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


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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


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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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Army’s Final Decision on ‘Pinks and Greens’ Uniform yet to Come


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Source: Army Times

Back in September, Dan Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army informed Army Times reporters that officials were on the verge of making a decision about whether the WWII-era Pinks and Greens uniforms, which are now called “Army Greens,” would be making a comeback.

No final announcements have been made, though.

Even if the Army’s Secretary, Mark Esper, gave the go-ahead to move forward with new uniforms today, soldiers still wouldn’t see them for a few years.

Due to a rule in the National Defense Authorization Act, the service’s secretaries must notify the Defense Logistics Agency three years in advance of a uniform change. The DLA has to notify affected contractors at least a year prior before it is able to release a solicitation for new uniform components to the public.

If the Army Greens are approved, the current manufacturer of the Army’s uniforms, Marlow White, would need to be made aware of the opportunity to submit a proposal. Although Marlow White (who has been involved in the prototype process for the new uniforms) states on its website that it is “expecting a final decision from Army leadership,” the Army has not provided any information in regards to a decision date.

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The Army Is Developing a New Sports Bra to Measure Performance


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Source: Army Times

The Army issues a wide range of uniform components, save for one essential—bras. Attempts to develop a “tactical women’s undergarment” have been made in the past, but the idea was passed over as it was unfit for much of the female soldier population.

Now, one of the designers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Ashley Cushon, is working on developing an undergarment that will both support and measure the performance of female soldiers. The project has been named BAMBI – Biometric Algorithm Monitoring Brassiere Integration.

Prototype testing will require soldiers to be connected to a Holter monitor that will measure Heat Strain Index, heart rate, and core temperature to help predict things like fatigue, exhaustion, and heat stroke, which may lead to increased casualties.

Previously, tests were only conducted on men due to fit issues of the vest that houses the sensors.

To ensure that the new performance sports bra is sized accurately, Cushon’s team will use 3-D scans and measurements taken from a 2012 survey.

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Retired Army General and Sergeant Support the Pinks and Greens Uniform


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Source: Army Times

The Army is planning to move away from its current dress blues to a newly updated version of the 1920s pinks and greens uniform, which was retired in the 1950s.

The proposed new uniforms will consist of a green jacket and tan pants for both men and women, with women also having the option to purchase a skirt and pumps.

Final prototypes have been tested, and while there are plenty of critics on either side, younger officers and soldiers’ have been providing positive responses to the potential uniform change.

To avoid incurring additional out-of-pocket costs for those who are currently enlisted (and for senior officers and NCOs), the phase-in period will be longer than average. The Army may also delay the issue of new uniforms to troops until they successfully complete entry training.

The new pinks and greens uniform “is expected to have a 33 percent longer wear life.”

Retired Gen. Carter F. Ham and Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston approve of the uniform change, stating that “America’s Army needs a uniform that is its own, that is readily identifiable by the citizens the Army serves. The uniform should create a positive, professional public image for the Army at a time when many Americans know little about their Army, and couldn’t tell the difference between a soldier or a police officer. The greens uniform does all of that.”

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Marine Corps Approves Boots in 7 Brand-New Styles


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Source: Military.com

Recently, the Marine Corps made updates to its list of authorized boots, giving marines an opportunity to test out new styles. The revised list was delivered via a “service-wide administrative message.”

Seven brand-new styles were added to the list, making for a total of 16 different boot types marines can choose from.

Below are the new boot types:

Rugged All-Terrain

  • Bates – No. 29502
  • Wellco – No. E114

Combat

  • Bates – No. E30502

Optional

  • Danner – Reckoning, style No. 53221
  • Bates – No. E50501 for men and No. E57501 for women
  • Danner – Marine Expeditionary Boot (MEB), style No. 53111
  • Danner – MEB, style No. 53110

In addition to the list of authorized boots, marines may also be required to wear “special-issue footwear, such as safety or flight boots, that are mission specific.”

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Army Days From Final Decision on ‘Pinks and Greens’ Uniform


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Source: Army Times

It has been almost an entire year since the first incarnations of the Army’s “prospective new dress uniform” debuted to the public.

Now, the Army is just “days away” from an ultimate decision on the uniforms and whether they will be mass produced.

The new pinks and greens, which are a throwback to the WWII-era uniforms of the same name, “would replace the current Army Service Uniform for official events,” with the ASU being “upgraded to a formal dress uniform.”

SMA Dailey disclosed to Army Times last week that Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are “preparing to make an announcement.”

For the time being, however, the Army’s top leaders will continue to solicit feedback from soldiers.

Dailey also added that the new uniform, which was finalized this year, will not cost taxpayers anything.

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Airmen Permitted to Wear the OCP Beginning October 1


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Source: Air Force Times

Starting October 1, airmen will be permitted to wear the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform full-time. The new uniform was selected because it is comfortable, it “works in all climates,” and “it will help airmen fit in alongside soldiers in the field.”

If they choose, airmen may also continue to wear the current Airman Battle Uniform (ABU).

