Austrian Anzug 03 field jacket, surplus
Austrian field jacket, the model of 2003 - these are almost vintage by now! Probably inspired by the US Army ECWCS Gore-Tex jacket, but made of tough cotton/polyester blend. The colour is olive drab of the typical Bundesheer shade.
- A modern military shell jacket
- Thick polycotton blend
- Roomy cut!
This Austrian field jacket resembles the US ECWCS parka cut-wise, most notably it's a poly-cotton blend and has no hood. Zipper closure secured with buttons. The hem is fairly short for a field jacket, but it looks better in urban use. The collar offers good protection when raised and tightened, but can be worn loose and folded too.
The front has four pockets with zipper closure, the top ones are hidden behind folds of fabric. A flat pocket is found on the left sleeve and hidden inside pockets on both sides. Drawstring adjustments are found at the hem and waist, though they might have been removed by the previous user. The channels are still there so a piece of string can be used to fix it, in case you miss the feature.
First the easy size, then the user's recommended height and chest circumference. These run a tad large to fit clothes underneath, so do not oversize. If you intend to use this as a casual jacket, picking a notch slimmer size than the measurements say would do just fine.
Our model in the main picture has a 96 cm chest, but the jacket worn is Small Regular (171-179 / 84-92 cm) and fits much better.
Our model in the main picture has a 38" chest, but the jacket worn is Small Regular (5' 7" - 5' 11" / 33" - 36") and fits much better.
The Austrian size system is explained in detail on our Austrian jacket size chart page. If you are already familiar with Austrian sizing and want to know how we came up with the easy sizes, below is our logic as a chart. All possible sizes in the chart are not manufactured of course.
|Width / Height||Short||Regular||Long||X-Long|
|X-Small||80-84 I-II||80-84 III-IV||80-84 V-VI||80-84 VII-VIII|
|Small||88-92 I-II||88-92 III-IV||88-92 V-VI||88-92 VII-VIII|
|Medium||96-100 I-II||96-100 III-IV||96-100 V-VI||96-100 VII-VIII|
|Large||104-108 I-II||104-108 III-IV||104-108 V-VI||104-108 VII-VIII|
|X-Large||112-116 I-II||112-116 III-IV||112-116 V-VI||112-116 VII-VIII|
|2X-Large||120-124 I-II||120-124 III-IV||120-124 V-VI||120-124 VII-VIII|
|3X-Large||128-132 I-II||128-132 III-IV||128-132 V-VI||128-132 VII-VIII|
In used but serviceable condition. Some tie strings or an occasional button might be missing at worst.
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Perttu T. 08.01.2017 (Edited 08.01.2017)
Marc-Andre K. 28.02.2017
It's even more comfortable to the touch, than my 1993 German Flecktarn Parka which is also 85% Cotton/15% Poly.. but..
I feel I HAVE to describe the only downfall to this jacket; to put the reader in perspective; I am 177cm high and skinny chest of 92cm. I got the smallest jacket (160-170 / 88-92) because I wanted a slightly more fitted/short jacket. The sleeves are perfect. the height of the jacket is perfect, it reaches just above my bum. with the drawstrings across the waist/hips, it fits extremely well. But the armpits region is HUGE, really HUGE. There is so much slack, there is a weird amount of material that just hangs behind my arms. I have small arms too, which doesn't help.
I am also a pretty fortunate owner of an Austrian Dachstein Wool sweater. And I almost believe that this jacket is the PERFECT companion for that sweater; while wearing the sweater, the armpits don't slack anymore. So this Jacket has just turned out to be the shell for the heavy duty Dachstein sweater.
Great buy! I recommend for big arms, I don't recommend for skinny arms like me.
Joni H. 13.03.2017
Daniel K. 18.03.2017
Tyget i själva jackan är väldigt mjukt och skönt mot huden och håller vinden borta hyggligt väl, även om den inte är vindtät per se. Dock är tyget tillräckligt tätvävt för att det inte skall blåsa rakt igenom.
Timi K. 11.07.2017
Ainut vaan, että kannattaa ottaa kokoa paria pienempi takki rinnanympärykseltään mihin olet tottunut, nämä ovat reiluja!
Näitähän saa vaikka värjättyä mustaksi jos vihreä ei nappaa, että älä nyt ainakaan värin takia jätä hankkimatta!
