The Swedish Army Snow Smock is a great windproof shell layer that I have used on trips up into the Arctic Circle.
It’s a great value smock – hard wearing, cheap and functional.
Having used this smock for some time, I thought that it could be improved.
So I set about making a few modifications to make it more user friendly.
I’ve listed out the improvements below and where appropriate I’ve explained why.
Changes To The Hood:
Drawcord. Here I have added an elasticated draw cord with wooden toggles that can be pulled when wearing gloves or mitts to tighten the hood around the face.
Volume reducer. A strap has been installed so that the size of the hood can be adjusted to suit different sizes of head-wear.
Fur ruff. The ruff adds great defence against extreme cold, it creates a bubble of warm air around the face. If you choose to use real fur then you’ll find it doesn’t hold moisture and freeze up like a synthetic version will. I’ve had this ruff made so that it is held in place with Velcro and can be removed for laundering.
Changes To The Body:
Waist draw cord. I have removed and replaced the original cotton tape with an elasticated cord and sprung loaded cord lock to make adjustment easier.
Hanging tab. The hanging tab sits on the outside so that the smock can be hung up from a tree when not being used. If the tab is on the inside, like conventional jackets, the hood sits open and will fill up with falling snow.
Epaulettes. I have removed the epaulettes from the shoulders. They were surplus to my needs so I took them off.
Toggle buttons on the pockets. I didn’t like the original buttons so I added some horn toggles that are easier to use with gloves on.
Changes To The Cuffs:
The original cuffs closed with buttons, like on a shirt cuff, and didn’t adjust wide enough to close over hand wear, only inside it.
I wanted the option to do both so I’ve added a new lower cuff section with Velcro tabs so that they can be closed to the desired size; tight to go inside hand wear and more open to seal up around the outside of head-wear if that’s preferred.
A Final Touch:
One final touch was the addition of some edging ribbon to the hem at the waist and cuffs. It’s purely decorative and is influenced by what I have seen pictured on smocks worn by native people.
Have you used the Swedish Army Snow Smock? Have you also made modifications? Or do you use a similar jacket? Let is know in the comments below.
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