Belgian parka, M88, olive drab, surplus

18.99 USD
Belgian parka, M88, olive drab, surplus
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All in all, a very typical rock solid army green parka:

  • Stow-away hood hidden in the collar.
  • Four front pockets, one inside pocket.
  • Drawcord tightening at the waist. The drawcord might also be missing.
  • Light cotton lining.
  • Belgian national insigina on the sleeves (not always). If you really hate the nation, you can carefully remove them.

Now, because we are talking about genuine army stuff, the fabric is made for proper use. Keeps wind out wonderfully and will stand a light rain shower without getting soaked. It's probably polycotton blend, the tags advise to wash in 60 degrees celsius.

Sizing

Sizes are given in centimetres, first up is user height, then chest circumference. If you use inches, divide the centimetre sizes by 2,54, or use our handy converter. While these have some room for warm clothing worn underneath, they are not overly baggy.

Here are the measured sleeve lengths (shoulder seam to cuff) for each size:

  • S: 61 cm
  • M: 63 cm
  • L: 65 cm
  • EL: 67 cm
  • EEL: 69 cm

Condition

All in nice, used shape, completely serviceable. There might occasionally be a slightly musty warehouse smell, and it will go away in use after a while.

Product reviews

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4/5
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20.08.2016
Takissa oleva huppu on lähinnä säälittävä - pieni eikä suojaa oikein mitään paitsi niskaa tihkusateelta, mutta muuten takki on oikein tyylikäs ja sopiva syksyisten ilmojen pukine. Vähän kuin trenssi, mutta arkisempi.
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5/5
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29.09.2016
5/5
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03.10.2016
Tää päällä näyttää semispugelta, mutta suojaapa munia myöten tuulelta. Painaa todella paljon (46-48EL 1,3kg) metsässä tätä ei viitsi kantaa mukanaan, mutta esim. työmatkoilla jne tosi hyvä.
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4/5
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04.10.2016
Lyhyesti: pirun hieno takki varsinkin hintaisekseen, mutta kannattaa varautua näkemään vähän vaivaa ennen käyttöönottoa.

Perusteluja:
M88 istuu päälle paljon paremmin kuin useimmat ylijäämäparkat. Napakan istuvuuden ja neutraalin yleisilmeen vuoksi tämä päällä voi kulkea kaupungillakin aiheuttamatta sen kummemmin paheksuntaa. Oma kappaleeni näyttää ja tuntuu enemmän täyspuuvillalta kuin sekoitekankaalta, sillä valkkasin myymälästä vähän muita vastaavia tummemman yksilön. Vanhempaa erää kenties? Joka tapauksessa takki vakuuttaa niin ulkonäön kuin ominaisuuksiensa puolesta. Taskuja on juuri sopivasti muttei yhtään liikaa, ja pituuttakin on tarpeeksi kurjemmille keleille. Sateella en ole ehtinyt tätä vielä pitää, mutta harkitsen vakavasti takin vahaamista tai käsittelemistä jollain suojasuihkeella jos kangas päästää liikaa vettä läpi.

Huonoina puolina mainittakoon ensinnäkin haju. Valitsemani takki kärysi jo myymälässä vähemmän kuin muut kokeilemani koot (luojan kiitos), mutta haju oli silti aika hirveä. Koimyrkyn ja varaston haju olisi varmasti tarttunut takista muihinkin vaatteisiin, joten kotiin tuotuani heitin sen välittömästi pyykkikoneeseen. Pesin takin koneessa 60 asteessa kahdesti, ja ensimmäisellä kerralla lisäsin huuhteluaineeksi reilulla kädellä etikkaa. Tämä tuntui auttavan, eikä takki enää haise.

