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everyone needs a Pakamac. Gents models from 17/6 - Ladies models from 10/6 ...but make sure it is a Pakamac. The original "Raincoat in your pocket"...

1397 user comment(s) below:-

Comments by Old friend on 16th September 2018  

Susan I saw a photo of you wearing a silver mac fantastic more please

Comments by Hugh on 14th September 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

Hello Plastic Pakamac. Please contact me on hughdaves957@yahoo.com

Comments by Plastic Pakamac on 13th September 2018  plasticpakamac@gmail.com 

Hi, in the late sixties/early seventies my dad had one, I had the more usual plastic only sort.
I don't think he liked his that much, but it was practical and much stronger that the ones I had.
But for me, I just loved them, and still do, please email me if you would like to chat.
Plastic Pakamac.

Comments by Jean on 7th September 2018  

Does anyone know when Pakamac Ltd were producing their men's nylon reinforced PVC raincoats? I noticed that there was one for sale recently, on eBay.

Comments by Susan on 6th September 2018   https://www.plasticmacs.com

I bought all my lady's navy blue nylon macs from high street shops, up until about 12 years ago. After a while, there was no need to even try them on as the sizes were perfect. Fortunately, I still have a lot of them.

It must have been about 30 years since I bought one from C&A. Their styles used to be somewhat different to other shops.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 1st September 2018  

Lots of lady's navy nylon macs on e-bay, so important for me.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 30th August 2018  

I am so glad I bought most of my female macs in the 1980s-not least from C & A. This store was terrific.

Comments by Beverley mr on 29th August 2018  

wish i had bought up lots of plastic macs in 1980s when they were new for about 7 pounds. Bev.

Comments by Hugh on 24th August 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

Hopefully, Susan, it'll be someone like us.

Comments by Susan on 24th August 2018   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

Well, I was unable to buy the plastic mac that I wanted so I'll have to go with the alternative. The one I wanted was a hardly worn genuine Pakamac in leopard print plastic. Did anyone else see it or bid on it on eBay? Why couldn't I buy it? Well, the final bid of £103 took it well out of my range.
Who is buying all these? Where are they disappearing off to, never to be seen again?

Comments by Jean on 23rd August 2018  

Heavens yes Brian, I am an incorrigible plastic mac and nylon mac wearer.

I think that I've been incredibly lucky to have bought three gents plastic macs this year at what would seem to me, cheap prices. If only I had the foresight to stock up on them 40 years ago! You know me though Brian, I couldn't have resisted wearing them.

Comments by Susan on 23rd August 2018   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

You are indeed correct Brian. I've already ordered a new plastic mac on eBay, which should arrive next week. As well as that, I have my eye on another plastic mac. If that bid is unsuccessful, I have a back-up option that I'll order later.

I agree Jeff and Ken, those prices are a bit steep. If it's any consolation, I paid over £80 for a much sought after plastic cape, some 10 plus years ago. Yes Brian, I am incorrigible.

Comments by Jeff on 16th August 2018  

Hi Ken, I agree, the total cost is extortionate. Long gone are the days when you could buy a plastic mac for 17s/6d. PVC-U-Like make a gent's plastic raincoat but they are about £50 plus the postage.

Comments by Ken on 15th August 2018  

Hi again Jeff found them Mac's but the postage is double the price of the Mac ridiculous

Comments by Ken on 15th August 2018  

Hi Jeff many thanks I will Google them they sound like paradise lost

Comments by Brian Humphries on 14th August 2018  

Thanks for the response, Jeff! I have 3 male Jeantex plastic macs, all dark blue, with a violet tinge, and a delightfully rubbery texture. When held to the light, they are slightly translucent.

I also have a lady's Jeantex mac, and this is indeed clear and natural. It is beautifully oversized too, ideal for outdoor use-and dating!

Soon be autumn, and the season for wearing nylon macs-and, oh dear, I will be ordering more-just like my friends Sue and Jean. We are incorrigible-and we just love it!

Comments by Jeff on 14th August 2018  

Hi Ken, they are really nice macs, I have 3 of the "Toni style" raincoats as well as a Jeantex "Frank style" hooded jacket and a Jeantex see-through poncho. Unfortunately, I suspect that Jeantex no longer make any see-through plastic rainwear although I may be wrong. However, there are similar items manufactured under the brand name "Pro-X Elements". Their styles are "Fred", which is a gent's raincoat, "Bess", which is a ladies raincoat and "Dublin" which is a unisex poncho. It seems that these items are only available from Germany and postage makes them quite expensive. Try googling "Jeantex Toni", you may be lucky. Also, try googling "Pro-x Elements Fred" or "Pro-x Elements Dublin". Hope this helps, Jeff.

