Monsoon XT Gen.2 Tactical Rain Jacket
Why GORE-TEX for tactical clothing?
GORE-TEX—like many other materials we use in our gear—is among the best the market offers. The GORE-TEX name stands for outstanding performance that keeps you dry in the nastiest weather. For UF PRO garments, it's the perfect choice.
What is GORE-TEX?
GORE-TEX is a common name for clothing laminated with a GORE-TEX membrane. The laminates are 100-percent waterproof and boast one of the best breathability (moisture wicking) ratings on the market.
Is GORE-TEX waterproof?
Yes. Clothing made of GORE-TEX is 100-percent waterproof. GORE-TEX laminates meet the international standard for waterproof, which specifies that textiles be able to resist a water-entry pressure of at least 8,000 mm.
How to wash GORE-TEX?
No matter the type of tactical clothing you own, if it was made of GORE-TEX, you must adhere to the washing instructions sewn into it. Typically, these instructions specify you do the following before loading the garment into your washing machine:
- Remove all pocket items (tissues, knives, etc.) and items attached by Velcro fasteners (patches, etc.).
- Close or secure zippers, buttons, Velcro fasteners, snaps, and similar mechanisms (this helps prevent hard parts from damaging the fabric during the various wash cycles).
- Turn the jacket inside out.
GORE-TEX fabrics usually are treated with a DWR coating. To preserve this coating (and the garment’s waterproof properties), you must be sure after washing to iron the garment with the appliance set only at a low temperature. Learn more about it here.
Is GORE-TEX worth it?
Yes. GORE-TEX waterproof laminates have excellent performance characteristics in the heaviest of downpours. GORE-TEX clothing remains waterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
What is GORE-TEX made of?
The membrane itself is made of ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene). This membrane can be laminated with different layers (for example an abrasion-resistant outer shell and a soft inner lining) to produce a waterproof fabric.
How does GORE-TEX work?
GORE-TEX membrane material consists of micropores which serve to form a waterproof layer. These micropores are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet. As a result, water from the outside cannot permeate through the membrane. However, these same micropores are 700 times larger than a molecule of water vapour, which means the moisture produced when you sweat is easily expelled through the membrane.
What does GORE-TEX mean?
When clothing displays the GORE-TEX tag, it simply means the garment was fabricated using GORE-TEX membrane material. The name GORE-TEX also is commonly taken to mean that a garment is waterproof.
Does GORE-TEX lose waterproofness?
No. GORE-TEX clothing retains its waterproof properties for the lifetime of the garment and even comes with a written guarantee to that effect. However it can feel like your garment has lost its waterproofing when in actuality it hasn’t—the sensation of leaking is just that, a sensation, and it’s usually the result of improper care of the garment.