Three New Technologies For Gore-tex Pro Garments

W.L. Gore & Associates takes their GORE-TEX PRO product category to the next level: With three new technologies for all extreme activities. What does this mean specifically? takes a look at the high-end functional materials that will be presented for the first time at ISPO Munich.

Gore presents three new technologies for GORE-TEX PRO garments at ISPO Munich
Gore presents three new technologies for GORE-TEX PRO garments at ISPO Munich

Since its market launch in 2007, GORE-TEX PRO garments have been considered the measure of all things when it comes to robust, waterproof, windproof and breathable laminates from W.L. Gore & Associates (Gore). From autumn 2020, the company will introduce three new GORE-TEX PRO textile technologies. The promise: even more robust, elastic and breathable - and they can be combined with each other. The ecological footprint is also said to have improved. Gore calls the technologies a redefinition of extreme weather protection. shows the possibilities Gore is aiming to unlock with these technologies, introduces the three new GORE-TEX PRO product categories and also shows where the materials can be found at ISPO Munich.

"GORE-TEX PRO materials are as extreme as the things they are designed to achieve"
"GORE-TEX PRO materials are as extreme as the things they are designed to achieve"

Three Combinable Technologies: The Way to Tailor-Made

With the new GORE-TEX PRO product line, brands will in future be able to choose from three technology categories: "GORE-TEX PRO Most Rugged", "GORE-TEX PRO Stretch" and "GORE-TEX PRO Most Breathable" - each of which has been optimised for the core attribute already visible in the name.

Another new feature is that the three-layer laminates can be individually combined in a single garment (e.g. a hardshell jacket).

"Now, brands can optimize at a much higher level for different kinds of performance and different sorts of activities," explains Mark McKinnie, product specialist for GORE-TEX PRO - "by combining three different fabric technologies in the same piece of apparel or by choosing the technology that best suits the intended end use."

The New GORE-TEX PRO Product Family at a Glance

The three-layer laminates are aimed at clothing that demanding, extreme athletes are looking for: reliable, maximum-comfort materials in even the toughest conditions.

GORE-TEX PRO Most Rugged Product Technology: the name alone implies that the functional focus of this technology is on extreme robustness and durability - according to Gore, the most robust material they have ever developed for mountain sports. Among other things, this is due to the following factors: a 70-120 denier strong, abrasion-resistant outer material, a new, strong membrane and a stable, spin-dyed Micro Grid lining.

GORE-TEX PRO Stretch Product Technology: Perhaps the greatest innovation: GORE-TEX PRO garments can now be equipped with a stretch content of up to 20 percent. This is made possible by an industry-unique, Gore proprietary process - without compromising functionality or durability. The elastic material is intended to significantly increase freedom of movement in sports such as climbing or freeriding and therefore offer improved comfort.

GORE-TEX PRO Most Breathable Product Technology: With this three-layer laminate, Gore offers maximum functionality optimized for extreme breathability. Designed for strenuous, intensive activities and changing environmental conditions, Gore cites the lighter outer materials and spin-dyed Micro Grid lining as the main reasons for increased performance comfort when worn.

For all three innovations Gore makes its "GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™" promise, meaning permanently waterproof and windproof as well as breathable.

Improved Ecological Footprint

Not only has the performance of the textiles been improved, but the environment also benefits from the new technologies, the company assures:

  • Lining and upper materials can be dyed with the so-called spin-dye method. The process: The granules are dyed before the fibres are made and then the fabric is made from the already dyed fibres. This means that the material is colored throughout (like a carrot). In addition to improved durability and functionality, this should even include two sustainability aspects:
    • Significant reduction in water usage of up to 49.7 %
    • Reduced CO2 emissions by up to 1.9 %
  • In addition, Gore offers outer fabrics made from recycled materials

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