Gore shows off reversible camo jacket
By ROB CURTIS — W.L. Gore showed us its latest laminate technology in the form of a double-sided, waterproof, breathable shell that sports desert camo on one side and woodland camo on the other. It’s an industry first brought about by a breakthrough Gore made with seam tape that allows it to print a camo pattern on it.
Touch and feel is largely the same as a three-layer Gore-Tex jacket, and the only noticeable difference is the seam tape. Looking closely at it, you’ll see the clear adhesive layer peeking out from beneath the tape on the edges. (Seam tape is exactly what it sounds like; the inside seams are taped to prevent moisture penetration in all Gore-Tex jackets.)
The clear, shiny adhesive is a slim strip less than a few millimeters wide. The adhesive can be hidden during manufacturing of the garment, but making the seam tape tolerances tighter will be a challenge faced by sew shops. Gore reps on-site explain the tape and adhesive’s reflective properties are managed and can be made to be non-infrared reflective, which will help hide the seam tape edges, as well as let sew shops tighten up their adhesive application.
Getting two jackets for the price of one — or one-and-a-quarter — could be good deal for the government. It could also save weight in a packing list and give service members more choices for signature management when deployed to areas where there is a mixture of arid NSA temperate environments.