N-2B Short Winter Parka
- Product Review (submitted on January 12, 2018):
I have long been looking for a company that could match or even beat the warmth I recieve when wearing my Arctic style gear. Coming from years of wearing cheaper MA-1 style bombers (not insulated with PrimaLoft) and an Arctic style expedition/climbing jacket for temps below zero, I can tell you this Parka/Jacket is THE JACKET to have if you like the bomber style, and want the warmth of a jacket that has been used to climb Everest and K2. This is where the PrimaLoft lining comes in.
I researched all the companies around looking for something that is warm and well made (USA) and has the style and flexibility I wanted in a jacket I am familiar with.
My whole experience with Cockpit USA has been excellent. They were able to help me get the exact size and fit that I was looking for. The N-2B Short Winter Parka is the coat I have been looking for. It is casual enough to wear out in the woods for a walk and tough enough to get down and dirty. The crasftmanship in the materials is simply astounding. Perfection is a word not to be used lightly and I would say that this coat is perfection. The good people at Cockpit USA do not disappoint. Everything from the stitching in the lining and button placement is perfection. YKK zippers too! The N-2B is awesome!
I ordered a size XXL (that is what size I wear in my MA-1 bomber and I was even hesitant to maybe even go up a size to XXXL) This jacket/parka fits pretty much exactly the same as the cheaper MA-1 bombers you can find at Army/Navy stores except the lining is not the cheap stuff. I put on a very thick heavy hooded zipper sweatshirt and just a T-Shirt underneath to do a quick “layering test” and I have just the right amount of room to layer up, or just wear a light shirt underneath and it fits perfectly. I can tell you with layers I was already sweating within 2 minutes of having this bad boy zipped up and ready for anything. The fur lining in the hood is so nice, the Coyote fur around the hood stands tall and able to break any wind gusts coming in around your neck. (which anyone who has been in real cold will tell you how important it is to protect your neck from the wind. When fully zipped all the way up tight, the hood only provides enough room to see out of the fur lining hole that is created. This Parka is serious business. Need a good coat for hunting or outdoor sports with flexibility and movement that will keep you warm for hours and hours? This is the coat for you. The reinforced elbows are also a very great thing on this coat and (the leather is the best quality I have seen in years) This coat/parka is also stylish enough to wear in any city with dress clothes for that rugged yet classy look. For customers considering this jacket, I would say to go to a local Army/Navy store and try on an MA-1 bomber style jacket with what you would normally wear underneath and purchase the same size or even go up a size. Do not go down, if anything go up 1 size and you cannot go wrong. I stand 6’1 and fluctuate between 220-240 (currently 235) and the XXL is perfect even with a thick hoody on underneath. I love this jacket and I can tell it will last me for the rest of my life. It is so warm! The PrimaLoft lining Cockpit USA puts into these is the exact same lining as many other hardcore climbing jackets. Do a little research on PrimaLoft and you will see the major names that they supply. Cockpit USA has made a customer for life and I look forward to future business with them. Did I mention MADE IN THE USA? Bring it on mother nature, I am ready for whatever cold weather you can bring with my Cockpit USA N-2B Short Winter Parka.
Thanks Cockpit USA! Finally, The company and craftsmanship for someone that has an eye for quality has been looking for! WARMEST regards!
P.S. I also feel I should mention the Cockpit USA sticker and hang tags were also very high quality and the packaging was excellent. They shipped to me in less than a week from placing my order. 6 day turn around time from the moment I placed the order! Cheers!