PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Review
British Army PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock – quick review.
The British Army has invested heavily in it’s new PCS (personal clothing system), and the thermal windproof smock is part of the ancillary items, envisaged to provide additional warmth to the basic system. The thermal smock is designed to be a replacement for the previous issue CS95 fleece and worn over the thermal shirt, and underneath the windproof outer smock in cold weather.
The thermal smock is made of a micro-fibre fleece with a nylon type windproof/shower proof outer. It has a chest pocket and also front handwarmer pockets, with an adjustable neck and hood stowed in the collar. It also has side and arm pit zips for heat regulation, and all the zips on the smock are fully waterproofed. The material is lightweight, quick drying but also provides a good degree of warmth.
This is a great and versatile smock for cooler weather. It almost like the old ‘Buffalo’ shirts in terms of the way it works, with a fleece lining and windproof shell. The fleece is actually one of the softest micro-fibre fleece materials I have ever encountered, making for a very comfortable wear. In addition, the side and pit zips give the smock a great deal of flexibility in terms of being able to cool down easily when needed. I have not seen many of these smocks in surplus stores so far, perhaps due to the relatively recent issue, so they are a reasonably rare item to find at the time of writing.
Great bit of kit
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EDIT: as of early 2017, many smocks now seem to be now available on the surplus market.
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