When you are browsing any technical apparel, say The North Face, Arc’teryx, or Patagonia, you will be sure to run into Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex is a revolutionary product that has many features that make it a staple in many of the technical apparel we use in our adventures. So, how did it come about, and what makes it unique?
History of Gore-Tex
Like many great discoveries, Gore-Tex was created by accident. In 1969, Bob Gore was trying to stretch polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) by at least 10 percent. However, he found that by suddenly exerting pressure to heated PFTE resulted in a stretch of over 800 percent. And thus, the origins of Gore-Tex were born. While Gore-Tex has other uses, it’s flexibility and features make it a mainstay on technical clothing. You get features such as…
Gore-Tex provides the ultimate in waterproofing technology. Whether you are shredding powder or hiking in the great outdoors, apparel made with Gore-Tex allows you to stay dry, extending your time doing what you love.
There is nothing worse than having a sudden gust of wind chill you to your core while enjoying the outdoors. Apparel made with Gore-Tex blocks out the wind, allowing you to withstand the elements during your adventure.
While being waterproof and windproof are great features, it usually comes at the expense of the wearer. In the past, apparel with these features tended to not only keep the elements out but your moisture in. This led to your skin feeling clammy as sweat had nowhere to go. With Gore-Tex, its design allows for everything to stay out, while letting your skin breathe.
Lightweight and Durable
In the past, clothing that was waterproof and/or windproof was bulky and heavy. Gore-Tex solves that by being lightweight and durable. You have the freedom to move in a long-lasting package.
Gore-Tex is a great product that is almost a necessity in our everyday adventures. Not only can you find it in shirts, jackets, and pants, but also in hats and shoes! Look for the Gore-Tex tag on your next apparel purchase so that you can be prepared on your next adventure! You can find many Gore-Tex products at your local Sun & Ski Sports.