Explore the high-level protective benefits of this technology application.
GORE-TEX PYRAD® riot suits wear and feel like regular rain wear. They are very light weight, flexible and less bulky for enhanced comfort.
The light and more flexible polyamide-based GORE-TEX PYRAD® laminate has low water pick up and dries out fast.
GORE-TEX PYRAD® riot suits protect the wearer from accidental flame exposure, such as from Molotov cocktails. Material remains intact and does not break open after flame contact, though needs to be replaced after exposure.
Prevents penetration of common liquid chemicals, which Riot Police can also face. The membrane properties remain intact even after contamination.
Riot police and mobile police squads often experience very different deployment scenarios. While most operations involve accompanying law enforcement and are peaceful, increasingly, there are operations in which the riot police officers are confronted with massive violence and are directly attacked. Particularly shocking escalations, such as those that occurred in 2017 at the G20 summit in Hamburg, demonstrate the increased threats riot police officers face during operations.
Molotov cocktails have also been seized during some conflicts, confirming that the danger of arson attacks for officers is real.
Riot Police are burdened with wearing heavy protective equipment during long shifts in every kind of weather. Introducing the new GORE-TEX PYRAD® riot garments which use a light, more flexible polyamide-based laminate designed to enhance their comfort. It provides protection from inclement weather and limits water pick up to remain light and dry which further enhances wearer comfort significantly.
Lifelong protection against the penetration of rain - Rain Tower Test for ready-made garments (DIN EN 14360: Protective clothing against rain – test method for readymade garments – impact from above with high energy droplets with new and home laundried garments (EN ISO 6330, 60 °C, Textiles – domestic washing and drying procedures for textile testing)
Protection against Flame – Method of test for limited flame spread (EN ISO 15025 method A, meeting the requirements of Index 3 acc. EN ISO 14116 section 7.3)
Protection against liquid chemicals (EN ISO 6530: Protective Clothing – Protection against liquid chemicals – test method for resistance of materials to penetration by liquids)
There are no defined test procedures for throwing a Molotov cocktail. In order to test "fitness for use" and the protection of GORE-TEX PYRAD® product technology in a simulated emergency, Katja Christof, Product Specialist at GORE-TEX Professional for police clothing, had this situation recreated under controlled conditions and with high safety requirements. In this environment a Molotov "attack" was simulated.
“Safety first during the fitness-for-use tests!” Katja Christof, Product Specialist at GORE-TEX Professional