RMIT have pioneered the development of a waterproof durability testing method specifically designed to simulate accelerated wear and tear in wet conditions (when the waterproof membrane is most vulnerable). The results of their study is now published in the Textile Research Journal.
This method involves placing waterproof textiles in an accelerated wear device that simulates impact and abrasion in wet conditions. Each textile is pressure tested to determine the waterproofness after defined intervals of accelerated wear.
The chart below represents the hydrostatic resistance (Waterproofness) of each fabric after 30, 60, 90 and 120 minute accelerated wearing.
After four times (4 x) more accelerated wear testing, Zhik® Isotak® fabrics are substantially more waterproof than Musto® HPX PRO SERIES fabrics. (120 minutes as compared to 30 minutes of accelerated wear testing)
Durability of vapor-permeable waterproof textile materials used in sailing protective apparel
Olga Troynikov, Nazia Nawaz, Chris Watson, Textile Research Journal
copyright © 2017 by (The Authors)
Reprinted by Permission of SAGE Publications, Ltd.