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Pertex

PERTEX®, is a registered trademark of Perseverance Mills Limited. The Pertex® brand represents a range of high performance fabrics used in outdoor sportswear, sleeping bags and parachute canopy's. The combination of microfine filament yarns and extremely tight fabric weave, make Pertex® fabrics highly windproof and downproof. The fabric's high density weave enhances insulation by trapping more air. Because Pertex® is so lightweight and low in bulk, the loft of the insulating material is maintained.

| Quantum | Quantum GL | Microlight | Classic | Endurance | Equalibrium | Shield | Shield + | Shield AP |

 

PERTEX® Quantum 

PERTEX® Quantum is light and strong offering a significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and abrasion resistance. The fabric’s softness allows insulation in your sleeping bag or jacket to have more loft.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 35g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Featherweight
  • Optimum strength to weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Downproof

PERTEX® Quantum GL 

PERTEX® Quantum GL is a natural evolution of Pertex's award winning Quantum fabric. Precisely woven using incredibly fine 10 denier or less yarns, these nanolight at less than 25 g/m2 (0.75 oz/yd2).

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 25g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Lightweight
  • Best strength to weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Soft as gossamer silk, with the smallest packing volume of any Pertex material

PERTEX® Microlight 

PERTEX® Microlight is well balanced and offers weight reduction whilst maintaining good strength and abrasion resistance.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 60g/m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Lightweight
  • Soft
  • Windproof
  • Downproof
  • Durable

PERTEX® Classic

PERTEX® Classic is dry and comfortable and it’s lightweight softness provides maximum loft for insulated items. Using the concept of capillary action technology, Pertex Classic moves moisture away from the body whilst offering excellent weather protection.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 60g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • The reference for over 15 years
  • Maximum tear strength
  • Maximum abrasion resistance
  • Best value

PERTEX® Endurance

PERTEX® Endurance technology incorporates an ultra-thin air permeable coating that is both highly breathable, water and wind resistant. This layer protects the insulation material from the elements to maintain loft and retain warmth.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Waterproof – 1,000mm
  • Breathability (MVTR) – 7,000g

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Excellent breathability
  • Lightweight
  • 100% Windproof
  • Highly water resistant

PERTEX® Equalibrium

PERTEX® Quantum is light and strong offering a significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and abrasion resistance. The fabric’s softness allows insulation in your sleeping bag or jacket to have more loft.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 35g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Featherweight
  • Optimum strength to weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Downproof

PERTEX® Shield 

PERTEX® Quantum is light and strong offering a significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and abrasion resistance. The fabric’s softness allows insulation in your sleeping bag or jacket to have more loft.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 35g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Featherweight
  • Optimum strength to weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Downproof

PERTEX® Shield + 

PERTEX® Quantum is light and strong offering a significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and abrasion resistance. The fabric’s softness allows insulation in your sleeping bag or jacket to have more loft.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 35g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Featherweight
  • Optimum strength to weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Downproof

PERTEX® Shield AP 

PERTEX® Quantum is light and strong offering a significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and abrasion resistance. The fabric’s softness allows insulation in your sleeping bag or jacket to have more loft.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Composition – 100% Polyamide (Nylon)
  • Weight – < 35g / m2
  • Air permeability – 1.0cc (max)

MAIN PROPERTIES

  • Featherweight
  • Optimum strength to weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Downproof

Pittards

Pittards® is a registered trademark of Pittards PLC Corporation United Kingdom. The Pittards® brand represents a line of leathers that incorporate unique tanned-in permanent processes that give real leather technical properties such as breathability and abrasion resistance as well as keep the leather soft as it ages. PITTARDS® ARMORTAN® uses a new technology to improve the abrasion resistance of basic glove leather. ARMORTAN® is a new generation of chemistry which encases the fibril bundles within the leather structure with microscopic ceramic "armor plates" increasing the durability of the leather by preventing wear on contact surfaces and materials.

 

 

Water resistance: 

Pittards® leather resists the uptake of moisture from sweat or external sources keeping the leather dry, light and comfortable at all times. Although water repellent, the leather is still able to breathe normally for the extra comfort of the rider.

Perspiration resistance: 

Pittards leather has been specially tanned with sweat resistant properties that allow the leather to keep its feel, softness of touch and sensitivity even after repeated wet rides, overcoming the fibre hardening effects of perspiration as it attacks the leather structure over time.

