The Massif® Clipper Windbreaker, the lightest jacket we’ve ever developed, balances a soldiers' need for extremely lightweight gear with a feature set that makes it exceptionally battle-ready. There are specific attributes—like comfort in extreme conditions essential to help soldiers do their job. We built a windbreaker that reconciles this need with necessary features in a lightweight and packable build. The Clipper represents mastery in the art of simplicity.
While changing layers can be a crucial method of maintaining safe moisture and temperature levels in extreme conditions, we know that removing a jacket isn’t always an option in many combat situations. We made subtle design choices to make the Clipper Windbreaker not only the lightest wind shell we’ve ever created but one so versatile you can put it on and keep it on throughout your mission. When you need to shed your outer layer, the Clipper folds up inside its pocket, and you can stuff it in your pack with ease.
We know how important being physically dynamic is to your mission, so we built the Clipper to move. We articulated the arms at a slight angle, making the Clipper comfortable in static situations, like holding a weapon for extended periods, or dynamic ones like bringing your arms up quickly. Further, understanding a soldier’s needs, we added thumb loops to help keep the windbreaker arms from riding up should they need to engage.
Since windbreakers have to be knit tightly enough to keep the wind out, they can collect body moisture on the inside and become sweat boxes. The Clipper manages potential moisture issues, while maintaining an extremely lightweight, through mesh vents built into the pockets. We designed sturdy interior pockets for holding essentials, allowing substantial removal of heat and moisture when the zippers are open.
The Clipper offers protection on two levels. We designed it to help soldiers keep their location hidden and protect them from the elements. The broader comfortable temperature range from the vents means soldiers can wear it without overheating for extended periods; they won’t have to make unnecessary movements by shedding a layer. This discretion is enhanced because the exterior material we built is significantly quieter when it rubs together than what the Clipper’s competitors use. The Clipper uses a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment to be highly water-resistant, which causes light rain to bead and fall off the jacket, making it double as a light rain jacket in a pinch.
Every feature we built into the Clipper was meant to cooperate with soldiers’ existing kit. The Clipper features an easy-to-use adjustable hem-chord drawstring that can be discreetly accessed through the pocket and works well with combat gloves. The hood has a one-handed cinch cord that is easy to use with gloves and was built into the back so you can wear it underneath a combat helmet.
The Clipper proves that lightweight does not mean light on features, and simple doesn’t have to mean ineffective. We are proud that the Clipper is the type of windbreaker that will support the mission without bogging soldiers down on their backs or in their packs and help them mitigate the elements regardless of what nature might throw their way. For more information, and to check out the Clipper Windbreaker, available in OCP and Black, visit our website. Massif.com