Gore-Tex is a synthetic fabric membrane used in clothing, shoes and other products. It is created from a special polymer that makes Gore-Tex waterproof while still allowing air and water vapor to pass through.
The lightweight, waterproof and breathable characteristics of Gore-Tex make it incredibly popular for outdoor clothing and accessories, such as hiking gear, tents and gloves. Gore-Tex was invented by Wilbert Gore and his son in 1969. The two men immediately patented their product, which is used to produce more than 70 percent of breathable, waterproof outerwear and accessories on the market.
The Gore-Tex patent has since expired, meaning there are now many cheaper alternatives available. However, none have proven to be as durable as the original.