Polartec Launches Military Issue Collection

(Andover, Mass.) – October 14, 2019 – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, is honored to bring iconic, American-made, military-issue fabric technologies and finished garments a step further than ever before, directly to all Americans.

The foundation of today’s GEN III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (E.C.W.C.S.)––the standard issue cold weather apparel system in the U.S. Army––is the Polartec® Military Issue Collection. This system provides soldiers with a multi-layered, performance driven clothing system that’s designed to be versatile and adaptable to varying operational and environmental conditions.

For more than a decade there have been GEN III E.C.W.C.S. labeled military garment designs for sale online and from select military retail stores. While some of these items are authentic surplus garments, it remains an unregulated gray area. Foreign imitations continue to pop up in their various forms, and even outdoor sporting and hunting brands have adopted military issue garment nomenclature into product descriptions.

Now available directly from the source, these authentic Polartec fabrics and designs are proudly made in America and shipped directly from the same U.S. cut and sew manufacturers that have been creating these garments since 2007. Polartec GEN III E.C.W.C.S. products and the Polartec® Military Issue Collection includes:

E.C.W.C.S. Level I Silkweight Shirt and Pants, the foundation of the modern GEN III E.C.W.C.S. layering system, made of a soft and comfortable Polartec® Silkweight fabric for versatile next-to-skin performance that includes fast wicking action and dry times, high durability and compressibility

E.C.W.C.S. Level II Grid Knit Shirt and Pants, the legendary “waffle” shirt, made of iconic (and patented) Polartec® Power Grid™ bi-component knit fabric, which maximizes warmth, breathability, wicking action, compressibility and versatility, while minimizing dry-times and weight.

E.C.W.C.S. Level III High Loft Jacket, the “smoking jacket,” made primarily of Polartec® High Loft™, the ultra soft and compressible fleece for warmth without weight, with Polartec® Power Grid panels

Micro Fleece Cap, small enough to stash anywhere for critical warmth, made of warm, highly compressible and lightweight Polartec® Micro series fleece in a durable three-panel construction 

“We have long noticed veterans, active military, or even just the tactically-inclined reaching out to us directly, in search of these authentic military grade products,” says Polartec President Steve Layton. “No one should have to roll the dice on a blurry eBay photo or questionable shopping link to get a new pair of their favorite long underwear, “waffle” grid mid-weight top, or favorite “smoking jacket” design.”

9 Responses to “Polartec Launches Military Issue Collection”

  1. Nick C. says:

    Yes! Finally a brand new waffle top. Way to go Polartec!

  2. Roy says:

    Anyone know if the Level one and level two garments the ECWS are the same as those in the PCU?

    • Will Tagye says:

      Hi Roy,
      The fabrics are slightly different. PCU L1 is a mesh in comparison to the material than the Silk Weight. The second layers are very similar, but the PCU version is a lighter weight grid.

  3. John says:

    I bought two items from this link and I haven’t received any type of email or order confirmation.

    • John says:

      48 hours and still no confirmation. The charge is on my credit card but nothing from Polartec Military.

      • Will Tagye says:

        Hi John,
        Thank you for the order!
        You should receive the order confirmation in the next day or so. Our team was at AUSA and we are working out the bugs in the system. We apologize for the delay and confusion.
        If you have any further issues please use the contact link on and we will get right back to you.

        Thank you again,

        Will Tagye

        Military Program Manager – Polartec

      • Hi John,

        I just emailed you directly about your order and the confirmation email issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any further assistance. Our customer service can be reached at [email protected]

        Thank you for your business,
        Matt @ Polartec

      • Will Tagye says:

        Hi John,
        I just followed up with our team and you should have received an order confirmation previously. Is it possible that it could have ended up in a junk folder?

        Will Tagye
        Military Program Manager – Polartec

        • John says:

          Will it wasn’t in spam or deleted emails. Matt from PolarTec did reach out to me and sent me confirmation from his email work account, it landed in my regular email box. Thank you guys for checking in with me.