Wraith | Combat Fatigues
Field Jacket Specifications-
Material: Multi-layer High Performance Blend
Weight: 480 grams
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL (specified collar dimensions)
Care Instructions: No Starch, Light Detergent, No Bleach.
Field Pants Specifications-
Material: Multi-layer High Performance Blend
Weight: 570 grams
Sizes (waist/inseam): 28-31/30”, 32-34/31”, 34-36/32”, 36-38/33”, 38-40/34”
Care Instructions: No Starch, Light Detergent, No Bleach.
Material: Wool/AMF-Polyester Blend (80/20)
Weight: 170 grams (short sleeved), or 190 grams (long sleeved)
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Care Instructions: Regular wash, Tumble Dry
Material: Wool/AMF-Polyester Blend (80/20), with Dyneema
Weight: 150 grams (Knee length) 130 grams (Boxer length)
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Care Instructions: Regular wash, Tumble Dry
Material: V50 Kermel/AMF
Weight: 50 grams
Sizes: One size fits Most
Colors: Coyote Brown, Olive Drab, Navy Blue, Charcoal, Off-White (Cream)
Care Instructions: Regular wash, Tumble Dry
In late 2005 the Amastoli government contracted Sorhim Textiles to develop a new Battle Dress Uniform and camouflage patterns to better meet the needs of the Ministry of Defense in the twenty-first century. Unfortunately Sorhim was unable to fulfill the governments contract before it was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2008 during the global recession. Argus purchased Sorhim as part of a larger acquisition of several smaller manufacturing firms and after reviewing their research decided to invest heavily in the remnants of the company in order to complete their research and fulfill the government's contract for a new pattern of BDU.
The original requirements set by the government were developed in response to a 2003 supply depot fire and explosion in Marsa that killed seventeen service members and left many of the survivors with disfiguring burns. A senate investigation into the deaths found that their very uniform had contributed to many of the survivors wounds, and may have played a role in as many as eight of the seventeen deaths. Public outcry after the release of the Senate findings lead to pressure on the Ministry of Defense to improve and modernize its current uniform technology. The original contract obligations handed to Sohrim Textiles consisted of the following requirements.
Though Sohrim had made considerable progress towards meeting these requirements they lacked the development funding to fully develop their designs. Argus, having already invested in their new acquisition, utilized several of their Ministry of Defense connections in order to field test many of new designs for field utility and durability. Though Argus has officially missed the original contracts deadline of deployment by 2009, they have demonstrated several prototypes to the Ministry in order to keep the contract alive, citing the recession and company restructuring for the delay. In 2011 however Argus officially announced the end of the development stage of the ‘Wraith’ project, with initial manufacturing to begin in the fourth quarter of that year. Full scale deployment and adoption by the Amastoli forces was delayed only due to the Ministry of Defence's own field testing requirements. In December of 2011 the Senate officially authorized Argus to export the Wraith Combat Field Uniform to states deemed non-hostile to the Crowned Republic.
The Wraith Combat Field Uniform is constructed of three specific layers of both common and high tech textiles in order to provide the highest performance composite without weighing down the soldier or decreasing his comfort in high stress situations. Despite the capabilities of the Combat Field Uniform, the entire outfit is reinforced and designed for durability and mobility of the wearer in order to survive the rough nature of combat use.
The Outer layer or shell of the Wraith system is constructed of a high abrasion and wear resistant fabric designed to protect the user. Constructed of a blended fabric known commercially as Kermel V50, the outer shell is construct of a 50/50 blend of Kermel; a highly fire resistant fiber, and Viscose; a cellulose based fiber. The two materials produce a highly breathable, and wear resistant material that comes from the same aramid family as Nomex (polyamide-imide).
Kermel fiber does not melt or drip when burned, and much like wool, carbonizes and resists further burning making it an ideal fire resistant material. This carbonizing or charring protects the wearer from the intense heat of flame or molten metal splash, and prevents their own uniform from contributing to potentially severe burns by igniting. The Kermel V50 outer shell provides all the fire resistant properties of contemporary high tech fire resistant textiles, but without many of the side effects attributed to them (no production of hydrogen fluoride when burned, no distortion if ironed.) Wear comfort and water retention is comparable to cotton, but with thirty percent faster drying times.
