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GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® Product Technology

Waterproof, breathable protection from blood-borne pathogens and common chemicals – with the option of heat and flame resistance.

KEY BENEFITS

Explore the high-level protective benefits of this technology

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This highly breathable fabric enables perspiration to escape - helping to effectively maintain body core temperature.

We’ve put our protective barriers through significantly more times the number of wash cycles required by the standard, and they showed no leaks, tears, or deterioration in protection.

This liquid-proof technology prevents the penetration of blood and body fluids that can contain viruses and bacteria, which is critical for first responders.

Emergencies can happen in any kind of weather – that's why GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® fabrics are durably waterproof as well as resistant to liquid chemicals commonly found at the fireground.

When laminated to a flame-resistant material, the technology has been proven to withstand high heat exposures and still deliver excellent breathability and reliable protective performance.

Unparalleled comfort and protection for emergency professionals

GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® fabrics can be incorporated into garments, footwear and gloves to act as a powerful barrier against pathogens found in blood and body fluids, in addition to common chemicals such as battery acid and hydraulic fluid. In combination with this rugged protection, GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® fabrics are durably waterproof and highly breathable, helping first responders to manage their heat stress better.

The protective barrier remains intact even after gear is exposed to extreme temperatures and frequent washing.

Medical and safety professionals need protection against pathogens found in blood and body fluids since over half of fire department calls are for medical emergencies. NFPA, EN 469 and AS/NZS 4967 compliant gear using GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® fabrics have been developed specifically for some very demanding jobs - leaving wearers free to focus on their tasks as first responders.

Working in physically demanding emergency situations can create a risk of heat exhaustion. Lightweight, flexible, and breathable GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® fabrics allow body heat to escape, which enables the wearer to manage their body core temperature better - resulting in increased safety and performance.

Fabric durability is an important part of maintaining protection. Field testing has shown that GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® fabrics provide enhanced durability, call after call.

 

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Ideal for
The technology has been developed with real-work situations in mind, so that hard-working professionals in challenging environments can stay protected, and simply focus on their important work.
Standards

Firefighter:

EN 469 Protective clothing for firefighters - Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting activities

Technical Rescue personnel or Firefighters undertaking Technical Rescue activities:

DIN EN 16689 Protective clothing for firefighters – Performance requirements for protective clothing for technical rescue

ISO 18639-3 PPE ensembles for firefighters undertaking specific rescue activities — Clothing

Ambulance personnel:

DGUV Regel 105-003

GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® product technology is tested in accordance with ISO 16604 procedure C / ASTM F 1671 SOP-12-013

In addition Products can be certified to several garment norms:

Waterproofness: 

Garments far exceed the requirements of EN 343 protective clothing - protection against rain EN 14360 - protective clothing against rain - test method for ready made garments

EN 20471- High visibility garments

For FR Products:

EN ISO 14116,

EN ISO 11612 - Protective clothing - protection against flame - protection against heat and flame

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