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GORE-TEX® EXPLAINED
If you’ve spent any time in the outdoor world, you’ve probably come across multiple items that utilize GORE-TEX® technology and proudly sport the GORE-TEX® brand. GORE-TEX® is synonymous with high end weather protection and is one of the best technologies available.

In 1969, the outdoor industry was introduced to a revolutionary new fabric membrane from Bob Gore of W.L. Gore Associates called GORE-TEX®, and the world of water proof fabric was never the same again. By yanking PTFE fabric instead of slowly pulling it, Bob Gore was able to create a material with a micro porous structure that allowed for the perfect mix of high end breathability and epic waterproofness.

GUARANTEE

No matter the brand, all GORE-TEX® products are GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®.If yo u are not completely satisfied with the waterproofness, windproofness or breathability of your product, then GORE-TEX® will repair it, replace it, or refund your purchase price.This promise applies to new item purchases and lasts for the useful life of the product. Products that are damaged, misused, lack proper care or are considered by Gore to be beyond useful life, are excluded.

https://www.gore-tex.com/support/guarantee

GETTING TO KNOW GORE-TEX

FABRIC: MEMBRANE

The GORE-TEX® membrane is an incredibly thin layer of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) material. The ePTFE has a mind boggling 9 billion pores per square inch that allow moisture out for awesome breathability, but are so small that water won’t leak in. The GORE-TEX® membrane is waterproof, breathable and windproof.

FABRIC: LAMINATE

If a company desires to use the GORE-TEX® membrane in their product, GORE-TEX® requires that the membrane be sandwiched between a high performance, DWR treated (durable water repellent) outer fabric and inner lining, this creates the GORE-TEX® laminate. If the outer fabric, inner lining or construction process doesn’t live up to the GORE-TEX® standards, the company won’t be allowed to use the GORE® technology in their product. This means that if an item uses GORE-TEX® technology you can be confident that the quality is top notch..

JACKET CONSTRUCTION

2 LAYER JACKETS

2-Layer Jackets are one of the more common types of jacket constructions for rainwear on the market. These usually consist of an interior laminate, membrane or coated layer that’s been bonded to a protective outer layer to create a single fabric. More often than not, a 2-layer jacket will also feature a hanging mesh liner to help protect the interior coating for longer lasting performance.

These jackets usually have a pretty reasonable price point and are quieter than most other shell jackets, which make it perfect for traveling or everyday commuting.

2.5 LAYER JACKETS

2.5 layer jackets are basically 2-layer jackets, but without the drop liner. Instead of a drop liner protecting the interior laminate/membrane, you usually have a printed interior coating instead. Having a coated interior instead of a drop liner drastically reduces the weight of the jacket. They’re usually a bit more expensive than a 2 layer, but if you’re lugging a bunch of gear through the backcountry, every little bit of cut weight helps make the trip easier.

3 LAYER JACKETS

This monster truck of a jacket is the best of the best when it comes to durability. 3-Layer Jackets are built like a classic grilled cheese sandwich, an outer layer and an inner liner with the performance membrane squished in between for better protection. These jackets are lighter weight than the 2-layer version, have a sleek, minimalist design and are usually more breathable than the other versions. All of these things add up to create a more expensive jacket, but if you spend a lot of time in the elements, this burly jacket is worth every penny.

TYPES OF GORE-TEX

GORE-TEX PRO

When a piece of outerwear sports the GORE-TEX® Pro logo, you know that it’s going to be waterproof, windproof, breathable, and incredibly durable. This burly fabric has a classic 3-layer construction that’s perfect for a lot of rough and tumble outdoor activities. GORE® Pro is everything that you need to tackle any condition that comes your way.

GORE-TEX ACTIVE

The GORE-TEX® Active line is all about maximum breathability without sacrificing waterproofness and durability. Outerwear made with GORE-TEX® Active fabric is softer for better next-to-skin comfort with a lighter weight design that’s ideal for high activity days.

GORE-TEX WINDSTOPER

GORE-TEX® Windstopper® is all about putting an impenetrable wall between you and the chilly, wind filled weather. Outerwear that uses this technology isn’t always waterproof (though it’s always water resistant), but it’s always completely windproof and features the best breathability possible to keep you comfortable in cool, windy weather.

GORE-TEX C-KNIT

GORE-TEX® Windstopper® is all about putting an impenetrable wall between you and the chilly, wind filled weather. Outerwear that uses this technology isn’t always waterproof (though it’s always water resistant), but it’s always completely windproof and features the best breathability possible to keep you comfortable in cool, windy weather.

GORE-TEX THERMIUM

GORE-TEX® Thermium™ is the barrier that helps keep the insulation in your outerwear performing as it should. The Thermium™ fabric is completely windproof with maximum breathability to help wick moisture away and also offers extra protection from snow and light rain.

CARING FOR YOUR GORE-TEX

For the longest time I just never washed my technical jacket. I always thought that dry cleaning was the only safe way to clean any coat and I just never found the time to do it; but GORE-TEX (and many other fabrics) are different now and can easily be thrown in the washing machine at home.
Some jackets are different, so always check the interior tag for washing instructions but here are the steps for cleaning most GORE-TEX gear.

STEP ONE

Throw your GORE-TEX gear into the washing machine on a warm permanent press cycle (105º F/40º C) using a small amount of liquid detergent. Many companies (like ReviveX) have a Pro Cleaner that’s specifically designed to clean technical fabric, but as long as your detergent isn’t powdered, is non-scented, doesn’t contain bleach and has no fabric softener, then you’re good to go.

STEP TWO

The safest way to clean you’re gear is by hang drying, but if you need it dry faster you can throw your gear into the dryer on tumble dry, gentle or low cycles.

It’s always best to clean your gear at home, but if you need to go to a professional dry cleaner it’s best to use a clear distilled hydrocarbon solvent for rinsing and a DWR spray should be used on the outer fabric before drying.

APPLYING / REACTIVATING DWR

Durable Water Repellent (dwr): The DWR coating on the outer fabric of your gear is what keeps the fabric from wetting out (soaking up water) and so it plays a pivotal role in the performance of your gear. The main problem with DWR coatings is that eventually this coating will start to rub off and the outer fabric will start to wet out.

But never fear! There are plenty of ways to reactivate your DWR coating and even more ways to re-apply it. The easiest way to reactivate the DWR coating is simple by washing your gear and throwing it into the dryer. The heat from the dryer will activate the DWR coating and washing helps remove the dirt and grime to keep your gear in top shape. You can also use an iron (be sure to double check the interior tag on your gear, irons aren’t safe for all products). Keep your iron on a gentle, no steam setting and place a towel or cloth between the garment and your iron for extra protection.

If your gear is beyond the reactivation stage you can always try to reapply the water repellent treatment. The best way is by using a spray on method like the Durable Water Repellent Spray from ReviveX. Just spray the outer fabric of your gear with a wide, even application before throwing your gear in the dryer. There are also wash-in methods, but this coats the inside and outside of your gear which can reduce breathability.

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