Belgian M90 field jacket, Jigsaw-camo, surplus
Belgian Army issue field jacket with the wacky "Jigsaw"-camouflage. Apart from the camo, these are pretty good jackets!
The jacket features a zipper and snap fastener closure, drawstring hem, reinforcing in the elbows and small ventilation holes in the armpits. Six pockets altogether; four front pockets and two sleeve pockets. The material is comfortable polycotton blend. The overall design is not too far from the famous US M65 and British CS95 jackets.
The camo pattern is another thing. Belgians used to come up with really nice and down-to-earth designs starting from the 50's, but this 90's design is a clear departure from that school of thought. Who knows, maybe the colours of the Belgian nature have corroded to acid shades because of all the evils of that country. If you happen to be a bit eccentric and like "unique" camouflage patterns, here's your chance.
Belgian size system is like that of most armed forces, but please note these are not US sizes. Sizes are indicated as follows:
- Total height of the user in centimetres
- Circumference of the chest in centimetres
Used Belgian army surplus
Used, but in serviceable condition. Any patching and fixing is done with love & skill.
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does not recommend
David J. 24.06.2016 (Edited 27.06.2016)
Santeri K. 19.11.2016 (Edited 23.11.2016)
David S. 27.01.2017
Overall in good condition, stiching is perfect. No visible damage on the jacket, everything is functional, zippers, buttons, etc. Has a very slight warehouse odour, not too much, it needs good windy summer sunshine to air it out. Has a slight faint of the dyein on the back where the backpack rubbed the jacket of the previous owner, not a big issue, typically I will wear it with a backpack too.
As another reviewer wrote I am too thinking about dyeing the jacket to black, but actually I like the jigsaw camo more and more. Will see what to do. :-)
I would recommend it for European weather, excluding winter. Good for spring/autumn with a thick sweater, good for late spring without sweater, early summer with long armed cotton t-shirt.
Surprising quality for this price! Nice to have one!
Haakon W. 21.07.2017 (Edited 21.07.2017)
Marc-Andre K. 28.07.2017
I've fallen in love with the Belgian Jigsaw camo pattern. I enjoy wearing this and it can be funny when some ppl have this sort of puzzled look on their face when they see it. Totally worth it!
Anyways, back to the actual product. I ordered a few of these, because the first one I got was too small (my fault for not following the size recommendations), and that one was pretty much like new. No repairs, no tears, no missing buttons/zippers/tie-strings and no fading! But the ones I got in my size we're slightly faded, one had major repairs to it, and very visible.
I'm not complaining though, for the amount of barely used stuff I get from Varusteleka, I have to expect some surplus to look like surplus right!? I kept the nicer jacket.
What I like about this jacket is the high collar. Seriously, on a cold windy winter day... I wouldn't want to go out without this jacket (and some nice big sweater underneath). The collar is really a great feature. On the flip side, sometimes I'd wish this had a hood.. but that's when I start with the comparisons between my Flecktarn parkas and these.
I'm used to the German military stuff, I'm the biggest fan of the Flecktarn Parka (enough that I own 3, from different years and color tones and for different reasons), and what I enjoy about the Bundeswehr clothing, is the fit. They fit snug, not too tight, but not on the baggy side. The belgian jackets are on the baggy side, especially in the sleaves under the armpits, unless you are wearing a big sweater, or you have arms the size of a sumo wrestler, they are a bit big. Kepping in mind, I am not a big guy.
In any case, that is nitpicking, because this is awesome surplus that is hard to find and at a more-than-reasonable price!
Thank you Varusteleka!
Alexander R. 09.08.2017 (Edited 09.08.2017)
The camo is absolutely absurd and I love it. If I ever find myself invading an alien planet I'll be well-concealed.
Design of the jacket is practical, the pockets are a good size and in fact the chest pockets remind me of the cams I was issued, about the same size too. Design is fairly lightweight compared to, say, a liner-less M65 but still not quite British Army Soldier-95-or-later tier. Interesting they used bungee cord for the drawcords and I can imagine the plastic toggles/stoppers being a serious annoyance under LBE or a plate carrier, but as I won't be wearing either of those things with this or crawling around on my guts, not a problem for me. Normal string tied off as needed as per the British system is a better way to do things in my opinion.
Overall, a neat and unique-looking jacket that I'll be wearing quite a lot, I think.
Patrice B. 11.08.2017
Milla V. 06.10.2017
Kyle S. 04.12.2017
darryl b. 20.12.2017
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joseph m. 17.01.2018
David F. 23.01.2018 (Edited 28.03.2018)
Magnus C. 02.04.2018 (Edited 20.04.2018)
Update. Bought a second One in size small Long. Now the arms are of a normal lenght. So now Five stars in betyg.
Freeman S. 05.04.2018 (Edited 05.04.2018)
But great weird color to add to my collection of crazy camo color and patterns. Got a medium Long as that's my size in Similarly cut French jackets, but while the body fits great, this jacket has the same problem as the Swiss M70 in that sleeve lenght is super short, runs a solid inch or two short on me, but if i go any bigger it will get much baggier on me than it already is (it's already baggy which is good, combat taught me that snug fitting uniforms are bad for mobility.
). Just something to keep in mind when you order.
Justin A. 17.04.2018 (Edited 17.04.2018)
Holger L. 19.04.2018
Jani R. 24.04.2018 (Edited 29.10.2018)
Michael N. 09.05.2018 (Edited 04.01.2019)
Simon H. 05.11.2018
However, small-long is really, really long. I'm 6 feet/182 centimeters tall (not TALL by any means, but tall enough that I often have to buy "tall" clothing), and this jacket comes down far enough that it could qualify as a really short dress. That's my fault of course; just look at the sizes before you order.
lasse l. 14.11.2018
John P. 18.02.2019
Hugues C. 14.03.2019
Keep up the good work.
Kiitos and till next time!
Jeremy B. 05.04.2019
Greg B. 28.06.2019
Harvey S. 05.07.2019