New GORE® Particulate Hood improves comfort without compromising performance

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Fire Hood

W. L. Gore & Associates announced its next generation in hood technology with the highly breathable GORE®Particulate Hood GEN2. This enhanced design delivers improved comfort, certified protection, and long-lasting durability at an affordable price.

The GORE® Particulate Hood GEN2 delivers increased comfort due to higher breathability, enabling you to wear the hood on the scene longer. Gore’s GEN2 hood exceeds requirements of the NFPA 1971, 2018 Edition for both particulate-blocking and thermal protection. The hood’s optimized construction minimizes interference  with fire site sounds without sacrificing its particulate-blocking performance.

Comfort

The level of comfort you get from the GORE® Particulate Hood GEN2 has been improved for a more natural feel without compromising protection. Its highly breathable construction helps reduce heat stress, enabling you to wear the hood longer at the fire site.

Protection

The GORE® Particulate Hood GEN2 exceeds requirements of the NFPA 1971, 2018 Edition for both particulate-blocking and thermal protection. Its innovative design integrates a barrier that blocks more than 99.99 percent of particles between 0.1 and 1.0 microns in size. It delivers reliable protection throughout the entire hood —blocking smoke at critical seams more effectively than other particulate hoods currently available. At the same time, its construction is optimized to reduce interference with sounds and signals on the fire site.

Reliability

The exceptionally durable GEN2 hood retains its level of more than 99.99 percent particulate-blocking performance even after laundering. The hood’s unique inspection opening enables you to inspect the entire hood — inside and out.

According to Holly Blake, North American product manager in Gore’s Fabrics Division, the fire industry continues to recognize the need for protection against exposure to fire site contaminants. “In 2017, Gore addressed the vulnerability of firefighters’ head and neck areas by delivering the first hood certified to the NFPA 1971, 2018 Edition’s option for particulate protection.” She continued, “Based on feedback from firefighters, we have improved the comfort of the GORE® Particulate Hood GEN2 with a new design and increased breathability. At the same time we maintained the high level of particulate protection and reliability of our original hood. To deliver quality consistent with the original hood, we have continued to work with Majestic Fire Apparel to manufacture the GEN2 hood.”

Available in two knit options — Ultra C6 (black) and Nomex® blend (white) — the GORE® Particulate Hood GEN2 is being sold through Majestic Fire Apparel’s dealers. For more information go to majhoods.com