M-65 Field Jacket
- Product Review (submitted on June 24, 2019):
This is truly a high-quality jacket, in my view an excellent example of how the M-65 design should be executed. I purchased and returned one of the popular Chinese made M-65s from a large online retailer for a fraction of the price of this coat, but the model I received was not nearly the quality of the Cockpit. The zipper, stitching, snaps, and buttons are flawless.
I'll discuss briefly the color, fit, and sizing.
The color is green but not as drab as most M-65s I have seen. It is certainly lighter than vintage models. If you want that dark, dark olive, you may not be happy with this. I expect there is some color variation from coat to coat, so you may get a darker one than mine. Still, I received compliments the first day I wore this, and probably still do on half the days I wear it. Few garments get this attention.
The fit is boxy, per the original design. The waist can be snugged a bit with the drawstring, but this is not a fitted garment by today's standards. I asked a Chicago tailor if he could alter a large for me, but given the complexity of the design (liner, drawstrings, sleeve complexity, etc.) the cost of alterations would have matched the cost of the coat.
Regarding sizing, I purchased a medium and a large and kept the medium. I am a 5'7" 200# weightlifter with an average 44" chest but perhaps above average shoulder and arm size. The medium fits me without a liner while wearing a dress shirt. I believe I can wear a dress shirt with either a sport coat or a liner under this coat, but not both, and anything more than a dress shirt and sweater will be crowded. However, the large is quite large indeed--in particularly the sleeve length. Sleeves would need to be altered had I kept the large. I find the end of sleeve design obnoxious on the M-65, and excessive length would amplify the annoyance. I'm pretty sure no one ever wants the end of sleeve design and it should be made with a normal rounded cuff immediately. The large fit me loosely in the shoulders, but was baggy in the midsection.