Clothing Sizes

The cheapest way to buy camouflage is to buy army surplus clothing. Armies being very fond of standards there is a set of standard clothing sizes know as NATO standard sizes. These can be a bit cryptic if you don’t know what you are looking at. However once you know what the numbers mean it can be much easier to search for cheap kit.

How to read NATO clothing sizes

NATO sizes are made of 5 or 6 digit numbers, separated by slashes, which represent metric measurements, in centimeters, for different parts of the body.

NATO Jackets & Shirt Sizes

With shirts (in British military speak shirts are called “Jackets”)  and jackets (in British military speak jackets are called “Smocks”), NATO sizes will be displayed as XXX/YY
Where:

  • XXX is your full height in centimetres. (Note: This is not the length of the shirt or jacket.)
  • YY is your chest size in centimetres.

NATO Trouser Sizes

Trousers sizes are written as XX/YY/ZZ
Where:

  • XX is your waist size in centimetres.
  • YY is your inner leg size in centimetres.
  • ZZ is your seat size in centimetres.

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Clothing size tables

NATO Jacket & Shirt Sizes

 UK Chest SizeHeight
NATO SizeCenti-metresInchesCenti-metresFeet & InchesSize
170/888835″- 37″1705’5″ – 5’9″Short
170/969638″- 40″1705’5″ – 5’9″Short
170/10410440″- 42″1705’5″ – 5’9″Short
170/11211244″-46″1705’5″ – 5’9″Short
180/888835″- 37″1805’10” – 6′Regular
180/969638″- 40″1805’10” – 6′Regular
180/10410440″- 42″1805’10” – 6′Regular
180/11211244″-46″1805’10” – 6′Regular
190/969638″- 40″1906′ – 6’8″Long
190/10410440″- 42″1906′ – 6’8″Long
190/11211244″-46″1906′ – 6’8″Long
190/12012046″- 48″1906′ – 6’8″Long

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NATO Trouser Sizes

 Inside Leg / Inseam
Waist SizeSeat Size
NATO SizeCenti-metresInchesCenti-metresInchesCenti-metresInchesSize
80/76/928031″- 33″7630"9236"Regular
80/80/968031″- 33″8032"9638"Regular
80/84/1008031″- 33″8433.6″10040"Regular
80/88/1048031″- 33″8835.2″10442"Regular
80/92/1088031″- 33″9236"10844"Regular
80/96/1128031″- 33″9638"11245"Regular
80/100/1168031″- 33″10040"11646.5"Regular
80/104/1208031″- 33″10442"12048"Regular
80/108/1248031″- 33″10844"12449"Regular
80/112/1288031″- 33″11246"12850.5"Regular
85/76/928533″- 36″7630"9236"Long
85/80/968533″- 36″8032"9638"Long
85/84/1008533″- 36″8433.6″10040"Long
85/88/1048533″- 36″8835.2″10442"Long
85/92/1088533″- 36″9236"10844"Long
85/96/1128533″- 36″9638"11245"Long
85/100/1168533″- 36″10040"11646.5"Long
85/104/1208533″- 36″10442"12048"Long
85/108/1248533″- 36″10844"12449"Long
85/112/1288533″- 36″11246"12850.5"Long

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Hat Sizes

Size RangeSize - InchesSize - Centi-metresHat Size (UK)Hat Size (US)
Extra Small20 1/4"526 3/86 1/2
Extra Small20 3/4"536 1/26 5/8
Small21 1/8"546 5/86 3/4
Small21 1/2"556 3/46 7/8
Medium21 7/8″566 7/87
Medium22 1/4″5777 1/8
Large22 5/8″587 1/87 1/4
Large23″597 1/47 3/8
X-Large23 1/2″607 3/87 1/2
X-Large23 7/8″617 1/27 5/8
XX-Large24 1/2″627 5/87 3/4
XX-Large24 5/8″637 3/47 7/8
XXX-Large25"647 7/88

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Boot Sizes

EuroUKUSInchesCenti-metres
395.569 1/4"23.5
39.566.59 1/2"24.1
406.579 5/8"24.4
40.577.59 3/4"24.8
417.589 15/16"25.45
41.588.510 1/8"25.7
428.5910 1/4"26
42.599.510 7/16"26.7
439.51010 9/16"27
43.51010.510 3/4"27.3
4410.51110 15/16"27.9
44.51111.511 1/8"28.3
4511.51211 1/4"28.6
45.51212.511 13/32"29
4612.51311 9/16"29.4
46.51313.511 23/32"29.8
4713.51411 7/8"30.2
47.51414.512 1/16"30.6
4814.51512 3/16"31
491515.512 3/8"31.4
49.515.51612 1/2"31.8
501616.512 11/16"32.2

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