However, by June 2020, all airmen will need to transition to coyote brown boots, instead of desert sand boots or the sage green boots often worn with ABUs. By April 1, 2021, “all airmen will be required to wear the OCP.”

To provide guidance on how airmen should wear their new OCPs, the service updated Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” in July.

As per Instruction 36-2903, Army Air Force Exchange Stores (AAFES) and Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS) are the only approved suppliers of the new uniform.

OCPs will be available for purchase from AAFES stores at several chosen bases. They are: Aviano Air Base in Italy, Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

The OCP will be offered at more AAFES stores in April 2019, and it is expected to be available online in October 2019.

Personnel in training will be issued the new OCP uniform next October as well.

The Air Force also plans to increase the clothing allowance for airmen by approximately $20 to cover the cost of the OCP, according to Maj. Gen. Robert LaBrutta.

Further information regarding the new OCP regulations can be found in the updated AFI.

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Air Force to Begin Distributing OCP Uniform on October 1


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

The Air Force is set to begin rolling out the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform starting October 1.

The transition from its current Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) to the OCP has been highly anticipated since it was announced in May.

Personnel at Aviano Air Base in Italy, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, and Shaw Air Force Base and Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina will be the first of those able to purchase the OCP from base stores. If they are not issued directly, uniforms are only approved for purchase from Army and Air Force Exchange Stores and Military Clothing Sales Stores.

The Air Force will phase out the ABU for the OCP over the course of the next three years. All airmen are expected to don the OCP “by April 1, 2021.”

To prepare airmen for the OCP rollout and provide guidance on how to wear the uniform, Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” was updated in July.

By June 2020, the Air Force will transition to “the tan 499 shirt,” a “tan 499” belt, coyote brown boots, and green socks. If officers choose, they may also wear a patrol cap. All officers will wear “spice brown” rank insignia, except first lieutenants and lieutenant colonels, whose will be back.

Additional information regarding uniform direction for all personnel may be found in Instruction 36-2903 mentioned previously.

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Air Force Seeks Feedback for Development of Improved Flight Suits


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Source: Military.com

The U.S. Air Force is gathering feedback from its leaders and servicemen to “better equip and dress its force,” said the Air Force’s Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.

According to Goldfein, a team of airmen is reviewing “not only flight suits, but all the gear needed to fly for hours on end.” The team plans to make recommendations at the start of October, after which, they will be “submitted for funding consideration,” said spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

However, some changes to flight suits and other gear are already in the works, as noted by Col. Brady Hauboldt in a statement. For female members of the aircrew, flight suits were said to be “lacking” in fit and sizes ranges.

Changes to bladder relief systems are taking place, too, with “baggies lined with absorbent sponges” being replaced with the Aircrew Mission Extender Device (AMXD), which allows aircrew to relieve themselves “without having to unstrap from the aircraft seat.” While 356 AMXD kits have already been delivered, the Air Force plans to order an additional 1,619.

Goldfein has been working with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright to highlight and improve these issues.

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Marine Corps New Tropical Uniforms Arriving June 2019


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Source: Marine Corps Times

On August 29, the Corps awarded $954,713 to SourceAmerica to manufacture a new tropical uniform, according to “Barbara Hamby, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Systems Command.”

The new uniforms “have undergone several years of testing” in locations like Hawaii and Japan, and have been lauded for their quick drying time and lightweight feel.

Initial samples of the uniform, which has been authorized “for field use only,” will be complete in March, with the first 2,600 being delivered in June 2019. Once complete, the Consolidated Storage Program will receive and issue the tropical uniforms.

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Gore among suppliers of material for US Army CTAPS project


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Source: Shephard Media

The Army is moving forward with its plans to design preliminary clothing for its Cold Temperature and Arctic Protective System (CTAPS) program. The army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Command (NSRDEC) outlined plans for its ‘prototype effort in a combined synopsis/solicitation’ on August 31.

The CTAPS program is anticipated to be a full outfit that will provide protection from the elements in cold temperatures from -65 F to +45 degrees F (-54 C to 7 degrees C). The goal of the program is to improve soldiers’ ability to survive in cold climates, while providing them with enhanced mobility, utility, and lethality using the least possible number of clothing layers.

Per August’s announcement, the NSRDEC identified ‘performance gaps’ and is currently ‘examining new technology and design improvements’ in an attempt to improve upon the Army’s 2000-era Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS Gen III). The NSRDEC is working on concepts for three possible cold weather uniforms.

A fixed-priced contract will be awarded to one ‘innovative clothing design/cut/sew supplier’ to produce 84 Wet Weather Experimental Jackets and Trousers in six sizes, 78 Extreme Cold Experimental Parkas and Trousers in four sizes, and 100 Superfine Knit Shirts and Trousers also in six sizes, with each item being delivered by December 21 for a winter 2018-2019 field test. Results from the 2018-2019 test will determine whether or not they will move forward with development.

Gore is among the providers of fabric for the wet weather ensemble.

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