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What is the Gorka suit?

You may be wondering, but what makes the Russian Gorka outfit stand out more than the rest?

What does the "Gorka" name itself mean, and what are the purposes of this suit? 

Maybe you are just a person who enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, airsoft, camping and Gorka Suit is your favourite piece of clothing. How to take care of it properly?

Today we bring you all the highlights that you are looking for around the famous Gorka Suit.

1. What does the word “gorka” mean?

“Gorka” means “hill”, “rath”, “hillock”, “hump” in Russian. The full name of the suit is “Mountain Assault Suit” or “Special Mountain Suit”.  The suit owes its origin to the historical fact. The suit was designed to be worn in mountainous regions with its severe winds. The classic windproof mountain suit from tent fabric had a reputation of being "indestructible". In the face of mountainous areas Gorka suit did an excellent job of protecting from wind and rain.

2. What is the history of a Gorka Suit?

There are some false statements about the invention of the Gorka Suit. 

The first piece of disinformation is that the mountain guard suit, that had been made in Germany during WWII,  was taken as a sample piece to create the first Russian Gorka. But in German suits the jacket was made in the form of anorak and this is a key point in this inquiry. 

The second falsehood is that the suit was newly introduced during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. But in fact technical design assignments for such a suit were made in 1973-1974, long before this war. This was due to the fact that in the mid-60s of the last century, terrorist organizations became more active, especially in the Middle East. There was an urgent need to create special full-time structural units capable of solving tasks in the fight against international terrorism, including in the territories of the USSR.

Since that time the Gorka suits have been modified and refined to accommodate suggestions and proposals of real users. Dozens of different manufacturers offered their versions, the best ideas were copied, the shortcomings were eliminated.

3. What fabric is Gorka suit made of?

Well, it all depends on the model of the Gorka suit. The first version of the windproof suit was worn over other clothing and was made from tent fabric. Gorka 1 did an excellent job of protecting soldiers in the face of harsh mountainous climate. The suit was loose-fitting with many pockets and reinforcement on the elbows, knees, and shoulders. 

In Gorka 2 the cut of the trousers was changed and suspenders were added. But the main difference in that version is considered to be basic clothing, and does not imply that it should be worn over another suit.

Gorka 3 has seasonal versions, as it is sewn from a much larger variety of fabrics, depending on functional tasks.

In Gorka 4 there is an anorak with a belly pocket instead of a classic jacket. The main feature is that the developers tried to remove all unnecessary external parts (fittings, flaps and lapels) so that they do not cling to branches and knots. (We have summer and winter versions of this suit).

Gorka 5 is the most modern version. The changes affected the cutting systems and using reinforced fabrics "rip-stop". The hood is equipped with a mosquito net. Shoulders, elbows, knees are additionally reinforced even in comparison with Gorka 1 version. Cuffs on the legs and sleeves are velcro adjustable. Removable knee pads and elbow pads are provided.

Also there are some other versions of gorka suits and we have them in our online shop.

4. Will you feel hot in the Gorka suits?

As you've seen above, there are different versions of Gorka to suit different seasons and weather. To choose your ideal garment, pay attention to the characteristics indicated in the description. You can also contact us at any time for a piece of advice.

Our customer team provides the best service to our clients. If you are not sure about your size or other characteristics, please contact us anytime. Here is the contact form.

5. How to wash the Gorka suit?

Here are the “official” care recommendations for the Gorka Suit:

  1. Hand wash or machine wash in a mode for delicate fabrics.
  2. Use mild detergent and warm water (max t 40°C).
  3. Rinse up with a gradual decrease in water temperature.
  4. Wring clothes gently. Use a slow spin cycle. 
  5. DON’T USE chlorine bleach!
  6. Iron only on the front side at a temperature of 150-250 °C.

6. Our personal care recommendations.

Please, read our advice based on our care experience. It will help you to keep Gorka Suit in perfect condition even after several years of wear.

  1. Hand wash your Gorka in cold water (temperature 30-40 ° C) with soap and a brush to remove dirt.
  2. DON’T USE a conditioner or softener when washing!
  3. It is better to wring suit out by hand or at a low speed cycle (400-600 rpm) to prevent whiskering and bleaching of fabric.
  4. Dry your uniform in well-ventilated rooms or outdoors, avoiding direct sunlight. 

After several washings Gorka can gradually lose its water-repellent properties. You can re-proof it using a waterproof spray or wax. But it might be less breathable during physical activities. 
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