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AUSA – WL Gore Expands Flame Retardant Offerings

Monday, October 13th, 2014

W.L. Gore & Associates has announced it will be featuring its expanded line of FR military apparel, consisting of several jackets. The Improved EWOL now features Pyrad face fabric rather than the Nomex fabric on the current model. I have long been a fan of Gore’s Pyrad technology which retains the performance of the base fabric yet adds FR capability.

The full release can be read below:


ELKTON, MD, OCTOBER 13, 2014 – – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., will be featuring its expanded line of flame-retardant (FR) military apparel at the 2014 AUSA Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 13-15, in Booth 2719. The portfolio includes: Gore’s FR Lightweight Loft (LWL) Jacket; GORE® PYRAD® Hardshell Jacket; EWOL (Extreme Weather Outer Layer) Jacket; and an IWOL (Intermediate Weather Outer Layer) Jacket. All products meet or exceed industry standards for flammability and thermal protective performance. Standards include, where applicable: PYROMAN™ – ASTM F 1930; Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) – ISO 17492; Flammability – Folded Edge Flame Test Method – ASTM F 1358; and Vertical Flame Test Method – ASTM D 6413.

The GORE® PYRAD® Hardshell Jacket incorporates a self-extinguishing fabric technology that offers protection in heat and flash-fire incidents. The fabric increases thermal protective performance and reduces potential for burn injury. It provides increased thermal stability and maintains physical integrity in the event of exposure to heat and flames. Further, the jacket is waterproof/windproof/breathable due to its GORE-TEX® fabric construction, making it not only protective but comfortable to the wearer in extreme environments, as well.

Gore’s FR Lightweight Loft (LWL) Jacket, which features GORE® PYRAD® Flame Retardant, provides proven heat and flame protection against battlefield hazards without sacrificing protection from the elements, especially cold temps. Gore’s FR Lightweight Loft Jacket provides heat and flame protection, is highly breathable, dries fast and packs quickly.


Gore’s next generation Extreme Weather Outer Layer (EWOL) jacket provides weather protection utilizing a waterproof, windproof, and breathable GORE-TEX® membrane combined with GORE® PYRAD® Flame Retardant. It is comfortable, provides antistatic protection, and offers penetration resistance against JP-8, DEET, petroleum, oils, and lubricants.


The Intermediate Weather Outer Layer (IWOL) jacket is constructed from a MASSIF® fabric featuring GORE® FR Stretch technology in a revolutionary nylon-faced, flame resistant, water resistant laminate. This extremely durable, highly breathable fabric offers a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. GORE® membrane technology provides weather protection from rain and wind. The result is a high quality, comfortable, softshell jacket with heat and flame protection.


GORE® PYRAD® Flame Retardant is an advanced laminate technology that offers an optimal combination of thermal / flashover burn protection, environmental protection, and comfort. This unique technology self-extinguishes flames so that the fabric does not continue to burn. Traditional non-FR textiles will continue to propagate flame, exhibit melting and dripping, and increase the potential of burn injury to the skin. GORE® PYRAD® Flame Retardant increases thermal protective performance and reduces potential for burn injury.

For more information on Gore’s line of FR garments, visit Gore at the 2014 AUSA Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 13-15, in Booth 2719.


PrimaLoft Partners with GORE Military Fabrics

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

We’ve mentioned this project before with our exclusive coverage of USSOCOM’s latest Block 2 variant of their Protective Combat Uniform but PrimaLoft and GORE Military Fabrics, have officially announced their teaming to provide a new lightweight loft garment.


This unique partnership between two of the outdoor industry’s leading component suppliers, PrimaLoft and GORE Military Fabrics, has resulted in an innovative layering garment called the Lightweight Loft jacket. The jacket has been adopted as level 3B of the PCU Layering System.

Designed by Patagonia, the PCU issue Lightweight Loft jacket is a combination of PrimaLoft FUSION insulation combined with a Gore 2-layer FASTPACK membrane laminate. Developed as a comfortable soft-shell, it is also durably water-resistant, windproof, easily packable and dries quickly. The Lightweight Loft garment is ideal for layering and works within the PCU (Protective Combat Unit) System used by the Special Operations Forces. In addition, the garment has been printed in several camouflage patterns (some of which include n-IR signature reduction).

“We are very pleased to partner with GORE Military Fabrics on the launch of this highly anticipated lightweight loft garment,” stated Michael Joyce, president and chief executive officer of PrimaLoft, Inc. “The Special Operations Forces (SOF) community has worn PrimaLoft in the field for the last decade and it continues to be the insulation gear of choice worn by the entire U.S. Military. By combining our proprietary technology with GORE Military Fabrics, we are able to offer a distinctive advantage to the U.S. Military to keep our troops warm, dry and comfortable while in the field.”

”Gore has played a pivotal role in providing durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable products to the U.S. military,” says Tim Quinn, Product Specialist at Gore. “We are excited to co-develop a cutting-edge solution with PrimaLoft that offers enhanced comfort, versatility, and improved weather protection. Gore will continue to support improving the mission effectiveness of our warfighters by engineering a broad range of protective fabric technologies that offer distinct capabilities, such as advanced weather protection, flame resistance, and signature reduction.

