AUSA – WL Gore

WL Gore debuted their new GORE PYRAD FR fabric at AUSA. What’s unique about this technology is that Gore takes standard nylon-based fabrics and hardens them with the PYRAD technology. This allows them to exploit all of nylon’s strengths such as fast dry out time as well as enhanced camouflage through colorfastness and enhanced UV resistance. Additionally, this technology takes full advantage of the existing fabric supply change with the material being processed by Gore to create PYRAD.


GORE PYRAD has successfully undergone Army testing. Additionally, the technology has already been commercialized with select US and Allied units having purchased garments integrating GORE PYRAD technology.


3 Responses to “AUSA – WL Gore”

  1. MarkM says:

    PYRAD = Fire resistant? Help us out here, with every mother’s son coming out with new stuff and naming it with obscure Greek references or acronyms, it helps to put the important feature in the lead sentence.

    It’s good they figured out how to make nylon an FR material. The expense of some of these newer fabrics is going to keep them off the shelf come contract award time. Many will not transistion into civilian hunting clothes, or will take a long time to be justified at the price level. They will need price advantage to survive on contracts alone. Civilians won’t underwrite as large scale consumers when they can’t perceive a real benefit.

    The rank and file could accept a $40 increase in a duty uniform for fire resistance, but asking $400 for a battleshirt and pants is only happening if issued. Even if the Pyrad process doubles the fabric cost, it still has a serious price advantage.

    What does need treatment is all the web gear – 11 pounds of nylon strapping, fabric, and panels seems like a bigger problem.

  2. Pilgrim says:

    The Universe likes balance and while cost is important it’s not the only question that should be in peoples minds. The fundamental question is what characteristics do we sacrifice or what new variable(s) are introduced in exchange for this treatment as I’m fairly sure that they haven’t just modified a Nylon 6/66 to make a quasi aramid fibre.

    • Administrator says:

      It’s a treatment process. I am thinking laminate. You can see the treatment up close. It looks kind of like the fabric had rubbed up against expanded metal.