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New Applications Of Gore SHAKEDRY Fabric

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

In the WL Gore & Assoc booth at the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, they displayed two now applications of their SHAKEDRY fabric.

SHAKEDRY is extremely lightweight because the GORE-TEX membrane is the outer surface, meaning water simply beads up and runs off. It’s also the most breathable membrane yet, making it great for high intensity activity. Finally, it’s windproof.

First up is a concept jacket from Burton which incorporates insulation making it a very lightweight insulated shell. Notice this is a White Label garment meaning that it’s going to keep you comfortable, but it’s not the traditional “guaranteed to keep you dry” application we are used to. You’re going to see more and more uses of Gore’s flagship material ePTFE in new ways.

The other is a Cycling Jacket from Gore’s own brand, Gorewear. What’s unique about this minimalist piece is that they’ve added stretch technology under the arms and at the hem in order to facilitate bending forward on a bike. The C7 is available now.

Gore Launches New Rugged, Low-Weight Tethered Drone Cables For Commercial & Military Applications At AUSA 2018

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

LANDENBERG, PA, OCTOBER 4, 2018 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) is pleased to offer a new, game-changing cable option for tethered drones used in the military and commercial applications. GORE® Tethered Drone Cables strike a balance by combining power and fiber optic cables with durable, lighter-weight materials in a hybrid solution that provides significant benefits. These high-performance cables maximize Tether Management System (TMS) availability, provide more design options and payload, and enable greater drone operational capability.

High Performance and Durability in Lightweight Package

GORE® Tethered Drone Cables have a unique design that significantly reduces size and weight without sacrificing mechanical durability and electrical performance. They have a dielectric that is 20 percent smaller than standard nylon cables, which means they take up less space inside the TMS system. Gore’s cables are also proven to provide greater weight stability in harsh fluids compared to standard nylon cables, further increasing design/payload options and operating height.

Better Protection for Longer Life

Gore’s rugged tethered drone cables deliver non-stop power, secure signals, and continuous data transmission over the drone’s lifetime. These cables are engineered with high-strength and weather-proof materials that withstand crushing, abrasion, repeated reeling, extreme temperatures, humidity, rain, snow, and tough terrain. 

The single-mode fiber optic cable meets ARINC 802-2 requirements and is proven to provide a high level of crush resistance with low insertion loss, ensuring a secure data link from the drone to the ground support equipment (GSE). In addition, Gore’s patent-pending fiber braid cable jacket is low friction and resists abrasion induced during operation or by the TMS. This low-friction jacket also makes it easier to handle Gore’s tethered drone cables compared to standard nylon cables.

Typical applications include: video streaming; news and events; commercial photography; search and rescue; industrial and land inspections; telecommunications; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors; and signals intelligence.

Proven Track Record

For decades, Gore’s products have been used successfully in many aerospace and defense applications — from the first moon landing to today’s International Space Station, commercial airliners, fighter jets, combat vehicles, and naval platforms. Gore has been a trusted partner to the aerospace industry and many branches of the military, delivering cables and materials with an optimal blend of durability, reliability and flexibility.

GORE® Tethered Drone Cables, along with Gore’s collection of high-performance cables, materials and fabrics, will be on display at the AUSA (Association of US Army) Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC on October 8-10, Booth 3115. Additional details can be found at gore.com/ausa2018.

MDM 18 – WL Gore & Assoc

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Most people know WL Gore & Assoc for their flagship product, the ePTFE membrane used in Gore-Tex. Over the past few years, we’ve seen them introduce the ePTFE technology into other areas including chemical warfare protective suits, woven fabrics for jungle uniforms and even insulation layers.

This is a reversible, lightweight loft insulation concept jacket, Gore is showing at Modern Day Marine.

Because we’re at Quantico, this version reverses from Woodland to Desert MARPAT, but other versions can be manufactured, based on user needs.

The low-loft insulation is paired with a nylon face fabric. One of the “sides” of the jacket also incorporates a Windstopper membrane to help shed wind, adding to the insulation value.

Essentially, it’s a fleece replacement. While fleece is comfy and warm, it has several drawbacks. First, it doesn’t compact well, meaning it takes up a lot of space in a rucksack. Considering fleece retains water, takes a long time to dry, and doesn’t do a great job of keeping you warm when it is wet, the case for carrying fleece as an insulation layer isn’t very good.

What’s more, fleece retains dirt, grease and microbes that makes you sick. That means you’ve got to wash it often, and when you do, fleece sheds thousands of plastic micro fibers into the water. It’s just not good for the environment.

