A couple of years ago, Polartec moved beyond fleece, base layer, and shell technology to…
New for this season, Outdoor Research follows up the popular men's Lodestar Jacket with a women's version. A staple in my ice climbing rotation last season and most likely again this winter, the Lodestar performs as a mid-layer and outer layer in one, cutting out unnecessary bulk and weight from your ice climbing wardrobe.
Yesterday we were given a tour of the Polartec manufacturing plant outside of Boston in Lawrence, MA. The thirty-eight acre campus employs over 1000 people and is continually churning out fabric to be made into base layers, insulation layers or soft shells (and now hard shells) for both the military and consumer outdoor industry.
On the back of their Power Shield Pro introduction, Polartec, the leading manufacturer of technical, high performance fabrics, has partnered with North Carolina company Unifi to introduce fleece fabric made with Repreve 100. Repreve 100 is a recycled polyester fiber made from 100% post consumer waste. One pound of Repreve 100 yarn uses approximately 27 water bottles.