Which GORE-TEX® is for you?
recently, I thought that all GORE-TEX® was created equally. It was all the same to me. As long as it had GORE-TEX® in it I was
satisfied the product would do the job. However, this is not the case any more.
While researching the perfect ski jacket
for myself I discovered that not only are there five different types of GORE-TEX®, but the technologies are all
designed for a variety of specific jobs. Outdoor companies like Arc'teryx and
Kokatat have been instrumental in the development of these materials and both
companies applied them in their own designs to make a waterproof product for a
day on the river or a day on the backcountry steeps.
One garment, many activities. Whether you’re cycling, climbing, skiing
or cruising around town, you can go from one activity to another but not have
to change your jacket with GORE-TEX® Performance Shell. The Performance shell
provides breathable comfort and durable waterproof protection in 2 or 3 layer
fabrics. The 2 layer is supple and quite while the 3 layer is for more rugged
use. (Panels in Kokatat’s Rogue Dry Top are Performance shell and
ProShell offering maximum breathability and waterproofness.)
An ideal lightweight companion for trekking, cycling, running, and
other sports where weight and space are critical. GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell
combines extreme breathability and durable wind- and waterproofness with
minimum weight and pack volume.
Freedom feels good. GORE-TEX® Soft Shell is the ideal
fabric for a snowsport specific shell. The Soft Shell is durably waterproof,
windproof, and of course super breathable. The less bulky GORE-TEX® Soft
prevents that boxy feel other jackets get with multiple layering pieces
engineered with GORE-TEX® Active Shell are built for extreme breathability and
provide durable waterproof and windproof protection for optimum comfort,
guaranteed. Featuring a lighter weight, streamlined 3 layer construction, this
completely new class of waterproof garments delivers extreme breathability and
excellent next to skin comfort. Active Shell is ideal for all weather athletes
seeking durable protection and comfort during highly aerobic activities
completed in a day such as trail running, mountain biking, and fast alpine
For a rough day outside GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL is the fabric
outdoor professionals and serious enthusiasts trust to perform in the face of extreme
weather and tough conditions. Pro Shell has a specifically designed inner
lining adding durability and moisture wicking. Made with the most rugged, most
breathable, durably waterproof and windproof fabrics this GORE-TEX® is used in
everything from mountaineering jackets to tough expedition grade drysuits.
thanks for reading. I welcome and questions or comments. Feel free to email me
at: customerservice at kayaksed dot com.
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