Arc’teryx Presents – Who We Are: The Science Behind GORE-TEX®

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Our commitment to putting our best materials into the best garments is aided by our partnership with Arc’teryx Equipment.  20+ years of collaborating has let to the creation of a garment that can withstand all different tyipes of conditions, from New York City to Mount Everest. Watch this video to see how Gore and Arc’teryx continue to push each other to be the best.


In Nuremberg, Gore Showcases Next-Gen Boots and PYRAD Gear

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

This March, W. L. Gore & Associates showcased a number of exciting new products at the 2018 IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany.

This massive, annual trade fair is a showcase for the latest hunting and outdoor sports gear and equipment in Europe. It’s also a popular destination for EU military procurement officers and law enforcement officials on the hunt for the latest and best gear and equipment.

Gore, which hosted a large booth at this show, introduced several products at IWA including our new GORE-TEX SURROUND® technology for boots worn by law enforcement officers. This is the first law enforcement duty boot that provides 360-degree breathability. You can read more about GORE-TEX SURROUND® here at our blog.

In addition, we introduced our new flame-retardant (FR) rainwear, made from GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology. Gore has introduced a number of products made from PYARD®, and the new raingear was developed in response to the growing need by armed forces for flame-retardant, foul-weather apparel.

GORE® PYRAD® is self-extinguishing, and raingear made with this technology is no melt, no drip and provides effective burn protection from heat and flame. At the same time, this raingear retains the key waterproof, windproof, breathable benefits we’ve all learned to expect from GORE-TEX raingear.

At IWA we also introduced the GORE® PYRAD® Combat Uniform. Generally speaking, the typical combat uniform is made from a cotton/nylon blend that provides only limited protection from heat and flame hazards on the battlefield. Gore’s new PYRAD®-based uniform is not only no-melt, no-drip, but as soon as it comes in contact with heat and flame, forms a protective charred layer that delivers burn protection in combination with mechanical strength.

Our product partners at this show for footwear and outerwear included Beretta, Carinthia, Sitka Gear, AKU, Chiruka-Fal, Lowa, Meindl and several more.

You can learn more about IWA and the Gore products showcased there below:


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Air Force Delays Dress Blues to Focus on New Initiatives

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In May, the U.S. Air Force announced that “the service will ditch the Airman Battle Uniform,” or ABU, in favor of the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform (OCP) instead.

In addition to switching to the OCP, the service also announced that it was considering making changes to its dress blues uniform so that it – and the jacket in particular – further reflected the 70-year history of the service.

Last August, Chief Master Sergeant, Kaleth O. Wright said that results regarding the updated blues uniform were “expected in the near future,” but as of recently, that has all changed, because there are now “other matters that officials are looking to accomplish in the coming months.”

According to Wright, the service is trying to improve how it develops, evaluates, and promotes its enlisted force – and plans to put the focus on these initiatives in 2019.

One of the first changes it hopes to make is to the Weighted Airman Promotion System – which may include ditching it altogether. It also plans to implement a new tenure policy to extend the service of senior airmen and staff sergeants.

As far as uniforms go, Wright ensures that no changes will be made “without giving our airmen time to adjust.”

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Here’s an Update on the Navy’s Newest Safety Boot

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Navy Times

Back in October, the United States Navy Exchange began stocking a revamped safety boot, which is currently called the “I Boot-4.” The revamped boot was designed with the intention of enhancing comfort in four primary areas: the collar, the lining, the upper, and the rubber compound used in the sole of the boot.

However, even given its improved design, the I Boot-4 has only sold 924 pairs since December 30th, according to the Navy Exchange Service Command spokeswoman, Courtney Williams.

Shortly after the I Boot-4 was announced via a NavAdmin message, it “was buried inside a string of other uniform updates,” which may partially explain the boot’s low number of sales.

Currently, the I Boot-4 is only available for purchase from eight different locations: Norfolk, San Diego, Jacksonville, Yokosuka, Sasebo, Great Lakes, Newport, and Pearl Harbor. Another possible barrier could be the boot’s price. It costs over $70 more than the standard issue replacement, which means that in order to purchase it, enlisted sailors will have to go above their allocated budget – if they even have access to it, that is.

Finally, the specifications for boots worn by sailors at sea are stringent, which can limit what’s available.

And unfortunately, while the I Boot-4 improves on some of the features of other safety boots, it doesn’t meet all of the Navy’s needs. Due to tread patterns on the I Boot-4, it’s unable to be worn on flight decks because “the soles can pick up and spread small objects onto the surface,” and the resulting debris can damage aircraft engines.

The Navy continues to work on other options, though, with testing for an “I Boot-5” version which began in 2018 drawing “rave reviews,” even though an official release date has yet to be announced.

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New Army Greens Uniform Set to Launch This Summer

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

On Veterans Day, the U.S. Army announced that it would be adopting a new service uniform for 2019.

While there are no photos of the official uniform, we do know that it will feature “a belted jacket, foldable garrison cover and brown leather shoes,” and both uniforms will have “long ties and pants.”

Starting this summer, the Army Greens will begin their rollout, with recruiters receiving the new uniform before anyone else. Then, at a public event in June, around 500 soldiers will debut the Army Greens.

The rest of the army will continue to wear the current Army Service Uniform until it expires in 2028 and is upgraded to a more formal dress uniform.

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Airmen May Wear Present Patches with New OCP Uniforms

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While the Air Force continues to phase in the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform, it wants to remind airmen who already wear the uniform that “they can wear their current subdued patches until new patches are manufactured” using the approved color schemes. The approved color schemes are spice brown, Bagby green, olive drab and black.

