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Field Jacket

  • Introducing the Off Duty Profiles With Benjamin Steele

    Off Duty: A spotlight on like-minded individuals that share their favorite Cockpit USA items, while telling their personal stories on what it truly means to be a Cockpit USA brand ambassador.

    Semper Fidelis America by Benjamin J Steele

    Although I cannot help feeling inadequate when speaking publicly in connection to the United States Marine Corps, my friends at Cockpit USA asked me to share a few thoughts, so I’m going to give it my best try. This inadequacy doesn’t come from a lack of training or knowledge, but from the immeasurable respect that I feel towards those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces before me. It’s the selflessness of these men and women who have fought and died for freedom that enables us to live free every day. I am forever grateful to them.

    Picture: Me on the left and three of my best friends to the right.

    I grew up in a small town in Colorado, was often surrounded by military members, and had considered joining from the time I was a teenager. Many of my good friends in high school joined and I nearly contracted to do Army ROTC at my University, but the timing didn’t feel right. While in college I had professional experiences that were quite different than those of the military including founding, building, and selling my own clothing company. These few years with the fashion world is when I first came across Cockpit USA and fell in love with their products and mission.  

    So there I was, less than a year from graduating college having sold my little company and wondering what I should do next. After much research and debating, the calling to serve in the Armed Forces resurfaced itself from the back of my mind and I knew that it was likely now or never. Rather than the Army, I decided to try for the Marines and shipped out to Officer Candidate School in winter of 2017. 

    Picture: Good times in Quantico at Officer Candidates School.

    Over the past few years I have undoubtedly had some of the most powerful learning experiences of my 26 year life and am incredibly grateful that I took the leap to serve back in 2017. The first year of training was exceptionally challenging, but it was some of the best training of my life (you can read about some of my experiences on my website here or here). I now serve as a Logistics Officer with an Infantry Battalion in Camp Pendleton California and am continually learning new things everyday. Knowing my personality and personal goals, it is likely that I will leave the Marines after my four year commitment, but regardless I cannot put into words what it has meant to be able to serve. 

    We live in a wonderful country and are blessed with freedoms that many people in the world lack. What a blessing it is to be able to determine our own destiny, to decide what religion to practice, to choose how to raise our families. I love America and I love Americans. In my mind, all of these things are worth protecting. 

    Picture: No caption necessary.

    As mentioned earlier, I’m a big fan of Cockpit USA. Not only are the products exceptionally made and designed, but the brand aligns with a lot of the things that I believe in.  

    Here are three of my favorite jackets to date: 

    "Vintage Motorcross" Jacket Style: Z21A026 Featured in Cockpit USA'S "Off Duty" Selection

    The “Vintage Motorcross” Jacket in black. I really love the old school vibe of this one and the thickness of the leather. Maybe not for a warmer day, but in the winter this is a game-changer. I wear a size Large.

     

     

    The M-86  Flight Bomber Jacket in black. This is the first Cockpit USA jacket that I ever purchased and I loved it so much that I ended up getting one for my brother and best friend as well. It’s a lighter material, which makes it good for medium temperatures and can be dressed up or down. I wear an XL. 

    G-1 Flight Jacket with Removable Collar Style: Z2108M

    The G-1 Flight Jacket with Removable Collar. This jacket is absolutely incredible. I took it with me during my travels to the U.K. last winter and it was perfect in the colder temperatures. Seriously cannot say enough good things about it. I wear a size 44.  

    Left: Weathered Field Jacket
    Right: N1 Bedford Cord Navy Jacket

    Thank you for reading and I hope you gained some value from this short blog post. Have an exceptional week and Semper Fidelis. 

    You can learn more about me on my personal website at https://www.benjaminsteele.us/ or on my Instagram - @benj_steele

  • The Fishtail Parka

    Korea 1950, the U.S was at war defending South Korea from an invasion by North Korea and Communist China!

