Swiss super field jacket M70, Alpenflage, surplus
The Swiss tend to make their gear with some pretty unique touches. This jacket is probably the best example of this trend - besides being a jacket, it acts as a combat load bearing system! To top it off, the camouflage is the legendary "Alpenflage".
Note: The belt shown in the pictures is not included.
- A strong, heavy cotton parka
- A ridiculous amount of pockets
- Made in Switzerland! Vintage!
- That camo!
Overly practical Swiss design
The jacket has a ridiculous amount of field-proven features.
- Zipper & snap closure.
- Large, adjustable hood with a camouflage/insect net. The hood can be buttoned out of the way if necessary.
- Normal collar, can be folded up.
- Elastic hem band, can be removed if required.
- Reinforcements in the elbows.
- Zippered cuffs to ease rolling up the sleeves.
- Large belt loops and vents in the armpits.
- In the chest a snap hook for hanging the helmet.
- Metal attachment loops for the combat pack, inside two cloth straps that, when attached to the trousers, help balancing the load.
Pockets, hoo boy
The pockets are numerous and large. This jacket makes small day-packs virtually useless!
- Three magazine pouches in the front - two large ones and a smaller one.
- The large pouches are divided into two compartments. According to our tests, the pouches will take the following magazines (total number in the brackets):
- Stgw.57 (5)
- SG550 (5)
- 20- and 30-rnd. M16 magazines (8)
- G3, FAL, M14 (5)
- AK-74 (5)
- AK-47 (2)
- AUG (5)
- Two large hem pockets on the front
- Two large pockets and one huge pocket on the back.
- Sleeve pocket on the left sleeve.
- Inside a large hidden pocket ("poacher's pocket"), and a smaller zippered pocket.
- All pockets/pouches close with heavy duty snap fasteners.
The Alpenflage. Isn't it beautiful? Originally developed in the Third Reich but never got to use, the Swiss adopted it shortly after the war. It's nowadays replaced with something more brownish green, but the legendary status remains.
That's about it. If you don't like the camo, try dyeing the parka. Of course, we take no responsibilty for your escapades in this matter. However, we can say that the jacket is made mostly of cotton, which should take colour pretty well.
Sizes given in the normal euro system. No different lengths, and the sleeves run pretty short. If you are tall (over 180 cm), take one size bigger or roll up the sleeves.
Genuine Swiss army surplus
Used & serviceable. Going through these one by one would take a lifetime, so if you find some repairs or a sew loose seams, those won't count as defects.
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does not recommend
jake w. 26.05.2017 (Edited 12.07.2017)
Mine came in good shape, minor repairs with some fading. The only bummer was that the camo face net had been torn out.
For the money though this is still an awesome deal.
As mentioned this is a heavy cotton jacket with that stored canvas smell.
Build and material quality is obviously tops. Even the snaps have brass rings in the female end.
I am especially impressed with how it carries weight. With all those pockets, I was imagining the coat being seriously awkward but its Swiss engineered, nothing else needed to say. I immediately loaded up the pockets with my Soloist mess kit, tarp/poncho, OR Basic bivy, Klymit sleep pad, light weight puffy jacket with plenty of room for more.
I like the high adjustable collar, coupled with the hood, the jacket provides great coverage to go in dense brush.
I plan on waxing with a bar of wax.
Bought another in hopes of scoring one with the face net and got lucky. This latest buy is much newer condition with zero fade, however, the sleeves are just a bit short as in fitted short whereas with outdoor gear I much prefer longish sleeves but again this is nitpicking ,its still a killer deal. Having 2 I compared this with the other that the sleeves weren't bad and noticed it had been repaired with new sleeves from the top of the elbow reinforcement down so this repair lengthened the sleeves.
Lol, did try waxing but forget it. Unless you want to spend many hours and have a very heavy jacket skip it. I have used nearly 2/3rds of a Otter wax bar and still haven't fully treated just the hood. The cotton on this is just too thick. I now know that this treatment is best for very tightly woven cotton poly blends like G1000. Oh well.
