New 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric with GORE® C-KNITTM Backer Technology available for retail distribution in autumn/winter 2015/16

Snow, and icy wind, sun and rain – every freerider out there has to deal with those conditions. To withstand the harsh demands of freeriders, their gear needs to be waterproof and breathable while also possessing all the advantages of ruggedness and wearer comfort. Versatility is essential: Freeriders like Seb Michaud don't want to have to change their gear just because of the weather: they want gear that can cope with anything.


New 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric with GORE® C-KNITTM Backer Technology

GORE-TEX® products with GORE® C-KNIT™ Backer Technology are 100% windproof and waterproof and yet lighter, even more breathable and softer than comparable previous generation products. When you conquer a remote peak to hit your next line or, in heavy snowfall, choose to explore inbound terrain, the increased breathability and soft touch feeling deliver comfort like no other. The new product line has been specifically engineered for skiers, snowboarders, hikers and trekkers looking for versatility and comfort. These new jackets and trousers will be ready for retail distribution in autumn/winter 2015.

Thanks to the specifically engineered and patent pending laminate construction (C-KNIT™ Backer) the new products are lighter, softer and even more breathable than comparable previous generation products without compromising on ruggedness.

New 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric with GORE® C-KNITTM Backer Technology

For the outer fabric Gore uses soft, smooth textured nylon fabrics. Depending on the intended use, these can be anything from very thin, lightweight fabrics to heavier, more robust fabrics (i.e. for freeride trousers). Positioned between the backer and the outer fabric, the reliable and proven bi-component GORE-TEX® membrane made of ePTFE fulfils its function. All of the available fabrics are recognised for their outstanding breathability (RET score

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Seb Michaud, GORE® athlete and renowned freeride hero

I don’t accept any compromise with my gear. When I wear GORE-TEX® products with GORE® C-KNIT™ backer technology I experience a whole new level of comfort when I am up there in any weather.

Key functional features:
➽ Optimal comfort with breathability increased by as much as 15 percent*
➽ Lighter garments are possible with a 10 percent reduction in fabric weight*
➽ Long-lasting weather protection backed by the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise
➽ Uncompromised durability without added bulk from the three-layer construction
➽ Visual differentiation from other backers from circular knit pattern
*Compared to previous 3-layer GORE-TEX® products with tricot backer.


Manufacturing partners

As of autumn 2015 numerous trusted brands are offering products with GORE® C-KNITTM Backer Technology in their outdoor and snow sports collections. These include Arc'teryx, Armada, Berghaus, Burton, Dynafit, Eider, Elevenate, Haglöfs, L.L. Bean, Maloja, Mammut, Marmot, Millet, Montura, OR, Patagonia, Peak Performance, Quicksilver, Red Bull, Salewa, The North Face, Tierra, Trangoworld, Volcom and Ziener.