Elkton, Md, March 23, 2015: W.L. Gore & Associates’ GORE-TEX® SURROUNDTM product technology continues to attract recognition and acclaim from leading outdoor magazines in the U.S. and Europe, as well as international tradeshows for the outdoor and sports industry. Introduced last year, GORE-TEX® SURROUNDTM is the world’s first technology for durably waterproof hiking shoes that also provides all around breathability; keeping feet dry and comfortable during outdoor activities.

Earlier this year, La Sportiva won an Editors‘ Choice Award from Outdoor magazine for the Synthesis lightweight hiking boot with GORE-TEX®SURROUNDTM. In the U.S., Backpacker magazine presented a prestigious Editors‘ Choice Award for the midcut version of the Synthesis from La Sportiva. Also in the U.S., Men’s Journal recognized the Salewa Escape GTX shoe in its “Best New Spring Gear of 2014” feature.

At this year’s ISPO Munich, the world’s largest tradeshow for sports products and fashion, the Korean outdoor equipmen provider Black Yak received an ISPO award in the category of “Asian Products/Hiking & Trekking Shoes” for its innovative hiking shoe featuring GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ product technology. And, in Scandinavia, Gore’s Norwegian partner Alfa received the annual Scandinavian Outdoor Award™(SOA) from the Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) for the Alfa Air lightweight hiking boot with GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ product technology.

Last summer, at OutDoor, the outdoor industry’s international trade fair held in Friedrichshafen, GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ received an OutDoor Industry Award in the “Material Innovation” category and the renowned outdoor.markt Trophy 2014 in the “Innovation Award” section.
This spring, 25 of the world’s leading manufacturers of outdoor footwear, including La Sportiva, Zamberlan, Ecco, and Salewa, will debut their shoe styles featuring GORE-TEX® SURROUND™product technology.

To learn more about GORE-TEX® SURROUND™, please visit www.gore-tex.com/surround.

About W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Headquartered in the United States, Gore posts annual sales of more than $3 billion and employs more than 10,000 associates with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world. In Europe, Gore started its first business operations only a few years after the Enterprise’s founding in 1958. Gore now has locations – sales offices as well as production facilities – in the key European countries dedicated to serving the markets of all of Gore’s product divisions. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. For several years now, Gore has also been voted one of the best workplaces in Europe and has been ranked on top workplace lists in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Sweden. Learn more at gore.com.

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Press Contact: Cynthia Amon, Gore Public Relations / 443 553 0333 / camon@wlgore.com

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