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The US Military Extreme Cold Weather Parka Type N-3B is an authentic US Air Force flight parka. These parkas were first deployed in the 1950s for issuance to soldiers, flight crew, and support teams working in extreme cold environments. With a rating of -60 degrees, these parkas kept these front line war fighters warm while on flights or servicing air planes in some of the harshest conditions in the world.
This parka has reached a wide level of distribution throughout the world mainly due to the commercial copies that have been produced. These commercial copies of the N-3B parka have been incredibly popular in the indie music scene, sports industry, and other entertainment arenas. We can see why this would be as these parkas have a very unique look that is not overtly military yet will cause those around you to take notice when you are wearing it. Where our parkas excel over the commercial versions is they are all original having been constructed to the full military specification.
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The parka I received, size S, was in excellent shape. If it was used, it wasn't used much as the zipper needed a little lubrication. The only problem I had was I couldn't get the hood zipped up without taking off my nose. The medium may have a bigger hood. Will have to check on that.
I had one of these back in the 70's and was quite nostalgic for it after seeing an old photo. As mentioned in the product description, copies seem to be all there is these days, so I was jazzed, but apprehensive as well, (because of the other review) when i saw these originals available in my size (M).
What got me off the fence was a 20% discount promo, and I'm glad I jumped.
The parka I got was, except for a name written on the description tag inside, literally new, the fellow must have been hastily transferred from Alaska to Guam or such because this thing has seen no use aside from warming a hanger, so I could not be happier.
I have dealt with Keep Shooting regularly for the past 4 or 5 years and have always been impressed with their selection of goods, prices, and customer service. When there have been problems, they have straightened things out quickly, of course in this case, it was 100% green lights. Thanks for the great parka!
I ordered size XL. I am 6'4" 240lbs and the parka fit surprisingly well. Usually I need either 2XL or even 2XL Tall. The parka I received was in good condition as far as any holes or rips or lose stitches are concerned. I did not find any. However, my example was stained in many places with some kind of grease or motor oil. I just brought it to a dry-cleaner to have them try cleaning the thing. They did not have very high hopes but try their best. If these parkas in size XL were not so difficult to find, I would have returned it.