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Re: Anyone make their own jackets etc.
Gore warrants the performance of their material, and since you are buying it in a jacket, made by a licensed vendor, they don't just send you a couple of yards of Gore-Tex, they will replace the jacket with any comparable new one made of Gore-Tex.
When I say counterfeit I mean counterfeit, not just other fabrics. There are/were sellers on eBay offering to sell "Genuine Gore-Tex" clothing ocmplete with tags etc. for prices that are simply too good to be true. Some of that is, literally, counterfeit. It is something else from someone else, with a Gore label stuck on it.
Gore won't warranty that. In order to collect, you do have to send them the old jacket, and they will check to make sure it IS Gore-Tex, and it HAS failed.
Some of the companies using Gore-Tex are equally generous on warranty terms, others aren't. It is, after all, insurance. A lot of folks would just give their raingear away and buy new stuff before it failed, so, the odds are in Gore's favor.