AUSA – Gore Military

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Gore Military showed a prototype reversible garment. It features symmetrical performance meaning, the laminate is printed on both sides and provides full camouflage and full waterproof breathable performance no matter which side is out. Reversible shell garments have been done before, but not with a single fabric.


They’ve done this through some creative garment design that includes common pockets with dual openings and patterned seam tape. This version is the soon to be replaced UCP on one side and OCP (MultiCam) on the other. With the Army poised to select a new family of camouflage patterns, this type of garment adds a great deal of versatility is a single jacket.


MDM – Gore Military

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Gore Military’s Lightweight Loft technology is a combination of PrimaLoft’s Fusion insulation (80g) hang in a Gore 2-layer Fast Pack membrane laminate. A comfortable softshell, it is also water resistant. It is not only wind proof but it can also quickly be packed. Because of the breathability it dries quickly and can be used to layer over wet garments to help dry via convection.

The Lightweight Loft has been adopted by USSOCOM as level 3B of PCU. The garment was designed by Patagonia and has been printed in several camo patterns including nIR protection.


Gore Military – FR Fuel Handler Coverall

Friday, September 21st, 2012

This is the second in a series of articles covering WL Gore’s various technologies and their military applications. While we are all familiar with the popular GORE-TEX brand, many do not know that WL Gore has worked extensively with the military since the mid-1980s to develop specific fabrics for various purposes. In this article we will cover the FR Fuel Handler Coverall.

Military fuel handlers face a dirty, dangerous job. Petroleum, oils, and lubricants (POL) are both flammable and corrosive. In cold weather, fuel handlers face increased threat of cold weather injuries due to the lower freezing temperature of fuel. Diesel can remain in its liquid state down to 15 deg F. At these temperatures, spills can exacerbate the danger of cold injuries. That’s not to mention the flame threat associated with POL. To counter these environmental dangers, the Army and Marine Corps set about to develop a new garment for fuel handlers. The answer is the Fuel Handler Coverall which has been adopted by both the US Army and Marine Corps. It features GORE-TEX construction offering a wide variety of attributes. Not only does it integrate penetration-resistant against JP-8, DEET, and POL but it is also flame-resistant (thanks to Nomex technology), anti-microbial, durably waterproof, windproof and breathable and dissipates electrostatic charges. Additionally, it provides this protection for more than 25 wash/dry cycles. Finally, it is available in Coyote as well as UCP and includes n-IR signature reduction technology.


Gore Military – FREE

Friday, September 14th, 2012

This is the first in a series of articles covering WL Gore’s various technologies and their military applications. While we are all familiar with the popular GORE-TEX brand, many do not know that WL Gore has worked extensively with the military since the mid-1980s to develop specific fabrics for various purposes. In this article we will cover GORE-TEX fabrics used in the Flame Resistant Environmental Ensemble issued to US Army Armored Vehicle and Air Crews.

FREE is a true head-to-toe FR environmental clothing system. It incorporates numerous levels consisting of garments that can be used alone or together, along with FR improved Combat Vehicle Coveralls and Army Aircrew Combat Uniform to face virtually any extreme weather conditions.

GORE-TEX membranes are used in the Extreme Weather Outer Layer Parka and Trouser. It is a breathable 3-layer laminate that combines DuPont’s Nomex fiber face material with a GORE-TEX ePTFE membrane and a Nomex mesh inner fabric. It is printed in the US Army’s Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) or the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP) for operations in Afghanistan where it has been used extensievly. EWOL is the most external layer in the clothing system and combines wet and extreme cold weather protection. It incorporates a fleece liner in order to help regulate temperature. Due to its intended use in vehicles and aircraft is a little bulky for use by dismounted troops.

Based on the success of FREE, ADS has developed Dismounted FREE so that all troops will have access to an FR environmental clothing system. FREE is currently only issued to armored vehicle and air crewmen but the threats affect everyone on an aircraft or in a vehicle. With Afghanistan’s extreme environment, troops are exposed to multiple threats; enemy fire, IEDs and weather. DFREE helps mitigate the effects of two of those.

Due to the difference in mission between mounted and dismounted troops, DFREE more closely mirrors Gen III ECWCS. This accomplishes two things. First, it means that the overall system is slightly lighter because ground troops have to carry it. Additionally, troops already understand how to use the system so new equipment training is kept to a minimum.

Keeping this philosophy in mind, the GORE-TEX level in DFREE more closely mirrors Gen III’s Level 6 than the EWOL level found in the mounted FREE. Rather than a 3-layer laminate DFREE’s Extreme Wet/Cold Weather Level (EW/CW) incorporates a 2-layer fabric with the ePTFE membrane paired with a durable nylon face fabric coated with WL Gore’s Pyrad FR treatment. Look for in-depth coverage of Pyrad here on SSD soon.

The entire FREE system, including the Dismounted variant, is available through ADS Inc – www.ADSinc.com/solutions/clothing-programs/free