A waterproof and windproof Barrier layer is laminated to the outside of the inner shell to protect the user while assisting the inner layers transfer of excess heat and moisture away from the body. The Polyester/Polyether copolymer is a non-porous barrier and is also free of hazardous chemicals or produce fluorocarbons when burned. The material is highly stretchable and wash resistant, making it durable for us in every day wear. Unlike many waterproofing methods it does not use a micro-pore structure or a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) therefore there are no pores to clog or coating to wash off during the machine washing process, allowing for reliable waterproofing and lasting breathability even after a hundred washes.
The barrier layer works by combining Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic fibers that when combined form a method for moisture to pass through the barrier, but only in one direction. Because this membrane layer carries water from the inside of the jacket out, the jacket stays breathable and comfortable, while retaining its waterproof and windproof capabilities. Beyond improving wearer comfort, the Barrier layer also provides temporary protection from battlefield dangers such as chemical and biological agents. Where as the inner layer has a secondary anti-microbial function, the barrier layer, with no pores to allow access of the chemical agent protects the wearer's skin from irritation or infection if only temporarily. Though further coverage is required for full CRBN protection (gas mask, hood, gloves, etc) the barrier layer can help slow or protect the covered portions of the body temporarily from a chemical agent.
The Inner Layer is composed of a soft plain-woven, 60/40 Medium Merino Wool-AMF/Polyester blend designed help regulate the wearers temperature, control his infrared signature, and provide a comfortable inner layer for use with the Undershirt. The wool base of the inner layer was chosen for its comfort and fire resistance, as wool will not melt or drip when burned, in order to complement the outer shells capabilities. This soft inner layer is designed primarily for user comfort and due to its wool base adapts well to various climates being both highly breathable in hot climates and providing insulation in colder climates. The tight, smooth weave of this layer also prevents any potential binding on under clothes such as the Wraith Combat Undershirt.
The Polyester fiber in the inner layer blend serves to reinforce the wool base and is bonded with a miniscule amount of pure silver in order to compliment and enhance both wools natural qualities and provide benefits typically unheard of in the textile industry. The use of silver was not chosen randomly, though expensive in its bulk form the amount of actual silver used is extremely small (roughly four-millionths of an ounce per jacket), and is permanently bonded to the synthetic fiber to provide several benefits to the blended fabric. Primarily the use of Metalized Fiber was chosen for the regulation and decentralization of the wearers thermal signature. Because silver is one of the most thermally conductive metals in the world, its ability to thermoregulate is without equal. In cold climates the Advanced Metalized Fibers reflect user heat back into the wearer, while in hot climates the heat is spread throughout the garment allowing for quicker cooling of the wearer. This reflection and decentralization of the wearers radiant heat also reduces and scatters the wearers thermal or long-wave infrared signature, allowing them better concealment from advanced night vision devices.
The absorbency and breathability of wool allows for quick wicking of sweat away from the body and its evaporation is further enhanced by the thermal distribution of the Advanced Metalized Fibers within the inner layer in order to keep the wearer dry. More so than simply a thermoregulating material; the silver-bonded polyester used in the AMF is naturally anti-microbial, preventing odor or fungal build up within the inner layer reducing rashes and allergic reactions within the user in hot and wet environments. Silver is also both highly thermally and electrically conductive making the final fabric anti-static due to rapid dissipation of the built up current. This quick wicking, quick drying, anti-microbial, anti-static, breathable layer is a combination of old world textile technology and cutting edge materials science to provide the best overall comfort and protection for the wearer.
The thermal scattering provided by the inner layer combined with IR brightened dyes used in the camouflage pattern on the outer shell allow for a significant signature reduction in the Near IR (3-5 µm) and Long-wave IR (8-12 µm) range. With significant signature reduction in the IR, UV, and Thermal range the Wraith is able to allow an equipped soldier confidence and some protection from the electronic eyes of the enemy.
