The North Face® partners with GORE-TEX® to deliver the
industry’s most innovative and highest performance waterproof,
windproof and breathable weather protection.
GORE-TEX® fabrics lead the industry in providing durable waterproof,
breathable protection. The GORE-TEX® membrane is completely impervious
to rain, sleet and snow, while allowing perspiration to pass through
it from within. Tiny pores in the GORE-TEX® membrane allow
perspiration to escape while preventing water from entering.
- Protection in Rain and Snow
- Ideal for Skiing and
The North Face incorporates 3 specialized fabric technologies in our products:
GORE-TEX® Performance Shell
Waterproof GORE-TEX® Pro
Waterproof GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell
GORE-TEX® Peformance Shell
This fabric is designed to provide superior comfort and durable
waterproof protection in a wide range of outdoor activities. The
GORE-TEX® revolutionary patented membrane technology is specifically
engineered to form an impenetrable barrier against wind and water
while maintaining breathability. GORE-TEX® Performance Shell fabric is
used in a two-layer construction for a lighter and softer feel and in
three-layer construction for a heavier-duty alternative.
- Waterproof and windproof
- Versatile for skiing, cycling,
mountaineering and snowboarding
GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL
GORE-TEX® Pro Shell is engineered with the most rugged, highly
breathable fabrics, making it ideal for extended exposure to extreme
conditions. These fabrics are designed to perform at an elite level in
order to meet the demands of outdoor professionals and serious
enthusiasts alike. The advanced waterproof membrane used by GORE-TEX®
Pro Shell fabric incorporates increased breathability characteristics,
allowing the user to enjoy longer exposure to harsh conditions without
losing vital body heat.
- Extended Durability in Extreme Conditions
- Extremely Waterproof and Windproof
- Ideal for Outdoor Professionals and
GORE-TEX® PACLITE SHELL
Introduced in 2009, this exclusive Paclite® membrane is
laminated to lightweight, strong nylon textiles to produce garments
that are extremely breathable, compressible and durably waterproof.
This membrane contains a protective black layer that is made of an
"oil-hating" (oleophobic) polymer and carbon that allows
perspiration vapor to pass through, but prohibits body oils,
cosmetics, salt water and insect repellents from altering the
waterproof qualities of the membrane. Extremely compressible, this
fabric packs extremely small.
- Durable Wind- and Waterproofness
- Lightweight, Packable and
- Lighter and Smaller to Pack Away than
other GORE-TEX® Products.
- Ideal for Hiking,
Cycling, Running, and other sports where weight and space are