Synthetic Insulation

The science of hydrophobic materials

synthetic insulation

There have been remarkable recent developments with hydrophobic (water repellency) insulation. A true must-have for cold/wet conditions. During inclement weather synthetic insulation 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 poor insulating properties and body thermal loss.

Comfort is a fundamental factor. We strive to make sure that our insulated garments can stand up to the challenges 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 discards it. We account for as many scenarios as possible while factoring in different levels of aerobic activity. To do this, we incorporate body mapping in our insulation as well as strategic venting which eliminates cold spots while allowing the body to regulate itself when the intensity of exertion increases.

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. The technologies we incorporate in 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.