ECWCS GENERATION III: LEVEL V

SOFT SHELL JACKET & TROUSERS

Bradley's Military President - William McKinney By: William McKinney President, Bradley’s Military Enterprises
I have discussed the attributes associated with silk weight undergarments, grid fleece thermal underwear, polar fleece clothing, wind shirts and various Gore-Tex products. After I critique the Army's newest extreme cold weather parka & trousers and the soft shell system, you will have a good understanding about the 7 levels that are associated with the Extended Climate Warfighter Clothing System or ECWCS. In this article I will focus my attention on the soft shell jacket & trousers, and save the ECWCS clothing items for my next article. In my last article I mentioned that the wind shirt was very unique, and no previous military clothing item really compares against it. Likewise, the soft shell system is also unique, and it doesn't have a close relative. It is too thin and airy to be closely compared against the field jacket or trousers. It is also too sophisticated and versatile to be compared against the military's simple over white jacket & trousers. It has its own special niche, but if I had to compare it against any product I would say it has similarities with some types of civilian brush clothing. The soft shell system would be ideal for cutting a path through tall grass and brush.

G.I. Generation III Level V Soft Shell Cold Weather Jacket:

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Features:

• Two-way center-front zipper with protective wind flap • High collar with stowable collapsible hood • Velcro closure sleeve and front pockets • Ventilation openings under the sleeves • Velcro fasteners for rank and name plates • General Features: • Constructed with stretchable, breathable water resistant materials • Light-Weight, low bulk and extreme comfort • Thongs on zippers for ease of use when wearing gloves • Color: OCP / MultiCam, Universal Camouflage

G.I. Generation III Level V Soft Shell Cold Weather Trousers:

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Features:

• Trouser Features: • Zippered fly opening • Velcro closure front and side cargo pockets • Calf-high side-zippers with elastic cuff • Elastic waist with provisions for suspenders • General Features: • Constructed with stretchable, breathable water resistant materials • Light-Weight, low bulk and extreme comfort • Thongs on zippers for ease of use when wearing gloves • Color: OCP / MULTICAM, Universal Camouflage

The Typical Customers Who Purchases Soft Shell Garments:

When the ECWCS system was first introduced the wind shirt was popular with military and civilian customers. The silk weight, grid fleece, polar fleece and Gore-Tex products continue to rank amongst my better selling winter items for any audience. In contrast, the soft shell jacket and trouser has largely sold to the military community. Soldiers are issued these items at no cost, but they have to return this clothing when they clear a post or end their military service. If soft shell products are damaged or lost soldiers are required to purchase these items or take a statement of charges. The only other customer who tends to purchase soft shell clothing are military enthusiasts such as air soft or paintball players. Although we don't receive much demand in this area, I would recommend soft shell jackets & trousers in Multi Cam camouflage to hunters. Multi Cam is a highly effective camouflage in most settings. The soft shell clothing is light, breathable, water resistant and designed for layering. Once again, it lends itself well for cutting paths through tall grass or brush. I can sense that hunters would like this product.

Wouldn't It Be Nice?

I believe the manufactures who produce soft shell jackets & trousers should consider offering their product in solid while. Perhaps a reversible model would be optimal. The soft shell product line is grossly superior to the military's over white parka & trousers in every respect. Therefore, if the soft shell jacket & trousers were offered in white, it would phase out the Army's current snow camouflage system. In most cases, it would allow soldiers to blend into their extreme cold weather surroundings better. It would also be ideal for goose, coyote and other winter game hunters.

Summary:

All of the ECWCS clothing items are made with state of the art materials. Its layering system is designed to be light, increase breathability, keep you warm and prevent overheating. It is made of highly durable materials that can stand up to the most rugged terrain or activities. If you are an elite soldier, serious hunter or a hardcore survivalist, I recommend the soft shell system and all of the ECWCS product line. In my opinion, this is the most technologically advanced clothing system the Army has ever issued.

G.I. Generation III Level V Soft Shell Cold Weather Set:

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Sincerely; William G. McKinney Bradley’s Military Enterprises President