GORE-TEX are the market leader in waterproof and breathable garment. Their tech is used many high end outdoor equipments, from jackets to shoes.
Announcement of improvements are of course always good news for performance athletes and this new Active Shell Laminate promised for next year looks pretty interesting.
GORE-TEX® Active Shell Laminate is a 3 layer construction with what is said to be a thinner and lighter GORE-TEX® membrane integrated to the inner textile layer plus a textile layer for the outer shell.
This new combination should make possible lighter clothe while keeping waterproofing and breathability to a maximum. Good news for the hardcore trail runners, speed climbers and mountain bikers around specially with the kind of weight we are talking about: less than 280 grams for polyester based jackets and less than330 grams for nylon based jacket, both equipped of the new tech.
Martin Lankes, product manager at Gore and passionate alpine athlete:
“With our GORE-TEX® Active Shell laminate technology we have succeeded in bridging the gap between extreme breathability, lighter weight and optimum weatherproof protection. This is the first, totally waterproof garment that really does feel comfortable next to your skin during highly aerobic uphill activities,”
A lot of big brands are already in the list of Active Shell provider for 2011/2012 like The North Face, Mammut, Adidas and Berghaus.
See press release for more information.