Testing GORE-TEX® Gloves

All GORE-TEX® glove styles are put through a variety of intense tests. Only if they hold up to the high GORE-TEX® product standards, they can be produced in a certified factory.

The Whole-Glove Breathability Test

The Whole-Glove Breathability Test

This test pumps hot steam through the glove, which is weighed before and after the test. The breathability is measured by calculating how much vapor has escaped.

The Spray Test

The Spray Test

This test measures the water resistance of the outer material. The fewer water droplets that stick to the fabric the better, since poorly impregnated fabrics soak up water, become heavy, and cause heat loss.

The Liner Retention Test

The Liner Retention Test

This test ensures that lining and finger inserts are securely affixed to the shell of the glove so they don't get pulled out when the glove is taken off. The minimum retention force is 5 lbs.

The Whole Glove Leak Test

The Whole Glove Leak Test

This non-destructive test employs pressurized air to test the waterproofness of the glove under a pressure of 2 psi over 5 seconds. Air bubbles in the water reliably indicate any leakage.

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