Our Fabrics

GORE-TEX® products are
durably waterproof and windproof
combined with optimized breathability.

See How
  • Comfort Science

    Dry and warm on the inside

  • Ski Outerwear
  • Comfort Science

    Wind stays outside

  • Hiking Outerwear
  • Comfort Science

    Sweat passes through the fabric

  • Running Footwear

Waterproof

Wet fabrics rob your body of warmth. GORE-TEX® fabrics are durably waterproof, allowing you to stay dry and enjoy your activity in comfort.

Preventing heat loss

Wet fabrics conduct heat 3 times faster than dry clothes, robbing your body of warmth. By keeping water out, our durably waterproof clothing system prevents this heat loss. As a result, you stay dry and comfortable, even during extended use, and in harsh conditions.

Windproof

Windproof outerwear preserves your microclimate and keeps you comfortable.

Blocking Windchill

As cold wind blows through your clothes, it causes convective heat loss, robbing you of the warmth kept in the thin layer of air between you and your clothing. GORE-TEX® fabrics prevent this windchill from happening by stopping the wind from passing through. The result – you preserve a comfortable microclimate inside your gear.

Breathable

GORE-TEX® fabrics allow sweat to pass through and help reduce overheating and perspiration buildup.

Sweat Can Escape

When you’re active, your skin removes excess heat via perspiration. To avoid uncomfortable sweat buildup, GORE-TEX® membrane allows the evaporating moisture to escape through the fabric. This breathability leads to more comfortable and drier skin, even during high exertion.

Our Tests

New GORE-TEX® product prototypes – from every manufacturer – are put through a battery of evaluations in our test labs in order to gain style approval.

Non-Waterproof Alternatives

Durably Waterproof

Our Tests

WHAT DURABLY WATERPROOF MEANS

We believe waterproof garments shouldn’t leak - period. Many outdoor brands claim their products are waterproof but can’t always keep that promise over time in real-life conditions. We keep that promise. GORE-TEX® fabrics provide truly durable waterproofness, keeping water out through prolonged use in harsh conditions and demanding applications.

Our Tests

The “Storm Cube” is a climate chamber cooled to 39°F and capable of wind speeds up to 32 mph. It is equipped with infrared cameras so our engineers don’t just feel the difference our products make, they see it.

Truly Windproof

Non-Windproof Alternatives

Our Tests

TRULY WINDPROOF

Although textiles like microfibers, closely woven fabrics, and many fleece materials are often considered windproof, even light winds can penetrate most of these fabrics, making you feel chilled and uncomfortable.
In technical terms, a fabric can only be considered truly windproof if its air permeability is 1.0 cfm (volume of air that passes through one cubic foot of fabric in one minute) or less. All GORE-TEX® products meet or exceed this standard.

Our Tests

Our Tests

Starting with the baseline material, we perform a battery of lab tests to ensure the laminate is performing to our standards for breathability.

Not Breathable Alternative

Highly Breathable

Highly Breathable

“Breathability” is one of the outdoor industry’s most misunderstood terms. It is not, as many believe, about a fabric’s ability to let air move through it, rather it refers to how well it lets your sweat escape in the form of moisture vapor. Our standards require that during heavy exertion our fabrics must breathe well enough to allow sweat to evaporate easily.

Membrane

At the heart of GORE-TEX® fabric is an extremely thin membrane that's durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It has over 9 billion pores per square inch.

Membrane
Waterproof
Windproof
Breathable

Breathable

Breathable

The pores are 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule which means perspiration passes right through. This is what makes the membrane breathable.

Breathable

Waterproof

Waterproof

The microscopic pores on the membrane are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet, which means water droplets can’t pass through.

Waterproof

Windproof

Windproof

The volume of air that passes through one cubic foot of fabric in one minute (cfm) is 1.0 or less, creating a truly windproof membrane.

Windproof

Laminate

To construct a GORE-TEX® laminate (fabric), we bond the GORE-TEX® membrane between high-performance lining and shell textiles.

Laminate

Durably Water Repellent

Durably Water Repellent

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.

Constructions

Constructions

Multiple GORE-TEX® membranes have been developed for specific end uses to ensure that the finished laminate will provide durable waterproof, windproof, and breathable protection.

Seam Sealing

Every stitch in a seam is a potential leak. That’s why for durable waterproofness GORE-TEX® products rely on GORE-SEAM® tape applied by specially trained manufacturers in certified factories.

Seam Sealing

Seam Sealing

Seam Sealing

Seam Sealing

OUR GUARANTEE

If you are not completely satisfied with the waterproofness, windproofness, or breathability of your GORE-TEX® product, then we will repair it, replace it, or refund your purchase price. And that’s a promise.
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OUR GUARANTEE

QUALITY TESTING

New GORE-TEX® product prototypes from our manufacturing partners are put though a battery of tests in our labs. If at any point a product doesn't hold up to our demanding standards, it is sent back to the drawing board.

QUALITY TESTING

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