MASSIF IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GORE® MILITARY FABRICS INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY NEW MASSIF® BATTLESHIELD™ AND BATTLESHIELD X™ FLAME RESISTANT FABRICS


Massif® Battleshield™ and Massif Battleshield X™
Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Innovative FR nylon-face fabric provides all the benefits of the best water resistant outdoor fabrics while meeting the ASTM F2302/ASTM D6413 standard for flame resistance

ELKTON, MD, JANUARY 15, 2013 – – Massif, in partnership with the Military Fabrics Division of W. L. Gore & Associates, announces the commercial introduction of Massif® Battleshield™ and Massif Battleshield X™ fabrics, two revolutionary new nylon-faced, flame resistant, water resistant laminates for the military and tactical markets. Nylon garments have a long history of field-proven outdoor performance, yet have never before provided adequate flame resistance. Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X fabrics offer a shift in FR protection by combining filament nylon-faced laminates with exceptional FR protection.

Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X fabrics provide excellent durability, water resistance, breathability, flame protection, stretch, and warmth-to-weight ratio. There is simply nothing like the Battleshield fabrics on the market; they perform as well as other non-FR outdoor fabric in the industry and provide exceptional flame protection.

Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X feature GORE® FR stretch technology, which dramatically increases breathability while simultaneously improving water repellency and water entry pressure. The result is an extremely durable, highly breathable fabric with a superior warmth-to-weight ratio that is very water resistant and fully flame resistant.

“Gore has played a pivotal role in providing best in class durable, breathable and environmentally protective products to the U.S. military,” says Mark Miller, Product Specialist at Gore. “We are excited to be working with Massif and bringing this product line to the warfighting community. Unlike any other flame-resistant, water resistant softshell fabrics, Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X fabrics featuring GORE® FR stretch technology compete with the very best technical performance softshell fabrics on the market today.”

Over the past year, every branch of the United States military has been evaluating either Massif Battleshield or Battleshield X fabrics. “We’re getting some very exciting feedback from our military partners,” said Dave Bywater, Vice President of Government Sales at Massif. “It’s gratifying to be able to provide garments and fabrics that increase comfort and durability, improve life cycle costs, and provide the best flash-fire protection possible for our soldiers.”

Some of the key benefits of Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics are:

BREATHABILITY/COMFORT – With unsurpassed breathability, Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics can dramatically increase the warfighter’s overall comfort. In high-activity situations Massif’s unique fabrics, in combination with Gore’s breathable, stretch membrane, reduce overheating and chilling from moisture retention and reduces user fatigue, ultimately keeping soldiers dryer, safer, and more effective in a wider range of situations and temperatures.

DURABILITY – The nylon face fabric of Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics provide superior durability when compared to traditional FR fabrics on the market today. In fact, for its weight, Battleshield is likely the most durable FR fabric on the market today. This extreme durability can significantly reduce life cycle costs as compared to other FR materials.

WEATHER PROTECTION/WATER RESISTANCE – Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics provide exceptional water resistance by combining Gore’s breathable, stretch membrane with a technically superior face fabric that will not absorb or retain water as with conventional cellulosic-based fabrics.

STRETCH/FUNCTIONALITY – With multidirectional stretch, a key feature of any high- quality outdoor garment, Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics offer excellent mobility and comfort.

FLAME RESISTANCE/BURN PROTECTION – These truly revolutionary synthetic fabrics have all of the benefits of high-quality outdoor softshell fabrics while meeting the stringent requirements of ASTM F2302/ASTM D6413 and showing extremely low Burn Injury Prediction when tested on a manikin per ASTM F1930.

Massif will begin using Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics in its Massif® Elements™ Tactical Jacket. Plans for using these fabrics in US military and tactical garments are underway.

For more information about Massif® Battleshield™ and Battleshield X™ fabrics with GORE® FR Stretch Technology, stop by Massif’s booth (#26003) at The 2013 SHOT Show.

About Massif Mountain Gear Company, LLC

Massif has been a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-performance flame resistant fabrics and garments for the military and tactical markets since 1999. Perhaps best known for the Massif Army Combat Shirt and the Massif Elements Jacket and Pant in the Army’s Flame Resistant Environmental Ensemble (FREE) Program, Massif has more than 4 million garments in the field protecting soldiers. Massif is based in Ashland, Oregon.

About W. L. Gore & Associates

Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore employs approximately 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at gore.com.

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GORE-TEX, GORE, and design are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates

GORE-TEX® EXTENDED COMFORT TECHNOLOGY NOW AVAILABLE


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

ELKTON, MD, JANUARY 10, 2013 – – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has announced that its most advanced comfort technology is now available in tactical military and law enforcement footwear. Originally engineered for military use in desert and jungle climates, GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear provides excellent breathability that is equal to or higher than non-waterproof footwear. These boots help keep feet cool for extended missions, making them the ideal all-season boot for patrol and tactical officers in most regions of North America as well as military personnel stationed in warm to temperate climates.

GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear enables military and law enforcement professionals to have a single pair of boots for the widest range of climates. Like all GORE-TEX® products, this new technology delivers durable protection from exposure to rain and inclement weather while allowing moisture vapor to escape from the boot, which helps keep feet dry and more comfortable. Engineered specifically to maximize breathability and comfort, the unique single-wall construction of GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear eliminates the need for extra lining, making the footwear a more lightweight alternative. Testing has shown that these new boots retained 90 percent less water than comparable boots, and they dry out faster, further reducing boot weight.

Available in desert tan and black from the Belleville Boot Company, Propper International, Reebok, and Shoe Technology Company (STC), GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear provides protection outside in challenging conditions and comfort inside the station, vehicle, or garrison. According to Bill Candy, North American footwear product specialist, Gore is currently working with these manufacturers to meet the changing needs of military and law enforcement professionals. Candy explains, “These professionals like the support and protection provided by tactical boots, but they can get very warm in the summer seasons. We developed the extended comfort technology to provide a lightweight solution that is more comfortable so the boots can be worn all day long and all year long, regardless of the weather.” For more information about GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear, stop by Gore’s booth (#10370) at The 2013 SHOT Show, or visit www.GoreMilitary.com.

Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore employs approximately 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at gore.com.

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GORE-TEX, GORE, and design are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates