What is Polartec® Alpha® Insulation?

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Arc’teryx, Garneau, Norrona. What is Polartec® Alpha® Insulation?

Adequate insulation is a must when it comes to keeping warm in both urban and wild environments and with the approaching winter months, there’s no better time than now to outfit your wardrobe with insulated gear. While down and synthetic are the most common forms of insulation for coats and parkas, other insulations such as milkweed, fleece and even wool are also excellent options that provide a series of benefits of their own. Another for of insulation that is newer on the market but equally as efficient is Polartec® Alpha® insulation. Found in a variety of products from different brands, this synthetic insulation may just be the next big thing in synthetics.

What is Polartec® Alpha® Insulation?

Polartec® Alpha® is a fabric that was originally created for the U.S. Special Forces who were looking for a more advanced insulating material to outfit their combat uniforms.  This new technology is exceptionally compressible, layers easily with other materials and can easily be stored in small spaces making it the ideal dry and light insulation option. 

The fabric consists of lofted knit fibres which create a stable core and prevents the fibres from moving around. This stable core maintains a uniform consistency within a product so there is an even layer of insulation throughout even after multiple laundry cycles and heavy wear.

  • Benefits of Polartec® Alpha® insulation include: superior breathability, lightweight warmth, packability, fast-drying, easy care, available in a variety of styles and weights

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How Does Polartec® Alpha® Insulation Work?

Polartec® Alpha® is an active insulation meaning it works while you are active and is able to regulate your body temperature during dynamic and static activities. With this newer insulation technology, athletes or outdoor enthusiasts can eliminate having to add and remove layers as they move because the Polartec® Alpha® insulation not only provides exceptional warmth but offers superior breathability as well. This is the first high-performance fabric 

This is the first high-performance fabric which truly showcases the concept of active insulation as it works as an adaptable temperature regulator. Low-density fibres are placed between air permeable woven layers creating a fabric that can more efficiently regulate warmth and transfer moisture. All in all, this insulation is capable of increasing thermal adaptability in changing conditions and changing phases of physical activity.

Where Can You Find Polartec® Alpha® Insulation?

Polartec® Alpha® insulation can be found in a variety of products from multiple brands. Whether it’s lining a pair of pants or a waterproof jacket or making up the material of a mid-layer or vest, this insulation is versatile and high-performing. It is ideal for athletes who are exerting themselves in a variety of conditions where regulating your body temperature is crucial.

Polartec® Alpha® Available For Her

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