Finnish M62 camouflage jacket, surplus
A local legend, the reversible M62 camouflage field uniform drags us back to the good old bad old days when zippers were unheard of and waterproofness meant a vinyl poncho.
The leather belt and other extra kit pictured is not included with the jacket!
In '62, the Finnish army was surprisingly modern - on paper. We had reversible camouflage uniforms, proper assault rifles and everything. The thing was, all the nice new kit was kept tightly locked and just about everyone kept using World War 2 style stuff from uniforms to rifles until the late Cold War period when the formerly modern gear finally became widespread issue. The huge stockpiles of unissued M/62 camouflage uniforms released into the market in the early 2000's are a grim reminder how much they actually had stuff hoarded away. Meanwhile the same old used uniforms circulated among the conscripts until you couldn't tell which one was the white side.
As said, the M/62 is a reversible uniform. It has both summer and winter side. When the snow falls you flip it around and when it melts away during the spring you flip it around again - no wash needed! A bit like underwear...
From the jacket you'll find four pockets (two on both sides), button closure and sometimes belt loops. If worn open, the collar shows the other side a bit.
A word about the camouflage: the colour shades vary like in the acid-infested art videos from the 60's, see the extra pictures - there can be even many different shades in the same garment! That's the way it goes, naturally the army doesn't give a shit about issuing "matching" rags, and we don't either. Accept this fact when ordering. We will not pick the shades for you, sorry! You will probably have non-matching ones just like if you were a Finnish conscript.
Sizes in the standard euro system, and run quite large sideways. Don't be too picky, this will look like crap on you anyway, and compliments the black wellies normally worn with it rather nicely. We also got issued totally wrong sizes in the army, so it's only realistic not to care! Just make sure it's not too small and you're good to go.
These are mostly used and have already been broken in! The superior features and brilliant original shade variations are displayed with unissued uniforms.
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does not recommend
Jaakko M. 01.07.2016 (Edited 06.07.2016)
Jos on ollut fiksu ja hankkinut riittävän suuren on myös hihojen kääriminen helppoa. Ja jos oikein suuren puvun, voi käyttää kylmemmällä ilmalla kuten tarkoitettu, alla sarkapuku.
Heikki E. 07.07.2016 (Edited 07.07.2016)
Joutuuhan näissä henkseleitä ja vyötä käyttämään että istuu. Taskuja on vain yksi per puoli, mutta näppärä ihminen vaihtaa lumipuolen taskun toiselle puolelle.
julius c. 20.09.2016 (Edited 21.09.2016)
Seth B. 15.10.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
The newer one had a couple frays the size of a pen nib but nothing bad, very servicable. I use it as a paint smock and it will ultimately be a fabric donor for when the nicer jacket breaks down. My second jacket has had the cuffs replaced at some point, so theres a cool sort of pattern mismatch going on. Nothing is "wrong" with it at all except that somebody left a pen in the pocket and it bled through the white side. To fix this I stole a piece of materiel from the thinner jacket and patched over the stain, now I can hide in snowbanks again!
ryan l. 31.03.2017
Lucas L. 08.04.2017 (Edited 21.11.2017)
Edit: When I originally bought my jacket, the price was about $7 USD, and the price has doubled at present, so my old comments, while still somewhat true, are a little less so now. Also, my piece was a fairly recent product dated to 1991, so in better shape than perhaps something from 1970 would be. Still a great jacket that looks okay, just less of a thrifty buy now.
Kari S. 01.06.2017
Perttu T. 02.11.2017
Michael N. 08.11.2017
David G. 28.12.2017
Like the trousers if you want to use the white side only it could use some dye counter the years of laundering with the larger shirt I bought I plan to remove the pockets from each side and stitch them onto either side of the other two shirts so I can have one purely white (after dying it) and one camouflage that are slightly more practical than how they're designed.
Garrett A. 20.02.2018 (Edited 20.02.2018)
David F. 17.05.2018
Vincent S. 20.08.2018 (Edited 21.08.2018)
Bought the top and pants. Both items are in mint condition. If they were worn, this solider kept them clean...Colors are bright and bold, white is white as snow, and the clothing is in perfect condition. I bought a size 52 which I usually get in European sizes. I am 5'7", 150 pounds. They fit big and will cover my clothes perfectly.
The shipping is amazingly fast. Believe it or not, the shipping from Finland was quicker than from the west coast to New England. How about that!!!!
Great purchase of high quality items here. The Finns know their stuff. Get some while they last!!!
Kade B. 11.10.2018