Accession Number : ADA262967
Title : Durability Evaluation of Assault Snowshoes
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MA
Personal Author(s) : Hall, Ronald
Report Date : Mar 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 20
Abstract : Snowshoes selected by the Marine Corps were laboratory evaluated by the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility to ascertain durability/ performance characteristics in support of the Soldier/Marine Enhancement Program. The snowshoes were obtained from three commercial manufacturers, incorporating distinct design and construction features. The three types evaluated included: (1) Atlas 'Model 1022', (2) Redfeather 'Goshawk' and (3) Tubbs 'Katahdin'. The components of the snowshoes (i.e., decking, framing, etc.) were subjected to a variety of physical tests to compare durability. A wear evaluation was also conducted by NCTRF laboratory personnel to ascertain comfort, wearability, and durability characteristics. Results of testing are somewhat inconclusive, due to lack of specific Marine Corps requirements. Each of the three snowshoes possessed positive and negative features, along with distinct design/construction characteristics which led to a difficult comparison between them. Based solely on the results of laboratory testing and not considering the cost factor, the Redfeather would be recommended.... Snowshoes, Wearability, Durability, Laboratory evaluation.
Descriptors : *COMPARISON , *CLOTHING , *SNOWSHOES , TEST AND EVALUATION , REQUIREMENTS , MARINE CORPS , AUGMENTATION , COSTS , WEAR , TEXTILES , PERSONNEL , LABORATORIES , CONSTRUCTION , RESEARCH FACILITIES , FACILITIES , ARMY PERSONNEL , NAVY
Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE