M65 Parka: Quote-To-Order

Some items will last you for years – the M-65 Parka is one of them! We can happily announce the release of an exclusive badge of M-65 parkas at CULTIZM.

The M-65 Parka is revised version of the former M-51 Parka and was introduced 1965. Like the original the version by Mil-Tec has the iconic fishtail and features an oversize fit. His former version, M-51 parka, was the second US army parka. That fishtail parka has a detachable hood and was the last revision. It features a removable quilted liner made of light nylon/polyester batting which are modern synthetic materials. These parkas feature synthetic fur on the hoods since 1972. The very first models of M-65 had wolf fur hoods like the M-51 however, due to cost these were dropped almost immediately in favor of the cheaper white synthetic fur. The parka was originally designed in such a way that all combat equipment could be worn under it and for combat arms forces such as infantry, they are to be worn over other layers of clothing; alone, the fishtail parka is insufficient to protect against “dry cold” conditions (i.e. below about -10 °C).

In the 1960s UK, the fishtail parka became a symbol of the mod subculture. Because of their practicality and availability from military surplus shops, the parka was seen as the ideal garment for fending off the elements and protecting smarter clothes underneath from grease and dirt when on the mod’s vehicle of choice, the scooter. Its place in popular culture was assured by newspaper pictures of parka-clad mods during the Bank Holiday riots of the 1960s.

The fishtail parka was first used by the US Army in 1950. Following the end of WWII the US army recognized the need for a new cold weather combat system, resulting in four main styles of fishtail parka: the EX48, M48, M51 and the famous M65. The M stands for model, and the number is the year it was standardized. 

The name fishtail comes from the fish tail extension at the back that could be folded up between the legs, much like a “Knochensack”, and fixed using snap connectors to add wind-proofing. The fishtail was fixed at the front for warmth or folded away at the back to improve freedom of movement when needed.

– Style: US M65 Fishtail Parka
– Fit: Loose fit
– Color: OD – Olive Drab
– Material: 70% cotton, 30% nylon
– Detachable liner included
– Zip closure with storm flap
– Two front pockets
– Adjustable waist, cuffs and back
– Made by Mil-Tec
Exclusive at CULTIZM