Received my new Kokatat drysuit this week and decided to wear it in a swimming pool yesterday while working on rescue techniques with the wife. Had a question about something afterwards, so I called Kokatat this morning and first thing out of the guy’s mouth: “Oh, don’t wear it in a swimming pool, chlorine destroys Goretex.”
While he did say he doesn’t think a single immersion would cause harm, I’m currently, how you say…shitting myself? So I googled and found this, which seems to indicate that chlorine, in the compounds normally used for swimming pools, is a non-issue:
I’ve also called W.L.Gore themselves and left a rather frantic message, along with a request for further enlightenment. Any experience and/or admonishments would be appreciated at this stage.