This is a Type VII Desert BDU coat in the 3 Color Desert Pattern. The coat is in the same overall pattern as the Type VI BDU Coat, just in the desert camo. The coat is similar in cut and design to the Type III Hot Weather Coats, with a few updates. The sleeve cuff adjustments were widened, they are about twice as large as the Type I & III cuffs. The lower pockets are also now sewn flat on the inner and bottom edge. These are the pattern of coat that would be used throughout the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. The 50/50 NYCO Ripstop material has better durability than the previously used 100% Cotton Ripstop, but was still behind the 50/50 NYCO Twill used in the the Type I coats for overall service life. These are great coats for work or outdoor wear.
- USGI Type VII DBDU Coat, 3 Color Desert Pattern – The Type VII coat was of the same pattern and design as the Type VI coat in Woodland Camo, but in the 3 Color Desert pattern. Material used was 50/50 NYCO Ripstop for increased durability over the 100% Cotton Ripstop found in the Type III uniforms. The collar remained smaller and there are no waist adjustments. The lower pockets were also slightly changed. Now the inside and bottom edge of those pockets would be sewn flat, with the outside edge billowed. Sleeve cuffs were also widened, to about twice the width of previous types. Type VII coats would be produced and issued from 1995 to when individual service branches updated their uniform camos.
- 3 Color Desert Camo Pattern – Created in 1989 and issued from 1991 onwards. The 3 Color Desert Camo Pattern would be created as a result of the 6 Color Desert Camo Pattern was found to unsuitable for the terrain found in the Middle East. The camo pattern was designed to be functional in sandy and sparsely vegetated areas that are found in North Africa to Western Asia. The camo has a sand tan background with beige and earth tone waves throughout. The camo is commonly referred to as DCU or coffee stain camo. It was used across the US Military till individual service branches replaced it with modern camo patterns.
- Various Government Contractors – This item is manufactured for the US government by various contractors.
Country of Manufacture: USA – This product is manufactured in the USA.
Issue Type: USGI – These are genuine US government issued items made to military specification (mil-spec).