A TRADITION OF CONTINUOUS INNOVATION

 

The GORE® Wear story is part of the innovative history of W. L. Gore & Associates, an American technology company founded in 1958. Gore’s constant evolution has seen it expand across the globe, developing cutting edge products in disciplines as diverse as medical equipment, space travel, musical instruments, industrial clothing, footwear and sportswear. But at the heart of these innovations there is always the same core, the same technology that enhances lives, that even saves lives – Polytetrafluorethylen (PTFE).

Learn more about the history of Gore and how GORE® Wear was created by this technology driven and innovative company.

2018

GORE BIKE WEAR® and GORE RUNNING WEAR® combine to form GORE® Wear
Evolved from the former two brands, GORE® Wear underlines its leadership role in innovative functional cycling and running apparel. This evolution aligns the GORE® brand to better serve its retailers and consumers. Under one roof, the new brand unites all the loyal and likeminded fans and inspires them to experience more with our products.

2015

A collection inspired by the Sellaronda HERO: ALP-X PRO
Ever since the very first Sellaronda HERO, GORE BIKE WEAR® is a partner of the famous mountain bike race. The ALP-X PRO collection is designed for such races, and provides the performance-oriented mountain biker with optimal apparel in ever-changing conditions.

 
 

2015

30 Year Anniversary
GORE BIKE WEAR celebrates 30 years with a special anniversary collection. Every product includes a large print bearing the dates “1985-2015.”

2014

GORE RUNNING WEAR® introduces the first-ever lifestyle products for men: URBAN RUN
GORE RUNNING WEAR® presents the lifestyle collection, URBAN RUN, for runners wishing to maintain a cool individualistic style, even when training in the city.

2012

Launch of the GORE-TEX® Active Shell technology
GORE RUNNING WEAR® and GORE BIKE WEAR® products from now on integrate the new GORE-TEX® Active Shell technology, which is constructed for extreme breathability.

2011

GORE RUNNING WEAR® in the USA
GORE RUNNING WEAR® launches in the U.S. market.

2010

GORE BIKE WEAR® in Asia
GORE BIKE WEAR® products enter the Asian market.

2009

Launch of the GORE-TEX® Comfort Mapping technology
Both GORE RUNNING WEAR® and GORE BIKE WEAR® launch the highly innovative Comfort Mapping technology, which combines different GORE-TEX® fabrics in mirroring climate zones on the athlete’s body in order to increase breathability, comfort and fit.

 
 

2007

The GORE-TEX® Airvantage Technology wins the ISPO Award
The GORE-TEX® Airvantage Technology is a new adjustable insulation system of GORE RUNNING WEAR®, which the runner can manually adapt to changing running conditions. In the year 2007, the technology wins the ISPO Award.

2006

The brand continues to grow…
The collection has grown significantly. GORE BIKE WEAR® provides the optimum solution for all types of cyclist and every area of application.

2006

The new MYTHOS collection
GORE RUNNING WEAR® introduces the new MYTHOS collection into the market, with the MYTHOS SO Jacket as the highlight product. The collection focuses on runners in an urban environment.

2006

A new brand set-up
The current logo: simple, yet with a high recognition value. CONCURVE™ Running Wear becomes GORE RUNNING WEAR®

2004

GORE RUNNING WEAR® introduces the WINDSTOPPER Technology
GORE RUNNING WEAR® becomes the first running brand to produce apparel equipped with the WINDSTOPPER® Technology, for which it wins the ‘Innovation of the Year Award’ from British Runner’s World.

2002

GORE RUNNING WEAR® wins the first ever Runner’s World ISPO Award for the super-lightweight WINDSTOPPER® HELIUM Jacket, GORE RUNNING WEAR® wins the first ever Runner’s World ISPO Award.

 
 

2002

GORE BIKE WEAR® in the U.S.A. - From now on GORE BIKE WEAR™ is also available in the United States.

1997

GORE RUNNING WEAR® hits the market, named CONCURVE™ Running Wear
From now on, W.L. Gore also offers highly functional apparel for runners. The first collection remains initially small and launches under the name CONCURVE.

1996

The GORE BIKE WEAR® Logo
For the first time the GORE BIKE WEAR® logo appears without any graphic elements.

1993

The first jerseys and tights
The first jerseys and tights, already using highly functional materials and exciting prints featuring chain or pinion motifs. Birth of the principle of a clothing system encompassing all layers

1992

WINDSTOPPER® is introduced
Introduction of the first products featuring WINDSTOPPER®. The new products protected against wind chill and improved cyclists’ performance because they needed less energy to regulate their body heat.

1990

GORE-TEX® Bike Wear – “I like it, I bike it”
‘I like it, I bike it’ is not only a slogan but also a motto for what was then a striking design. But product performance was never neglected. The name for now: GORE-TEX® Bike Wear.

 
 

1987

The first sponsorship
The Superconfex team (later Rabobank) takes the GIRO jacket with it on the Tour de France.

1985

The GIRO Jacket
The first waterproof and windproof GORE-TEX® cycle jacket, under the name ‘GIRO’, which also offers breathability. A further special feature is the new lengthened back − now to be found in almost every cycle jacket. The GIRO Jacket sets the foundation for the brand, that will be called GORE BIKE WEAR® in the future.