Outside Lab @ CU Denver

A CU Denver Lab


Welcome to the Outside Lab @ CU Denver!    


Our team of engineers and product developers is here to help you with the next great innovation in gear. We conduct performance testing for outdoor gear on both finished goods and raw materials. The lab is equipped to use industry standard test methods as well as custom test methods in a variety of ways to aid your R&D (confidentially). We can work with you to create custom tests, including fixtures, to meet your development needs.  Services we currently offer include:

  • Wet and dry abrasion (soft goods)
    • James Heal AquAbrasion    
  • Hydrostatic head testing (soft goods)    
    • James Heal HydroView   
  • Air permeability (soft goods)   
    • James Heal AirPro
  • Strength testing (tension, compression, bending, and more)
    • Universal Tester - MTS & Instron
  • Durability and wear of footwear outsoles    
    • Heeluxe Time Machine
  • Puncture testing of hardgoods
  • Custom testing developed for your product needs


In addition to these services, we are always interested in hearing about additional test methods and equipment you would like to have access to - these can be standard or new development processes. We are actively acquiring new machines and developing some of our own to expand our capabilities. If you would like to work with us or have additional questions please reach out using the contact form below.    

Thank you for your interest in Outside Lab @ CU Denver!


Trevor Young

Outside Lab Manager


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