Alpha Industries N-3B SoftShell Parka

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In November 1959, Wynn helped Alpha take over the sublease on a small factory space on 11th Street in downtown Knoxville from the Levi Strauss Company, a space which had been previously used by Dobbs Industries. After Wynn helped Gelber arrange for the lease of sewing equipment and skilled operators, Alpha Industries was ready to begin production. While Samuel Gelber began to bid on Department of Defense contracts for Alpha, Wynn arranged a subcontracting agreement to manufacture the MA-1 flight jacket so that Alpha's 35 employees would have immediate work. It was only one month later, in December 1959, that Alpha Industries received its first Department of Defense contracts.
Alpha Industries N-3B SoftShell Parka - Black - Front

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The lighter Softshell N-3B Parka has a stretch fabric allows freedom of movement. Not only is the jacket water-resistant but windproof too. Stay extra warm with the full hood with zipper and a button-flap closure.


  • The Shell is made of 83% Poly/10% Poly Urethane/7% Elastane
  • Inner Fleece Layer
  • Attached Drawstring Hood
  • 4 Outside Zip Pockets
  • 2 Inside Mesh Pockets
  • Thumbhole Cuff Glove Sleeves
  • Alpha's signature zippered utility/pencil pocket

Product History

The first N-3B jackets were produced in the mid 1950s for USAF air crews who were assigned to transport troops in extremely cold climates. The parkas were originally made with a nylon outer shell and lining and a wool interlining. The interlining was changed to polyester batting in the 1970s. The long, sage green jackets became known as the “Snorkel Parka” because the fur-trimmed hood could be zipped right up leaving only a small tunnel for the wearer to look out of. The modern N-3Bs have slant pockets at the chest and flap pockets lower on the coat, and a panel that fastens with loops across the zipper to keep out wind. Today most use synthetic fur around the hood. The N-3B was the first jacket Alpha Industries made for the U.S. government in 1959 and we went on to produce it for the consumer market in the 1980s. In 1993 we introduced new colors including maroon, black and navy blue. Today we make several variations of the traditional N-3B.

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SKU 0198-0521
Manufacturer # MJN31213C1
Manufacturer Alpha Industries

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