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SURROUND product technology delivers the first GORE-TEX police duty footwear with 360° breathability

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Nuremberg, March 9, 2018 With its GORE-TEX® SURROUND® product technology W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has paved the way for the production of a new class of police duty footwear. This footwear is the first of its kind to offer 360° breathability in addition to durable waterproofness. Moisture and warmth produced by the foot are not only conducted out of the shoe via the upper, but also via the sole. So, police officers’ feet stay dry and comfortable even at higher temperatures or during physically strenuous activities.

Gore’s footwear partners can now supply police duty footwear featuring the GORE-TEX® SURROUND® product technology and complying with the requirements of EN ISO 20347:2012 for occupational shoes. This footwear is characterised by a new class of climate comfort, extensive protective features, a light weight and an attractive design. In this regard it lives up to the increased expectations of police officers whose everyday, all-day work takes them indoors and outdoors, where they need to be able to rely on dependable and comfortable footwear across a wide range of activities and weather conditions. This makes this footwear the ideal solution for police officers on regular and patrol duty, as well as for policing tasks in urban areas.


Increased overall breathability?The GORE-TEX® SURROUND® product technology a patented footwear technology that is already well established in the mountain sports and casual sectors means that police duty footwear can now also move moisture and warmth away from all-around the foot, not only via the upper, but also via the sole. As about one third of the sweat produced by the human foot is produced on the sole of the foot, this offers a considerable advantage over the police duty footwear that was typically worn in the past and was not breathable under the sole of the foot. The special structure of the GORE-TEX® SURROUND® sole creates a significantly larger area through which moisture can be moved away from the foot, increasing the overall breathability of the safety shoe. Moisture and warmth produced by the foot can now also escape from the bottom of the shoe. Via a special GORE-TEX® laminate in the sole area, they are directed into a ventilation grid from where they are conducted out of the shoe through side openings in the sole.


Tests conducted in the climate chamber have revealed that during periods of activity the relative humidity of the skin on the foot is lower and during periods of rest the speed at which moisture is moved away from the skin is significantly higher. Shoe styles engineered with GORE-TEX® SURROUND® product technology offer up to 25% more breathability than GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort footwear.

Reliable protection?The durable waterproofness of the police uniform footwear is ensured by special GORE-TEX® lining laminates that are integrated into the upper and sole of the shoe, surrounding the foot on all sides. They provide protection against exposure to water and other liquids while simultaneously preventing the penetration of commonly occurring chemicals, including diesel, AFFF fire-fighting foam (3%), sulphuric acid (37%) and caustic soda (30%), in accordance with ISO 13994/ ASTM F 903, method C1.

GORE-TEX® SURROUND® Tactical Footwear is certified in accordance with EN ISO 20347:2012 for occupational footwear and fully complies with safety legislation without restricting climate comfort in any way. The GORE-TEX® SURROUND® product technology allows for flexibility in the structure of the sole: footwear partners can choose whether they attach the sole to the upper using an injection moulded or cemented construction.

First styles on show at IWA 2018?At IWA 2018 in Nuremberg, Gore and Gore footwear partners AKU (I), CRISPI (I), FAL (ES) and LOWA (D) are showcasing the first styles within the framework of this new GORE-TEX® police uniform footwear concept.

Fabrics Division?Forty years ago the Fabrics Division of W. L. Gore & Associates revolutionised the outdoor apparel industry with its waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® products. Today it is still a leading innovator in the field of functional garments. Products with Gore functional fabrics offer comfort and protection, allowing their wearers to set themselves more ambitious goals and experience more: both in adverse conditions and in everyday use. Whether they are hiking in pouring rain, on a military manoeuvre or attending a fire fighting incident Gore knows the needs of its wearers and the sectors in which they are active. This helps ensure that the company develops products with features that make god practical sense. www.gore-tex.com; www.gore-workwear.com

AUSA 17 – WL Gore Adds Excalibur To Advanced Combat Fabrics Offerings

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Two years ago, WL Gore launched Katana, the first fabric in their Advanced Combat Fabric line. This latest version is called Excalibur. While Katana was dialed in for hot weather use, Excalibur is more a broad utility fabric. Think cold to hot weather. This is thanks to its 18% ePTFE fiber content combined with NYCO. It also offers high durability due to the construction which features twisted ePTFE adding strength by increasing tear and snag resistance. Also, it dries faster thanks to lower water weight gain. All of this combines to a higher strength fabric for a given weight.


(Pictured is Katana to the left and Excalibur to the right)

To put this in perspective, current NYCO fabric used in ACUs is 6.5 oz. Katana, which is primarily for hot weather is 5.3 oz and Excalibur is 6 oz per square yard. What’s more, NYCO’s air permeability (how well it breathes) is 8 cfm, while Katana is 70 Cam and Excalibur is 40 cfm. Katana allows you to radiate heat very rapidly promoting evaporites cooling. Excalibur on the other hand hits the sweet spot for cooling while keeping cold wind from blowing right through your clothing.

Excalibur is currently undergoing evaluation by all of the services.


Gore Exhibiting Next-Gen Fabrics and High-Performance Cables & Materials for Military and Defense Applications at AUSA 2017

Friday, October 6th, 2017


ELKTON, MD, OCTOBER 3, 2017 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) will be exhibiting products from both GORE® Military Fabrics and GORE® Cables and Materials – engineered to perform reliably on the battlefield and in the air – at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting, October 9-11, Washington, D.C., Booth 2733.


Gore offers durable technical solutions for military personnel and the ground vehicles and aircraft that protect them. Highlighted at the expo will be GORE® CHEMPAK® fabric with stretch technology used in the CPCSU-2 that delivers protection against a wide range of chemical and biological hazards in liquid, vapor, and aerosol form. Also on display will be soft, flexible GORE® Uniform Fabric that offers the best combination of improved breathability, greater water resistance, faster drying time, and superior strength without melting or dripping during flash-fire incidents.


Gore will also feature its expanded catalog of GORE® Cables and Materials for ground vehicles and aircraft that deliver failure-free performance in any military defense operation. Products that will be on display include small, lightweight high data rate cables; high-frequency coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies; robust power and signal delivery cables; durable aircraft sealants; and excellent EMI shielding materials.


For more information about GORE® Military Fabrics and GORE® Cables and Materials, visit Gore at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting & Expo in Washington, D.C., October 9-11, in Booth 2733. Additional details can be found at gore.com/ausa2017. Also, stay up-to-date on the latest news about GORE® Military Fabrics and the military textile market at news.goremilitary.com.