Gore’s Mission at SOFIC: Next Generation Tactical Uniforms and Chem/Bio Protective Outerwear 


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

At the 2017 SOFIC Conference and Exhibition in Tampa, Florida, USA, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. showcased a new generation of high tech, tactical uniforms and protective clothing developed to support Special Operations Forces Command personnel on missions around the globe.

From durable clothing designed to protect war fighters from a broad range of chemical and biological agents, to uniforms specially developed for extended wear in dry hot, hot humid and tropical environments, these products showcased are made from fabrics enhanced with Gore’s ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) technologies.

You can learn more through this story on Soldier Systems.

SOFIC, which is formally known as the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, took place May 16-18 at the Tampa Convention Center. You can learn more about the show at  SOFIC 2017.

Product details can be viewed at Gore Tactical Uniforms & Chem/Bio Outerwear.

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Hot Off the Show Floor at Quad-A


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Last week W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore)  featured products from GORE® Military FabricsGORE™ SKFYLEX™ Aerospace Materials and GORE®Cables and Materials at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN.

At Booth 1045, Gore exhibited their extensive collection of high-performance technical solutions that incorporate the latest materials science — ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) — to meet the military’s complex functional needs and rigorous industry requirements.

From Military Fabrics, this included the Fire-Resistant Environmental Ensemble, also known as FREE, which provides fire protection and breathable comfort in extreme weather. FREE has been engineered with specialized flame-retardant and antistatic properties. This lightweight Fire-Resistant Environmental Ensemble withstands the heat and flame threats that soldiers may encounter in combat vehicles and on aviation missions.

We also showcased the Massif® Battleshield™ and Battleshield X™ collection of clothing products and accessories made with GORE® FR Stretch Technology. Massif delivers lightweight, highly breathable, durable tactical garments with enhanced flash-fire protection in a soft and comfortable form. Massif® also combines breathability with protection from wind and light rain exposure.

Also on display was Gore’s portfolio of durable GORE® Cables and Materials engineered to perform reliably now and over time. Products highlighted included small, lightweight high data rate cables; no-cure, lightweight GORE™ SKFYLEX™ Aerospace Materials; and excellent shielding materials.

Extreme Protection from Flame and Cold


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More and more W. L. Gore and Associates brand partners in the US and abroad have begun incorporating GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology into outerwear for war fighters. This includes European brands developing high tech, insulated outerwear for missions in extremely cold settings.

A recent example is Carinthia, an Austrian military gear brand. At this year’s International Weapons Exhibition (IWA) in Germany, Carinthia introduced a cold weather garment featuring GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology.

Carinthia is well known for high-performing cold weather clothing, sleep systems and shelters, and the new PYRAD® jacket introduced at IWA is geared toward military and tactical markets in the European Union. In addition to leveraging GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology’s revolutionary self-extinguishing properties, the jacket is cold and wind resistant to -30°F and supports dangerous missions in higher elevations and extreme cold conditions.

When laminated to nylon, polyester, and other fabrics, self-extinguishing GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology provides exceptional protection against heat and fire by balancing flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability. This is key, as militaries around the globe are increasingly looking for textile technologies that meet both FR and no melt, no drip requirements while allowing the fabric to still insulate, wick and breathe.

You can learn more about GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology and Carinthia at the links below.

Soldier Systems article

Carinthia website

GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology

Gore Ushers in Fabrics for all Seasons


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates
Outdoor Research Infiltrator Jacket and Pant Click here to view video

Outdoor Research Infiltrator Jacket and Pant
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At trade shows this year, W. L. Gore & Associates brand partners will introduce next-generation military gear engineered to support mission success in even the most extreme weather conditions. All are made from new Gore fabric technologies designed for mission success in both cold and hot climates.

This is a significant development in the world of military gear, given predictions that more and more military missions will take place in artic and tropical settings.

A recent example is the SHOT show, which took place January 23-27 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Here brand partners Outdoor Research and Arc-teryx LEAF introduced new gear developed for mission support in very cold and very hot climates.

Cold Weather Glove

Outdoor Research Cold Weather Glove

Created in partnership with Gore, the lightweight Outdoor Research MultiCam Infiltrator Jacket and Pants feature GORE-TEX® Fabric with stretch technology. This new, lightweight fabric provides durable protection from cold while allowing for close-fitting, functional stretch that doesn’t constrict movement. The jacket and pants can be worn under body armor or as an outer layer. Outdoor Research has also introduced extreme cold weather gloves made from GORE-TEX® Fabric.

