Lambswool Munitions Waistcoat

You'll love the rugged style of our wool munitions waistcoat.


A longtime customer-favourite waistcoat style, the original munitions waistcoat first saw service on the backs of Royal Air Force ground crew servicemen during the Battle of Britain. It has since become the go-to garment for men seeking a rugged, comfortable waistcoat that offers easy freedom of movement. Crafted in a handsome melton wool with a printed interior, it features snap bellows pockets with upper handwarmer pockets and a full front zip with a snap storm flap. Wool munitions waistcoat in navy. 70% lambswool/30% polyester. Dry clean. UK.
Sizes: S(34-36), M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52); about 28¾" long in size large.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.4 / 5 based on 7 reviews


6 of 7 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Nice old-fashioned warmth - 5/22/2013
    By: from San Francisco, CA

    This vest is melton, the stuff of Navy pea coats for many decades. Don't look for 21st century fibers or detailing. It's basic but effectively warm and homey. it will keep your upper body warm either as a layer under a wind-breaker or by itself on Spring days when there's just a nip still in the air. I only wish it had an interior pocket so I could give it 5 stars. But because it has no lining, such a pocket seems to have been too hard to construct.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Excellent Vest - 2/13/2013
    By: from Mooresville, North Carolina

    This vest is tailored very well and will make you proud to wear it because it is so stylish. The vest is warm and extremely functional. I am picky about how clothing like this item fit and look and would definitely recommend this vest.

  • 5/5

    Great Looking Vest - 1/28/2013
    By: from Northern Michigan

    This is a warm, functional, exceptionally handsome vest. There was a problem with sizing. I'm a little over 6' tall and wear a 44 long suit. I initially ordered the extra large version of this vest. It was too big in every dimension: the shoulders extended beyond where mine end; the body was too full, even when wearing my heaviest wool sweaters. So...I liked the basic idea of this vest well enough to order one size down. The good news is that the Large size fits very well, whether worn with a shirt or sweater. There is no bad news.

  • 5/5

    Great Vest - 1/28/2013
    By: from Lancaster Pa

    Vest is very warm, made will looks great .I like it and My wife loves it.

  • 3/5

    High-quality paradox - 1/16/2013
    By: from Toronto
    Top 1000 Contributor

    This vest is made of superb material but I had to return it for a refund. Main problem is sizing: it was definitely not a normal Orvis Medium (my usual size) and was too snug over anything more than a summer shirt. As a substantial outer garment it should have a bit of leeway to fit over a heavy shirt or light sweater. Second, the double zipper is hard to operate, not because it is 'backwards' to the North American norm but because the mechanism is a bit crude. Lastly, the dome snaps that close the wind flap and pocket flaps are a little smaller than one would expect and are hard to close because the wool is thick and there is no resistance behind to force the connection. Too bad, because it is very good Melton and the main pockets would be most useful.

  • 4/5

    High quality with a couple glitches - 11/30/2012
    By: from Washington State Palouse

    Very high quality and substantial wool. It does have a lining of sorts which is a wool blend that is fused in some manner to the outer shell, so expect no fill or traditional insulation. The zipper will test your dexterity with the usual challenge that comes with a two way pull compounded by a left side attachment (British, I guess). Chest on a size large is 49" and same at the waist, but the medium drops down substantially to, I believe, 45.5". I'm in the middle at 180 lb, and had to go with a large, which fits very generously. Collar is a stand up that is wool faced and not lined, so a little itch. Also note the only hand warmers are placed high, well above the bellows pockets and there are no interior pockets. It's a very nice high quality vest, but not really an A+ design with some of these issues. Hope this helps.

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