Though the Wraith Combat Field Uniform is designed to conceal and protect its wearer from the elements to the utmost of its ability, the Wraith sadly cannot not provide any protection from an enemies weapons. The increase in the issuing of body armor has helped significantly reduce combat casualties, however limb injuries or extremity hemorrhage still make up a significant number of the preventable deaths on the battlefield. Issuing tourniquets to soldiers does help saves lives on the battlefield, but improper use or improper training, or even improper storage; can cause further damage to the limb when used or force an unnecessary amputation when timely surgery might otherwise save the limb.
Kept out of the way under protective flaps at key locations the Emergency Pressure System or EPS is always ready in case of a sudden emergency. Underneath this flap, protected from damage due to impact or chafing lies the heart of the EPS. Positioned at middle of the upper arm and thigh the EPS allows for the most efficient application of pressure to the Axillary and Femoral arteries as possible without restricting limb freedom of motion when not in use. A rubberized corner tab on each cover allows for easy location by touch in low light, as well helping to stiffen the flap so that it does not cause unwanted noise or flap unnecessarily when running or climbing.
The EPS utilizes a one-hand operable pull-strap and ratchet release and requires very little hand or arm strength or even focus to operate. A red reinforced polymer D-ring is attached to the end of a double reinforced Ballistic Nylon strap which acts as the backbone of the EPS. Upon pulling on the strap a tapering piece of flexible polymer attached to the underside of the strap coils around itself forcing the inner strap inwards. The use of a sliding ramp piece multiplies the straps thickness and quickly subdues blood loss without requiring excessive force or pull length. Because it is easily operated with a single hand, the device requires less focus on the behalf of the injured party or his squad mates. A ratcheting system with release bar prevents unintended release of the tourniquet after deployment until needed by surgical personnel, but may be undone in an instant with either hand by depressing the release lever with ones thumb.
Wraith Combat Jacket
The Combat Jacket of the Wraith Combat Field Uniform is designed to provide the best performance and comfort in multiple environments and climates. Its distinctive appearance was chosen to provide a smooth, snag free interface for use with over-fitting load bearing vests, plate carriers, combat packs and other items without interfering with the wearers equipment or balance. A mid length Mandarin collar is designed to be worn up at all times with reinforced areas to either side of the neck for rank insignia to be attached. A full-length fire resistant nomex zipper with pull cord sits hidden beneath a stiffly reinforced zipper cover to prevent any unwanted reflections or abrasion against an outer vest. Two Napolean-style pockets are found on either side of the chest, which are accessible while wearing an LBV or while prone, a pair of Nomex high performance zippers hold their pockets contents in place and closed off from environmental conditions. The smooth plain woven front and sides are designed to be wrinkle resistant and provide not only provide a professional appearance but also not get in the way of user, The Jacket widens slightly at the base to allow for a full range of motion and user comfort.
Though they give a distinctive look, the shoulders of the jacket are primarily designed with function in mind. The shoulders are reinforced to better redistribute the weight of an outer vest or plate carrier along the shoulder and collarbone in order to decrease wearer fatigue. Underneath the stiffened shoulder sections, a mesh covered opening allows for continuous indirect ventilation of the upper back and underarms even when fully laden with plate carrier and pack. This indirect ventilation decreases visible hot spots while keeping the wearer cool in hot climates, In cold or temperate climates an insulating pad can be inserted into the small gap to prevent heat loss or for added weight distribution. Inward facing ridges on the inner layer of fabric of the jacket along the center chest, under arms, collar, and shoulders prevents the cloth from binding or wrinkling and improves airflow over and through these crucial thermoregulating areas by means of the stand off provided by the ridges. This increased airflow improves wearer comfort and sweat control without compromising the materials protective capabilities.
