GORE-TEX THERMIUM® Captures Market for Tactical Boots for Defence and Law Enforcement

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Building on the successful introduction of the THERMIUM® insulation technology end of 2019, several customers of W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) have presented their collection for defence and law enforcement end-use. This innovative insulation technology THERMIUM® adds warmth and maintains the footwear’s agility and offers thermal comfort in an even broader range of temperatures. Built into winter, summer or all-season GORE-TEX footwear, it always delivers thermal protection without adding bulk, or compromising mobility and breathability. More information on https://www.goretexprofessional.com/uk/technologies/gore-tex-thermium


Tactical boots are worn for long periods outdoors and often in harsh conditions. They must therefore be durable waterproof and breathable. They also need excellent insulation to keep feet safe, warm, dry, and comfortable in cold environments. Gore´s technology features patented thermal mapping: The ultra-thin, noncompressible insulation is strategically placed in temperature-critical areas of the foot. The result is outstanding heat retention without the bulk and weight associated with insulation.

“The introduction of the newest generations of tactical boots by our partners HAIX, YDS, AKU and Altama/Original puts THERMIUM® insulation technology onto the market for combat GORE-TEX boots with a variety of brands, models, designs and specifications”, says Martin Pfister, Product Specialist at Gore Footwear for professional end-use. “What they all have in common is the high-performance technology for best user experience, comfort and functionality”.


A new boot with high-tech insulation

THERMIUM® insulation is built upon a unique combination of PTFE and silica aerogel, the world’s best solid thermal insulator. This revolutionary material offers thermal comfort on a new level, because it is ultra-thin, low bulk and noncompressible. THERMIUM® insulation which has a special composition, is the first insulation that can be used outside of the waterproof membrane and enables high insulation performance even in a wet environment. It is only 1.7 millimetres thick and integrates easily and seamlessly into existing designs without affecting the shape, agility, or breathability of the boot. Strategically placed in the boot, and combined with the GORE-TEX lining, results in durably waterproof and highly breathable boots that bring additional thermal comfort to defence personnel during their missions in temperate and cold conditions.

At a glance, THERMIUM® insulation technology delivers:

  • Enhanced insulation technology that improves cold climate comfort 
  • Enduring comfort and protection across an extended range of temperatures 
  • Hydrophobic properties, enable consistent insulation in wet and dry conditions 
  • Continuous versatility, enabling customization through various shapes, layers, and designs 
  • Seamless integration into existing manufacturing processes

Gore revolutionized the outerwear industry with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX fabric 40 years ago and remains a leading innovator of performance apparel. Gore fabrics products provide comfort and protection in challenging environments and in everyday life, enabling wearers to safely and confidently achieve and experience more. From hiking in downpours to military operations and fighting fires, Gore’s deep understanding of consumer and industry needs drives development of products with meaningful performance advantages. https://www.goretexprofessional.com/uk