W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

CROSSTECH® Footwear Fabric

Available in boots dual-certified to NFPA 1971 and 1992, CROSSTECH® footwear fabric leads the industry in providing durable, breathable protection for firefighter footwear. Firefighting boots with our fabric typically break in quickly, are easy to put on and take off, and are more flexible than rubber boots. This fabric stands up to the kind of tough conditions you face in the field, and it is exceptionally durable — even after repeated exposure to high heat. CROSSTECH® footwear fabric keeps your feet dry while resisting moisture, and it remained waterproof after multiple exposures to contaminants.

In a recent study, professional firefighters participated in simulated fire activities while wearing rubber boots and then leather boots. The activities were separated by a rest period. The study results indicated that the firefighters were four times more likely to have a hazardous slip when wearing rubber boots than when wearing leather boots. Visit www.goreprotectivefabrics.com/Structural-Fire-Fighting-Footwear for more information about this study.

Have you been told that rubber boots decontaminate better than leather boots? Gore tested this long-standing theory, and the results were surprising: leather samples were found to retain less residual chemical contamination than rubber samples following the same decontamination procedures. Visit
http://www.GoreProtectiveFabrics.com/decon to learn more about the study.

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