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Särmä Windproof Fishtail Parka

Särmä Windproof Fishtail Parka

Price 91.99 USD excluding VAT

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.

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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
  • Draw cord adjustments at the waist and hem.

Size info

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.

SizeChestSleeveCentre back length
X-Small Short104 cm63,5 cm100 cm
Small Short112 cm64 cm103 cm
Medium Short120 cm64,5 cm106 cm
Small Regular112 cm68 cm107 cm
Medium Regular120 cm68,5 cm110 cm
Large Regular128 cm69 cm113 cm
X-Large Regular136 cm69,5 cm116 cm
2X-Large Regular146 cm70 cm119 cm
Medium Long120 cm72,5 cm114 cm
Large Long128 cm73 cm117 cm
X-Large Long136 cm73,5 cm120 cm
SizeChestSleeveCentre back length
X-Small Short41"25"39.5"
Small Short44"25.2"40.5"
Medium Short47.25"25.4"41.75"
Small Regular44"26.8"42 1/8"
Medium Regular47.25"27"43.3"
Large Regular50.5"27.15"44.5"
X-Large Regular53.5"27.35"45.5"
2X-Large Regular57.5"27.55"47"
Medium Long47.25"28.5"45"
Large Long50.5"28.75"46"
X-Large Long53.5"29"47.25"

Material and care

Shell: 65/35% polycotton. Some color may transfer from the product before the first wash. Wash at 40 degrees Celsius (104 F). 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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Särmä is our own brand of clothing and equipment. When you buy Särmä you get purpose-built stuff at a decent price, something that will fill it's intended role well and not cost you an arm and a leg!

Särmä products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.


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I would recommend for a friend

26.08.2019 (Edited 26.08.2019)
Parka just arrived so it's probably too early to give definitive rating, but it made very good first impression.
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.
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TL;DR - Fit and feel is fantastic, liner is comfortable, buttons allow great accessibility, main zipper being on the left is slightly awkward, and thank goodness for all the adjustments. Material also does not make "swish" sounds when it rubs.

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.
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Kiva takki, olen 163cm, normaalivartaloinen, rinnanympärys 95, Hukuin S short kokoon eli pakko tilata xs, eli kovin pikkuruisille naisille ei tämä takki passaa.
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18.09.2019 (Edited 18.09.2019)
Oikein hyvä takki, kevyt ja mukava. Jonkin sortin vettähylkivyyskäsittely täytyy varmaan laittaa vielä, sitten tällä pärjää pitkälle syksyyn.
Olen 178 cm pitkä, medium regular koko on just passeli.
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I would not recommend to a friend

Muuten kai ihan hyvä, mutten tajua taskujen asettelukonseptia, sietäis olla matalemmalla. Myös ruskeat napit ja narut ois miellyttävämpi vaihtoehto vihreän kans.
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I would recommend for a friend

Muutoin hyvänoloinen takki, mutta taskut merkillisen ylhäällä, jo 10cm alempana auttaisi paljon, ja nuo vyötärön kiristys narut voisi olla sisäpuolella.
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I would recommend for a friend

Taskut tosiaan vähän hassut, jos kaverina olisi vaikka pienet kädenlämmittelytaskut alempana, niin tää olis viiden tähden takki.

Hieman lisäsin mehiläisvahaa hartioihin ja yläselkään, niin tämä menee pienessä sateessa sadetakkinakin. Tuulta pitää täydellisesti ilmankin.
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I would recommend for a friend

Vajaan parin viikon käytön jälkeen takki osoittautunut erinomaiseksi. Pitää tuulta, mitoitus on erittäin hyvä. Napinlävet ja tikkaukset voisivat olla hieman laadukkaammat. Myös epoletit jättäisin pois mahdollisesta seuraavasta versiosta, "siviileille" teidän versio kuitenkin on tarkoitettu.
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I would recommend for a friend

Tätä takkia on tullut käytetty nyt kuukauden päivät. Takki on ollut niin tuulessa kuin sateessakin käytössä ja toiminut ihan mainiosti. Laatu on on mielestäni kohdillaan. Isot napit nauhoineen on vähän ehkä turhan kantaaottavia mutta varmasti kestävämpiä pidemmässä juoksussa. Moni ei tunnu tietävän täällä mikä Fishtail parka on kun haluavat taskuja alemmas. Monessa kaupallisemmassa versiossahan on vielä ylimääräiset taskut alempana. Vetoketjukin olisi voinut tulla ylös asti mutta veikkaan että tässäkin on haettu mallia alkuperäisestä mallista. Itse 180 pitkä kohtuu solakalla olemuksella ja Medium Regular on ihan passeli.
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