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Gore-tex®: How It Works And Its Use In Clothing

Do you want to stay dry and comfortable?


Gore-tex® is a breathable, fabric membrane, created in 1969 that repels liquid water on the outside while allowing water vapor to pass through from the inside ...

Gore-tex® fabrics are used in some of the workwear and countrywear Rugged & Tough stocks!

Gore-tex® fabrics are used in some of the workwear and countrywear Rugged & Tough stocks!

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Invented and trademarked by Wilbert L. Gore, Gore-tex® is designed to be a lightweight, waterproof fabric for all-weather use. It is composed of stretched polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is more commonly known as Teflon.

"Like all good inventions, it was
created by mistake!"

Bob Gore stretched heated rods of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and created expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). His discovery of the right conditions for stretching PTFE was a happy accident, born partly of frustration.

Instead of slowly stretching the heated material, he applied a sudden, accelerating yank. The solid PTFE unexpectedly stretched about 800%, forming a microporous structure that was about 70% air.

So that's the science, what about the practicality? Well, Gore-tex® appears in many types of gear these days, but, of course, Rugged & Tough specialises in Workwear and Countrywear, so how is it used in each?

  • Workwear

    When used in workwear, Gore-tex® should be used in your outer shell ensuring you stay dry when out and about in bad weather. In addition, different versions of the fabric also offer protection against heat and flames, thermal hazards of an electric arc event, electrostatic discharge, high-visibility protection and protection against the penetration of dangerous liquids.

  • Countrywear

    Gore-tex® for countrywear means grabbing your jacket (and your trousers and boots) and heading out into nature. Again, your outer clothing should bear the brunt of the weather with your inner layers wicking away any moisture from your body when you're exerting yourself.

Much of the kit we stock, both workwear and countrywear, have Gore-tex® fabrics in their range.

For workwear, it's Blaklader, Tranemo (called T-Tex) and Jobman (called Pyrovatex). For countrywear, it's Harkila (licensed to use Gore-Tex®), Seeland (using their own brand of Seetex) and Jack Pyke (using Breatha-tex). Some have different names for their fabrics, but they're all the same technology as Gore-tex®.

"So do you want to stay dry and comfortable? Talk to us about Gore-Tex® workwear and countrywear!"

Visit us in-store just south of the Hockliffe lights on the A5 Watling Street, call us on 01525 211488 or take a look at our website. We look forward to helping you.

Until next time ...



We're always available to give advice on clothing for you and your team. Just give us a call and let us know what you need. Don't forget we offer an inhouse branding service too!

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