What is the GORE-TEX® fabric?

GORE-TEX® products are well known for providing long-lasting, comfortable weather protection you can trust from your head down to your toes. But what exactly is the GORE-TEX® fabric? Is it a coating or an impregnation? An outer fabric or an inner textile lining? It's none of those but all of the following:

The GORE-TEX® Membrane

The GORE-TEX® membrane is at the heart of all GORE-TEX® products. The GORE-TEX® membrane is an extremely thin layer of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). It has over 9 billion pores per square inch. It's these pores that give the GORE-TEX® fabric its characteristics.

The GORE-TEX® laminate

In order to use the GORE-TEX® membrane in the manufacture of a finished product, it first has to be bonded between a high-performance lining and outer textiles. This combination of membrane and support material is referred to as the GORE-TEX® laminate.

It's a product technology

GORE-TEX® product technologies offer unique solutions for specific activities and climate conditions to fit your individual needs.

It's a promise

All products engineered with GORE-TEX® product technology carry the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise.

GORE-TEX® Outerwear technologies

GORE-TEX® products - Everyday versatility

Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® fabrics are durably waterproof and windproof, combined with optimised breathability—enduring products that maximize protection and comfort for the wearer.

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GORE-TEX® PRO products - Engineered for the extreme

Garments made with 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric are durably waterproof, windproof and extremely breathable. They combine comfort with reliable weather protection, even during extended activities in extreme weather.

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GORE-TEX® ACTIVE products - Fast pace, high intensity

Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® Active fabrics are built for extreme breathability and are ideal for highly aerobic, done-in-a-day activities.

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GORE-TEX® Footwear technologies

GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort Footwear

Shoes engineered with GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort product technology are designed for outdoor use in moderate weather conditions.

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GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear

Shoes engineered with GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort product technology are designed for indoor and outdoor use in moderate and warmer conditions or during higher activity levels.

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GORE-TEX® Insulated Comfort

Shoes engineered with GORE-TEX® Insulated Comfort product technology are designed for outdoor use in rain, snow and cold conditions.

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