USMC Inclement Weather Combat Shirt Features TenCate Fabrics
The new Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS) is a FR shirt
designed to be worn in place of the FROG blouse during cold weather.
Think of it as replacing the Desert Combat Jacket
with increased capability. The Marines will purchase 180,000 IWCS from
Short Bark Industries who are well known in the automotive world for
their seat covers. Short Bark’s design incorporates several products
from the TenCate Defender™ M family. Most notably this is the first
military adoption of a TenCate Defender™ M laminate. The IWCS also
includes a new stretch woven technology as well as two variations of
knit fabrics. Nick Pence, Military Market Manager for TenCate Defense
& Tactical explains: "The flame resistant IWCS was designed to
provide increased protection from wind and rain while offering
breathable water repellency for cold weather climates”.
I recently spoke with the team at TenCate
about the challenge of color matching different printed fabrics on a
single garment that the DCJ had to deal with and they told me that they
are out in front of this issue and we shouldn’t see any of those types
of shading issues.