Grip pattern: 

Pittards cycling glove leather is available in various embossed patterns, which provide unprecedented levels of grip and control for the wearer as well as a unique aesthetic appearance.

Optimum fit: 

This leather combines lightweight benefits with high strength and thus achieves unrivalled fit and feel for overall glove comfort.

Specifications: 

Substance Range: .65mm - .85mm

 

 

 

Polartec

Polartec®, is a registered trademark purchased by Versa Capital who formed a new company Polartec, LLC.. The Polartec® brand represents a range of technical, polester fleece fabrics for Next-To-Skin, Thermal Insulation, and Weather Protection applications.

Base Layer Fabrics:

| Power Dry | Power Grid | Power Stretch | Power Stretch Pro | Power Wool | Power Dry FR | Power Grid FR |

Insulation Fabrics:

| Classic | Thermal Pro | High Loft | Alpha | Wind Pro | Thermal FR | Wind Pro FR | Blankets and Throws |

Protection Fabrics:

| Windbloc | Power Shield | Power Shield Pro | Neo Shell | Power Shield FR |

Flame Resistant Fabrics:

Power Dry FR |Power Grid FR |Thermal FR |Wind Pro FR | Power Shield FR |

Polartec Power Dry

Polartec® Power Dry® is a moisture wicking next-to-skin base layer fabric that wicks by construction.

Polartec® Power Dry® was created to give base fabrics greater efficiency, more dependable wicking properties, faster dry times and better overall performance. Not all base fabrics are created equal, and many can only provide temporary wicking chemistry that fades and weakens with every wash. By designing mechanical wicking fabric with our patented bi-component construction we invented a superior base material that pulls moisture from the skin, expands for faster evaporation and lasts the life of the fabric.

HOW IT WORKS

Polartec® Power Dry® pulls moisture directly from the skin and transfers it to the outer surface to quickly dissipate. This continuous evaporation process helps to keep you cool (as your body heat increases) and warm (when temperatures begin to drop).

By physically embedding these wicking capabilities into the fabric structure, Polartec® Power Dry® doesn’t rely on chemical fiber treatments to transfer moisture. Chemical approaches to managing saturation only provide a temporary solution that can wash away and leave you with a base fabric that doesn't perform.The technology used to control moisture is the highest priority for base layers and next-to-skin surfaces. Sweat and moisture vapor must be in a constant state of flux to ensure the fabric doesn't become saturated and lose performance characteristics.

This is why Polartec® Power Dry® is engineered with our patented bi-component knit construction to enhance drying capabilities across the entire fabric structure. This dual surface approach maximizes performance by mechanically wicking sweat and vapor off your skin and directly transferring it to the outer surface where it diffuses for quick dry times.

 

BENEFITS

  • Superior wicking
  • Fast drying
  • Highly breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weightsTECHNOLOGY

The technology used to control moisture is the highest priority for base layers and next-to-skin surfaces. Sweat and moisture vapor must be in a constant state of flux to ensure the fabric doesn't become saturated and lose performance characteristics.

This is why Polartec® Power Dry® is engineered with our patented bi-component knit construction to enhance drying capabilities across the entire fabric structure. This dual surface approach maximizes performance by mechanically wicking sweat and vapor off your skin and directly transferring it to the outer surface where it diffuses for quick dry times.

Polartec Power Grid

Polartec® Power Grid™ was created to push the performance of our base fabric technologies even further. By developing a patented grid design structure we discovered a new way to reduce fabric weight while increasing warmth and compressibility in the process. This grid construction enhances both wicking efficiency and breathability by generating channels of targeted touch points that absorb and diffuse moisture vapor for faster evaporation.

BEST USES

Enhanced lightweight moisture wicking next-to-skin base

BENEFITS

  • Superior wicking action
  • Grid channels reduce weight & increase warmth
  • Fast drying
  • Highly breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy care

HOW IT WORKS

Open air channels surrounding each individual segment of grid allow Polartec® Power Grid™ to easily release all excess body heat as it builds during activity. These breathable air channels create space for greater compression capabilities when needing to pack or store materials with limited room.

