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Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus
Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. The color and style of the epaulets varies.
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Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. Proper thick wool.
Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. Stylish buttons and all.

Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus

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If you want a similar greatcoat that the Red Army used during WWII or just want a pompous and coarse winter coat, here’s a good candidate. Bulgarians copied the Soviet coat quite accurately. So, when you wear this, you will look like a die-hard commissar.

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Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. The color and style of the epaulets varies.
Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. Pompous Soviet aesthetics.
Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. Proper thick wool.
Bulgarian greatcoat, surplus. Stylish buttons and all.

If you want a similar greatcoat that the Red Army used during WWII or just want a pompous and coarse winter coat, here’s a good candidate. Bulgarians copied the Soviet coat quite accurately. So, when you wear this, you will look like a die-hard commissar.

These are just the thing everybody wants. Authority-oozing wonders of the eastern bloc that have that special nostalgic feel. This kind of stuff isn’t really made anymore, except somewhere in East-Brutopia.

Features

This is a fairly typical greatcoat. Button closure on the front, long hem, somewhat crappy fit, and slightly pompous style. The thick wool is the kind of man-wool found on many East bloc rags: very coarse, durable, and probably made of mustaches, chest and back hair, and some unknown beasts. This is indeed an excellent substitute for the Soviet greatcoat that isn’t easy to find.

Some coats are a bit darker, some lighter gray. The color of the epaulets can also vary at least from gray-red to blue-red. Some don't have them at all.

Ideally, you pair this greatcoat with a steel helmet, a sack-like backpack, and an unusual variation of the AKM. Or if you have a comrade, one of you will get a rifle and the other one five cartridges. Or, you may combine this with a big-ass peaked cap, laspistol, and a fanatical devotion to the Emperor.

They smell very strongly of moth deterrent and Communist gloom, which you might get away with by taking these to a sauna. If you don't have a sauna, you have a major problem anyway. We give no guarantees of what else the smell will stick to.

Sizing

The sizing is an obscure Bulgarian system. From what we gather, the Roman numerals denote a chest circumference: III is a Medium. The Arabic letter stands for the length: B for 176 cm and A a bit taller at 180 cm.

To make things easier, we decoded these for you in plain measurements. First, you get the recommended height, then the chest circumference. The sizes run large, as to be expected with greatcoats - order your own size and you'll be able to squeeze a fair amount of warm layers underneath.

Condition

Used Bulgarian surplus but in serviceable condition. Nothing can really destroy these coats, which is why they are great. They might have some small stains or holes in the lining and other signs of use. Some seams might also have come undone but those are easy to fix. They shouldn’t have any bullet holes in the back, we think.

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Five stars
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04.11.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Damn warm greatcoat and a thicc one at that. I bought one from a different seller, but it's the same thing. I only wear it when it's below 0F and won't be too active or when the nostalgia takes over.

Somewhat crudely made, but made with quality. I had to sew the back support and some of the buttons back on. No big deal, just apply some superglue afterwards and it'll hold.

Absolutely reeks of moth balls, I had to give it 3 heavy duty washes and it air it out outside for days to get the stench out. Doesn't stink at all now, but still has that wonderful Soviet gloom.

This is the most coarse, scratchy wool out there. You could only find this kind of wool in rugs or Stalin's moustache. I always wear a BW scarf and some kind of jacket underneath to make it bearable.

All in all, it's great and I love mine. I'm going to try using Sonett wool care and/or a natural hair conditioner to make it less scratchy, so I'll see how it goes.
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Four and a half stars
I would recommend for a friend

06.11.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
I have one of these and use it as a winter throw blanket on top of my others, being 5'2" it works fairly well.
It also looks cool as shit and is a nice piece to have, however in Australia it's very rarely cold enough for it to be viable.
half star gone for how nastily scratchy the wool is, it has a cotton lining on the inside that helps with most of it, but I'm unsure that's something every coat will have judging by the other review.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

10.11.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Hyvä kopio neukkumanttelista pienillä eroilla. Bulgarialainen versio ei ole ihan niin ruskea kuin neukkumalli, jossa on myös yleensä halkio yläselässä.

Takin villa on tuntumaltaan kieltämättä lähempänä hiekkapaperin ja raastimen yhdistelmää kuin esim. Särmä woolshell-takin villaa. Mitään höttöä ei kyllä kyseessä ole takin painaessa n. 3kg.

Naftaliini tuoksui kieltämättä siihen malliin että Eka Vekarakin tulisi kateelliseksi. 2h otsonointikaapissa + parveketuuletus kuitenkin poisti hajun hyvin eikä pesuhommiin tarvinnut ryhtyä.

Takki istuu hyvin ja puuvillavuori oli myös ehjä. Jostain veikeästä syystä povitaskun vuori oli ruutukuvioinen kuten perinteinen nenäliina. Liekö sitten muuten harmaata tunnelmaa kohottamaan.

Kaiken kaikkiaan hyvä takki sellaisenaan tai muokkausprojekteihin, tälläisellä pärjää oman kokemuksen mukaan pakkasellakin pekkkä t-paita alla ja paksummalla aluskerroksella aina siperian pakkasiin saakka.

EDIT 16.5.2021

Takkiin palasi haju tuuletuksista huolimatta joten piti pesuhommiin ruveta. Neljän pesun jälkeen haju poistui, viimeisin pesu riskillä 60 asteessa (3 aiempaa 40) mutta takki ei kutistunut tai muuten mennyt pilalle. Joten pesuhommiin joutuu todennäköisesti mutta kylmästä sodasta selvinnyt takki pärjää kuuman pesunkin kanssa.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

14.11.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Very warm, and definitely has that mothball smell. Well constructed with great (if not scratchy) wool, and decent closure buttons. Kansas isn’t known for its harsh winters, but it’ll certainly take the chill off as it rolls around.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

17.11.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Makes you feel like goose-stepping and mishandling your Kalashnikov until you are clicked on and attack moved to make premier proud.

The wool is thick and heavy and will stop all attempts by general winter to have you court-martialled. Roughly corresponds to grit 500 sandpaper.

As a bonus you have two (2) pockets that you can fill up with 400 grams of sunflower seeds.

Mine came with two (2) lions rampant on the collar and blue shoulder pads. 5 stars for the 5 star pattern bakelite buttons.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

08.12.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Very good coat. The description says they are used, but if that's the case, mine had seen very minimal use. It smelled, but not too bad, a day in the sun was enough to take most of it away. It's not scratchy *at all*. I removed the epaulets (they looked cheap, even for com-block stuff) and brought it to a tailor for a proper fit - I'm a very small guy, so it wasn't really a job for a rookie. The only cons are that it's very heavy and not crazy warm, though I'd say it's good enough. All in all, I got a fantastic coat for about 60 Euros.
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Three and a half stars
I would recommend for a friend

16.03.2021
Great coat, (literally) don't really have much to add to what has already been said, but I ordered my size as recommended by Varusteleka and unfortunately it runs a little too small, which is disappointing. I'm unsure if this is a one off problem because the other reviewers do not seem to mention this. But I can't really move my arms above my chest too freely and it does sit very close to my body (Especially the shoulders), making it uncomfortable to wear anything thick under, however a simple service shirt goes well. Was pretty bummed by this, as I was hoping to take it out into the woods.
Otherwise awesome for the price! I personally would recommend going 1 size up in the chest if you are planning to purchase one :)
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