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 William (Bob) L. Gore, who tragically passed away this weekend, 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.
In appreciation of the infallible waterproof material and the man who invented it, 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 Arc'teryx and Nike to the likes of Palace and Nanamica, those looking to buy into GORE-TEX aren't short of options.
Scroll down to view some of the best GORE-TEX jackets below.
Arc'teryx Zeta SL GORE-TEX Hooded Jacket
Arc’teryx weighs in as one of the most highly respected outdoor brands around, and they got there thanks in large part to the durable effectiveness of GORE-TEX. The Zeta SL Jacket features taped seams and GORE-TEX throughout for a waterproof but breathable finish.
Norse Projects Gore-Tex® Fyn Shell 2.0 Jacket
Norse Projects creates clothing for the cold, cold North, so it was only a matter of time before the label began to integrate GORE-TEX technology into its designs. The two brands marry perfectly over this pared-back weatherproof jacket in a sleek, all-black colorway.
Nike ACG Gore-Tex® Paclite Jacket
Nike’s ACG arm deals in technical outerwear, but always retains the athletic, sportswear-oriented flavor of Nike. This lightweight pullover does exactly that, using a classic sportswear silhouette as its starting point, GORE-TEX is added to the color-blocked design in order to season-proof it.
Palace GORE-TEX Jacket
Contrasting taped seams feature the Palace and GORE-TEX logos side-by-side while the separate Tri-Ferg and GORE-TEX text logo grace the sleeve and front section. This piece is completely unmissable and also perfectly engineered to guard you against the elements.
Norrona Falketind GORE-TEX Jacket
Norrona's Falketind Jacket is one of the most lightweight options in this roundup. GORE-TEX of course offers breathability as well as a protective layer which makes this piece perfect for layering during fall and winter.
Stone Island Shadow Project GORE-TEX Paclite Shell Jacket
Stone Island’s Shadow Project takes technology to the next level with a no-holds-barred approach to technical engineering and style. This all-black Paclite jacket is seriously undercover and features GORE-TEX to keep you dry when you’re on a mission.
Nanamica GORE-TEX Cruiser Jacket
While GORE-TEX pieces can often take a more technical tack when it comes to their aesthetic, this Nanamica jacket boasts the same technology with a much more lifestyle-oriented style.
Stone Island GORE-TEX Down Parka
Purveyors of any new technology that’s possible to embed within the fabric, Stone Island of course have an extensive archive of GORE-TEX-fitted products. This parka jacket features warm duck-down padding for warmth and a fully waterproof GORE outer shell.
The North Face 7SE Himalayan GORE-TEX Down Jacket
The North Face and GORE-TEX worked so closely together for such a long time that the two became almost synonymous. It’s rare to see the TNF logo without the GORE-TEX name alongside, and when the product is as good as this 7SE Himalayan Down Jacket, it’s easy to see why the two work so well together.
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