My Field Jacket Addiction!

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  1. Mfraser161

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    Ok folks it’s time for me to fess up ... I’m a field jacket addict !

    Now that the cool weather is coming I’ll be getting into the field jacket mode here very shortly.
    I’m going to update this thread with reviews , pics , experiences etc that I have out and about in my various field jackets.
    I live in Canada and get out to the mountains regularly on all kinds of activities so I’ll be putting these all to the test in some pretty demanding conditions as we get further into winter.
    For the record I have :
    1 x surplus US Army M65 with liner UCP pattern
    1x surplus Belgian Army field coat Jigsaw pattern
    1x surplus British CS95 windproof smock DPM
    1x surplus British CS95 wind proof smock Desert pattern
    1x surplus US Army Massif Elements jacket , not really a “field jacket” as such but a fairly interesting item in itself as I’ll show in a future review.

    I also have some surplus winter gloves , grid fleeces , under shirts etc that I’ll include in my reviews.

    I’ll get some pics up soon of the jackets and associated items.
    In the meantime feel free to get the thread rolling with some pics and experiences of your own jackets!
     
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    Well folks what better way to start my field jacket reviews than with a new (to me) purchase that I made today !
    This popped up on a local Buy & Sell Facebook page and I just had to snap it up.
    It’s a Canadian Forces Arctic Combat Parka in woodland pattern camouflage. I have seen very few of these come up for sale in this camo pattern so I didn’t mess around , I got in touch right away with the seller and arranged to go check it out immediately. While I was there the seller was getting messages constantly about it so I knew it was sought after..and so did he lol
    He was asking $140 and I knew from the message inquiries he was getting that he wouldn’t budge on price , and to be honest it was a fair asking price for what it is.

    This thing is the BUSINESS for Arctic/Extreme cold weather.
    Here is a list of its main features;

    * Outer shell of durable 65% cotton / 35% polyester blend.
    * Full length, 2-way, metal YKK front zipper with pull tabs.
    * Full length inner and outer wind flaps with strong, 7 button closure.
    * High rise collar for added chin and neck protection.
    * 2 diagonal bellows chest pockets with buttoned flaps.
    * Roomy 3-piece sleeve with adjustable, buttoned cuffs.
    * Inner drawstring waist.
    * Roomy, detachable hood secures to parka with metal zipper, concealed by a triple buttoned flap.
    * Wide, all-around peak with stiffener.
    * Removable, insulated inner liner.

    The length is perfect to cover to the mid/low thigh area , great for combating those super cold days where the wind is trying to whip up your back.

    Needles to say guys I’m very happy with this purchase but I won’t be able to get out and field test it until the weather cools off considerably as this thing will be just to hot to wear in anything but the coldest of temps.
    Once the mercury drops I’ll be out with it for a full field test !
    For now enjoy some preliminary pics of this awesome piece of Canadian equipment.
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    I too, have quite a few field jackets......
    U.S. M65 woodland pattern with liner
    Czech parka, sans liner
    Spanish M65 with liner
    Desert Night Camo Parka
    Swiss M70
    Blackhawk Field jacket (m65 clone but VERY durable)
     
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    Awesome ! It’s an addicting hobby to collect them , especially since they can usually be found for very reasonable prices !
     
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    The worst of it for me, is finding the size. Since I wear the most common size, I can only usually find ones that are BEAT or nearly unservicable.
     
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    I have a similar problem with the Canadian surplus , usually what’s available is in medium/large sizes and I need a XL or bigger depending on the item. Local surplus store close to me gas a lot of nice items but there all too small for me :/
     
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    Snapped a couple pics of the buttons on this Canadian Parka , they are the old style with the single piece of material holding them onto the coat, nice and big too , easy to use with gloves on.
    Two big front lower pockets that have Magazine pouches inside the pockets. Given the era of the coat the pouches should fit the CNA1/L1A1 FAL SLR magazines , which is great for me as I often take my M1a rifle out with me and the magazines are a similar type. Would easily fit an AR style magazine as well , which is also great for me as I take my X95 Tavor out in the woods often as well.
    There’s also two slanted chest pockets that will be great for carrying a tourniquet and Israeli/OLAES style bandages in.
    There is a very “smock like” design to this parka. I have it hanging next to my British CS95 wind proof smock and they are very similar in design.
    Very sturdy YKK zippers as well , also oversized for ease of use with gloves on.
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    I got my first M65/liner last fall. Found a good deal online, from someone on here. I live in the Midwest USA, it lives behind my truck seat in a garbage bag, so it's always with me.
     
