GORE-TEX® Technology

Cover yourself from head to toe in GORE-TEX® protection. Jacket, pants, footwear, even a hat! A waterproof, windproof and breathable outfit that will spend time with you on all your adventurous outings into the woods and mountains. We're talking a rain, snow and wind barrier for hiking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking and more. Get rowdy, have fun, and enjoy the weather Mother Nature offers up, wrapped in the dry safety of GORE-TEX® technology.

Check out the 3 layer construction in the Gore-Tex garment.
Check out the GORE-TEX® 3 Layer Construction going on. So nice.
Check out this video to learn more about GORE-TEX® construction.


The GORE-TEX® membrane is the key, and membrane is a gross word.

Waterproof. Breathable. Lightweight. Bad ass.

Available in four types of construction, GORE-TEX® gives you the waterproof and windproof protection you'll need in every day life. From the city streets to the trail, there is a product out there to meet your specific needs. The 2-layer construction laminates the membrane to the outer fabric, with a drop lining on the inside. The 3-layer construction bonds the membrane to the exterior and bonds a backer to the inside, allowing it to be considerably more durable than the 2-layer, as well as lighter and less bulky. With Z-liner construction, the resulting piece is all about comfort, bonding the membrane to lightweight fabric on either side, allowing the liner to be freely suspended between the exterior fabric and interior liner.

Check out this sweet pic of the Gore-Tex Pac-Lite.
This invisible man has incredible posture.

GORE-TEX® Paclite

The most lightweight and packable GORE-TEX® products.

Paclite® products are all about dropping as much weight as possible and saving plenty of space. Hiking and cycling are just a couple of activities where it's necessary to keep everything as light as possible, and help arrives with garments using Paclite® technology. The outer fabric, GORE-TEX® membrane, and Paclite® are all bonded together, creating a waterproof, windproof package that when not in use, stuffs down quickly into your pack for later.

Check out this pic of the Gore-Tex Pro.
The GORE-TEX® Pro is both waterproof and breathable,
unlike that polyester shirt your dad still wears from his disco days.
GORE-TEX® Pro is the gold standard for outerwear in extreme climates.


Your very own lightweight bodyguard.

Play hard, stay protected.

GORE-TEX® Pro fabric has been built to hold up to the harsh, wet weather of the mountains. The three-layer construction features an outer fabric, GORE-TEX® membrane, and Gore Micro Grid Backer. The result allows you to work and play hard in all-mountain conditions, remaining dry and comfortable throughout. Available in select products from jackets to pants, GORE-TEX® Pro is not just waterproof, but also breathable, so as your body heat rises, the moisture vapors are able to escape. For those that venture into the mountainous unknown, climbing, on skis or snowboard, mountaineering and more. Your own personal shield against wind, rain and snow.

Check out the Gore-Tex Active in Action.
I'm pretty sure all superheroes wear GORE-TEX® Active.
Except Superman; that's spandex.

GORE-TEX® Active

Moving fast has never been drier.

Concentrate on your run, not your sweat

GORE-TEX® Active is made for moving fast and completing your adventure in a day or less. Three-layer technology comes into play yet again, but with a thinner, lighter GORE-TEX® membrane hidden beneath the outer fabric. A backer fabric has been laminated directly to the membrane, allowing moisture vapors to escape from the inside out more quickly. Weather stays out, body heat escapes, and you race on along the trail, on trial running shoes, mountain bike or cross-country skis. Move as fast as your legs allow you without giving a second thought to the GORE-TEX® Active jacket and pants you threw on before you left.

Check out this pic of the Gore-Tex C-Knit.
I have no idea what the C stands for.


Serious protection with a good dose of comfort.

Softer. Lighter. More Breathable.

GORE® C-KNIT™ is a backer fabric, used in 3-layer systems where next-to-skin comfort and less bulk is at the forefront. When hiking, backpacking, and skiing for days on end, waterproof and windproof protection is always important when you're meeting changing weather conditions, but so is comfort and weight. C-KNIT™ technology is softer against the skin, 10% lighter, and 15% more breathable to help make your hike in the woods exquisite when the rain is falling.