Toisena miinuksena mainittakoon se, että hihassa oleva lippu oli kuvauksesta poiketen kiinni liimalla. Lipun poistaminen vaati vähän enemmän kikkailua, mutta kärsivällisen raaputtelun jälkeen onnistuin siinä lopulta, eikä kankaaseen ihme kyllä jäänyt minkäänlaisia jälkiä.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
18.10.2016
4/5
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02.12.2016
Toimii joskus talvitakkinakin, erityisesti villapaidan kanssa, mutta en voi erityisesti suositella sen kummempaa liikunta-aktiviteettia - jos takin alla hikoilee, siitä tulee kylmä, märkä ja ikävä. Yleiseen paikasta toiseen liikkumiseen ja ulkona seisoskeluun toimii kuitenkin vallan hyvin ja jos joudut yllättävälle ostosreissulle, taskuihinkin mahtuu jonkin verran sälää. Hupusta ei ole mihinkään, ota sen sijaan päähine mukaan.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
16.12.2016
This looks like the first review in English, so here goes. I bought this jacket with the intention of using it as a replacement for my cheap cotton hoodie. At first it seemed to be to large, but after trying it on I discovered that the fit was darn near perfect for how I wanted it to feel. The seams around the shoulder do restrict mobility somewhat, but that is mostly my fault for ordering it without first looking at the converted measurements. All in all, this jacket is money well spent, especially when you consider that it's only 19 US dollars. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive yet quality jacket.
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5/5
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10.01.2017
My new favorite surplus jacket! I'm 6'2" tall with a 44" chest, so I ordered the 55-56 EEL size. The shoulder seems sit right and sleeve lengths are perfect. Little roomy around the gut, but that works well for layering. Seems to be mostly unissued, nothing worn, torn, or missong. Even has the Belgian flag on the left shoulder. This just replaced my Bundeswhehr parka as my #1.
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5/5
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31.01.2017
I bought this in the run up to the winter months as I needed another jacket that was enough to keep me warm without the need of a jumper or hoody but also not too warm with other things on underneath. This jacket does the trick. The delivery was prompt and packed well, the product itself was in great condition. I wasn't sure about the sizing when I initially ordered it but the sizing lets me put on a hoodie underneath and not make me feel like an oven. It has certainly helped me survive in these chilly winter months. I can see myself wearing this after the winter as well, great buy.
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5/5
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17.02.2017
Needed a coat for the warmer/rainier winter days and eventually spring. I love this jacket, fits perfectly and looks good as well.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
03.03.2017
This is a wonderful jacket, and that's not even taking the bargain price into account. It fits beautifully, and definitely looks like it'll last a long time. Looks good as a civvie coat; should the Belgian insignia bother you, the stitching looks like it can be easily undone.
When ordering, trust the sizing chart. I'm 182 cm, 120 cm chest and narrow waist (the drawcord is a nice plus) and went for a 54/56 L. Fits just right across the shoulders, doesn't restrict movement one bit.
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5/5
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13.03.2017
Neutraali välikausitakki, joka on tyylikäs mutta jolla uskaltaa istuskella nuotiolla ja tarjota leidille alustaksi. Uskaltaisin tämä päällä lähteä kesällä metsällekin.
Haaksirikkoisenhuppu välttää rankkasateessa, mutta sontikka kannattaa silti varata mukaan.
Itseäni belgilippu hihassa ei haittaa, sillä voi rikkoa jään mielenkiintoisten ihmisten kanssa ja se on sentään olutmaa. Hinta-laatusuhde madskill 5/5.
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4/5
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01.04.2017
Excellent quality jacket. It is larger than you would expect so it's sort of on the line between greatcoat and field jacket. The day I got it in the mail it was pouring rain so i had a perfect opportunity to test it out. As a somewhat shorter man(5'8" it is a bit long and comes down to my knees. Other than that it fits perfectly. I would recommend picking a shorter height size if you are looking for a more normal fashion jacket as it is quite a bit longer than what most people wear.
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5/5
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12.04.2017
Outstanding! I ordered exactly the size I measured on myself, and it fits spankingly (I am 6ft but fairly skinny with gibbon like arms) So I went for the 50/52L. Just what I wanted, a warm but not too warm jacket for chillier spring mornings over a tshirt, but just enough space to fit a hoody underneath for cooler days. Although sold as 'issued' it is pristine, the only evidence it was is a small biro name written on the label. Which I may take on as my vigilante name... or not.
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5/5
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23.04.2017
This is some good kit. As a bit of a short brick house myself, I actually bought this not expecting to be able to button it up, since I almost never wear jackets closed anyway it wouldn't have been an issue. To my surprise however my order fit me amazingly well and fully encloses; not only that it has no wear at all, and has a rich OD green of kit that has never been washed or seen the light of the sun. I'm sure this thing has been sitting in storage for years. I can see myself using this bombproof jacket for years and then passing it down along with my dads US M65. My only issue is the shipping took about a month to get here but I blame JFK international for that. Worth the wait tho!
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
14.05.2017
I love mine, so did my GF and my brother.
Now we all have one each.
Really nice quality coat! Both feel and look unissued! One of three didn't have the elastic cord in the back, that's the only flaw on our order.
We all have it for everyday use!
No matter if you are a student or a service manager, you'll still look great in them!
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4/5
I would recommend for a friend
21.06.2017
Mulla on kans tällainen, eikä haise yhtään, siis ei yhtään millekään! Hartioiden leikkaus ei ole niitä parhaita, on vähän kankea.
Omaani en voi pitää syystä kun ei ole tähän takkiin soveltuvia vihreitä tai vihertävän värisiä housuja.
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5/5
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20.07.2017
A fine jacket. You really can't go wrong for under 20 Euros but I would have gladly payed 3X that. I'm 190cm (6'2) and I ordered the 50/52L model, fits me pretty well. Mine even has a neat little Belgian flag on the arm. I trust it will be even better once the 30 year old smell of Belgian man goes away. Recommended.
P.S. One complaint I have is that the hood sucks, and doesn't even cover half your head, but no matter.
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5/5
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07.08.2017
Very good parka in perfect condition, ideal for cool days of summer, spring or autumn. Confortable!
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5/5
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18.09.2017
I have one, fits perfectly if you choose based on your size measured properly. Mine fits and feels spot on. This coat is a real hidden gem here. No one can tell it is military made (not a pro or con), it is that ageless shaped coat you know, never can spot the decade of originating fashion trend or country. While trends come and fly this coat will stay forever as a damn sturdy and very confortabe good loking gear. Wear with black cotton hoodie and you are ready to hit major metal music clubs or wear a cotton shirt under it and you are ready to hang out with friends in the city, go for a nice dinner. Actually it is so comfy you can choose this for hiking or just buy one for the purpose of taking a longer walk with your doggo. Whatever, price/value is unbeatable here.
It has an inner cotton layer, probably too warm coat above 17-20 degree celsius. I modified mine, removed hoodie completely, now neck part is thinner, overall better shaped. I treated it with febreze once, heavy odour mitigated by 90%.
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