Gore-Tex, known for its water-resistant products, is a popular brand found in many sporting goods stores. It is a waterproof, breathable fabric that is used in a variety of outdoor clothing, including jackets and even footwear. With Gore-Tex's popularity comes a variety of myths ranging from the strange, such as Al Gore having invented Gore-Tex, to general misconceptions about how well Gore-Tex performs in certain environments.
Al Gore Invented Gore-Tex
There are some out there who believe Al Gore invented the Gore-Tex technology, because the name is the same. In fact, Gore-Tex fabric was invented by the Gore & Associates company in 1978. The company was founded by Bill and Vieve Gore in 1958. Gore & Associates uses the special polymer technology it invented not only in Gore-Tex outdoor products but also in a variety of other fields, including in medical devices.
Gore-Tex Should Not Be Used in Saltwater
Another popular belief regarding Gore-Tex is that the fabric should not be used near saltwater. It's believed that the saltwater can work its way into the pores of the fabric and that salt crystals tear up the fabric when it dries. However, Gore-Tex fabric can be used in saltwater so long as it is properly hosed down with freshwater after every use.
Another common misconception is that your Gore-Tex must be defective because you are getting wet. However, this may not be the case. Condensation is a problem that can occur with Gore-Tex. The Gore-Tex fabric is sewn in between inner and outer layers of fabric. While the Gore-Tex itself is waterproof, this does not mean that the rest of the fabric is waterproof. When the outer layer gets wet, it can cause condensation to occur in the inner layers of the fabric, causing the assumption that the Gore-Tex must be leaking. You can restore the durable water repellency of the outer layer by applying a topical treatment such as Nikwax, which can be found at most outdoor sporting goods stores.
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.