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Gore-Tex, arguably the most waterproof and windproof fabric available, has been on the market for more than 25 years and sets the standard for cold weather running clothes. The patented Gore-Tex fabric keeps water from penetrating the garment but allows perspiration to escape so you don't overheat.
The Gore-Tex Windstopper collection is more breathable and windproof, but water-resistant rather than waterproof, so it's best for moderate cold (20-30 degrees), rather than extremely cold conditions (single digits).
The newest line of sports apparel, Gore-Tex XCR, claims to be the best of both worlds: Completely wind and waterproof but breathable to boot.
Whatever your sport, even if it's just walking the dog or getting the kids into the car, you will probably find a use for a Gore-Tex jacket. Gore-Tex apparel is not cheap, but it is a worthwhile investment. The breathability and water-resistance make Gore-Tex jackets, pants, and vests ideal as casual lightweight outwear as well as cold weather running clothes.