The GORE-TEX® Laminate
All GORE-TEX® garments have an ultra-thin treatment called DWR - a durable water repellent polymer - applied to the outermost fabric layer so that water beads up and rolls off rather than soaks in.
In order to use the GORE-TEX® membrane in the manufacture of a finished product, it first has to be bonded between high-performance lining and outer textiles. This combination of membrane and support material is referred to as the GORE-TEX® laminate.
Durable Water Repellency
Learn more about three basic GORE-TEX® laminate constructions.
- 2-Layer Construction
Ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities, with this construction a GORE-TEX® membrane is bonded to the outer fabric only. The benefit: the separate lining inside improves wearing comfort and versatility. This construction can be combined with insulation, keeping the wearer dry and warm.
- 3-Layer Construction
Unlike the 2-layer construction, this construction bonds the GORE-TEX® membrane to both the outer fabric and the inner lining. The benefit: no movement between the layers, which means less wear and tear, and enhanced durability.
- Z-Liner Construction
A GORE-TEX® membrane is bonded to a lightweight fabric and a liner is freely suspended between the outer fabric and the lining. The benefit: fewer sealed seams means manufacturers have more freedom for fashion applications. This construction can be combined with insulation.
Every stitch in a seam is a potential leak. That‘s why for maximum waterproof protection, we rely on GORE-SEAM® tape. Every seam in GORE-TEX® garments, footwear and gloves is sealed by specially trained manufacturers in certified factories using patented equipment from Gore.