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Polartec - The Science of Fabric

  • 13 December 2021

Polartec®  -- THE SCIENCE OF FABRIC


WARM — DRY — COOL — SAFE
Most advanced temperature regulation fabric  technologies.


>> INSULATION >> Polartec® Alpha® Active Insulation.

THE SOURCE OF WARMTH + PERFORMANCE

Polartec insulation fabric technologies are available throughout all insulation design categories — Synthetic Fleece — Polyester Fills — Active Insulations. From the original synthetic fleece jackets to the most advanced high-output insulations, Polartec offers the widest range of fabrics specialized to keep you warm.

REGULATE COMFORT IN CHANGING CONDITIONS.

Polartec® Alpha® was invented for the U.S. special forces.

They required a superior insulation system for extreme temperature variations and the start-stop conditions of combat. Alpha® active insulation is engineered for consistent warmth, while allowing greater breathability during activity. This air exchange technology creates sustained comfort without shedding layers, which isn’t an option during a mission.



ALPHA® FEATURES & BENEFITS

— — REGULATES WARMTH — — FAST DRYING — — LIGHTWEIGHT — — ADVANCED BREATHABILITY — — COMPRESSIBLE — — HIGHLY DURABLE


Polartec® Alpha® active insulation continuously releases excess body heat before it builds to cause saturation and discomfort.

This patented, adaptive quality is made possible through Alpha’s lofted fibers connected to a solid mesh core. And since Polartec® Alpha® is inherently hydrophobic, it resists all moisture and dries incredibly fast.

 

ALPHA Q&A

Q

What is Active Insulation?

A

Active Insulation refers to Polartec® Alpha®'s ability to seamlessly insulate the user at high aerobic output levels as well as when less active.

Q

What are the key benefits of active insulation?

A

Active Insulation can be worn in a much wider range of activities and conditions than more traditional insulations, like fiber fill or down, which are best suited for static conditions.

 

Youtube Video about Polartec® Alpha® >> https://youtu.be/svEDqcpa-Wg
 


Specialized Mens Prime-Series Alpha Jacket




Prime-Series Alpha Jacket utilizes Polartec® Alpha® to bring warmth to your cold-weather days. The soft inside liner quickly evaporates sweat keeping you warm and dry, and with a semi-form fit, it's a great layering option.

Exterior shell fabric is engineered to allow this jacket to breathe even better and move moisture from interior insulation to the exterior to dry, keeping you dryer than ever before.

Three back pockets help to secure all your ride needs, right where you want them.

Fabric Content: SHELL 85% Nylon, 15% Spandex - LINING 100% Polyester.


Specialized Mens Prime Alpha Vest

 

Vests are often an under-appreciated layer in your winter wardrobe. Keeping your core warm when it's chilly out is essential, and with the Legacy Alpha Vest, you get 90g of Polartec® Alpha® breathable insulation to keep you warm.

Exterior shell fabric is engineered to allow this jacket to breathe even better and move moisture from the insulation to the exterior to dry, keeping you dryer than ever before.

Two back pockets help to secure all your ride needs, right where you want them.

Fabric Content: FRONT SHELL 91% Nylon, 9% Spandex - BACK SHELL 85% Nylon, 15% Spandex - LINING: 100% Polyester.
 


>> BASE >> POWER GRID™ >> Next-to-skin comfort + performance.


From lightweight and breathable to mid-layer applications with 4-way stretch, Polartec’s wide-range of base layer fabric platforms always put performance next-to-skin, for any activity or weather condition.


POWER GRID™ -- TECHNICAL FLEECE -- ENGINEERED FOR COMFORT

Polartec® Power Grid™ is the evolution of fleece fabric engineering.

Our patented grid construction knit strengthens performance efficiency by increasing warmth and breathability, while also reducing fabric mass. These geometric patterns improve compressibility, wicking, and add technical style. By reinventing thermal warmth possibilities, Power Grid™ is a minimalist design that maximizes fabric performance.

POWER GRID™ FEATURES & BENEFITS

— — BI-COMPONENT KNIT — — VERSATILE WARMTH — — MOISTURE WICKING — — EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE — — HIGHLY BREATHABLE — — LIGHTWEIGHT

POWER GRID™ Q&A

Q

How does Polartec® Power Grid™ provide breathability?

A

By having discreet areas of higher loft with voids in between, Power Grid™ allows greater airflow in and around the fabric. Travelling via these airflows, body moisture vapor is quickly transported away for exceptional breathability.

