For those of you out there who are fans of military-style clothes, there is a good chance that you have come across Brandit, the German brand that manufactures high quality military inspired clothing.
This brand aims to bring great quality items, at a surprisingly affordable price. Not just that! They take pride in their designs, as some have become fashion trends and have given the brand its well-deserved reputation for their stylish clothing.
Their products include cargo shorts, pants, boots, bags, rucksacks and their famous army jackets, with their most renowned being the M-65 jackets, one of which is the jacket of choice for this review.
We have selected the M-65 Standard Outdoor Parka jacket for men and we will, as always, review it in depth, starting from which occasions it is suitable to be worn, material, technical specifics and color options.
Also, this jacket has several similar versions that will be included, each with a description, to give a general idea on their specific features.
Because there is plenty to write about the M-65 Standard, let’s get right into it.
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Where To Buy The Brandit M65 Standard Outdoor Parka Jacket
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When To Wear It
Going on style alone, this jacket will make you look well dressed, because despite it being designed after military jackets, there are no patches or logos to overpower the outfit worn underneath.
It can go for both a casual, daily jacket, to wearing it with a suit, it is versatile and goes great with practically any outfit of your choice.
This jacket is suitable for every season, because it comes in two layers, which can be detached from each other, making the jacket appropriate for cold winter weather, as well as cool summer days.
It is a hip-length jacket, that comes with four outer pockets, placed in pairs on the sides and chest. They are oversized, with sufficient space for keeping your valuables with you, without having to carry a bag or having the pockets feel stuffed.
Both the inner and outer layer are long sleeved and the cuffs on the outer layer have Velcro fasteners, to properly adjust, as well as insulate the jacket.
It comes with a hood, which can be tucked underneath the stand-up collar when not in use. The military details that stand out are the shoulder flaps with buttons, typical on military jackets.
This jacket zips up with a concealed and weatherproof zipper, covered by a snap storm flap on top.
It is a loose fit, designed to feel light, comfortable and to allow for ease during movement. However, there are adjusting drawstrings around the waist, to adjust it according to body shape and size.
Since it comes with two detachable layers, we will be detailing them separately. The outer layer is made of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton, while the hood is made of Cotton.
This layer is water-resistant to an extent and it is lightweight, as well as breathable, which can be worn separately during mild temperatures, especially in spring and summer.
As for the inner layer, it is 100% Polyester and quilted. This makes this layer highly breathable and quite warm, while offering insulation as well, to maintain the warmth inside the jacket.
These features are necessary in winter jackets, especially those who are designed for movement, as the high breathability ensures that perspiration will leave the body and you will not overheat.
When both layers are attached, this jacket turns into a great winter jacket, that can withstand low temperatures without any issues, as well as keep the cold drafts out, where they belong.
Because it is a loose fit, this is ideal for those who feel cold more than the rest, because you will be able to layer clothing underneath to your liking. So go ahead and wear that thick favorite sweater of yours!
And for those who are more cold-resistant, the adjusting drawstrings around the waist make sure that the jacket fits to your liking and rests closer to the body, so you will not have to put on layer after layer of clothes to feel warm.
The colors available for this jacket are: Black, Olive and Camel. As mentioned earlier, this parka is versatile in style and goes well with most outfits, but here is a rough guide on each of the colors:
Black is the one that can be worn with several different outfit styles, from casual to more formal ones.
Camel looks classy and goes great with casual outfits.
Olive, is the typical army jacket color, so if you prefer that the jacket fully shows its army-inspired design, then this is the best color choice.
User Reviews, Feedback & Opinions
Time to get into the impressions, critique and opinions of those who have purchased and worn this jacket.
Quality is the first and foremost thing that you will see in the M-65 Standard. The well-finished seams and cut, the soft and durable material, as well as the entire look, where some of the reviewers comment on the fact that the photos do not do it justice. It looks much better in person!
The fact that it is a double layered jacket is another of its best features, according to reviewers, as it eliminates the need for purchasing different jackets for each season. It keeps warm in winter temperatures, when both layers are worn, and it is light and breezy in cool temperatures, with just the outer jacket on.
