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Tl;dr - Looks 'alright' but overpriced considering the poor build quality.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2020
The overall look of this jacket is exactly what I'm after: a black M65 clone. That much you'll see from the sellers images (and my image 1). Where it falls down however is on the overall finish and build quality. The bottom elastic drawstring is just a piece of knotted black elastic cord (image 5) and the internal one for the waist is a cheap old boot lace (image 6). Now these are pretty minor complaints but it does makes the garment feel cheap which at just over £45 it isn't.
The major issue I have with the build quality is the seeming lack of care in construction (as shown in images 3, 4 and 6) where stitching is poor with loose threads all over the place. If this is a factory second then fine, drop the price and more importantly, *say so*. But I suspect that one of the corners cut in rushing these out the door as fast as possible is in quality control...or the lack thereof.
As for the fit, the sleeves have these weird triangle details that can be tucked away and held in place with velcro (image 6). I don't know if this was a feature on the original M65 but I feel it could have been omitted with no great loss to the look and much to gain by way of comfort as these catch your hands when you put the jacket on. Worst of all is on one side, the velcro patches aren't properly aligned so you can barely fix it in place at all! The quality of the vecro on the cuff adjustment is pretty bad as well. It wouldn't look out of place on a mid table camera bag.
I suppose I should mention the liner (image 2) although full disclosure, I immediately took it out as I never use these. I always wear a hoodie or jumper of my own should the weather demand it. So imagine my annoyance when it turns out this is the best made part of the whole damn garment! Sure, the sleeve to body seam is visible and the overlocker pattern is a bit ugly but come on, it's a *liner*. That I can forgive.
What I can't forgive is the poor material choices on key details where it seems low price over quality was prioritised and the awful stiching all over the place. At £30 I would have griped about the finish and said 'fine, you get what you pay for'. At over £45, you don't.