Even before the introduction last year of W. L. Gore’s Extended Comfort product line, the scientists at Gore knew this specially-engineered line of lightweight, highly breathable, durably waterproof boots could outperform any other military boot on the market worn in hot-dry or hot-humid climates.
And recent full-scale user tests conducted by Gore’s Military Fabrics division in Germany prove that GORE-TEX Extended Comfort footwear provides unparalleled comfort and mission support in those environments. Details about the tests were recently reported in Soldier Systems (see link below).
The trials, which took place over a 16-week period from July to November 2016, were conducted by Gore in coordination with footwear partner Meindl and market research agency HYVE. During this time the boots were worn by 48 soldiers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria wearing Meindl’s Equator Alpha. The majority of the trial participants wore the boots for more than six hours per day in a variety of terrains, as well as in standing water and other liquids, while engaged in activities such as marching, combat training, shooting and working indoors.
The tests took place in Central Europe, Africa, Afghanistan, the Near East and Kosovo.
Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. One commented that the boots are “ideal for their intended use,” and provide “high comfort factor and breathability.” The majority of the participants reported that they sweated far less in the Extended Comfort trial boots than in boots they had worn in the past. This was near-unanimous from war fighters stationed in extremely hot climates. In fact, 75% reported that the boots provided a comfortable, dry environment even up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Test participants were also equally favorable about the boot’s waterproofness and protective qualities when exposed to chemicals or sewage.
The Patrol GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear line was developed for war fighters on maneuvers that involved a lighter load and for combat in urban environments. The boot’s GORE-TEX laminate interior delivers exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics, which prevents feet from overheating.
At the end of the trial and after several months of wear, more than two thirds of the participants said they would recommend the boot, especially in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. In addition, 91 percent were favorably impressed by the weight of the boot, particularly when compared to footwear they had worn in the past.
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