Austrian field jacket w. membrane, surplus
Austrian Bundesheer Gore-Tex (or Sympatex!) jacket. Cut very much like the US M65 field jacket, but is water- and windproof. An excellent fall/winter jacket with practical features and nice nonchalant colour scheme.
- A sturdy shell jacket with good pockets and a hood
- Gore-Tex or Sympatex membrane
- Generous cut widthwise: if you're between two sizes and want the coat for casual use, the smaller might be better.
Zipper & snap closure, four front pockets with snap closure, a stow-away hood and generous cut, these are meant as the top layer. The membrane is squeezed between two outer layers. Other than that, these don't have any lining whatsoever. However these are roomy; it's up to the user to dress accordingly.
These usually have a velcro name tag base on the chest and Bundesheer logo on the arm, or traces of one.
The composition of the outer fabric varies, it can be either 50/50% polycotton, 65/35% polycotton or 100% polyester. The membrane is either Gore-Tex or Sympatex, these are essentially the same. 100% polyester lining.
First the easy size, then the user's recommended height and chest circumference in centimetres. These are a tad oversized to accommodate stuff underneath.
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|
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In used but serviceable condition and repaired when necessary. Although we can't give any 105 % waterproofness guarantees in diving conditions for used membrane rainwear, these should do just fine.
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does not recommend
Jean N. 10.10.2017
Mine came without the waist strap... no problem but to fix it was a puzzle as the waist strap itselve was also missing,
but solved so here is the solution if you also find the waist strap missing:
Down at the bottom of the jacket are two little holes, two open parts that have not been sewed...
Wrap the coat inside out through the hole, until you find a blue(ish) section: that is the part where the waist strap must be inserted.
Insert the waist strap with a safety pin until you feel its inside the horizontal lining around the waist of the coat.
Squeeze until you reach the other end of the jacket.
The Goretex is a liner that is sewed all over the inside of the jacket. But directly next to the blue(ish) section there is a tiny hole in the Goretex,
That is where the waist strap must go through to get to the right side of the inside of the jacket.
Then it's a quest to find the iron hole where the strap must go in, repeat on the other side.
Per T. 28.11.2017
Lining were not sewed too good at the bottom, either a poor repair or too fast sewing first time, but was easily repaired by hand. Other than that, the jacket including the zipper looked brand new and flawless
Pekka K. 01.01.2018
Tyler T. 11.03.2018
Mine arrived in very good condition with no stains or rips in the seams. The fabric is durable and the zippers and snaps all were in working order. It did appear that the sleeve snaps on one side closed a bit tighter than on the other, but this was not a big issue as it was just on the smallest snap, which I do not use. Overall I am very happy with this jacket and would recommend it for a friend.
David F. 16.03.2018 (Edited 10.04.2018)
Calvin C. 01.10.2018 (Edited 27.10.2018)
I'd also reconsider this jacket if you're a fairly slim person; I ordered 88-92 I-II and the jacket runs large on me (especially the sleeves), even when layered on! This might be a better fit for more muscular or fatter people though, YMMV.
Kendal K. 05.12.2018
aaron j. 08.03.2019
Bob K. 22.03.2019 (Edited 27.03.2019)
The jacket itself feels very sturdy and warm. It also looks very cool
Jyrki M. 14.04.2019
Kunnon testiin takki pääsi ensimmäisessä lopputalven vaakasuorassa räntäsateessa ja sehän piti vettä kuten pitikin. Pikkupakkasilla välikerroksena on ollut Särmän villaflanellipaita ja isommilla pakkasilla sveitsiläisten villapaita. Hemmetin hyvä takki eikä hintakaan ole paha. Luulenpa että vastaava merkkivaate merkkiliikkeestä kustantaa sen kolmenumeroisen summan eikä ensimmäinen luku välttis ole ykkönen.
Fernando U. 20.04.2019
RODRIGO O. 08.07.2019
Robert H. 08.10.2019 (Edited 08.10.2019)
I purchased three of these jackets given their incredible value and to ensure I have spares should the supply dry up. I’ll detail my initial thoughts here and update early next year after a trip to Tasmania.
Each of the three jackets I received had Gore-Tex liners, and appeared to be in fantastic condition, albeit with some sign of use / storage. All of the zippers and clasps were present and in working order. No abraded fabric nor loose seams. Indeed the only sign of obvious wear was in the elastic which runs within the cuff’s hem for adjusting its tightness. I suspect it will be the first, and likely only point of failure.
For reference my body dimensions are:
I live in Australia and due to our climate, I didn’t need the jacket to accommodate many, or quite often any, middle layers beneath it. So, I ordered a small long (179-187, 84-92) and the fit is just about perfect. The sleeves sit where they ought to, just below the wrist when at rest, and the skirt of the jacket sits half way down my thighs. In retrospect a small regular would perhaps have been more appropriate for casual wear, but I intend to use these jackets for hiking and hunting, where the added length will be welcome in keeping myself dry. As others have mentioned, the sleeves are huge! Not so baggy as to be cumbersome, but enough to notice.
Depending upon the conditions you intend to use these in, if you’re between sizes, order the size below.
I may order a smaller size for casual wear in future, but for now these fill the need perfectly, at for far less than commercial options.