NCTO’s Focus on Gore’s High-Performance Military Fabrics

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

ncto-logoThis week, as the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) conducts their annual meeting in Washington D.C., W. L. Gore & Associates is proud to announce that our military fabrics division is the focus of an in-depth article in NCTO’s annual magazine, TEXTURES.

textures-2018-coverTitled “U.S. Textiles: High Performance in Every Military Environment,” and published this month, the story underscores Gore’s strategic role “developing textile-based defense products that are the most advanced in the world” and takes a deep dive into the workings of Gore’s global military fabrics business.

According to Jason Rodriguez, marketing communications manager for Gore’s Military Fabrics business, who is quoted in the article, “Our protective fabrics are designed essentially to help warfighters improve their mission effectiveness by staying alert, staying comfortable, staying dry, and remaining protected,” regardless of the climate conditions and environment.

Rodriguez adds that although GORE-TEX® is Gore’s signature fabric and a legacy product, the company is continually developing new, high-tech military fabric technologies for the US and our allies in Europe and Korea. The article draws attention to several of Gore’s latest military and protective fabrics innovations, including GORE® CHEMPAK®, GORE® Katana Fabric and GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Fabric.

Don Vavala, Gore’s Director, Military Government Affairs, adds: “One thing [that] helps Gore stand apart from other fabric providers is our comprehensive and robust understanding of our customers’ needs and the end-of use applications.

“Our commitment to fitness for end use is paramount.”

You can read more in TEXTURES at:

U.S. Textiles: High Performance in Every Military Environment

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A New Class of Footwear for Law Enforcement in Europe

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Imagine a heavy-duty shoe that’s fully waterproof but breathes and wicks moisture away from your entire foot, keeping your feet comfortable and dry all the way around, even in conditions where you’d normally be working up a sock-drenching sweat.

The textile scientists at W. L. Gore & Associates imagined just exactly that, and with that purpose in mind, invented a new footwear component called GORE-TEX® SURROUND® Product Technology.

gore-tex-surround-pieceHighly breathable yet fully waterproof, GORE-TEX® SURROUND® Product Technology wicks moisture away from the entire foot. Yes – the entire foot — and that includes the bottom of one’s feet.

Gore rolled out GORE-TEX® SURROUND® for hikers in the fall of 2014 and hiking boots engineered with this technology have been adopted by several Gore brand partners including Mammut, Adidas, the North Face and Cabela’s.

GORE-TEX® SURROUND® is now available in Europe in footwear designed for law enforcement and is being described as the first shoe technology of its kind to offer 360° breathability in addition to durable waterproofness for police officers there.

GORE-TEX® SURROUND® Product Technology is especially useful for officers working in demanding environments that require standing, walking and running in a wide variety of conditions and climates while wearing protective footwear.

gore-tex-surround-3The technology is earning high marks and positive reviews, including a recent article in Soldier Systems, which said boots made with GORE-TEX® SURROUND® will keep police officers’ feet “dry and comfortable even at higher temperatures.” Boots in the EU designed for law enforcement with GORE-TEX® SURROUND® meet the requirements of EN ISO 20347:2012.

GORE-TEX® SURROUND® is just one more functional comfort innovation from labs at Gore. You can learn more at:

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Crossing the Narrow Divide

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Winter Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show is one of the largest performance wear shows in the world. The 2018 show, held in late January at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, was no exception with an attendance of 29,000.


But in addition to being a favorite of sports and outdoor enthusiasts, WOR, as it’s known, is also a favorite with military procurers from around the world looking for the next new fabric innovation.  

Their attendance at shows like Outdoor Retailer reflect the growing cross-over between textiles developed for high-performance sportswear and materials developed for high-tech military gear. That crossover was the subject of a lengthy feature article in a recent issue of Inside Outdoor Magazine that focused on W. L. Gore & Associates.

Gore has been ahead of this trend for decades. Today, major sportswear brands such as Arc’Teryx, Outdoor Research and Carinthia are all developing lines of military wear based on GORE-TEX® fabric and other innovative textile technologies developed by the R&D labs at Gore. Meanwhile, Gore has developed hundreds of products for the military under its own label.

After all, the same qualities that go into engineering sportswear designed to enhance an athlete’s top performance are also needed by war fighters. In fact, Special Operations personnel often lead the way in this arena, testing next-generation military gear based on performance innovations. At the same time, new materials engineered for battle are finding sports applications.

To learn more about the impact this has had enhancing athletic performance as well military readiness in challenging climates around the globe, you can read the story first hand below.

InsideOutdoor – From Trail to Tactics


Outdoor Research MultiCam Infiltrator


GORE Katana fabric Recce uniform by Arc’teryx













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Inside the World of GORE-TEX®

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

W. L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, has been recognized since the 1970s for bringing durably waterproof, windproof, breathable materials to the world. But if you thought GORE-TEX® and the hundreds of products made by W. L. Gore & Associates and their brand partners haven’t changed or advanced in that time, please think again.

