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HOW OFTEN CAN I WASH MY GORE-TEX® GARMENT?

Wash your garment as often as you need to. In fact, washing and tumble drying will actually help restore the water repellency performance of a GORE-TEX® garment. read more

HOW CAN I RESTORE MY GARMENT'S WATER REPELLENCY?

You can totally restore the water repellency (DWR) by using a topical DWR treatment product for outdoor fabrics, available at outdoor retail stores. (Note: We do not recommend wash in treatments.) These special treatments help maintain and restore the DWR on the outer shell fabric of the product so that it remains water and stain repellent. Anyone can properly maintain the DWR. When w... read more

WHAT IS GORE-TEX® FABRIC?

First introduced in 1978, GORE-TEX® fabric is created when we laminate our patented GORE-TEX® membrane to high performance textiles, which are then used by authorized garment manufacturers to make outerwear, accessories, and footwear. read more

HOW DOES THE GORE-TEX® MEMBRANE WORK?

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 we can guarantee 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 ... read more

HOW DURABLE IS GORE-TEX® FABRIC?

GORE-TEX® fabric will last for many years. It's incredibly durable, and unlike other "waterproof/breathable" fabrics that can lose waterproofness after repeated laundering, flexing, abrasion, exposure to body oils or insect spray, the waterproofness and breathability of GORE-TEX® fabric is guaranteed under any conditions you may encounter.   read more

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN MY GORE-TEX® GARMENT?

Just put your GORE-TEX® garment in the washing machine in warm (104° F/40° C) water. Use powder or liquid detergent, don't use fabric softener and chlorine bleach. Then tumble dry on a normal warm setting and you're ready to go. That's it. Be sure to read the care tag in your garment for specific instructions. read more
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WINDSTOPPER

WHY IS THE WINDCHILL FACTOR IMPORTANT WHEN I'M OUTDOORS?

When the wind blows through a garment that's not windproof, it destroys the warm layer of air next to your skin — your microclimate. You start to feel uncomfortable almost immediately. Just think about how many times you've retreated indoors when the windchill temperature was minus 10° F/-23° C, even though the thermostat read 40° F/4° C. It's that windchill effect: it makes everythin... read more

WHAT IS WINDSTOPPER® FABRIC?

WINDSTOPPER® fabrics utilize an ultralight inner membrane technology that combines total windproofness with maximum breathability. Engineered for a wide range activities and weather conditions, our fabrics are so comfortable and versatile, they often become favorite everyday outdoor garments as well. read more

WHAT KINDS OF PRODUCTS ARE MADE WITH WINDSTOPPER® FABRICS?

There are four basic categories of WINDSTOPPER® fabrics: WINDSTOPPER® Active Shells are the lightest, most packable garment offering total windproofness, maximum breathability and water resistance. WINDSTOPPER® Active Shells keep you comfortable for enhanced performance during highly aerobic activities. WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shells offer total windproofness and maximum breathability, comb... read more

CAN WINDSTOPPER® FABRICS LOSE THEIR WINDPROOFNESS?

No. Because our ultralight WINDSTOPPER® membrane technology is built right into the fabric, it retains its windproofness over use — even after 100 wash and dry cycles. Other windproof products, such as some microfibers, can lose windproofness after only one wash cycle. read more

HOW IS WINDSTOPPER® FABRIC DIFFERENT FROM GORE-TEX® FABRIC?

WINDSTOPPER® garments are windproof and breathable. While water resistant, they are not waterproof. GORE-TEX® garments are waterproof, breathable, and windproof. Both fabrics are extremely durable. read more