The patch reminder came in the form of an announcement made by the service last month. It included several other reminders as well, such as the following:

  • The U.S. flag patch and higher headquarters patches are mandatory.
  • Both patches may be worn in their current iterations until the subdued, spice brown versions are complete.
  • Airmen are permitted to wear “a maximum of two patches.”

In addition to the above reminders, the service also made updates to its Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” in July to provide airmen with guidance on how to wear the OCP.

The uniform was approved for full-time wear beginning on October 1, 2018, and the service expects to have all airmen wear the OCP by April 1, 2021.

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Air Force Speeds up Rollout of New Operational Camouflage Pattern Uniforms

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Source: Air Force Times

Last May, the Air Force announced its plans to adopt “the Army’s OCP as its official utility uniform.” The OCP, or Operational Camouflage Pattern, was chosen for its “improved fit and comfort,” and airmen were given the choice to start wearing it in October. The OCP was also made available for purchase at exchange stores on select bases that month, too.

This year, the service plans to speed up the rollout of OCPs across all areas.

More exchange stores will have the OCP available for purchase this April. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service also plans to make the uniform available for purchase online in October.

And beginning in April 2021, it will be mandatory for all airmen to transition from the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) to the OCP.

As for other uniform changes, the Air Force is also making plans to update the jacket for the dress blues uniform along with its physical training uniforms.

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New Jungle Camouflage Uniforms Coming June 2019

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Source: Marine Corps Times

For the last several years, the U.S. Marine Corps has been testing a new, lightweight jungle camouflage uniform.

After finalizing the design, the Corps awarded $954,713 to SourceAmerica in Vienna, Virginia to produce the new uniform.

The first uniforms are expected to be available for purchase in exchanges “around June,” and will be useful as marines continue to rotate throughout the Pacific.

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Guidelines for OCP Patches Now Available

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According to a statement made by air force officials last week, unit patches for the OCP, or Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms “will be limited to just four colors.” These colors are black, olive drab, spice brown, and Bagby green.

Patches will be created using each unit’s “approved Air Force emblem,” as stated by Capt. Carrie Volpe. Units who wish to change their current emblem must contact their supervisor or unit commander so they can “consult the base’s installation historian” to get the process started. Ideas for new emblem designs may be submitted by anyone – as long as it is through their typical chain of command.

While the OCP has been approved for wear since October 1, it will not be mandatory for airmen until April 1, 2021. On the OCP, officer rank and enlisted rank insignia will be spice brown, with the exception of first lieutenant and lieutenant colonel insignia – those will be black. Patches in the approved colors “will follow suit.”

The old ABU and new OCP uniforms are not to be mixed and matched “in any way.”

To provide personnel with further guidance on how to wear the new uniform, the air force updated its Air Force Instruction 36-2903 for “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel” in July. A comprehensive list of guidelines for wearing the OCP can be found in the AFI.

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Here’s What the U.S. Air Force’s New PT Uniform Could Look Like

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The air force is currently considering design updates for its physical training (PT) uniforms in order to provide airmen with “more modern and form-fitting clothing options.” Indications that current uniforms were under review to possibly be replaced with new uniforms were made by Chief Master Sergeant Kaleth O. Wright in August.

And, thanks to a presentation that was recently leaked to the Air Force Amn/Nco/Snco Facebook page, we now have an idea of what the updated uniform may look like. The presentation, which is titled “Physical Training Uniform Development,” features eight different pieces of attire in the air force’s traditional blue and grey colors.

However, according to a spokesperson for the air force, Maj. Allison Kojak, a “final decision” regarding the updated uniforms, costs, and timelines “has not been made,” so airmen will have to wait.

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Female Marine Graduates First to Wear New Dress Blues Coat

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Starting in 2013, the United States Marine Corps began moving forward with its initiatives to design, prototype, and wear test a new dress blues coat for female marines. The coat was designed to resemble the male uniform to display a “more unified look,” according to a service release.

After years in the making, the finished product is finally being debuted.

Female marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in South Carolina debuted the new coat during their graduation ceremony on November 16.

In order to finalize the garment, the Marine Corps Systems Command conducted “extensive research with female marines” and visited “I and II Marine Expeditionary Forces” to conduct 3 different surveys with over 2,000 marines.

After a lengthy research process, a final design was selected – one which should leave no room for doubt.

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U.S. Army Might Stop Issuing Dress Uniforms During Basic Training

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Typically, the U.S. army will issue dress uniforms to new recruits at the beginning of their basic training regime. This may all be changing soon, though, as army officials are considering issuing new Army Greens uniforms to soldiers when they “go to their first unit,” instead of during training.

The service plans to begin issuing the WWII Pinks and Greens-inspired uniforms in summer 2020. However, instead of issuing them at the start of basic training as is tradition, things may be postponed until soldiers complete their Initial Entry Training, so the new uniforms are not given to soldiers who fail to complete the full training regime.

As stated by Col. Stephen Thomas, head of Project Manager Soldier Protection & Individual Equipment, it all “boils down to attrition.” From the “110,000 recruits who go to basic training” only around “104,000 make it to Advanced Individual Training,” Thomas said.

According to army officials, the Army Greens uniform will come at a higher cost than the current Army Service Uniform (ASU), but only because it’s of better quality. It should “last six years compared to the ASU’s four-year life.” Issuing the new uniforms later is another way the service plans to control costs.

Soldiers who have completed training will have until 2028 to purchase their new uniforms. After the Army Greens phase in is complete, the ASU will “become the service’s optional dress uniform.”

While issuing the uniforms later would also benefit the service’s drill sergeants, a final decision has yet to be made.

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