Designed to be worn under body armor, the SOF PCU Level 9 Shirt employs Polartec® Power Dry® fabric in the torso of the shirt to provide excellent moisture management, high breathability, stretch, quick dry times, and maximum next-to-skin comfort when worn under body armor. All Polartec® Power Dry® fabrics feature a patented bi-component knit construction with two yarns - one to pick sweat up off the skin, and one to disperse sweat for rapid drying - enabling Polartec Power Dry fabrics to move 30% more moisture away from the skin than single component fabrics. The particular lightweight Polartec Power Dry fabric engineered for the SOF PCU Level 9 Shirt features a Special Forces-specific printed camouflage pattern, inherent flame resistance, and near-infrared capability that helps cloak the users body-heat signature. The SOF PCU Level 9 Shirt was designed by Patagonia in close cooperation with with Polartec and the SOF team.
“Polartec is very proud of our longstanding development relationship with the Special Operations Forces. We are constantly challenged by the extreme performance that Operators demand of their clothing and equipment. These men are the tip of the spear of our country’s projection of power and always exhibit remarkable ability and patriotism. To be selected by this very demanding customer is a tribute to the abilities of the research and development team at Polartec who are honored to help support our warfighters.” said David Costello, Polartec Business Manager.
Polartec has now developed Levels 1, 2, 3, 3 Alpha and now 9 in the SOF PCU, a layering ensemble designed for all conditions faced by SOF.
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