Arc-Teryx Reece Shirt LT

Arc-Teryx Recce Shirt LT

Another new Gore fabric technology introduced this year is GORE® Katana Fabric, a breakthrough innovation developed to support mission success in hot-humid and hot-arid climates. At SHOT, Arc-teryx LEAF introduced the new Recce Shirt LT, a lightweight no-melt, no-drip, GORE® Katana Fabric-based combat shirt engineered to be worn by war fighters conducting special reconnaissance tasks in hot weather and jungle environments.

GORE® Katana Fabric is made from a blend of nylon, cotton and ePTFE. It’s highly durable, but designed to breathe and dry fast, which helps prevent heat exhaustion and chafing. Katana is also ideal for general mission wear in temperate climates.

Arc-teryx Cold WX Jacket SV made from Windstopper

Arc-teryx Cold WX Jacket SV made from WINDSTOPPER

This year, Arc-teryx LEAF also introduced their new Cold WX Jacket SV pants and jacket developed with Gore’s WINDSTOPPER® fabric technology.

WINDSTOPPER® fabrics utilize an ultralight inner membrane technology that combines total wind-proofness with maximum breathability. WINDSTOPPER® is engineered for wear in a wide range activities and weather conditions, making it easier to work longer in extreme cold conditions.

Early response to these new Gore technologies has been very positive. These and other new Gore fabric innovations will be on display at trade shows throughout the year, including Quad-A, SOFIC and LANPAC, which are all coming up soon in April and May.

So stay tuned.

Meanwhile, you can learn about Gore’s innovative new military fabric technologies through the links below.

GORE-TEX Fabric with Stretch Technology

GORE Katana Fabric Technical Sheet

 

 

Extended Comfort: Tested for Proven Performance on a Global Scale


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extendedcomfort-fieldtestedEven before the introduction last year of W. L. Gore’s Extended Comfort product line, the scientists at Gore knew this specially-engineered line of lightweight, highly breathable, durably waterproof boots could outperform any other military boot on the market worn in hot-dry or hot-humid climates. 

And recent full-scale user tests conducted by Gore’s Military Fabrics division in Germany prove that GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort footwear provides unparalleled comfort and mission support in those environments. Details about the tests were recently reported in Soldier Systems (see link below). 

The trials, which took place over a 16-week period from July to November 2016, were conducted by Gore in coordination with footwear partner Meindl and market research agency HYVE. During this time the boots were worn by 48 soldiers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria wearing Meindl’s Equator Alpha. The majority of the trial participants wore the boots for more than six hours per day in a variety of terrains, as well as in standing water and other liquids, while engaged in activities such as marching, combat training, shooting and working indoors. 

The tests took place in Central Europe, Africa, Afghanistan, the Near East and Kosovo. 

Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. One commented that the boots are “ideal for their intended use,” and provide “high comfort factor and breathability.” The majority of the participants reported that they sweated far less in the Extended Comfort trial boots than in boots they had worn in the past. This was near-unanimous from war fighters stationed in extremely hot climates. In fact, 75% reported that the boots provided a comfortable, dry environment even up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Test participants were also equally favorable about the boot’s waterproofness and protective qualities when exposed to chemicals or sewage.
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The Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear line was developed for war fighters on maneuvers that involved a lighter load and for combat in urban environments. The boot’s GORE-TEX® laminate interior delivers exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics, which prevents feet from overheating.

At the end of the trial and after several months of wear, more than two thirds of the participants said they would recommend the boot, especially in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. In addition, 91 percent were favorably impressed by the weight of the boot, particularly when compared to footwear they had worn in the past.

You can learn more at the links below:

Jane’s cites GORE® CHEMPAK® for outerwear protection in extreme environments


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Extreme conditions call for extreme measures, and according to a recent article in IHS Jane’s International Defence Review, W. L. Gore’s GORE® CHEMPAK® protective gear is a strategic protective outerwear alternative to the bulky, legacy charcoal-layer suits used in extreme settings where war fighters can be exposed to chemical and biological threats.

img_8489This includes Syria and northern Iraq where chemical and biological warfare has become commonplace. In an article titled “Extreme measures: land forces take cover from environmental challenges,” Jane’s looked at several new technologies designed to both protect war fighters and enhance performance in particularly difficult and perilous settings. (See PDF below).

