Top positive review
M65, despite the appalling photo.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2016
ignore the photo - how they managed to make this coat look as bad as this is beyond imagining... how low is the crutch of his pants? WTF has he done with the sleeves?
This is standard M65 length, broad sleeves, generous fit. This version has features not on the standard / original, like two inside pockets, one zipped, one big enough for a smartphone. Better finished than an Alpha I tried on in-store.
Fit: I am 6ft, 44" chest, 38 waist pants. This is a bit broad in the shoulders, but not ridiculously so. I wanted a winter/ autumn coat that I could wear with a heavy fleece if needed, so loose rather than tight fit. (I'm not a fan of the button-in liners, but if you wanted to pay for one it would work well with this one size down strategy?) I sized down one step to a large from the Alpha size list. A medium would have given me a fitted look, and I imagine the sleeves would have still fitted my long arms. The fabric is standard Alpha weight, but softer than the Heriklon version- which is just as good quality, but wider / 'boxier' in the shoulder... Blue Alphas seem to be hard to get hold off, and this is a very good shade - not too bright, not so close to black.
I'm a great fan of 15 year coats, my old Barbour is coming up to its 20th birthday, and the new one barely reached 3. Hope I have found a brand that will keep me going.....
At this price, this is an enormous bargain! Alpha M65s sell in the UK for £109 to £140, this version I have seen at £175. I spotted it by accident, as 'M65' was left out of the description.