We love 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation for cold, winter days. You might have a few products made with this material, but do you know the technology behind it?
First, we should keep in mind the word Thinsulate™ is a portmanteau of the words thin and insulate, trademarked by 3M.
3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation is ideal when a thin, compressible insulation is important, meaning it provides much warmth packed in a lightweight, powerful yet thin material. In fact, it provides about 1.5 times the warmth of down jackets when equal thicknesses are compared. One thing we preferred to stay away from was the bulk that is normally associated with winter outerwear. There isn’t anything too appealing about bulky outerwear that restricts your freedom of movement.
To understand the science behind the technology, when compared to traditional insulation, Thinsulate™ has insulation qualities that are more effective due to the increased density of fibers, with decreased size of fibers. Just like most insulation materials, gaps between fibers reduce heat loss while still allowing moisture to escape. The technology helps trap your body heat, while still allowing moisture to escape, making it breathable and comfortable. Basically this means your sweat will evaporate, but your 3M™ Thinsulate™ jackets will still retain its insulating properties.
Another notable point we want to make selecting 3M™ Thinsulate™ as our insulation choice is to stray away from using down feathers or endorsing any unethical animal practices in our clothing production.
And did you know?
Thinsulate™ is also used in the fabric roof of the Porsche Boxster, a convertible style automobile. The extra layer not only reduces heat loss but has also reduced noise levels inside the car by 3 decibels.
It is also used in the roof of the Jaguar F-Type sports car, and featured in the upholstery of Saturn sedans, Ford F-150 pickups, Buick Park Avenues, and even F-16 fighters.
It is used in a wide variety of clothing products, such as footwear, gloves, hats, and coats, then became popular in outerwear jackets around 1985.
Conclusion for 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation is: on top of providing lightweight, thin, yet powerfully warm insulation, this technical fabric is also hypoallergenic, and moisture-resistant.
So, do you know which Outerboro products utilizes 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation?
How are these masks sustainable?
Well, initially we have purchased the fabric with the intentions of making a new Kaffetech polo. When the pandemic hit, we saw there is a more immediate need for face masks, and thus, we made face mask covers.
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