Gore-Tex Surround offers all-round breathability

Gore-Tex Surround offers all-round breathability

The Gore-Tex Surround all-round breathable technology is to appear in expanded collections from Ecco and Lowa next summer – and will also be in ranges from Adidas, Merrell, The North Face and Under Amour for the first time.

In all, more than 350 Gore-Tex Surround styles are now available from more than 52 footwear brands globally, the company says, including Camel Active, Caterpillar and Haglöfs from spring/summer 2017.

The innovative product solution provides waterproofness and all-round breathability through special Gore-Tex laminates that are integrated into the shoe upper and completely surround the foot – on all sides.

The centrepiece of the new technology is a special construction under the foot. Sweat can escape through the laminate positioned in the underside of the shoe into the open structure of the "spacer" – and from there out of the shoe via side ventilation outlets.

This keeps feet drier because the sweat they produce – about one third of the foot's sweat glands are on the soles – is transported away faster. Dry feet not only enhance the wearer's sense of well-being, but also prevent rubbing and painful foot blisters from occurring.

For casual and children's footwear, the solution transports excess heat and moisture out of the shoe through large openings in the sole. This construction allows footwear designers to focus on fashion elements when they are designing the shoe upper, while also creating a completely new class of sole designs.

On the other hand, hiking footwear manufacturers can concentrate their sole designs on characteristics such as grip, stability, protection and the transition from heel strike to toe off.

Outdoor fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates is also planning to launch products made with non-PFC-based DWR (Durable Water Repellency) technologies as the first products of its US$15m investment into research for innovative materials.

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