Gore invests continually in high level R&D and, according to an in-depth article titled, “Inside the Elusive World of GORE-TEX®” by Gear Patrol Magazine, is a hotbed of innovation.

The story, published this winter, describes how the company is run, how products are developed and takes a close look at the rigorous research, development and product testing processes that make Gore products among the most advanced and reliable in the world.

This includes Gore-certified factories, extensive testing in one of the company’s four environmental labs globally, and a few of the basics behind how GORE-TEX® is made.

As the article says, GORE-TEX® “might be ubiquitous, but Gore prides itself on being highly versatile as well,” and invites readers to take a peek behind the curtain.

We do as well. You can read more below:

Inside the Elusive World of GORE-TEX®

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Military Technology Sets Sights on Gore Military at SHOT Show 2018

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Gore Military Fabrics Global Leader Lutz Biewer

Military Technology, one of the leading military gear magazines in Europe and growing in popularity in North America, is known for identifying the newest — and highest caliber — military technologies, and their January 2018 publication was no exception.

Distributed at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas, the January issue of Military Technology included a feature article on Gore Military Fabrics, an interview with Gore Military Fabrics Global Leader Lutz Biewer and several of the innovative products we are bringing to market.

This includes our combat boots, the GEN III Extended Climate Warfighter Clothing System (ECWCS) with jacket and trousers, and GORE® PYRAD® fabric with advanced FR capabilities.

All are designed to support war fighters in the field with textile technologies engineered to enhance capabilities under a wide variety of difficult and extreme conditions.

Read more here:

Military Technology
SHOT Show 2018

Protection Against Extreme Cold

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas promises many things, including the latest state-of the-art gear designed by some of the major brands in the tactical and outdoor industry. This year that category includes the new Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX SVX Parka and Bib ensemble, engineered for missions in the Arctic.

According to a new review in Soldier Systems, the Cold WX SVX has been in development for several years and is designed for “a different class of athlete, the military elite.” It’s lightweight compared to other arctic outerwear, provides enhanced mobility, yet is very, very, very, very warm.

“We are excited to work closely with Arc’teryx to leverage our portfolio of protective fabric solutions for their cutting-edge outerwear products,” says Tom Dykes, Application Engineer at Gore. “The combination of Gore fabrics used in the Cold WX and Parka SVX will provide a broad level of protection for military and tactical personnel who encounter harsh weather conditions. The design and technical fabrics offer a distinctive advantage so users can remain warm and comfortable during their mission.”

The Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX SVX Parka and Bib is made from Allied 850fp Grey Goose Down packed into box-pleated baffles and has a shell that combines GORE® WINDSTOPPER® and GORE-TEX® 3L 30d plain weave fabrics. It was developed to provide enhanced, extreme cold weather protection for military and law enforcement personnel operating in harsh settings and is fully windproof.

As Solider Systems says, “Quite frankly, it’s amazing.”

You can see for yourself at SHOT Show 2018, Jan. 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Arc’teryx Booth 10526.

And you can read more here:

Soldier Systems
SHOT Show 2018

Coming to SHOT 2018: The Infiltrator

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

In the world of Special Operations, the Loadout Room is a staging point where gear and guns are stored as War Fighters prepare for mission.  And in the world of military and adventure gear, is a gun and gear review blog written by former US SOCOM Special Operators who promise “authentic, hard-core reviews.”

The editors there recently had great things to say about Outdoor Research’s Infiltrator Jacket, a new, high-tech, tactical garment that incorporates GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology in strategic locations. This includes sections under the arms and across the back of the neck to provide full, unemcumbered range of motion and situational awareness. img_0439-834x730

Infiltrator is one of 13 pieces in Outdoor Research’s Tactical Apparel Line, which includes everything from base layers to jacket and pants. The Infiltrator Jacket is the outer shell, and it uses Gore’s innovative new stretch technology to preserve athleticism, provide freedom of movement, and allow Operators to layer up or down. It’s also windproof, waterproof and fits closer to the body than traditional shell materials, reducing bulk and weight, yet can be worn easily over body armor without restricting movement. The jacket pairs with the Infiltrator Pant.

The Infiltrator Jacket will be on display later this month in Las Vegas at the 2018 SHOT Show. You can read more about the Infiltrator Jacket below at the link for the review on Be sure to watch the video from Outdoor Research to learn more about the design and engineering behind a jacket ideal, according to the article, “for any soldier or outdoors man operating overseas or in extreme environments.”

And you can see the Infiltrator Jacket in person at SHOT Show 2018, Outdoor Research Booth 31000, Level 1-5.

Learn more here:

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Infiltrator Jacket and Pants at

SHOT Show 2018 Exhibitor List

Looking Forward to 2018

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Here at Gore Military Fabrics, the first week of January marks both the end of a year in which we launched several new products designed to support our war fighters in battle and the beginning of a new year dedicated to the same mission.

