Because of the efficient weather protection it provides, the GORE-TEX® Active laminate is the ideal solution for physically demanding endurance sports in cool and changeable weather conditions. This fabric has been specifically designed for highly aerobic outdoor activities and is characterised by a high level of breathability, low weight and a small pack size.
This makes GORE-TEX® Active the perfect fabric for producing windproof, waterproof and breathable outdoor clothing geared toward athletes who want to move as easily and quickly as possible in the flatlands or up in the mountains. The efficiency of the extremely breathable GORE-TEX® Active fabric really shines during fast-pace, high-intensity sports like trail running, running, ski touring, cross-country skiing and cycling – be it road cycling or mountain biking.
A waterproof laminate with next-to-skin comfort
The ultra-thin membrane in the GORE-TEX® Active laminate has a microporous structure that allows the water vapour molecules to escape through the pores to the outside. Because these pores are much smaller than water droplets, the GORE-TEX® membrane is also impervious to rain, giving you a waterproof garment that will keep you dry, even if it’s really bucketing down.
With the GORE-TEX® Active laminate, the liner and membrane are directly connected to each other, guaranteeing comfort, optimum breathability and vapour permeability. GORE calls this Next-To-Skin, a technology designed to reduce the amount of sweat underneath the fabric.
Lightweight functional apparel for aerobic activities
GORE-TEX® Active products are the perfect solution for strenuous endurance sports and changeable weather conditions. The high breathability (RET<3) and reliable weather protection provided by these fabrics allow athletes to keep their GORE-TEX® Active hardshell jackets on without sacrificing comfort. Even if you’re anticipating sunny and milder conditions, the Next-To-Skin technology will ensure that you stay dry and comfortable at all times. That way, you won’t have to keep taking your jacket off and putting it back on.
In order to achieve the low weight and level of breathability GORE-TEX® Active garments are known for, GORE uses lightweight fabrics for the outer material. These fine high-performance fabrics have an excellent weight-to-strength ratio, but GORE-TEX® Active fabrics have nowhere near the level of durability that GORE-TEX® Pro laminates are known for. In other words, whilst a GORE-TEX® Active jacket isn’t suitable for wear with heavy trekking rucksacks, the functional fabric is durable enough to withstand the load of a light day pack or hydration pack, even when used on a regular basis or during very intense physical activity.
Get the most out of GORE-TEX® Active with proper care and the right functional underwear
Thanks to the use of Next-To-Skin technology, you can sport GORE-TEX® Active fabrics right up against your skin and still feel nice and dry, so you can choose to wear a short-sleeved or long-sleeved base layer under the breathable hard shell. For your base, you want something that wicks away moisture quickly and efficiently, like high-quality functional underwear made of synthetic fabric, or a tee or long-sleeved shirt made of merino wool. Depending on the outside temperature, you can also add a warm, breathable mid-layer.
Because of the amount of sweat the body produces during aerobic activities and how dirty that sweat makes your jacket, it is extremely important to wash, care and proof GORE-TEX® Active clothing on a regular basis. This will keep the microporous structures free of any contaminates and maintain the high level of breathability for a long time to come.