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Get The Latest WL Gore Technology From ADS

Friday, September 20th, 2013

ADS Inc has garments featuring three great new technologies from WL Gore.



I’ve mentioned WL Gore’s Pyrad technology before which transforms their waterproof breathable fabric by adding FR properties. It’s fantastic that the process retains the base fabric’s inherent characteristics.

Features & Benefits:
-Protection Against Heat and Flame
-Increased Thermal Stability
-FR Properties Built Into Laminate Structure
-Maintains Physical Integrity
-Designed with GORE-TEX® Fabric – Protects Wearer in Rain, Snow, and Windy Conditions
-Durable Nylon Face Textile
-Comfortable Performance

Below is a video of a Pyrad garment compared to a Gen III ECWCS Level 6 garment during a Pyroman test.


This was adopted by USSOCOM as Level 3B of their Protective Combat Uniform and is constructed using a combination of a Gore shell fabric and PrimaLoft Fusion insulation. I’ve tried it out and yes, it’s comfortable and insulates quite well but the thing that I really like is that you can quickly stuff it into a pack despite the membrane.


Features & Benefits:
Air Permeable
Moisture Vapor Permeable
Water Resistant
Durably Windproof


I had a chance to briefly check out this final piece last week at DSEi in the UK. It’s the thinnest Gore membrane I’ve run across and is aptly named. Think of it as taking performance fabrics meant for conventional athletes and applying it to the military athlete.


Features & Benefits:
Durable, Waterproof and Windproof
Highly Breathable with Improved Next-to-Skin Comfort
Improved Utility for Enhanced Mission Effectiveness
Engineered for Highly Aerobic Activities

All of these products are available for unit and agency purchase through Also, look for them next week with Gore Military at Modern Day Marine.

Putin Wears Optifade

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

In this photo from the Huffington Post, Russian President Vladimir Putin sports (Hyperstealth Developed) Optifade Open Country camouflage during a recent fishing trip.


The garment, manufactured by Sitka Gear, is pretty high end stuff.

Warrior Expo – LION

Thursday, July 11th, 2013


LION developed a new CBRNE under garment utilizing a WL Gore Chempak fabric. Intended to be worn under combat or other clothing, the Commando Stretch Garment offers 48 hours of continuous wear and can be laundered 5 times. The fabric is two-way stretch and breathes for comfort and meets NFPA 1994 Class 3 standards.

Mattock Drysock LT from Arc’teryx LEAF

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

During SHOT Show Arc’teryx launched the new Mattock Drysock LT which marked their first foray into footwear. There have been GORE-TEX® socks on the market for decades so the question you have to ask yourself is, “Why should I choose the Mattock?”

We just opened the pool so I had Tactical Fanboy put on the Mattock last night and left him soaking overnight to see how he fared. Just kidding, it wasn’t overnight, but he experienced two sessions. One thing he didn’t notice was one of the most common sensations when wearing GORE-TEX® in a fully submerged environment. Even after 15 minutes he didn’t notice that slight clamminess you may experience when you wear GORE-TEX® next to the skin. This was thanks to his Darn Tough socks and trouser legs. He said he could feel the pressure of the water pushing the Mattock tight against his feet and legs but that he was bone dry. Once he came out of the pool, his clothing and feet were perfectly dry. Arc’teryx has that seam taping down to a science.


Having worn them, I feel there are three things that make the Mattock stand out. First, the fit. Designed to be worn inside footwear, the Mattock are sized XS – XXL and articulated to integrate with the footbed. This will help with hot spots but I suggest that you consider your sock thickness and boot fit when choosing your Mattock. Also, take a little care when putting your boots on in order to smooth the material of the Mattock as much as possible in order to avoid creating pressure points.


Second is the height. The Mattock goes all the way to the knee so that you won’t step into a puddle and walk out with a sock full of water.


And finally, is the Velcro strap that keeps the Mattock in place so that you aren’t spending all of your time pulling them up.


Overall, the advantage offered by the Mattock is pretty big. You can add the protection of GORE-TEX® to your feet when you need it, essentially upgrading your boots for wet environments. Offered in Crocodile and MultiCam.

Arc Mattock CrocArc Mattock MC

Storm Freerun – Featuring GORE-TEX Tactical Footwear for Police

Friday, April 12th, 2013

When I first saw this video a few weeks ago it really blew me away. It’s fun to watch free runners in action and interesting to check out what the European footwear brands are up to and how they are integrating the latest GORE-TEX® technology.

The footwear
Recent and comprehensive market research has shown that the effective climate comfort and management of moisture and heat loss together with reliable waterproofness, light weight, well cushioned, flexible and sporty performance soles are becoming more and more important for the police officer’s daily duty footwear. To meet these requirements the Gore professional footwear team together with HAIX®, LOWA® and MEINDL® has developed “GORE-TEX® Tactical Footwear“. The styles include HAIX® Black Eagle, MEINDL® Black Cobra and LOWA® Zephyr Black.

GORE-TEX® Technology
The footwear’s main feature is the durably waterproof and highly breathable GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Laminate, which keeps the wearer’s feet dry and comfortable due to the increased breathability of the laminate together with the components used allow moisture to easily escape and keep the wearers feet at their optimized temperature even in the warmer climate of summer or inside environments.

