GORE-TEX recently announced the release of a new membrane called GORE-TEX ePE. Shorthand for expanded polyethylene, this fabric is light and thin, yet very strong. It is also PFC-free and has a reduced carbon footprint due to its lower material mass and combination (as calculated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index).
It is bonded to selected backers/textiles (i.e. recycled, solution-dyed or undyed) to form a GORE-TEX laminate. The ePE membrane provides a new durable and lightweight level of waterproof, windproof and breathable protection.
We tried it out in Dakine’s new Baron GORE-TEX Index Mitt (available for women and men). The mitts stayed warm and dry in an ice and sleet storm, and we also ran the tap over them; the water instantly beaded and did not penetrate the membrane.
As well as 230g of PrimaLoft Gold insulation (with 55% recycled polyester), the Baron also boasts a 4-way stretch softshell, GORE-TEX Grip technology and an internal finger pocket allowing all fingers to move freely—providing the warmth of a mitt and the sure-handedness of a glove.
Thanks to the ePE membrane, these mitts are lighter than most and also compress down well when you need to squish them into a pack.
A durable water repellent goat leather palm ensures that the Baron will withstand long days and rough handling in the mountains.
GORE-TEX ePE is now available in several brands including Arc’teryx, Dakine, Patagonia and Salomon.
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