Next-Gen Fabrics for War Fighters in the South Pacific


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Gore Military’s next-generation protective outerwear innovations are continuing to gain attention from war fighters around the globe. A recent example is the LANPAC 2017 Symposium & Exposition in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, which took place in late May.

LANPAC is an international event sponsored by the Association of the US Army that focuses on the role of land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater and their contributions to the Joint Force in peace and war.

Several of Gore’s latest outerwear innovations were showcased here, including our breakthrough GORE® Katana Fabric uniform by Arc’teryx, and the Outdoor Research MultiCam Infiltrator Jacket made in part from GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology. The GORE® PYRAD® FR Lightweight (LWL) Loft Jacket and the GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Hardshell Jacket were also on display as well as our Gen III Level 6 ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System).

The reception to all of the above from key military personnel was overwhelmingly positive. A perfect example was GORE® Katana Fabric, a new fabric designed for outerwear worn in hot arid and hot tropical regions. GORE® Katana Fabric provides a durable, breathable, quick dry alternative to the fabrics currently being used in uniforms worn by war fighters stationed in the Asia-Pacific theater. With training underway in this region by the US Army — and predictions that this region could become an area of potential conflict — GORE® Katana Fabric offers a new uniform option specifically designed to support mission success under this region’s demanding climate conditions.

GORE® Katana Fabric is a blend of ePTFE, Nylon and Cotton (NYCO) fibers that provides an ideal combination of air permeability, fast dry time, strength-to-weight ratio and no melt/no drip.

GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology was also showcased. This GORE-TEX® innovation provides enhanced maneuverability in jackets, whether or not insulative materials are worn underneath. The PYRAD products showcased our dedication to developing outerwear materials that are lightweight and breathable but also provide enhanced FR capabilities. PYRAD, for example, is self-extinguishing.

Gore was the only exhibitor at this show displaying protective outerwear products designed to provide protection against both a wide spectrum of weather conditions and flash-fire. Altogether, the materials on display demonstrate Gore’s continued research into the strategic needs of war fighters in various climates and our focus on R&D efforts dedicated to developing forward-thinking innovations for future combat needs.

You can learn more at the links below:

GORE® Katana Fabric

GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology

GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Hardshell Jacket

Gen III Level 6 ECWCS