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    Ultimate Survival Jacket

    I ordered a Mk V jacket last week from Kitanica in California. This company makes high end jackets for survival, military, law enforcement, etc.

    Several years ago I had also ordered a Mk I jacket from them, but found it difficult to access the side slash flapped pockets as they are not far enough to the front of the jacket, and the Velcro on the flaps makes it impossible to open a pocket one-handed if the front of the jacket is unzipped. The buckles were an unnecessary feature as well. Other than that though, it was a rugged, well fitted, and well made jacket that was practicallz bomb proof.

    I sold it on Flea-bay for nearly what I paid for it.

    The Mk V jacket is a much more well thought out jacket and is rather like a US M-65 jacket on steroids.

    It has much easier access hand warmer pockets behind the lower flapped pockets that use a zipper for much easier use. It also has two small utility pockets and a larger map pocket on the front as well as two sleeve pockets and a covered pen/pencil pocket on the left sleeve.

    Internal web pockets on each side and two zippered Napoleon pockets just on the inside of the weather placket. There is also a large rear through-pocket accessible from either side to stow the removable hood or whatever you wish to carry there. The hood has a light lining, is adjustable, and is the only jacket they make with a removable hood.

    There are also pockets on the elbows to hold the Kitanica elbow pads which I also bought for it. Makes a big difference when leaning on your elbows as on a table or proned out firing a rifle. Sleeves are Velcro adjustable.

    It is made of 500 Denier Cordura nylon and will take a lot of wear and abuse. The Mk I was 1000 Denier Cordura and was so stiff it would almost stand up by itself in a corner. The backside of the Cordura is treated with a Teflon waterproofing coat so while the outside material may soak through in a pouring rain zou will still be dry on the inside. It has a light lining of nylon and is not insulated so for the coldest of days I"ll be using a 200 weight fleece liner.

    The waist and bottom hem are adjustable with a locking elastic cord and uses a #8 YKK zipper and snaps to seal you up.

    It is made entirelz in the US from US sourced and manufactured material and parts.

    I"m much happier with this series jacket than the Mk I.

    Now if it was just cold enough to wear it. I figure about another 12 weeks minimum. This will be a great jacket for working the dog and shooting at the range.










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    That looks very warm. I'm going to need to find a new warm and functional jacket before this winter.

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    Its not lined with insulation but you can layer under it.
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    That's good to know, as I need to layer since my health changed my inner temperature regulation system. I think this would be good in the wind though, eh?

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    Very good in the wind.
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