What is GORE-TEX® Fabric?
GORE-TEX® fabrics are created by laminating the GORE-TEX® membrane to high-performance textiles, then sealing them with an innovative solution for 100% waterproof protection.
The secret of GORE-TEX® fabrics lies within its revolutionary bi-component membrane.
The expanded PTFE portion of the membrane contains over 9 billion microscopic pores per square inch. These pores are approximately 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, but 700 times bigger than a molecule of moisture vapour. So whilst water droplets cannot penetrate the GORE-TEX® membrane, moisture vapour (a gas) can easily escape.
Integrated into the ePTFE structure is an oleophobic, or oil hating substance that allows moisture vapour to pass through, but creates a physical barrier to contaminating substances such as oils, cosmetics, insect repellents and food substances.
The result is a totally waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane.
The properties of the GORE-TEX® membrane at a glance:
- Durably waterproof
- Very breathable
- Highly cold resistant - Extremely light
- Resistent to flexing
GORE-TEX® - Paclite - An ideal companion
Perfect for hiking, cycling, running and any other sport when weight and space are critical. GORE-TEX® PACLITE® SHELL combines extreme breathability and durable wind- and waterproofness with minimum weight and pack volume.
- A protective layer on the membrane makes a separate lining unnecessary
- Durably waterproof and extremely breathable
- Lightweight, packable and versatile
GORE-TEX® - Performance Shell - One garment, many activities
Whether you’re skiing, cycling, mountaineering, in-line skating or just walking, you can change the sport but you never need to change your garment with GORE-TEX® Performance Shell.
- Combination of soft and high-performance face textiles, membranes and special lining
- Special GORE-SEAM® tape technology ensures all seams are 100% waterproof
- Provides breathable comfort and durably waterproof protection
- Designed for a wide range of outdoor activities
- Durable for extra-rugged use
GORE-TEX® - Performance Shell with Comfort Mapping Technology
Improves your comfort through intelligent garment design. Viewing the human body as a map with several different climatic zones, specific GORE-TEX® fabrics are uniquely combined to increase breathability, comfort, warmth and/or fit, precisely where needed most. Garments with Comfort Mapping Technology often feature advanced seam sealing techniques to reliably combine different fabric types inside the garment.
GORE-TEX® - Performance Shell with AIRVANTAGE Insulation Technology
Control your comfort using a patented adjustable insulation system. Simply inflate by blowing into the valve, and deflate by releasing the valve. Now you can easily adapt to changing conditions without the need to add or remove garment layers.
GORE-TEX® - Paclite with Stretch Technology
Ensures optimum peformance of the garment that stretches with your body to provide ultimate comfort.