Check out the GOre-tex Surround in this pic.
This is the coolest thing I've seen shoes do.
GORE-TEX® SURROUND® is a whole new evolution in hiking footwear.


360 Degrees of Comfort.

The Great Moisture Disappearing Trick

GORE-TEX® SURROUND® wraps each foot in a waterproof, breathable membrane, for dry comfort from heel to toe. Soggy socks and feet while hiking and spending time in the outdoors is just the pits, creating blisters, chafing, and making feet super sad. Grab yourself some GORE-TEX® boots or light hikers and SURROUND® literally surrounds your foot with a membrane that lets moisture vapors escape as your foot heats up, while preventing rain and puddle water from entering the shoe in the first place. All thanks to gravity, your feet get hotter than your upper half during physical activity, making waterproof shoes kind of hot. With SURROUND®, GORE-TEX® has found a way to use a more open structure, allowing moisture and heat to escape faster, through the sides of the shoe. Plus, when you're not out on the trail, there are casual shoes available with SURROUND® technology, which allow heat to escape from the sides and in some cases, the sole of the shoe. Now you can walk to work in the rain. No excuses.

The GORE-TEX® Promise being tested for its waterproofness.

The GORE-TEX® Promise

Promises promises. You know I believe.

Guaranteed To Keep You Dry

Every GORE-TEX® product is covered by the GORE-TEX® GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® Promise, which is better than a guarantee. GORE-TEX® fabric cannot be penetrated by water, even if the rain is pouring down in sheets, and yet the fabric is still breathable which allows your sweat to escape, keeping you dry. If for some reason you are not completely satisfied with the waterproofness, windproofness, or breathability of your GORE-TEX® product, GORE-TEX® will repair it, replace it, or refund you the purchase price. The GORE-TEX® team does factor in a reasonable amount of wear and tear, but if you properly care for your GORE-TEX® product and use it as intended then it will remain as awesome as the first day you got it. Damage such as rips, tears, and excessive abrasions and punctures are not covered; simply the waterproofness, windproofness, and breathability is covered for the useful life of the product. Check out the proper care instructions below for additional info on how to care for your garment.

Fair warning, the DWR (durable water repellent polymer) that is applied to your GORE-TEX® product is not permanent nor covered by the GORE-TEX® GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® Promise. This is because through regular wear and tear and exposure to dirt, detergents, insect repellent and the like, the DWR's lifespan is shortened. Fear not! You can restore the water repellency of your GORE-TEX® garment easily. So put your GORE-TEX® to work against the elements (not your dog); it can handle it. Promise.

GORE-TEX® Care Instructions

Washing and caring for GORE-TEX® can be a scary situation for first timers. You've spent your hard earned dollars on this sweet item and you want it to last. Never fear, it is possible to wash your GORE-TEX® jacket (or pants). First up, before dunking it into the washer, close up all those zippers and any Velcro® tabs, including pockets and pit zips. Then add a small amount of liquid detergent as usual to the washer before setting it at a warm permanent press cycle. NO fabric softeners! Rinse twice! To dry it, you can hang it on a line or tumble dry on a warm, gentle cycle. It'll pop out as good as new, ready to protect you from the stormiest of days.

How to Wash Gore-Tex Outerwear How to Wash Gore-Tex Footwear How to Wash Gore-Tex Gloves


There are a number of outdoor brands that use GORE-TEX® fabrics and technologies in their products, but here are some that do it best. Stay dry out there, you guys.

Arc'teryx GORE-TEX outerwear at Moosejaw.com Marmot GORE-TEX outerwear at Moosejaw.com La Sportiva GORE-TEX footwear and outerwear at Moosejaw.com Salewa GORE-TEX footwear at Moosejaw.com Patagonia GORE-TEX outerwear at Moosejaw.com The North Face GORE-TEX outerwear and footwear at Moosejaw.com Black Diamond GORE-TEX outerwear at Moosejaw.com

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