Why Our Fabrics?


With GORE® CROSSTECH® S/R fabric, you remain protected with a breathable, durable barrier that is the only liquid barrier used in NFPA 1951-compliant rescue and recovery garments.

Reduced Heat Stress

As you work at a rescue scene, the heat from your body needs to escape. Otherwise, you run the risk of heat stress and heat exhaustion. GORE® CROSSTECH® S/R fabric is lightweight, flexible, and breathable, allowing perspiration vapor to escape, which keeps you drier and cooler longer.

Durable Protection from Liquids

Rescue and recovery operations can expose you to a wide range of hazards. As the only liquid barrier used in NFPA-1951 compliant garments, GORE® CROSSTECH® S/R fabric protects you from water, blood, body fluids, and common chemicals. Our S/R fabric provides a level of performance unmatched by other barrier fabrics in the market.

Performance Over Time

Thermal stability is an important part of maintaining your protection. If your gear is exposed to high heat, the protective barrier can be compromised and breathability reduced. The non-flammable construction of GORE® CROSSTECH® S/R fabric keeps it from melting, which in turn ensures reliable performance after exposure to heat.

Reduced Total Cost of Ownership

When selecting gear to wear in harsh environments, look beyond the initial investment. The durability of our fabrics results in a long product life and lower year-to-year costs.

The Gore Advantage

Having garments that withstand the conditions in which you work depends on the quality of the fabrics’ construction and the manufacturing process of the garment. 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 garment 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.