Hi guys, I just discovered this forum and this thread a week or two ago, and finally got my new account validated so I can post. I'm a huge fan of pea coats, as well as longer wool or leather overcoats (the heavier the better!), leather flight jackets (particularly the A-2, B-3, and Irvin), and trenchcoats, so obviously I'm in good company here. My first pea coat experience was in high school in 1990, when the girl that sat in front of me in algebra class sometimes wore her dad's old one. I finally bought my own 10 years later at Burlington Coat Factory, and the material seems like the right thickness and it keeps the wind out like nothing else I've had before, but I'd still love to find an actual Navy issue one sometime. Like some of the others who have posted in this thread, I found that the newer issue coats aren't as thick and heavy as the older ones (or even some of the newer civilian-made ones such as Schott). In addition, the newer one I looked at wasn't even fully lined; only the topmost 1/2 or 1/3 of the inside was the smooth shiny material. So what I was wondering was if anyone could confirm if they switched from the full lining to the half lining at the same time as they switched from the nicer heavier wool to the thinner wool? Also, does anyone know about the Canadian issue coats, and whether they're still as heavy and well made as the older American ones? Glad to meet you all, and thanks for all your advice.