By: randosteve|Posted on: October 29, 2009|Posted in: Gear, Gear Reviews | 7 comments

Just a quick shout out from the east coast and W.L. Gore.  I forgot my camera in all the craziness in my life right now, so I’m limping along with the camera in my Crackberry.  But the one thing that is for sure is that if you thought W.L. Gore only made Gore-Tex fabrics for outerwear, you are very mistaken.


The miracle behind all the success of W.L. Gore is PTFE, or Polytetrafluoroethylene, which is carbon…surrounded by a bunch of fluorine and gives it it’s hydrophobic properties. Actually, it’s not just PTFE, but really expanded PTFE, which give it more breathable characteristics. One interesting thing W.L. Gore found out when trying to expand PTFE is that when done slowly the PTFE material would break, but when done quickly, it expands nicely. Kinda the opposite of Play-Do. The expanded PTFE is also very strong and stable at a molecular level, making it great for engineering applications across a wide variety of fields.


gore-heart-patchesW.L. Gore is involved with many different manufacturing processes to make products in the biological, aerospace, and clean fuel technologies. In the biological field, W.L. Gore makes patches for the human heart for babies whole are born with a hole in there blood pumper, as well as stints for arteries that might be clogged or collapsing. Both of these things are inserted into the persons body by using arthroscopic devices that transfers the items in a compact form, and then unravels them at the designated location. Very cool stuff.

gore-hydrogen-fuel-cell-bicycleIn addition, W.L. Gore produces and material that facilitates the production of electrical power with the use of Hydrogen. It’s PRIMEA material is used to alter the properties of Hydrogen and Oxygen to make power and is placed in fuel cells…and a major player in the future of clean fuel technologies.


Though Gore-Tex coats seem high tech to use, the space suits W.L. Gore makes for NASA are way more advanced and are able to withstand a wide variety of temperatures. In space, an astronaut will experience temperatures ranging from 200 degrees when working on the sunny side of the space station, to extremely cold temps on the shady side.

gore-electical-cablesW.L. Gore also makes ropes that don’t stretch and reduce the amount of heat buildup, providing increased strength and durability. The also make material that is used in electrical cables that is able to insulate multiple cables from each other and provide a safe way to transfer information form one location to another.  Pretty cool stuff.  Gotta run…ciao for now!