Providing maximum warmth from minimal weight reduces your body's overall exertion during movement and activity. This composite engineering approach wicks faster than traditional base fabric materials and avoids using chemical wicking agents that fade away with time.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

The ability to maximize base efficiency through enhanced performance benefits is central to the design of Polartec® Power Grid™ fabric. By constructing a symmetrical grid pattern we were able to not only increase thermal warmth and mechanical wicking capabilities, but actually reduce the overall fabric mass and weight.

The patented bi-component construction utilizes a different length of yarn on each side of the fabric to optimize wicking action and evaporation. This dual surface approach allows moisture to be continuously pulled from your skin and diffused to the outside. The exterior layer then spreads the moisture out to a wider surface area for faster evaporation. 

Polartec Power Stretch

Polartec® Power Stretch® was developed to expand our base fabric's durability and range of motion. The majority of elastic base materials can stretch during movement, but lack the tensile strength to recover their original shape and become permanently damaged. By utilizing elastic fibers with enhanced resilience in our stretch construction we made a performance-fit base fabric that can handle the pressure of demanding physical activities.

BEST USES

Moisture wicking elastic performance-fit base

BENEFITS

  • Resilient Stretch
  • Wicks Moisture
  • Highly breathable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple weights

HOW IT WORKS

Polartec® Power Stretch® has the ability to retain warmth without restricting movement or agility during activities. The outer surface has a low-friction finish that reduces irritation when worn with other fabrics and increases overall abrasion resistance. The next-to-skin layer stays dry, breathable and comfortable by continuously transferring moisture vapor for rapid evaporation.

This versatility provides flexible support and warmth for reliable comfort in any fitness based activity. Polartec® Power Stretch® wicks moisture like a base material, but can handle direct exposure to the elements when necessary.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Stretch fabrics need dependable strength properties to consistently recover their original form after being pushed and pulled during activity. If an elastic fabric structure is overstretched it becomes permanently damaged and loses the ability to regain its original shape and performance qualities.

This is why Polartec® Power Stretch® is engineered with tensile resilience as a key feature of its construction. The next-to-skin surface keeps you warm and dry through touch points that diffuse and evaporate vapor moisture in the outer layer. Reinforced elastic fibers ensure the fabric consistently rebounds after every stretch.

Power Stretch Pro

Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ is engineered to push the performance of our base stretch fabrics even further. By reinforcing the elastic fibers on the exterior surface we enhanced the overall 4-way stretch for more support and stability during movement. This unique construction allows for increased resistance and durability against the elements without sacrificing breathability or comfort.

BEST USES
Enhanced moisture wicking elastic performance-fit base

BENEFITS

  • Resilient Stretch
  • Enhanced durability
  • Wicks Moisture
  • Highly breathable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple weights

HOW IT WORKS

Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ has the ability to retain warmth without restricting movement or agility during activities. The outer surface has a low-friction finish to reduce irritation when worn with other fabrics and increase overall abrasion resistance. This next-to-skin layer stays dry, breathable and comfortable by continuously transferring moisture vapor for rapid evaporation.

This enhanced performance versatility provides the flexible support and warmth needed for reliable comfort in any fitness based activity. Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ wicks moisture and regulate breathability like a base material with the fortified ability to handle direct exposure to the elements.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Stretch fabrics need dependable strength properties to consistently recover their original form after being pushed and pulled during activity. If an elastic fabric structure is overstretched it becomes permanently damaged and loses the ability to regain its original shape and performance qualities.

This is why Polartec® Power Stretch® is engineered with tensile resilience as a key feature of its construction. The next-to-skin surface keeps you warm and dry through touch points that diffuse and evaporate vapor moisture in the outer layer. Reinforced elastic fibers ensure the fabric consistently rebounds after every stretch.

Polartec Power Wool

Polartec® Power Wool™ is a design breakthrough for combining the distinct advantages of natural and synthetic fibers in a bi-component fabric. The industry standard of blending different yarns into a mixed composition reduces the intended benefits and hampers overall fabric performance. By isolating a merino wool interior and a synthetic fiber exterior we developed a hybrid fabric with distinct surface features to optimize wicking, breathability, odor resistance and durability.

BEST USES

Moisture wicking order resistant next-to-skin base

BENEFITS

Superior wicking action
Fast drying
Highly breathable
Natural odor resistant
Shape recovery
Easy care
HOW IT WORKS

Merino wool is inherently resilient due to a cortex of intricate filaments that give the fiber its soft crimp. By adding resilient synthetic fibers in the bi-component construction we further enhance the overall tensile stability and resistance to abrasive surfaces.

