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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.

 

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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Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers Can Now Buy the OCP Online


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Source: Military.com

According to a press release, the Army Clothing Services Office has granted authorization to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to sell the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, or OCP, and “related accessories” online.

The OCP will be available for the Army Reserve and National Guard to buy, “regardless of rank or active-duty status,” the press release said. Uniform and accessory purchases can be made at ShopMyExchange.com.

With this temporary authorization, the exchange aims to “bring the convenience of online uniform shopping to Guardsmen and Reservists.”

The OCP has been doing so well that the Air Force plans to adopt it as well, with “all airmen wearing the uniform by April 2021.”

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Belleville Boot Company and Vibram Introduce New Boot Sole for Icy Environments


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Source: Military Times

Outsoles for standard issue Army boots are often developed for use in places like deserts, jungles, and even on pavement. Successfully creating a rubber material that will stand up to use in slippery, icy environments, however, can be difficult.

At the 2018 Warrior Expo East, Belleville Boot Company and Vibram debuted boots featuring a new rubber compound they created to “fill the gap between inadequate grip and full blown ice climbing.” To showcase the new sole, the two companies created a display featuring a block of ice, which was placed at a 15-degree incline.

The rubber compound, placed on specific points within the tread, is used to grip icy, slippery surfaces. According to Belleville’s Chief Sales Officer, Glen Becker, it can also be used in snowy conditions.

The finished product will be an insulated boot using GORE-TEX materials and a Vibram grip on the outsole.

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Army Reserve and National Guard Troops a Few Clicks Away from Uniforms, for Now


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Source: Army Times

Army Reserve and National Guard personnel are only a few easy clicks away from being able to purchase the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform and its accompanying accessories, according to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).

AAFES is temporarily allowing all Guard and Reserve personnel, regardless of rank or active-duty status, to buy OCPs online. Purchases can be made at ShopMyExchange.com.

Only certain Guard and Reserve ranks are permitted to buy uniforms in stores, and they must be enlisted or on active duty at the time of purchase.

While restrictions will remain in place for all AAFES brick-and-mortar clothing stores, purchases can be made online, until a “permanent solution that complies with all Army uniform regulations” is reached.

The Air Force is also adopting the OCP – and it will be available for purchase in stores this October, with online purchasing expected by October 2019.

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New Physical Training Uniforms, Safety Boots, and More on Deck for Navy Sailors


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Source: Military.com

This October, Navy exchanges will be receiving new physical training uniforms displaying the Navy slogan, “forged by the sea.” The optional new uniform will be available in unisex sizes and include a moisture-wicking navy blue short-sleeve shirt and 5-inch running shorts, as stated in the Navy’s administrative message 163/18.

New Navy recruits will receive these physical training uniforms at boot camp “in the next 12 to 18 months.” For existing recruits, the current gold and blue training uniforms will be authorized for continued wear until a date for the uniforms’ phase-out is announced.

Along with new PT uniforms, the Navy is also working to develop updated black leather safety boots for wear with coveralls and working uniforms. The boots will have a “padded foam collar, a full-length liner made of moisture-wicking fabric, and a slip-resistant sole,” making them appropriate for use in both hot and cold climates.

Additionally, all sailors are now able to wear the Eisenhower jacket that is the best fit according to their uniform requirements. Both styles will be designated unisex and will be available in a large number of sizes.

Furthermore, female sailors are now able to wear their ID badges on their right side. Optional Defense Contract Management Agency identification badges have also been approved for any Navy personnel on an active assignment “to a DCMA billet”, and sailors who are assigned to Submarine Force Atlantic may wear Allied Submarine Command ID badges, if they choose.

The Navy also plans to continue its testing of the new slacks and skirts for female and chief petty officers.

Finally, with all of these uniform changes and updates, the Navy plans to modify its uniform mobile application, making it easier for personnel to access exchanges online and communicate regarding uniform matters. The app is slated to be ready for download in July.

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Navy Tests Two-Piece Uniforms Aboard Ships as New Substitute for Coveralls


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Source: USNI News

The United States Fleet Forces Command is developing and testing a new two-piece uniform for 350 sailors from the Surface Warfare, Aviation, and Submarine communities. Sailors began testing the new flame-retardant uniforms aboard ships in June and will continue to test them through September.

These alternative uniforms provide another option for sailors on sea duty who aren’t required to wear coveralls—and may also be worn away from the work environment.

The three different types of uniforms being tested are as follows:
– A navy blue top and matching pants
– A light blue top with dark navy blue pants
– A khaki top and matching pants

The FFC is also testing an ankle work boot which features a steel toe and is similar in style to a Chelsea boot. To gather feedback about the new gear, the FFC created a survey, which prompted over 100 comments.

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Marines to Begin Testing Intense Cold Weather Boots and Socks


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Source: Military.com

Military.com reports that the Marine Corps will soon begin testing new boots and socks for cold-weather temperatures ranging from -20 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures not covered by the current boot inventory. The existing Temperate Weather Marine Corps Combat Boot was designed for wear in temperatures of 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Extreme Cold Weather Vapor Barrier Boot was designed for wear in extreme temperatures— from -20 to -65 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Marine Corps Systems Command will award two contracts for two kinds of Intense Cold Weather Boots and Intense Cold Weather Socks. The Belleville Boot Company and Danner Boot Company will supply 1,000 pairs of boots each. Additionally, 25,000 pairs of Intense Cold Weather Socks will be supplied by FITS Technologies and Ellsworth & Company, respectively.

The MCSC’s Program Manager for Infantry Combat Equipment will conduct a field evaluation of the new boots and socks from December 2018 to March 2019. The evaluation aims to collect feedback from marines who will wear the prototypes at training centers in Fort McCoy and Norway.

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