The N-3B parka was originally designed for the U.S. Air Force in the mid 1950s to keep air crews warm in the extreme cold weather like Alaska. It became known as a ‘snorkel parka’ due to the way the hood zips up very high to keep the cold off the face.
N3B Parka Features
- Green, water-repellent, wind-resistant oxford outer shell (100% cotton)
- Pile-lined, snorkel-style hood with drawcord closing and head-sizing strap with buckle
- Hood has white faux fur ruff around the face (62% modacrylic/38% wool)
- Heavy-duty zipper with button storm flap
- Drawcord waist to keep out cold air
- 2 large breast handwarmer pockets with snap closure
- 2 large flap pockets at waist/hips with snap closure
- Utility/pen cargo pocket on the left sleeve
- 3/4 or thigh-length keeps entire torso warm
- Reinforced elbows
- Inset knit cuffs on sleeves (wool or acrylic)
- Manufacturer: Various such as Schott Bros., Alpha Industries, Rothco, and others
NB3 Parka Temperature Rating
Designed to keep our troops warm when temperatures are consistently below 14℉ (–10℃). Rated to –60℉ (–51℃).
Extreme Cold Weather Parka NSNs
I recently ordered a US Military N3B parka from Billings Army Navy Surplus Store. The parka arrived in perfect condition and will make a wonderful Christmas present for a veteran who wore one during military service in Korea back in the early 90s. Perfect for Wyoming's cold, windy winters!