The GORE-TEX laminate

Outer fabric
GORE-TEX membrane
Inner lining
All GORE-TEX garments have an ultra-thin treatment called DWR - a durable water repellent polymer - applied to the outermost fabric layer so that water beads up and rolls off rather than soaking in.

In order to use the GORE-TEX membrane in the manufacture of a finished product, it first has to be bonded between a high-performance lining and outer textiles. This combination of membrane and support material is referred to as the GORE-TEX laminate.

Durable water repellency

Laminate constructions

Learn more about the three basic GORE-TEX laminate constructions.

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. This Z-liner is then freely 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.

Seam sealing


Every stitch in a seam is a potential leak. That‘s why for maximum waterproof protection, we rely on GORE-SEAM® tape. Every seam in GORE-TEX garments, footwear and gloves is sealed by specially trained manufacturers in certified factories using patented equipment from Gore.

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