Chosen for its durability and high-performance characteristics, INVISTA’s T420HT high tenacity nylon 6,6 fibre blended with cotton fabric is being used to produce the next generation of high advanced uniforms for the Royal Marines Commandos.
The UK’s renowned Royal Marines Commandos are often seen as one of the toughest and most elite forces in the world. As expected, to get the right to wear their famous green beret, new recruits must undergo some of the most gruelling selection orders. The same exacting standards were also applied to the CORDURA® fabric now being used in the new uniforms being issued as part of the Future Commando Force initiative.
The CORDURA® brand takes quality assessment to punishing extremes – with fabric test procedures that include aggressive abrasion testing to push durability to the limit.
The new uniform compromises both Combat and Field ensembles all made from Crye Precision’s comfort weave MultiCam® VTX Ripstop stretch CORDURA® NYCO fabric, also using INVISTA’s T420HT high tenacity nylon 6,6 fibre blended with cotton. The CORDURA® NYCO offers long-lasting comfort and performance for the wearer, and, additionally, the uniform is printed with Crye Precision’s MultiCam® camo pattern by 1947 LLC through an exclusive international manufacturing license agreement.
As well as delivering the enhanced durability required for the Commandos in action, this fabric is a foundation for a new uniform that is lighter weight with comfort stretch and offers high tear-strength, is faster-drying and is more breathable than a typical 50/50 nylon/cotton uniform kit. This means the CORDURA® NYCO fabric can be trusted and relied on in the most extreme and hostile environments on earth – from frozen wastes to jungle and deserts.
The CORDURA® NYCO intimate blend nylon/cotton technology was specifically created for military and tactical applications, boasting a 40-year heritage of success and proven performance in the field. The current range of innovative fabrics based on NYCO technology includes Crye’s NATO selected VTX Stretch Ripstop, powered by INVISTA’s latest high tenacity fibre technology – Type 420HT – for the ultimate in lightweight strength, comfort and enhanced durability.
Allen Mortimer Military EMEA director for INVISTA CORDURA® concluded, “Through close consultation with military experts – including experienced veterans – we are constantly evolving CORDURA® fabrics to face new scenarios in different theatres of conflict. We’re proud to know that this fabric now provides NATO troops with a tougher way to handle the toughest missions – and we salute the Royal Marines as the first unit to lead the way forward”.