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PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Kit, Reviews | 4 Comments




British Army PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Рquick review.

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Specification

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.

Features

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.

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Summary

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.
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Great bit of kit

Thanks for taking the time to read this

EDIT: as of early 2017, many smocks now seem to be now available on the surplus market.
For stockists, try the great guys at a Denbigh Army Suplus, (don’t worry, if not on their website yet, give them a ring on 01745 814978)

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4 Comments

  1. James
    14/08/2014

    Hi,

    How do you find the sizing on these? Are they fairly true to size for a relatively snug fit?
    I’ve been caught out by military kit in the past being understandably generous in the sizing.

    Cheers,

    James

    Reply
    • garinc
      14/08/2014

      Hi James -funnily enough the new pcs items do seem to be quite a snug fit compared with older surplus items, such as the 95 kit
      I would struggle to get anything other than a baselayer under this item of clothing !

      Reply
  2. William Mcveigh
    07/09/2014

    What other smocks have you in stock,and what colours,and sizes,also the prices £

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    • garinc
      18/09/2014

      unfortunately i do not stock any of these
      however plenty going on ebay
      thanks

      Reply

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