Polartec® Power Wool™ adapts to such divergent conditions that it can excel during a wide variety of performance activities and diverse environmental conditions. This performance ability to balance both breathability and warmth provides consistent comfort at all times.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Combining merino and synthetic fibers in our patented hybrid construction enhances the performance benefits of each fiber while resolving many flaws of traditional blends. Wool's natural odor fighting properties are given a boost, and the unpredictability of shrinking and shape loss caused from washing is prevented through the resilience of synthetics.

Wool fibers offer increased base comfort by retaining insulation and breathability even when wet. Their absorbent nature pulls moisture vapor away from your skin, transferring it to the outer synthetic layer where it expands and evaporates more quickly. This mechanical wicking action allows Polartec® Power Wool™ to keep moisture in motion at all times.

 Polar Tech Power Dry FR

Polartec® Power Dry® FR was created to give flame resistant base fabrics greater efficiency and more dependable wicking properties. Chemical fabric treatments can only provide temporary wicking because the ability fades and weakens with every wash. By designing patented mechanical wicking properties into our bi-component construction we invented a superior base material that pulls moisture from the skin, expands for faster evaporation and lasts the life of the fabric.

BEST USES

Flame resistant moisture wicking next-to-skin base

BENEFITS

  • Inherently flame resistant
  • Superior wicking action
  • Fast Drying
  • Highly breathable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple weights

HOW IT WORKS

Polartec® Power Dry® FR pulls moisture directly from the skin and transfers it to the outer surface to quickly dissipate. This continual evaporation process helps to keep you cool (as your body heat increases) and warm (when temperatures begin to drop).

By physically embedding these wicking capabilities into the fabric structure, Polartec® Power Dry® FR doesn’t rely on chemical treatments to transfer moisture. Chemical approaches to handling saturation only provide a temporary solution that can wash away and leave you with a base fabric that doesn't perform.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

The technology used to control moisture is the highest priority for next-to-skin surfaces. Sweat and moisture vapor must be in a constant state of flux to ensure the fabric doesn't become saturated and lose performance characteristics. This is why Polartec® Power Dry® FR is engineered with our patented bi-component knit construction to enhance drying capabilities across the fabric structure. This dual surface approach maximizes performance by mechanically wicking sweat and vapor off your skin and directly transferring it to the outer surface where it diffuses for quick dry times.

Polartec Power Grid FR

Polartec® Power Grid™ was created to push the performance of our base fabric technologies even further. By developing a patented grid design structure we discovered a new way to reduce fabric weight while increasing warmth and compressibility in the process. This grid construction enhances both wicking efficiency and breathability by generating channels of targeted touch points that absorb and diffuse moisture vapor for faster evaporation.

BEST USES

Enhanced lightweight moisture wicking next-to-skin base

BENEFITS

  • Superior wicking action
  • Grid channels reduce weight & increase warmth
  • Fast drying
  • Highly breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy care

HOW IT WORKS

Open air channels surrounding each individual segment of grid allow Polartec® Power Grid™ to easily release all excess body heat as it builds during activity. These breathable air channels create space for greater compression capabilities when needing to pack or store materials with limited room.

Providing maximum warmth from minimal weight reduces your body's overall exertion during movement and activity. This composite engineering approach wicks faster than traditional base fabric materials and avoids using chemical wicking agents that fade away with time.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

The ability to maximize base efficiency through enhanced performance benefits is central to the design of Polartec® Power Grid™ fabric. By constructing a symmetrical grid pattern we were able to not only increase thermal warmth and mechanical wicking capabilities, but actually reduce the overall fabric mass and weight.

The patented bi-component construction utilizes a different length of yarn on each side of the fabric to optimize wicking action and evaporation. This dual surface approach allows moisture to be continuously pulled from your skin and diffused to the outside. The exterior layer then spreads the moisture out to a wider surface area for faster evaporation.

Polartec Classic

To invent a superior insulating technology we had to rethink the way outerwear fabrics were being made. Current textile processes were neglecting the overall problems faced from the elements and designing materials with limited benefits. We knew we had to create a single fabric with far greater versatility.

We developed a new process for knitting polyester yarns that raises piled fibers for precise shearing into sheets of soft fabric. This now famously fuzzy surface was inherently more lightweight, breathable and faster drying than anything in use. Warmth without weight quickly became the new standard for performance fabrics.

