As a leader in the science of fabric, Polartec is always pushing the edge of what’s possible with textiles. Our Research and Development team is dedicated to solving problems with textile engineering and science: new constructions, materials, and processes. We pioneered the development of recycled fabrics in the early 90s, when we were the first to knit synthetic fleece from recycled plastic bottles.
Our newest fabric platform, Polartec® Power Fill™, joins the Polartec portfolio with 80% post-consumer recycled content from inception and a proprietary hollow fiber construction that is softer and more durable than the competition. The result is a synthetic insulation that offers incredible warmth at a high percentage of recycled content. The construction forms thousands of air pockets that continuously capture and retain body heat, while maintaining a resilient, equalized thermal layer between the colder air on the outside and the warmer temperatures on the inside of a garment.
Hollow fibers eliminate the need for scrims or other stabilizers, increasing durability and drapability in a soft, pliable package. This gives Power Fill™ unmatched warmth and design versatility for a wide range of styles and usage occasions. The polyester fiber’s inherent hydrophobic properties also work to ensure that Polartec® Power Fill™ resists moisture absorption and dries quickly, while maintaining a high warmth to weight ratio.
San Francisco tactical clothing company Triple Aught Design was the first to introduce its customers to Power Fill™ with the Bastion Hoodie. Shortly they will release their second piece insulated with Power Fill™, the M-65 RS Field Jacket. Fall 2018 will bring more adoptions by Millet, Flylow, MtnLogic, and Giro.
Polartec® Power Fill™ is available in six weights, allowing for versatile applications: 60, 80, 100, 135, 170 and 200 g/m².