This includes undersea operations as well as missions in arctic regions, mountainous areas and those where nuclear and chem/bio threats are possible or present.

GORE® CHEMPAK®, the article said, is a protective gear alternative for both conventional and non-conventional units, especially those on missions in hot climates.

GORE® CHEMPAK® fabrics provide protection against toxic chemicals and chemical warfare agents. At the same time GORE® CHEMPAK® allows operators to move freely and stay engaged longer with unencumbered movement and enhanced dexterity. GORE® CHEMPAK® can also be completely wet down, which draws out body heat and aids in cooling down the operator.

As the nature of war grows increasingly complex, planning for warfare in extreme conditions such as those described above is a growing objective for organizations such as the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Extreme conditions present a complex number of issues that compromise operational effectiveness and, as the Jane’s article cites, GORE® CHEMPAK® offers war fighters a competitive advantage as well as increased protection.

You can learn more by reading the article below from IHS Jane’s International Defence Review.

Article from Jane’s International Defence Review 08-Nov-2016

You can also learn more about GORE® CHEMPAK® below.

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Testing to the Extreme: Gore Unveils New State-of-the-Art Fire and Environment Simulation Labs


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

At Gore our scientists are continually inventing new materials that both protect war fighters in the field and make it possible for them to succeed at their missions, even in the harshest conditions. Testing is an essential and critical component of this process and to this end, Gore just unveiled two new advanced, state-of-the-art labs at our Elkton, Maryland headquarters, that simulate extreme conditions.

Our textile innovations provide a full bandwidth of characteristics – from materials that ensure warmth and protection from the extreme cold to ones that provide unmatched levels of fire resistance and retardancy against fire and flame — and the advance testing capabilities at our new labs allow us to accurately measure the capabilities of existing and new technologies.

gorepressevent-deckerenviro-600On November 17, we invited the world to our offices to unveil and demonstrate our new lab facilities. The response from writers around the world has been impressive, and you can read more below.

But in capsule – here’s the story:

Our new Environmental Chamber recreates the real-world environmental conditions found on the earth’s surface, from the most common to the most extreme. This includes accurately simulating the frigid conditions on Mt. Everest to the blazing sun and heat in Death Valley. The new Rain Tower simulates rainfall rates that range from drizzle to a heavy downpour.

According to Paul Canatella, technical leader for Gore’s Fabrics Division, “By creating real-world conditions in a lab environment we can scientifically measure and analyze the impact of a product on human perception.” In other words, this lab allows us to thoroughly test and evaluate how a product will function in the field, taking the guess-work out of the performance equation.

gorepressevent-hflabcal-600Our new Heat and Flame Protection lab allows Gore to precisely measure and analyze the ability of its products to provide three key elements of burn protection: flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability.

Key components of this lab include the new Cone Calorimeter, which enables Gore engineers to measure heat release characteristics of the fabrics used in finished garments. The fire lab also evaluates time-to-burn in low heat flux scenarios where a firefighter could experience sweat burns and has a Pyrolysis Combustion Flow calorimeter (PCFC)/Micro Combustion Calorimeter (MCC) that allows Gore to rapidly characterize heat release and fire-preventing char generation in the raw materials used to make our products.

Both labs provide a world-class setting for Gore to extensively test the effects of apparel, activity and environment on the human body, plus measure human performance, protection levels, breathability and comfort for the end user.

You can learn much more about the new labs here.

And read what others are saying below:

SGB Media

Popular Mechanics

Mountain Blog

Just-Style

 

 

Enhanced Cold Weather Comfort


Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX Jacket and Cold WX Pant
Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

There are missions where cold weather conditions can go to great extremes. In response, Arc’teryx has added a new cold weather jacket and pants to its LEAF line of cold weather outerwear that features GORE® WINDSTOPPER® technology.

Coldproof down to -40F, the new Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX Jacket and Cold WX Pant SV Multicam feature an advanced version of Gore’s iconic WINDSTOPPER® laminate called MN30p WINDSTOPPER® 2L. The earlier version of the Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX jacket and pant worked in conditions down to -04F.

Developed for Special Operations personnel, the GORE® WINDSTOPPER® laminate outer shell of the Arc’teryx LEAF Cold Weather jacket and pants is windproof, water-resistant and coldproof, yet highly breathable.

The materials behind the new LEAF Cold Weather ensemble include this new advanced version of GORE® WINDSTOPPER® in combination with two layers of Climashield insulation.

