What is GORE-TEX® fabric?
GORE-TEX® fabric is a laminate construction that places a microporous membrane against a backer and/or face fabrics. This construction allows us to create products that are durably waterproof and windproof, combined with optimized breathability — maximizing protection and comfort for the wearer.
Each fabric technology has a best intended use. This is why we have GORE-TEX® Pro, GORE-TEX® C-Knit®, GORE-TEX® with Paclite technology and many other GORE-TEX® technologies.
HOW DOES GORE-TEX® WORK?
GORE-TEX® Membrane: 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.
Each microscopic pore is 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet. This means that no rain can penetrate the membrane, making it waterproof.
The pores are 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule which means perspiration passes right through. This is what makes the GORE-TEX® membrane breathable.
The membrane's structure is similar to that of a hedge. Wind is caught up in the branching and averted from the body. This is what makes the GORE-TEX® membrane windproof.
Waterproof / Breathable GORE-TEX® Fabric Technologies: Construction
Wet fabrics rob your body of warmth. Acting as a water shield, your GORE-TEX® shell allows you to stay dry, regardless of conditions.
Removing moisture from your layering systems also helps keep you dry and comfortable. By allowing sweat to escape, your GORE-TEX® shell reduces overheating and perspiration buildup in your clothes.
In order to use the GORE-TEX® membrane in the manufacture of a finished product, it has to be bonded between high-performance lining and outer textiles.
In a waterproof/breathable garment, stitch holes create the potential for water molecules to enter. For maximum waterproof protection, each stitch is sealed with GORE-SEAM® tape.
Our apparel is manufactured by specialized teams, in certified factories and using patented equipment from Gore.
All GORE-TEX® garments have an ultra-thin treatment called DWR - a durable water repellent polymer - applied to the outermost fabric layer so that water beads up and rolls off rather than soaks in.
Quality & Testing
Working hand-in-hand with Arc'teryx, Gore assess each product style.
Materials are tested in Gore's labs and prototypes are rigorously field tested in actual conditions.
Starting with the baseline material, we perform a battery of lab tests to ensure the laminate is performing to our standards.
We've developed a series of lab tests that start to replicate the application for which the product is intended.
Controlled Performance Tests
Not everything can be measured on a dial or a screen. We have people judge how finished products feel, work and wear as they experience different environments and activities.
If they pass our lab tests, the prototypes are then put through the ultimate test of performance and comfort in actual field conditions. Numerous people test the product in its end use before we approve it for commercialization.
The GORE-TEX® Promise
It is one thing for a company to guarantee what it makes. It is quite another for it to guarantee what others make. But that is exactly what they do.
We don't just make a product. We make a promise. If you're not happy with your GORE-TEX® product, neither are we.
To Keep You Dry™
If you are not completely satisfied with the waterproofness, windproofness or breathability of your Arc’teryx GORE-TEX® product, please call our Customer Service for assistance. We will take care of you.
Learn How to Care for our GORE-TEX® Products and Retreat
them with DWR Spray
GORE-TEX® Washing Instructions
Routine care ensures the optimum performance of your Arc'teryx GORE-TEX® garment. Proper washing removes dirt and other contaminates, restoring water repellency and breathability.