German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater

German Customs Turtleneck Sweater

Regular price$44.99 USD
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Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 30 reviews

Size chart

Finding your Size

We recommend measuring your overall height and chest width to find your size. While the Germanic sizing system has information on waist and hip measurements, they are derived from those two measurements and change accordingly across standard, short/stocky, and tall sizes.

There are a lot of sizes to cover all the different body types, so don't settle for one that doesn't quite fit. Instead, check one of the other size types. We recommend starting with the Standard set. If your chest size falls between two sizes, we recommend picking the smaller of the two as the chest widths listed here are the minimum chest width for that size; they cover all widths up to the next size. If you match up your chest on the standard set but your height doesn't match, check the other sets accordingly.

In the end you should be able to find a size that matches both your measurements, but please don't hesitate to contact customer service if you need assistance!

Standard Sizes
Letter Size DE Size Chest (cm) Height (cm) Chest (in) Height (in)
XXS 44 86 166 - 170 33.9 65.3 - 66.9
XS 46 90 168 - 173 35.4 66.1 - 68.1
S 48 94 171 - 176 37 67.2 - 69.3
M 50 98 174 - 179 38.6 68.5 - 70.5
L 52 102 177 - 182 40.2 69.7 - 71.7
XL 54 106 180 - 184 41.7 70.9 - 72.4
XXL 56 110 182 - 186 43.3 71.7 - 73.2
3XL 58 114 184 - 188 44.9 72.4 - 74
3XL 60 118 185 - 189 46.5 72.8 - 74.4
4XL 62 122 187 - 190 48 73.6 - 74.8
4XL 64 126 191 - 192 49.6 75.2 - 75.6
5XL 66 129 193 - 194 50.8 76 - 76.4
5XL 68 133 195 - 196 52.4 76.8 - 77.2
6XL 70 137 197 - 198 53.9 77.6 - 78
6XL 72 141 199 - 200 55.5 78.4 - 78.7
7XL 74 145 201 - 202 57.1 79.1 - 79.5
Short Sizes
Letter Size DE  Size Chest (cm) Height (cm) Chest (in) Height (in)
XXS 22 89 163 - 167 35 64.2 - 65.7
XS 23 93 166 - 170 36.6 65.3 - 66.9
S 24 97 169 - 173 38.2 66.5 - 68.1
M 25 101 172 - 176 39.8 67.7 - 69.3
L 26 105 175 - 178 41.3 68.9 - 70.1
XL 27 109 177 - 180 42.9 69.7 - 70.9
XXL 28 113 179 - 182 44.5 70.5 - 71.6
3XL 29 117 181 - 183 46.1 71.2 - 72
3XL 30 121 182 - 183 47.6 71.6 - 72
4XL 31 125 184 49.2 72.4
4XL 32 129 185 50.8 72.8
5XL 33 132 186 52 73.2
5XL 34 136 187 53.5 73.6
6XL 35 140 188 55.1 74
6XL 36 144 189 - 190 56.7 74.4 - 74.8
7XL 37 148 191 - 192 58.3 75.2 - 75.6
Tall Sizes
Letter Size DE  Size Chest (cm) Height (cm) Chest (in) Height (in)
XS 90 88 175 - 179 34.6 68.9 - 70.5
S 94 92 178 - 182 36.2 70.1 - 71.7
M 98 96 181 - 185 37.8 71.3 - 72.8
L 102 100 184 - 188 39.4 72.4 - 73.9
XL 106 104 186 - 190 40.9 73.2 - 74.7
XXL 110 108 188 - 192 42.5 74 - 75.6
3XL 114 111 193 - 197 43.7 76 - 77.6
3XL 118 115 196 - 200 45.3 77.2 - 78.7
4XL 122 119 199 - 203 46.9 78.4 - 80
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Zoll, short for Bundeszollverwaltung Is the German Federal Customs Service. Unlike the state-by-state police forces, Zoll is a federal institution essentially equivalent to US Border Patrol or ICE.

Founded in West Germany during the early days of the cold war, these are the guys who kick down your door with MP5s and G36s when you've forgotten to pay VAT on that nice little gift you got yourself abroad.

You wouldn't want an import of more than 800 cigarettes to hurt the economy would you?

 

The Sweater

The sweaters are your classic turtleneck with a reflective Zoll patch sewn on the front. Unlike some turtlenecks, it's collar is meant to be folded over instead of scrunched up.  These run true to size, fitting like most pullover sweaters will. You'll want to consult our Germanic sizing chart for more info on your size.

our model here is 5'10 and weighs 165 lbs (179 cm height, 96 cm chest and 74 cm waist for you non-freedom-lovers)

 

 

The Boys in Green

The Zoll Uniforms share designer fashion DNA with their Polizei counterparts. They even feature the same reflective lettering. The high quality fit & finish gives these a professional and respectable appearance, because that's what they were made to do. They're the last hurrah of Germany's Iconic law enforcement Greens. 

Color is where the lore of these begins (if you want the long version, read our article about the Polizei Sommorblouson).

German Polizei uniforms during the early cold war varied by state and often municipality as well, and the standardization of said uniforms didn't occur until the 70s, once the economy recovered.

Heinz Oestergaard, a German celebrity fashion designer, was hired to re-design and standardize the police uniforms for the whole country. Förstergrün, or "Forest Green" painted all of Germany's Polizei uniforms at the dawn of the cold war. Slowly, it gained as much recognition as the rest of the world's "boys in blue". It became associated with the division of the country and the struggle against communism on the frontiers of the Iron Curtain.

The Blue from Brussels

The color's association with West Germany's divided, anti-communist history didn't fly with the EU. Shades of blue became the new, boring, standardized colors.

To a degree it was logical, the navy blue color is internationally recognized and associated with law enforcement. But Polizei departments would wage a war to keep their beloved greens, until eventually throwing in the towel after going out of their way to keep producing their uniforms in green became too costly to continue.

The Bundeszollverwaltung stuck with their greens until rather recently. In 2012, it was officially announced that the uniforms would switch to match the rest of the EU, with the greens to be phased out completely by 2020. In favor of a more uniform EU, the old uniforms were cast aside. 

 

Specs

  • 60% Acryllic fiber 40% wool
  • Reflective Zoll patch on front
  • Fold-over style turtleneck

Condition

Items are in like-new condition and in their packaging, but have had their shoulder patches removed. There may be some leftover thread and light marking from this process.

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Reviewed by Julian C.
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A Great Turtleneck

I bought one for myself last year and this sweater has become a favorite of mine. The sweater is comfortable and warm, sizing is a bit baggy. A German T-Shirt in size 44 fits me nice while the sweater, in the same size, has a bit extra room. Perfect if you like to wear another layer underneath.

I recently picked up another one for a family member who always liked the look of the sweater.

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Reviewed by Robert S.
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Good fit, high quality

Nice sweater, sizing is accurate and very good materials. maybe wear an undershirt as it sometimes feels a little bit itchy (but not very much)

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Reviewed by Richard B.
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Ready to impose an import tax

Material is quality, I expect this to last me 10 years. Worth every penny.

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Reviewed by Sean R.
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Top notch

The quality of material and fit is excellent plus it arrived as new. A bit itchy at first but in the end it's a comfortable, warm, and high quality turtleneck. What more could you ask for?

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Reviewed by Zion D.
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Really fresh

I got it in the January jumbo ball and it was a lovely surprise when it arrived. It fits well and is cozy. I was never really into turtlenecks but this sweater changed me. 10/10

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