A four by five inch Hook and Loop section is attached to the upper portion of each arm for unit designation and other identifying patches. A small pocket rests behind the Hook and Loop section and opens at the top each contains two separated pen pockets for easy access by left or right handed users as well as a central pocket for small item storage. A small inner pocket is sewn into the inner layer over the heart for carrying personal items such as a billfold, currency, or other items. A nomex zipper runs the inside length of each forearm to allow for the the unzipped forearm section to be rolled up and out of the way effectively allowing the user to convert the jacket to a short sleeved version in hot or humid environments. Conversely in colder climates the cuff can be folded out to form a 'half-mit' with thumb hole providing some protection from the cold, and improving heat retention when wearing gloves over the half-mit. The elbow is reinforced and contains a zipper closed pocket to allow the insertion of an elbow pad, but otherwise simply reinforces this high strain area, The wrist can be adjusted to fit with a button closed strap to keep the elements outside the jacket, where they belong.
Wraith Combat Undershirt
The Combat Undershirt was designed to be lightweight and comfortable regardless of climate or activity by helping keep the wearer, cool, and dry. The undershirt is produced from a simplified version of the inner layer of the Combat Field Jacket and Combat Field Pants, since it does not require the same thermal signature control as the rest of the uniform less AMF fiber is used, and a higher volume of wool is allowed. The Combat Undershirt is produced of a Merino Wool, blend but with only twenty percent composed of the Advanced Metalized Fiber. The increased volume of wool improves breathability, while retaining enough of the silver bonded polyester to speed up the natural sweat wicking ability of wool, while still preventing odor caused by bacteria, and preventing hot spots on the wearer.
High perspiration areas such as the upper back, and underarms are covered by a dense mesh material that allows for maximum air flow and ventilation to keep the wearer cool whether worn with the Field Jacket, or alone underneath a plate or load bearing vest. A flap covered third length zipper, allows for easy removal or for extra ventilation of the upper chest depending on climate. As on the Field jacket, the nylon zipper is effectively silent and low profile, reducing abrasion and wear when worn under other layers of clothing or gear. Base colors are available in Olive Drab, Tan, or Gray, and can be printed in any of the AMPAT camouflage patterns as required.
The Combat undershirt is available in short or long sleeved versions allowing the user to choose their comfort level depending on climate or personal choice. The front section of the upper chest and collar are reinforced with an heavy duty stitching so as to prevent collar droop and improve the shirts durability and user comfort when worn directly under armor. An absolute minimum of seams as was used, removing traditional shoulder and side seams reduces wear and prevents chafing. Those seams that are required are flat double-stitched seams for maximum strength, combined with a multi-vector stretchable fabric weave means that that regardless of activity the Combat undershirt will endure most abuse and serve for years to come.
Wraith Combat Pants
Designed for maximum battlefield mobility and durability the reinforced pants of the Wraith Combat Field Uniform are overbuilt for durability while climbing, marching or engaging the enemy in hostile environments. Boot cut, with a loose fitting thigh, the Combat field pants are designed to endure the harsh reality of combat in unforgiving terrain, while padded edges and reinforced seams improve user comfort and durability in their day to day functions. Constructed of the same materials as the Combat Field Jacket, the matching Combat Field Pants sacrifice a the number of pockets for the sake of mobility and access while still providing all the benefits of the advanced material used in its construction.
Wide-cut hip and thigh cargo pockets provide a decent level of cargo capacity without getting in the way of the user. The thigh cargo pockets are shifted slightly rearward of the pant leg compared to the traditional center front position to prevent their contents from getting underneath the thigh when going prone and potentially causing discomfort or injury. Both Hip and thigh pockets are closed with a Nomex snag-free zipper and can be easily accessed from any position, while still providing maximum retention regardless of position. Cinch-able pant leg cuffs allow the user to choose between keeping the elements out or extra ventilation depending on the climate. The pant seams are fully reinforced and designed to stretch strategically for maximum flexibility without compromising durability. A fully gusseted crotch and soft inner layer along the inside thigh area prevents chaffing and wicks away sweat.
Over-sized double stitched belt loops are provided for a pistol or webbing belt with enough room for easy insertion and removal. Internal fabric covered metal clips provide a secure attachment point for a pair of suspenders for added retention and weight bearing capabilities. An adjustable internal belt allows for personal fitting adjustment during service as dietary and activity levels can shift from deployment to deployment. Like the elbows of the Combat Field Jacket, the Knees are both reinforced and designed with a built in pocket for use with a knee pad of choice. Though not containing a pocket for an additional pad, the entire shin area is similarly reinforced for durability and to protect the wearer while climbing or kneeling. The added rigidity of a shin pad was found to reduce user mobility and added what was deemed as unnecessary weight.
