A Validation Study of the Converged Design CF Rainsuit


  1. Ho, G.W.
  2. Dyck, W.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Directorate of Land Requirements (DLR), and the Directorate of Air Requirements (DAR), within the Department of National Defence have mutually consented on a converged Canadian Forces (CF) rain suit design. In order to better understand the impact of these shared design features and rain suit fabric on Land Force (LF) operations, DLR has expressed a requirement to assess the acceptability of the new rain suit. Defence Research and Development Canada Toronto (DRDC Toronto), and the Land Force Trials and Evaluation Unit (LFTEU) were jointly tasked to design and carry out a field trial to validate the converged design. A questionnaire developed using the Repertory Grid technique, was administered to twentyfour non-commissioned members of the CF, who were instructed to wear two of the four different versions of the proposed converged rain suits alternately during their normal duties throughout a period of two months. Analysis of data acquired through questionnaires and focus groups at the conclusion of the trial period, showed that the overall design feature specification is acceptable to put into service as it stands.

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Converged design CF rain suit;CADPAT;Rain suit;Raincoat;Rain jacket;Rain pants;Gortex;Stedair;Laminated fabric
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2004-216 — Technical Report
Date of publication
10 Dec 2004
Number of Pages
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