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    Right on ! The liner really makes the m65 a year round jacket. I’ve been out in minus 40 weather with mine and been extremely comfortable. That particular day I was wearing a long sleeve merino wool base layer as well as a grid fleece midlayer then the lined m65 and I was good to go. I had US Army surplus goretex pants over thermals on my legs as well as my sorrel boots on plus mitts , a merino wool balaclava and a touqe. I stayed out for about 4 hours target shooting and mooching around the woods with my sks rifle.
    Selfie I took that day
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    Good thread! Probably going to cost me money somehow.

    I'll throw in some pics of a Helikon Tex smock. 20190119_101827.jpg 20191001_182433.jpg
    Pit zips
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    Zippered chest vents
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    The chest vents open into a large mesh pocket on both sides. Inside there is a pen slot and pocket for a notepad. 20191001_181357.jpg
    The upper pockets have lash tabs for dummy chords 20191001_181712.jpg
    The left upper pocket has a compass slot and button hole for a lanyard 20191001_181731.jpg
    Velcro on sleeve pockets have removable covers 20191001_181809.jpg
    Sleeve pockets also have lash tabs and a port for earbuds from your electronic device 20191001_184419.jpg

    Cont
     
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    Behind the front pockets are fleece lined handwarmer pockets, LUXURIOUS when it's cold! 20191001_181931.jpg
    Buttons on the flaps are covered
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    Extra buttons are provided 20191001_181849.jpg
    The hood has a wire stiffener and rolls and stows 20191001_182105.jpg
    The hood drawstrings have male/female connections so they can be locked together and not flap around in high wind 20191001_182714.jpg 20191001_181959.jpg
     
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    @hdbeav thats a damn fine looking smock, I’m digging that a lot.
    Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!
     
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    Some SOB stole my Woodland M65 Field Jacket with liner, gloves, and zippo from my 2nd to last Army Reserve Drill back in 1999.

    A few years ago I picked up a surplus (new with tags) Adventure Tech reversible Woodland / 3 Color Desert Gore-Tex Jacket with matching GTX pants. Used it last week fishing up in Northern MN. Looks good and works fantastically.
     
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    @hdbeav does the Helikon ones run a size or half-size bigger like all the other smocks out there?
    Asking for a friend.....:rolleyes::4:
     
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    That sucks that they stole your stuff, hopefully karma has caught up with them somewheres along the way
     
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    Thanks much. Nice seeing what else is available out there, following.....and locking up my credit card.

    Ha! They are indeed generously cut. They are sized in cm. I wear 2X coat and ordered a 180/120. It was kind of a roll of the dice but worked out very well. There's room underneath for whatever insulating layer or layers you would require, but doesn't feel like a tent worn on it's own.
     
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    Thanks!....uh, I mean, my friend says thanks! :4:
     
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    I’ve got a few coats to get reviews on up here this winter !
    Looking forward to putting them all to use !
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    It took me a long time to find a M65 field jacket in the old 6-color desert camo. I think they stopped making them after the first gulf war.
     
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    You should try the Lester River Bushcraft field jacket. It's pricey but really nice for the money. Best of all he can make to size if needed. I will be getting one made soon and I will do a review later on.
     
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    You Canucks and your "tukes" :18:
    But in all seriousness, kind if clears things up.
    If I say, "Put a hat on." That could mean many different types.

    If you say, "Put on your toque." , I'm sure everyone knows exactly what you mean.
     
