It was naff in Norway. I mugged it off for most of it. I used Arktis Windproof trousers, and you don't use PCS trousers in Norway you get issued Windproof trousers similar to the DOM design. And the lightweight gore text jacket with pocket contents.
The PCS jacket felt pockets end up full of snow and melt and end up getting you soaked. Which is not good. The netting always rips and is poor quality and pointless.
In the jungle it's absolute turd as well. MTP doesn't work as well, and the chest pockets cause considerable difference in regulating body heat, compared to the old shirts. And the stupid Velcro on the sleeves affect you too. I was with The Naval Institute of medicine and it was proved that the forearms helped to aid in regulating body heat and by sticking those point Velcro sleeve pockets and padding, which no one uses, was crap.
I tend to not wear shirts in the field, At least not with Osprey. T shirt and jacket.
The arm sleeves are terrible. Pointless. And a pain for removing heavy Bergans and day sacks. Especially when some people insist on sticking stupid stuff in it, that you can't reach, especially wearing Osprey or a Bergen.
The stupid check pockets with Velcro, just crap.
The collar is naff. And the trouser cargo pockets at that stupid angle actually make it a small pocket and harder to use when kneeling, squatting or sitting. The old trousers were outstanding.
Give me the old MTP stuff/DPM any day. Hands down far superior. With my trusty Arctic Smock, just fantastic.
Anyway we have digressed.
DoE is AT not fieldcraft. Its pointless. And there's a lot cheaper stuff than Arc'teryx(which is hugely over priced mediocre kit) for cadets to use.
Buzz saws? And flares? It's DoE it's not a standing patrol in the foothills of Afghanistan.
They should have head torches and torches.
Civvie SAR patrols don't tend to use NVGs, only the Helos. IR, it's not combat. Light up that hill like Blackpool illuminations!