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Friday, December 7, 2012

POLARTEC ALPHA: New INSULATION

For those interested in such things this is a must read:

http://iceclimbingjapan.com/2012/12/07/polartec-alpha-insulation-alchemy/


I think many of the best possibilities using Polartec's Neoshell are still unheralded.

Now a new insulation?  Bravo!

If you can see a bigger picture, the future looks bright!

3 comments:

David Grant said...

Exciting stuff, flexibility of primaloft but with breathability. Could make some of their fleece range (thermal pro high loft) a little redundant with many buyers.
Is there any indication of what clo rating would be yet?

Also any recommendations on neoshell pants?
I'm looking at the rab Stretch neoshell pants. But I'm not sure they use just neoshell and where it's the right face/backing fabric? as in the type of neoshell you preferred. I'm after a year round pant not just for winter.

Dane said...

Hi David, I don't know on the the Clo. That will eventually be available. I've not used or seen the RAB neo shell pant so I don't know what actual material they are using.

From their web site:

"The Stretch Neo Pant is a fully waterproof and highly breathable over trouser. The Stretch Neo Pant makes a perfect partner with the Stretch Neo jacket and provides complete wet weather protection."

So my take from that comment is it is a "shell" material. Not sure of who is making neoshell pants past that, sorry.

Anonymous said...

Flylow makes the Especial and 66 North has the Snaefall. Can't wait to see Alpha products next year and how they work with Neoshells as a system.