STYLING THE M-65 FIELD JACKET WITH JEREMY LAHMAN
DECEMBER 7, 2020
M-65 FIELD COAT
I remember too. Well, it’s true. That kind of notice is warranted, and for good reason. That’s because the jacket you saw probably came from Alpha Industries in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alpha Industries isn’t just military inspired gear. It’s literally the original. They’ve been building field jackets, parkas, and bomber jackets for the military since the 1950’s. The M-65 was first introduced in the 1960’s for the government as an upgrade to the M-43 and M-51 field coats that were used in WW2 and the Korean War. These jackets have been on the front lines, air, and sea for half a century. Take a second and soak that in.
Go ahead, we’ll wait.
The M-65 features a built-in hood that is rolled and hidden in the collar, two shoulder epaulets, four external pockets and two internal pockets for plenty of storage. A heavy duty brass zipper replaced previous button-up models but there are snaps as well. The velcro on the sleeve openings allows for wearing with or without gloves.
I’ve owned cheaper versions of field coats and bombers from other companies but this one is the ultimate in quality and originality. The fabric is heavy duty and it will withstand a lifetime of hard use. There are draw cords around the waist and bottom trim to “batten down the hatches.” I’m wearing the slim fit in Olive in the photos. The standard M-65 cut comes in khaki, navy, black, olive, and camouflage. Check out their detachable M-65 Liner for a quick button-in option to make this a much warmer and versatile winter coat. This one is a bonafide workhorse with the liner installed and I’m not sure why anyone would ever need another jacket. Like ever.
When it comes to style, every piece from Alpha Industries is wicked versatile, without question. Wanna rock a m65 field jacket with boots and denim? No question. Do it. Thinking about a street style bomber with Timbs? Also easy answer. Do it. Parka on a city street with sneakers? Yep, got that too. The possibilities are endless.
-Jeremy Lahman @lahmansbeard