Reproduction of the legendary Deck Zip Jacket introduced around 1942/43 and used by all US Navy Personel serving on deck.
Characteristics as the legendary originals:
- outer layer of densely woven double faced jungle cloth (wind & water resistant)
- vintage 1940s bell shaped Talon zipper
- authentic Spec. Label
- proper 1940s knit wind cuffs
- wool knit collar
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During WWII the US Navy developed three patterns of "Deck Jackets". These were a general purpose cold weather coat, designed to keep the sailors warm while on watch in the cold winds of the open ocean. The first design appeared similar in cut to the Army's Winter Combat Jacket (Tanker). The coat was made with a dense cribbed cotton outer shell called "jungle cloth." The lining was a heavy dark blue melton wool cloth, close in thickness to that used in blankets. Sandwiched in between these was a thin layer of nylon cloth for wind proofing. Cuffs, waist and neck featured ribbed woolen knit and the front was closed with a nickel or brass zipper.
Original examples of the 1st Model Deck Jacket today are insanely expensive and difficult to find. The one used for pattern of this reproduction was in rough shape, but that allowed to partially disassemble it to investigate the design more fully. This jacket is not "blue tankers" like the other reproductions on the market. The deck jacket had a different cut, larger neck, and different proportions all around than the Army garment.
This is one of the most practical everyday wear jackets we have ever offered. With that in mind, as well as price and thermal performance, we opted to substitute high quality polar fleece for the wool lining. This kept the price down 50%, made the jacket lighter and warmer, and allows them to be machine washable. Moreover, the vat dyed wool of the original and the lining are visually identical. The jackets feature genuine Talon zippers, the same type of nylon windproofing as originals, tubular (no seam) knit cuffs, and 100% ribbed cotton shell. Lastly, an internal chest pocket as a secure location for wallets, phones...
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