Comfort is certainly notable! It feels light and soft when worn and it is easy to move around in. So whether it is just for going outside, or actually participating in fun outdoor activities, it will cause no hindrance or discomfort.
The length it comes in is ideal for transitioning periods, because despite being a warm jacket, it is not heavy and too long, which can be an issue of mantel or heavy parka jackets. Being hip-length makes movement easier, too.
Its insulation does the job as it should, because its ability to provide warmth and constantly maintain it, while fully ensuring that there will not be any cold winds getting in, only add to the quality of this jacket.
Because we always try to be fair and objective, there is only one concern with this jacket, the fact that it is not fully waterproof. While this might not be an issue in itself, since the jacket is, in fact, water resistant, you should keep in mind that if you intend on spending a long time in the rain with this jacket, you would better bring an umbrella with you.
Other Versions Of The M65 Jacket
Before we get to the conclusion and end this review, as promised, here are four other versions of this jacket, which vary slightly in style and design, but come with a lot of color options.
Brandit M65 Giant Parka
The M65 Giant parka is one of their most renowned M65 jackets, which comes in a vintage military style. It is made of two layers, as the previous jackets, but which vary in material. The outer jacket is made of 100% Cotton for the outside and lined with a blend of 67% Cotton and 33% Nylon. The hood is 100% Cotton and the arms are 100% Nylon.
The inner layer is 100% Nylon on the outer part and 100% Polyester on the inner part, with acrylic filling in between. This jacket is designed for cold winters when both layers are attached, and as a transitioning jacket for spring and autumn, when only the outer jacket is worn.
It comes with four pockets on the outside, each of them oversized. There are drawstrings to adjust it around the waist and hem and Velcro fasteners on the sleeve cuffs. The colors available are: Black, Olive, Camel, Dark camo, Black camo and Light Woodland.
Brandit M65 Outdoor Field Jacket
Next is the M65 Field jacket. Its style is very similar to the M65 Standard and the material is 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton for the outer jacket. The inner lining, which is also removable, is made of 100% Polyester, quilted and warm.
There is a tucked-in hood on the high, stand-up collar and the cuffs are Velcro adjustable. It can be adjusted with drawstrings around the waist and hem. The hood comes with drawstrings, too.
The color selection includes different colors, some of which are classic military camouflage colors: Camel, Olive, Black, Woodland, Navy, Dark camo and Stained.
Brandit M65 Streetwear Style Jacket
This is the M65 Streetwear Style jacket and it comes in a casual design, with a bit of a distressed look. It is a great daily jacket, made of 100% Cotton for the outside and the lining on the inside and hood are made of 100% Polyester.
This jacket comes with four pockets on the outside, small logos on the sleeves and short shoulder straps, with buttons. The collar is stand-up, medium length, with the hood tucked underneath it. It comes with a full-length zipper and buttons on the collar, for proper insulation.
It is water resistant and very easy to care for. There are six color options: Olive, Black, Camel, Dark camo, Light woodland and Indigo.
Brandit M65 Voyager Wool Jacket
The fourth variation is the M65 Voyager Wool jacket. Unlike the previous ones, this is made of 60% Wool for the outside and 40% Polyester for the inner layer. It comes in a vintage cardigan-like design, with color options that make it classy, casual and also military-like.
There are shoulder straps and four pockets on the outside. It zips up and also has a snap button cover. The cuffs are adjustable by Velcro straps and there are adjustable fabric cords in the hem and around the waist.
It is a stylish jacket that comes in four different colors: Gray, Black, Navy and Woodland.
To conclude all of the information above in a simpler form, the Brandit M65 Standard is a winter jacket, that comes with two layers, which are detachable and make the jacket appropriate for different seasons.
It comes in a casual design, while still featuring military details and it is weather-resistant. If you are looking for a jacket that has it all, will feel comfortable, is versatile and will last for many seasons, then look no further.