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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Soldiers to Begin Testing Improved Combat Boot Prototypes This Month


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Source: Army Times

When surveyed, about 50 percent of soldiers would prefer to buy their own commercial boots than wear the ones they receive from the service itself.

The survey results are part of what is driving the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center in Natick, Massachusetts to develop a boot that is lighter, more comfortable, and more durable than the current standard issue general purpose boot.

The first to field test the new prototypes will be new 800 new recruits in Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and Fort Jackson, SC. In addition to new recruits, 800 infantry soldiers in Fort Bliss, TX will also receive prototypes.

The Soldier Center is “evaluating new types of leather and some man-made materials” that are more flexible than the materials used in the current boots. The Center will also be testing for durability, water resistance, flexibility, traction, and more.

The prototypes, which will be built by Altama, Belleville Boot Company, and McRae Footwear, will feature upgraded leathers and lighter materials to “provide greater flexibility and reduce weight,” according to service spokesman David Accetta.

Boots will be fitted to soldiers by a Soldier Center team through the end of January, and will return to collect feedback in March and April. Both soldier feedback and test results from the Soldier Center will play a part in the final design of the updated combat boots.

In addition to improving the general purpose boot, Army developers have also made improvements to the Jungle Combat Boot. A final version of the boot is expected to begin production this year.

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U.S. Army Field Testing New Combat Boots from 3 Different Manufacturers


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

After conducting a survey of 14,000 soldiers, the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center in Natick, Mass. found that approximately 50 percent of soldiers prefer to buy commercial boots on their own than wear the boots they are issued.

In order to increase adoption of Army-issued boots, the service’s footwear experts have begun to field test several new styles of combat boots. In recent years, improvements have been made to jungle, mountain, and cold-weather combat boots, but not those used for general wear.

Contracts were awarded to Altama, Belleville Boot Company, and McRae Footwear to design the prototypes. They will feature improved leather and lighter materials for “more flexibility and reduced weight,” according to spokesman David Accetta.

The Army will issue the new boot prototypes to recruits in Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO., and Fort Jackson, SC., along with soldiers stationed in Fort Bliss, TX. Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Jackson will receive one hundred pairs of each, and Fort Bliss will receive 200 pairs.

Soldiers will wear test the boots throughout training and evaluate them for breathability, durability, break-in period, water resistance, and more. After feedback has been collected, recommendations will be provided to Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment for further development.

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U.S. Army Testing New Combat Boots


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Stars and Stripes

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center has developed prototypes of new combat boots for soldiers to wear over the next four months at both basic training and active duty locations.

800 newly recruited soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Jackson, S.C. will receive new boots for field testing purposes, along with 900 infantry soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The new combat boots were designed and developed to compete with other commercial brands soldiers favor for their comfort and lightness. They feature flexible leather with lighter outsoles, making them “1.5 pounds lighter per pair than those issued today.”

Improvements have been made to the service’s specific jungle, mountain, and cold weather boots, but there have yet to be any significant changes made to the general purpose boots “almost 30 years.”

After a poll of 14,000 soldiers, the Army found that almost 50 percent of soldiers would choose more comfortable, sneaker-like options over those issued by the Army. The goal is to “bridge the comfort gap while maintaining durability and protection,” but deciding whether it has been met will be up to the soldiers themselves.

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Air Force Delays Dress Blues to Focus on New Initiatives


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

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


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

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


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

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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