With the wet season looming on the horizon, 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, few do it quite as well as GORE-TEX.
Introduced in the late ’60s by William (Bob) L. Gore, anything packing GORE-TEX is about as waterproof as garments get. Most impressive about the Teflon material, though, is its ability to let vapor and sweat escape while keeping you and your fit underneath out of harm's way, allowing for optimum temperature control.
It's a technology that was first adopted by mountaineering brands, applied to outdoor gear such as hiking jackets and winter boots. But while GORE-TEX has traditionally been associated with high-performance gear, the material has more popped up in the collections of brands far and wide, from Stüssy to Nike.
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 Mammut to the likes of Moncler and Goldwin, those looking to buy into GORE-TEX aren't short of options.
Scroll down to view some of the best GORE-TEX jackets in 2021 below.
Arc'teryx Dume Jacket
If you are like us, at some point this year, you thought to yourself, "I need more Arc'teryx in my life." The Canadian brand has emerged as one of the leaders of the functional fashion wave that currently has a hold on our closets. Celebrity cosigns, collabs, and the overall rise in demand for functional gear have turned Arc'teryx into a cultural mainstay.
Today's Arc'teryx jacket is nothing less than a Fall must-have for the impending temperature change. Part of the brand's new System_A line, The Dume Jacket, is designed to be a daily driver. It has clean lines, an earthy palette, and a streetwear-friendly aesthetic. Yet, The Dume is equipped with the brand's leading tech. The jacket is waterproof, windproof, but breathable and light, thanks to GORE-TEX's C-KNIT™ fabric. The WaterTight zipper pocket on the front of the jacket will keep your gear secure and damage-free, especially if you are planning on doing a little more hiking later this season.
Moncler Grenoble Villair Gore-Tex Hooded Jacket
Moncler knows how to make style-friendly functional outwear that are excellent investment pieces for the colder months. For the uninitiated, the brand's "Grenoble" line is dedicated to those of you who enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Here, Moncler Grenoble's deep navy Villair ski jacket is capable of withstanding some of the iciest windchills thrown at it. The GORE-TEX shell is designed to fit securely around your body, protecting you from the elements. Leave it to Moncler to create a jacket that looks great skiing and back here down on the street.
Mammut Masao Light Gore-Tex Jacket
The Swiss premium outdoor company, Mammut, has been making mountain-ready outwear for well over 100 years. This translates to jackets that perform well and look good hiking, climbing, and "urbaneering." Aside from the jacket's sleek black body and wind-waterproof GORE-TEX shell, the Masao can be packed down to a backpack-friendly compact size. Being able to quickly and easily layer up when the weather doesn't go your way is essential to hiking and the active urbaneer. Masao gives you both.
Arc'teryx Beta LT shell jacket
Here you have quintessential Arc'teryx, a jacket style that is sure to have come across your Insta-feed as a meme or fit-pic. Regardless, we love the jacket's bold orange weather-ready shell and its iconic dead bird logo on the left chest of the jacket. It's a GORE-TEX jacket that will earn you some clout points this Fall for sure.
C.P. Company Single-Breasted Coat
A GORE-TEX jacket-coat hybrid? Hell, yes. C.P. Company's jacket feels refined, having all the design cues of what makes a great coat. But, upon closer inspection, the black garment has a waterproof GORE-TEX body durable enough to keep your entire fit dry.
Goldwin Spur Mountain Shell Coat
Goldwin's Spur GORE-TEX jacket is engineered to keep you dry during some of the most brutal downpours, thanks to its GORE outer shell. The jacket's design is simple, monochromatic, and futuristic, with a singular focus on performance and protection. Not to mention, the beige looks fantastic.
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