Inside the World of GORE-TEX


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

W. L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX, has been recognized since the 1970s for bringing durably waterproof, windproof, breathable materials to the world. But if you thought GORE-TEX and the hundreds of products made by W. L. Gore & Associates and their brand partners haven’t changed or advanced in that time, please think again.

Gore invests continually in high level R&D and, according to an in-depth article titled, “Inside the Elusive World of GORE-TEX” by Gear Patrol Magazine, is a hotbed of innovation.

The story, published this winter, describes how the company is run, how products are developed and takes a close look at the rigorous research, development and product testing processes that make Gore products among the most advanced and reliable in the world.

This includes Gore-certified factories, extensive testing in one of the company’s four environmental labs globally, and a few of the basics behind how GORE-TEX is made.

As the article says, GORE-TEX “might be ubiquitous, but Gore prides itself on being highly versatile as well,” and invites readers to take a peek behind the curtain.

We do as well. You can read more below:

Inside the Elusive World of GORE-TEX

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Navy Rolls out New Coveralls


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Navy Times

Over the coming months, the Navy will be rolling out a new uniform because the previous Navy Working Uniform Type I was a safety hazard. The new uniform, known as the Improved Fire Retardant Variant, was deemed an improvement over its predecessor by 91 percent of wear-test respondents. When the Navy runs out of its current NWUs (of which about 21,000 remain), it will issue the new Improved Fire Retardant Variant to sailors.

In an announcement on February 2., the Navy stated that all sailors aboard ships were required to receive at least two sets of coveralls—but three is “encouraged.” Officials have stated that all sailors can expect to be wearing the improved coveralls in “about a year.” Sailors get new sets every six months and “will have to wait until their next issue” before receiving updated uniforms.

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Navy Plans New Operational Uniforms


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Navy Times

Upon surveying focus groups in which 84 percent of participants expressed desire for a two-piece uniform, the Navy has decided to develop new two-piece fire-retardant uniforms for sailors. The “Maritime Two-Piece Fire-Retardant Variant” will be wear-tested over 3 to 4 months by approximately 350 sailors in eight geographic regions from 28 different commands.

Sailors involved in testing will receive four “nonidentical uniforms,” each with varying design elements and pocket layouts, giving officials an opportunity to gather data—in the event that the uniform is implemented fleet-wide. Chiefs and officers will test a khaki variant, while sailors E-6 and below will test two sets of a dark blue variant, and two sets of a light blue shirt and dark blue pant.

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Military Technology Sets Sights on Gore Military at SHOT Show 2018


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Gore Military Fabrics Global Leader Lutz Biewer

Military Technology, one of the leading military gear magazines in Europe and growing in popularity in North America, is known for identifying the newest — and highest caliber — military technologies, and their January 2018 publication was no exception.

Distributed at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas, the January issue of Military Technology included a feature article on Gore Military Fabrics, an interview with Gore Military Fabrics Global Leader Lutz Biewer and several of the innovative products we are bringing to market.

This includes our combat boots, the GEN III Extended Climate Warfighter Clothing System (ECWCS) with jacket and trousers, and GORE® PYRAD® fabric with advanced FR capabilities.

All are designed to support war fighters in the field with textile technologies engineered to enhance capabilities under a wide variety of difficult and extreme conditions.

Read more here:

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New Army Site Details Uniform Information


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

If you have any questions about how to wear your combat, service, or fitness uniform, the Army has a solution for you—in the form of a new website. The new interactive website allows soldiers to see how to assemble and wear each of their three uniforms. The website also features a list of options for each item in their uniform, so soldiers not only know how to wear the items, but what they can wear, too.

The Army is also due to make a decision about the possibility of including another service dress uniform this year. The additional uniform would be inspired by uniforms from World War II.

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Green Type IIIs for Sale Everywhere


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Navy Times

On Jan. 9, the Navy Exchange made an announcement that they would no longer be rolling out the new green Navy Working Uniform Type IIIs over the span of two years. Instead, they would be available for purchase in all Navy Exchanges and online at mynavyexchange.com by January’s end, they said.

Additionally, the Exchange put a two-year uniform allowance increase into effect, so enlisted sailors would be able to purchase a new uniform each year. Officers will pay out of pocket for new uniforms.

The new Type IIIs are not currently mandatory, but by Oct. 1, 2019, sailors “will be expected to have at least two sets” of the new uniform. Until that date, however, sailors can wear both greens and Type 1 “blueberries.”

U.S. sailors can find “blueberries” by calling the NEX Uniform Support Call Center at the following number: 877-810-9030. Overseas sailors should call 001-877-432-1736.

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Marines Getting New Gear for Cold Weather


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Marine Corps Times

The Marine Corps Systems Command wants to develop a new cold weather cap and gloves for Marines operating in extreme climates, and have submitted two requests for information as part of the process.

The Marines are looking for a cap that would be able to handle temperatures “as cold as 50 below zero.” They would also need to be water repellent, quick drying, and feature a brim and ear flaps. The cap should also fit when worn with the Enhanced Combat Helmet. The cold weather gloves would need to be water repellent, quick drying, and compatible with touchscreen devices.

Over the last year, Marines have been conducting cold weather training in Norway and Sweden. Six Marines with the 26th MEU are participating in a Basic Winter Warfare Course to develop their abilities and learn how to lead smaller units in winter warfare.

Along with working to develop new gear, the Marines are testing the standard-issue cold weather gear too.

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Protection Against Extreme Cold


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas promises many things, including the latest state-of the-art gear designed by some of the major brands in the tactical and outdoor industry. This year that category includes the new Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX SVX Parka and Bib ensemble, engineered for missions in the Arctic.

According to a new review in Soldier Systems, the Cold WX SVX has been in development for several years and is designed for “a different class of athlete, the military elite.” It’s lightweight compared to other arctic outerwear, provides enhanced mobility, yet is very, very, very, very warm.

“We are excited to work closely with Arc’teryx to leverage our portfolio of protective fabric solutions for their cutting-edge outerwear products,” says Tom Dykes, Application Engineer at Gore. “The combination of Gore fabrics used in the Cold WX and Parka SVX will provide a broad level of protection for military and tactical personnel who encounter harsh weather conditions. The design and technical fabrics offer a distinctive advantage so users can remain warm and comfortable during their mission.”

The Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX SVX Parka and Bib is made from Allied 850fp Grey Goose Down packed into box-pleated baffles and has a shell that combines GORE® WINDSTOPPER® and GORE-TEX 3L 30d plain weave fabrics. It was developed to provide enhanced, extreme cold weather protection for military and law enforcement personnel operating in harsh settings and is fully windproof.

As Solider Systems says, “Quite frankly, it’s amazing.”

You can see for yourself at SHOT Show 2018, Jan. 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Arc’teryx Booth 10526.

And you can read more here:

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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, Loadoutroom.com 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 Loadoutroom.com. 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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Infiltrator Jacket and Pants at OutdoorResearch.com

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Looking Forward to 2018


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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:

Twitter

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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.

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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!

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