Seth B. 23.07.2017 (Edited 28.07.2017)
Mine had ripped drawcords, a busted pocket zipper, a busted pocket zipper pull tab ( these have latchlocked zippers so it means the zipper is unuseable) and the main zipper is fraying at the bottom.
That said, no holes OR tears and is very structurally sound. Not bad at all AND repairable, but not perfect.
Your mileage may vary.
Bought a second jacket in a size down - the overall fit is much improved and this second jacket is 100% intact. No rips, repairs, missing buttons or broken zippers.
You could end up with either a lemon or a unicorn and anything in between, but even the busted ones are worth the money because you can afford to fix them up at this price point.
Sakari S. 07.12.2017
Käytän tätä ihan arkitakkina, täällä idässä aika moni kulkee metsävaatteissa, taskut on toimivat ja leikkaus tyylikäs, alle mahtuu lämmintä vaikka otin omaa kokoani pienemmän.
Velcrot raksin pois sekä katkaisin niskassa roikkuva nauhat, saamani yksilö on myös tosi kulunut, tähän hintaan en parempaa kyllä odottanutkaan.
joseph c. 01.02.2018
Sampo V. 20.03.2018 (Edited 20.03.2018)
Antti P. 04.04.2018
Juhani N. 09.04.2018 (Edited 09.04.2018)
Takin sulku ja kiristys ei myöskään ole "tarra-helvetti" mistä lisäpisteet, hihansuissa on kolme nappia ja tuulilista ynnä povarit myös napeilla.
Hihat ovat todella reilut joten "temppuilu" onnistuu kinnaamatta ja mitoitus mahdollistaa säältä tai ikävemmiltäkin asioilta suojautumisen tekemättä takista ihan paitasillaan ollessa mitään säkkiä.
Koska jostain pitää aina valittaa, hinnasta nyt ei oikein voi, niin irroitettava huppu olisi kruunannut tämän.
David F. 10.04.2018 (Edited 10.04.2018)
Jani R. 02.05.2018
Devin A. 08.05.2018
Haakon W. 25.07.2018 (Edited 25.07.2018)
I love it. It's light, comfortable; baggy without being too baggy; it's got properly sized pockets that can fit all my items, plus some shoulder velcro so I can rep the Polish Space Marines and 'Leka with my shiny patches. No missing buttons, no holes, no fraying, no repairs that I can see. Came with the nametag of the previous owner. I want to extend my thanks to Herr Schermer for taking such good care of my jacket.
I am 190 cm tall, and have a 96 cm chest. Having read the reviews, I got the jacket in a Short Regular, as I was looking for something in a short, waist-length jacket. It fits almost excellently. The sleeves are just slightly short, but if that's the only thing I can complain about, it's amazingly good.
Alejandro H. 30.10.2018
Calvin C. 07.11.2018 (Edited 10.11.2018)
I docked off a star because the smallest set of cuff buttons was missing from both sleeves (should be a straightforward fix DIY or a tailor) and even at the smallest size (X-Small 80-84) the sleeves run big as per Marc-Andre's review. The last photo on the product page is a pretty accurate representation of the sleeve size. This means that the Anzug 03 field jacket is going to be better for outdoors transitional season and winter activities over streetwear.
Thus it's not ideal for urban "fashion" use unless you wear a thick fleece or sweater (or both!) underneath, or find a skilled tailor who will slim the sleeves (difficult because the shoulders are part of the arms). Order a size down and you'll be good, even for layering. There really isn't a reason to not to notch down unless you like your jacket to be excessively baggy. Once Varusteleka restocks the thick Swiss sweater in my size, I'll try it out to see if the sleeves still slack.
Wear is as usual of military surplus; the opposite tape of the main zipper has seen clear use, and there's pilling on the left shoulder (perhaps from the previous user's rifle sling) and inside of the collar.
UPDATE: try this layering combo to deal with the baggy sleeves: t-shirt, midlayer shirt, fleece jacket, Anzug 03 light field jacket, and then top off with this field jacket. You'll look a little puffy, but not baggy. You could also try wearing a loft jacket in place of a fleece.
lasse l. 18.11.2018
Jonathan K. 10.12.2018
Alan W. 24.06.2019