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabrics are constructed by laminating Gore’s special ePTFE membrane to a wide range of functional fabrics and have been designed to enhance performance in the field, despite bitter cold. During heavy exertion, human bodies can release over 4½ cups of perspiration in an hour. Only the most breathable fabrics can prevent overheating, which in the coldest conditions, will lead eventually to a war fighter becoming chilled.

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® is 2X more breathable than comparable windproof products, but offers the same level of breathability as comparable non-windproof products. The 1.4 billion micropores in every square inch of the WINDSTOPPER® membrane let water vapor escape virtually unhindered, even when a war fighter is working at maximum intensity.

The end result is soft, lightweight weather protection in one versatile and durable garment. GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabric also offers water-and snow-resistant capability with faster drying time.

To learn more about the new Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX Jacket and Cold WX Pant SV Multicam with advanced WINDSTOPPER® you can go to:

Arc’teryx

Soldier Systems

WINDSTOPPER®

 

GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ fabric at Modern Day Marine and AUSA


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Incredible Fit, Enthusiastic Response

This year at AUSA and Modern Day Marine, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) introduced the military community to GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ fabric, an amazing new fabric that fits perfectly without restricting movement, whether worn alone or over insulative layers.

It’s a major advancement, and a product that generated a lot of interest.

GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ fabric is designed to offer weatherproof protection with the added benefit of durable stretch and recovery.  A highly versatile material, GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ reduces the number of jackets a war fighter has to carry into a conflict zone.  It accommodates a wide variety of temperatures and conditions because it fits equally well alone or over insulative layers, thus removing the need to carry two or three jackets into battle. Durably waterproof and windproof, it’s also highly breathable. So it’s no surprise that GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ won strong reviews at both shows, as well as a great deal of press, including the story you can link to below in Soldiersystems.net

“GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ fabric is a new technology for military and consumer garment applications that is form fitting and enhanced freedom of movement.  The durable weather protection it offers ensures the user and under layers remain dry and comfortable by leveraging the GORE-TEX(R) brand promise of durable waterproof, windproof and breathable protection,” said Jason Rodriguez, marketing communications manager for Gore’s Military Fabric’s division.

“GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ is a great fabric advancement for the GORE-TEX® brand and generated a great deal of interest and excitement for both tactical and consumer applications during Modern Day Marine and AUSA.  We are certainly looking to work closely with the various military branches to determine how it can be integrated into various clothing systems.”

He added that GORE-TEX® FLEX2FIT™ also reduces noise signature.

Two brands that will begin selling jackets made from FLEX2FIT are Outdoor Research and Beyond Clothing.

Here’s what others are saying:

SoldierSystems.net – AUSA – FLEX2FIT™

Advanced Chemical and Biological Protective Clothing and FLEX2FIT™ Introduced at AUSA and Modern Day Marine


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

The W. L. Gore and Associates Military Fabrics team has been on the road the past few weeks, with trade shows at Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Virginia, and AUSA in Washington, DC.

At both we showcased our new portfolio of advanced chemical and biological (chem/bio) GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Fabric protective clothing, plus FLEX2FIT™, a new ePTFE-based fabric innovation that provides greater maneuverability, with less weight, than current outerwear worn by today’s war fighter. GORE® Katana fabric, designed to enhance mission success in hot and wet environments, was also on display.

img_8489All three were very well received and represent yet another new generation of advanced military fabrics products from Gore’s team of textile scientists.

“The reaction from the audience to these technologies was very positive,” said Jason Rodriguez, marketing communications for Gore’s Military Fabrics business. “The chem/bio portfolio offers a different — and advanced — level of protection compared to other products in the market. We also had several briefings, and the reaction to FLEX2FIT™ and that product’s durability under duress was equally positive. People are very intrigued by FLEX2FIT™ and its durably waterproof and form-fitting capabilities.”

The chem/bio protective wear featured at the events included the new CPCSU-2 Flex Fit garment and a stretch undergarment, both designed with GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Fabric. These new chem/bio innovations offer durable, broad protection and a reduction in thermal burden, while improving operational effectiveness.

Press reaction to the chem/bio portfolio, FLEX2FIT™ and GORE® Katana was very strong, and we have links below to videos and news stories generated at both shows.

Click below to see what others are saying.

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SoldierSystems.net – MDM – CHEMPAK®

SoldierSystems.net – AUSA – Overview

SoldierSystems.net – AUSA – FLEX2FIT™

KitUp! – AUSA – CHEMPAK®

Military.com – ASUA – CHEMPAK®

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