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Current Classification of GORE-TEX® Laminates (2013)


Aiming at the widest range of activities and maximum versatility it is composed by soft-face textiles, pleasant to touch and particularly comfortable to wear. Totally waterproof and windproof. Available both in 2-layer and 3-layer construction. The specific GORE-TEX® membrane is bonded to the outer material and protected on the inside by a separate lining. The separate lining inside aims at better wearing comfort and versatility.

® Pro 

Designed for outdoor professionals and mountaineers, this laminate offers maximal protection in extreme weather conditions and higher resistance to tear and abrasion. The 3-layer construction comprises a special high performance GORE-TEX® membrane, bonded to a tough outer material and a specially developed robust inner lining. The idea is to reduce the movement between the three layers, which means less wear and tear, and therefore greater durability.

® Active 

This laminates are built to deliver extreme breathability, while still protecting from wind and water. They are ideal for highly aerobic activities. All components are built to optimize sweat management and therefore to ensure extreme breathability and optimum comfort in highly aerobic conditions. The 3-layer system is constructed with a thinner GORE-TEX® membrane in combination with lighter inner and outer fabrics. Their performances are also supported by a tight-fitting and minimalistic garment design. Ideal choice for highly aerobic activities in bad weather conditions. The maximum garment weight is 400 g and the RET (Resistance of Evaporation of a Textile) value is less than 3.

Some of the Earlier Nomenclature of GORE-TEX® Laminates

GORE-TEX® Performance

It used to be what is now simply called GORE-TEX® (see above).
GORE-TEX® Paclite 

It was designed to achieve minimal weight and volume, it differentiated from the other GORE-TEX® products in its extremely light weight. The face fabric was constructed with a high-performance polyester or nylon. This was combined with a specific GORE-TEX® membrane, which had a protective layer made of an oil-hating substance and carbon. In this way no separate lining was required. It was a product designed to be easily packed and carried, therefore it was particularly well-suited for running, biking, and for all the activities in which weight and volume are essential.

GORE-TEX® SoftShell 
(It was not a Soft Shell, it only borrowed its name) 

The GORE-TEX® Soft Shells were designed to reduce layering and improve freedom of movement in cold and damp conditions. This laminate had the typical 3-layer construction: a specific GORE-TEX® membrane was bonded directly to the outer fabric and a fleecy, soft and warm liner on the inside. The inside fleecy layer was intended to enhance comfort and to reduce the number of layers to wear in cold climates. It was also available in slightly stretchable versions, which offered improved freedom of movement. It was well-suited for snow sports in extreme conditions. It guaranteed an acceptable breathability, but it was the heaviest of the GORE-TEX® laminates.