The Protection layer is your first line of defense against rain, snow, sleet, wind or any combination of elements that conspire to make you miserable. In this category, gear is either completely waterproof or highly water-resistant, yet breathability is not ignored to help prevent you from getting wet on the inside. The purpose of the Protection layer is simply to keep you dry and comfortable. This is precisely why we select proven premier Gore-Tex® fabrics for many of the garments in the Protection layer. Other fabrications such as Windstopper® Technical Fleece round out the line and fill specific needs, like windproofness, without compromising breathability.
Gore-Tex fabric is synonymous with 100% windproof and waterproof performance while remaining highly breathable. The Gore-Tex brand can stand behind this claim, having proven its technology and durability in the harshest environments on the planet. That is why Gore-Tex stands behind their “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” warranty. Because conditions aren’t all the same, neither are the Gore-Tex technologies featured in the Protection layer, each chosen for a particular end use or application.
In addition to Gore-Tex and Windstopper fabrics, an ultra-durable two-layer bonded soft shell is available as part of the Protection layer. This fabrication offers enhanced breathability while providing a high degree of water and wind protection. Most importantly it is designed to stretch and allow never before seen comfort and mobility.