BEST USES

Versatile weather resistant insulation

BENEFITS

  • Warmth without weight
  • Highly breathable
  • Pill resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Durable
  • Easy care

HOW IT WORKS

Polartec® fleece has a lofted fiber structure that creates thermal air pockets to prevent convective heat loss and regulate core warmth. This breakthrough design construction provides the highest warmth per weight ratio for insulating materials while remaining highly weather resistant, durable and soft to the touch.

A soft double-sided face gives fleece the versatility to integrate with layered systems, whether worn directly against the skin or on top of other fabrics. The hydrophobic properties further enhance the inherent ability to repel water, resist saturation and dry quickly.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

To invent a superior insulating technology we had to rethink the way outerwear fabrics were being made. Current textile processes were neglecting the overall problems faced from the elements and designing materials with limited benefits. We knew we had to create a single fabric with far greater versatility.

We developed a new process for knitting polyester yarns that raises piled fibers for precise shearing into sheets of soft fabric. This now famously fuzzy surface was inherently more lightweight, breathable and faster drying than anything in use. Warmth without weight quickly became the new standard for performance fabrics.

Polartec Thermal Pro

Polartec® Thermal Pro® was developed to bring a wider variety of styles and performance functionality to synthetic fleece technologies. By reengineering our construction methods we created an expansive platform of fabric structures with superior benefits over traditional fleece. These unique textures enhance the fabric's overall efficiency and are the defining reason why synthetic fleece will never go out of style as the preferred choice for performance insulation fabrics.

BENEFITS

Warmth without weight

  • Highly breathable
  • Fast drying
  • Durable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

Textured weather resistant insulation

HOW IT WORKS

The naturally hydrophobic properties of Polartec® High Loft™ fleece repel moisture when exposed to the elements and speed up dry times. Reducing the absorbency of fabric ensures it remains lightweight and breathable, even in the most challenging environments and ever changing weather conditions.

Open mesh stitching regulates airflow and breathability during exertion for increased comfort. This durable construction allows the fabric to retain its lofted form, even after heavy use and multiple trips through the washing machine.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Evolving the design of our original fleece fiber technologies has advanced the compositions and applications of synthetic fleece fabrics. By developing new and innovative knitting techniques we created Polartec® Thermal Pro® to push the capabilities of synthetic polyester to higher levels of style and performance.

The ability to regulate core warmth for optimal comfort is provided by thermal air pockets that contain heat without restricting breathability. Minimizing the mass through open air channels also drastically reduces fabric weight and increases compressibility for better packing and storage.

Polartec High Loft

Polartec® High Loft™ was created to expand and enhance the performance benefits and design applications of fleece technologies. By utilizing a high loft fiber construction we developed a stunningly soft and fluffy structure that compresses to pack easily in small spaces. Large air pockets created by the extended fibers retain optimal warmth to provide the highest warmth to weight ratio of any thermal fleece fabric available today.

BENEFITS

  • Warmth without weight
  • Highly breathable
  • Packable
  • Fast drying
  • Easy care
  • Various styles + weights avaliable


BEST USES

Compressible weather resistant insulation

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Ever since we invented the original synthetic fleece we have been committed to pushing the technological boundaries of the material. Polartec® High Loft™ is a reengineered approach to polyester yarn construction that increase thermal warmth retention and decreases overall fabric weight.

The lofted fibers create large air pockets for retaining optimal body warmth and releasing excess heat for enhanced breathability during activities. This fluffy structure also reduces surface friction for comfortable layering with other materials.

Polartec Alpha 

Polartec® Alpha® was originally developed for the U.S. Special Forces when they required a more advanced insulating material in their combat uniforms. This fabric is a new technology with active insulation that regulates core body temperatures during both dynamic and static activities. This latest advancement in adaptable breathability helps eliminate the need of shedding or adding layers while on the move.

BENEFITS

  • Superior breathability
  • Warmth without weight
  • Packable
  • Fast drying
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

  • Adaptable temperature regulating insulation

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Adjusting or completely shedding layers to release excess heat and moisture vapor is not always a viable option during activities. Pit-zips and vents have traditionally helped to balance airflow and warmth in micro-climates, but they leave surface areas exposed to the elements in the process.

