British Army Clothing Sizes
There can be a fair amount of confusion when it comes to working out your size in British Army clothing. I know from speaking to customers that there are very few of us that can convert inches in to centimetres so I thought that I should at least try.
Military Jackets Sizes
Right here we go. First lets look at shirt and jacket sizes, inside most of the older DPM and the newer MTP patterns you will find two numbers with a / between them. e.g. 180/96, 170/96, 190/112.
The first number relates to the height / length of the item, these can range from 160 to 200, this should equate to your personal height in centimetres. The most popular size is 180 as the average height is about 5 feet 9 inches. Please note mind that the height measurement 180 is not the length of the garment it is your height but in centimetres.
Here is a simple table to convert the lengths
|Feet (Approx)||5 feet 3 inches||5 feet 6 inches||5 feet 9 inches||6 feet 2 inches||6 feet 5 inches|
|Extra Short||Short||Regular||Tall||Extra Tall|
Next comes the second number. This is the chest measurement but again in centimetres. If you have ever bought a suit then you should know your chest measurement in inches and we can just convert that into centimetres. For the ones of you that do not know your chest measurement a rough guide is size small will equate to 36” – 38”, medium = 40” – 42”, I have included a full table below to help.
So that’s it, you should now be able to work out your size in any of the genuine military shirts or jackets. Now lets have a look at the trousers.
Military Trouser Sizes
The main difference between the jacket / shirt sizes and the trousers is they always come with three numbers split with a / not just two as the jacket do. First number relates to the in-seam or inside leg, middle number is the waist size and the third number is the size of the seat. If you have looked on our website and checked out our sizes you may have noticed that we do not even show the seat size, this is because you cannot request different seat sizes in a given waist /inside leg size, for instance if you need a trouser with a 36” waist and a long leg you will have a 44” seat size and that is the only option.
Here are the leg length sizes available
Followed by the waist sizes
So I hope that this has maybe cleared up the confusion of British Army clothing sizes and that you are now feeling well informed, but if you are still struggling and don’t know what size to buy, just give us a ring and we can convert your size for you.
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iProtec TorchesiProtec LED torches are a new addition to our range, they are superb small compact torches which pack a punch. A range which starts from 100 Lumens max output through to 280 Lumens, all made with LED technology which extends battery power and all made with metal casings. The range starts with the 100 lumen Chameleon which has white, red and green light available built into the torch which is adjustable with the slightest press on the soft touch on/off button also with 4 X zoom magnified lens are just some of the features. Next models consist of the 180, 220 and 280 lumen power versions which all have white light with the same zoom function and glow in the dark end cap button on/off switch, belt clips among other features. These torches are great value and feel great in the hand when operational, all supplied with batteries either AA or AAA.
BTP – British Terrain PatternBTP is one of the latest patterns to emerge on the UK market for military products. Brought to us registered and designed by Kombat UK LTD the British Terrain Pattern or BTP as more commonly know is extremely popular as it is an excellent alternative to the more expensive Multicam and compliments the British Forces MTP patterns used superbly. BTP pattern is being used on webbing, rucksacks, packs, clothing trousers and tops, molle pouches and more with the added patterns now of BTP Black which as states is BTP in a darkened black version which is very effective. The BTP range is growing rapidly with excellent quality and attention to detail with affordable pricing to match.
Waterless Pits & BitsIts not always easy to keep clean when out on exercise for the military or even wild bush craft/ general camping and sometimes all you need is a quick freshen up. There`s no need to carry huge stacks of shampoo and body lotion around with you that requires lots of water to rinse off when you can use Waterless products. Waterless product are exactly as the names says eliminating the need for a water supply to clean and bath. The Waterless brand has a range aptly named for this very situation and its called – “Pits & Bits“. The Pits & Bits range comprises of a Rinse Free Body Wash, Rinse Free Shampoo and then a Waterless Disposable Toothbrush with built in toothpaste sealed hygienically in an airline friendly pack. The Body Wash and Shampoo work like regular products but without the need for water to rinse. They come in a handy pocket size clear 65ml resealable bottle, are Alcohol free and PH balanced being kind to your skin leaving no residue but with just the hint of apple fragrance for freshness in the shampoo. There is 1 other product in this range of Pits & Bits that is quite incredible although you do need the smallest amount of water to use it – the expandable wipes which are about the size of a 50 pence piece swell up to large cloths when liquid is applied. These are great as an addition to the other products in use when bathing and all together these products are designed with compactness and ease of use in mind.
Modular webbing systems, pouches & equipment
For several years now webbing systems have been increasingly changing over to Modular systems (molle webbing). This new style and type of set up has strips of webbing attached to the plain assault vest looking like a ladder effect allowing a pouch with the modular fitting on the back to be positioned anywhere. Pouches can be re-positioned at a moments notice without too much hassle, giving the wearer the freedom of a personal set up. The military Osprey system is now being produced in MTP to fit the latest British Army pattern. There are various Osprey pouches to fit such as:- mag & grenade, water bottle & utility, LMG 100 rounds & UGL 8 rounds, and first aid medic pouches.
Modular based products such as the assault vest are being produced by plenty of companies which are all compatible with one another making it easier when sourcing pouches be it in camo or plain colours like the Viper Assault Vest Platform and the varying pouches they have to accessorize the vest. There are also drop leg platforms and chest harnesses to choose from. Some brands such as Viper & Kombat produce many shapes and sizes of daysacks & bergens also heavily featuring modular webbing for additional storage with molle pouches hanging off all parts of the pack, again easily interchangeable from your webbing/battle belt to your Bergen and back again reducing the need for excessive pieces of kit for a specific purpose.
Molle systems look like they are here to stay for quite some time as it would be hard to beat this design for ease of use and versatility, even down to replacement parts, you just get a new pouch when one wears out.