As the rainy season approaches, waterproofing your wardrobe should be a shopping priority right now. And though there are a number of materials that can boast keeping wet weather and windchill at bay among their features, few do it quite as well as GORE-TEX.
Introduced in the late ’60s by W. L. Gore, GORE-TEX is about as waterproof as it gets. Most impressive about the Teflon material is its ability to let vapor and sweat escape while keeping you your ’fit underneath out of harm’s way, allowing for optimum temperature control.
It’s a technology that was fast adopted by mountaineering brands, 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 by the likes of Stone Island and Norse Projects.
This shouldn’t be all that surprising, especially considering that a waterproof material like GORE-TEX on a pair of sneakers means less toothbrush cleaning and air drying for the sneakerheads out there. And with the rainy season upon us, it’s an added bonus to the rain jackets that should, by now, definitely be coming up on your shopping list.
In appreciation of the infallible waterproof material, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite GORE-TEX jackets to shop right now. Ranging from sports and high-tech brands such as NikeLab, The North Face and White Mountaineering, to the likes of UNDFTD, Y-3, and Stone Island, those looking to buy into GORE-TEX aren’t short of options.
Scroll down to view some of the best GORE-TEX jackets below.