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

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.


Hot Off the Show Floor at Quad-A

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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

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

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



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

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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.


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:


Soldier Systems



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

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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

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.


SoldierSystems.net – MDM – CHEMPAK®

SoldierSystems.net – AUSA – Overview

SoldierSystems.net – AUSA – FLEX2FIT™


Military.com – ASUA – CHEMPAK®

Advancing Textile Technologies That Improve Mission Effectiveness

GORE® Military Fabrics
Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

War under any conditions can be brutal. But in 1982 during the Falklands War between the UK and Argentina, the conditions were especially harsh. It was the dead of winter, cold and the 74-day conflict, which was fought in part over stormy seas, involved an amphibious assault and a sea battle that destroyed an Argentinian ship and led to the death of nearly 200 Argentinian sailors at sea.

In the end, it turned out to be a victory for Great Britain. But in addition to securing British sovereignty over the Falklands against an Argentinian invasion, the conflict ushered in a new era for military outerwear.

It was the first time a revolutionary new lightweight waterproof, windproof, breathable fabric called GORE-TEX® was used in battle. Prior to the invasion, British war fighters had been outfitted with rain jackets, parkas, trousers, bivouac bags and gators, worn over boots, made from this new fabric technology.

There was nothing else on the market like it, and the GORE-TEX® gear used during the Falklands replaced the traditional heavy, coated rain slickers that had been worn up to that point in similar conditions. British soldiers who fought in that conflict quickly spread the word about GORE-TEX® and its supportive capabilities in battle. From there, a vibrant new business unit at W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) took off.

Today, the GORE® Military Fabrics portfolio includes a vast number of products. After the Falklands War, for example, Gore began developing the first generation ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System) and from there developed other new ePTFE-based technologies.

In the 1990’s Terri Kelly, the company’s current CEO, played a key role in the growth of our military fabrics business. As business unit leader, and under her management, she helped set the tone for GORE® Military Fabric’s ongoing commitment to continual R&D and product development.

For example, the ECWCS clothing system we developed has become a staple with allied militaries around the globe. But today’s version is not the same as the one developed in the 1980’s. The 3rd generation version we sell today is highly advanced, yet not the end of the line.

Gore is a leadership company and we want to know that our products are always the best in the market in their category. At Gore, the science never stops as we develop new iterations of existing technologies, as well as new technologies, new lamination techniques and new ways to use our core ePTFE technology to suit a variety of very specific end applications.

Although Gore’s original ePTFE patent expired in 1994, we have developed different methods for manipulating the ePTFE membrane and multiple new patents have been registered over the years. There are now many different membranes our scientists can chose from and a variety of different lamination processes for use when developing products for the military.

In addition to having multiple variations on the GORE-TEX® theme, we have branched into a variety of other product technologies.

One example is GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology, a lightweight, flexible FR technology that self-extinguishes but can also have WWB capabilities (see our blog article below). We have also developed a wide range of chemical and biological protection products under our GORE® CHEMPAK® Fabric line. Other new innovations include breathable, lightweight, but highly durable uniform fabrics designed for hot climates made with an ePTFE fiber. That innovation is called GORE® Katana Fabric, and you can learn more about it here on our blog.

Since the Falklands War, we have continued to prove ourselves through multiple conflicts and today serve every branch of the US military.

The GORE-TEX® laminates include at least 40 major programs including the 3rd Gen ECWCS, FREE (Flame Resistance Environment Ensemble), SOCOM’s protective Combat Uniform (Level 6 and 3 Bravo) NWU 1,2 and 3 (the Navy working uniform in various camo patterns), the USMC Light Weight Exposure Suit, US Air Force APECS and much more. And in addition to clothing systems, our products include tents and shelters. We have a particular focus on developing products for SOCOM, as Gore perceives them as the “engines of innovation” when it comes to developing products for the U.S. military.

The old story is that in the Korean War the US lost more soldiers to the elements than to enemy gun fire. But since the first generation of GORE-TEX® fabric for military use, we have worked to turn that tide and are proud to be able to support our war fighters in battle.

We have a mission, too, and science lives at the core of that mission. Our R&D teams are continually developing new fabric technologies to support our forces during times of preparation and peace and ultimately, times of war.

So stay tuned to this blog.

This is where you can learn more about our newest products, our latest innovations and the technologies that will continue to set the bar for the industry, and continue to be game changers on the battlefield.

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.

wlg-t-052a  wlg-t-052b

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.

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