Benefits of Gore® fabrics
Technology is the human way of adapting quickly to the environment and special situations. Gore’s functional fabrics for protective garments, shoes and gloves give wearers a second skin for doing their jobs. They durably combine protection from the outside with a healthy microclimate inside.
Those who are active outdoors know the value of clothing that will protect them from sun, wind, rain, or snow. Fire-fighters, paramedics, soldiers and other professionals face the additional challenges of exposure to heat and flames, electrical discharge, contaminated blood and other harmful substances. They all rely on their gear to protect them and keep them comfortable, even if they are carrying heavy loads over long distances or just waiting silently for hours in difficult weather situations.
Gore products offer protection throughout their entire life cycle even after being subjected to high stress and numerous care cycles.
For active people the world round
Garments, shoes and gloves incorporating GORE-TEX® membranes, laminates and manufacturing technologies have a wide range of functionalities. They offer at least durable waterproofness and breathability, so the wearer stays dry and comfortable in harsh conditions.
In this context GORE SEAM® tapes ensure that no water can enter at critical parts of the products. GORE-TEX® clothing can also be made lightweight and packable for those who need to keep them ready for use.
Professionals purchasing a product based on a GORE-TEX® technology, can be assured of its quality.
A Trusted Partnership
Gore only partners with licensed customers. They have to be able to apply specific manufacturing standards to ensure high quality.
Gore, for its part, will provide advice, training and support, in addition to machines for seam sealing, for instance. Gore customers also have a portfolio of accessories they can choose from, including pockets, front closures, cord tunnels and wicking barriers. All products are subjected to extensive testing notably the “Rain Tower” test to demonstrate durable waterproofness. Even after multiple washing cycles, GORE-TEX® Fabrics retain their properties.
Customising for the end-user
A guiding principle for all Gore fabrics is the “Fitness for Use” approach. Clothing equipped with these high-value fabrics has to measure up to the specific requirements of the wearer – simply spoken it has to perform as promised. In order to achieve this Gore analyses the interaction between the wearer, his environment and the protective clothing. This determines the performance features of the products.
Criteria for designing end products will include:
the physical activity of the wearer and duration
material specifications and the design of the garment
environmental factors such as heat, damp, cold, wet.
The ultimate goal is to provide reliable protection and maximum comfort, even in extreme situations. A balanced climate around your body is a precondition for concentrated and effective work.
What makes us special
Gore has been commercialising innovative high-performance textiles for protective clothing for four decades. Over time, we have developed outstanding fabrics solutions for all sorts of functional clothing, shoes and gloves to fit all sorts of professional wearers. And often our products are considered best-in-class.
The key to success
The key to our success lies in innovation and technologies. Are the closures in a rain jacket waterproof, for instance? Or how long can someone exposed to harsh weather conditions rely on their rain wear. Will the boots of a soldier marching in the desert under high temperatures keep feet comfortable by offering appropriate heat loss?
Gore makes fabric sense
Gore technological fabrics applied for clothing, shoes and gloves offer outstanding protection against weather, heat and flames, electrostatic discharge, and penetration by dangerous liquids. GORE-TEX®-based personal protective equipment (PPE) has a reputation for performance, comfort, and durability.
A reputation based on expertise
Uncompromising product features and a long life time are the two decisive reasons why many public institutions and major firms rely on Gore products. Gore materials and technologies have proven their value in protective clothing for firefighters, rescue services, the military, police, security services, construction workers and service providers, traffic and logistics as well as the forestry, energy and waste disposal industries.
Users of GORE-TEX® technical clothing, shoes and gloves feel confident that they are being provided with highly reliable products. Feeling comfortable and protected in one's workwear improves concentration and effectiveness. And satisfied employees mean less absenteeism.
Gore products are tested in replicated real-life situations. Performance tests are driven by a deep understanding of the wearer’s requirements Gore technical garments are well known for tensile strength, tear strength, abrasion resistance, and change even after laundry. Our quality management continuously monitors production of the laminate and the manufacture of the end product.
But quality assurance is not just at product level. To ensure the quality and long life time of GORE-TEX® technical garments Gore works with licensed customers. Gore offers these partners advice, makes recommendations, provides special seam sealing technologies and various construction accessories. By maintaining our partnerships, we can also ensure technical support and consistent quality throughout the supply chain.
The life cycle
Due to Gore’s value chain GORE-TEX® technical garments have a long life time, given proper care. This reduces long-term investments and hidden administration costs, such as order raising, invoicing, handling, stocking and landfill disposal charges. It also lowers environmental impact.
GORE-TEX® products are designed after gaining precise knowledge of the requirements of the end product and technical know-how. Through a programme of continuous improvement, Gore connects with end users for insights into practical use of GORE-TEX® technical garments. A compact garment system replaces a large conventional clothing range and reduces long-term investments.
The inherent durability of Gore fabrics ensures high return on investment.