Breakdown of 686's GORE-TEX Technologies


We’re big on GORE-TEX here at 686. We drip ourselves in it whether in the harshest conditions (pass the GORE-TEX PRO please) or hiking on a blustery day (some lightweight GORE-TEX INFINIUM will do perfectly). There’s a time and a place for every type of GORE-TEX technology, so let’s break them down.

GORE-TEX PRO

GORE-TEX PRO garments are for serious outdoor visionaries who demand the most active, breathable, rugged, and durable protection available. The absolute pinnacle in outerwear for extreme situations.

These products ensure the most active breathable, durable, and long-lasting protection—even in the most extreme conditions. The 3-layer design utilizes revolutionary membranes that are specially processed and provide high strength. The membrane is durably bonded to both the rugged outer material and a specially developed robust inner lining. GORE-TEX PRO products also come with recycled and solution dyed textiles that reduce water usage and CO2 emissions, creating a lower environmental footprint. They are designed to be extremely breathable and come with the ultimate GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise for waterproof protection in a totally windproof product. 

We used GORE-TEX PRO 3L in our top-of-the-line jacket and bibs for those that are going to the ends of the earth and want to come back to tell the story.

GORE-TEX

The ‘Guaranteed to keep you dry™’ promise started here. GORE-TEX is the flagship innovation of the number one brand for trusted comfort and protection from the elements. It’s designed to make more of every day spent outdoors.

The GORE-TEX membrane is created as a series of pores. Each pore is 20,000 times smaller than a water drop, yet large enough for vapor to pass through. This creates the ultimate membrane for keeping the inside of your garment dry while still allowing moisture and perspiration to pass through, effectively regulating your body temperature while keeping you comfortable inside your jacket or pants. GORE-TEX guarantees you will stay dry and warm in any condition, for the life of your garment. All GORE-TEX fabrics are bluesign® approved, meeting the highest environmental standards.

GORE-TEX PACLITE®

The ultimate back-up for unexpected adventures. GORE-TEX PACLITE® is packable comfort and protection for every day. Designed to provide comfort and reliable protection, all GORE-TEX PACLITE® garments come with the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise, are totally windproof, and extremely breathable. PACLITE® features 2.5 layer laminate construction. It is the strikingly minimalist construction of GORE-TEX PACLITE® garments that allows them to be so lightweight and packable. The GORE-TEX membrane is bonded directly to an outer shell material, then covered by a durable protective layer made of an oleophobic (anti-oil) substance and carbon. This protective layer makes a separate lining unnecessary resulting in an extremely lightweight, packable garment that you can take anywhere. 

GORE-TEX INFINIUM™

GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ is high-performance water-resistant technology that upgrades your comfort and protection and provides lightweight wind blocking for daily activities.

The fabric is lightweight and blocks all wind. From intense hikes to daily commutes, the high-performance technologies boost performance when waterproof protection isn’t a priority. With the GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ products range, there are new ways to upgrade your comfort & protection when weather conditions are drier. We use this fabric across our EveryWear Collection in both tops and bottoms.