SOMERCOTES, DERBYSHIRE - February 15, 2018
Beginning with the Autumn Winter 2019 collection, Rab®, the UK-based manufacturer of technical clothing and outdoor equipment, will begin using GORE-TEX® fabrics and product technologies in its garments, gloves and accessories.
Since 1981, Rab® has built products for mountaineering, climbing and other outdoor pursuits that are considered among the best in the category. Now, with the integration of GORE-TEX® products, the brand that singlehandedly created the waterproof-breathable category in the mid-1970s, Rab® will continue to build its best-in-class product offerings.
"Here at Rab® we have always firmly believed that our users deserve the very best performance materials in our clothing and equipment,” said Tim Jasper, Design Director for Rab®. “This new partnership with Gore takes us both into an exciting new era. GORE-TEX® performance and expertise is second-to-none, and together we plan to push the boundaries even further.”
Rab® will show its new products featuring GORE-TEX® product technology to retail partners starting in Winter 2018 in advance of and at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show in Denver, CO, in November 2018, as well as at ISPO in Munich in January 2019.
“We are excited to enter into this new relationship with Rab®, a manufacturer with history of developing premium outdoor gear,” said Mike Adams, Mountain Sports Garments Business Leader at W. L. Gore & Associates. "The debut of Rab® apparel, gloves and accessories featuring GORE-TEX® fabrics beginning in Fall 2019 will offer loyal Rab® and GORE-TEX® consumers new options to meet their outdoor needs by combining Gore's innovative technology with Rab's highly respected products.”
It was here in Northern England in 1981 that celebrated climbing innovator and adventurer Rab Carrington set up the equipment company that bears his name today. His goal was simple: to make honest, rugged climbing kit that could perform at the highest level. Every Rab® piece was made by hand and rigorously tested by the man himself or friends and fellow climbers encountering the most extreme conditions.
Today, we are ceaseless in our commitment to Rab’s exacting standards, ingenuity and pioneering spirit. We make rugged, high performance mountain clothing and equipment that give you absolute protection, comfort and freedom on the hill, crag or peak. We use cutting edge materials as well as time-tested ones such as premium quality European down. Nothing fancy or over-engineered – just honest, hard-working pieces that you’d rather repair than replace. By climbers for climbers.
About Gore Fabrics
Gore Fabrics Division revolutionized the outerwear industry with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric 40 years ago and remains a leading innovator of performance apparel. Gore fabrics products provide comfort and protection in challenging environments and in everyday life, enabling wearers to safely and confidently achieve and experience more. From hiking in downpours to military operations and fighting fires, Gore’s deep understanding of consumer and industry needs drives development of products with meaningful performance advantages. www.goretex.com
W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Since 1958, Gore has solved complex technical challenges in demanding environments — from outer space to the world’s highest peaks to the inner workings of the human body. With approximately 9,500 Associates and a strong, team-oriented culture, Gore generates annual revenues that exceed $3 billion. www.gore.com
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