As the colder months approach, weatherproofing our wardrobes is front of mind. And while a number of materials can boast keeping wet weather and winter chills at bay in their features, few do it quite as well as GORE-TEX.
Introduced in the late ’60s by W. L. Gore, GORE-TEX is the most waterproof material you can find. Most impressive about the Teflon material is its ability to let vapor and sweat escape while keeping the outside completely waterproof, allowing for optimum temperature control.
It’s a technology that was fast adopted by mountaineering brands to start with, used on outdoor gear such as hiking jackets and winter boots, but while GORE-TEX has traditionally been associated with high-performance gear — which isn’t always the most fashion-forward — the material has more recently infiltrated more stylish designs. Most notably, streetwear giants such as OFF-WHITE are heavily fucking with GORE-TEX for FW18.
This shouldn’t be all that surprising, especially considering that a waterproof material like GORE-TEX on a pair of dope sneakers means less toothbrush cleaning and air drying for the sneakerheads out there. And with the colder months upon us, it’s an added bonus to the winter jackets that should, by now, definitely be coming up as a priority on your shopping list.
In appreciation of the infallible waterproof material, below we’ve rounded up our favorite GORE-TEX jackets to shop right now. Ranging from sports and high-tech brands such as NikeLab, The North Face and ACRONYM, to the likes of OFF-WHITE and Junya Watanabe, those looking to buy into GORE-TEX aren’t short of options.
Scroll down to view all our favorites below, and stay tuned for updates as stores continue to add dope GORE-TEX pieces to their stocklists.
Now, check out how GORE-TEX has infiltrated the sneaker world here.
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