Särmä TST M05 hood
A button-on hood for the M05 camo jacket, a neat little accessory that really adds versatility to the simple jacket design. Available in two different styles, unlined summer version in M05 woodland camouflage and fleece lined winter version in M05 winter camouflage.
Available in two sizes, one for smaller jacket and one for the larger ones. Comes with the buttons needed for attachment, so you´ll have to do a little bit of sewing.
M05 woodland camo
50% cotton, 50% polyester, weight 275 g/m2. This is the exact same material used in the latest production runs of the official issue uniforms.
M05 winter camo
70% polyester, 30% cotton, weight 210 g/m2. This is the same fabric that is used in Finnish military M05 cold weather parkas and trousers. The winter version also features s fleece lining.
NIR compliant materials
If you wish to ensure that the NIR compliant properties of the camouflage print are not diminished we recommend being very careful when using common detergents. All-natural stuff without any optic brighteners should be safe.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's own in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Sewn in Estonia
These are sewn in Estonia, at a factory that has a long history of producing quality clothing for military, law enforcement agencies.
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This hood is a very functional and seems to be of high quality.This is actually more comparable to the premium line of Arktis uniforms than the jacket and trousers.
I bought jacket size 750 and hood size S which seems to fit well togehter.
Remarks (my personal opinion):
The fabric for this uniform is single layer and white on the backside. This is not a problem with the trousers, might be a problem with the jacket and an actual problem with the hood - but fixable. The positive side is that you could turn the inside out and use this uniform as a kind of winther camo, but only with internal pockets (irony). The negative side is that you will have to make sure that the inside is hidden when yoy take off your jacket in a tactical environment - especially when resting or at camp or when hanging the jacket to dry. This is more of a problem with the hood as the inside of the hood is clearly visible when the hood is resting flat against your upper back. You will thus have to make sure that the hood is always cinched up whenever it is not in use. This will make it more annoying to use the hood. You can see this in picture no. 3. But it kind of like it as the jacket and hood could be turned inside-out for a "in a pinch" winther camo.
MInd that you will have to sew on the three buttons for the hood (included) your self. I had all materials ready at hand so it was a 15-30 minutes job.
Should it have been made in waterproof fabric? Maybe.
Not a real drawback, and maybe not something to consider in this price range. The rim is not floppy at all, but could have been made stiffer with a metal wire reinforcement. This would have pushed up price though and could be quite easily done by your self.
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