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Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System

The Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (GEN III ECWCS) was designed to be functional in multiple cold weather climates and activities. It consists of a versatile, multi-layered insulating system that allows the Soldier to adapt to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions.

Components

Based on layering systems currently utilized by mountaineering professionals, the Generation III ECWCS incorporates seven new levels of insulation. It is composed of twelve garments.

Gen III ECWCSSystem Overview by PEO Soldier, by ADS
Level I
Lightweight undershirt and drawers
Level II
Midweight shirt and drawers
Level III
Fleece jacket
Level IV
Wind jacket
Level V
Soft shell jacket and trousers
Level VI
Extreme cold/wet weather jacket and trousers
Level VII
Extreme cold weather parka and trousers

Configurations

Clothing combinations shown below represent both recommended and optional configurations.

ActivityTemperatureItems
L1L2L3L4L5L6L7
ActiveExtreme Cold: -25°F to 0°FTop
Bottom
Cold: 0°F to 30°FTop
Bottom
Wet/Intermittent Wet: 40±10°FTop
Bottom
Cold/Wet: 35°F to 45°FTop
Bottom
StaticExtreme Cold: -50°F to 0°FTop
Bottom
Cold: 0°F to 30°FTop
Bottom
Cold/Wet: 30°F to 45°FTop
Bottom
Wet: Above 45°FTop
Bottom
TM 10-8415-236-10. 2008. pages 0004-2 through 0004-9.

Instruction

  • TM 10-8415-236-10 Operator's Manual for Extended Cold Weather Clothing System Generation III
  • ATTP 3-97.11 Cold Region Operations. Chapter 3, Appendix A.

Similar System

References

  • http://peosoldier.armylive.dodlive.mil/2011/11/15/equipment-piece-of-the-week-generation-iii-extended-cold-weather-clothing-system-gen-iii-ecwcs/
  • http://www.army.mil/-news/2006/12/15/996-excitement-heating-up-over-new-extended-cold-weather-gear/
  • http://www.army.mil/-news/2008/04/10/8407-cold-weather-clothing-system-increases-survivability-comfort/
  • Gen III ECWCS factsheet @PEO Soldier [2006][2008][May 2009][October 2009][October 2010]
  • https://peosoldier.army.mil/newpeo/Equipment/DisplayXMLTable.asp?id=38
  • https://peosoldier.army.mil/docs/ECWCSInfantryMagOct08.pdf
  • http://www.adsinc.com/gen-iii
  • http://polartec.com/markets/military/extended-cold-weather-clothing-system-gen-iii.aspx
  • http://polartec.com/uploads/pdfs/POL_Mil_ECWCS_G3.pdf
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a5ZChRJ6r0
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