Polartec® Alpha® is the first high performance fabric to materialize the concept of active insulation.
By placing patented low density fibers between air permeable woven layers we created a more efficient fabric for regulating warmth and transferring moisture. This advancement increases thermal adaptability in changing conditions and different phases of physical activity.

Wind Pro 

Polartec® Wind Pro® was developed to strengthen our fabric's ability to resist the effects of strong winds. By adapting our fleece structure through tighter knit constructions we created a new fabric composition that drastically reduces wind permeation. This provides the thermal insulation benefits, comfort and breathability of fleece with the added performance abilities to defy the wind and repel all forms of moisture.

BENEFITS

  • Wind resistant
  • Water repellent
  • Warmth without weight
  • Highly breathable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

  • Wind and water resistant insulation

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Windchill is a major source of heat loss from exposed surface areas and open air channels. By engineering a highly compact knit we drastically enhanced wind resistance while retaining a soft and pliable feel throughout the fabric surface. This concentrated design allows Polartec® Wind Pro® to function as an insulating material with the strength to perform against all the elements.

By tightening the kitting patterns of synthetic fleece yarns we developed a new method of repelling wind and water without the use of a laminated membrane. This provides 4x greater wind resistance than traditional fleece structures while still retaining 85% of breathabilit

Thermal FR

Polartec® Thermal FR® was created to provide comfortable insulation with the enhanced safety capability to resist intense sources of heat. By designing inherent flame resistance into our fleece technologies we developed greater insulating options for solving the safety requirements of demanding work-sites. These lightweight thermoregulating abilities allow extensive versatility for use in modern workwear designs.

BENEFITS

  • Warmth without weight
  • Highly breathable
  • Pill resistant
  • Fast drying
  • Durable
  • Easy care

BEST USES

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Polartec® Thermal FR® has a lofted fiber structure that creates thermal air pockets to prevent convective heat loss and regulate core warmth. This breakthrough design construction provides the highest warmth per weight ratio for insulating materials while still remaining highly weather resistant and durable.

A soft double-sided face gives fleece the versatility to integrate with layered systems, whether worn directly against the skin or on top of other fabrics. The hydrophobic properties of Polartec® Thermal FR® fleece further enhance the ability to repel water, resist saturation and dry quickly.

 Wind Pro FR

Polartec® Wind Pro® FR was developed to strengthen our flame resistant fleece's ability to resist the effects of strong winds. By adapting our fleece structure through tighter knit constructions we created a new fabric composition that drastically reduces wind permeation. This provides the thermal insulation benefits, comfort and breathability of fleece with the added performance abilities to defy the wind and repel all forms of moisture.

BENEFITS

  • Inherently flame resistant
  • Warmth without weight
  • Water repellent
  • Highly breathable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

  • Flame resistant wind and water repelling insulation

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Windchill is a major source of heat loss from exposed surface areas and open air channels. By engineering a highly compact knit we drastically enhanced wind resistance while retaining a soft and pliable feel throughout the fabric surface. This concentrated design allows Polartec® Wind Pro® FR to function as an insulating material with the strength to perform against all the elements. By tightening the kitting patterns of synthetic fleece yarns we developed a new method of repelling wind and water without the use of a laminated membrane. This provides 4x greater wind resistance than traditional fleece structures while still retaining 85% of breathability.

Blankets and Fleece 

When Polartec® invented the synthetic fleece in 1981 we didn't just change the way we dress for cold weather. We created a comfortable thermal insulation material ideal for a wide variety of textile needs. Soft, warm, lightweight and incredibly durable after repeated washings make Polartec® fleece an exceptional choice for sheets, blankets and any other soft bedding materials.

BENEFITS

  • Lightweight warmth
  • Highly breathable
  • Resists weather
  • Evenly sheared fibers prevent pilling
  • Fast drying
  • Easy care

BEST USES

  • Versatile weather resistant insulation

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

"To invent a superior insulating technology we had to rethink the way outerwear fabrics were being made. Current textile processes were neglecting the overall problems faced from the elements and designing materials with limited benefits. We knew we had to create a single fabric with far greater versatility. We developed a new process for knitting polyester yarns that raises piled fibers for precise shearing into sheets of soft fabric. This now famously fuzzy surface was inherently more lightweight, breathable and faster drying than anything in use. Warmth without weight quickly became the new standard for performance fabrics."

