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.
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.

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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.