Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.
Elkton, MD — Nov 17, 2015
Gore innovation keeps down, wool fleece and synthetic fibers dry, reliably maintaining the garment’s thermal insulating qualities.
For cold and wet conditions and for that pleasant feeling of being warm and durably protected in insulated garments, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) introduces its GORE® THERMIUM™ products. This new approach ensures that the insulation of the garment is protected against water penetrating from the outside, keeping it durably dry. To function properly, insulation need to be dry! GORE® THERMIUM™ products make sure that a “warm jacket” is just that – even in light rain or snow – regardless of whether you are doing outdoor sport, on your way to the office or wandering around a Christmas market.
All Gore products, including GORE-TEX® and GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabrics, are well known for providing ultimate weather protection paired with first-class climate comfort. They are the ideal clothing solution when sports enthusiasts want to brave the weather and enjoy the outdoors. With the new GORE® THERMIUM™ products, the Gore product portfolio now also addresses the issue of insulation. Gore’s high-performance and robust functional fabrics are positioned directly over the garment’s insulation material (down, synthetic fibers or wool). They deliver complete windproof protection and stand up to light rain and brief snowfalls. However, not only is the wearer protected against exposure to water thanks to the durably light, rain-resistant membrane and the sealed seams, but the insulation is as well. After all, insulated outerwear can only keep you warm in cold conditions, as long as the insulation material stays dry. Only if they are dry, can down, wool or synthetic fibers demonstrate the full potential of the insulating layers of air trapped between their fibers. If these materials get wet, they go flat and lose their insulating value. In addition to this, cold bridging occurs easily when garments become wet: water conducts heat faster than air. When dry, down is considered the best of insulators. However, down, in particular, tends to clump together when it gets wet, losing its loft and insulating properties. GORE® THERMIUM™ fabrics ensure that down and other insulating materials maintain their loft even in these cold and damp conditions.
As of Fall 2016 outerwear with GORE® THERMIUM™ product technology will be the garment of choice when warmth is wanted but without the hassle of taking along an extra jacket despite the prospect of light rain. Leading garment manufacturers are incorporating the new GORE® THERMIUM™ products into their collections for Fall/Winter 2016. These include 66 Degrees North, Aigle, Arc’teryx, Armada, Black Diamond, Calamar, Camel Active, GORE BIKE WEAR®, Millet, Montura, Mountain Equipment, Oakley, Odlo, Red Fox, Salewa, Skhoop, Sportful, Sprayway, Sweet Protection, Ternua, Tierra and Trangoworld.
About W. L. Gore & Associates
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Headquartered in the United States, Gore posts annual sales of more than $3 billion and employs more than 10,000 associates with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world. In Europe, Gore started its first business operations only a few years after the Enterprise’s founding in 1958. Gore now has locations – sales offices as well as production facilities – in the key European countries dedicated to serving the markets of all of Gore’s product divisions. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. For several years now, Gore has also been voted one of the best workplaces in Europe and has been ranked on top workplace lists in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Sweden. Learn more at gore.com.
See you at:
W.L. Gore & Associates