Windbloc 

Polartec® Windbloc® is designed to block 100% of wind and provide maximum protection from harsh elements and inclement weather. By embedding a breathable micro-porous laminate between a durable outer layer and lofted inner fibers we created a stronger balance between insulating warmth and performance stretch. This flexible versatility gives this protective fabric incredible resilience against the weather and abrasive elements without restricting comfort.

BENEFITS

  • Windproof & water repellent
  • Comfortable stretch
  • Retains warmth
  • Durable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

  • Windproof water resistant protection

HOW IT WORKS

Enhancing the flexibility of a fabric not only increases elastic stretch and recovery strength, but resists overall damage caused from abrasive surfaces. Individual fibers can maintain their stability longer and provide the resilience needed to consistently perform after heavy use.

Polartec® Windbloc® resists the degradation of fiber pilling caused from repeated trips through the washing machine. The ability to remain soft and quiet, yet firm against the elements gives this fabric the versatility to excel in a variety of environments and activities.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

A barrier that doesn't back down against the harshest conditions and elements is essential for protective layer fabrics. Polartec® Windbloc® holds strong winds and all forms of moisture to eliminate the burden of carrying additional protective shell materials during activity.

This resilient material technology ensures the outside elements remain outside so core temperatures can retain maximum warmth and comfort in harsh conditions. By adding a polyurethane laminate membrane between a durable woven exterior and soft interior we developed the ability to block wind and water without limiting micro-climate breathability.

Power Shield 

Polartec® Power Shield® was developed to bring greater strength and versatility to the soft shell fabric category. By designing a dense knit multi-component fabric we created a stronger balance between warmth, weather resistance and breathability. This adaptable protection set a new industry standard for performance fabrics that could remain comfortable and excel in calm to inclement weather conditions.

BENEFITS

  • Weather resistant
  • Highly breathable
  • Comfortable stretch
  • Durable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

  • Versatile all-weather resistant protection

HOW IT WORKS

The stiff structure of traditional hard shells not only made them uncomfortable, but caused excessive noise from friction during movement. The inherently soft and pliable construction of Polartec® Power Shield® allow it to easily drape and fit to any underlying form without restricting movement or flexibility.

Providing a relaxed, yet resiliently strong core provides the ability to stretch and recover for a full range of motion during athletic endeavors. By further bolstering abrasion resistant characteristics we developed a higher industry standard for performance soft shell materials. To this day, the innovative properties of Polartec®

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Hard shell fabrics were once the world standard for protection from rain, snow, wind and abrasion. They provided the reliable shelter needed in inclement weather, but always lacked the versatility to stay comfortable in calmer environments. Polartec® Power Shield® was developed to find a greater balance between weather resistance and personal comfort.

By integrating an advanced micro-porous membrane between a durable weather repelling exterior we created a resilient outerwear fabric with increased breathability. The ability to block wind and water was finally directly integrated with a surface technology that could consistently increase breathability during any activity.

Power Shield Pro

Polartec® Power Shield® Pro was designed to enhance the strength and performance abilities of our original soft shell technology even further. By reengineering the dense knit multi- component fabric we developed an even stronger balance between warmth and breathability while drastically increasing the inherent ability to repel water. This reinforced adaptable protective fabric has raised the overall performance benchmark of soft shells to higher levels.

BENEFITS

  • Water resistant 5 meters
  • Highly breathable
  • Comfortable stretch
  • Durable
  • Easy care
  • Available in multiple styles and weights

BEST USES

  • Enhanced all-weather resistant protection

HOW IT WORKS

The stiff structure of traditional hard shells not only make them uncomfortable, but cause excessive noise from friction during movement. The inherently soft and pliable construction of Polartec® Power Shield® Pro allow it to easily drape and fit to any underlying form without restricting movement or flexibility.

Providing a relaxed, yet resiliently strong fabric core provides the ability to stretch and recover for a full range of motion during athletic endeavors and agile activities. By enhancing abrasion resistant characteristics we raised the benchmark for protective materials. To this day, Polartec® Power Shield® Pro remains at the height of high performance soft shell fabrics.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Hard shell fabrics were once the world standard for protection from rain, snow, wind and abrasion. They provided the reliable shelter needed in inclement weather, but lacked the versatility to stay comfortable in calmer conditions. Polartec® Power Shield® Pro was developed to build upon the success of our original design and find an even greater balance between weather resistance and personal comfort.

