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Old 02-28-2021, 12:40 PM
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Back in college, ca. 1981, I bought an M-65 field jacket with liner at a surplus store for about $35. I wore it for years and still have it but I weight about 100 lbs more than I did when I bought it.

Recently, I was thinking that it would nice to have one for winter wear. So I went looking. Cockpit USA (known as Avirex long ago) offers an American made M-65 for $380. Adjusted for inflation, my $35 is about $100.

Sure it is American made but nearly $400 for a field jacket?

https://cockpitusa.com/collections/f...5-field-jacket
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:48 PM
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Check out the prices on some Arcteryx ski shells and jackets. $400 for a nice coat ainít much anymore.

Is that one of them wax coated jackets??
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:54 PM
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Army Surplus.
It'l be woodland camo though.
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:11 PM
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I have one that I bought new ~20 years ago. Supposedly made to US specs in Korea. IIRC I paid $60 from Sportsman's Guide.

The M-65 is mediocre IMO. $400 will buy a really good jacket.
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:46 PM
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Best jacket I bought in the last few years was a Walls lightweight filled hooded jacket for less than 50 on sale. That and some bibs made of the same, zippers shot but the button wind flap still works on the jacket.
Best warmth is a West German field coat that has kept me warm overnight at 10 below. Bought that at surplus back in the 980's and still use it. Love them surplus stores.
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Old 02-28-2021, 02:12 PM
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Bought that at surplus back in the 980's and still use it. Love them surplus stores.
You got it before the Crusades? Wow, you really are old!
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I had mine from the 1970's, liner and all, left it hanging in the closet for several years and the dang thing shrank up about 3 sizes just hanging there.

I never did think too much of them to begin with, weren't all that warm. Nice to have the camo ones to wear to the gunshow, though.
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Old 02-28-2021, 02:18 PM
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The M-65 is mediocre IMO. $400 will buy a really good jacket.
Exactly, as much as I liked the M-65 (kept me warm and dry), it isn't worth $400.

The best coat that I ever had was a snorkel parka that I had before the M-65, waterproof and kept me warm down to about -20F. I had that through high school and into college but I outgrew it.
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I like the one my uncle gave me in 19 hundred and 73 and still have it.

I don't wear it much these days, though it still fits fine. I used it once in a while back in my working days when we were winter trapping turkeys. With the liner and appropriate layered clothing, it was kept me warm enough sitting in an unheated truck in the great white north.



FWIW, I also still my Class A uniform, a set of fatigues and Chicom-like winter helmet liner.
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https://shop.opticsplanet.com/mil-te...BoCVGMQAvD_BwE

The last time I owned an M 65 field jacket It was issued to me by the Air Force.
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I had one but gave it away. Heavy and restrictive.
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So thats where our missing seabags, we left in storage in Okinawa on our way to Vietnam, went.
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I still have mine that I was issued in 1970 on my way home from RVN. Dec 22, and since it was cold in the states every one that wanted one got anew camo jacket. My original had a big ugly floppy collar so I gave it away and kept my camo version. Still have it in new condition, I still wear it once in a while. It is the only piece of my military gear that still fits me.
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My long time hunting jacket. Used from very late 1970's until now, I've had to replace the insulated liner twice. Olive drab, very plain jane, I think it was purchased at Brigade Quartermaster. I bought it oversized so that in 'real cold', I could wear a 100% 'Wooly Pooly' wool sweater under it. Never used the hood inside collar, a wool beany or felt cowboy hat was / is worn.

I also purchased a solid black jacket that fit me a few years later for work and around town, but I've 'outgrown' that one and passed it on to my nephew.
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purchased many at estate + yard sales for less then $5.00 - have three spares in storage waiting for one i have been wearing for 30 years to wear out -
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