British CS95 parka, ripstop, DPM, surplus
British Army Soldier 95 parka with DPM camouflage. Kinda like the classic Windproof Smock, but slightly lighter and not as oversized. A very nice allrounder whenever you need a decent jacket - just stuff a thick fleece or a sweater underneath if needed.
In a nutshell
- Unlined, ripstop reinforced field parka
- A proper handful of useful pockets
- Made in England!
A true go-to parka
The parka is made of very durable windproof, ripstop reinforced nylon/cotton material, and features a generous cut, zipper closure, four large front pockets and adjustments wherever needed. The buttons are of the large CS95 type (aka. Canada buttons), which are big enough to be operated with gloves on and are attached with a piece of flat lace rather than just threads.
All in the CS95 parka is a pretty straightforward modern field jacket. It's sensible and well thought out, fits pretty well and is just the right thickness for general use as a shell layer. The tall collar protects your neck when raised and looks alright when folded.
Liked by the squaddies too!
Perhaps the best reassurance of the quality and functionality is that the garment is praised by British soldiers, who are known to complain about anything other people would shrug off. An approval from the original users is something not lightly gained, and you can trust they have been through shit wearing these.
Sizes are given in centimetres, first up is user height, then chest circumference. If you use inches, divide the centimeters by 2,54 or use the converter.
These run large enough to fit some warm stuff underneath.
Used, but in serviceable condition.
Review of British Soldier 95 parka, ripstop
I have used this parka for a couple of years on different journies through the mountains and I am of the opinion that is is one of our most under-appreciated jackets. Among the jacket's features are a brilliant cut, fantastic pockets, "Canadian buttons", windproof fabric, and a tall collar. The fabric's "stretchy" rip-stop build also allows it to dry quite quickly.
I could very easily get rid of my backpack due to this jacket's plentiful pocket space. You can fit food and cooking supplies, fire-making tools, a compass, map, knife, a first aid kit, a flashlight, snacks, and almost anything else that you may need when venturing out into the real world. I highly recommend it.
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