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Introducing Patagonia's Innovative GORE-TEX ePE Rainwear

Now Available At Cotswold Outdoor

Technology company GORE TEX, and outdoor apparel company Patagonia have been on a mission to create top-tier, per- or polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC) free waterproof kit tailored to keep people warm and dry even in the wettest environments. The result: Patagonia are using New GORE-TEX fabrics with ePE membrane or Expanded Polyethylene – a revolutionary material setting a new standard of durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable protection.

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The Evolution of Waterproof Membranes

In the past, waterproof fabrics were coated with heavy oils and waxes, requiring frequent reapplication. This led to the development of waterproof membranes. These fine films, bonded to the back of the exterior shell, feature tiny pores that block water infiltration while allowing sweat to evaporate. The challenge was to make these membranes durable without compromising on performance. This is where GORE-TEX product technology comes in.   


The New GORE-TEX Products with ePE Membrane

Expanded polyethylene (ePE) is a strong yet lightweight material that makes kit durable and waterproof without using perfluorinated chemicals. Traditionally, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) was used for these membranes due to its exceptional hydrophobic and durable qualities. However, ePTFE production involved PFCs and PFAS, which are known for their environmental and health risks. GORE-TEX ePE is made without these chemicals, offering a responsible alternative without compromising performance.   


Discover more about Patagonia's journey to PFC-Free wear.


The Patagonia and the GORE-TEX Brand Partnership

The collaboration between Patagonia and GORE-TEX marked the beginning of a remarkable journey towards responsible, high-performance kit for the most technical mountain sports. Through extensive research and development, they've created a game-changing product that keeps you dry, comfortable and protected and out there for longer whether in the harshest of weather conditions.    


Patagonia's GORE-TEX ePE Rainwear at Cotswold Outdoor

Discover Patagonia's New GORE-TEX rainwear, using ePE membrane (expanded polyethylene) at Cotswold Outdoor. Providing kit from Patagonia reflects our shared commitment to providing outdoor enthusiasts with kit that performs at its best and supports our collective responsibility to protect the environment.  


In Autumn 2022, Patagonia unveiled the two-layer Storm Shift Jacket and Pants, both constructed using New GORE-TEX material with ePE membrane.These garments maintain the impeccable waterproof, windproof, and breathable standards that Patagonia and GORE-TEX brand are known for.  

Looking Ahead

Patagonia has taken it a step further by introducing New GORE-TEX Performance products, using ePE membrane. It's designed to meet the demands of the most rugged and challenging mountain experiences. GORE-TEX Performance product technology is intended for harsher and extended use in the outdoors, and is now available in top-tier technical Alpine and Snow apparel, including the Patagonia Triolet Jacket and Triolet Pants now available at Cotswold Outdoor.


Patagonia's overarching objective involves a transition to crafting clothing free from PFCs and PFAS. After investing significant time and resources, Patagonia are well on their way to being 100% PFC- and PFAS-free across their entire product line by 2025. Their mission is to motivate and encourage others to embrace eco-friendly technology in waterproof wear.  


Experience the latest Patagonia GORE-TEX® ePE rainwear collection at Cotswold Outdoor today and join the journey towards responsible and high-performance outdoor clothing. For personalised guidance in choosing the perfect kit for your upcoming adventure, don't hesitate to visit your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store. Our specialists will walk you through the technical features of your selected kit to make sure it fits your outdoor needs.  

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