Last week, Gore announced that for Fall/Winter 2016, it will restructure into three distinct consumer textile brands while introducing new laminate technology at the same time. The overall Gore Fabrics umbrella will now include Gore-Tex, Gore Windstopper, and the new Gore Thermium–basically splitting into distinct Gore and Gore-Tex brands while venturing further outside the waterproof breathable world.
Gore Thermium is a new insulated shell construction that offers a two-layer, seam-taped, windproof, water-resistant and breathable laminate coupled with a non-stitched insulation of choice (down, synthetic, or wool) and an inner lining. The idea behind Thermium is to help keep the insulation dry and protected from light rain or snow so it retains its insulating capacity while allowing moisture vapor to escape at the same time.
Several brands have picked up Gore Thermium for next year including 66 Degrees North, Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, Millet, Salewa, Skhoop, and Sweet Protection.
The waterproof breathable Gore-Tex products will remain the same across three categories–Gore-Tex, Gore-Tex Pro and Gore-Tex Active.
Gore Windstopper adds two new laminates for durable light rain resistance and insulation protection. The Gore Windstopper with insulation protection was designed for baffled or stitched-through down or synthetic insulation to be used in lightly insulated garments in high intensity, cold weather activity. The Gore Windstopper with durable light rain resistance is made from a three-layer laminate and sits nicely between Gore-Tex and regular Windstopper garments.