Särmä Windproof Fishtail Parka
There are many Fishtail Parkas but this one is ours. Standing on the shoulders of the US M51 Parka, we developed our own version. It's a highly requested model so it had to be done.
- Roomy shell parka with button-on liner
- Windproof 65/35 % polycotton fabric
- Three length sizes: Short, Regular and Long
One of the most fashionable military jackets and the quintessential Mod jacket is the American M-1951 Parka, known to many as the Fishtail for obvious reasons. It's actually a good war jacket as well, so you could say form and function have blended together nicely.
The originals from half a century ago are scarcely available and you'll often see some kind of "inspired by"-jacket or reproduction items for sale. We've sold a pretty good repro for years, but many customers have turned away from it as the sizing and fit are extremely loose. We have fixed this issue with ours, along with some other improvements. We believe you'll be happy with it.
Many features are based directly on the original or improved to meet modern-day use.
- Durable poly-cotton fabric with a windproof PU coating on the inside
- Long hem that can be wrapped around the legs, worn loose or snapped up
- Large pockets with a flap you can stow or close with a button
- Hidden pocket accessible under the storm flap
- Removable liner with padding (100 g / 3.5 oz.)
- Generous hood with multi-adjustments
- Adjustable cuff tabs with hidden elastic
- Drawcord adjustments at the waist and hem.
The fit is significantly closer compared to the originals, which were designed to be worn over thick winter clothing. These have a regular outdoor jacket fit: no need to buy a smaller size to get a fitting one. On the contrary, if you want a very baggy fit you can choose a larger size.
To account for people of different heights, size Medium is available in three lengths. Smaller sizes have a Short option and larger ones come in Long as well.
Below are the actual circumference and sleeve length from the shoulder seam. The waist is 2 cm (7/8") smaller than the chest and tapers towards the hem. Please note that a parka has about 20 cm (8") clearance on top of your measured chest for the intended fit..
|Size||Chest||Sleeve||Centre back length|
|X-Small Short||104 cm||63,5 cm||100 cm|
|Small Short||112 cm||64 cm||103 cm|
|Medium Short||120 cm||64,5 cm||106 cm|
|Small Regular||112 cm||68 cm||107 cm|
|Medium Regular||120 cm||68,5 cm||110 cm|
|Large Regular||128 cm||69 cm||113 cm|
|X-Large Regular||136 cm||69,5 cm||116 cm|
|2X-Large Regular||146 cm||70 cm||119 cm|
|Medium Long||120 cm||72,5 cm||114 cm|
|Large Long||128 cm||73 cm||117 cm|
|X-Large Long||136 cm||73,5 cm||120 cm|
|Size||Chest||Sleeve||Centre back length|
|Small Regular||44"||26.8"||42 1/8"|
Material and care
Shell: 65/35% polycotton. Wash in 40 degrees Celsius. PU coated on the inside for windproofing.
Removable liner: PES padding between PES fabric, 100 %
The Särmä Windproof fabric responds well to treatment with Särmä Fabric Wax or Woly Protector spray. A thorough impregnation with wax makes the garment waterproof. Apply as necessary!
Short history of the M-1951 parka
After the rough lessons in cold weather during World War 2, the US Army developed the M-1951 parka, which saw extended use in the Korean War. Practice proved it to be successful, which is often the case when development stems from actual use.
As the M-1965 system became the new standard, the parka got some minor updates and was reborn as the M65 Parka. Most prominently it got a removable hood instead of a fixed one. The M65 system became obsolete when the new ECWCS stuff was made in sufficient numbers to replace all the old stocks.
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does not recommend
Rudolf P. 26.08.2019 (Edited 26.08.2019)
Material and quality is very good, similar to Sarma Windproof Smock. Zipper is YKK Vislon, it doesn’t get any better than this.
I'm 179cm tall, 95-100cm chest, 75kg and medium-regular fits well. Parka is roomy but not very loose. Hood has very good adjustability.
Can't test thermal insulation right now (it's summer) but insulation looks sufficient for winter if you wear more layers. Will test later.
Michael W. 04.09.2019
With the box being beaten to shit during its daring escape from New York, this Parka(and the rest of my order) arrived fashionably late and in perfect condition. It being about 75-or-so degrees fahrenheit with high humidity, I obviously had to throw it on and power through the sweat and discomfort.
Initially I wondered if I'd ordered a size too big(my fault for working on losing weight over the past two months) or if it just didn't fit right - but after adjusting the waistcord and just getting used to it, it feels perfect. I have wide shoulders and sometimes struggle with even extra large jackets/coats, but they line up just fine with the XL(Regular) size, and true to Varusteleka's assurance, it does have an outdoor jacket fit and will allow for at least a field shirt or flannel underneath without being too snug. The pockets are a bit past wrist deep, and with the large buttons should be easy to access while wearing gloves. The hood - my goodness, the hood - has so much room and is very refreshing on a newly made parka, it will be absolutely fantastic in the winter.
