What is a GORE® fabric?

GORE® products are best known for providing long-lasting, comfortable weather protection you can trust from your head down to your toes. But what exactly is a GORE® fabric?

It’s a membrane

It’s a membrane

A membrane is the key feature of most GORE® Fabrics products. It is inside the product and therefore not visible. There are many different membranes in GORE® Fabrics brands, and each makes the product suitable for a specific end-use. The membrane is bonded to quality textiles and reinforced with other materials. This is what's called a laminate. Garments, footwear and gloves are engineered in very much the same way.

It’s a laminate

Outer material
GORE® Membrane
Lining

A laminate layer offers greater comfort and protection in garments, footwear and gloves.

We use different laminates for different products. The aim is to achieve optimum climate control based on your intended end-use, level of intensity, and environment. That’s why we engineer a range of laminates, such as GORE-TEX®, GORE® WINDSTOPPER®, GORE® CHEMPAK® and GORE® CROSSTECH®. They all have different professional end-uses. 

Laminates are made in the following manner: The ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluorethylene) membrane is bonded to different high-performance fabrics. A variety of outer fabrics and lining materials are used to create 2, 3-layer and liner constructions, depending on the application.

GORE® Garments laminate constructions

2-Layer construction
Outer material
GORE® Membrane
Lining

Ideal for a wide range of professional end-uses, with this construction a GORE® membrane is bonded to the outer fabric only. The benefit: the separate lining inside improves comfort and versatility. This construction can be combined with insulation, keeping the wearer dry and warm.

3-Layer construction
Outer material
GORE® Membrane
Lining

Unlike the 2-layer construction, this construction bonds the GORE® membrane to both the outer fabric and the inner lining. The benefit: no movement between the layers which means less wear and tear and enhanced durability.

Liner construction
Outer material
GORE® Membrane
Lining

A GORE® membrane is bonded to a lightweight fabric. This liner is then freely suspended between the outer fabric and the lining. The benefit: fewer sealed seams means manufacturers have more freedom when designing garments. This construction can be combined with insulation.

Footwear laminate constructions

3-layer laminate
Outer / upper material
Protective knit
GORE® membrane
Inner lining
The GORE® footwear laminate is built into the shoe as a lining.

Thin 3-layer laminates comes without insulation. The construction consists of a highly abrasion resistant, quick-dry, textile lining, the microporous GORE® membrane and a protective knit.

4-layer laminate
Outer / upper material
Protective knit
GORE® membrane
Functional nonwoven / insulation
Inner lining
The GORE® footwear laminate is built into the shoe as a lining.

The construction of 4-layer footwear laminates consists of a highly abrasion resistant textile lining, an insulation layer, the microporous GORE® membrane and a protective knit.

Gloves constructions

Water vapour (sweat)
Rain, (fire) water
Outer fabric
GORE® membrane
Inner lining

Glove Inserts

A unique GORE® laminate is combined with other high-quality fabrics to create a number of unique designs, each achieving different levels of tactility, insulation, and protection.

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GORE® SEAM Tape

GORE-SEAM® tape

Good seams, dry users

Every stitch in a seam is a potential leak. That’s why, for maximum waterproof protection, Gore relies on its GORE-SEAM® tape technology. Every seam in GORE-TEX® and GORE® CROSSTECH® garments, footwear and gloves is sealed by specially trained manufacturers in certified factories. Many of them use patented equipment from Gore.

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