Reproduction of the reversible WWII German Winter Parkas. The Splinter model parkas appeared in the winter of 1943-44 and were widely issued throughout the German Army and some Luftwaffe units. These parkas reverse from Splinter camouflage to white.
ATF's Parkas: Our parkas were copied directly from my original examples. These are not copies of copies. I duplicated the German sizing patterns so they fit like the originals. The outer fabric is densely woven cotton poplin (originals were cotton, rayon or a blend), and the lining is high quality polar fleece. The buttons and waistband webbing are exact reproductions. These are exclusively a ATF products, not a re-labeled special deals from Hong Kong Harry nor Sturm "Stay-Puft" pillow parkas.
Why did I choose to "dishonor" history? Price, performance, and visibility. The originals were lined with "Reizwolle"- which is a loosely woven, recycled wool/ cotton/ rayon blend- NOT heavy blanket wool or fine quality tunic fabric. To reproduce it would have increased the cost of these uniforms 50%. That combined with the facts that Reizwolle has poor thermal qualities, if it gets wet it takes forever to dry and, most importantly, it shrinks like crazy (3-4 inches). The fleece is warmer, nearly identical in physical weight, washer dryer safe, and feels the same. Most importantly, there is no way to distinguish any difference unless you cut the parka open. (We did make it the same medium gray color as most Reizwolle.)
If my logic still offends your sense of history, the solution is incredibly simple- don't buy one!
Sizing: Yes, these are oversized to allow for clothing to be worn underneath. Order your normal chest size.
Washing: Yes, they are washer/ dryer safe. As always, for least fade and longest life, wash in cold and hang dry. Shrinkage is 1" in the body and sleeves. (Washers and dryers will chip the paint on the buttons.)