Comments by Ken on 13th August 2018  

Hi Jeff may I ask you were did you buy your plastic Mac I would love one .

Comments by Jeff on 13th August 2018  

Hello Brian, glad to see that someone else enjoys wearing their Jeantex plastic mac. I wore mine a few times last week while on holiday in North Devon. Mine is natural, see-through plastic, you say that yours is slightly see-through. Is yours natural too ?

Comments by Brian Humphries on 12th August 2018  

I just keep buying them. I just love them. What shall I do?

Comments by Beverley mr on 10th August 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

great to get out in the rain today walk round to shops with nylon mackintosh on with rain pattering on my hood.

Comments by Susan on 2nd August 2018   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

Thank you Old friend. You know how much I enjoy wearing them.

Comments by Old friend on 1st August 2018  

I have never seen a transparent plastic mac been worn better than Susan does its fantastic I challenge anyone to find a better one.

Comments by Beverley mr on 29th July 2018  

SUSAN DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CAN RESIST TRYING ON YOUR NEW PLASTIC MACKINTOSH. MADE IN TAIWAN BRINGES BACK HAPPY DAYS I BOUGHT LOTS OF THOSE FOR MY LATE WIFE UNTILL THEY DISAPEARED FROM SHOPS ABOUT 1993.

Comments by Susan on 29th July 2018   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

One of my genuine plastic Pakamacs also says 'Made in Taiwan' on the inside label, Jeff. It's a style and quality that I remember buying in the 1970s. I haven't tried it on yet, it still has all the tags and is in it's, albeit battered, original bag. If my memory serves me well, I'll have to be careful when I put it on, because the buttonholes tore so very easily.

My other two genuine plastic Pakamacs say 'Made in China' on the inside label. They both have a fly-front, which I didn't recall from my younger days. I can only assume that they are a later manifestation and production moved to the Chinese mainland.


It surprises me that with the profusion of cheap plastic macs on offer these days, aimed primarily I believe at outdoor festival goers, that some enterprising Asian business hasn't started trading under the Pakamac logo.


Heavens, I have surprised myself, as all these macs were bought only this year, just how much I adore the feeling of wearing an actual GENUINE PLASTIC PAKAMAC.

Comments by Beverley mr on 27th July 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

sitting in garden nothing on but my sundress. sudden high wind thunder and rain. so in mackintosh on hood up. put car in and sun lounger away. sadly rain soon stopped. bit more later but not much.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 26th July 2018  humphries138@btinternet.com 

I keep being draw to my rubbery, plastic, slightly see-through Jeantex mac, which rolls up beautifully to Pakamac size. I wonder why.........?

Comments by Beverley mr on 20th July 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

Missed out tonight watching tv. looked out to see had been raining for sometime. Got into my plastic mackingtosh put hood up. hope to hear the rain pattering on my hood. only to find rain stopped. Was cool so had some time strolling in garden mackintosh on hood up. Bev

Comments by Hugh on 20th July 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

I have some twenty pac a macs. Two of which are Pakamacs, two from Chariot, a few others who's name escapes me, and four by Dunn &Co.

Comments by Old friend on 20th July 2018  

Susan your photos are fantastic the. transparent plastic macs are mind blowing.

Comments by Jeff on 20th July 2018  

Hello Susan, I have a pale blue translucent plastic mac, the label says it is a genuine Pakamac but made in Taiwan. Probably, production would have ceased in the Manchester/Chadderton by then and moved to countries where labour was cheaper.

Comments by Beverley mr on 19th July 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

Strangly my sightings of mackintosh wearing ladies seem to come in 2 3 in one day and always when least expected. Bev

Comments by Susan on 19th July 2018   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

How many of us out there actually own genuine Pakamacs? I have four in total amongst my larger collection of plastic macs and nylon macs. Three are plastic macs and one is a nylon mac.

There is just something extra thrilling about wearing a genuine Pakamac. I know it's all in the mind because I have different plastic macs and nylon macs which I much prefer, but knowing that the mac I'm wearing is a Pakamac, adds so much more to the experience.

Comments by Hugh on 18th July 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

Try me on here first, Ken. hughdavies957@yahoo.com

Comments by Ken on 18th July 2018  

Hi Hugh you are quite right but to see ladies wearing nylon macs is heartwarming hopefully it will continue leave your mobile number be good to chat with a Mac lover.