The film
To launch the new “Tactical GORE-TEX® Footwear” collections Gore´s professional footwear team worked together with the film-maker and photographer Claudiu Voicu and the freerunning team “Storm Freerun” in London.

Katie McDonell, Tim “Livewire” Shieffs, Chima Akenzua and Kie Willis tested the footwear to the extreme while shooting a fast chasing story through the backyards and over the roofs of East-London. Next to “Tactical GORE-TEX® Footwear” all runners were equipped with police-uniforms made with the latest GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER® technologies.

Claudiu Voicu used a Canon 5D and 7D camera, a Helicopter and a Go Pro camera to capture the full action. To capture the details of the performance of the footwear he used a Phantom Ultra Slow Motion camera.

Feel free to watch the full length version here.

WL Gore Releases MultiCam Fabrics

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Gore, inventor of GORE-TEX® fabric, is now offering weather-resistant fabric solutions in MultiCam® camouflage print. Available in multiple constructions directly through GORE® Military Fabrics, these fabric technologies provide a broad level of protection in the harshest weather environments. Gore engineers products that offer distinct capabilities, such as advanced weather protection and flame resistance, and continues to be a premiere material choice for garments issued by the Department of Defense. Gore works closely with suppliers and manufacturers worldwide to carefully ensure the best possible product performance, design, and functionality.To learn more about weather-resistant solutions in MultiCam® print, or other Gore fabric technologies, please call 1.800.431.GORE (4673).

SHOT Show – Massif Battlefield X

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


Here is the application of Massif’s new Battlefield X technology. This FR fleece jacket features a WL Gore membrane for wind and water protection.

Massif Announces Introduction of New FR Fabrics with WL Gore Membranes Into Their Line

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Innovative FR nylon-face fabric provides all the benefits of the best water resistant outdoor fabrics while meeting the ASTM F2302/ASTM D6413 standard for flame resistance.


Massif announces the commercial introduction of Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics, two revolutionary new nylon-faced, flame resistant, water resistant laminates for the military and tactical markets.
Nylon garments have a long history of field-proven outdoor performance, yet have never before provided adequate flame resistance. Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X fabrics offer a shift in FR protection by combining filament nylon-faced laminates with exceptional FR protection.

Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X fabrics provide excellent durability, water resistance, breathability, flame protection, stretch, and warmth-to-weight ratio. There is simply nothing like the Battleshield fabrics on the market; they perform as well as other non-FR outdoor fabric in the industry and provide exceptional flame protection.
Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X feature Gore® FR stretch technology, which dramatically increases breathability while simultaneously improving water repellency and water entry pressure. The result is an extremely durable, highly breathable fabric with a superior warmth-to-weight ratio that is very water resistant and fully flame resistant. “Gore has played a pivotal role in providing best in class durable, breathable and environmentally protective products to the U.S. military,” says Mark Miller, Product Specialist at Gore. “We are excited to be working with Massif and bringing this product line to the warfighting community. Unlike any other flame-resistant, water resistant softshell fabrics, Massif Battleshield and Battleshield X fabrics featuring Gore® FR stretch technology compete with the very best technical performance softshell fabrics on the market today.”

Over the past year, every branch of the United States military has been evaluating either Massif Battleshield or Battleshield X fabrics. “We’re getting some very exciting feedback from our military partners,” said Dave Bywater, Vice President of Government Sales at Massif. “It’s gratifying to be able to provide garments and fabrics that improve comfort and durability, increase life cycle costs, and provide the best flash-fire protection possible for our soldiers.”

Some of the key benefits of Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics are:

BREATHABILITY/COMFORT – With unsurpassed breathability, Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics can dramatically increase the warfighter’s overall comfort. In high-activity situations Massif’s unique fabrics, in combination with Gore’s breathable, stretch membrane, reduce overheating and chilling from moisture retention and reduces user fatigue, ultimately keeping soldiers dryer, safer, and more effective in a wider range of situations and temperatures.

DURABILITY – The nylon face fabric of Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics provide superior durability when compared to traditional FR fabrics on the market today. In fact, for its weight, Battleshield is likely the most durable FR fabric on the market today. This extreme durability can significantly reduce life cycle costs as compared to other FR materials.

WEATHER PROTECTION/WATER RESISTANCE – Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics provide exceptional water resistance by combining Gore’s breathable, stretch membrane with a technically superior face fabric that will not absorb or retain water as with conventional cellulosic-based fabrics.

STRETCH/FUNCTIONALITY – With multidirectional stretch, a key feature of any high-quality outdoor garment, Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics offer excellent mobility and comfort.

FLAME RESISTANCE/BURN PROTECTION – These truly revolutionary synthetic fabrics have all of the benefits of high-quality outdoor softshell fabrics while meeting the stringent requirements of ASTM F2302/ASTM D6413 and showing extremely low Burn Injury Prediction when tested on a manikin per ASTM F1930.

Massif will begin using Massif Battleshield and Massif Battleshield X fabrics in its Massif Elements Tactical Jacket. Plans for using these fabrics in US military and tactical garments are underway.