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Date: 6/20/10 5:48 PM

I'm seeing Gore-Tex for sale on a lot of fabric sites. What exactly is it? What should it be used for? Men's golf pullovers? Men's swim trunks? What are some examples of RTW clothing made of Gore-Tex?

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Date: 6/20/10 5:57 PM

Gore-Tex is used in for weather protection in sporting wear, for hunting or running and other outdoor activities.

Parka

Pants

Information on the various Gore tex fabric used in running wear.

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Date: 6/20/10 7:33 PM

What sites are you seeing these sales? I would like to get some.

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Date: 6/20/10 7:39 PM

FabricMart had some this week...

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Date: 6/20/10 7:53 PM

GoreTex is a brand name for a waterproof breathable fabric. It comes single layer or double faced. A single layer requires a lining, often mesh is used. Stitching, makes holes in the fabric that need to be sealed to keep the item waterproof. A good reference book is 'Sewing Outdoor Gear' by Rochelle Harper. She also has a website with lots of tips cascadelayers.com

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Date: 6/21/10 10:10 AM

I have to throw in my experience here. Gore, who makes Gore-Tex, is a fantastic company, one of those few with great customer service that you can't help but rave about.

My husband had a ski parka that he had purchased before we got married. He had never washed it so I did, according to the washing instructions. The fabric did some funky stuff so I called Gore and asked them what I should do about it. They told me to send it to them so we did and they called us back within a couple weeks.

The fabric layers had delaminated. They told us to go to the store and pick out a style and size of any other Gore-Tex coat and call them with the info. Within another week, we had a brand new coat in our hands.

I was very honest with them and told them my husband had the coat for nearly 10 years and they still replaced it. All it cost us was the shipping for sending the original coat to them.

RTW Gore-Tex costs more but, for a company with that great of customer service, I'll gladly pay the price.

Annie

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Date: 6/21/10 8:25 PM

What a nice thing for them to do. LL Bean does the same thing. There is some good stuff happening in our world after all.

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Date: 6/22/10 0:43 AM

Our snowmobile gear is GoreTex, and lifetime warrantied. Pretty amazing since snow gear really takes a beating. Lots of super high quality motorcycle gear out there in GoreTex too. There are some knock off fabrics but I have no personal experience with them.

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Date: 6/23/10 3:54 AM

Just a quick note on the fabricmart Gore-tex. The description says that it has a white backing that sticks to itself. This would suggest that it's a two layer rather than a three-layer so you will need to line any garment made with it to protect the waterproof membrane.

I've found the two-layer WPBs to be tricky to sew but manageable with a walking foot.

To get the best out of Gore-tex, or any WPB, you need to seal each seam after it is sewn to make sure it is watertight. It is good to use paperclips instead of pins to hold the layers together when sewing so there are no punctures in the membrane to let water in.

Not sure if anyone is interested, but here is a link to the review of a pair of Gore-tex overpants I made for DH -> review. There are some tips in there for seam sealing that may be useful.

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In reply to treefrog


Date: 6/24/10 0:50 AM

Thanks for the tips!

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