British PCS Windproof Smock, MTP, surplus
The Windproof Smock is perhaps the best bad weather jacket ever made. These are the fresh PCS type, and well used.
The latest issue Windproof Smock, the PCS model has lots of fine new features like hand-warming pockets, armpit ventilation and hidden buttons to prevent snagging. The level of manufacture and zipper quality is not quite what it used to be in the CS95 era, so if you are more down-to-earth when it comes to features, the predecessing model is a better choice.
For those not familiar with the concept of the British Windproof Smock, it's basically a roomy, windproof (!) and water repellent top layer which is meant to take the main punishment in whatever you are doing. After its original introduction in WW2 the WP smock has gone through lots of changes, with the main idea still the same.
Now the new PCS smock has raised the bar another notch with many improvements over the earlier CS95 model:
- Zipper closure with velcro strips to cover it
- A roomy hood with drawcord & wire adjustment
- Ventilation zippers in the armpits
- Four large front bellows pockets with the typical folding mouths to keep your stuff in
- The large Canadian type buttons are hidden under the flaps
- Behind the hem pockets you'll find fleece-lined handwarmer pockets
- A zippered mesh-lined pocket on both sides of the chest
- Sleeve pockets with velcro velcro bases for patches & insignia
- Drawcord tightening in the waist and hem, velcro adjustment on the sleeve cuffs
material and care
Made of 50/50% polycotton. Wash in 60 degrees celsius. The fabric is naturally windproof and has some water repellent treatment, but this certainly is not a rain coat. The labels say you can rejuvenate the treatment simply by ironing the parka.
Sizes according to user's height & chest circumference in centimetres. The cut is roomy, because you must be able to fit a lot of stuff underneath. If your parka seems a bit too large, just use the waist adjustments and it'll look just fine.
If you're even one centimeter taller than the recommended size, pick a wider size so the shoulder seams will lower a bit, adding length to the sleeves. The model in the picture is 175 cm tall with about 95 cm chest circumference, and is wearing size 170-185 / 92-100 cm parka with a softie jacket underneath.
In used but serviceable condition, with the usual signs of wear like faded fabric, maybe a stain somewhere, a missing cord here or there, removed hood wire etc. In other words do not expect a pristine smock, because you'll likely get a properly worn one.
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Al P. 31.01.2017 (Edited 31.01.2017)
Jari P. 03.04.2017 (Edited 03.04.2017)
Thomas L. 19.07.2017 (Edited 16.08.2017)
Jukka K. 27.09.2017
Mikko T. 03.10.2017
Mark P. 17.11.2017
Dallas P. 30.01.2018
Magnus C. 10.02.2018
Pablo V. 12.07.2018
Miika K. 24.09.2018
Brand new!! Only thing missing was the mtp-patches on the arm velcro. But that's ok with me. According to sizeing. My chest is 112 cm and I am 181 cm tall. I ordered 180/112 and it fits well, maybe a bit bulky, mostly at the bottom part. I think I could go with the 180/104 and it would look a lot smarter, but 180/112 is not bad, depends on how you want it to be.
I was really worried about the seizing but it looks good. At the moment I weight 99 kg.
I liked very much that it was brand new. Nothing broken, no dirt, no tear. I will try it out the day after tomorrow in the woods. Really looking forward to it.
Denis F. 11.01.2019
Miika H. 04.03.2019 (Edited 04.03.2019)
Andrew C. 24.03.2019
However, there is one fatal flaw which I can't believe nobody has ever mentioned - the velcro on the left side of the jacket always ends up catching on the mesh fabric inside the jacket. This is deal breaker - a jacket shouldn't destroy itself.
Military equipment is traditionally excellent stuff; it combines durability with very affordable prices. Army surplus finds its way to the civilian market in the following way: the armed forces of one country or other decides to get rid of big batches of perfectly serviceable gear due to cuts in military budgets, said gear becoming obsolete or redundant or some other similar reason. Some of this stuff then finds its way to our storehouse, sometimes directly, sometimes through a third party. Every once in a while we even get random batches of collectibles and rarities from obscure corners of the world.