Best winter climbing jacket and Gore-tex vs Gore-tex Pro

Best winter climbing jacket and Gore-tex vs Gore-tex Pro

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By Rob Kerrie | Jan 30th 2017 |
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Looking to buy a new winter jacket for climbing...any advice on what to get? Also anyone know what the difference between Gore-tex and Gore-tex Pro is?

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Jake's picture
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Feb 14th 2017
Short and simple, it's more waterproof, windproof, and breathable, but especially more durable. GORE say that they only use outer fabrics of at least 40-denier (a rating used to measure the mass density of a textile's fibers) to make Pro garments. This makes the jackets tougher and more resistant to abrasion so as to withstand rugged and harsh environments, but also heavier. Because of this, GORE say they use an "exclusive" 100% ePTFE-based multilayer in their Pro garments (the substance that makes GORE-TEX jackets tick) with Gore Micro Grid Backer technology to both reduce weight and enhance breathability. So, as for advice, it really depends on what type of winter climbing you will be doing. Essentially, GORE-TEX Pro is the "crème de la crème" of GORE-TEX jackets. If you're just doing light winter climbing or mountaineering, standard GORE-TEX will be able to manage the weather conditions and terrain perfectly. If you think you will be facing extreme mountain environments, with severe weather and more rugged terrain, the increased performance and durability of GORE-TEX Pro is much more adept at keeping you warm and dry, care and tear-free. If you are still looking, get back to us in the comments below, and we can help you find the perfect jacket for you. Jake, Copywriter at EpicTV Shop

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