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 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


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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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Air Force Designing an Updated Dress Blues Uniform


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Source: Air Force Times

According to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Kaleth O. Wright, the U.S. Air Force is currently working on designing a new version of its “service dress blues uniform,” and may “roll it out” sometime within the next year.

To find inspiration for the new uniform, Wright said leaders of the Air Force are “looking to the past.”

Modifications to the dress blues, along with a brand-new physical training uniform, may come in “mid- to late 2019,” said Wright.

Possible updates to the service jacket include the addition of four new pockets – with two placed across the chest, and two parallel pockets below – as the current service jackets have pockets for decoration only.

The Air Force could “test some uniform prototypes next year and collect feedback from airmen on what works and what doesn’t,” added Wright.

In addition to the dress blues updates, the Air Force is also considering moving forward with the design of new physical training uniforms, that would feature a moisture-wicking fabric to keep airmen comfortable in warm climates. The uniform’s design, however is not likely to change.

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Army Looking to Replace Its Current Cold Weather Boots


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Source: Army Times

Earlier this month, the Army’s Contracting Command put a notice on fbo.gov, a website detailing federal business opportunities.

In the notice, the Contracting Command detailed its plans to procure 150 pairs each of three prototypes of an Extreme Cold Weather Overboot (ECWO), to replace its current version, the Extreme Cold Weather Boot (ECWB), which has been in use with soldiers and Marines since the 1960s.

The goal of the ECWO is to reduce the weight and bulk of Army boots, which are among the boot’s deficiencies described in the notice. The author also stated that the ECWB is “difficult to pack/carry when conducting dismounted operations.”

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U.S. Army Testing Three Overboot Prototypes for Extreme Cold Climates


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Source: Military.com

The Army has chosen three companies to develop prototypes of insulated overboots which could replace the current Extreme Cold Weather Boot (ECWB).

According to a notice on FedBizOpps.gov, the ECWB in its current form has been “largely unmodified since the 1960s” and “uses outdated technology and manufacturing processes” that are not used anymore in the U.S. The boot is also known to be “heavy, bulky, and difficult to pack/carry.”

To determine what will replace the ECWB, Army officials intend to purchase 150 pairs of insulated overboots from each of the following manufacturers: Wiggy’s Inc., based in Grand Junction, CO, Outdoor Research out of Seattle, WA, and Original Footwear Co. in Stockton, CA. Per the notice, all contracts are anticipated to be fixed-price.

Army officials will “evaluate insulated overboot solutions with the potential to offer similar environmental protection at reduced weight/bulk.” The updated version will be referred to as the Extreme Cold Weather Overboot (ECWO).

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