HydroView Hydrostatic head tester

James Heal | HydroView hydrostatic head tester


The HydroView is used to determine the resistance of fabrics to penetration of water and is a consistent and highly accurate hydrostatic head tester by James Heal.

HydroView can be used to test many types of fabrics that are intended to be water resistant, in product sectors such as performance wear, tents, medical textiles, PPE, nonwovens, geotextiles and more.


James Heal | HydroView hydrostatic head tester, close up test bed and touchscreen

Flexible and reliable

Ability to test across pressures from 0-10,000 mbar, making it suitable for testing the most high performance waterproof system

Simplified water management

An integrated pump automates the filling/emptying of the instrument for testing and enables fine adjustment of water levels

Integrated wastewater drawer

Removes the need for any additional plumbing, saving time and money when testing

Large illuminated test bed

Designed to accommodate both multi-layered fabrics and sheet substrates

Built-in safety guard

Enables users to hold the specimen in place without hands being near the pneumatic clamps when engaged for testing

TestWise software

A 10" touchscreen enables the user to choose from pre-loaded standards or create their own, with easy to view and analyse onscreen test reports that can be customised to your requirements

James Heal | HydroView hydrostatic head tester
James Heal | HydroView hydrostatic head tester, close up test bed and touchscreen
James Heal | HydroView hydrostatic head tester
James Heal | HydroView hydrostatic head tester, close up test bed blue sample material

About hydrostatic head testing

The hydrostatic head test is used to support claims of a product or material being water resistant or waterproof. Waterproof penetration testing is key to understanding the performance of a garment or material in adverse weather conditions.

Your product application will define your target hydrostatic pressure. To provide some context, the lower a hydrostatic pressure measurement the more easily water can penetrate under pressure.

For example, hydrostatic pressure is important in outdoor applications, such as tent groundsheets, because a groundsheet needs a high resistance to water penetration; especially when placed on saturated ground.

When pressure is applied to the ground sheet by people standing, sitting or sleeping on it, water could then be forced through.

Failure in this area would mean anything in contact with the groundsheet will become wet.

Similarly a performance garment claiming waterproof properties, would need a high hydrostatic head value to demonstrate its defence-ability against driving wind, rain and other physical factors. 

Material / End use

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes garments and face/body coverings used in a range of sectors; from medical, to construction, military to workwear.

Tents & Awnings

Tents and awnings are used for a variety of purposes - from domestic camping trips, to marquees for events, and even military-grade tents and temporary shelters.

Outdoor Wear

Outdoor wear applications a broad and varied, with a primarily technical / functional benefit such as ‘comfort’ and/or ‘safety’. Outdoor wear includes garments such as snowsuits, ski clothing, and hiking/trekking clothing.


Sportswear and activewear is clothing and footwear worn for sport or exercise, such as tracksuits, shorts, t-shirts and polo shirts.


Nonwovens is a growing industry, with new applications being developed all the time – from disposable consumer products such as wipes and sanitary products, to medical gowns, face masks, home decor, clothing and construction supplies.

Medical Textiles

Medical textiles encompasses medical and hygiene applications, including those for surgical, orthopaedic, and dental uses; from personal protective equipment (PPE), bandage and dressing materials through to implantable prosthetics.

Technical Specification

Specifications are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change.


Voltage: 120-240 V

Frequency: 50/60 Hz

Current: 1 A

Conditioned atmosphere recommended Yes
Positioning Bench standing
Water Supply Not required
Drainage Not required
Air Extraction Not required
User Interface 10" Touch Display
Data Ports USB for USB flash drive used to export test data and update software
Sample Thickness 0 to 10 mm
Space requirements

Height 666 mm

Width 460 mm

Depth 591 mm

Approximate net weight 100kg