Continuous filament insulation on the other hand is water resistant, and with the Gore Windstopper membrane, wind resistant. It also takes up less room when stored. Additionally, Gore’s Quick Pack technology allows air to quickly vent out of the jacket when stowing it.

This concept not only performs better than the fleece it replaces, but it’s a two-for-one item, pulling duty in more than one environments.


Stuff I Like – Hyperair GORE-Tex Jacket by The North Face

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

I have been a fan of WL Gore & Associates’ SHAKEDRY membrane since I first saw it about two years ago. It’s amazing.

Initially, it was used in Gore’s running and biking line, but as the clothing is primarily aimed at Europe the sizing combined with the tight, no frills design precluded me from purchasing a jacket. Later, Arc’teryx offered a limited release Norvan SL Jacket.

Now, other brands are getting into the “ROFO”* game with its permanent DWR. Water just heads up on its face. You can literally take your jacket off and shake it dry. Moisture slides right off. Plus, it breathes very well during physical activity.

The North Face Hyperair incorporates a hood, Velcro adjustable cuffs and large zippered chest pockets with mesh liners for both weight and ventilation.


Right now, SHAKEDRY is only available in Black. Additionally, the material is extremely lightweight at just 197g/m2. Regardless of brand, a jacket will compact into a ball the size of your fist. This is why they tend to be no frills designs. It keeps weight and bulk to a minimum. I’d say that TNF’s Hyperair is the fanciest so far on the market.

One last word. While I love the Jacket, it’s not a replacement for a hardshell parka. That Lightweight material isn’t going to put up with abrasion. It definitely has a place for physical training. Additionally, it can be used like an old Stealth Suit, worn under outer garments, like a smock.


*During development Gore’s stretch fabric was known as ‘TOPO’ and SHAKEDRY was called ‘ROFO’.

Gore Exhibiting New And Proven Fabrics, Cables And Materials For Military And Defense Applications

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

ELKTON, MD, APRIL 24, 2017 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) will be featuring products from GORE® Military Fabrics, GORE™ SKFYLEX™ Aerospace Materials and GORE® Cables and Materials at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN, April, 26-28, Booth 1045.

Gore offers an extensive collection of high-performance technical solutions that incorporate the latest materials science — ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) — to meet the military’s complex functional needs and rigorous industry requirements. Gore products have proven themselves in the toughest military conditions, dramatically reducing program risk and ensuring the success of any mission.


Gore will be exhibiting military apparel featuring fire-resistant (FR) innovations, including GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology – an advanced laminate 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. Also on display will be Gore’s Fire-Resistant Environmental Ensemble (FREE) line designed with a Nomex® outer layer, a durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable GORE-TEX® membrane, and a Nomex® liner. In addition, Gore will show its Intermediate Weather Outer Layer (IWOL) jacket, constructed from a MASSIF® fabric featuring GORE® FR Stretch technology in a revolutionary nylon-faced, flame resistant, water resistant laminate.


Gore will also exhibit its portfolio of durable GORE® Cables and Materials engineered to perform reliably now and over time. Products that will be highlighted include small, lightweight high data rate cables; no-cure, durable GORE™ SKFYLEX™ Aerospace Materials; and excellent shielding materials.


Throughout the summit, Gore will conduct live demonstrations using the Cable Installation Simulator they developed to replicate the conditions an assembly experiences while being routed during installation in an aircraft. Gore specialists will route GORE-FLIGHT™ Microwave Assemblies through the simulator and evaluate performance using GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies. The live demo schedule (Booth 1045) is as follows:

-Wednesday, April 26, 5:00 PM
-Thursday and Friday, April 27-28, 1:00 PM

For more information on GORE® Military Fabrics and GORE® Cables and Materials, visit Gore at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN, April, 26-28, in Booth 1045. Additional details can be found at gore.com/armyaviation2017.

IWA – Patrol GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Lightweight, extremely breathable and durably waterproof desert boot demonstrates its value in a user trial

NUREMBERG (March 3, 2017) – With its Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) offers its footwear partners a first-of-a-kind solution for a lightweight, extremely breathable and durably waterproof duty boot specifically engineered for use in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. A full-scale user trial has now confirmed that the footwear concept performs well in active use. Trial participants stated that the temperature inside the boots was pleasant and the heat release characteristics were excellent. The boots were also quick to dry and offered reliable protection against sand, dust and water entry.

Exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics
The Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear line was developed for patrols with a lighter load, combat in urban environments, and low to medium liability combat operations. At the core of the desert boot is the Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Laminate that comes without insulation. This laminate delivers exceptional breathability and outstanding heat release characteristics, reliably preventing the foot from overheating. At the same time the laminate creates a durable barrier against water entry whilst offering protection against sand and dust as well as preventing penetration by undesirable liquids and commonly occurring chemicals. This is the first-of-a-kind and quite different to the desert boots worn by the armed forces until now. Thin materials and limited use of foam layers facilitate the heat release process. The single-layer boot construction allows for a low water pick-up of the outer material and extremely quick re-dry paired with less weight.

User trial in hot weather
From July to November of 2016, the Patrol GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear was tested in a full-scale wear trial conducted by Gore, footwear partner Meindl and market research agency HYVE. 48 soldiers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria tested Meindl’s Equator Alpha GTX® duty boot over a period of 10 to 16 weeks. The majority of the trial participants wore the boots for more than six hours a day in easy terrain, sandy and dusty environments, standing water and other liquids. The bulk of their activities were conducted over level terrain in warm weather and involved moderate exercise – i.e. marches, combat training, shooting drills or indoor duties. Most of the soldiers were stationed in Central Europe, however, eleven were in Africa, Afghanistan, the Near East and Kosovo.

During the extensive feedback process, the trial participants were overwhelmingly positive in their assessment of the test boots. “The boots are ideal for their intended use. I’m thrilled with the high climate comfort factor and the breathability,” said one of the test participants. The majority of the participants said that they sweated far less in the trial boots than in the boots they had worn in the past. This was almost unanimously confirmed by the soldiers who were stationed in extremely hot climates. 75 percent said that up to 35°C they felt that the temperature inside the test boots was still pleasant. 80 percent stated that the heat release properties were good or even very good while 87 percent said the same about the re-dry properties – and confirmed that in this respect the trial boots possessed better characteristics than the boots they had worn in the past. One of the soldiers even described the highly breathable boots as “heat specialists”

Reliable protection
The GORE-TEX® boots also scored high when it came to their protective performance. The vast majority of the trial participants were satisfied with the protection the boots provided against sand and dust. This feature was certainly of great significance for the test persons. Half of the wearers said that during military operations they often, or even frequently, came into contact with sand and dust. They were also positive in their evaluation of the waterproofness of the test boots – their experiences involving exposure to sewage and commonly occurring chemicals will certainly have fostered this attitude.

The desert boots scored additional bonus points for their high comfort factor. 91 percent of the soldiers were favourably impressed by the weight of the boots, particularly when compared with the footwear they had worn in the past. The boots also made an impression on the trial participants with their walking comfort, running comfort, fit and durability.

The specialist for hot-dry and hot-humid climates
At the end of the trial and after several months of wearing the boots, more than two thirds of the participants said that they would recommend Meindl’s GORE-TEX® Equator Alpha GTX. They particularly recommended that the boots be worn in hot-dry and hot-humid climates. The approval rates were significantly higher in the case of soldiers who had tested the boots in extremely hot climates. “In view of their light weight and really good membrane, the boots are highly suitable for the intended uses,” said one of the trial participants.

For the conditions found in warmer and even hot climates, Gore offers two other solutions that are specifically engineered to meet the exact requirements of soldiers operating in these scenarios: Tactical GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear and High Liability GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear.


SOFIC – WL Gore & Assoc Pyrad Combat Uniform

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Ever since I was first introduced to WL Gore’s FR Pyrad self extinguishing fabric technology, I’ve been intrigued about applying it to a combat uniform. The beauty of Pyrad is that it is a treatment process applied to existing fabrics rather an entirely new one. This means that the base fabric retains its inherent properties. That includes strength and comfort. It’s a laminate rather than a simple topical spray, so the Pyrad isn’t going to wash out. In fact, testing shows that Pyrad fabric is more tear and abrasion resistant as well as colorfast than other fabrics, even after washing.

This garment, manufactured by The Italian brand Montura is made from a Pyrad fabric. In Europe, other garments are popping up as well such as this German uniform in Flektarn from Lindnerhof Taktik I saw during IWA.

Hopefully, we’ll see them here soon as well.


Belleville – Exodus 451

Monday, May 9th, 2016

During last week’s Warrior West I got to check out a new hot weather boot from Belleville. The Exodus 451 incorporates Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Technology.

This new construction is radically different than what you are used to with Gore-Tex lined boots. In the past, they used a bootie shaped liner that was sewn into the boot. With Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Technology, the membrane is laminated directly to the boot’s outer material, mimicking the construction of outerwear. The result is a boot that is lighter, cooler to the foot in hot weather, and more breathable.

Initially, the Exodus 451 is offered in Black, but a Coyote version is on the way.