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post #31 of 50
great deal on alpha industries on urbn.
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=21263942&color=031&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SALE_M_CLOTHING_JACKETS
-20% till tomorrow + free shipping = 79.99 shipped. great deal, and free returns if it don't fit, i remember trying it on last year and fit was good, but don't know if they got the same one this year.
post #32 of 50

I have spoke to Alpha in the USA and these Parka's are factory Temp Rated

@ -20F/-28.888888C so please be very carefull on the use and figures you quote

because i would hate to see anyone get frostbite or worse,

 

No doubt if you layer your cloths it will serve you better and at lower temps so anything is possible if you are carefull just like the guys in the Antarctic etc

post #33 of 50
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Originally Posted by auminesweeper View Post

I have spoke to Alpha in the USA and these Parka's are factory Temp Rated

@ -20F/-28.888888C so please be very carefull on the use and figures you quote

because i would hate to see anyone get frostbite or worse,

 

No doubt if you layer your cloths it will serve you better and at lower temps so anything is possible if you are carefull just like the guys in the Antarctic etc


I've had to take my Spiewak Golden Fleece N3B Parka to the dry cleaners to repair the top button. It snapped off when I accidentally pulled on a loose thread. The repair should make it more durable. Its rated  to - 40F so it should be warm enough for most subzero conditions. The range can be extended with layers worn underneath the parka for better protection.

 

post #34 of 50

G'day NormanF, that sounds like a nice jacket indeed, i was just thinking about buying a new normal Alpha N3B and here in the UK they have come down in price but they still charge around 220.00 dollars for them which is a bit steep, I wanted to buy the CG Expedition but it is around £650.00/988.00 dollars which is just crazy, i could buy a plane ticket and fly to the USA and buy one and still have change for that kind of money,

A month ago i bought the TNF Mcmurdo parka which is great but no matter what brand i still am loyal to the Alpha N3B, the weight and the hood extention it just seems perfect and it has been proven by the USAF in the Arctic circle and the best part its made in the

Good ole US of A and it dont get no better than that.

 

John

post #35 of 50


According to Alpha, These Parka's have been made in Asia for many decades and that Knoxville is their distribution centre, so its no wonder i have seen fakes that are of simular quality
 

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Originally Posted by auminesweeper View Post

G'day NormanF, that sounds like a nice jacket indeed, i was just thinking about buying a new normal Alpha N3B and here in the UK they have come down in price but they still charge around 220.00 dollars for them which is a bit steep, I wanted to buy the CG Expedition but it is around £650.00/988.00 dollars which is just crazy, i could buy a plane ticket and fly to the USA and buy one and still have change for that kind of money,

A month ago i bought the TNF Mcmurdo parka which is great but no matter what brand i still am loyal to the Alpha N3B, the weight and the hood extention it just seems perfect and it has been proven by the USAF in the Arctic circle and the best part its made in the

Good ole US of A and it dont get no better than that.

 

John



 

post #36 of 50

My Spiewak Golden Fleece N3B parka is wonderful garment to reach for on a cold night. When temperatures drop near zero, I feel comfortable when I put it on. Its the warmest coat the US government ever made for airmen, soldiers and sailors who have to serve under extreme cold weather conditions.

post #37 of 50
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An N3B parka is the warmest jacket ever made. It will keep you warm in temperatures down to minus 60 C. It was standard issue to US Air Force crews serving in the most extreme latitudes in the world.

I think the original US Airforce ones where OK. It's one those garments that many manufacturers make. Most of us might have had one at sometime in our lives. Just ask any British schoolboy in the '70s and ' 80s, brands like Lord Anthony, Campri, Keynote, and Brutus will no doubt be familiar to them. Many of them where just rubbish though, certainly not suitable for -60C, they'll keep you dry hopefully.
http://www.made-in-china.com/showroom/oivory/product-detailVqKmwBWTXtrI/China-Parka-Flight-Jacket-N3B-.html
post #38 of 50

I am looking for an Alpha N-3B for this winter.  I would love to buy USA made but I can't find the spiewalk anymore.  Would like Navy Blue jacket or possibly green olive sage.  

 

I'm a size 39 chest, 5'6, 160lb, 32 waist.  Not sure if I should get Alpha or something else.  If i get alpha do I get Small regular fit, small slim fit, or medium slim fit?

post #39 of 50
Heres the one I bought last winter. I went with sz.L and im 5'8 with 42in chest, 32 in waist.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058YZRHE/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=

Only thing is the faux fur looks shitty. I'm gonna look into replacing with real fur.
post #40 of 50

amazon reviews said this thing wasn't that warm. 

 

true/false?

post #41 of 50
bump.

Just bought a Spiewak n3b (http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/j-pia/item/spiewak-3471msz/?s-id=borderless_recommend_item_en)

When I received it I noticed that it wasnt a very thick jacket. Bit skeptical that it'll keep me right warm when its freezing out.

comments/thoughts anyone?
post #42 of 50
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Originally Posted by nn88 View Post
 

amazon reviews said this thing wasn't that warm. 

 

true/false?

 

False. Its plenty warm enough with the polyester batting. When worn as part of layered winter clothing system, it will do the job of keeping one warm in subzero temperatures.

 

In fact if you wear it above 30 F, you'll begin overheating. That's a measure of its effectiveness as a parka!


Edited by NormanF - 11/16/13 at 9:13am
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by RyanLeez0r View Post

bump.

Just bought a Spiewak n3b (http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/j-pia/item/spiewak-3471msz/?s-id=borderless_recommend_item_en)

When I received it I noticed that it wasnt a very thick jacket. Bit skeptical that it'll keep me right warm when its freezing out.

comments/thoughts anyone?

 

The batting is important. Without it, it wouldn't be a very warm jacket! You're probably thinking of the US Army  M-65 Fishtail Parka which is NOT as warm. Now its not thick in construction like a down jacket - but the idea behind one shouldn't have to sacrifice mobility for warmth. A lighter jacket can be made warm, provided the lining of the jacket is made of the right materials.

post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by Hungryhippo44 View Post
 

I am looking for an Alpha N-3B for this winter.  I would love to buy USA made but I can't find the spiewalk anymore.  Would like Navy Blue jacket or possibly green olive sage.  

 

I'm a size 39 chest, 5'6, 160lb, 32 waist.  Not sure if I should get Alpha or something else.  If i get alpha do I get Small regular fit, small slim fit, or medium slim fit?

 

Golden Fleece Spiewak is sold only in Japan through Rakuten. It has real coyote fur and is USA made and the ones here are all imported from China with a fake coyote fur ruff which is not good in freezing cold.

 

I'm size 42, 5'7, 150 lb, 36 waist. I was outfitted by the Japanese retailer J-Pia for a size 40 which fit perfectly!

 

Japanese men are smaller in height than Western men so I was lucky to fit the right size parka!

post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post

The batting is important. Without it, it wouldn't be a very warm jacket! You're probably thinking of the US Army  M-65 Fishtail Parka which is NOT as warm. Now its not thick in construction like a down jacket - but the idea behind one shouldn't have to sacrifice mobility for warmth. A lighter jacket can be made warm, provided the lining of the jacket is made of the right materials.

Indeed, the Spiewak Golden Fleece is crazy warm.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post

Golden Fleece Spiewak is sold only in Japan through Rakuten. It has real coyote fur and is USA made and the ones here are all imported from China with a fake coyote fur ruff which is not good in freezing cold.

A bit late, but I thought I'd chime in and say that this is false. I saw the Golden Fleece N-3B parka at Barney's last year. Epaulet in NYC and Need Supply in Richmond, VA carry Golden Fleece as well.
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