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.

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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!


Marine Corps adopting new uniform and boots in 2018

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Marine Times

The Marine Corps expects to begin making a new tropical uniform and boots available in late 2018, per the aim of Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller for the Corps to have lighter gear. The new boots and uniform will not be seabag items, meaning Marines will not be required to have them. Marines who know their units will be deployed to desert or jungle climes can get the uniform and boots at individual issue facilities or purchase them in exchanges. A team in Hawaii with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines has been testing the new tropical uniforms.

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Soldiers to test new jungle boots, hot weather uniforms

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

Troops with the 25th Infantry Division will wear new jungle boots and an improved hot weather uniform in different settings, including a Pacific Pathways exercise rotation to the Philippines and Thailand in February. Program Executive Office Soldier will collect feedback from the soldiers in March to see if anything needs to be tweaked with the boots or uniform. A limited number of soldiers — around 100 — have worn the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform, but January will be the first time soldiers have put on the new version of the jungle combat boot.

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Marine Corps announces latest uniform changes

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Marine Times

Marines will now be required to have watch caps, combat utility gloves and inserts as part of the latest Marine Corps Uniform Board recommendations approved by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. Other changes include trouser-tuck update, insignia permissions, and boot allowances.

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Meet Us in Paris

Visit Gore at Milipol Paris from Jason Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

This week at Milipol Paris 2017, W. L. Gore & Associates’ Military Fabrics team will showcase our latest innovative technologies engineered to support mission success for law enforcement, CBRN and Special Forces. The leading event in Europe for homeland security, it’s the perfect stage. Milipol takes place on November 21-24, 2017 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris, France, and is attended by more than 20,000 visitors and journalists and nearly 1,000 exhibitors. Here, visitors can see and learn about these Gore cutting-edge fabric technologies:

  • GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Boot: A breathable, waterproof daily duty boot that features an abrasion-resistant, three-layer GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Laminate. The laminate withstands 100,000 abrasion movements when dry and 50,000 abrasion movements when wet. That’s four times as many as the current standard.
  • GORE-TEX® Product Technology: Ergonomic, lightweight weather protection garments that are simultaneously breathable and insulating while protecting against rain and wind. This technology is physiologically optimized to release heat and moisture, which keeps heat stress at a minimum.
  • GORE® WINDSTOPPER®: This lightweight garment provides cold weather protection in extreme temperatures. GORE® WINDSTOPPER®’s five-layered fabric structure features a water-repellent, windproof, breathable laminate that envelopes a multilayered insulation.
  • GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology: Self-extinguishing, fire retardant (FR) garments with no melt / no drip technology. This FR technology reduces the severity of injuries when compared to FR-treated cotton and polyester blends.
  • GORE® ePTFE Technology: This blend of ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), nylon and cotton fibers offers a combination of air permeability, fast drying time and strength-to-weight ratio and will not melt or drip during flash-fire incidents. The enhanced microclimate air circulation reduces perspiration and overheating, thus making it essential in hot climates.
  • GORE® CHEMPAK®: Protective clothing made with advanced, breathable ePTFE-based chemical and biological protective film. These vapor-permeable garments release perspiration while guarding against hazardous chemical and biological warfare agents. GORE® CHEMPAK®’s thin, lightweight material significantly reduces weight and pack volume without sacrificing durability.

Meet us in Hall 6 at Stand F 161 to see and learn about these innovations, and be sure to watch this amazing advance video!

Learn more about Milipol here.

ChemBio and Advanced Combat Fabrics at AUSA

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

At the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Expo in Washington, DC, W. L. Gore & Associates introduced a new uniform fabric to the world designed for both comfort and high durability. Made from a combination of nylon, cotton and ePTFE fibers, this innovation is called Excalibur and it’s the newest addition to Gore’s new line of Advanced Combat Fabrics.

The first fabric in that line was Katana, which we wrote about in last week’s blog entry, AT AUSA 2017, KATANA TAKES CENTER STAGE.

Katana has a 25% ePTFE fiber component and was developed for wear in hot, tropical environments such as those found in the Pacific Rim. It’s highly breathable, designed for low water pickup and exceptionally durable.  Excalibur has similar characteristics but is made from a lower component of ePTFE (18%) and developed for use across a wider variety of climates. Both Katana and Excalibur are no melt-no drip.

You can learn more about Excalibur in the article below from Soldier Systems.

Gore’s Advanced Combat Fabric line was also featured during AUSA 17 in National Defense Magazine, article link below.

And at AUSA we introduced Gore’s new ChemBio protective garment, GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology. Designed for wear and optimal performance in chemically hazardous environments, GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology provides protection against a broad range of chemical threats in liquid, vapor and aerosol form.

Gore filmed a video at AUSA 2017 that describes GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology in detail. Highlights include the fact that it’s designed for both safety and comfort, has a reduced weight and pack volume than its predecessor and is designed to reduce heat stress. You can learn more in our video on the new Gore Military Fabrics YouTube channel.

Overall, AUSA 2017 was a great show for Gore Military Fabrics and the ideal opportunity to showcase the many innovations we continue to develop for the military.

Learn more about Gore Military Fabrics below:

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GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology on YouTube

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At AUSA 2017, Katana Takes Center Stage

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

At last week’s annual AUSA Army show in Washington, DC, W. L. Gore & Associates’ Military Fabrics team showcased several new and innovative technologies. The booth was busy throughout the show, and one product that generated a great amount of attention from visitors and media outlets alike was Katana, Gore’s revolutionary new military uniform fabric.

Katana is one of the first products developed by W. L Gore & Associates that uses ePTFE in fiber form. The typical uniform fiber blend is 50% nylon, 50% cotton. Katana is made from a blend of 37% nylon, 37% cotton and 25% ePTFE. The result is a hydrophobic fabric that doesn’t easily gain water from perspiration or the elements. It dries much faster than the typical NYCO uniform fabric blend and is also air permeable, yet highly durable.

Katana is currently used in the high-tech LEAF uniforms Arc’teryx has developed for use by special forces and was on display at a reception held at the Arc’teryx store in Washington, DC, on the first night of AUSA 2017.

Cheryl Booth, a product manager for Gore Military Fabrics, filmed a video about Katana at our booth at AUSA 2017 that you can view below to learn more. And be sure to read the article from Kit Up! about Katana, link also below.

According to Kit Up! Katana represents “a major shift from the GORE-TEX products that have made W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. a giant in the outerwear industry.” The Kit Up! article adds: “Katana-based garments are designed for hot weather – both hot and dry and hot and tropical.”

By the way, if you are wondering why Gore named this amazing fabric Katana, the answer is simple. Katana was a traditional Japanese sword used by the Samurai of ancient Japan. The name fits, given Katana’s unique ability to support today’s war fighters on tough missions.

You can learn more about Katana below:

Kit Up!

Cheryl Booth Talks Katana on YouTube

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