Smock is essentially a “soft shell” of previous days, key element of an old-school layering system. Just windproof, not warm. Rainproof a little, very temporarily and depending of the condition of waterproof treatment. Sometimes smocka are made fully waterproof, but it is an aberration from original concept.
It serves as protection from harsh environment – thorns, gravel, and so.
It serves as camouflage layer and frequently has a loops for camo attchments.
Under the smock are worn:
– base layers (next-to-skin and warm underclothes)
– mid-insulation layer (fleece and even softshell anorak “PCS Lightweight Thermal Smock”)
– lightweight rainproof gear (as “stealth suit”)
– heavyweight rainproof gear (sometimes)
Over the smock are worn:
– heavyweight rainproof gear
– heavy insulation layer
Smock is not only a clothing item, it also features a load-bearing capability. Not full battle-rattle, but a number of belongings:
- writing instruments
- first aid kit
- pocket knife
- ear plugs
- survival kit, whistle, firestarter, compass, signaling panel
- hygiene items
- a length of cord
- gloves, tube scarf, beanie hat, bandanna
- snacks, rations
Depending on pockets’ size and placement, compact load-bearing chest rig could be worn over smock keeping pockets usable (or at least some of them), photos below.
For year I had used a smock-like clothing items, various windproof jackets. Because here in (not Soviet already) Russia we have two winters, white and green. For the green winter windproofs are a must-have layers.
Recently I’ve got a common British “Smock, Combat, Windproof, Woodland DP” 50% polyester, 50% cotton. In used condition, to keep the price low, just to try it. Why lie, I like it. But some pieces need to be modified.
Look at the huge hood:
Then the front piece with inner wire is folded, it looks like that:
Work in progress:
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