|Fits as expected||
- Zipper closure
- 100% nylon outshell with polyester interlining providing warmth and protection from the elements
- Two exterior front pockets and two interior welt-type pockets, both with snap fasterners
- Reverses to emergency orange for high visibility as per military specification
- Dry-clean only
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Warm with top - gun style! Knox Armory MA - 1 Jacket. Sage Gunmetal Black Add embroidery / logo A flyboy classic made by Knox Armory, a division of famed military supplier Alpha Industries! 100% nylon shell Warm, light polyester fill insulation Full-zip front Rib-knit collar, waistband and cuffs Snap-flap hand pockets, zip arm pocket 2 interior pockets that become hand pockets when reversed to hi-vis Orange lining. Dry clean only. Imported. State Color and Size. Order right away! Knox Armory MA-1 Jacket
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- ASIN: B003MWSZ00
- Date first available at Amazon.com: May 18, 2010
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The Knox brands are not certified to 20-deg temps like the military-spec Alpha, but are still quite comfortable from mid-30 to mid-60 degree temps. This is mainly due to Alpha's use of a slightly less durable, thinner nylon. The Knox brands are also sewn to the same military specs as their Alpha brothers, so you're NOT buying a "cheap" copy; you are buying an Alpha made with non-military-spec materials (nylon outer shell). At half the price of an Alpha, the Knox is a no-brainer alternative to an Alpha. Overall, both are great jackets.
Pricing on Amazon may be a bit higher than other online retailers (military surplus, Sportsmans Guide, etc.), but with super-saver shipping, the cost is about the same.
One thing to remember with Knox or the original Alpha: They are Dry Clean ONLY! In a pinch, you can wash them alone, on a gentle cycle, but you will run the risk of eventually bursting the shoulder seams and causing the poly-fill to separate and "bunch-up".
Also, the color was way off. I thought I was getting a gray color (titanium) but it actually looks light green. It's what I ordered, as it says titanium on the tag, but the color is not the same as depicted on amazon. See the user photo I posted.
On the upside, it fits me well, and seems warm and weather-proof. And Alpha Industries is willing to take it back by sending me a shipping label. They said if I want a refund, they'll refund me purchase price minus a $10 fee. I'm thinking of exchanging it for the pricier one from their site, then there won't be a fee.
I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned the stiff, plasticky material. It's that bad.
Update: I exchanged this for a REAL Alpha Industries MA-1 jacket. THAT is a quality jacket for only about 100 bucks. I got a large, which is a little snug, but I'm keeping it. It's way better than the fabric of this jacket I've reviewed.
[Follow-up after exchange.] The medium size fits pretty well in shoulder width and arm length. The chest is still a bit roomy for me, however, and the bottom of the coat is very loose around my 34 inch waist/hip--though the elastic waist band makes up somewhat for this. In all fairness, I should point out that my body type (see above)is hard to fit off the rack.
Sizing issues aside, though, this MA-1 style jacket is bargain-priced. The mil-spec ones are tougher, but they also cost much more. The KA piece is a good value for this type of jacket.
BTW, I bought my first, too-big jacket from Sportsman's Guide. The cost + shipping there was a few dollars less, but it took 9 calendar days to get here. This order--through Amazon--was much faster: 4 days, inclusive, from order to doorstep.
I'll do one more follow-up review up when I get a chance to field test this garment. (Temps in Virginia have been in the high 70's and low 80's recently!)
Update: I've had the jacket now for just under a year, and I love it. It turns out it is both wind-proof and water-repellent--though still don't know if it is waterproof, as I haven't worn it in a soaking downpour. I love the little sleeve pocket, which is where my cell phone lives now. It'd be 5 staras except for the goofy fit--with sleeves too long and tight, shoulders too wide, and body too loose. Also this style has no collar and a wide neck--so you need a scarf in cold weather. Still, it is feather-light and so useful, I've barely been out of it all winter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice jacket, very good fit. Warm enough for winter but not bulky.Published 11 months ago by Jack G.
Great jacket and very well made for that kind of money. I have bought others of this kinda jacket but they are was cheaper made than this one.Published 18 months ago by Anthony L. Tibbetts