter solstice presents. I'll also add them to my trucks and go bags.
ALmost forgot to add, the one I received was obviously brand new.
You won;t wear this to baseball games in July but you will love them scouting hunting trails in the fall and getting the mail or afternoon winter hunts. Will even work well on cool spring days. Bill is a good size and earmuffs are a nice feature.
These are a little too warm for Summer in the South, but for Spring, Fall (and even Winter) when you may encounter windy conditions where light ear protection is a plus, these are great. It's nice to have a 'tweener' cap between a mesh/Summer style and a full Winter hat which would be too warm. Nice long brim for sun protection. Good for out on the water. Best of all, my wife likes this one.
Like it fine, ear flap can be folded up inside the hat as well. You might consider sizing up if this is your preference. I'm a size 7.25 and a 58 is a good fit. A little tight with the flap on the inside but some weight and a door knob solved that after a wash. The brim is not rigid, just layered material and it folds up nicely.
Got 2. Finally found a surplus hat that fits. The brim is great in the rain, too.
Very handy. The flaps keep my ears warm and the visor keeps the sun out of my eyes. I treated mine with waterproofing spray and keep it handy for a rain hat as well. Crunches up nicely to store in my jacket pocket. Liked it so much got 2!