The parkas are almost sold out. Until the winter of 2021-22, no new sizes are expected for this item.
Bilateral reversible parka (camouflage and white color, respectively). The jacket is sewn of dense material with water-repellent impregnation on the wrong side. And the Splinter camouflage is applied on the outside (copied from the original, not a fantasy). Authentic insulation from recycling provides comfort in movement and in ambush. No sintepon, no modern materials as a heater! The Germans processed old clothes made of cloth, cotton and viscose, chopping them in a special machine and made a cloth (similar to a blanket of poor quality). They used such a cloth for warming clothes, and we use the same.
The patterns were taken from the German model, the jackets were sewn by professionals and on serious sewing equipment in the factory. This high-quality copy is designed and sold only in the Replica store.
We carefully considered the details. The buttonhole shape as in German patterns, not a modern form. On this model, reinforcements on the elbows, "patches" are provided. Well-designed pockets: they have a partition so as not to be through, but remain accessible from both the winter and summer sides. The valves of the pockets are quadrangular. Glass (plastic) buttons on the winter side (white, respectively), and on the pockets — uniform buttons, grained aluminum, in Feldgrau paint. The cuffs can be pulled together with a two-button strap.
On the jacket are ink stamps with the manufacturer's code (RB-Nr.) And the date of manufacture (1943). Also, the size according to the German system is affixed: I (small, for 48-50), II and III (large).
Such jackets are very convenient for autumn weather and for winter to -15°C. They are not intended for long downtime in the cold (guarding), it was considered that a person moves in the jacket (walks, runs) or is temporarily stays in ambush. Jackets perfectly save from wind, blizzards, there is a special check valve on the clasp so that cold air does not pass through the front bar. True, there should be a scarf or a balaclava on the throat, because the throat of the jackets is open. The jacket was specially made without neck protection, the Germans wore a tunic (sometimes a sweater with a throat) and a toque (a woolen pipe for the neck) under the jacket as part of the winter kit.
It is this jacket (in the Splinter camouflage) that does not get wet in the rain for a very long time, because the fabric from the inside has a waterproof treatment. The top layer of the fabric may become wet, but moisture will not reach the insulation, the jacket inside will be dry.
How to choose size?
You can choose the size remotely by choosing the size of the table itself. You will need a flexible meter or at least a rope. Measure similar winter jacket that fits you. Size description:
• Chest around — the recommended bare chest circumference if you wear the parka over a sweater and a field jacket; in brackets — the maximum chest circumference that will fit into a jacket of this size (without sweater and jacket).
• Flat between armpits — the breast of the jacket measured flat between armpits; the same size is maximum waist size if waist strap is fully dissolved.
• Sleeve lenght — from the shoulder seam down.
• From neck to bottom — from the collar seam down.
• Shoulder lenght — from the collar to the shoulder seam.
• Between shoulders — the width of the shoulders between the sleeve seams; along the shoulder seams, and behind the neck.
All measurements are in centimeters. Devide numbers to 2,54 to have inches.
You can choose a size from those we have in stock. If your size is not available, means it's not in stock now.
Size of jackets is suitable to the size of the pants, i.e. buy the jacket and pants in one size. If you wear size 52, then you need to buy 52, you shouldn't take the next larger size "for the winter form", everything is already added. The normal height for the jackets and pants is 180 cm. The height is not so unimportant for pants, because they are worn over boots (or tucked inside). Germans generally had only 3 sizes. We did 5, considering the requirements of the modern reenactor.
How to wash?
During the war, Germans noticed that the cuffs and collar on the white side get dirty quickly. They came to the conclusion that better to make the jacket one-sided and to wear white, easy to wash camouflage over it. By the end of the war, these jackets really became one-sided (usually it was Swamp camouflage).
Better not to wash any winter clothes in the machine, because over time it will lose shape. It is best to put it in the bathtub, apply detergent to contaminated areas, rub with a sponge or brush and rinse with a shower, trying not to wet the jacket entirely. To refresh, the jacket can be washed in the machine in a delicate or synthetic wash.
The jacket has firm insulation inside: cloth made of fibers of cotton, wool, etc., it is washed well and doesn't creep.
White fabric contains synthetic fibers and this is a plus for the modern consumer, because it is easier to clean. By the way, the original fabric for these jackets contained a large amount of viscose in its composition. When wet in the rain, the fabric became very weak, and from washing rapidly lost shape. In addition, the fabric was usually lightweight and not dense (in contrast fabric for the Zeltbahns). Our fabric has much better consumer properties.
The original of this jacket (in good condition) cost more than $1000 among collectors.
The Splinter (Splittertarn) camouflage officially appeared in 1931 and was like the Italian camouflage of the late 1920s, only the spots were sharp. Sharp spots were used by the Germans in camouflage schemes in the Navy and on helmets at the end of the First World war. At first glance, the camouflage did not change until the end of its production. In fact, the changes took place: the shape of the spots slightly changed on fabric produced around 1940 and on. By the end of the war, the "rain" on camouflage became rare and didn't already form clear acute-angled areas. A blurred "Splinter" was made on the basis of the original "Splinter" in 1943, and then "Marsh" pattern.
German officers in the beginning of 1944. Two of them dressed in the winter jacket "Splinter" On the sleeve of the officer on the right (camouflage "Splinter" can be seen on the hood) sewn rare signs for camouflage clothing. Photo taken from the site en.wikipedia.org.