The durably waterproof, windproof, breathable fabric
that keeps you dry, warm, and comfortable in a wide range of climates.
Since the delivery of the first garments made with GORE-TEX® fabric in 1976, we have continued to improve and evolve to keep in step with the changing needs of our customers, while maintaining the core benefits of this fabric — durable waterproof, windproof, and breathable protection.
Benefits of GORE-TEX® Fabric
- Long-lasting protection from inclement weather
- Unsurpassed comfort with excellent breathability
- Maximum durability in rugged conditions
- Durable protection even after exposure to petroleum, oils, and other lubricants
- Watertight, even after direct contact with heat
- Military outerwear
- Military footwear
- Military gloves
- Military Tents and Shelters
- Law enforcement outerwear
- Law enforcement footwear
- Ballistic covers for body armor
We believe waterproof products shouldn't leak - and, what is more, that this quality is retained over the entire lifetime of the product. The durability of waterproofness is really what sets GORE-TEX® products apart. GORE-TEX® fabrics withstand water-entry pressures encountered during severe weather and in demanding applications. However, a product’s waterproof protection depends on more than just the fabric. That's why all new GORE-TEX® product prototypes from our manufacturing partners are put though a battery of tests in our labs. Only if they meet our strict weatherproof performance standards are they approved for production in a Gore certified factory.
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.
“Breathability” is one of the 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.
When you're active, your skin removes excess heat via perspiration. To avoid uncomfortable sweat buildup, the 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.