USMC adopted Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) in 1985 to replace Korean War era Cold Weather (EW) Clothing. Over the last 20 years USMC made periodic low risk product changes to improve material performance of selected layers with only minor design changes. Recent conflicts have identified needs to provide our Marines with better “Systemized” equipment and clothing.
The snow camouflage parka, trousers and pack cover are designed to be worn as an over garment when snow camouflage protection is required. The fabric utilizes a disruptive digitized snow camouflage print that is effective in various winter environments. In addition the fabric is extremely lightweight, water resistant, and quick drying.