Test Criteria

Physiological wear comfort is determined through heat and moisture management and skin sensorial properties.

  • The Hohenstein Skin Model for human skin (DIN EN ISO 11092) determines the heat and moisture transport processes. Different strengths of sweat are simulated with corresponding parameters (e.g. heat isolation, drying time). 
  • Skin sensory tests objectively quantify factors of a textile coming into contact with the skin (stiffness, sorption index, surface index, contact points, wet cling index). The results can be assessed both absolutely and comparatively. The parameters and their weightings can be adjusted depending on the range of utility of the textile.

Evaluation formulae are customized user types, activity levels, environments and sweat scenerios for sportswear, workwear, PPE and fashion.


Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America