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Gore Exhibiting Proven & Trusted Technical Solutions For Military and Defense Applications at AUSA 2018

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

ELKTON, MD, OCTOBER 3, 2018 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) will be showcasing high-performance GORE® Cables and Materials and next-gen GORE® Military Fabrics at the 2018 AUSA (Association of US Army) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC on October 8-10, Booth 3115. The military has trusted and relied on Gore’s technical solutions for decades because they ensure combat readiness and operational success every time on the battlefield and in the air.

Robust Cables and Materials for Vehicles & Aircraft

Gore will present its extensive selection of GORE® Cables and Materials for military land systems and aircraft applications. Solutions that will be on display include high-speed data cables, high power distribution cables, high-frequency microwave/RF assemblies, and excellent EMI shielding materials. All of Gore’s robust cables and cable assemblies are available in a variety of compact, highly flexible, and routable designs. Thoroughly tested and qualified to the most rigorous military specifications, they are proven to perform continuously and reliably in the toughest environments.

Also exhibited will be GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials that have been proven to solve many sealing and surface protection challenges in helicopters such as the Apache, Black Hawk, Chinook, and Seahawk. Specified by leading military aircraft OEMs, these lightweight, non-curing tapes and gaskets simplify aircraft assembly, increase throughput, and reduce life-cycle costs.

Durable, Broad Chem-Bio Protection That Improves Mission Effectiveness

Gore will also feature the CPCSU-2 system as part of Gore’s Chemical and Biological Protective Combat Style Uniform family. At the heart of CPCSU-2 is the GORE® CHEMPAK® Undergarment with Stretch Technology, which delivers protection against a broad range of threats in liquid, vapor and aerosol form. A non-CB protective outer garment completes the CPCSU-2. This chemical and biological system offers durable protection, improved mobility, and enhanced operational effectiveness.

For more information about GORE® Cables and Materials and GORE® Military Fabrics, visit Gore at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, October 8-10, in Booth 3115. Additional details can be found at

Gore Featuring High-Performance Military and Defence Solutions at DVD2018

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

DUNDEE TECHNOLOGY PARK, UK, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) will display field-proven and battle-tested technical solutions at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) event at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK on 19-20 September, Booth C-707.

Proven Cables & Materials for Land Systems

On display will be GORE® Cable and Materials in rugged, compact, flexible and routable designs for military land systems. Products such as high power/data rate cables for vehicle and soldier-worn systems ensure reliable signals for continuous transmission in the toughest terrain. Also featured will be robust GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies that stop water vapor, fuel, and other contaminants from entering into critical systems. Known as the purple cable, GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies ensure precise and repeatable measurements over time in field test environments.


Next-Gen Fabrics for Soldiers on Mission

Gore will also be exhibiting best-in-class GORE® Military Fabrics for UK land forces, including durable, lightweight, comfortable military garments made with GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology. GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Rainsuits are the only fire-resistant, durably waterproof, windproof and breathable garment with excellent colour technology. Also displayed will be Gore’s BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) made with GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology.

Visit Gore in Booth C-707 to find out more about Gore’s high-performance solutions built to perform reliably every time on the battlefield. Additional details can be found at

Gore Featuring Proven & Trusted High-Performance Solutions For Aerospace & Defense Applications At 2018 Farnborough Airshow

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

DUNDEE TECHNOLOGY PARK, UK, 10 JULY 2018 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) will showcase a wide selection of high-performance solutions at the world’s biggest airshow in Farnborough, 16-22 July in Hall 1, Booth 1265. Gore continues to innovate today and for tomorrow by combining dielectric expertise with unique fluoropolymer materials unmatched by alternatives. Proven in the real world and trusted for decades, Gore’s high-performance solutions for aerospace and defense applications ensure connection, protection and safety every time in the most demanding environments.


Stay Connected, Protected & Safe

On display this year will be durable, compact and highly-flexible GORE® Aerospace Cables including high data rate, power/signal delivery, and coaxial and microwave/RF solutions for aircraft and spacecraft applications. Also highlighted will be EMI shielding solutions that provide excellent RF grounding and shielding performance in aircraft.

Gore’s booth will also exhibit lightweight, non-curing GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials which are specified by leading civil and military aircraft OEMs because they are proven to solve many sealing/surface protection challenges. A selection of these tapes and gaskets will be installed on a section of an aircraft wing.

For armed forces, Gore will be showcasing GORE® Military Fabrics for clothing and footwear that offer durable, broad protection to improve mission effectiveness. Gore will introduce the new GORE-TEX PYRAD® MTP Rainsuit which provides durable waterproof, windproof, breathable and heat/flame protection.

Also featured will be Gore’s lightweight Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble (UIPE-1) made with GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Technology, which provides a unique combination of chemical/biological (CB) protection and reduced thermal burden.