Ard-Pieter Z. 15.11.2017
it is heavier than any jacket that i have ever worn(yes even greatcoats and other quadruple layer winter parkas. you will probably not believe how insanely heavy it is untill you have it in your hands.
it is not particularly warm but is fitted so that you can wear multiple layers under it, probably like 5 layers or more.
the pockets are huge and handly but not like fancy new bags that open without any effort, they are pretty stiff and kind of akward to open and close (especially if you dont have the pockets fully filled up.
It will soak up water and become so damn heavy you will start hating yourself for even thinking this could by any stretch be a practical jacket. it also has no pockets on the inside which i found a bit odd.
the only real positives are novelty factor and the camo if you find it interesting.
i am still givingg it 4 stars because it is exactly what i ordered and the quality is amazing, the zipper alone is probably already worth 16 euros since its swiss made and way better than any modern zippers ive tried (even the swedish M/90 zippers) but as a practical piece its pretty useless
Kyle S. 04.12.2017
Greg W. 10.12.2017
Haakon W. 19.02.2018
Erik Z. 21.02.2018 (Edited 31.03.2018)
+ lots of pockets
+ Quality workmanship
- not weatherproof
- groin exposed to elements
- not warm
Jack M. 27.02.2018
Garrett A. 03.03.2018
darryl b. 09.03.2018
Elliott K. 07.04.2018 (Edited 07.04.2018)
Downsides: not waterproof which is unusual for an outer layer. It also has a large gap between the end of the zip and the bottom of the jacket, leaving a large hole presumably for whipping out the Bratwurst without having to undo the jacket.
Overall, weird jacket but I definitely recommend, for the cheap price you get far more than you pay for.
Ken K. 17.04.2018
Ilja W. 27.05.2018
"Inside a large hidden pocket ("poacher's pocket")": There belong the rain-poncho, folded with Swiss military precision, of course.
Inside the hood is a built-in klambu, also camouflaged. It's not a snipermask!
If necessary, it can be impregnated with Johnson & Johnson floor wax for tiles. Works pretty well, smells nice...
Janne S. 15.06.2018 (Edited 17.06.2018)
Sain vissiin ihan käyttämättömän tavaran (en voi luvata samaa tuuria muille tilaajille) €16 hinnalla löytö vaikka ei uutta saa. Laatu tuntuu olevan kova, eli sveitsiläinen.
Kiva vaihtoehto kalvovaatteille. Hiljainen ja pehmeä kangas. (Jos saden riski niin voi laittaa sadenviitan johonkin taskuun).
Punaiset värit voi muodikkaasti kutsua citystreeturban-camo tai whatever..
Housut olisi kivat
Marko N. 03.10.2018
niin kuin minä olen tehnyt. Tällöin vain tulee ottaa vyötäröltä löysät pois vyöllä, niin tällöin hihat ovat riittävän pitkät. Harmi vain kun olen lihonut niin ei ole takkiin sopivia housuja, muutoin pitäisin mielelläni tätä alppitakkia.
ted k. 10.10.2018
Aidar D. 19.10.2018
I bought it to wear as a mid/outer layer for when I ride a motorcycle or an ATV and need to throw on an extra layer with pockets in a jiffy and this fits the bill perfectly. The hood is actually so huge it can go OVER my helmet, which is a first for me.
Other than that this is a great, supremely well-made jacket. Mine was in a pretty good condition, some repairs here and there, which is to be expected, but everything works, zips, and buttons up as far as I can work out. The net that I imagine was sewn into the hood at one point is missing, but that's about it. There are about 11 pockets in total, two of which are on the inside. You would need an owner's manual to make sense of all this jacket's feature (which, of course, it had in one form or another when it was originally issued by the military).
As for downsides, well, the sleeves are a bit short, but that's by design so I am not docking it any points for this as I am not using it how it was intended, but that's something to keep in mind. It's not particularly warm (but it is heavy) because it's not meant to be worn on its own. Also most of the jackets sold here, as I understand, will lack a mosquito net in the hood which is a bit of a shame as I also use it when I go camping, but is not unexpected. As other people have said, the zipper stops somewhere around your belly button but, again, this is by design so you can reach into the inside pocket without unzipping or unbuttoning anything and you are really expected to wear an extra layer underneath for warmth in anything other than reasonably warm weather. The zippers for the inside pocket and the sleeves are a bit small and can be tricky to work, especially if you are planning to wear gloves with this. Other than that my only legitimate complaint is that this jacket is not waterproof (though there is some canvass-like lining on the shoulders and top of the chest area, so I imagine it would have repelled at least some water when it was new). Again, I understand why it is not waterproof (you were almost certainly expected to wear a separate poncho for that), but this is the one thing that would really make it perfect for my purposes.
