Testing Laminates and Garments

Gore has developed a large number of specific tests for its garments and laminates. Click on the name of each test for a brief description.

  • Suter waterproof test

    Tests the waterproofness of materials: Gore standards are designed in a way that waterproof and liquid resistance still has to be ensured under exceptional loads.

  • Martindale abrasion test

    A special machine rubs the test fabric with either wool or sandpaper to simulate real-life situations. Gore fabrics have to endure even extreme usage.

  • Tensile strength test

    This test simulates the stress and tension exerted on a textile or laminate. Many textiles have differing directional properties, so transverse and longitudinal tensile strength is measured.

  • RET test for measuring breathability

    The Ret test quantifies a fabrics resistance to moisture vapour transfer. The lower the resistance to moisture vapour transfer (the Ret value), the greater the breathability.

  • Limited flame burst test

    A predefined flame is applied for 10 seconds to the surface or at the lower edge of a textile and laminate sample. The spread of the flame, after burning and subsequent glow time are recorded. Any after flame shall not exceed 2 seconds and no holes are permitted (EN ISO 15025:2002).

  • AIRLOCK® spacer technology endurance

    This endurance test compresses the material and its spacers. The material does not lose its functionality. The test is used by Gore for its own quality assurance, but is not required by standards. It includes a heat test: After five minutes at 260 °C, the silicon spacers must not melt and the system must remain waterproof.

  • The field test

    Gore makes sure that GORE-TEX technical garments and GORE-TEX heat and flame garments prove themselves under practical conditions. The duration of the evaluations is not fixed. Contact is maintained with end-users and purchasing companies to obtain valuable suggestions concerning further product developments

  • Rain Tower Test

    The rain tower can simulate realistic rainfall rates ranging from a light drizzle in Scotland to a downpour in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. It can simulate rainfall of up to 3 inches per hour, water and air temperatures ranging from 5° to 25° C, and wind speed of up to 5 miles per second. This is critical in testing the impact of wind-driven rain on various aspects of water protection and comfort, such as how garment water gain affects the user perception of warmth and bulk, for example.

  • Environmental Chamber

    The environmental chamber can simulate extreme environmental conditions from frigid temperatures on Everest to the blazing sun and heat of Death Valley to Amazonian rainforest humidity. Such range of conditions are achieved through accurate control of temperature (-50°C to +50°C), relative humidity (5-98%), wind speed
    (0-10 m/s), and natural solar radiation (0-1100 W/m2) that can replicate a complete solar cycle from sunrise to sunset. 

  • Quality at every step

    At the heart of Gore’s quality claim is the principle “Fit for use.” All technical materials are geared towards the user requirements and extensively tested for product performance.

  • Testing Footwear

  • Testing Gloves