GORE-TEX®, was designed to help fishskin pads to become water-resistant. When the fragile fishskin gets porose and water can enter the pad, the pressed felt inside the pad can suddenly increase in size dramatically. Gore-Tex, a material designed for the shoe and clothing industry is watertight and prevents water to enter the pad.
GORE-TEX® pads: To make them seal better, a layer of Goretex is put around fish-skin pads.
Repeatedly we encountered the above-mentioned problem. Weve experienced these pads becoming damaged and causing serious problems due to water infiltration. When that happens the felt inside the pad can suddenly expand to twice its size and the instrument is unplayable. Therefore, we no longer use GORE-TEX® on our L&P setups. On new instruments, we recommend replacing GORE-TEX® pads within two years.