Youtube Video about Patagonia® M's R1® Full-Zip Hoody made with Polartec® Power Grid™ fabric >> https://youtu.be/E18kRviuY9k

 

Specialized Men’s Trail Thermal Jersey

The new Trail Thermal Jersey utilizes Polartec® Power Grid™ fabric to keep you warm and comfy, all while being exceptionally breathable. It's the perfect option for cool days on the trail, or even as a long sleeve when you're grabbing a post-ride beverage.

  • Front Kangaroo Pocket holds keys and cards with a secure fit.
  • Fabric Content: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex Knit.
  • Fabric outer surface is engineered to disperse moisture for fast evaporation.
  • Lightweight garment keeps you extremely warm while preventing excess weight and bulkiness on your body.
  • Front Kangaroo Pocket with hidden secure zipper holds your keys or credit cards right to your body.
  • 4-way stretch fabrication has allows for a comfortable fit in all areas of the garment.
  • Relaxed Mountain Bike Fit is the perfect blend of generous and tailored, providing a loose, comfortable fit for the trail.
  • Fabric Content: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex Knit.

 

>> WEATHER PROTECTION >> NEOSHELL® -- BREATHABLE – WATERPROOF

Many fabrics can offer weather protection from the elements, but do so by sacrificing overall breathability and comfort. The common industry standards for waterproof ratings are not only confusing mathematically, but can’t accurately account for variations in activity and weather conditions. That’s why Polartec designs and engineers breathable, waterproof fabric technologies, setting the new precedent for how today’s protective fabrics perform with the human body and against the elements.

STAY DRY -  INSIDE AND OUT

Polartec® NeoShell® is the world's most breathable waterproof fabric technology.

For years the outerwear industry has prioritized excessively high waterproof ratings that sacrifice the breathable performance needed during physical activity. Neoshell® provides the strength and durability of a weather protective fabric, while still allowing dynamic air exchange and comfortable full range of motion.

NEOSHELL® FEATURES & BENEFITS

— — BREATHABLE WATERPROOF — — COMFORTABLE STRETCH — — HIGHLY DURABLE — — WIND RESISTANT — — SOFT + QUIET — — LIGHTWEIGHT

 

NEOSHELL® Q&A

Q

What is breathable waterproof fabric?

A

Any material that will allow excess heat and moisture to escape without a phase change, while keeping rain from the outside at bay.

 

Q

What is the 10000mm water column measurement?

A

This is the minimum water pressure at which this material is waterproof. Equivalent to >14psi of water pressure.

 

Youtube video - Polartec® NeoShell® - The Most Breathable Waterproof Fabric >> https://youtu.be/grdRwGFsFd0

 

Specialized Men’s HyprViz SL NeoShell® Rain Jacket

We get it, rain rides are often not enjoyable. But with the SL Rain Jacket, we're hoping to change that. With the latest technology in waterproofing, Polartec® NeoShell®, this jacket is extremely breathable and stretchy, all while being completely waterproof—making that wet ride just a little more pleasant. Top it off with our HyprViz color treatment that increases your visibility to motorists, and you're left with a great option for nasty days.

  • Three back pockets help to secure all your ride needs, right where you want them.
  • Fully taped seams prevent water intrusion, keeping you dry and protected for years to come.
  • Watertight YKK AquaGuard® zippers prevent unwanted water seepage.
  • Fabric Content: 61% Nylon, 31% Polyester, 8% PU

 

Specialized Neoshell Rain Gloves

 

Your warm, dry hands will be thanking you on your next rain ride with the help of our new Neoshell Rain gloves. Not only do they feature a Polartec® Neoshell® upper to keep your hands safe from wind and chilly weather, but they also include an interior waterproof sleeve that keeps your hands dry and fully protected from the elements. Pair that with a hydrophobic AX Suede palm and you’ll have all the dexterity and comfort you need.

 

  • Wind-resistant Polartec® Neoshell® upper staves off wind and chilly weather.
  • Hydrophobic Ax Suede fit palm ensures a confident grip with the bars.
  • Wiretap™ touchscreen-compatible for easy use of smartphones.
  • Interior waterproof sleeve keeps your hand dry and fully protected from the elements.
  • Slip-on cuff reduces bulk and provides a snug fit.
  • Reflective details enhance your visibility in low-light conditions.

 

You can find all our products made with Polartec Fabrics on our website:
>>
https://shop.mplus.ge/search?msearch=polartec

 

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