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Polartec releases Military Issue Collection

Polartec is bringing iconic, American-made, military-issue fabric technologies and finished garments directly to all Americans.

16th October 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Andover, MA

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

Level III High Loft Jacket. © Polartec

Polartec, a premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, is bringing iconic, American-made, military-issue fabric technologies and finished garments a step further than ever before, directly to all Americans.

The foundation of today’s GEN III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (E.C.W.C.S.) – the standard issue cold weather apparel system in the US Army – is the Polartec Military Issue Collection. This system provides soldiers with a multi-layered, performance driven clothing system that’s designed to be versatile and adaptable to varying operational and environmental conditions.

Level II Grid Knit Shirt. © Polartec

Level II Grid Knit Shirt. © Polartec

For more than a decade there have been GEN III E.C.W.C.S. labelled military garment designs for sale online and from select military retail stores. While some of these items are authentic surplus garments, it remains an unregulated grey area. Foreign imitations continue to pop up in their various forms, and even outdoor sporting and hunting brands have adopted military issue garment nomenclature into product descriptions.

Level I Silkweight Shirt. © Polartec

Level I Silkweight Shirt. © Polartec

Now available directly from the source, these Polartec fabrics and designs are made in America and shipped directly from the same US cut and sew manufacturers that have been creating these garments since 2007. Polartec GEN III E.C.W.C.S. products and the Polartec Military Issue Collection include:

  • E.C.W.C.S. Level I Silkweight Shirt and Pants, the foundation of the modern GEN III E.C.W.C.S. layering system, made of a soft and comfortable Polartec Silkweight fabric
  • E.C.W.C.S. Level II Grid Knit Shirt and Pants, the legendary waffle shirt, made of Polartec Power Grid bi-component knit fabric
  • E.C.W.C.S. Level III High Loft Jacket, the smoking jacket, made primarily of Polartec High Loft, the ultra-soft fleece for warmth without weight, with Polartec Power Grid panels
  • Micro Fleece Cap, small enough to stash anywhere for critical warmth, made of warm, highly compressible and lightweight Polartec Micro series fleece in a durable three-panel construction

Micro Fleece Cap. © Polartec

Micro Fleece Cap. © Polartec

“We have long noticed veterans, active military, or even just the tactically-inclined reaching out to us directly, in search of these authentic military grade products,” said Steve Layton, Polartec President. “No one should have to roll the dice on a blurry eBay photo or questionable shopping link to get a new pair of their favourite long underwear, waffle grid mid-weight top, or favourite smoking jacket design.”

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