Why We Chose The Gore R7: Use of Gore-Tex ShakeDry, extremely packable, sleek and lightweight design.
The Gore brand need very little introduction, particularly in the outdoor world where just about everyone will have worn a Gore-Tex waterproofed jacket at some point. U.S born and bred, they have an extensive history that dates all the way back to 1958, when founder Bill Gore experimented with PTFE fibres to create a waterproof but still air permeable membrane. A few years later this would eventually be chosen by NASA to help them produce much of the materials for the spacesuits that would be worn on the first Columbia space mission.
“…it was very impressive, with any moisture beading right off it constantly.”
Whilst the PTFE material has been refined and improved since its discovery, it still to this day provides the backbone of Gore-Tex membranes and materials, with many variations of it to suit different levels of intensity or activity.
This is where Gore-Tex ShakeDry comes in. This new version of Gore-Tex has been engineered for people who plan to move at a consistently high intensity; when it’s essential that the fabrics they’re wearing are lightweight, water and wind proof as well as capable of shifting hot air away from the body.
Used here in the R7, the result is a jacket that weighs just 118g – phenomenally light. The secret is that in ShakeDry, the membrane is switched to the outside of the jacket and the outer fabric, which you normally find on waterproof jackets, is done away with altogether, therefore meaning there’s nothing to become saturated. Water will simply run straight off, and the jacket will… shake dry.