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« on: September 06, 2012, 12:53:15 pm »

I have finally tired of the sellers on e-bay being rather flexible with their sizing listings and went in search of the
corresponding sizes for each NSN for Pattern 68 trousers and smocks. Here is a definitive list of the actual sizes that
go with the 1-9 sizing system that was used before the UK switched to the metric measurements.
Trousers
Size 1 - Height: 5ft 3in to 5ft6in Waist: 28in- 30in (inseam 30in)
Size 2 - Height: 5ft3in to 5ft6in Waist: 31in- 33in (inseam 30in)
Size 3 - Height: 5ft3in to 5ft6in Waist: 34in- 37in (inseam 30in)

Size 4 - Height: 5ft7in to 5ft10in Waist: 28in- 30in (inseam 32.5in)
Size 5 - Height: 5ft7in to 5ft10in Waist: 31in- 33in (inseam 32.5in)
Size 6 - Height: 5ft7in to 5ft10in Waist: 34in- 37 (inseam 32.5in)

Size 7 - Height: 5ft11in to 6ft2in Waist: 30in- 32in (inseam 34.5)
Size 8 - Height: 5ft11in to 6ft2in Waist: 33in- 36in (inseam 34.5)
Size 9 - Height: 5ft11in to 6ft2in Waist: 37in- 40in (inseam 34.5)

Smock
Size 1 - Height: 5ft3in to 5ft6in Chest: 34in-36
Size 2 - Height: 5ft3in to 5ft6in Chest: 37in-39in
Size 3 - Height: 5ft3in to 5ft6in Chest: 40in-43in

Size 4 - Height: 5ft7in to 5ft10in Chest: 34in-36in
Size 5 - Height: 5ft7in to 5ft10in Chest: 37in-39in
Size 6 - Height: 5ft7in to 5ft10in Chest: 40in-43in

Size 7 - Height: 5ft11in to 6ft2in Chest: 36in-38in
Size 8 - Height: 5ft11in to 6ft2in Chest: 39in-42in
Size 9 - Height: 5ft11in to 6ft2in Chest: 43in-46in (closer to 48in)


For the NATO metric sizing your first step is to get your measurements in centimeters.  If you are metric conversant
you can measure directly in centimeters.  If you do not have a measuring tape you can simply convert inches to
centimeters to discover your UK sizing, or you could fiddle around with the whizz bang formula designed to convert
your sizes every time you want to buy something.  Just knowing your size in centimeters is way less time consuming.
Two other sizing systems followed the imperial system used for the Pattern 66/68.  These are less obscure to
comply with NATO rules that the British sizing systems mean something to other NATO members.

The first crack at the metric system produced 8-digit size numbers that look like this: 7080/9505

7585/9505
First part refers to the range covered for length.  This refers to a length range of 175cm-185cm.

7585/9505
The second part of the label refers to circumference i.e. your waist or chest size. So size range is 95cm  - 105cm.
 The second standard metric sizing system changed the format and introduced a new measurement for the seat of
the trousers. The new system looks like this.

Trousers
84/80/100, measurements are still listed as centimeters.  This format is read Leg/Waist/Seat.  So this set of trousers
has an inseam of 84cm, a waist of 80cm and a seat of 100cm.

Jacket
180/90 So this would fit someone of 180cm height with a 90cm chest.  Simple!

The exciting part comes with you order from US surplus stores that refuse to give metric sizes and instead vaguely
refer to uniforms as Small, Medium, Large, etc.  Often this is a way to mix an item of the smallest/shortest of two
ranges with a mid-size of the next range up.  In other words only one of the two things you ordered are in the size
range you actually hoped for.  Sportsmans Guide is the main culprit of this.  Knowing your correct sizing will be more
helpful when ordering from the UK or Ebay where they actually use the metric sizing.
Hassayampa has some great conversion charts to help you avoid doing math, including the 8-digit NATO ranges.
http://www.hassayampasurplus.com/Sizing.html

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 07:53:01 am »

British body armour sizing:
XS = 34"-36"
Small = 38"-40"
Medium= 40"-42"
Large = 42"-44"
XL = 44"-46"
XXL = 46"-48"
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