BW Gore-Tex jacket, Flecktarn, surplus
This is the jacket of the current issue German Bundeswehr rainsuit. Very simple and sensible hardshell overgarment to wear when it's wet and nasty.
All in all a very simple "GTX" jacket with a couple of handy features for use in the field:
- Zipper and snap closure on the front.
- A large, adjustable hood.
- Drawcord adjustment at the hem.
- Hook 'n' loop sleeve cuff adjustment.
- Two hem pockets.
- Generous cut to fit over all other clothing.
Made of Gore-Tex or Sympatex, this membrane "breathes"; it lets moisture out, keeping the wearer dry. Microscopic holes in the membrane let water vapour pass through, but are too small for liquid water to do the same (although in the case of Sympatex the mechanism is somewhat different). However, no rainsuit breathes as well as regular non-rainwear. For this reason they're still best reserved for wet and nasty weather or blocking the wind in light activity.
On the very top there is (or has been) a DWR coating with a job of blocking most of the water before it even touches the membrane.
First the German size, then these converted to comparable easy size and user's recommended chest in centimetres. As these is meant to be worn over everything else, they are sized accordingly - by picking your own size you should have plenty of room for extra clothing.
The length sizes are all the same, and are good for "normal" people (about 170-180 cm), but this leaves some room to play; if you're over 180 cm tall, you can get more sleeve length by sizing one notch up.
Genuine BW issue
In used but perfectly serviceable condition. The DWR coating on the top of the fabric may have faded with time, but it can be revived with standard wet blocking sprays.
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does not recommend
Pinaplz 09.05.2018 (Edited 23.05.2019)
Ian G. 19.05.2018
Calvin C. 27.09.2018 (Edited 27.10.2018)
EDIT: It kept me dry during a rainy hike, though the DWR repellent is gone. It'll need reproofing due to its age.
Sam t. 09.10.2018
Steve A. 16.10.2018
The arms are a little short like most bw stuff. Still worth it though
Arto E. 29.10.2018 (Edited 02.11.2018)
Adam R. 24.03.2019
You will probably need to reapply water repellent to these though as other have said.
Lauren M. 05.09.2019
This one was made 2009, looks unissued.
Petri P. 29.10.2019
In a city environment these are socially unacceptable, but the design (easy to put on top of all clothing) looked very promising for a wilderness setting. I tested the equipment in the shower before the hike and did not notice any leaking.
During the hike, it was drizzling both days and sadly I noticed that the rain gear does not do its job. The outer layer of the rain gear got soaked and eventually the water got me wet and I was quite cold towards the evenings.
Thus, I do not recommend these at all. Both the pants and the jacket seemed visually to be in top condition, like unused. They both were from the 90s so maybe the age has got to them. I tried using sprays and goretex washing agents, but they did not help at all.
For, me the lesson to be learned here: never buy used rain equipment. They could leak even if the equipment looks visually fine, and you cannot know until you are on the hike and need the protection from the rain. Waste of perfectly good money.
Peter E. 15.11.2019
Ihan saatanan hyvä laatua, paremmassa kunnossa kuin toi BW parka... se BW parka vaikutti enemmän kuin se olisi jäänyt traktorin alle pari kerta ja sitten pesty ja sitten laitettu myyntiin, jos olisin tiennyt että goretex oli näin hyvä laatu olisin heti tilanut sen.
Wulfric H. 03.01.2020
For general rainy weather this is a good choice, and it's compatible with the BW field parker liner, since the dimensions are about the same size as that parka.
In summary, it's good. Don't rely on the pockets or put your valuables inside a zip lock bag first. No complaints.
William L. 15.01.2020