EXPLORE THE HIGH-LEVEL PROTECTIVE BENEFITS OF THIS TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION
GORE-TEX Stretch products offer a better fit - such as improved freedom of movement in garments or optimised in-step comfort in footwear - helping wearers stay comfortable and protected all day long.
Thanks to the GORE-TEX membrane, GORE-TEX Stretch product technology is durably waterproof and resistant to common hazardous liquids.
GORE-TEX Stretch garments totally block the wind, even at high speeds, eliminating the wind-chill factor and keeping the wearer comfortable.
Garments engineered with GORE-TEX Stretch product technology provide added comfort by increasing the breathability of garments by 25%.
When combined with a flame-resistant outer material, garments with GORE-TEX Stretch product technology provide protection from incidental and sudden heat and flame exposure.
*Only for garments with the addition of a flame-resistant outer material.
Enables a better fitting garment which allows for layering for various weather conditions without sacrificing performance. *Only for garments
When choosing protective garments and footwear, alongside the criteria of protection and function, freedom of movement and wearer comfort are increasingly significant factors. Clothing that is not restrictive allows greater agility in a range of different scenarios, such as reaching for equipment, kneeling on the ground, driving, etc., which improves performance and comfort. Research has shown that only when officers or workers feel comfortable in what they are wearing, can they concentrate on the task at hand and perform to their full potential.
Garments and footwear made with GORE-TEX Stretch product technology provide an optimum level of wearing comfort. In addition, they deliver durable weather protection as well as protecting from harmful liquids, such as petroleum and lubricants. Having undergone rigorous tests, products have also proven to remain flexible, windproof, and rugged – even in the most challenging working conditions. This means wearers stay protected, dry, unrestricted in their movements and, above all, comfortable.
Professionals often need to wear multiple garment layers in the workplace, whether it’s to stay warm in cold temperatures or to wear additional protective equipment, such as body armour, in dangerous situations. Insulation layers can cause outerwear to feel too tight, so workers frequently opt for garments one size larger. When worn alone, though, these garments are too loose. GORE-TEX Stretch product technology offers a solution to this: garments made from GORE-TEX Stretch fabric can be worn as close-fitting standalone layers, or as non-bulky under-layers that offer a good fit, as the fabric offers increased mobility in all weather conditions. The stretch of the fabric adapts to the wearer's movements - which increases breathability by up to 25%. Even after vigorous use, garments return to their original shape, providing long-lasting comfort and protection.
Footwear with Stretch technology also increases wearer comfort, while having a unique patent-pending construction. It’s the first of its kind to combine a flexible GORE-TEX laminate – one of the most breathable in Gore’s portfolio – with a stretch inner lining, using an elastic connection seam. The smooth and durable laminate in the instep area eliminates the water gusset usually found in GORE-TEX shoes. This means dry and comfortable shoes that slip on and off more easily. The innovative Stretch shoe construction avoids wrinkles or folds in the instep area, which can significantly reduce the chance of pinched skin. This footwear is made for being worn for extended shifts, without experiencing discomfort. GORE-TEX Stretch product technology offers best-in-class footwear that is durably waterproof, highly breathable, and optimised for smooth instep comfort.
GORE-TEX stretch footwear offers law enforcement officers protection from severe weather and potentially harmful contaminants combined with in-step comfort that supports the feet over long shifts. GORE-TEX stretch garments enable police forces to adjust their duty garments to weather conditions and the potential hazards of the work scenario. Flame resistant GORE-TEX stretch garments protect against incidental contact with flames.
GORE-TEX stretch garments can be worn as close-fitting standalone layers, or as combined with non-bulky under-layers, allowing the user to dress for various weather conditions without sacrificing functionality. The stretch of the fabric adapts to the wearer's movements - which increases breathability by up to 25%. Even after vigorous use, garments return to their original shape, providing long-lasting comfort and protection.
Technical rescue professionals are expected to perform tasks requiring a lot of agility, often in narrow spaces and at high speeds. Non-bulky, flexible GORE-TEX Stretch product technology for garments enables these abilities. Additionally, when flame resistant this technology can protect wearers against incidental flame contact or against multiple liquids.
EN 343 (class 4.4) - Protective clothing - Protection against rain, EN 14360 - Rain Tower Test
GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Stretch Technology for Garments
GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Stretch fabric is durably windproof and highly breathable. It provides protection against cold winds and light rain, keeping professionals dry and comfortable. Stretch panels are used on specific areas of the garment, including the elbows, knees, under the arms or across the upper back. The result is an elastic outer garment with high stretch and recovery properties.
Flame Resistant (FR) GORE-TEX Stretch Products
Flame Resistant GORE-TEX Stretch Products provide reliable flame resistant and liquidproof protection, particularly for riot police incidents. The products offer wearers durable wind and weather protection, while preventing liquids like common chemicals from penetrating the laminate. The flame resistant fabric ensures added protection from incidental and sudden flame exposure, such as Molotov Cocktails, and incorporates GORE-TEX Stretch product technology to achieve increased freedom of movement and a smart professional fit. The products can even be worn with body armour - either over or under the garment, depending on the force's policy.