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Gelanots

Gelanots® was a registered trademark of Tomen Corporation (merged with Toyota Tsusho Corporation in 2006). Gelanots® products include waterproof, breathable membranes that can be laminated to fabrics, and waterproof breathable coatings that can be applied to fabrics to make them waterproof.

Lamination Products Include:

  • 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 layered laminates
  • waterproofing >20K and MVP > 40K
  • solvent free laminations
  • special backings (eg. jerseys up to 60G)

 ECO Recycled Poly:

  • Fabrics from recycled pes/pa
  • castor bean based PU's
  • membranes made of pes/pu/peba

 ECO DWR:

  • fluorocarbon free dwr (C ) class)
  • made of hydro carbon
  • pfoa/pfos free

Ultra Light Shell

  • superior light weight downproof fabrics
  • down to 7D (ard 25g/sqm)
  • down to 12D for lamination

Coating:

  • inkjet printed (sole colors or designs)
  • superthin coatings from AC/PU

Discontinued Gelanots® Products:

  • Gelanots® Impact: Gelanots® most durable waterproof laminate features a microporous coating over the Gelanots® membrane.
  • Gelanots® EKS Live is a brand-new breathable polyester fabric. Its chemically active function of moisture-absorption and discharge reduces thermal and hydrophillic stress to the body. The increased breathability and lower dew content is semi perpectual due to polymerization.
  • Gelanots® Dry Heat is a lightweight, highly breathable laminate for down or synthetic jackets and sleeping bags.
  • Gelanots® Inserts are breathable, windproof and waterproof liners for gloves, hats and garments. 
  • Gelanots®:  is a line of waterproof, windproof, breathable laminates that offer a very high degree of breathability with a "soft hand" finish.
    Coating products Include:
  • Gelanots® Coating: A wind-resistant, waterproof, moisture permeability coating used in outerwear and rainwear, provides a balance between waterproofness and breathability.
  • DR Cocating: A lightweight, highly breathable coating that is wind and water resistant.
  • GX-PR Coating A lightweight durable coating with a high moisture permeability designed for use in rainwear.
  • Protein Tex Coating: is a new colored polyurethane coating that is hydrophobic and microporous. The Protein-Tex coating incorporates a protein-based powder, which greatly improves breathability and makes the coating very smooth when used in unlined garments.
  • AIRDRIVE™: a new type of coating that is highly breathable and condensation resistant, designed to provide an ideal Micro-Climate within clothing.

Ginny® Fiber

Ginny® Fiber was a registered trademarks of Solutia, Inc.® (now a subsidiary of Westman Chemical Company. Ginny® is an acrylic microfiber used is socks. Ginny® Fiber has a soft hand, is colorfast, and wicks moisture.

GORE-TEX

GORE-TEX® is a registered trademark of W. L. Gore ® Associates. The GORE-TEX® membrane is specifically engineered to form an impenetrable barrier against wind and water while maintaining breathability. The patented GORE-TEX® membrane is laminated to various outer layer fabrics (usually nylon or polyester)- referred to as a "2-ply laminate"; and sometimes an additional lining fabric designed to wick moisture away from the body- referred to as a "3-ply laminate" and Z-Liner. All Gore-Tex® laminated fabrics are windproof, waterproof and breathable.

   

MEMBRANE

At the heart of GORE-TEX® fabric is an extremely thin membrane that's durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It has over 9 billion pores per square inch.

 

LAMINATE

To construct a GORE-TEX® laminate (fabric), we bond the GORE-TEX® membrane between high-performance lining and shell textiles.

 

SEAM SEALING

Every stitch in a seam is a potential leak. That’s why for durable waterproofness GORE-TEX® products rely on GORE-SEAM® tape applied by specially trained manufacturers in certified factories.

2-Layer Construction

Ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities, with this construction a GORE-TEX® membrane is bonded to the outer fabric only. The benefit: the separate lining inside improves wearing comfort and versatility. This construction can be combined with insulation, keeping the wearer dry and warm.

3-Layer Construction

Unlike the 2-layer construction, this construction bonds the GORE-TEX® membrane to both the outer fabric and the inner lining. The benefit: no movement between the layers, which means less wear and tear, and enhanced durability.

Z-Liner Construction

A GORE-TEX® membrane is bonded to a lightweight fabric and a liner is freely suspended between the outer fabric and the lining. The benefit: fewer sealed seams means manufacturers have more freedom for fashion applications. This construction can be combined with insulation.

 

Paclite® Product Technology

GORE-TEX Paclite® is a waterproof membrane that is laminated to lightweight nylon to produce a waterproof, breathable fabric that is extremely lightweight and easy to pack. The Gore-Tex Paclite® membrane allows perspiration vapour to pass through but is more breathable because of raised nubs (or dots) applied to the membrane to protect the membrane from body oils, and other environmental contaminants from altering the waterproofness of the membrane.

With an extremely lightweight and packable construction, garments with Paclite® product technology are the ideal solution for hiking, cycling and other sports where weight and space are critical. These garments keep you dry and cool during demanding activities and warm during cool down, even in windy, cold weather.

GORE-TEX XRC® is a three layer waterproof, breathable fabric. The Gore-Tex membrane is laminated to a taffeta liner to protect the membrane, making a favric that is durable, lightweight, waterproof and extremely breathable

 

Gore Micro Grid Backer Technology

Using an innovative patent-pending internal backer fabric, this technology improves internal abrasion and snag resistance, enhances breathability and decreases weight. It also allows the garment to slide easily over mid-layers. 

QUALITY TESTING

The Rain Room

Before any new GORE-TEX® garment style is put into production it must pass the Gore lab style approval testing. This sophisticated outerwear testing facility is designed to simulate a variety of rain conditions. Using specially engineered rain nozzles strategically positioned in the chamber, we are able to test a garment's waterproof design in conditions that range from light drizzle to wind-driven rain.

Comfort Test

Comfort is a state in which we are neither too warm nor too cold; in other words, when there is a balance between heat produced and heat lost. To put comfort to the test, we compare laboratory results with the subjective perceptions of real test participants

Martindale Test

In the Martindale Test, wool or sandpaper is used to rub the fabric over and over again with considerable pressure. Depending on how tough the fabric needs to be, this vigorous rubbing can continue non-stop for hours … or even days..

Cold Flex Test

In the Cold Flex Test, GORE-TEX® fabrics are squashed and stretched repeatedly in extreme temperatures for hours on end. The fabrics must survive this punishing test and emerge still durably waterproof.

THE PROMISE: A VIDEO SERIES

Gore-Tex® // The Promise - Wizards of Water from Living Room Pictures on Vimeo.

Gore-Tex® // The Promise - Bubble Trouble from Living Room Pictures on Vimeo.

 

Gore-Tex® // The Promise - Masters of Moisture from Living Room Pictures on Vimeo.