The Rain Room Test
GORE-TEX® uses an in-house weather room to test the waterproofing of their fabrics. Their state of the art testing facility is designed to simulate a multitude of rain conditions that you could potentially face in the outdoors. The Rain Room uses custom engineered rain nozzles strategically positioned to produce rain conditions ranging from a light drizzle to a heavy down poor. If our products do not hold up to this test they are returned until they are able to meet all of GORE’s quality standards.
The Martindale Test
All GORE-TEX® fabrics are designed to withstand heavy weather conditions and handle a beating. To simulate these types of conditions and uses for which GORE-TEX® products are intended, the Martindale Test grinds wool or sandpaper against the fabric repeatedly with variable pressure depending on how tough the particular GORE fabric is designed to be. This aggressive test continues until GORE-TEX® validates the strength of the fabric.
The Cold Flex Test
GORE’s Cold Flex Test puts their fabric through ranging temperatures all while stretching and compressing the fabric for a significant amount of time. In order to pass, the GORE-TEX® fabric must survive this strenuous test and be ready to be used for its intended purpose.
Our Athlete Test
While GORE-TEX® puts their fabrics through the wringer to ensure it upholds their quality standards, they also test our GORE-TEX® products and fabrics in-house to validate comfort, heat regulation and breathability. Once our fabrics and products are approved by GORE-TEX®, we take human trial a step further and test our GORE products with our athletes in a variety of locations and conditions to ensure our customers are getting the very best fit, weatherproofing, warmth and breathability expected from our GORE-TEX® Collection.
Our GORE-TEX® Fabrics & Products
It’s important to note that not all GORE-TEX® fabrics are created equal. All 686 GORE-TEX® products made with our 2-layer stretch or 2-layer GORE-TEX® membranes are adhered to a highly durable nylon face fabric. This nylon exterior was strategically chosen for its tough face to ensure your jacket or pants last longer. This creates a better investment for you and also less waste in landfills over time.