Friday, July 22, 2011

A Rothco Review: Special Ops Soft Shell Jacket

Item# 9867 Coyote Special OPs Tac Soft Shell Jacket
Get an in-depth look at one of Rothco's MUST HAVES in your winter arsenal, our Special Ops Soft Shell Jacket

Durable, lightweight and breathable. Made from 100% waterproof polyester shell this jacket has a 3 layer construction that deflects wind, wicks away moisture and retains body heat. 

The component of the radically updated, Gen III, Extended Climate Warfighter Clothing System (ECWCS), is the 5th level of a seven layer system. The system provides seven layers of protective clothing to allow soldiers to train and function in a variety of combat conditions. It is designed to be used in temperature ranges from -40 to + 60 degrees, in wind, wet, or freezing conditions. The 
Item # 9767 Black Special Ops Tactical Soft-shell Jacket
ECWCS is designed to allow a soldier to use any combination of layers to suite the condition's he or she may encounter. Among all of jackets, the soft shell provides an enormous amount of versatility for a wide range of conditions. Being highly water repellent, constructed with 4 way stretchable polyester, the garment features excellent breath-ability, with is enhanced by the under arm zipped vents, and two way zipper. Thongs on all of the zippers make theme easy to grab while wearing gloves. There is a stow-way hood with draw string perimeter which tucks into the collar, and a barrel-locked elastic draw cord at the hem and hook and loop closures at the wrist to seal out drafts. The pocketing features two inside zipper pockets, two vertical zippered pockets on the chest, two on the bicep, and one on the left forearm. Additionally there is two 

Features of the Jacket
large lower back storage sleeve accessible on either side via two vertical zippers. 

Since the material is light weight, repels water, yet is breathable, and retains body heat, it is one of the most popular garments with action sports, and outdoor enthusiasts! This blend of features offers these same advantages to uniformed personnel as well!

On truly cold days, this jacket can be layered over a polar-fleece, and for soaking wet or extreme wind conditions the jacket will serve as a intermediate layer just under a water-proof and breathable outer shell garment (like our Hyvat parkas). This provides an extreme amount of versatility, light weight, and its easily packable. 

Soldiers testimonials have indicated that the Gen III system has allowed our war-fighters to remain virtually motionless in the extremely harsh conditions of the mountains of Afghanistan. This enable them to wait out their enemy, which served to our advantage! The soft shell jacket, being on of the most versatile garments in this system. 

By Hans Blechschmidt