All in all keep in mind that this is not really fit for everyday wear (you would look a right dork if you wear it around town, let's be honest) and that it is, basically, just one piece of a larger kit and is thus missing other items that would have addressed some of its shortcomings originally (e.g. waterproofing, short sleeves, etc). It is a great bit of kit - excellent value and very practical even on its own.
Hiroki A. 08.11.2018 (Edited 08.11.2018)
The funky camo will look familiar to WW2 enthusiasts; it's based off the German 'Leibermuster', and oddly, due to the properties of red light, the naked eye will ignore it at a distance and it will look like a muddy brown/grey colour, although this may have been accidental. I take this jacket for shooting and receive quite a few compliments!
This jacket has a metric fuckton of pockets as integrated webbing, which didn't work out too well in practice for the Swiss army but for most users today is quite a big boon; I can fit drinks, lunch, snacks, tools, phone with powerbank, etc. and it doesn't feel overloaded. The alpenflage backpack sold separately hooks onto the loops near the shoulders if more carrying space is needed. There is also a large concealed poacher's pocket on the interior, I assume this was for carrying the alpenflage poncho for foul weather.
The jacket is actually made out of fairly thin material but is heavy because of all the pockets, and this also insulates it slightly. I'd still layer up though for cold days, and the zipper is short to allow access to trouser pocket and the concealed hip pocket.
The hood is massive to accommodate a helmet, and has a concealed face veil which is nice. There are also buttons to keep the hood folded when not in use, or the fold the hood back slightly if you want it shorter.
All in all, I rate this highly because it's fun and has so many well thought out features; it really is all-in-one. The missing half star would be for the vinyl elbow patches, which to be honest aren't the best choice of material for wear and tear.
Fraser H. 27.11.2018
Michael N. 03.12.2018 (Edited 03.12.2018)
stephane r. 07.12.2018
Etienne L. 08.12.2018
Richard M. 19.12.2018
Along with my M70 jacket, I am so happy with Varusteleka. I am living and working in a small village in Kyrgyzstan. I was quite limited in what I was able to bring out here, I found myself needing a jacket for working around the farm, camping, and any other time I might get dirty and wouldn't want to wear my nice light or heavyweight jackets. I like this jacket so much I know wear it over a fleece sweater basically any time I'm not at work. I am so impressed that Varusteleka was able to get this to me so quickly.
Johannes J. 19.12.2018
Rune H. 05.03.2019
I have obviously been unlucky, but this being the case I would say that buying this jacket is a bit of a gamble, so I'm not sure if I would recommend buying it (though it seems most buyers have been more fortunate than I)
Rune H., Denmark
Hugues C. 14.03.2019
Ya gotta love the Alpenflage! More fondue please and pass the Fendant!
Joakim S. 26.03.2019
Jeremy B. 05.04.2019
Elliot A. 12.04.2019
Juho S. 18.05.2019
Abraham A. 18.06.2019
First of all, it's old, and smells like it.
The vinyl patches on the elbows do not seem to take it well in washing machine. I recommend it to be washed by hand.
It needed some repairs on the elastics at the bottom.
The size that I bought fits perfectly. the chart of sizes from Varusteleka helped me a lot.
Military equipment is traditionally excellent stuff; it combines durability with very affordable prices. Army surplus finds its way to the civilian market in the following way: the armed forces of one country or other decides to get rid of big batches of perfectly serviceable gear due to cuts in military budgets, said gear becoming obsolete or redundant or some other similar reason. Some of this stuff then finds its way to our storehouse, sometimes directly, sometimes through a third party. Every once in a while we even get random batches of collectibles and rarities from obscure corners of the world.