The Most Innovative Military Product In The Last 2 DecadesBy: William McKinney President, Bradley’s Military Enterprises
Genuine Military Issue:
G.I. Gore-Tex Gloves:Purchase Gloves Here - $59.95
G.I. Gore-Tex Sleeping Bag Bivy Cover:Purchase Bivy Cover - $99.95
G.I. Gore-Tex Eco-Tat Bivy Shelters:
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Generation I Gore-Tex Parka:Purchase Jacket Here - $49.95
• MIL-P-44188: 100% Nylon (Microporus polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Gore-Tex) • Wind and waterproof • Integral hood • Two breast inside map pockets (which can be opened without unzipping the parka) • Two large lower cargo pockets • Two-way, full-front zipper to provide full face protection • Elastic draw cord at the hem • Velcro closures at the wrist tabs • Underarm ventilation • Rank tab at center chestThe Army Issued Gore-Tex parka had 3 phases of evolution up to date. The first generation was more of a "true" parka with a fixed hood. It had a thicker more durable construction than today's generation III model. When the Generation I parka & trousers was first introduced it was a revolutionary product that took the Army by storm. As mentioned above, these Gore-Tex products gave birth to many other ideas and concepts.
Gen II ECWCS Gore-Tex® Parka & TrousersPurchase Jacket Here - $69.95 | Purchase Trousers Here - $49.95
• Sewn to Military Specifications MIL-DLT-32184 • New 3-Layer Waterproof, Windproof, and breathable GORE-TEX® Laminate • New GORE-TEX® Fabric, Softer and Quieter than First Generation Design • Durable Taped Seams with Gore-Seam® Tape> • Moisture Wicking Barriers at Cuffs and Hemmed Bottom • Heavy-Duty 330-Denier Cordura® Nylon Elbow Reinforcements • Cargo Pockets with Hand Warmers • Roll-n-Stow Hood • Near Infrared (NIR) Compliant • Made in Dominican Republic • Non Berry Compliant • NOTE TO MILITARY PERSONNEL: THIS GARMENT HAS NIR TECHNOLOGY AND IS APPROVED FOR MILITARY OPERATIONSThe major difference between the Generation I & II parkas was the hood system. Instead of being a fixed hood, the generation II model had the ability to tuck in the hood into the collar similar as a field jacket. This second generation was also quite thick and durable. It had all of the wind proof, water proof and breathable qualities of the first generation. Once again, the construction of the hood system was the major change of the Generation II parka.
ECWCS Generation III Gore-Tex Jacket & Trousers:Purchase Jacket Here - $89.95 | Purchase Trousers Here - $69.95
• Constructed with 2-layer GORE-TEX® fabric based on GORE-TEX® Paclite® technology • Completely waterproof, windproof and breathable • Light-Weight: 50% less bulk than previous systems • Near Infrared Textile Technology (NIR) • Color: Universal Camouflage • Center-front zipper with protective flap • Pass through pockets • Hideaway collar with a storable visor hood • Elastic cuffed sleeves with Velcro adjustersThe Generation III Gore-Tex parka has a similar design as the generation II model in the respect that it has a hideaway hood that can be tucked into the collar. The major difference with this parka is its light weight material. It is significantly thinner and lighter than previous models. Many soldiers are confused by the changes in this parka, and think it's a wet weather jacket. In some cases, I have to point out the Gore-Tex trade mark on the zipper's pull tab to prove my point. Although the parka is light it is durable. Obviously not as durable as the generation I & II models, but it holds up very well to the challenges of military service. In my opinion it also is inferior to the earlier models in terms of wind & cold blocking ability, but it has pluses. First, it is made of Gore-Tex, and it has all of the breathable water repellent properties. Second, it's much lighter than its predecessors, and it is better suited for layering. When combined with the other ECWCS clothing items such as silk weights, grid fleece and polar fleece it provides more warmth and comfort. Third, its use of layering does a better job at preventing soldiers from overheating. Finally, the generation III parka lends itself better in warmer weather due to its light thin construction. For these reason I feel the generation III Gore-Tex parka & trousers are superior to the earlier generations. It has all of the water repellent ability of older models, and you can add or subtract under garments and liners as needed for warmth or coolness.