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Gore-Tex is waterproof and windproof, but allows water vapor to pass through from the inside. This ensures that you are protected from the elements, while allowing perspiration to ventilate. This means you won't have to choose between comfort or function, as clothing with a Gore-Tex membrane provides you with both! In this blog you will read more about Gore-Tex, how it is tested, how to maintain it and which motorcycle related Gore-Tex products are available.
Gore-Tex is a membrane made of polytetrafluoroethylene, also popularly known as Teflon. This material is stretched to create an extremely thin layer that sits between the outer fabric and the inner lining. The membrane does not allow water to enter from the outside, but it does allow water vapor to escape. This works because of the structure of Gore-Tex, it is 0.01 mm thick, and has pores that are 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule and 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet. In addition, the structure works as a hedge, this ensures that wind does not penetrate the material. Gore-Tex was discovered by accident by Bill Gore when his father asked for the material to be made into Teflon for plumbers tape.
Besides being the most well-known brand that makes waterproof fabrics, they are also the most trusted and innovative. Above all, Gore-Tex's products are patented, other waterproof membranes can't make use of the unique Teflon. In addition they continuously improve their products through research and development, to make sure they stay ahead of their competition. Their patented technologies are tested to the limit with each new product.
Because Gore-Tex makes high-quality materials, brands love working with it. In addition to well-established brands like Dainese, Alpinestars and REV'IT!, there are many manufacturers that make different products with Gore-Tex technologies. There are motorcycle boots, motorcycle gloves, motorcycle jackets and motorcycle pants available with the well-known waterproof membrane. We offer products with Gore-Tex technology in all these product categories.
Gore-Tex products are tested during every step of its creation, so every product with Gore-Tex membrane undergoes rigorous testing of materials and systems in the lab. And then they are tested by people because ultimately people can only feel if products are up to the real world. Every brand has to have their products tested in the Gore-Tex lab. Here jackets and pants undergo six different tests, while gloves and shoes, must pass four different tests to get Gore-Tex's stamp of approval.
A Gore-Tex product lasts a long time, but by maintaining it properly you extend its lifespan. The Durable Water Repellent finish on Gore-Tex products causes water to bead and roll off the fabric, but this DWR "coating" wears off with normal use. But it wears down faster when it comes into contact with dirt, think of things like sun lotion, dirt, detergent and bug spray. Despite this, it is very easy to restore the DWR coating on your products. You can do this by washing the product, letting it dry fully and then applying a DWR spray to this product. When doing this, carefully follow the instructions of the product and the spray!
Below, you can check out the ways you can protect yourself, your clothing and your motorcycle during the dark months. See all Gore-Tex motorcycle clothing, motorcycle clothing care products and you'll get the best tips for storing your motorcycle!