Quality and Testing

It is one thing for a company to guarantee what it makes. It is quite another for it to guarantee what others make. But that is exactly what we do.

Working hand-in-hand with our licensed manufacturing customers, we assess each product style. And it’s not just the finished GORE-TEX product that’s tested but the textiles, insulations, membrane and linings must meet performance standards. Materials are tested in Gore’s labs and prototypes are rigorously field tested in actual conditions.

Material Tests

Starting with the baseline material, we perform a battery of lab tests to ensure the laminate is performing to our standards.

System Tests

We’ve developed a series of lab tests that start to replicate the application for which the product is intended.

Controlled Performance Tests

Not everything can be measured on a dial or a screen. We have people judge how finished products feel, work and wear as they experience different environments and activities.

Field Tests

If they pass our lab tests, the prototypes are then put through the ultimate test of performance and comfort in actual field conditions. Numerous people test the product in its end use before we approve it for commercialization.

Testing outerwear

All GORE-TEX garment styles are put through a variety of intense testing.

Testing Footwear

Every new GORE-TEX Footwear prototype is put through its paces in rigorous tests in the Gore testing labs.

Testing gloves

All GORE-TEX glove styles have to meet the high GORE-TEX product standards.

Our promise

If it has a GORE-TEX label on it, it has been certified to be durably waterproof, windproof and breathable for its intended use and carries the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise.

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