By integrating an advanced micro-porous membrane between a more durable weather repelling exterior we created a more resilient and breathable fabric. Bolstering the ability to block wind and water was more efficiently integrated with a reliable surface technology that allows breathability during any activity. 

Power Shield FR

Polartec® Power Shield® FR was developed to bring greater strength and versatility to the flame resistant soft shell fabric category. By designing a dense knit multi-component fabric we created a stronger balance between warmth, weather resistance and breathability. This adaptable protection set a new industry standard for performance fabrics that could remain comfortable and excel in calm to inclement weather conditions.

BENEFITS

  • Inherently flame resistant
  • Weather resistant
  • Highly breathable
  • Comfortable stretch
  • Durable
  • Easy care

BEST USES

  • Flame resistant all-weather protection

HOW IT WORKS

The stiff structure of traditional hard shells not only made them uncomfortable, but caused excessive noise from friction during movement. The inherently soft and pliable construction of Polartec® Power Shield® FR allow it to easily drape and fit to any underlying form without restricting movement or flexibility.

Providing a relaxed, yet resiliently strong fabric core provides the ability to stretch and recover for a full range of motion during activity. By further bolstering abrasion resistant characteristics we developed a higher industry standard for performance soft shell workwear materials. To this day, the innovative properties of

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Hard shell fabrics were once the world standard for protection from rain, snow, wind and abrasion. They provided the reliable shelter needed in inclement weather, but always lacked the versatility to stay comfortable in calmer environments. Polartec® Power Shield® FR was developed to find a greater balance between weather resistance and personal comfort. By integrating an advanced micro-porous membrane between a durable weather repelling exterior we created a resilient outerwear fabric with increased breathability. The ability to block wind and water was finally directly integrated with a surface technology that could consistently increase breathability during any activity.

Neoshell 

Polartec® NeoShell® is an engineering breakthrough for waterproof breathable fabric technologies. Dynamic air exchange at the surface provides the unrivaled ability to stop water and wind permeation without restricting the release of excess body heat and moisture vapor. This highly aerobic air permeability provides the unique benefit to function as a durable protective shell with advanced wicking capabilities to keep moisture vapor moving away from your core.

BENEFITS

  • Waterproof
  • Highly breathable
  • Comfortable stretch
  • Durable
  • Easy care
  • Multiple styles and weights available

BEST USES

  • Waterproof breathable protection

HOW IT WORKS

Polartec® NeoShell® is pliable and resilient to allow durable stretch, recovery and abrasion resistance. These enduring characteristics provide greater performance versatility in the field, but also enhance overall design efficiency and application.

Releasing excess heat directly through the fabric membrane reduces the need to manually adjust gear during activity. Shedding entire layers or relying on pit-zips to dump heat often leads to overexposure that can be avoided altogether through enhanced breathability. This allows Polartec® NeoShell® to excel in both

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Protective fabrics have traditionally sacrificed breathability to prevent exposure to harsh elements. This lack of internal airflow causes overheating, excessive sweating and extreme discomfort. Finding the elusive balance between protection and true breathability had yet to exist in a hard shell fabric.

The invention of Polartec® NeoShell® revolutionized waterproof breathability capabilities by lowering the internal pressure required for vapor to permeate the sub-micron membrane. This releases moisture more easily and keeps microclimates circulating with cool air faster than other protective materials.

Polysentric

Polysentric®, is a registered trademark of Dash America, Inc. Polysentric® is a hydrophobic polyester fabric used in cycling jerseys proprietary to Pearlizumi®. The polyester pushes moisture away from the skin, to the outside of the fabric, where it is spread over a greater surface area, for rapid evaporation.

Pima Cotton

Pima® Cotton is a registered trademark of Supima Association of America Corporation. Supima® is the promotional organization of the American Pima cotton growers that oversee a licensing program in which select mills, apparel and textile manufacturers, and retailers are granted a license to use the Supima® trademark to market and promote their textile and apparel products made of 100% American Pima® cotton.

Procore

Procore® was a registered trademark of Hind®, a division of Saucony®, Inc. The mark has been cancelled. Procore® fabric was a blend of rayon, polyester and Lycra®. Lycra provided form-fitting stretch. Rayon created a soft cotton-like feel. Polyester wicked moisture.