The newest issue CS95 kit is the Mk3 stuff - tougher, harder wearing and jolly good all round.
There never has and never will be anything called 'CS2000' - it is a pathetic way of selling more kit, as Paddy rightly states above.
However, the next load of kit is truly amazing and deserves to be called 'CS3000' as it is so terrific - massive smocks, huge hoods, enormous pockets, fully breathable etc etc. Seems odd to remember sometimes that my first issue combat jacket had to have its pockets folded and ironed flat and covered with starch to prevent them ballooning out - and now we've got these huge bellows dump pockets!
Btw the new Meindl combat boots are unbelievable as well.
I think soldier 2000 kit is (amongst other things) the green fleece as opposed to dpm and longer lasting material for trousers and shirts (no not the rip stop stuff) and I am sure various other odds and sods.
Darth, when is this new 'mk3' stuff coming into issue ?
Windrush i think your exactly right, The smock is an army fashion accesory. The point of having one is to make yourself look 'gucci' in front of all your mates in my opinion. I have never once seen one of the hoods being used.
Is it true they are going with an "urban" cam for the new issue? Heard a rumour about this and new NBC suits and respirators apparently too.
Just look at the Americans new grey uniform. I suppose its what they want in cities but as they also are going to wear it in ALL situ's (i.e. one cam to replace woodland, desert etc) then it will be pants as they stick out so much! Or did they imagine they will only patrol cities from now on?
If we are introducing an oversuit like the snowsuit or whatever for cam and fireproofing in cities then crack on but lets not go for the gay American way of one cam pattern for everything so you're equally obvious to the en in all environments