Easy Gee wrote:Nice mate, very nice.
is there a definitive way to identify the differences in early and later Parka's, I have one of these which puzzles me...but not in this size!!!
Thanks , auction never said size other than large , it comes midway up my shins so it's like a 9/10 rather than a 3/4 !!!!! The chest pockets lay about where my stomach is , this is huge huge beast.
As for date , its a hard one because each one I've ever seen have had metric measurements inside. I have yet to see one stamped SIZE3 etc......
Now this has a few indicators it's early, camo print is early and the inside is even more early 1st issue. The reinforcement nylon is brown which is another indicator of age as later issue sported green. The stitching of the garment has bottle green 77patt para smock zip colour.
The insulated hood is also a soft nylon where as later stuff feels a little more stiffer.
Other than little things like that there is no other way as I can see. I can say this however , I've never seen any in the 85 patt camo ie modern camo what was introduced 1985 ) stuff so they are all pre-85.