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Introducing Patagonia's Revolutionary GORE-TEX® ePE Rainwear

Now Available At Cotswold Outdoor

Technology company GORE TEX®, and environmentalist and outdoor retailer, Patagonia have been on a mission to create top-tier, per- or polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC) free waterproof kit tailored to keep people warm and dry even in the wettest environments. The result: GORE-TEX® ePE or Expanded Polyethylene – a revolutionary material setting a new standard of durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable protection.

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The Evolution of Waterproof Membranes

In the past, waterproof fabrics were coated with heavy oils and waxes, requiring frequent reapplication. This led to the development of waterproof membranes. These fine films, bonded to the back of the exterior shell, feature tiny pores that block water infiltration while allowing sweat to evaporate. The challenge was to make these membranes durable without compromising on performance. This is where GORE-TEX® technology comes in.   


Meet ePE – The Game Changer

Expanded polyethylene (ePE) is a strong yet lightweight material that makes kit durable and waterproof without using perfluorinated chemicals. Traditionally, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) was used for these membranes due to its exceptional hydrophobic and durable qualities. However, ePTFE production involved PFCs and PFAS, which are known for their environmental and health risks. GORE-TEX® ePE is made without these chemicals, offering a responsible alternative without compromising performance.   


Discover more about Patagonia's journey to PFC-Free wear.


The Patagonia-GORE-TEX® Partnership

The collaboration between Patagonia and GORE-TEX® marked the beginning of a remarkable journey towards responsible, high-performance kit for the most technical mountain sports. Through extensive research and development, they've created a game-changing product that keeps you dry, comfortable and protected and out there for longer whether in wind, rain or snow.   


Patagonia's GORE-TEX® ePE Rainwear at Cotswold Outdoor

Discover Patagonia's latest GORE-TEX® ePE (expanded polyethylene) rainwear at Cotswold Outdoor. Providing kit from Patagonia reflects our shared commitment to providing outdoor enthusiasts with kit that performs at its best and supports our collective responsibility to protect the environment.  


In Autumn 2022, Patagonia unveiled the two-layer Storm Shift Jacket and Pants, both constructed with GORE-TEX® ePE. These garments maintain the impeccable waterproof, windproof, and breathable standards that Patagonia and GORE-TEX® are known for.  

Looking Ahead

Patagonia has taken it a step further by introducing a three-layer version of GORE-TEX® ePE. It's designed to meet the demands of the most rugged and challenging mountain experiences. This enhancement is now available in top-tier technical Alpine and Snow apparel, including the Patagonia Triolet Jacket and Triolet Pants now available at Cotswold Outdoor.


Patagonia's overarching objective involves a transition to crafting clothing free from PFCs and PFAS, spanning their entire range, with waders aiming to be PFC-free by 2025. Their mission is to motivate and encourage others to embrace eco-friendly technology in waterproof wear.  


Experience the latest Patagonia GORE-TEX® ePE rainwear collection at Cotswold Outdoor today and join the journey towards responsible and high-performance outdoor clothing. For personalised guidance in choosing the perfect kit for your upcoming adventure, don't hesitate to visit your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store. Our specialists will walk you through the technical features of your selected kit to make sure it fits your outdoor needs.  

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