Patagonia 2-Layer GORE-TEX Fabric Concept
Garments made with Patagonia 2-Layer GORE-TEX Fabric are durably waterproof, windproof and highly breathable. These garments provide reliable weather protection and maximum comfort for a wide range of activities. We combine GORE-TEX fabrics with a variety of outer fabrics so you can choose what’s most important to you: weight, abrasion resistance, breathability, etc.
The construction of 2-Layer GORE-TEX Products is unique. A GORE-TEX membrane is bonded to an outer material, then combined with a free-flowing lining which results in a soft, lightweight garment that keeps you dry and lets you move freely.
The GORE-TEX membrane has 9 billion pores per square inch, with each pore 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet. These tiny holes are too small for water and wind to pass through from the outside, which is how W.L GORE & Associates guarantees you’ll stay dry and warm in a garment made with GORE-TEX fabric. But these same pores are large enough for moisture vapor to pass through, so your body’s perspiration is able to escape and you won’t feel clammy or uncomfortable inside your jacket.
One of the chief environmental benefits of GORE-TEX fabrics is their longevity. GORE-TEX fabrics are incredibly durable, and unlike some “waterproof/breathable” fabrics that can lose waterproofness after repeated laundering, flexing, abrasion, or exposure to body oils or insect repellent, the waterproofness and breathability of GORE-TEX fabric is guaranteed under any conditions you may encounter. The durable performance of GORE-TEX fabrics allow them to last longer, which is the most effective measure for making an environmentally sound choice. Durability enables a long and useful lifetime of the finished product, resulting in substantial savings of raw materials and energy that would be otherwise required to manufacture multiple units of shorter-lived products.
While no manufacturing operation is completely free from emissions and environmental impact, the Fabrics Division of W. L. Gore & Associates makes significant efforts to minimize the effect of their manufacturing processes on the environment. They fulfill a high level of environmental standards in all their manufacturing plants globally with controls in place that meet or improve upon the local regulatory demands (e.g., air pollution control devices, solvent-free adhesives, manufacturing waste recycling, and waste water treatment). The environmental impacts of GORE’s manufacturing processes are regularly assessed and controlled by an Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001. This environmental manufacturing standard was globally implemented in their fabrics manufacturing plants in 2010.
All of GORE’s fabric manufacturing sites have passed the bluesign® screening and have implemented the bluesign® standard, which verifies that the manufacturing processes are carefully managed and equipped with the best available environmental controls. bluesign technologies has developed an independent and rigorous standard for the safety and environmental performance in making textile products.