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GEN III ECWCS

Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS)

GEN III ECWCS Changes the Way the American Soldier Operates – in Any Environment.

Whether training at home or abroad, or operating in theater, our nation’s warfighters are exposed to a broad spectrum of extreme environmental conditions.

GEN III ECWCS is a radical re-design of previous generation ECWCS for the U.S. Army. No longer just a Cold Weather Clothing System, the third generation ECWCS has been transformed into an Extended Climate Warfigher Clothing System that enhances soldier survivability across broad climate ranges.

The complete system features seven levels of protection to provide the broadest range of defense from unpredictable environmental conditions. Technically advanced proprietary materials and construction combine with cutting edge garment design to allow the soldier to train, operate and sustain combat operations in a broad climate range, extending their ability to take the fight to the enemy – anywhere!

  • A Complete System: Seven levels to address a broad climate range from -40°F to +60°F.
  • Lighter & Less Bulk: 25% Lighter with 30% less bulk than previous generation ECWCS.
  • Integrated: Seamless integration with load carriage and body armor.
  • Stealthy: Exceptionally quiet for added stealth with integrated Near Infrared Textile Technology (NIR).
  • Innovative: Technically advanced proprietary materials, garment design and construction.
  • Expanded: Four additional levels compared to previous generation ECWCS.
  • Flexible: All seven levels function as a dynamic system to meet personal climate tolerances.
  • Improved Sizing: Innovative garment design with sizing logic for optimal fit when layering.

The GEN III ECWCS System – Seven Levels of Protection

Level I: Light-Weight Undershirt & Drawers
Base Layer: Worn next to skin by itself or in conjunction with other levels for added insulation and to aid in the transfer of moisture.

The Light-Weight Undershirt and Drawers are designed to wick moisture and to provide protection from the elements. Constructed with Polartec® Power Dry® Silkweight material, this layer is highly breathable, wicks moisture away from the skin and dries fast, providing evaporative cooling in warmer weather and insulating in cool weather – all with less weight and bulk than previous systems.

Level II: Mid-Weight Shirt & Drawers
Base Layer: Worn next to skin by itself or in conjunction with other levels for added insulation and to aid in the transfer of moisture.

The Mid-Weight Shirt and Drawers provide light insulation in mild climates and serve as a base layer in cold climates. Constructed with Polartec® Power Dry® grid material, this layer provides extra warmth in cooler conditions but still wicks moisture away and dries fast. The material offers stretch for increased comfort and is lighter weight with less bulk than previous systems.

Level III: High-Loft Fleece Jacket
Primary Insulation Layer: Worn underneath shell layers or worn as an outer garment in cool conditions.

The High-Loft Fleece Jacket is the primary insulation layer for use in moderate to cold conditions. Constructed with Polartec® Thermal Pro® material the insulation on the Level III Jacket creates air pockets that trap air and retain body heat providing outstanding warmth without weight. With excellent breathability, the Level III jacket dries quickly with increased warmth while maintaining lower bulk and increased durability than previous systems.

Level IV: Wind Jacket
Shell Layer: Designed to be worn with base and insulative levels in transitional environments to provide wind and sand protection.

The Wind Jacket is designed to act as a low volume shell layer that optimizes the moisture wicking properties of other GEN III insulative and next-to-skin layers. It is also designed to be worn under body armor. Constructed from stretchable nylon with a water resistant finish, this full-zippered jacket provides wind and sand protection with low weight and bulk.

Level V: Soft Shell Cold Weather Jacket & Trousers
Shell Layer: Designed to be worn with base and insulation levels for use in moderate to cold conditions.

The Soft Shell Cold Weather Jacket and Trousers are designed for use in moderate to cold weather conditions as a soft shell combined with other base and insulative layers. Constructed with stretchable and breathable water resistant materials, the Jacket and Trousers provide light-weight, low bulk and extreme comfort for movement.

Level VI: Extreme Wet/Cold Weather Jacket & Trousers
Shell Layer: A waterproof barrier designed to be worn over other levels in moderate to cold wet conditions alternating between freezing and thawing.

The Wet/Cold Weather Jacket and Trousers are designed for use in moderate to cold wet conditions as a hard shell layer combined with other base and insulative layers. Constructed with two-layer GORE-TEX® and seam-sealed throughout, the Jacket and Trousers provide an outstanding light-weight, completely waterproof, windproof and breathable level of protection against the elements with 50% less bulk than previous systems. Level VI also incorporates near infrared signature reduction technology further enhancing soldier survivability.

Level VII: Extreme Cold Weather Parka & Trousers
Soft Shell Insulative Layer: The outermost level of protection in the system designed for use during static operations in extreme cold and dry conditions.

The Extreme Cold Weather Parka and Trousers are designed for use during static operations in extreme cold, dry conditions. Constructed with an outer shell fabric that has a water resistant finish and with PrimaLoft® Sport thermal bonded high-loft insulation, Level VII is highly durable and breathable. The Parka and Trousers maintain warmth even when wet and provide protection in extreme cold conditions during static operations.

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