Whether perfecting a new uniform material engineered to support combat effectiveness in the Pacific rim, or working with brand partners on cold weather ensembles designed for wear in the Antarctic, Gore is dedicated to developing fabrics and garments that will help our war fighters win and prevail, regardless of the conditions.

With this mission in mind, 2017 was an amazing year. Below is a quick look at a few of the articles that describe technologies and products unveiled in 2017 to support our troops around the world:

GORE Katana Fabric ….. At AUSA 2017, Katana Takes Center Stage

GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology – at AUSA

GORE PYRAD and CHEMPAK – Addressing the Need for Protective Gear

goretwitterIn 2017, Gore Military Fabrics News also launched several social media platforms and you are encouraged to follow us through the links below:





Back to 2018 – in a few short weeks, products developed with W. L. Gore & Associates materials by our brand partners will be showcased at SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas. And later this year you can meet us at Modern Day Marine and AUSA, to name just a few of the shows we’ll be attending.


As all great Generals know, winning is possible on the battlefield with dedicated soldiers and the right tools, and at Gore, supporting our troops with best-in-class material tools is our highest mission. While our greatest hope is peace, we know that our troops are, above all, the peace keepers who keep us safe through times of peace and times of peril. We are grateful for their service.

From all of us at Gore Military Fabrics, we want to wish our war fighters, our brand partners, the militaries we serve around the globe and the world a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!

Gore Hosts the US Army

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

For over 50 years, W. L. Gore & Associates has provided the US Army and other branches of the US and Allied militaries with next-generation fabric technologies designed to support mission success. On Dec 15, 2017, a team from US Army Program Manager – Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment (PM-SPIE), led by Colonel Stephen Thomas, paid a site visit to Gore to learn more about Gore’s history supporting war fighters in the field as well as our latest technologies.

The PM-SPIE team looks for safe, durable, and operationally effective organizational clothing and individual equipment and provides soldiers with technologically-advanced tactical and environmental protective clothing and individual chemical protective gear.

army-rain-roomThe purpose of the visit was to provide the PM-SPIE team with an understanding of the next-generation products, technologies and capabilities engineered by Gore for military use. Col. Thomas was joined by Lieutenant Colonel Ginger Whitehead, assistant project manager for PM-SPIE; Master Sergeant Eric Buggeln, Senior Enlisted Advisor to PM-SPIE; and Ron Lee, the Public Information Officer for PM-SPIE.
The visit included a tour of Gore Headquarters and our new state-of-the-art environmental labs and rain room. In addition, Gore led a presentation that focused on both current innovations as well as our history supporting the US and allied militaries with fabric technologies engineered specifically for operational success in a vast array of climates and conditions.

According to Ladd Martel, the Gore Military Fabrics leader who hosted the visit, “The Colonel and his team commented that they were very impressed and had no idea that Gore was involved in so many different industries and applications. They were also impressed with the Gore team and [our] knowledge of the business and enthusiasm and engagement in their jobs.”

Lee took several photos, which are now posted on the PM-SPIE Facebook site. You can see them here

Gore’s Product Experts Speak to Industry

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

In 2017, W. L. Gore & Associates’ scientists and product specialists were invited to speak at several industry conferences. This includes The SAFE Symposium, which provides an international exchange of technical information about safety apparel and equipment technologies.

The SAFE Symposium includes technical paper and panel sessions, workshops, lectures and product demonstrations.

This fall at the 2017 SAFE SYMPOSIUM, W. L. Gore’s Wally Nelson was a presenter, discussing flame resistant (FR) garments worn by personnel in a wide variety of industries, including fire service, military and private industry.

“Historically,” said Nelson, “older generation FR materials have provided good protection during exposure to heat and flame, but under-perform in other areas such as comfort and durability. In addition, garments made with traditional FR fabrics are not colorfast and tend to be hot, heavy, bulky, expensive and not durable when exposed to abrasion.”

In response, Gore has developed FR fabrics that don’t force the user to make tradeoffs associated with traditional FR fabrics. Gore’s foundational knowledge of material science, market experience with delivering FR fabrics for fire service and military personnel and state-of-the-art Heat and Flame Protection Sciences Laboratory were employed in the development process. The result was GORE® PYRAD® Flame Retardant fabrics.

GORE® PYRAD® apparel being subjected to PYROMAN testing.

Examples of protective outerwear products made from GORE® PYRAD® cited by Nelson included the GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Hard Shell Jacket and the GORE® PYRAD® Lightweight Loft Jacket.

GORE® PYRAD® is a family of revolutionary new fabric products that offer enhanced functionality and protection against incidental heat and flame threats without tradeoffs in comfort, durability, and colorfastness. This technology offers a unique blend of flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability. Garments made with GORE® PYRAD® fabric are also light weight, fast drying, abrasion resistant, and available in various colors and print patterns.

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Meanwhile, stay tuned here for next year’s presenter announcements and recaps!


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