Synthetic Insulation

The science of hydrophobic materials

synthetic insulation

There have been remarkable recent developments with hydrophobic insulation. A true life-saver for cold/wet outerwear. During inclement weather conditions synthetic insulation now stays dry and holds its loft, maintaining its clo value. Water is a better conductor of heat than air, therefore if the insulation is wet or damp, because of perspiration, rain, or immersion — water effects some or all of the air between the insulation fibers causing core body thermal loss.

Comfort is a fundamental factor. We strive to make sure that our insulated garments can stand up to the rigors of a long day out in variable weather conditions. Each person’s body is different with how much heat is produced and how the body either stores or gets rid of it. We take into account for as many scenarios as possible. Add to that the fact that all of us have different levels of aerobic activity. Our main goal when creating outerwear which is intended for intensive aerobic activity is versatility, accounting for a wide variety of people and conditions. To do this, we incorporate body mapping in our insulation as well as strategic venting which eliminates cold spots while at the same time allowing the body to regulate itself when the intensity of exertion rises.

Obermeyer is proud to offer the very best in a new generation of insulation products from brands that are the gold standard in the field. Each of the independent companies used for our insulation offers a unique product which we build into our apparel depending on the goal of the piece. The goal of effective insulation begins by trapping air and creating a layer of air space, the intent is to trap air while maintaining a lightweight and compressible flexible fiber.

The technologies we incorporate into our insulated garments are: Thinsulate®, which offers the very best stretch insulation; Primaloft® offers the ideal active product for quick moisture management and high clo retention when wet; Thermore® is an Italian company that manufactures premium insulation with superior drape and synthetic down performance. Obermeyer uses the very best in insulation technologies available to keep you comfortable regardless of the conditions.