ELKTON, MD -- (Marketwired) -- 06/04/13 -- The first two jackets announced in the GORE® advanced products line for law enforcement have both received the Member Tested and Recommended seal awarded by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). The highly breathable GORE-TEX® lightweight patrol shell and WINDSTOPPER® patrol soft shell allow officers to put the jackets on and leave them on for the entire shift, keeping officers comfortable while moving in and out of the patrol car while protecting them from inclement weather.
NTOA members in various parts of North America field-tested the jackets and rated them on a scale of zero to five in various categories, such as design, quality, durability, cleaning, and comfort. Both jackets received ratings between four (very good) and five (excellent), which the NTOA defines as, "exceeds the advertised specifications on a regular basis and outperforms others in usefulness and quality of workmanship."
One evaluator from Oregon found the GORE-TEX® lightweight patrol shell to be ideal as a lightweight duty jacket, stating, "The fit seems just right, not too bulky like some rainwear and not too tight like many of the current designs... well suited for rain as well as any condition." He summarized his assessment, saying, "It is professional in appearance, so a nice option for patrol."
The windproof, water-resistant WINDSTOPPER® patrol soft shell is designed for dry or damp weather in cold to cool temperatures. A Michigan officer who evaluated this shell agreed that it protected in light rain, taking it one step further saying, "Where water resistance usually falls down is at the shoulder seams... However, the water just simply beads and runs off."
According to Steve Lampo, Gore's North American product manager for law enforcement outerwear, working with the NTOA on product testing is an honor and excellent opportunity to ensure that the jackets provide the protection and comfort officers expect. "Having NTOA members evaluate our jackets in real-world environments supports one of our core values -- fitness for use, which we define as engineering products to meet or exceed the challenges of a specific application. We are pleased that our first two offerings in this new line received such outstanding ratings from NTOA members."
These jackets are available directly from Forum Industries, one of Gore's certified manufacturers, at www.forumindustries.com. For information about GORE® advanced products for law enforcement, visit www.GoreProtectiveFabrics.com/PatrolOfficers or call 800.431.GORE (4673).
About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well-known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company's portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore employs approximately 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. "100 Best Companies to Work For" lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world.
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