    Roads leaving to the Chosin Reservoir Roads leaving to the Chosin Reservoir

    On 14 November 1950, a cold front from Siberia descended over the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean peninsula, and the temperature plunged to as low as −35 °F. The cold weather was accompanied by frozen ground, creating considerable danger of frostbite casualties, icy roads, and weapon malfunctions. Medical supplies froze; morphine syrettes had to be defrosted in a medic's mouth before they could be injected; frozen blood plasma was useless on the battlefield. Even cutting off clothing to deal with a wound risked gangrene and frostbite. Batteries used for the Jeeps and radios did not function properly in the temperature and quickly ran down. The lubrication in the guns gelled and rendered them useless in battle. Likewise, the springs on the firing pins would not strike hard enough to fire the round, or would jam. In fact, it was the brutal Korean weather that gave birth to the fishtail parka.

    Rigorous Winter over the Chosin Reservoir Rigorous Winter over the Chosin Reservoir

    The M-51 fishtail parka hails its history from the US Army in Korea during the tough wet winters of the early 1950’s during the Korean War.   Like many iconic pieces of outerwear, “the fishtail” has roots in the military. The old M-43 field jacket and liner of WWII as well as the wool great coat were the standard outerwear provided to the military, but the notoriously wet and cold climate of the Korean peninsula necessitated a warmer coat for American troops in the Korean War.

    Cockpit USA M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell Cockpit USA M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell

    The Army designers first developed the M-1949 (Military 1949) and then the M-51 Cold Weather Parka as a result. The main concern for the US military during the Korean War was to keep the soldiers warm and mobile without wearing a robust and clumsy piece of outwear. The fishtail parka accomplished these needs with a three-quarter length, so it could keep someone’s entire body warm without hindering their movement, and constructed the coat out of waterproof cotton and then a nylon cotton blend, so the material would shed snow and freezing rain.

    In the 1960’s, the army surplus fishtail parka became a fashion staple on the streets of London, protecting the suits of working men that needed shield from the city’s elements. While fashionistas would have you believe the tail is intended to hang down like the back end of a fish, it’s actually function is to be tied around the wearer’s legs, from the back to the front, in order to seal things off from any unexpected wind gusts.

    London 1960's The Fishtail Parka becomes a fashion staple in the streets of London during the 1960's

    Our made in the USA M51 DMZ Fishtail with liner has adopted the architecture of the G1 issue shell and liner, and has now been modified to fit a zip in/zip out soft merino shearling hoody, which acts as a fur liner that can also be used as a beautiful and comfortable stand-alone piece. With its authentic water repellent military specification tight weave canvas, the 100% Mil. Spec cotton gives the wearer perfect cold or wet weather protection. Cockpit USA also offers an M51 DMZ fishtail shell and a U.S Army Airborne Parachute Wing insignia fishtail version that heralds the bravery of the military parachutist. Authentic, historic, and unique; the M51 Fishtail Parka is designed for those who demand the best.

    On The Left: M51 DMZ Fishtail W. Liner On The Right: Airborne Embroidered Fishtail On The Left: M51 DMZ Fishtail W. Liner
    On The Right: Airborne Embroidered Fishtail

     

     

     

     

     

  • Edit Trade Show SS15

    Having some fun at the Edit Tradeshow in NYC today. What do you think of our Spring '15 Women's Field Jacket?

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  • Proudly Featured in M/LES

    Military style has been around for centuries, a look that is inspired by ones nationality and military pride. Hannah Miles from the blog, M/LES, wore our mens “Vintage Vietnam war era USMC” Embroidered Canvas Field Jacket and mens “Las Vegas lady” Pinup T-Shirt for her story on the military style trend. We like the way she styled everything and made the look her own.

    Check out the whole story on her site here.

    Hannah Miles wore our Vintage Vietnam Embroidered Canvas Field Jacket & Las Vegas Lady Pinup Tee for her latest blog post. Hannah Miles wore our Vintage Vietnam Embroidered Canvas Field Jacket & Las Vegas Lady Pinup Tee for her latest blog post.

     

  • Cockpit USA Fans Around the World: Russia

    A perfect fit! One of our fans from Russia sent us a picture of himself in our M-43 Field Jacket. We love seeing fan photos in our jackets from around the world!

    A Cockpit USA fan from Russia wearing our M-43 Field Jacket A Cockpit USA fan from Russia wearing our M-43 Field Jacket

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