Outdoor Fabric Guide 2:Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Posted by Neil | April 01, 2011
Here we continue our look at the outdoor clothing industry, where we try to make sense of the over-whelming choice available – along with the host of technical terms that goes with it.
Fabric Guide: Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Performance Shells are designed for breathable comfort, with durably waterproof and windproof protection.
Versatile enough for a wide range of outdoor activities, Performance Shells are not as technical as Pro Shells, and are normally created with a softer, more casual look. They are designed for when comfort is of the essence and protection from the elements is paramount, which makes them the ideal choice for walking and trekking in adverse weather.
The secret of a Performance Shell is an inner lining, freely suspended inside the jacket, which helps to protect the laminated Gore-Tex membrane, and also wicks moisture. This makes them weather-proof on the outside, and perspiration-free on the inside.
Tailored to combat late-season snowfalls or summer rains, Performance Shells are the answer to a day on the hills, where their lightweight, durable and breathable combination comes into its own…while still providing that waterproof element you need.
Many Performance Shell jackets feature zip-in compatibility with thermal insulating mid-layers, adding up to a perfect all-round clothing system that can easily cope with ever-changing weather conditions.
Gore-Tex Performance Shells aren’t just confined to jackets either. There are many Performance Shell trousers on the market too, equally protective against the worst of the wind and rain.
Detachable thermo lining in many cases also makes them versatile enough for a range of different activities and temperatures, while InterActive zips allow them to be attached to the jacket to make a snug, element-proof all-in-one.
All the main outdoor specialists manufacture their own range of Performance Shells, including The North Face and Berghaus.