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Army Combat Clothing and Equipment Survey System (ACCESS) for the Canadian Disruptive Pattern (CADPAT) User Trial

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Technical Report

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HumanSyslems Inc Guelph, ON Canada

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A new Army camouflage pattern, known as the Canadian Disruptive Pattern CADPAT has been developed after years of computer based testing development. The Clothe the Soldier project will incorporate the new camouflage pattern in the initial production of some of its items. To obtain user feedback, five CADPAT items combat shirt, combat trousers, T-shirt, rainsuit, and wide brimmed combat hat were developed and distributed to soldiers for the purposes of a User trial. Several design changes were incorporated into the trial garments. It was determined that the Army Combat Clothing and Equipment Survey System ACCESS would be used to gather feedback and information regarding the CADPAT clothing. This feedback would be used to determine which changes would be included in the final production. The primary aim of this project was to obtain feedback on washability, wearability, and durability of the CADPAT print on the textiles used in five CADPAT items. These included combat shirts, combat trousers, T-shirts, rainsuits, and wide-brimmed combat hats. The secondary aim of the project was to obtain feedback on the specific design feature changes incorporated in the CADPAT uniform. Feedback included individual acceptability of each design change, and acceptability as part of the total uniform.

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