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#1 Hangman

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:46 PM


From MoD News:

"Now standard issue in Iraq and Afghanistan, the UBACS is designed to be worn under protective body armour. The body of the long-sleeved shirt is made of a special fabric that absorbs sweat ideal when soldiers are fighting in often formidably hot and uncomfortable conditions.

The UBACS and other ground-breaking specialist clothing and equipment for Britain's Armed Forces went on display recently at an exhibition held at the MOD's Caversfield site, near Bicester in Oxfordshire."

That's the official blurb...

The shirt has been designed to replace the Soldier '95 shirt and is a development from the Generation II US version of their UBACS shirt, it has padding on the shoulders, upper arms and wrists, the padding is approx 2mm closed cell foam held in place by internal pockets which allow removal for cleaning and / or temperature regulation.

The (Temperate) DPM shirt has two upper arm pockets both with velcro for patch attachments and internal pen holder loops (the desert DPM shirt apparently has additional wrist pockets). There are no pockets or epaulettes on the body of the shirt to increase comfort and contact underneath a plate carrier or tac vest. The sleeves are secured with 'Canadian' buttons and has a zip front at the neck.

The arms, shoulders and neck are made from a heavy duty IRR (Infra Red Reflective) DPM Material and the torso is made from Olive Drab Coolmax breathable material.

First impressions out of the packet, trying it on I noticed that the torso is close fitting again to increase the effectiveness of the breathable fabric, it feels light on the body, in contrast the shoulders and arms feel a little stiff due to the padding, doing up the wrist buttons the wrists feel very bulky and awkward, removing the wrist padding transform the wrists making them much more comfortable and free moving, Overall the shirt allows plenty of stretch and a good range of movement.

Putting on my plate carrier, I immediately felt the benefit of the shoulder padding, they give an additional layer to spread the load and I can see this being a very good shirt to wear under a fully loaded bergen.

I wore it on the game down at Dorking, it was good and hot and ideal weather to try out the shirt, my normal shirt is the Soldier '95 shirt, with a high cotton content it quickly becomes overloaded with sweat, stops wicking and becomes saturated with sweat, if the weather cools or a breeze whips up it can become quite chilly and uncomfortable. I found that even by the end of the day the UBACS shirt to be still quite dry, by contrast the inside fabric of my plate carrier was somewhat damp, proving the shirt was wicking moisture away from my body.

After washing the shirt hasn't shrunk, so bodes well for future longevity everything about this shirt points to a lot of thought having gone into it and a good standard of build quality.

Overall I would recommend it as a good piece of kit, in cold weather a Helly Hanson or similar breathable base layer would compliment it well and add additional warmth.

The bad point (ish) is the price 39-95 from Survival Aids ( http://www.survivala...er1.php?pg=1865 ) isn't cheap when compared to a Soldier '95 shirt that can be picked up for as little as a fiver, however, the price is good when compared to other 'technical' shirts and the overall quality and improvement in comfort.

The Survival Aids price is about the most competitive due to their tie in with BCB (the MoD approved manufacturers) I've seen this and the not so good Gen I copy shirts for nearly 55 quid elsewhere.


Update: BCB Have now introduced a FR (Flame Retardant) version of the Desert DPM @ 49-99 and price of the standard Desert DPM shirt has dropped to 29-95 (probably because they are now under contract to the MoD and making so many of them)...

Update 2: Well six months on and it is still in good nick and hasn't shrunk, my only gripe is that it took a couple of washes to get the cam cream of it after the tournament, otherwise a good piece of kit and well worth the money spent.

Update 3: Viper / Web-Tex now make thier version of this product, the main differences looking at the ad is that there is a pen pocket on the lower arm, the lower arms zip off to make a short sleeve shirt and the torso is brown rather than green.

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#2 Gadge

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:43 PM

I wear a viper one of these in black all the time, absolutley love it TBH. The zip off sleeves and removable pads are well handy as I sometimes wear it to the pub but obviously dont want to look like i'm padded.




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