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    hello,
    @Mfraser161 #fact Canadian "slottie" (slotted) buttons were a favourite with the British Security Services (SAS SBS Royal Marine Commando) & became a standard fixture on windproof smocks from the 1980s onward. I excluded the Parachute Regt as the (then) Para smock had stud closures. :)
    Regards
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    The only heavy winter coat I own is the M65 with liner, which I have 15 dollars invested. No need to look any further
     
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    Cmon ...you could always use one more :3:
     
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    @hdbeav you done went and did it.
    Having an M65 field jacket with liner and also last year acquiring a 100% wool Filson double mackinaw that I have been wanting forever I thought I was all set.
    Now this smock pops up and I can’t get my mind off it.
    My wife will be pleased I’m sure. :)
     
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    Never owned or even saw (in person that I know of) an M65 field jacket. With so much apparent love for them looks like I need to do some research on them.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    You did and didn't know it. ;) I wore a woodland camo one at your meetup. Those things can get darn warm with the liner.
     
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    LOL what can I say, I'm way behind the times I guess.
     
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    Ah, I actually remember that jacket... very nice looking! Just didn't realize what it was.
     
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    So they are water resistant? If they shed water well I definitely need to look into getting one sometime.
     
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    Not really, but I bet some scotch guard might do the trick. The tuck-in hood isn't much to work with either.
     
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    Did they stop making them like that? That would be a shame. I've always known that style as "Canadian buttons".
     
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    Glad to help a brother out! Tell her it's my fault and completely out of your hands at this point, :59:

    Congrats on the Filson double Mack, that's a lifetime coat right there.
     
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    You're such an enabler!!!
     
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    Hdbeav

    What should one if those helikon pcs jackets run? And where is a good place to look?
     
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    Enabler? :54: I already threw out my qualifying statement that this thread was going to cost me money, and that Filson double Mack would be awesome!
    In seriousness it's just cool to see what outs there and get experiences from those using them.

    I got mine from ebay/vendor Military 1st. 120 bucks, it appears they vary in price by which camouflage you get.

    The surplus ones are much more affordable and are the same basic shell, just not some of the finer details. Depends on your use/interest.
     
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    Is that the “chocolate chip” pattern ?
    I’ve been wanting one in that pattern too but they are few and far between from what I’ve seen.
     
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    I have a brand new m65 I bought four or five years ago and never wore. It hangs in the closet as I just didn't like it much. I do like the German Flecktarn parka and liner. It’s a little bit longer than the m65, but better constructed and better thought out. The hood is more substantial and better shaped, and it has more pockets. The liner is also superior as it can be worn as a stand alone garment and has its own zippered pocket. The pattern is actually a modern version of the “pea dot” cammo issued to the Waffen SS in 1944. I waterproofed it, and with a Wehrmacht issue wool sweater under it, it’s an inexpensive waterproof, wind proof, and warm cold weather garment.

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    Varusteleka has surplus British Desert pattern wind proof smocks for $40 at the moment.
    I just received mine in the mail today and it’s brand new in the packaging!
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    I don't know if it's chocolate chip.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Yep that’s the choc chip pattern , very nice !
     
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    I have NEVER seen that pattern in a field jacket, only heard of them. Man you have a real collectors item there
     
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    My credit card is sweating .

    Simultaneously happy and sad that 2X is out of stock, that is a smokin deal, good find!
     
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    Just doin' my part, good buddy. :dblthumb:
     
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    But can it pass the pocket test?

     
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    Interesting how in that last pic it gives the washing water temp in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius, considering it's dated 1979 while Canada made the switch from F to C in 1975...

    And no, they can't mean 160° C because that's way above the boiling temp of water, hotter than hot...
     
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    Okay, my turn for smock bragging. :4:

    Two arm pocket, four front pockets, Canadian buttons, two side zip upper chest pockets, pit zips, chest vent/inner access.
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    Mounting points for "ghillie-ing it up", full width lower back pocket, two hip pockets.
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    Inside are two more zippered chest pockets, and full width pocket across inside lower back.

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    hdbeav As Iron Sharpens Iron #24 / Noble Order of the Cup Supporter

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    @Mfraser161 ,
    I've been searching but not much luck locating a Canadian forces arctic parka, any sources? Looks to be an awesome cold weather piece of gear!

    Spill it brother, who makes that? Surplus?

    Well thought out smock!

    I'm digging the extra lower pockets, wise use of space. And the ghillie tabs are unique, have not seen that on a smock style coat before.
     
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