As a minor gripe, I can only disagree with the left-sided zipper and my not being used to it. Definitely not a fan, but the quality of the parka as a whole vastly outweighs such a minor setback that I can adapt to in short order.
This was my first Särmä purchase, and if this is the standard the brand is held to I'll be a repeat customer.
Josba W. 17.09.2019
perttu p. 18.09.2019 (Edited 18.09.2019)
Olen 178 cm pitkä, medium regular koko on just passeli.
Alex T. 24.09.2019
Riku L. 23.10.2019
Hieman lisäsin mehiläisvahaa hartioihin ja yläselkään, niin tämä menee pienessä sateessa sadetakkinakin. Tuulta pitää täydellisesti ilmankin.
Anonymous customer 23.10.2019
Juha K. 25.10.2019
Aapo H. 14.11.2019
Suurin ongelma takissa on se, että tiedän "tavallisen" Windproof Parkan olevan parempi detaljeiltaan kuin tämän. Sen leikkaus ei vain sopinut minulle lainkaan: jos hartioissa oli riittävästi tilaa, muuta takkia olisi voinut käyttää teltan korvikkeena. Jos taas muu takki oli sopivan kokoinen, vain toinen olkapää mahtui takin sisäpuolelle. (Naisten malli, selvästi.) Kalanhäntäversion leikkaus sen sijaan on paljon sopivampi näin miehenä. Jään vain kaipaamaan lisää ja parempia taskuja ynnä muuta "tavallisesta" versiosta. Tässä tosiaan sivutaskut ovat epäkätevän korkealla. Kiristysnauhat saisivat myös olla sisäpuolella.
Heikoin lenkki tässä tuotteessa on kuitenkin irtovuori. Se tuo kaikki toppatakkien huonot ominaisuudet, muttei kuitenkaan juuri lämmitä. Lisäksi sen kiinnittäminen ja irrottaminen on todella työlästä, joten ainoa oikea paikka sille on kaapin perällä pölyttymässä. Esim. vetoketjukiinnitteinen villaflanellivuori toimisi paljon paremmin.
Yhteenvetona: paras takki, mikä minulla on ollut pitkään aikaan. Kuitenkin jos tästä ja Windproof Parkasta tekisi hybridin, joka yhdistäisi kummankin parhaat puolet, syntyisi täyden viiden tähden takki ja tämä lähtisi kiertoon välittömästi sen tieltä.
Kevin A. 27.12.2019 (Edited 27.12.2019)
Joe Y. 07.01.2020
I will first speak to the sizing of this parka. Since I am from Bethel, Ohio and from the United States, I well qualify comparison between this parka size and the difference between US Military sizing. This parka runs one size small. I wear an extra-large in US military jacket/coat size and had to order a 2X-Large to get the same fit. The bodice of the garment is right on with Extra Large in the US Military sizing, however, the size of the sleeves are just a little bit smaller. The length is good, but the measurement around the top part of the arm at the shoulder is slightly smaller than the US fit. Just so you have an idea of comparison, I am 5’10” tall and weigh 210 pounds, 48-inch chest, 42-inch waist, and a 30-inch inseam. The length is good and comes down to the top of my knees. Long story short, if you are from the US and want the fit of US sizing order one size up in this parka and you will have the right size.
Quality of the Parka:
The quality of the material is excellent, being it is a poly/cotton blend it will be lighter in weight and thickness that the US original or the one made by Rothco. However, the one made by Rothco is 100% cotton and that presents its own problems if it gets wet in drying time. This one is a poly/cotton blend that will make for shorter drying time and improved water repellency in the rain. The buttons attached with webbing is an excellent idea and super tough. Nevertheless, the buttons holding in the liner will need to be redone as they skimped on the number of times the buttons were stitched. That is not a deal-breaker with this parka, as many new pieces of military outerwear seem to suffer from that same issue. The liner is of good quality and I like the fact that they used the poly/cotton canvas as the outer piece of the liner for the buttonholes. However, the insulation runs kind of light and thin. If you are looking for a Parka that will get you to extreme temperatures by itself this is not the one for you. However, it is good so far, down to the low 30’s, I will update you, as it gets colder here in the Midwest. The hood is very spacious and having all the adjustment points is awesome. I went ahead and installed cord locks on all adjustment cords on this parka, as they don’t come with them. That is a shame too as that would have been an added asset to this parka.
This is an awesome Parka for the money and the quality is above the price point they are selling it. I would recommend this parka for anyone looking to get one. I like the fact that it runs a little lighter than the original in weight. Its weight and thickness allows for a wider temperature range to wear it without it being too hot. I would buy it again, but I don’t see this one wearing out any time soon. I would make only three suggestions for the parka, first, add cord locks to the cords for adjustments, second, put a little more insulation into the otherwise excellent liner, and last, give it a little more room in the upper part of the sleeve at the shoulder. I look forward to wearing this parka for years to come and trying out other Sarma products in the future.
dan r. 15.01.2020
Bastian M. 21.01.2020