Comments by Hugh on 16th July 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

Well Ken my hopes aren't that high for the return of the mack but as long as we have people like you and me who still enjoy them and can share our thoughts and experiences, I will be quite happy.

Comments by Ken on 14th July 2018  

Hi. Hugh it was in Tesco superstore they came into the Cafe but not together hopefully macs will come back into fashion

Comments by Hugh on 13th July 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

And where might we see these magical women in in nylon mack's?

Comments by K on 12th July 2018  

Rain has come bringing a miracle couple of youngish women in nylon macs one green the other a beautiful shade of Maroon happy days

Comments by Hugh on 8th July 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

I think we are all in despair, Beverly, with this most awful weather. Thank heavens for our lightweight mackintoshes; they are bearable after dark when it's cooler.

Comments by Beverley mr on 4th July 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

NOT GOOD MACKINTOSH WEATHER AT PRESENT. PUT MY ON WHEN SITTING IN GARDEN WHEN GETS COOL IN EVENING.

Comments by Ken on 21st June 2018  

Mmmmmmmmm Beverly

Comments by Hugh on 21st June 2018  hughdavies957@yahoo.com 

So wonderful to see that nylon mackintoshes are back on the agenda.

Comments by Beverley mr on 20th June 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

Yes live in Bedford. got my nylon mackintosh on at the monent not as good as pakamac but nice rustle

Comments by Ken on 16th June 2018  

Hi. David are you from Bedford?

Comments by David Ashman on 15th June 2018  masher8@btinternet.com 

I have found the aroma of plastic macs is only when they are new and sadly soon fades away.

Comments by Jean on 15th June 2018  

For the first time in years, I am now the proud owner of a genuine men's black/grey Pakamac. It's been years since I last owned one and to be honest, after many fruitless bidding attempts on eBay, I thought that I was destined never to own a Pakamac again. It's not like I remember the ones I wore as a boy. It seems so much lighter than I recall. Certainly, a lot lighter than the many other plastic macs that I own, even the ones I have from the 1950s. I was surprised to find that it doesn't have a lovely vinyl aroma either. Maybe my nose is just too jaded from age.

Believe it or not, I'm saving putting it on for an occasion when I wear it for my boyfriend (you know who you are)!

Comments by Susan on 13th June 2018   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

I know that I am guilty of using the name pakamac as a generic word for some of my beloved foldaway raincoats, especially my vintage macs. However, I take exception when sellers use Pakamac to advertise their macs, plastic or nylon, when selling their goods. Often, I look at these macs and think straight away that it's not genuine. Genuine Pakamac mac adverts will take advantage of including a photo of the coat label.

Does anyone else have a view on use of the name?

Comments by Timothy on 9th June 2018  

Hello can anyone tell me where I can buy a plastic Mac like the original ones please regards

Comments by alan10 on 24th May 2018  alpha3x@hotmail.co.uk 

Hi all its been some time since l left a comment but l do read it regularly. I have followed all your comments on the different makes of plastic and nylon mackintoshes and would like to give you my input on my experiences in the 60s.
My interests were the plastic mackintoshes as opposed to the nylon which came later. Soon after starting work l travelled quiet frequently being a engineer. l was constantly on the look out for shops selling plastic Pakamacs or similar. Susan mentioned the rainstar which l think I may be able to enlighten you shortly but what l wanted to say that l went into a mens clothing shop in Leicester and it was kind of old fashioned with Mahogany counters and rows of drawers behind the counter. well a lady appeared smiling and ask what she could do for me. l hesitated then quickly asked her if they sold plastic raincoats. She said well we did but not sure if they had any left going to a large drawer and sorting through it she pulled out a plastic bag and looked at it and said we have this one it may be a little too big thought and undid it for me to try on.She held it open fr me slip my arms in and believe me it took my breath away it was gorgeous. Very well made and lovely soft shiny semi translucent plastic it was slightly too big but that did not matter I wanted it.She let me have it cheap so l was so pleased and when l got back to the van l studied it and was made by a company called Swallow. l have had so many different ones like Rainspel Aquaplast. getting back to your Rainstar l am fairly certain they were manufactured in Warwick by a plastics company that made many by products. l have been a staunch plastic mac lover since my schooldays and still enjoy them very much. anyone interested in chatting further can email me on alpha3x@hotmail.co.uk regards Alan



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