The longest-serving U.S. military uniform, M65 straddles the jacket and cotton clothing industry
Someone is concerned about the M65 jacket. As a favorite of many retro military uniform fans, when you mention the M65 Field Jacket, you will think of the scene where the tough guy Stallone wore the M65 in the movie "First Blood".
In "Terminator", Schwarzenegger is hopelessly handsome with a pistol and a stern look.
Jason Statham has even worn the military green M65 Jacket many times in films such as "Fast and Furious Special Operations" and "The Expendables 3".
In the classic noir film "Taxi Driver", Robert De Niro played Travis, who became a night taxi driver after retiring from the U.S. Army. He shaved a wild moxi dry head and wore a This piece of M65 has left a deep impression on countless young people.
With a military background and has created many classic tough guy images on the screen, the M65 has undoubtedly become the favorite suit of many men.
M65, the full name is M-1965 Field Jacket, is a version specially launched by the US military to adapt to the rapid temperature change and frequent rainfall of the jungle environment on the battlefield in Vietnam. It was finalized in 1965, and the army began to be distributed the following year, becoming an indispensable option for the US Army's new generation of low-temperature military uniform systems. Later, it became the standard equipment for troops stationed in various parts of the United States. It was the longest-serving field jacket of the US military. It lasted more than 40 years from 1965 to 2009, which shows how excellent it is in combat and mobility.
The emergence of M65 is an upgraded version designed to replace the M-51 battlefield trench coat. The M-51 was born during the outbreak of the Korean War in 1951, when the US military moved from the tropics to the frigid zone. Therefore, this long military uniform with inner tank for warmth was derived, named after the year "51". Going back further, the predecessor of the M-51 was the M-43 field jacket that was put into use during World War II. These three models are quite similar in style and differ in details. Here we mainly talk about M-51 and M-65.
In terms of fabrics, in order to solve the problem of hooking clothes in the jungle war, M65 abandoned cotton fabrics and chose a newly developed nylon-cotton blended satin fabric—NYCO fabric. This kind of fabric is more durable, windproof and waterproof, and has excellent thermal performance. It can keep soldiers warm in cold weather after rain, and is more suitable for field battles.
In terms of style, a hidden hat is added, that is, a zipper on the collar is used to store the hood, which can be put into the collar when not in use. It is more suitable for wearing in wind and rain. It has both practicality and beauty. It is the exclusive hidden design of M65. Now many sports jackets use this design.
The pointed lapel design of the M51 is changed to a square stand collar design. This is the fastest way to distinguish between models.
At the cuffs, the button style of M51 is changed to Velcro cuffs. In addition, the M65 also uses a unique horseshoe cuff design, which can also be folded back into the cuff with a Velcro button to protect the back and fingers under special circumstances.
The drawstring at the waist of the M51 is on the outside, mainly for convenience in cold weather, you can tighten the waist without unzipping the zipper, keeping wind and warmth. In the Vietnam War, the battlefield environment became dominated by jungle warfare. In order to prevent tree branches from hanging, the drawstring at the waist was hidden inside the zipper.
Of course, many of the most classic features still remain. Such as the four-pocket design of the predecessor. There are two large pockets and two chest pockets on the front of the jacket. Both sets of pockets are stitched with triple stitches. The triple needle will make the suture look rougher and stronger. And it is a traditional concealed organ bag design, which is convenient for carrying ammunition and other items in wartime.
There is also the classic M65 "buckle epaulette" and back pleated design, which enhances the space for hand movement and facilitates combat.
In terms of color appearance, the early M65 used OG-107 olive green color, and later versions changed to blue and various styles of camouflage. For example, it was woodland camouflage in the 1980s and desert camouflage in the 1990s.
ALPHA Alpha Company, which has been producing clothes for the U.S. Army, began to produce the first batch of M65 in 1965. In 1970, it began to test the water for the civilian market. The military version of the jacket uses heavy cotton cloth, which is rough but with sufficient materials, and the civilian version is improved. It is lighter and retains the strong and durable characteristics of the M65 jacket and many detailed designs. In the 1960s and 1970s, 550,000 pieces were produced. It shows how popular it is.
Even after the retiring of the M65, because of its classic design, strong practicality, and the tough guy image created in many film and television works, many clothing brands have re-enacted or improved jackets of similar styles, which are still selling well today.
And no matter how many versions of the evolution, can not erase the tough temperament of M65 itself.
For example, when applied to the design of cotton and down jackets, the inner liner is mostly a quilted jacket, which can be disassembled at any time to adapt to different temperatures.
The most outstanding way to wear the M65 Field Jacket is to wear it in layers, which can satisfy various styles of wear.
For example, matching shirts and vests. The small stand-up collar of the shirt and the stand-up collar of M65 complement each other, adding a sense of hierarchy.
With a suit inside. Yes, I said earlier that the M65 is improved from the M51 jacket. The most respected jacket in Mods culture is M51. The most classic outfit for this group of rebel youths is to wear a full set of leather suits and shoes, and an M51 jacket. Although the M65 is an element of military uniform, it obviously has the temperament of a "beat generation", which is biased towards sports, and is assembled with the West, which can highlight the masculine and tough temperament of a man without losing its elegant style.
If you want to be more elegant, you can actually try the Safari Jacket, which is similar to the M65, but the military style is not so obvious. The two can actually be substituted for each other. It is also the four pockets of the predecessor, but the M65 is longer, and the fabric is mostly windproof and rainproof, which is suitable for field environments. Some vintage old brands such as Barbour already have many styles to choose from.
If you are obsessed with military elements and are not sloppy in style, the original M65 is naturally a classic jacket choice. Still the same sentence, people who are particular about clothes, what they wear is the cultural history and spiritual temperament behind them, and they almost can't do it.