This Request for Information (RFI) — https://beta.sam.gov/opp/e521e887535847e48eb39dab2fe7bd02/view?keywords=%22Combat%20Boot%20Sock%22&sort=-relevance&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1 — initiates market research under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10 and is not a Request for Proposal. The information herein only initiates communication with industry in order to assess market potential. No solicitation document exists at this time. This RFI constitutes no Government obligation to procure these items or issue a solicitation. The Government does not have an obligation to pay for information responding to this RFI and will not accept any responses as offers. Vendors should mark any proprietary information clearly and appropriately.

The Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment (PM ICE), Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) is seeking industry input to determine the feasibility of improving the current Combat Boot Sock characteristics, identify potential sources, and best practice information regarding industry manufacturing capabilities. The current basic (sea bag) issue boot sock was originally fielded in 2002 and is comprised of an 82% cotton, 13% nylon, 3% silver, and 2% spandex blend. Based on technological advancements within the sock industry, the program office requests information on the performance attributes associated to: fiber blend, foot fatigue, blister reduction, durability, moisture wicking capabilities, seamless toe technology, machine washable and dryable in industrial/shipboard laundries, length, compression, and color. The overall goal is to increase durability of the Combat Boot Sock and reduce lower extremity injuries.

Industry Responses are due at 12 noon Eastern on 8 June 2020