Swedish M59 field jacket, green, surplus

Swedish M59 field jacket, green, surplus

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For those who like the plain looks and durability of military garments, but don't want the usual warlike appearance, can wear the happy green Swedish M59 field jacket. Used army kit at its best!

A word about the history; the Swedish army had a pretty good wool tunic (M39) during the last world war, but updated it by removing the chest pockets and making it overall more... historic in appearance. At the same time they introduced this cotton model for warmer weather. It served to the 90's until the conscript army was disbanded.

About what features the jacket has, it's pretty much all in the pictures (two hem pockets, inside pocket, back pockets, rump strap (!) etc.). However, the fabric is super thick cotton which is made to last forever. It's so thick it actually blocks water when it soaks enough!

Wash in 40 degrees Celsius, or if you're feeling lucky, try 60 degrees. Hang dry.

Size info

Sizes are given in the Swedish EU size system, with these converted in the brackets to user's recommended height and chest circumference in cm. If you use inches, divide the centimeter sizes by 2,54 or use our converter just below the size box.

Real military vintage

Used, and apart from an occasional missing button and sometimes a bit faded fabric, in very good serviceable condition. The collar tabs are not always included, and they are easy to remove if so desired.

Pro tip: Some people might hate the look of the back pockets - the solution is to remove them. If you really have it going, the material can be used for your own purposes.

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02.07.2018

I had the pleasure of wearing this in the early '90:ies. It really is super thick, tight woven and indestructible. Not very comfortable to wear in the midst of summer. Especially not when combined with a turtle neck field shirt and a body armour. It can be done, however, with the proper combination of fear and sense of duty.

Don't worry if it digs in to your armpits or hinder your movement. This is perfectly normal. It will never strech in any way. If you buy one you will be stuck with it for ever and ever.
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12.07.2018 (Edited 21.08.2018)

HELL YES!

SIZING: I'm tall (185cm) and have a 100 cm chest. But I also have slightly broad shoulders, so I ordered a 152 (instead of waiting for a 150). The jacket I received fits perfectly! I am glad I upsized slightly. The arm length is perfect and the jacket doesn't hinder mobility at all.

CONDITION: My jacket has obviously seen some shit. There are several repairs, as well as a small hole I will need to sew up. The sleeves are also on the verge of fraying at the cuffs. Other than that, the jacket is in okay shape.

Frankly, I'm just happy to have nabbed a "tall" version of this jacket, which is a bit hard to find these days, so I can forgive the condition somewhat. And hell, it is surplus after all.
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17.07.2018

A really good looking, sturdy jacket. Mine came with some repairs and general wear but I wouldn't want it any other way. You'll have a hard time getting a better jacket for the money.
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07.08.2018

The rump strap was often removed by officers and reservists, i.e. people whose kit wasn't inspected as often (if you catch my drift).

I have one from the early 60s, still works fine for hunting/nature trips.
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06.09.2018

Todella paksua puuvillaa. Tuntuu siltä että tätä ei rikki helpolla saa. Oma takki oli hienossa kunnossa. Ihan pientä kulumaa, mutta kuuluu asiaa. Haisee varusteelta, mutta tuuletus auttaa taatusti. Pyöräilyyn, retkeilyyn tai ihan mihin vaan. Hinta / laatu-suhde on vähintääkin loistava. Napit kannattanee vaihtaa vaikka ruskeaan tai mustaan, ellei sitten harmaasta satu tykkäämään.
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07.09.2018

Didn't manage to catch this when the jackets were still fully in my size (curse my freakish wingspan). That said, I like the hard-wearing, no-nonsense look of these, and so got one just a size down in the height category. The sleeves are a tad too short (as I expected), but the rest of the jacket fits well. A little more stylish than the Swedish work jacket, the pockets are well sized. Just above the inside breast pocket, there's a 2-3 inch wide, 4 inch deep pocket that is almost purpose-built for a smartphone. All in all, I am very happy with this jacket. If my size is restocked, I will likely try and be faster off the draw.
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18.12.2018

If you are from North America (AKA Canada or the good old USA) I would suggest buying a size in height up lest you want to have your arms be exposed whenever you try to move them at any more than a slight angle up from your sides. I got a C50 height size as per my height only to have the sleeves go half way up my arms very similarly to the Swiss kit. The kit is still solid, just made for short underfed Europeans. If you really want to extend the sleeves take off the rear pockets to use as extra material.
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07.02.2019

Ended up with the womens version (no rear pockets and a lot of spare room for the chest) so I'll be returning mine.

Also has a hole where some insignia was removed (not a huge deal, but of note).
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28.02.2019

Erittäin kestävä perustakki. Ehkä jopa liian kestävä. Nimittäin yrittäessäni valkaista takkia DIY-värjäystarkoituksiin takki ei vaalennut edes dänkeistä dänkeimmällä raa'alla kloriittivalkaisuaineella, ei pitkässäkään kloriittivesikylvyssä. Tiedä sitten millä takki on kyllästetty. :D
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12.03.2019

Mine came heavily used and repaired, but with the kind of repairs that will probably last longer than the jacket itself. Now I can impress all my friends with my jacket's diaper strap.
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09.04.2019 (Edited 07.05.2019)

Some fit pictures before shrinking - https://imgur.com/gallery/F155k6k



My measurements - 68" tall, 38" chest, 27" arm length



Size ordered - C46



Another Sweden specific size chart I found - https://www.beredskapsboden.se/en/page-8474860.html







I've gotta say this over the past few months this jacket has really grown on me. I was looking for a nice stylish jacket that was durable enough to stand up to everyday wear and this thing fits the bill. I was originally looking at picking up a USGI M65 Field Jacket but they've gotten very difficult to find in decent condition for a decent price, especially in a size small. So I started looking elsewhere and eventually came across this baby. Mine came in excellent condition and after scouring the jacket for issues I've pretty much concluded that it is unissued. Mine was manufactured in 1971 making it quite a bit older than I am. Fairly thick cotton but isn't all that warm by itself. It's more of an outer layer that's good at keeping the wind off while wearing a sweater underneath. Quality sewing but came with multiple long loose ends that were easily trimmable. The buttons feel somewhat cheap in comparison to the well constructed jacket, but I don't see anything happening to them anytime soon. Since I'm very picky with my clothing when it comes to fit and color I searched the internet for what ended up being hours trying to get more info and pictures than what Varusteleka offered, unfortunately I couldn't find much. So I figured I'd add what little I can. My seemingly new jacket came in what I'd describe a nice green color, somewhere between hunter and sea green, according to this chart https://imgur.com/GZtGIYw. It certainly isn't US OD green like the M65. The fit was a bit loose all around when I first got it and after a nice hand wash and drying cycle it shrunk a slight bit. It's still a bit loose for my liking, but I like slim fitting clothing which is something that is not the norm for milsurp clothing. It has a slight taper around the waist that helps flatter your figure if you aren't all that large. The jacket has fairly high armpits, something that I very much like. The cuffs hit right at the beginning of my palms, which is perfect as I don't like baggy sleeves. I will say that if you out stretch your arms the sleeves will definitely ride up and expose a bit of forearm, but that isn't an issue for me personally. Overall I've grown to like the fit. The pockets are HUGE!!! Two gigantic front and back pockets give you ample space for whatever you feel like lugging around. The inside pockets are great too and one of them is an absolute perfect fit for my Galaxy S7. The rump strap is definitely odd and has come out of it's holding loop several times, but I can't bring myself to cut it off. I'll probably put a stitch in it to keep it tucked away.







I really can't say much more than that. I plan on picking up another to put away for 50 years until this baby wears out. So far I 100% recommend this jacket.
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