In 2010, the U.S. Army went to textile manufacturer Polartec with a problem: Troops needed a jacket that would breathe when they worked up a sweat but would also hold onto warmth when they sat still. Down and synthetic insulations don't allow this to happen. They require quilting and tightly knit, less-breathable fabrics to hold them in place and keep them dry. Polartec worked for more than a year to develop an insulation without those constraints. Last year, it gave the Army Polartec Alpha.
This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Popular Science.
I thought this problem was solved years ago with Goretex it's ilk (the modern stuff is supposed to be pretty awesome).
where's the link to buy the jacket in the picture? I want it!
Columbia's Omni-Tech is comparable and honestly surprised me. I was reviewing different jackets on Amazon and came across the highly rated Omni-Tech (about 2 years ago), so I bought it. Worse comes to worse, I figured, I had a heavy jacket that kept me warm in the cold mountain winters.
What I discovered was that it not only kept me warm at below freezing temperatures, but I could also wear it in 50-degree weather and feel the same as I did in below freezing temperatures. I was pleasantly surprised. I'd like to compare Alpha-based jackets and Omni-tech... for science.
Thanks Satsui. I was looking for a good coat for the winter. Thanks to your recommendations, I might have found one now. Looking at Columbia Omni-Tech on Amazon. :-)
The jackets seems like it would really helpful in both winter and summer season, and I guess it might be expensive also but its acceptable to give some more bucks if the product is really good.
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