Designed with the durability necessary to survive on the modern battlefield, the Wraith is a complete system that provides concealment, functionality and protection for the elements. At home on the battlefield as it is around base the Wraith Combat Field Uniform is ready to serve wherever it is needed. Utilizing separately proven technologies in a new way, it combines both high-tech and reliable features into something not yet seen on the modern battlefield.
The Wraith Undergarment was designed to compliment the Combat Undershirt while providing secondary protection of the sensitive and vital groin area. The Wraith Undergarment is produced of a Merino Wool blend, but with only twenty percent composed of the Advanced Metalized Fiber. The increased volume of wool improves breathability, while retaining enough of the silver bonded polyester to speed up the natural sweat wicking ability of wool, while still preventing odor caused by bacteria, and preventing hot spots on the wearer. This comfortable flame resistant mix of wool and advanced textiles is further reinforced on the front and rear inner panel with Dyneema fiber to provide additional fragment and penetration protection for the user.
The groin contains both the femoral arteries and sensitive reproductive organs, for both men and women any penetration or laceration in this area can be devastating to the soldier. Though the provided Dyneema fibers could not stop a bullet they do supplement the wearers existing armor and provide another layer of protection against minor high velocity fragments and close combat lacerations. In order to increase garment durability and user comfort, the absolute minimum of seams were used, removing several traditional undergarment seems for larger monolithic panels, with strategically located seams to prevents chafing. Those seams that are required are flat double stitched seams for maximum strength.
Traditionally the Wraith Undergarment is knee length for better temperature flexibility in temperate climates but more traditional ‘boxer’ length versions can be provided on request. Both Knee-length and boxer length versions do not have a fly in order to provide maximum protection to the groin. Though some seams and measurements vary between the male & female versions of the Wraith Undergarment, the statistics and price are effectively equivalent. Base colours are available in Olive Drab, Tan, or Gray.
Beyond developing a Standardized Uniform System ARGUS felt that without protection of the face, head and neck, all the work done to protect the infantryman may be worthless in the event that the uniforms fire proof nature was tested. The Wraith Balaclava is a simple hinged design in order to allow for multiple wearing options. It can be worn with full facial coverage with only the eyes exposed, or as a half mask covering only the lower half of the face for use as a improvised filter mask. Pulled all the way down it works well as a neck guard or smock to help keep the users neck warm, yet remain instantly ready to be pulled up over the head in case of an emergency.
Constructed of the same material as the outer shell of the Combat Field Jacket the Wraith Balaclava provides the same no-burn/no melt/no-drip protection as the rest of the Wraith system. With flat double stitched seams to reduce user irritation and article wear when worn under a helmet or simply worn against the skin for long periods of time. The Kermel/Viscose fabric blend is roller brushed to improve its comfort when worn close to the skin making it it far less stiff than the Outer Shell on the Combat Field Jacket. The inclusion of Advanced Metalized Fibers further improve the Balaclava’s battlefield performance. Beyond further helping hide the operators IR signature, as well as reducing the effectiveness of bacteriological threats common on the modern battlefield.
An extended bib provides protection of the lower neck and upper chest, and when tucked into the outer field jacket provides whole upper body protection from flame, molten metal splash, and other fire threats. Due to the finishing method used to improve the balaclavas user comfort, camouflage patterns loose some of their definition when printed on the balaclava. As such, though camouflage is still an ordering option, solid colors are a more practical choice, and have been provided in various colors for any climate or theater. Though providing superior comfort; wicking properties of the material are excellent due to the Advanced Metalized Fibers, and though water retention is equal to or better than that of cotton, it dries over three times faster. The combined features of comfort, concealability and protection from both the elements and fire make the Wraith Balaclava an excellent addition to the Wraith Combat Field Uniform System.