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Introducing Patagonia's Innovative GORE-TEX® Technical Shells With ePE Membrane

Now available at Snow+Rock

Technology company GORE-TEX, and outdoor apparel retailer, Patagonia have been on a decade long mission to create top-tier, per- or polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC) free waterproof gear tailored to keep people warm and dry even in the harshest mountain environments. The result: Patagonia are using new GORE-TEX fabrics with ePE membrane or Expanded Polyethylene – a revolutionary material setting a new standard of durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable protection.

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The Evolution of Waterproof Membranes

In the past, waterproof fabrics were coated with heavy oils and waxes, needing frequent reapplication. This led to the development of waterproof membranes. These fine films, bonded to the back of the exterior shell, feature tiny pores that block water infiltration while allowing sweat to evaporate. The challenge was to make these membranes durable without compromising on performance. This is where GORE-TEX® product technology comes in.   


Meet The New GORE-TEX Products with ePE membrane – The Game Changer

Expanded polyethylene (ePE) is a strong yet lightweight material that makes gear durable and waterproof without using perfluorinated chemicals. Traditionally, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) was used for these membranes due to its exceptional hydrophobic and durable qualities. GORE-TEX® ePE is made without perfluorinated chemicals, offering a responsible alternative without compromising performance. Plus, GORE-TEX guaranteed to keep you dry promise. 

The Patagonia-GORE-TEX® Partnership

The collaboration between Patagonia and GORE-TEX® marked the beginning of a remarkable journey towards responsible, high-performance gear for the most technical mountain sports. Through extensive research and development, they've created a game-changing product that keeps you dry, comfortable and protected in the harshest of weather conditions.


Patagonia's GORE-TEX® ePE Technical Shells at Snow+Rock

Discover Patagonia's New GORE-TEX rainwear, using ePE membrane.(expanded polyethylene) technical Snow and Alpine shells at Snow+Rock.  Providing gear from Patagonia reflects our shared commitment to providing outdoor enthusiasts with the tech that performs at its best and supports our collective responsibility to protect the environment.  


In Autumn 2022, Patagonia unveiled the two-layer Storm Shift Jacket and Pants, Both constructed using New GORE-TEX material with ePE membrane. These garments maintain the impeccable waterproof, windproof, and breathable standards that Patagonia and GORE-TEX® are known for.  

Looking Ahead

Patagonia has taken it a step further by introducing new GORE-TEX performance products, using ePE membrane. It's designed to meet the demands of the most rugged and challenging mountain experiences. GORE-TEX performance product technology is intended for harsher and extended use in the outdoors, and is now available enhancement is now available in top-tier technical Alpine and Snow apparel, including the Triolet Jacket and Pants - now available at Snow+Rock. Plus, the Super Free Alpine Jacket, the Alpine Suit, the Untracked Jacket and Bibs, and the Storm Shift Jacket and Pants all available at Patagonia, 


Patagonia's overarching objective involves a transition to crafting clothing free from PFCs and PFAS.  After investing significant time and resources, Patagonia are well on their way to being 100% PFC- and PFAS-free across their entire product line by 2025. Their mission is to motivate and encourage others to embrace eco-friendly technology in waterproof, durable wear.  


Experience of latest of Patagonia's cutting edge GORE-TEX rainwear collection, using new GORE-TEX product technology at Snow+Rock today and join the journey towards responsible and high-performance outdoor clothing. For personalised guidance in choosing the perfect gear for your upcoming adventure, don't hesitate to visit your nearest Snow+Rock store. Our specialists will walk you through the technical features of your selected gear to make sure it fits your outdoor needs.  

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