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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Extreme Protection from Flame and Cold


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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.

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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


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates
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:

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®

Finally – a Combat Uniform Fabric Designed for Hot Climates


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Not all combat uniform fabrics are created equal. The standard material used across the board in today’s US military is made from a 50/50 Nylon/Cotton (NYCO) blend that has great durability, but doesn’t dry quickly when wet. It also doesn’t breathe well in humid or arid hot environments.

Given potential (and current) conflicts brewing in both desert and tropical hot spots around the globe, the US military recently issued a development request asking the textile industry for a new fabric more suitable for those climates with superior durability as well as water resistance and low water pick-up.

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In response, the Military Fabrics business at W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) developed an innovative new fabric that incorporates ePTFE as a fiber. We call it GORE® Katana Fabric.

Introduced to global markets this spring, 2016, GORE® Katana Fabric is very different from any other product that Gore, to date, has made for the military and incorporates a long list of outstanding characteristics that support mission success in hot climates.

For starters, it’s hydrophobic, dries quickly, wicks and is supple yet is also highly durable. In summary, this fabric is designed to go where no other fabric has gone before.

GORE® Katana Fabric is another example of Gore’s commitment to developing fabric technologies that support mission success. We’re excited about the difference GORE® Katana Fabric can make for war fighters in the field and encourage you to learn more.

Click here to view the full GORE® Katana Fabric datasheet.

GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology: Lightweight and weatherproof with FR protection


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

In today’s combat landscape, clothing systems that incorporate fire retardant properties have become essential. At any given time, IED’s and other explosives can set off a destructive, fiery blast and managing this issue through conflicts in regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan has been very difficult.

Flame retardant (FR) treatments for textiles do exist, but many are also stiff, heavy and inhibit apparel breathability. As a result, it’s hard to maneuver, run or stay even moderately comfortable in many climates when wearing traditional clothing with FR protection. At the same time, combat apparel that does not have FR protection exposes war fighters to life threatening burns.

With these scenarios in mind, the scientists at W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) developed a new laminate called GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology that provides an advanced level of FR protection in military apparel combined with an unprecedented level of comfort.

In development for over five years and on the market for three, GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology is a laminate technology that can incorporate a waterproof, windproof, breathable GORE-TEX® membrane for increased protection against inclement weather.

GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology is actually self-extinguishing, and apparel made from this technology can minimize fire injury, while offering a high level of thermal protection per unit weight, as demonstrated in manikin flash fire test (ASTM F1903) and arc flash tests (ASTM F1959). The technology also enables products to self-extinguish even in the presence of residual compounds. Based on the end application, garments made with GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology can also be engineered with static dissipation properties to minimize the possibility of static discharge igniting flammable materials.

At the same time, GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology apparel products are light weight and drapable, plus breathable. During intense physical activities, garments made with the GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology laminate allow sweat evaporation, which reduces heat exhaustion. At the other end of the temperature spectrum, these garments do not hinder freedom of movement – even at very low temperatures.

Compared to traditional flame resistant technologies, GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology garments also have superior abrasion resistance and colorfastness, which enhance service life.

Foremost, GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology products can help save lives, and reduce or even prevent horrific burns. Flame tests filmed at the famed PyroMan fire labs at NC State University tell that story. In the video below, combat fatigues that integrate the GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology laminate self-extinguish after less than five seconds when torched with a heavy flame, demonstrating low levels of burn injury as reflected in low incidents of second and third degree burns.

Today, the U.S. Marine Corps is using GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology in its 10 and 15-man shelters and the Italian Special Forces use GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology in their battle dress uniforms. Gore has also developed a hard shell jacket constructed of a GORE-TEX® membrane and GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology, which is being evaluated by the U.S. Army.

You can learn more on our website. But for now, we invite you to see for yourself and watch the video below.

 

A Combat Boot that Breathes


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Walking for miles in hot environments, whether arid or humid, can be brutal for war fighters on the march. But it’s also serious business. Your typical leather combat boot designed for durability in rough terrains can cause excessive internal micro-climate overheating. The resulting chafing, blisters, fungi and bacterial infections can easily stop war fighters in their tracks. Literally.

Foot issues such as those have a serious, detrimental impact on mission success, especially in environments that are very hot. Add water or perspiration to the equation and you have a recipe for distress. At the same time, the US military may increasingly be called into action in hot climates. In a recent keynote address at the annual Eisenhower lunch at the AUSA show in Washington DC, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley stated that the US Army, through its strategic planning and review of global conditions, expects to see an increasing number of conflicts to occur in tropical regions in the years ahead.

Factoring all of this in, the scientists at W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) have developed a new boot technology designed for comfort and protection throughout potentially long missions that provides durable waterproofness, quick dry-out and high breathability in multiple climates. Extended-Comfort-Cutaway

Called GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Technology, this innovation lives up to its name in a number of key ways. For the military, it can offer lightweight comfort and protection in jungle or desert environments, and throughout most warm-to-temperate climates. The fact that it’s lighter than the typical leather combat boot means it also reduces leg and foot fatigue. A single boot for multiple seasons, GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear is also designed to provide lightweight comfort and protection for law enforcement patrol and tactical officers.

GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear is the world’s first functional military boot with a separate loose, single-wall lining that incorporates a GORE-TEX® membrane with a moisture-wicking inner layer. The lining also has a rugged, abrasion-resistant nylon outer layer.

Due to this boot’s unique single-wall construction, GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear not only protect feet from outside moisture, but from perspiration as well, by allowing moisture vapor to escape at a very high level. Additionally, the construction conducts heat away from the foot, which results in a cooler foot, even in very hot external temperatures. Meanwhile, laboratory tests prove that GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort boots retain 90% less water than traditional non-waterproof boots. In other words, it’s ideal for tropical settings. GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear

Several brand partners including Belleville, Reebok and STC now sell footwear designed with GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Technology. You can learn more about this revolutionary boot technology here in the technology section of the Gore Military Fabrics Blog, on our website at goreprotectivefabrics.com.