ATF Summer M-41 Opinions

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by Cobblers161, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Cobblers161

    Cobblers161 Well-Known Member

    East Sussex, UK
    Hi All,

    I'm looking at pulling the trigger on an At The Front Summer M-41. Do any of you have any experience of them particularly the sizing and shrinkage?

  2. Clark J

    Clark J Active Member

    I had 2 Steve and as for fit the $69 dollar one has a good spread on the sizing and fit as they should for the size ,, ie correctly sized. Never washed one so I can give you any info on that. Nice jacket anyway ! Clark.
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  3. foster

    foster Member

    If you are a size 42 or 44, their standard M41 field jacket is currently on sale. The wool lining isn't very thick or heavy in this jacket.
    I have not owned one of the 'summer' M41 jackets but I think the shrinkage on those would be about the same as in the standard ones, which is about 1 to 1.5" for the one I washed (mine was a long). Ironing it brought some of the length back.
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  4. unclegrumpy

    unclegrumpy Well-Known Member

    I have not handled the ATF summer weight M-41, but have had a number of similar originals. What I mean by "originals", is while I don't believe there ever really was a summer M-41, that style jacket lived on in several versions into the 1960's.

    The post WW II to the 1950's versions are most like the WW II M-41. They were private purchase, and most often worn by officers. I have one from the Korean War era that has a zip out wool lining, and without that in, it is more of a light windbreaker. The material for many of these is not the plain cotton that is used in the WW II is fancier and often has a slightly higher degree of water repellency...they don't tend to fade as much either.

    That said, I agree with Foster that the M-41 wool lining is not thick, and given the current ATF sale and the English climate, I would go for one of those.
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  5. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member

    If you're ordering an ATF M-41 keep in mind they run big. I take a 42 in most jac, but their sz 40 M-41 fits perfect.
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  6. Tom Bowers

    Tom Bowers Member

    ATF makes a nice 41 jacket.

    I have worn one of their lined jackets but haven't tried their unlined jacket but I wouldn't hesitate

    I have found ATF tends to run large so if you want a more "tailored" fit you might want to drop down a size

    Tom Bowers
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  7. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange Member

    Hudson Valley, NY
    I've got an ATF summer M-41, and I love it! It's a great warm-weather jacket.


    Alas, I haven't worn it enough to wash it, so I can't speak to that question. And as far as sizing, their XL (I'd previously gotten one of their tankers in an XL) is pretty good for me... though I had to have the sleeves shortened. (That's typical: I'm 5'8", 2oo-205lbs., typically a 48 jacket, but I've got a 42-44 waist. XLs are often too big in the chest/shoulders and/or too long in the arms for me. Sizing is all about fitting around my wide gut!)
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