Gore-Tex Pro Shells Set the Standard for Mountaineering Garments

Consumers participating in core mountain sports have continued to ask for more durable, but lighter weight gear and outerwear. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has responded
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ELKTON, Md. (Dec. 1, 2006) – Consumers participating in core mountain sports activities like mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring have continued to ask for more durable, but lighter weight gear and outerwear.

W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has responded to this need by developing new, 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shells that take ruggedness, light weight, and comfort to new heights.

GORE-TEX® Pro Shells are designed for extreme and extended conditions and are engineered to meet the demands of outdoor professionals and serious enthusiasts.

Pro-Shells Micro Grid Backer Technology
The 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shells feature a technology that is the first of its kind in the world: the new GORE™ Micro Grid Backer Technology. The combination of tough face fabrics, GORE-TEX® membrane, adhesives, and unique micro-denier fabric liner enables production of extremely breathable laminates with improved abrasion resistance (inside and outside), lighter weight, unparalleled comfort, and a unique visual look and aesthetics. New, softer, thinner seam tapes add to the cleaner lines and unique look of the final garment.

More Rugged
Improved snagging and abrasion resistance on the inside provides for a more rugged garment with improved freedom of movement.

Lighter Weight
The new lining fabric and the use of extremely thin and narrow seam sealing tapes make these garments more than 60 grams lighter than typical tricot-knit-backed, 3-layer garments. This can be more than 10% weight savings in a garment.

Unparalleled comfort
The GORE™ Micro Grid Backer technology was engineered to provide superior comfort and durability on the inside of the garment. It has a smooth, soft, supple finish. As a result, 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shells slide easily over mid-layers. And the narrow, thin seam sealing tapes allow for more extremely breathable laminate surface area inside the garment.

Garments that look good and feel good
The new lining fabric makes the seam sealing tape virtually invisible inside the garment. This allows GORE-TEX® Pro Shells to reach a true milestone— functional clothing that is also pleasing to the eye, both inside and out.

The waterproof and windproof protection of GORE-TEX® fabric has not been compromised…only enhanced with more comfort, more durability, lighter weight, improved freedom of movement, and stunning interior visuals. All GORE-TEX® products, including 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shells, are waterproof, windproof, breathable and carry the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise.

North American Manufacturers include:
ArcTeryx, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Merrell, MEC, Burton, Outdoor Research, Spyder, and Vans will have garments available in Fall '07.