Military Cold Weather Generation III Clothing System

  

Use the Military Cold Weather Clothing Technology to focus on Fishing and Hunting not the Weather.

Military GEN III ECWCS is a complete re-design of previous generation ECWCS for the U.S. Army.
It is not just a Cold Weather Clothing System, the third generation ECWCS has been transformed into an Extended Climate Clothing System that enhances comfort across broad climate ranges from -40°F to +60°F. .
The complete layering system features seven levels of protection to provide a broad range of weather protection.

Lighter with Less Bulk:
25% Lighter with 30% less bulk than previous generation ECWCS.
Stealthy:
Exceptionally quiet for added stealth with integrated Near Infrared Textile Technology (NIR).

The lighter and warmer green fleece jacket, is the favorite piece of gear which offers a snuggly replacement for the old Army’s heavy black fleece jacket. Cold days, top the fleece with a lightweight, waterproof windbreaker or a breathable soft shell set. During the coldest days, add a puffy, extreme-cold-weather parka with high-tech insulation quilted into it and matching pants that zip over other layers in the system. The material in the parka and trousers includes a nylon lining, nylon inner and outer layer, and a knitted, plastic intermediate layer in a camouflage print. The fleece shirt and trousers of the Fleece Bib and Jacket serve as an insulating layer.

The insulating shirt has a full front opening with two-way zipper, wind-proof flap, pit zippers, and hand warmer pockets.

The bib overalls are similar to the current style but are less bulky;  liners are 100 percent polyester fleece.

The Lightweight Cold Weather Underwear System (LWCWUS) provides lighter weight underwear with wicking capability.

The polypropylene underwear layer serves as a moisture-wicking layer worn next to the skin. The shirt has a zippered turtleneck collar, and drawers have an elastic waistband and standard front fly opening.

The system provides environmental protection in temperatures from 0 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit when worn with standard clothing items; it also wicks moisture to the outer garment layers.

The Cold Weather Coat and Trouser Liner is an insulating layer for cold weather clothing.

Modifications to the standard coat liner allow Soldiers to wear it independently of their respective field clothing, as buttons and buttonholes have been added to the coat front.

The liner is made of polyester batting and rip-stop quilted nylon.

The Wool Winter Sock is a knitted seamless sock worn with the ski mountain boot. The inside of the wool sock has terry tuft stitches throughout. It is made of merino wool in a natural color.

The Fleece Cap is a synthetic microfleece cap that is a bell-shaped, pull-on style cap.

Extended Cold Weather Polypropylene
Underwear includes a turtleneck with a center front zipper that extends to the middle of the chest area and allows for ventilation at the neck and chest area.

The drawers serve as a base layer to protect the lower extremities. The brown underwear is knitted, brushed multifilament polypropylene.

The Black Fleece Bib and Jacket consists of a black fleece shirt with full front opening and a two-way zipper, windproof flap, pit zippers, hand warmer pockets, and black fleece bib overalls that are similar to the current style but less bulky.

Together, the Black Fleece Bib and Jacket reduce the bulk of the original liners by 40 percent.
 
Silkweight Underwear is treated polyester knit to wick moisture away from the body. The undershirt has a crew neck, contoured longer tail in back and long sleeves with a thumb hole to aid in donning and add protection to the hand/wrist area. Flat seam construction reduces chafing.

Seven levels of the Protective Uniform

Level 1
A durable, silkweight Polartec Power Dry fabric worn next to the skin wicks away moisture and dries fast. It consists of a crew neck T-shirt and boxer shorts, or is available in long-sleeve top with invisible zipper and pants, built for comfort and minimal weight.

Level 2
A long-sleeve shirt and pants made from Polartec Power Dry fabric are worn next to the skin for extra warmth in extreme conditions, but still wicks away moisture quickly from skin and dries fast. An inserted side panel of Polartec X-Static fabric enhances fit and flexibility.
The top has a front 15-inch zip for extra venting and a soft lining around the collar. Comfort features include an articulated side seam on the pants to minimize chafe on the kneecap.

Level 3
An insulative mid-layer jacket made from Polartec Thermal Pro fabric is water-repellent yet breathable. It is worn as an outer jacket in mild temperatures or as a heavy insulative layer in extreme cold. Seamless shoulders minimize chafe, which are then lined for extra warmth and padding for heavy pack straps.

Level 4
The soft windshirt is made from an encapsulated microfiber that repels water but also breathes for a variety of conditions. It's designed to pair with a next-to-skin layer for intense activity in cooler temperatures or with the Level 5 soft shell as a mid-layer. It stuffs into its own pocket for easy packing.

Level 5
The key to the entire system, this soft shell fabric jacket and pants are made with fibers encapsulated with silicone that are highly stretchable, windproof, water repellant and breathable. They are paired with Level 1 or 2 next-to-skin layers, ready for any cold weather aerobic activity.

Level 6
A lightweight waterproof and coated nylon hard shell is slightly oversized to fit easily and quickly over gear. The jacket features water-resistant zippers and armpit zips for maximum ventilation, pocket openings to quickly access inside layers and a hood that incorporates a stiff brim. The pants borrow the same design from Level 5 but provide waterproof protection.

Level 7
For extreme conditions, this lightweight, loft-insulated level in a jacket, vest and pants has the feel of down but retains its warmth when wet. Silicone-encapsulated fabric sheds water and is paired with Primaloft insulation for maximum warmth while the liner pulls away moisture.

 

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