Gilmour Flexogen Hose
How many of you reading this have leaking garden hoses or worse yet watering nozzles that have been on your hose so long they’ve fused to the coupling? Come on, you know who you are; I bet there’s a ton of you.
You’re Only As Good As Your Weak Link or a Bad Kink!
Probably one of my biggest pet peeves with hoses is their LACK of durability, and crap quality brass fittings. Most hoses fail where the hose meets the stamped brass coupling. So we went on a search for a high quality hose that would not only serve our contracting needs but also a demanding lawn and garden enthusiast.
Gilmour Flexogen 50-Foot 5/8 inch Diameter Hose
My friend Ryan tipped me off to a quality hose called Gilmour Flexogen. So we put a 50 foot, 5/8” diameter Gilmour Flexogen hose through our tool testing criteria.
Gilmour hoses have been around since I was born, in case your wondering that’s 1967! The Gilmour Flexogen hose is made in the USA and is known for its durability and history of performing over time.
We had heard that Gilmour uses eight layers of rubber in the construction of their hose, compared to many of the competition that use only six layers. I’m not a “hoseologist,” but I’ve gotta assume that the additional two-layer of rubber protect from bursts, splits and the rubber hose failures.
Gilmour additionally uses what they call a “tri-extrusion construction process,” where three layers of hose are extruded at the same time, allowing for all-weather performance. According to Gilmour, the Flexogen hose can maintain maximum functionality in temperatures as low as 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Probably my favorite component of the Flexogen hose is the crush-resistant brass couplings as opposed to weaker stamped-brass fittings. Plus this hose is rated up to 500 psi!
One detail that the is often overlooked on the Gilmour hose is the hex design on the male threaded end of the hose. This detail is brilliant because it allows you to put a wrench or pliers on the hose for leverage with stuck of hard to remove nozzles. [photo above]
We used the Gilmour Flexogen hose on different applications to get a feel for its quality, including:
- Cleaning house siding
- Washing the company truck
- Pressure washing a blue stone walkway and pool deck
- Watering the lawn and flower beds
- Used it on a construction project – cutting granite posts
We also ran it through some Concord Carpenter durability testing, which included:
- Repeated running the hose and its connections over with our Chevy 2500
- Put it in the freezer overnight
- Twisting it up tighter than a pretzel
How Durable Is It?
After taking this hose out of the freezer for 24 hours we were impressed with its flexibility, we able to fully extend the hose, it was stiffer than normal. Gilmour uses a layer of oxygen-infused foam in construction of the hose,to increase flexibility. The result is a hose that can follow you around corners to different parts of the lawn and effortlessly coils for storage.
We twisted this hose up like a pretzel, dragged it in all directions, around objects and under fences. It is super flexible, durable and is almost kink proof – we had difficulty getting it to kink up and twist. After it warmed a bit I was able to wrap the hose into tight, left and right circles – try doing that with a cheap hose – no way!
The last test we did was to run the hose over with our Chevrolet 2500 full size pick up truck. The male end of the hose showed no signs of damage when repeatedly ran over. The female end of the hose did sustain damage and had to be bent back into shape with pliers – unfortunately it is no longer easy to apply to spigot without pliers.
The freezer test and truck running over test, while not 100% unrealistic, was extreme. Overall this hose is one durable, tough hose. We found it durable, easy to coil and clearly made from quality material. At approximately $35.00 for a 50-foot reel this product is heavy duty and worthy of your attention.
How Much and Where To Buy?
The Gilmour Flexogen Hose sell online for $ 34.71 here: Gilmour Flexegon Heavy duty Hose