For more information, visit Gore at the Farnborough International Airshow, 16-22 July in Hall 1, Booth 1265. Gore will also be hosting a Happy Hour on Tuesday, 17 July at 4:00 pm. Additional details can be found at

Arc’teryx LEAF Assault LT Uniform Featuring Gore Katana Fabric

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Arc’teryx LEAF Assault LT Uniform Featuring Gore Katana Fabric

Although we’ve mentioned the Assault LT ensemble by Arc’teryx LEAF a couple of times in the past, many don’t know that it is made with a fabric developed specifically for he military market by WL Gore & Associates, called Katana.

Katana incorporates ePTFE ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) fiber technology and is lightweight, breathable, fast drying and no melt/no drip making it great for use in hot environments. Essentially, the inclusion of ePTFE in the standard 50/50 NYCO, improves the blend. Arc’teryx further tuned the uniform with 520E Tweave and Cyberknit mesh.

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The advantages of Katana are many:
-Low wet pick-up for faster dry time
-Faster dry time with moisture absorption
-High mechanical durability (break & tear strength)
-High strength to weight ratio (weight reduction)
-Low coefficient of friction offers low, wet cling and improved hand
-Tunable with other fiber blends inherent characteristics, like FR

Assault Shirt LT

-PPE compatible allowing the shirt to be functionally worn with body armour
-Low profile zip neck allowing collar to be worn either open or as a neck protector
-Arm cuff velcro closures allowing for fully enclosed sleeves
-Upper arm zip pockets allowing for convenient pocket accessibility when wearing PPE
-Upper arm IFF Velcro 4×4.5” (w/V-Lite™ retention ring) enhancing the retention of electronic IFF devices
-Daisy chain hard points (in upper arm pockets) allowing for the tying off of mission essential equipment
-Mesh pocket bag liners (upper arm pocketing) allowing for enhanced ventilation and reducing overall apparel weight when the shirt is wet

Assault Pant LT

-Adjustable waist (c.2”) allowing for waist sizing flexibility
-Enhanced belt loops allowing for the use of the LEAF Rigger’s system
-Retention loops (sewn into waistline) allowing for the tying off of personal items
-Reinforced knees & gusseted crotch allowing for increased durability and enhancing end-user mobility
-Hand pockets (w/internal folding knife pocket) allowing for the secure carriage of a standard folding knife
-Seat pockets allowing for optional/extra storage
-Expandable cargo button pockets capable of providing dump pocket capability
-Draw cord ankle cuff closure (w/vertical retention tunnel for adjustment end) allowing for pants to be worn tightly with boots
-Mesh pocket bag/knee pad insert liners allowing for enhanced ventilation and reducing overall apparel weight when the pant is wet
-Soft knee pad insert capable allowing the end-user an option to insert soft knee pads

Recce Shirt LT

The Recce Shirt LT is made from the same Katana fabric as the other items and features a user removable zipper closure down the front and mesh breathability panels inside the dual chest pockets.

See The Newest Gore ePTFE Fiber Enhanced Fabrics at SOFIC

Friday, May 12th, 2017

At next week’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida, WL Gore & Associates, Inc will exhibit uniforms made from the latest versions of fabrics enhanced with their ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) fiber technology. We first introduced you to the technology during SOFIC 2015.

As reminder, these are the performance enhancements, thanks to the inclusion of ePTFE.
-Low wet pick-up for faster dry time
-Faster dry time with moisture absorption
-High mechanical durability (break & tear strength)
-High strength to weight ratio (weight reduction)
-Low coefficient of friction offers low, wet cling and improved hand
-Tunable with other fiber blends inherent characteristics, like FR

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Sounds like a wonder material, doesn’t it? Makes you wonder why they haven’t just made shirts and pants out of pure ePTFE right? Sure, they could make an entire garment from the fiber, but they haven’t gone that far yet. Incremental improvement is always easier to accept, so rather than introducing a radical new technology, they considered how to enhance existing materials by adding ePTFE into weaves with more traditional fibers. “We took the NYCO you wear now and made it even better. That was our starting block,” explained Dave Minor, Fibers Technology Lead at WL Gore & Assoc. Since it’s adoption in the early 90s for military field garments, NYCO is common ground for all of the services and was the perfect place to begin their work.


But, this isn’t Gore’s first go at fibers. You’re most likely familiar with WL Gore’s waterproof/breathable technology, known as GORE-Tex. However, that’s a membrane which is bonded to other face fabrics. WL Gore & Assoc is a worldwide corporation and boasts a wide range of technologies, including a great dental floss. Naturally, it’s strong, self lubricating and inert, meaning it won’t pick up any heebie-jeebies that might cause infections in your mouth. Later, they came up with a Gore thread, with the same properties. Looking back on those two products, you can see that the move to woven textiles was inevitable. However, in this instance, Gore set out to develop fabrics for military use, rather than looking first for commercial customers. The development didn’t happen overnight. Gore had to work with their supply chain to develop processes to weave the material and refine the ePTFE fibers introduced into the process. Few companies would take on the development of a completely new fabric technology without a formal requirement, leaving me very impressed with this investment.

