Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) GEN III
The 3rd Generation of the Army's Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) is a radical redesign of the cold weather clothing system for the U.S. Army. ECWCS GEN III features seven new layers of insulation including three Polartec® fabrics: two layers of Polartec® Power Dry® and a layer of Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft. The system is currently undergoing a large-scale user evaluation and is planned for fielding in its final version in the Fall. Compared to ECWCS Gen II, GEN III offers a systems approach for clothing design—each piece fits and functions either alone or when used in the system to provide the most options for the soldier.
The introduction of GEN III would not have been possible without the vision of PM soldier in Ft. Belvoir, VA, and US Army Natick Soldier Center in Natick, MA. The developmental partnership between Polartec®, PM Soldier and Natick is ensuring that our soldiers have the best available products to complete their mission.