5.11 has taken the classic m-65 and remade it for the modern world. You are already familiar with the poly-cotton ripstop fabric. The thing I've noticed with this compared to the pants is its a lint magnet.
Sizing is roomy for layering, with no built in insulation. That's perfect for Houston, where it was 70F yesterday and will be 42F today.
I like that the cuffs and main closure are snaps/zipper instead of velcro. Opening velcro is very loud.
The front slash pockets have a convenient inside zipper for access to your belt. Perfect if you carry OWB on your hip, or IWB appendix. Not as useful if you carry IWB in the 4 or 5 o'clock position.
The arm and breast have a velcro strip for patch attachment. I stuck a Star Wars patch on the sleeve.
The one thing missing in my opinion is an inside breast pocket. It would be useful for things you want to carry a little more securely than in the outside breast pockets.
5.11's M65 has great utility like the original Army field jackets--I hope they continue to develop it.
I have had the jacket for a few weeks and I'm enjoying it. It is less bulky than the original, and layers well. I find that the thickness of the jacket by itself is perfect for active tasks down into the 20's. "Active" meaning quickly walking through the city, catching a train/bus, running out to the car, etc. I have not tried rucking, biking, or anything athletic yet. If you are just sitting around outside or doing only light activity, I suggest you layer.
The fabric is great and stitching feels durable, as with other 5.11 products. I would rather have zippers or buttons on the breast pockets, but the velcro/snap works for now.
Improvements I would make are the length from top to bottom and the single drawstring at the waist. These features are identical to my issued field jackets, but aesthetically could be improved. The jacket is 1-1.5 inches on the long side (I'm 5"10, large jacket). The waist drawstring is fine, but I would like to have another at the bottom of the jacket--without it, cinching the waist tighter results in the bottom feeling too loose.
511 did a really great job of updating the M65. It's all that the original was and more. The sizing works incredibly well for me. The size medium is fitted enough to look good on it's own and flexible enough to comfortably get an insulated layer under. (I'm an athletic 5 ft 11 in, 170 lb).
It is almost Carrhart tough and attractive enough that people compliment me and ask where I got it.
I just bought one of these, and I love it. It's very comfortable, looks sharp, and the length is perfect for me.
A few additions would be nice, like at least one interior pocket, some elastic on the cuffs so you can leave them snapped, and an optional zip-in or button-in liner like the classic M-65. A hidden hood in the collar would not go amiss either.
This is a very awesome, futuristic-looking jacket. The coolness is not fake, all the features work well, so many different configurations to wear it. If you aren't extremely cold you can use the bottom button instead of the zipper for a quick draw.
This is a very durable jacket. Maybe not as much as the original military, but this will take some very heavy abuse for sure.
Very easy to draw and of course it will conceal a handgun well (obviously).
I got the black but I think the Tundra probably looks cooler.
This is worth the money.
very high quality, durable and fits well. However! The top chest pockets have only thin strips of velcro. Fine to hold documents and small items. But not for conceal and carry. Even for a microcompact, ie Sig 290RS, could slip out inadvertantly. It is large enough to hold a full size but it will print. Despite it not being very good for concealment it is still a great jacket for all around use and for tactical/duty wear.
I was looking for something comparable to my old M-65. I like 5.11 quality so I gave it a try. I've had it 2 years and it is a great jacket. I like the pocket placement and fit. Great quality. But my M-65 had a liner and removable hood and there isn't even the option to buy these separately. SO this isn't comparable to the M-65. It's just a jacket with a little military style. I'm still wearing it though so I give it 4 stars. I'm still looking for my M-65 replacement.
As many of you Vietnam Vets can feel my pain and suffering, I didn't even take it out of the bag, so I cannot speak to the quality. What they are calling "Tundra" is a new semantic twist and mask for "OD Green," which didn't even make it out of the bag here in Alaska. My screen makes this looks more British Khaki, which in the desert would have looked great. This, doesn't look at all British Khaki like my screen makes it appear. Be warned, Tundra is cool speak for just a dash darker than OD Green. No, no, - nope.
Had a chance to try on the Large and the XL fit me much better. Large was too tight across the chest. I always wear a large. Jacket is great otherwise.
I love my M65 but after trying on a large and XL I sized up to an XL as the large was tight around the chest area. I always wear large. Food for thought.
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