This extreme cold weather parka is the warmest US military parka that is worn by our soldiers, and these particular parkas were left in Antarctica by naval air detachments in the 1990s.
Prior to the US Air National Guard taking over logistics for the US Antarctic Program with Operation Deep Freeze in 1999, all polar logistics were handled by the Naval Antarctic Support Unit (NASU). Navy pilots, airmen and support crews were issued these olive-drab N3B Extreme Cold Weather parkas for their rotations at McMurdo Base and South Pole.
Some of these parkas have “NASU” or other identification numbers stenciled on the back. All of them were found in various storage locations in Antarctica over two decades after the last Navy plane took off from the continent, and are some of the last parkas of this vintage around!
Admiral Richard Byrd, an early Antarctic pioneer, wears an earlier parka variation in 1955
Airmen wearing newer parka variations saluting the last LC-130 to depart from Antarctica in 2010
Extreme Cold Weather Parka Features
This extreme cold weather parka is fully lined with a water-repellent exterior and this coat will keep you warm among the world’s colder conditions. It features a drawstring adjustable lined hood with fur ruff and drawstring adjustable waist. This parka also features two breast double buttoned pockets and two front single pockets.
When worn over other cold-weather gear, it can protect you down to -14 degrees Fahrenheit. Its outer shell is 100% cotton and the fur is 60% modacrylic and 40% wool.
Genuine USGI Extreme Cold Weather Parka
This N3B extreme cold weather parka is genuine military surplus made in the United States. Although still in great condition, there may be wrinkles, a soldier’s name, or have other minor flaws.
Each extreme cold weather parka is sorted into two grades. Make your grade and size selection from the drop-down boxes above to order. Please read the description of the grades below:
Grade 1: Very Good. Almost no signs of wear.
Grade 2: Good. Will show signs of use but be perfectly functional.