Tag: synthetic insulation

Polartec Reinvents Synthetic Insulation

Polartec Alpha
Current synthetic insulation pieces may provide warmth, even when wet, and be extremely easy to pack down, but do not exactly breathe well when used in high activity situations. Some brands have tried to address this problem with hybrid pieces, where breathable fabrics replace insulation in places you tend to sweat the most. Polartec has decided to take a different approach, instead reinventing synthetic insulation altogether to create a warm, stable, air permeable layer that can be combined with more breathable fabrics. 

Berghaus Creates Water Resistant Down

Berghaus Mount Asgard Hybrid Jacket

Down has a better warmth to weight ratio than synthetic insulation but basically fails as soon as it gets wet. In the quest to build the perfect warm, lightweight alpine jacket, Berghaus created a water resistant down insulation to be used in cold, damp conditions.

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