L4. RECON PARKA (CLAY)
Our Layer 4 (FIELD LAYER) Recon Parka is the first outerwear layer in the ECWCS that is worn for light wind and light rain protection. The main body is manufactured from luxury Scottish fabric which is 100% organic cotton treated with a dry wax finish. On the inside of the parka it is drop lined and seam taped making the Recon Parka waterproof.
This piece is inspired by a number of military archetype-style combat and field parkas including the M65 Fishtail.
- Designed and Made in Manchester
- Light wind and rain protection
- Manufactured from luxury Scottish fabric
- 100% organic cotton
- Dry wax finish for water repellency
- Seam taped and drop lined
FABRIC & CARE
How to re-wax waxed cotton: Waxed cotton has been engineered to weather the storms and keep you sheltered from the elements. It is the first performance fabric which has been trusted for generations and has truly withstood the test of time. Naturally, if you want something to last you have to care for it. In just a few easy steps you can re-wax your product. Not only will this make it aesthetically like new, it will also optimise its performance. Knowledge is power and as custodians of a waxed cotton legacy we are here to take you through a step by step guide on the do’s and dont’s.
Just like knowing to separate lights and darks clothes when washing (we have all been there…) or how not to shrink your other half’s favourite jumper in the tumble dryer (hands up who’s guilty…) we have all learnt the hard way that reading care instructions is important!
You will be thrilled to know traditional waxed cotton is low maintenance:
Do not use soap or detergents
Do not machine wash
Do not dry clean
Do not Iron
Do not Tumble Dry
Fabric built to last a lifetime
Wax cotton, cracks, creases and patinas, which is part of its beautiful character. The fabric tells the journey of the wearer through its gained vintage appearance. How charming is that?
The beauty of waxed cotton is its durability and longevity. The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable and unlike many alternatives, can be maintained by the end user.
Naturally through wear, wax gradually comes off the fabric. Depending on the usage you will start to notice some fading in areas revealing the original dyed shade of fabric (applying wax darkens the dyed shade). This is due to the wax rubbing against itself (i.e. underarm, inside sleeves, side of body) and from movement (i.e. at the elbows) these are need more regular attention maintenance.
We can offer wax tins available in 2 sizes; a 50ml tin and a 200ml tin. How often to re-wax your jacket will be down to how often you wear it, but we would usually recommend yearly.
All you will require a pan of hot water and a soft cloth or sponge:
Brush off any dirt or grit
Sponge down with cold water
Choose a warm room or outside on a hot day
Stand the tin of wax in hot water to soften the dressing
Work the dressing well into the garment using the cloth or sponge
Pay attention to seams, creases and dry patches
Rub in well, don’t paint it on
Do not use excess dressing
For a “factory” finish, blow evenly with a hairdryer
Hang the garment overnight in a warm place
You can follow the steps in the video: HERE
Pick your normal size.