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#153022 - 10/24/08 11:18 AM M-65 upgrade?
ScouterMan Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 65
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Hello all!

Since it was an invigorating 26 degrees this morning when I was waiting for the train to work, I decided that it was time to break out the warm clothes.

This included my beloved M-65 field jacket. This is my second one, since my original issue one gave up the ghost after 20+ years of useage. As with the original, my only complant is the hood. It is totally inadequate for another New England winter. I must be getting old(er).

Does anyone know of a good replacement/upgrade?

Thanks for your help.

#153028 - 10/24/08 12:27 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: ScouterMan]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
Costco right now is carrying a winter coat with the "Weatherproof" label. I have one of these coats from a couple years ago. Poly shell, but they are quite effective. Mine's been used here in Denver and up at the ski resorts over the winter with good effect. They are essentially waterproof, windproof, with a fair enough layer of insulation that my torso doesn't feel a chill standing on the train platform at 30 degrees, little humidity to speak of, and a north wind averaging 15 mph. I believe the price was somewhere around $50-60.

It's either that, or else upgrade to Carhartt gear. I got one of those too, for when it gets really nasty out and I have to go shovel the walks.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
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#153036 - 10/24/08 01:18 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: ScouterMan]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Maybe one of these

Personally, I just wear a hooded sweatshirt under my M-65, instead of the GI button-in liner...

#153048 - 10/24/08 02:13 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: OldBaldGuy]
CAP613 Offline

Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 87
Loc: W. PA
How about the button on insulated hood. I have one that fitts the M-65 I bought at an Army Navy store about 20 years ago. I do not use my M-65 much, I have a Coat from EMS that I started useing 20 years ago and it is still my choice for any heavey winter use.

#153049 - 10/24/08 02:23 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: ScouterMan]
UTAlumnus Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1004
Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
I use one similar to one of these.

#153069 - 10/24/08 04:13 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: UTAlumnus]
RainHiker Offline

Registered: 10/20/08
Posts: 16
I agree with UT, a good fleece or smart wool balaclava is a cheap very warm alternative to buying a new coat. If those things keep my wife from the tropics warm here then you should be fine. My balaclava is standard carry in my cargo pants for all trips year round.

#153084 - 10/24/08 05:41 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: RainHiker]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2431
I went all high tech - fleece lining, nylon shell. LL bean lists their coats by temp range

#153086 - 10/24/08 05:50 PM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: TeacherRO]
big_al Offline

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 586
Loc: 20mi east of San Diego
You might try this: works on my M-65 and it's very old.
Some people try to turn back their odometers.
Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way
I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved

#153236 - 10/26/08 12:05 AM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: big_al]
Themalemutekid Offline

Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 351
Loc: New Jersey
I just got this jacket, for $60.00. It's from Weatherproof Garment Company.It has lots of pockets on the inside & fleece lined hand warmer pockets... Ya can't go wrong at this price.
....he felt the prompting of his heritage, the desire to possess, the wild danger-love, the thrill of battle, the power to conquer or to die. Jack London

#153246 - 10/26/08 12:55 AM Re: M-65 upgrade? [Re: ]
Dan_McI Offline
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Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 844
Loc: NYC
I have a decent collection of jackets and coats, but when i need to pull something out that I might wear for cold weather and a variety of conditions, I pull out one of my fleece pullovers or jackets and a windproof shell. If I get too warm or cold, I simply add layers.

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