While the fabric is a Gore product, it’s not GORE-Tex, meaning it’s not waterproof. Instead, it absorbs less water than traditional fabrics, due to the ePTFE’s inert nature. It also remains soft against the skin, yet strong. Product Specialist Cheryl Booth, emphasized the material’s attributes saying, “It’s super wicked strong.” Less water absorption doesn’t just equal more comfort, it also means it dries faster. To this end, I’d like to point out, some impressive numbers.

Dry Time Numbers/Increasing Strength When Wet Data
Dry time comparison based on MM-TS-07 test method shows Katana to dry in 20 minutes as compared to NyCo drying in 35 minutes.
Katana fabric will increase 15% in strength when wet. NyCo fabric will lose > 15% in strength when wet.

Although I found the technology remarkable the first time I saw it several years ago, Gore rested on their laurels. They’ve advanced the concept and made improvements from early construction. In addition to enhanced durability, they also improved printability and comfort. Those of you who are familiar with early uniforms made from Katana, may recall that the print looked washed out. To counter this effect, they moved the ePTFE fibers from the surface of the weave further to the rear. Not only did this result in richer printing, but more of the ePTFE is against the skin, resulting in increased comfort. The Saber fabric in the middle of the image below is from the first generation, while the MultiCam fabric to the left is from a recent production run. You can really see the difference the new weave makes.


The Katana fabric has been chosen for use in the Arc’teryx LEAF Assault LT line of hot weather uniforms and has already been adopted for issue by allied units. It’s a No Melt, No Drip material thanks to the NYCO content, but does not offer full FR properties. However, they also have a full Nylon fabric called Saber which is much lighter than Katana, and much softer to the skin. This was developed for customers who don’t require NM/ND. I expect to see this offered in a commercial garment soon as well. As I mentioned earlier, Gore is working on turning other combinations of fibers into fabric. It could be could be any fiber, created specifically to enhance certain characteristics, like full FR. Gore’s team continues to work with customers to identify requirements. Additionally, while ePTFE is white, it can be solution dyed and Gore has demonstrated the use of such ePTFE fibers in a new fabric called Scimitar, seen above next to Katana (L) and Saber (C). A full Scimitar uniform is seen below.

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Be sure to see the latest Gore ePTFE Fiber Enhanced Fabrics as well as other technologies at SOFIC in booth #1420.

IWA – Carinthia Introduces Insulating Garment Featuring WL Gore’s Pyrad Treatment

Monday, March 6th, 2017


Austrian brand Carinthia is well known for their excellent cold weather clothing, sleep systems and shelters. This year at IWA they exhibited a new insulating garment based on their -30 Deg C capable, ECIG, which features a shell made from WL Gore & Associates’ Pyrad FR process. The process is applied to fabric such as Gore-Tex windstopper before it is sewn into a garment. It gives a distinctive look, seen below, to any fabric which has received the process. But what is remarkable, is the performance. Pyrad is a self-extinguishing fabric technology that adds heat and flame protection properties to non-FR textiles. What’s more, the inherent qualities of the base fabric are retained. Fabrics still insulate, still wick and are still durable.


Carinthia isn’t the only company incorporating Pyrad into their line. I’m seeing it more and more in the States and IWA opened my eyes to new uses in Europe.

WL Gore & Associates, Inc – ECWCS Prototype

Friday, November 18th, 2016

I’ve seen Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System prototypes. Hell, I was issued one while assigned to 3ID LRS in the late 80s, but the ones I’m familiar with were all made by Raven Industries in South Dakota. During my visit to the WL Gore & Associates, Inc mothership in Maryland, I spied this garment on display.

It shares many of the traits of the ECWCS parka prototype I wore, although the face fabric was a better print, with true Woodland pattern coloring instead of the bright Green and light Brown of the prototypes we used at 3ID LRS. Interestingly, the hung liner is Green, rather than Brown, but the front closures are Velcro and the shoulder pocket is on the right side rather than the left like other developmental variants. While the rank tab has an exposed snap rather than the covered ones in later variants, the pocket layout was also true to the issue garment with handwarmer pockets and internal Napoleon pockets. 

What’s really interesting about this garment, dating from 1983-84, is who made it.

Marmot did quite a bit of work early in this war, but I had never seen any of their work for the military dating back that far. Has anyone else run across one of these?

Update: This jacket was owned by Marine Nick Allen, formerly on the Gore military team and currently with Camelbak. It’s a Marmot jacket, referenced in the comments. Love the seam sealing.