ECWCS GEN III
American all-weather clothing complex of the US Army Extended Cold Weather Clothing System Generation III (ECWCS Gen III) (or in Russian - Third-generation Ec-Vax). It was originally developed, as you might guess, to protect US Army personnel from negative climate factors in the most unfavorable corners of the globe at temperatures up to -40. This development arose not just like that, but became a response to the complaints of United States soldiers who began military operations in Afghanistan in 2001. All kinds of weather conditions fell upon the American warriors at the same time - a piercing wind with wet snow in mountainous regions, unbearable heat with sandstorms in desert territories, heavy rains and high humidity in open areas.
ECWCS Gen III is, in fact, a universal set of highly specialized components created from the best materials at the moment. Thus, dressing the kit in different combinations, you can survive any weather conditions with maximum comfort. Moreover, the high compactness of each of the components allows you to have the whole kit with you, and use only parts of it.
A miracle kit, you cannot say otherwise, ECWCS Gen III consists of 12 elements - two underpants, three sweaters, three trousers and four jackets. Each element is designed for its own layer, which, as a rule, consists of trousers or underpants and a jacket or sweater, although not always.
According to the purpose, the layers are divided into: dehumidifying - layers one (L1) and two (L2), warming - layers two (L2), three (L3), seven (L7), base - fifth (L5) and protective layers - layers from the third on the seventh (L3-L7).
The principle of operation of this kit is a multi-stage removal of moisture from the body while maintaining the generated heat, as well as protecting the internal volume from wind and moisture. All this is ensured by the vapor permeability of the layers, primarily the body and base, as well as a high degree of protection of the outer layers. The ECWCS Gen III complex, due to its versatility, will be of interest not only to the military, but also to a wide audience of outdoor enthusiasts in various weather conditions.