Why Our Fabric? Improved fit, comfort, and long-lasting protection


GORE® CROSSTECH® footwear fabric leads the industry in providing durable, breathable protection, and it exceeds NFPA requirements for resisting liquid penetration. Our fabric stands up to the tough conditions you encounter in the field, and it keeps feet dry while keeping liquid out, even after multiple exposures to contaminants or while standing in water.

Superior Comfort, Fit, and Agility

When you’re walking around a rescue and recovery scene, your feet need to be stable and agile, and your boots don’t need to weigh you down. Boots with our fabric are lighter weight, reducing fatigue and increasing your stamina. Also, because these boots are form-fitting, they are comfortable, flexible, and easy to put on and take off.

Breathable Protection from Liquids and Body Fluids

You’re likely to run into many different liquids (everything from water to blood to gasoline) when you’re at a rescue scene. GORE® CROSSTECH® footwear fabric is the industry leader when it comes to protecting you from water, blood, body fluids, and common chemicals, while offering you unparalleled comfort in the form of breathability. If perspiration from your feet cannot escape from your footwear, you could end up with foot problems that prevent you from working.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

When buying footwear, look beyond the initial investment. When you factor in the improved durability and longer product life, boots made with GORE® CROSSTECH® fabric far outweigh the initial cost of the boots themselves. These boots offer the best combination of comfort, protection, and overall value.

The Gore Advantage

Having footwear that withstands the conditions in which you work depends on the quality of the fabrics’ construction and the manufacturing process of the footwear. For 35 years, W. L. Gore & Associates has been a pioneer in developing high-performance barrier fabrics for first responder and military applications. At Gore, we work closely with our licensed manufacturers from initial product design to rigorous laboratory and field testing, and through to final product performance — all to ensure that you can be confident that your footwear does what we say it will do.

Warning: No products, including garments, footwear, and gloves, protect completely, even when new; their protective performance will decline with wear, tear, abrasion, and other damage associated with use.