Ghorka Mountain Suit

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Ghorka Mountain Suit

Post by blackwidow » 17 May 2012, 21:31

Since the temperature of BE in Sweden can be downright cool to cold at some times, if a player were to wear warm underclothing under his/her uniform, would the use of a Russian Ghorka Mountain Suit be good to use as an additional source of warmth for the player?

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Post by Obi-San » 18 May 2012, 09:35

Its Gorka actually :)
It protects from wind and small rain, and yes, it helps sustain temperature.
But membrain suits, like GoreTex, is much better
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Post by skinner » 18 May 2012, 09:42

Gorka is the canvas hard shell, it is windproof and to a certain extent waterproof but it's really hard to dry it out when it gets wet. Plus the temperature may also raise higher than 25C and you will then get roasted. There are a lot of modern lightweight and fast drying clothes that will retain warmth being worn under the regular uniform.

Usually ECWCS/PCU (or similar) Level 1 top and bottom are more than enough day and night, and for night missions you could add a Level 2 top for more warmth. Just don't put on cotton t-shirts, they retain perspiration and sweat instead of moisture wicking and you will definitely feel cold.

This is about protection from cold, as regards to the rain protection, a modern breathable hard shell/membrane works much better than Gorka. Alternatively, if you will be in C&C without going to field missions, you can bring a poncho - a compact and cost effective rain protection that is easier to doff when not needed.

Sorry for so many details, probably you know most of them, I just wanted to give a complete answer.
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Post by Trasher-HU » 18 May 2012, 19:05

As said, Gorkas are only good for windproofing and some wear/tearproofing (like branches, rocks ripping your clothing) because the heavy canvas material. It won't keep you warm and dry. You will be hot in the summer, cold in winter, and miserable in rain. :)

It has very limited practical use (I wear it only in spring/fall months) other than looking cool.
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Post by Rainer » 18 May 2012, 20:05

Low end ripstop and cotton/polyester uniforms are often non membran.

Mid end uniforms often have resin or other half technical coating at either outher and or inner. And have a tendensy the create moist inside when wearing.

High end Garments like gortex have a more sophisticated membran that will have both breathing and waterproofing capabilities.
Look for 10.000/5000.
This refers to the water columns for letting water inn and letting moist out. Waterproof/breathable
The number I front will always refer to the waterproof and 10.000 is like a high end gortex shell jacket.

But as for your question, always keep a dry thin wool sweater nearby.
I always have a great pleasure changing inner garment when I'm sweat,wet or cold.

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