ATLANTA — InSport, Inc. will manufacture a new running suit for the Marine Corps under a $14 million contract recently awarded to the Beaverton, Ore.-based producer of athletic performance apparel by the U.S. Marine Corps.
InSport said it secured the Marine Corps contract through a full and open competitive bid for the running suit, which is comprised of a jacket and long pant.
The fabric for both jacket and pant has a proprietary nano-technology treatment with moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, stain and abrasion resistant, and water-repellent features for comfort and usability throughout extensive weather conditions, as well as durability for lengthy wear. The jacket includes side and underarm venting, and the pants have articulated knees. Both have reflective piping.
InSport said the contract was awarded after extensive proposal review, laboratory testing and user evaluations to make sure the running suit stood up to the rigorous fitness demands placed on the modern-day Marine. Also, InSport said in a statement that the Marine Corps’ decision to adopt the InSport-designed running suit will allow them to take advantage of innovative fabric technologies not present in the Marine’s current physical training uniform, which was designed more than 30 years ago.
InSport will begin providing the running suit to Marines in early 2008. In compliance with Berry Amendment regulations, the suit will be designed and manufactured entirely in the U.S., using materials made by other American businesses. Marine Corps officials estimate that 125,000 running suits will be produced in 2008, with another 125,000 distributed through 2009.
The running suits will also be available next year at PX (Post Exchange) and other on-base military stores.
A spokesman said this is the largest military contract for InSport, which has been making apparel for the military for about 10 years.