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OR Summer Market 19 – Under Armor Breeze T-Shirt with Gore-Tex Infinium Fabric

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Although UA’s Breeze T-Shirt is already available for women, a men’s version is just around the corner. Intended for running and other high intensity activities, the new Gore-Tex Infinium fabric is intended to keep you cool and dries quickly. The material is super soft and highly breathable. It also incorporates Anti-odor technology which prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes.

Last year, WL Gore introduced their Infinium program. Customers have long trusted the Gore brand to keep them dry, but the company had begun to develop new materials based on ePTFE. Some of these were not traditional membranes, or were being used in new ways. The company adapted by introducing the Infinium program which uses a white label to distinguish it from the more traditional “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” Gore-Tex application. In this case, the fabric is a combination of 90% Polyester and 10% ePTFE.

Cordura Military Truelock Fiber – HLC Industries

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

HLC Industries Inc is offering an in-stock program of Solution Dyed Cordura Fabrics in both 500D and 1000D, in the following colors: Coyote 498 / Black / Ranger Green / Tan 499 / Wolf Gray.

Please contact: peter@hlcindustries.com

Milliken & Co To Acquire Polartec From Versa Capital Management

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Brand acquisition bolsters Milliken’s capabilities to include fleece, performance textiles for consumer, workwear and military outdoor apparel

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of textile expertise, today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Polartec, LLC (“Polartec”), a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC (“Versa”). The acquisition is expected to close in June. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, the Polartec brand carries a respected portfolio of fabric technologies for outdoor apparel, from performance-driven and consumer-focused textiles, to flame-resistant, workwear and military-grade fabrics. The addition of the Polartec brand—particularly its outdoor and fleece textiles—rounds out Milliken’s comprehensive portfolio, allowing the company to deliver unprecedented access to a range of performance textiles for consumers, industrial workers and military personnel around the world.

“Polartec brings a wealth of new and respected outdoor textile expertise to complement Milliken’s strengths,” shared Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken & Company. “The strategic acquisition broadens our textile capabilities with a product offering to now include fleece and soft-shell outerwear, among others, allowing us to grow in new and exciting spaces.”

“With more than 150 years of textile innovation, Milliken is the best possible ‘natural owner’ of a brand with Polartec’s pedigree. I look forward to supporting the integration,” said Polartec CEO Gary Smith. “I’m grateful to Versa Capital Management for their support in realizing Polartec’s full potential, and I’m extremely proud of the global Polartec team for their dedication and hard work that put the company in the position it is in today.”

“We look forward to growing Polartec’s strong brand at Milliken,” said Jeff Price, president of Milliken’s Performance and Protective Textiles Division. “Polartec expands our regional manufacturing reach and grows our technological expertise, enabling us to further deliver innovative performance textiles to the global market.”

“Milliken provides the perfect platform to ensure the continuation and acceleration of the success of the Polartec brand after years of complex and transformative business repositioning by Gary Smith and his team,” said Greg Segall, CEO of Versa and chairman of Polartec. “It has been a great collaboration with Gary and all of Polartec’s valued employees, and we are proud of all that has been accomplished during Versa’s ownership—notably the feat of reviving an American textile icon and powerful global brand into an enterprise equipped to succeed in today’s highly competitive markets. Milliken is the ideal long-term owner for Polartec, and we look forward to seeing the two companies achieve big things together.”

Versa acquired the assets of the former Malden Mills in 2007 through the then 101-year-old textile manufacturer’s third reorganization. Working with management, the business was transformed, renaming the company Polartec, reorienting it toward a technology- and innovation-led growth strategy, and revamping the company’s leadership, operations, manufacturing footprint and customer relationships.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Versa and Polartec were advised by Lazard Middle Market and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Milliken & Company was represented by Jones Day LLP.

To learn more about Milliken’s Performance and Protective Textiles Division, visit textiles.milliken.com.

Rampart Range Day 19 – Xion Protective Gear

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

While there were several great new products at Rampart Range Day, none surprised nor impressed me more than Xion (pronounced zion) Protective Gear. Their garments have been worn for years in sports and by stuntmen, protecting from blunt trauma injuries. But now, they’ve been discovered by LE for use as a low viz crowd control suit for use in scenarios where the appearance of full riot gear might increase tensions. Naturally, the gear can be worn in any scenario where blunt force trauma is a threat.

The suits can be worn under outer garments.
Some of the garments are also FR, adding another facet of personal protection.

The secret is in their use of D3O pads which works as a non-Newtonian fluid, absorbing high energy impact, yet remaining malleable when not under force. In fact, the founders of Xion came from the stunt industry and have been working with D3O for many years on pad designs.

Xion Protective Gear products are available in North America from Rampart International.

SOF Select 19 – Mystery Ranch Introduces New Webbing From MMI Textiles

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Mystery Ranch has introduced a new tale webbing to certain models. Developed in conjunction with MMI Textiles, it uses MMI’s patented CTEdge to conceal and blend the edge, making the webbing stronger and thicker than your typical 55301 MOLLE webbing which uses solution dyed yarns. This allows for better pull strength, break strength and less slip through the buckles. The 1″ version also incorporates MMI’s exclusive High Blend of MultiCam to reduce any lattering effect that only 1 repeat of the pattern causes. 

Along with the increased performance of the webbing, MMI print technology improves UV and abrasion of the ink for long lasting color in the harshest of environments. 

This is available on a limited basis through MMI Textiles

SOFIC 19 – Belleville Extreme Cold Weather Boot featuring Thermium Insulation by WL Gore & Associates Inc

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

This is the first time WL Gore & Associates, Inc, makers of Gore-Tex material have shown a product made from their new lightweight Thermium insulation. It’s the new Extreme Cold Weather Boot from Belleville.

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The boot features 600 grams of composite insulThe Gore Thermium is in the form of a boot insert construction, similar to the Gore-Tex membrane boot insert. However, as depicted in this graphic, the insulation is mapped, with thicker areas covering certain parts of the foot in order to ensure a better fit and protect those parts of the foot which get the coldest.

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Built on the Belleville 675 platform, the boot will protect down to -20 deg F and is flight approved. In addition to the Gore Thermium Insulation, the boot also features Gore-Tex protection.

www.bellevilleboot.com

SOF Select 19 – Blue Force Gear Introduces Woodland ULTRAcomp

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Blue Force Gear is exhibiting a version of the upcoming PLATEMINUS Ver 4 made from the new Woodland camouflage pattern ULTRAcomp fabric.

Not only does Blue Force Gear use the laser-cuttable ULTRAcomp material for their own products, it is also available for other manufacturers.

SOF Select 19 – Lost Arrow Project 3-Season Uniform

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Patagonia’s Lost Arrow Project is displaying a prototype 3-season uniform. The idea is to offer a single, multi-environment, multi-season uniform solution since there have been so many calls for hot weather, jungle and swimmers specialty uniforms.

The challenge wasn’t so much in the cut of the uniform as the material. LAP selected a board short-like material which dries quickly, is highly breathable and very durable.

The concept consists of three pieces, a common pant along with Combat and Field shirts. Wear either shirt based on preference.

What’s more, unlike existing cotton-based uniforms, it can be integrated with the other components of their Military Alpine Recce System clothing.

Currently undergoing user trials in multiple environments, LAP plans a commercial launch in 2020, integrating user feedback.