Bush Jackets

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Matt Deckard, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I ordered and received yesterday one of WPG's "bush jackets" in khaki. I'm deeply impressed by the quality and the details (and the ridiculously low price), but the colour is a middle brown colour, not the tan or khaki colour shown on their website which I was hoping for. I won't keep it, and it will cost more to ship back than it did to buy it(!), so I will probably post it in the Classifieds section for sale (size 42L). Nevertheless, a really nice garment and if all of WPG's stuff is of this quality then they must be one of the best deals around as other have stated.
     
  2. Baggers

    Baggers Practically Family

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    Sorry it didn't work out for you. All I can say in Jerry's defense is that his British KD has always been much more "golden" than the lighter shades of modern khaki with which most people are familiar. It might shift a bit from run to run, but I've always considered the variances to be well within the range of what was issued or purchased at the time. The picture on the web site, if I recall, is from his very first run and it has changed over the years, especially the fit which improved dramatically. Lighting can affect pictures as well. I should be getting his Australian pattern KD shirt and trousers in a day or two and I'll see how it compares with his previous offerings. Did you contact him directly about the cost to return it? It might not be as expensive as you think.
     
  3. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Good to know about the colours, etc, thanks! Truly amazing quality and the price seems almost improbably low.

    Yesterday my dad gave me his old safari jacket which is in a light khaki, so ironically I didn't need to order one after all... (shake head). Anyway, I will post it up in the Classifieds and someone will probably want it. If not, I can use it for autumn wear.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2012
  4. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Thanks Pip, look forward to seeing that!! Regards, Paddy.


     
  5. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Here's the hand-me-down safari jacket from my father, bought by him about a decade ago and worn on my parents' trip to Poland a few years back.

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  6. Mike K.

    Mike K. One Too Many

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    Don't send the jacket back or resell it just because you don't like the color!

    DYE RECIPE FOR KHAKI
    Two parts RIT tan dye + one part RIT pearl gray dye.


    This is the recipe for all things KHAKI in color...the real khaki as it should be. For something the size of a WPG bush jacket, two full boxes tan and one full box pearl gray is sufficient to re-color the amount of fabric. Use an old bottle to pre-mix the dye powder (don't just dump it into the washer or whatever you're using for dyeing or you'll spot the fabric). Also be sure to pre-wet the jacket so it take the dye evenly. Keep it in the dye bath until it looks darker than what you want it to be (it will dry lighter in color). Do NOT put the jacket through a complete wash cycle, just dye it and rinse out the dye. Then put it in the dryer on hot (the heat helps set the dye). I've used this dye recipe countless times and it produces the perfect shade of khaki. I actually just purchased some new dye to re-color my own WPG bush jacket, along with some socks and other items.
     
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  7. Michel

    Michel Banned

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    Nice and beautiful.It gives the look of a detective.
    I know that this jacket design was very inn in 70's and 80's fashion.
     
  8. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I contacted Filson yesterday asking for size information on their #553 bush jacket, since as a 42L I was unsure of which size I should order. Today they sent me detailed measurements, which I reproduce below. I'm glad I asked, because I would have ordered a L but now it's clear I need a M. I wish all clothing companies provided such detailed measurements!

    Filson #553 bush jacket

    SPECS: M L

    CHEST 52 55
    SWEEP 51 54
    NECK 18 18½
    BACK 33 33¾
    ARMHOLE 25½ 26¼
    SLEEVE 35½ 36
    CUFF 10½ 11
     
  9. erik7181

    erik7181 New in Town

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    Could anyone tell me what types of stuff to buy for a safari impression? I know the bush jacket, what kind of pants,boots,shirts.
    I appreciate it. You gentlemen make me what to look just as dashing.
     
  10. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge One Too Many

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    How much do you intend to spend? Is this just for goofin' around in or a party? Do you actually intend to go on safari? Even if only eventually? These are questions that help us help you. The times I went to Africa, the safari jacket itself was totally useless. By the time the temperature dropped to the point where a jacket was needed I was either sitting around a nice warm fire or already in bed. But for the look of it all, Cabela's Serengeti Shirt, a pair of lightweight cargo pants, bush hat and (for the ultimate cachet) Russell PH II boots. A proper double rifle will set you back as much as a medium priced car so if your budget restricts you to bolt actions, which are perfectly proper, as well, make sure that they are in real Mauser 98 action and have either shallow V open sights or peeps. A scoped rifle is really uncalled for in Africa except for the most unusual conditions. The ranges simply aren't that long.
     
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  11. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Some GREAT jackets.
     
  12. Gijoe

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    Years ago i used a RAF Jacket, but i don't like the style for me.
    Now i have a Afrika Corps Jacket.
    It has the Typical short cut of German WWII Uniforms, i wish it a bit longer
    Below the same Jacket before i re-dyed it brown

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    Uplo
     
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  13. L'Onset

    L'Onset Familiar Face

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    Hello GIJoe, I was wondering where that last picture was taken. It reminds me too much to a place near my village, in Spain.
     
  14. Gijoe

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    :) Its a canyon in the Swiss Mountains
     
  15. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Another great photo there Joe!
     
  16. L'Onset

    L'Onset Familiar Face

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    It's amazing how it looks like Broto (Huesca Spain). Any way that's OT.

    I like that jacket very much, the lapels specially, but I find it a bit short too. The original colour, is that on the second picture?
     
  17. Gijoe

    Gijoe A-List Customer

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    Teh Jacket is form Sperhead, avaiable in oliv an fieldgrau. The Jacket on the 2nd Picture is olive a bit bleached with javel water. The Jacket length is historical correct.
    The short length of the jacket and the high position of the waist belt fooled the mind's eye into seeing almost every German soldier as a tall nordic "superman" with a trim torso and amazingly long legs.
    .....but for civilian wear the jacket would look better 2 inches longer !!
     
  18. Grizzly Adams

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    REI has the Holden Field jacket. http://www.rei.com/product/820230/holden-field-shell-jacket-mens
     
  19. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang New in Town

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    Hello Gijoe!

    I like your style and vintage expression! :cool:

    If you wanna to get longer version of DAK tunic try in Gavin Militaria
    http://www.gavinmilitaria.com/index...oducts_id=25&zenid=vl4s7kqft6fotsfjcdb4suvcu6

    bdw. I observe DAK tunics and find this longer version valid... they didn't have short versions only ;)
    (I am quite tall and find this version satisfactorily for myself)
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2012
  20. bburtner@moran

    bburtner@moran Banned

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    Nice jacket,just don`t know about wearing it around town,it`s kind of like wearing a M43 cap,not to fashionable around town.
     

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