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Epaulet Special Edition N3-B Snorkel Parka Sage by Spiewak

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Sixty years ago, the USAF N3-B jacket was created to provide lightweight warmth for flight crews stationed in extremely cold temperatures. Its high-zip neck and padded hood earned it the nickname "Snorkel Parka." Over the decades, it's evolved from a military piece and staple item of Army-Navy surplus shops into a mainstay of classic style. 

We love the N3-B. It's very much in keeping with the Epaulet principles. It's practical, stylish, timeless, hard-wearing, and can be dressed up or down. It's often made, but very rarely made well - especially these days. To fill this gap, we've partnered with Spiewak & Sons to produce the Snorkel parka that we've been searching for: the original shape, excellent materials, a few clever twists, USA-made, and of course, a slim cut that adheres to the sizing of our in-house collection. The fine folks at Spiewak came through with flying colors! 

We made 60 units in Sage Green, sized 34 through 42. There's a lot to talk about: 
  • Our special edition N3-B is entirely made in the United States, and it's produced to exacting military specifications
  • Vintage, straight-slim fit that cuts a tailored shape without being shrunken or too tight
  • The front closes with a heavy-gauge IDEAL® brand brass zipper and features a button-over storm flap with genuine horn buttons from Germany
  • Classic pocket layout of two snap-closed handwarmer pockets, two snap-closed flap pockets and one interior pocket
  • Interior drawstring that allows you to tighten the waist and eliminate cold winds coming in from below
  • Custom charcoal "salt and pepper" acrylic hood liner and custom pale olive interior liner
  • Genuine North American coyote fur ruff. This is considered an excellent fur to both block wind and resist frosting. The fur ruff zips off if you choose to wear the jacket without it. This also allows the jacket to be cleaned without any special care (typically you would have to take it to a cleaner that can work with fur)
  • Dual pen and zippered document pockets at the left shoulder
  • 100% Nylon shell with 100% Acrylic hood liner and 100% Polyester thermo-fill
  • When the temperature gets cold and nasty, there are few garments which are more faithful than the N3-B. Wear it with jeans and boots for an effortlessly rugged look, or pair it with a suit and dress shoes as a mod overcoat with some attitude. Rain, snow, wind, and sleet, are no problem. And you can expect this to endure for years to come. We're thrilled to present this perfectly executed take on an all-time classic mens outerwear piece. 
About Spiewak & Sons
Founded in 1904 by Issac Spiewak in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Spiewak & Sons is long-standing manufacturer of military, uniform, and industrial workwear.

Pictured Fit
Model (5'9", 145lb) wears size 34. This garment fits true to size.

Measurements & Sizing
Note: All measurements are shown in inches. "Chest" is measured from one armpit seam to the other. "Sleeves" is measured from the shoulder seam to the end of the cuff. "Shoulder" is measured from one shoulder seam to the other. "Length" is measured from the base of the rear collar to the bottom of the garment.

Our special edition N3-B is made in chest sizes. Generally, you'll want to drop 2" from your usual chest size for a slim fit. For example, if you take a 38 in our Southwick for Michael Kuhle sportcoats, then order this piece in a size 36. We would also recommend a size 36 to a customer who takes a Medium in Epaulet shirts, as indicated in the size dropdown. Due to the thickness of the coat, the actual measurements make it seem a bit larger than it actually is.
If you stick with this sizing advice, then it should work out great: 
Epaulet shirt Small = Southwick for Michael Kuhle 36 = Snorkel Parka 34.... and so on. 

+ Measurements

32 19" 16" 24" 32"
34 20" 17" 24.5" 32.5"
36 21" 18" 25" 33"
38 22" 19" 25.5" 33.5"
40 23" 20" 26 34"
42 24" 21" 26.5 34.5"