Bundespolizei leather jacket, short, surplus
What comes to leather jackets, the Germans have long traditions of these items of style and fascis-, uh fascination. Nowadays replaced with happy attitude and bright polyester uniforms, these not-so-old leathery relics have been retired and sold off to civilian market. Wohoo!
A right and proper "Matula" model, which means it's a blouson-style jacket with four front pockets (even Matula didn't have as many). Inside a satin lining. These are made of very high quality strong leather, will stand up to rough mann-gegen-mann abuse and would make Rob Halford jealous.
Remove other clothes, wipe the leather jacket lightly with leather oil. In reality this is pretty much care-free and only gets a credible patina with use.
Sizes in Euro sizes, half Euro sizes and double Euro sizes. Confused? Don't worry, look at the numbers in the brackets; user's recommended height and chest circumference in centimetres. The sizes run rather large! If you want a tighter fit, pick a size smaller (smaller chest size) than recommended.
Proper used, still very serviceable. Who knows how many unsuspecting civilians have been Very Thoroughly searched on the quiet country roads of West Germany / unified Germany with the officer wearing just these jackets. Many jackets have "POLIZEI" stamped on the back. It can be removed with some time and effort. In all honesty we must say that some of these are made in the 2000's.
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Christer K. 24.04.2018
Juhani S. 28.04.2018
Jyri M. 29.04.2018
Antti K. 14.06.2018 (Edited 14.06.2018)
Juha B. 29.06.2018
Henri H. 03.07.2018
Jani R. 02.08.2018
PETER w. 24.09.2018
Hannu R. 11.10.2018
Anssi R. 26.10.2018 (Edited 27.11.2019)
Koko on todellakin reilu, jos tähänmennessä on elintasokummun takia joutunut ottamaan kokoa isomman vaatekappaleen "ettei vaan purista" niin tässä takissa ei oo kyllä tarvetta moiselle. Tässä on takkia pitkäksi aikaa.
E: Jonkinasteen spoilerina, jos haluaa tietää mistä löytää mahd vuosiluvun, saati sitten minkänimisellä Güntherilla takki on ollut päällä, niin kannattaa tsekata vasen sisätasku. T. vm. 2003:n omaava.
James S. 19.11.2018
Teppo H. 14.03.2019
Gerard B. 27.03.2019
The jacket is produced in the same factory where leather air force jackets are produced for the German Luftwaffe and Dutch Royal Airforce.
The options available:
- thick steer hide
- Goat hide
in gray, black or blue.
Some of the jackets I purchased for my profession in the range of 350-420€
Now the leather German jackets offered by Varusteleka.
Thick steerhide (not cow) in almost pristine condition. No wear and tear like on my Dutch Airforce Jackets . (25+ years old now)
The real fresh smell of leather. No smell from army-stock dumpstores. The letters POLIZEI can be easily removed.
Just some minor cleaning and quality leather fat, good to to go for another 25 years or so.
For 99€ ............. a real bargain.
ari t. 06.05.2019
Tommi M. 01.07.2019
Jonathan W. 02.08.2019
Shawneen D. 29.10.2019
The jacket is in like new condition.
I really had to look carefully before I could see some very, very fine stitching holes where the arm patch was removed.
No other scuffs or dirt. Lining is in perfect condition. No signs of wear on the cuffs or anywhere else.
I don't think this was ever worn.
I took some time and removed the "POLIZEI" lettering off the back. Then used the BW shoe polish where the lettering was, as suggested by another reviewer...Looks great now.
Jacket is well made, and comfortable to wear.
So much better than I had hoped for.
And what a bargain!!!
Thanks Varusteleka :)
Stephen K. 08.01.2020 (Edited 09.01.2020)
I actually bought two. I'm 6'1 and 240lbs and the 56 I got first felt pretty big. Like maybe even an XXL'ish. But it looked pretty unused, still had the writing on the back, missing the patch, missing the weird collar protector thing.. Thick leather.
Then I bought a 54. I think the fit is much more like a glove, it moves with me. Where the 56 feels more like a bulky suit of armor, the 54 feels like a....medium set of armor? The leather isn't as thick, and I can't tell if it has just been used and softened, or is actually thinner. This one is from 2001, where the 56 is from 1993. Someone has already removed the back lettering (great!), and the missing patch spot is a bit more noticeable. I also noticed one of the chest pockets is absolutely destroyed (can't tell from the outside, but the interior is definitely screwed)
I kind of want to keep both, but I feel like i should sell the 56 on. Overall great jackets for the price, and definitely beats those cliche biker jackets everyone else wears. (love all the pockets!)