UF PRO first designed and built a cold weather clothing system for a military customer 12 years ago. Later on, they developed the first generation of their Delta OL system which was adopted by the German Special Forces. I sure wish we’d had this gear when we did Arctic Warfare training in Alaska at -50 degrees…
Having a former German Army Mountain Soldier as their head of R&D and product development, and building on their successful track record of equipping European Special Forces, UF PRO are making quite a name for themselves in the cold and extreme cold weather clothing arena. Have a look through their website and you’ll see that they have everything from very nice, and innovative, base-layers, through to mid-layers and outer garments. I can personally attest to the quality and performance of their gear too. I’ve been using several pieces of UF PRO’s cold weather gear for the past 3 years, and they’ve kept me warm and dry through the worst that New England winters can throw at me.
Their latest outer garment is the Delta OL 3.0 cold weather suit. It will be in stock on their website soon, but in the meantime they’ve provided an in-depth ‘sneak peek’.
Having comfortable warm clothing is essential when you are operating in extreme winter conditions – with or without a full load-out. The Delta OL 3.0 Jacket and Pants have been designed specifically to meet the needs of military and law enforcement operations in extreme winter conditions, providing excellent insulation as well as being windproof and water-repellent as well.
A combination of G-Loft and WINDSTOPPER® stops wind-chill and also keeps you warm and dry during heavy snowfall or light drizzle. The exceptional G-Loft thermal insulation is created out of hollow polyester fibres in a 3D structure. This creates a warming thermal insulating layer between you and and the cold, and the fibres keep their structure when wet too. Also, due to the so called “memory effect“, they always return to their original form, even after multiple washes and hard usage.
To keep your core warm and to give you extra mobility in the arm areas, the jacket has two grades of thermal insulation. In the torso area, it is lined with a 145 g/m² and in the sleeves with a 110 g/m² G-Loft insulation. Areas which are more prone to abrasion, like the elbows and the lower back area, are additionally reinforced with 500 Denier Cordura® fabric.
The jacket also has a total of 8 pockets, which allow you to stash most of the stuff you need within reach. Smaller items can be stowed away in one of the 4 sleeve pockets, while bulkier items can go in the big front pockets or the two inner pockets.
The Delta OL 3.0 Jacket has an anatomical cut that gives great freedom of movement, and also permits the easy wearing of additional gear, like plate carriers or chest rigs, over it as and when needed.
The Delta OL 3.0 Pants are one of the very few thermal insulation pants on the market which offer a non-baggy cut, allowing you amazing mobility without compromising thermal protection. Due to the special Flex/Zone construction and an integrated bi-elastic stretch panels in the upper front and back, these pants follow your moves but don’t compromise on thermal insulation protection.
Just like the jacket, the Delta OL 3.0 pants use G- Loft insulation and WINDSTOPPER® fabric to stop wind-chill and keep you warm and dry during heavy snowfall or light drizzle.
The pants feature an adjustable waist, long YKK® water repellent side zips, belt loops and detachable suspenders. They also feature two fleece-lined front pockets with YKK® water repellent zips, adjustable lower legs with boot hook, and Cordura® reinforcements in the knee and instep area.
If you need to be operating at peak level in the worst winter conditions, then the Delta OL 3.0 Jacket and Pant seem like the very tools for the job.
Find out more here.