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AUSA 18 – PolarFleece by Polartec

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Fabric manufacturer Polartec made a major showing at AUSA. Their fabrics are in a wide variety of issued clothing. When the company first started, they made PolarFleece. They’ve revived the brand as a new custom, made-to-order garment website.

PolarFleece.com features an easy to use interface. Customers can choose a wide variety of colors for fabric, stitching and trims.

In fact, there are over one billion combinations, including those military colors many SSD readers prefer.

Polartec to Exhibit at SHOT Show Supplier Showcase

Friday, January 19th, 2018

(Andover, Mass.) – January 18, 2018 – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, will for the first time exhibit at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase, an event dedicated to shooting, hunting and outdoor manufacturers, January 22-23 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As a global leader in the Science of Fabric and full-service supplier of environmental protection fabrics, Polartec will present new product developments engineered to keep people warm, dry, cool and safe. These technologies include Polartec Delta cooling fabrics, highly versatile and durable Polartec Power Wool fabrics, and Polartec Alpha, the first-ever active insulation developed for U.S. Special Operations Forces. Attendees will get a first look at new Polartec Power Fill insulation, a best-in-class fill insulation that offers maximum warmth and sustainable comfort––with 80-percent recycled content––for cold conditions.

Polartec also creates fabrics made in the U.S.A. for Berry Amendment compliance, including technologies with a proprietary construction of Nomex, Kevlar, and carbon yarns with no melt, no drip fire resistant performance for the most extreme arc flash protection and uncompromising performance.

To learn more at SHOT, please visit the Polartec booth, number S2314.

Polartec Announces 2017 Apex Design Award Winners

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

(Andover, Mass.) – (November 14, 2017) – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, announces the winners of its 2017 Polartec APEX Awards, an annual design award program celebrating the finest products made from Polartec fabrics, and the designers behind them. The winning products were selected based on skilled and creative uses of Polartec fabric technologies.

The winners are:

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Adidas Terrex Agravic Alpha Hooded Shield Jacket, a women’s outdoor jacket made with Polartec® Alpha® insulation, designed by Tim Maud

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Arc’teryx Nyara Wrap, a fleece wrap layer made from Polartec® Thermal Pro® fleece, designed by Edita Hadravska (available spring 2018)

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Blackyak Combat Shirt, a hybrid shirt made from Polartec® Power Grid® fleece, designed by David Randall

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Burton Minturn Hooded Full-Zip Fleece, a midweight fleece layer made from Polartec® Classic shearling fleece (available fall 2017)

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Citera Neocity-65 Jkt, a practical M65-style jacket made from Polartec® NeoShell® breathable waterproof fabric, designed by Naoki Ei

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Fox Racing Attack Pro Jersey, an advanced mountain bike jersey made from Polartec® Delta® cooling fabric, designed by Jake Theno (available spring 2018)

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Mountain Hardwear Atherm Hooded Jacket, an ultimate breathable insulation piece, made from an extraordinary combination of Polartec® Alpha® Direct, Polartec® Alpha®, and Polartec® High Loft™ insulations

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Norrøna lofoten Power Shield Pro Alpha Jacket, a revolutionary jacket made from a unique combination of Polartec® Power Shield® Pro breathable weather protection and Polartec® Alpha® insulation, designed by the Norrøna R&D department

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Oiselle Flyout Tank, Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve, women’s tops made from Polartec® Delta® cooling fabric, designed by Nelle Horsley

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P1G-Tac FRS Delta, a hot-weather field training shirt made from Polartec® Delta® cooling fabric, designed by 281Z Development Group (Konstantyn Lesnik, Oleksandr Polevara, Valery Chernenko, Artem Livushevsky)

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Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket, a classic 60/40-style jacket made from new knit Polartec® NeoShell® breathable waterproof fabric, designed by Nick Kemp

Every winner is an embodiment of Polartec fabric innovation and design inspiration, and the winning designers are being recognized with a Malden statue, an industry award unlike any other, and images celebrating the Science of Fabric.

www.polartec.com

AUSA 17 – Polartec Power Wool 

Monday, October 9th, 2017

This is Polartec’s new Power Wool. It’s a 5.9 oz, no-melt/no-drip gridded fleece. It offers some mechanical stretch and has a great hand (that means it’s cozy). There’s a lighter weight (4.3 oz) fabric as well. It’s fully Berry compliant and would make a great upgrade to the level 2 garments in GEN III ECWCS.

www.polartec.com

Polartec Introduces Polartec Power Fill

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

(Andover, Mass.) – May 30, 2017 – Polartec® LLC, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, announces the upcoming launch of Polartec® Power Fill™. The fabric technology is a best-in-class fill insulation that rounds out the company’s range of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.


Polartec® Power Fill™ is a soft and pliable matrix of spun polyester yarns engineered with a proprietary hollow fiber construction that is softer and more durable, forming thousands of air pockets that continuously capture and contain body heat, while maintaining a resilient, equalized thermal layer between the colder air on the outside and the warmer temperatures on the inside.

A unique controlled melt process bonds the hollow fibers, increasing durability and drapability, eliminating the need for scrims or other stabilizers. 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.

Made with industry-leading, cruelty-free, 80% post-consumer recycled content, Power Fill™ insulation technology provides greater warmth retention in colder conditions, without added weight or bulk.

“We’re proud to deliver an insulation technology to our customers that enables the design of better products with Polartec premium quality,” says Polartec CEO Gary Smith. “Polartec created the category of active insulation with our industry leading range of Alpha™ temperature regulating product offerings, and now Power Fill™ continues with innovative fill solutions for the coldest conditions.”

Polartec® Power Fill™ is being shown to customers now in 60, 80, 100 and 135 g/m2 weights, and will first become available to consumers in Fall 2017 product from Polartec customer Triple Aught Design.

Sneak Peek – TYR Anorak in Neoshell

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Huron Anorak is currently made from a four-way stretch softshell material. TYR has made a few prototypes of their Anorak in Polartec’s waterproof/breathable Neoshell fabric. It’s got a little bit of mechanical stretch to it, but it’s lightweight, packs well, and is highly breathable. They say they’ll release a production version in Spring 17. Looking forward to it.

Polartec Retains Fielding Miller for Brand Communications

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

(Lawrence, Mass.) – July 6, 2016 – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, has retained the services of Fielding Miller to support its marketing efforts. Fielding Miller will oversee brand communications with a focus on editorial marketing, and content strategy, production and distribution.

“I think a great deal of Polartec, having worked with the company in an agency capacity in the past,” says Fielding Miller. “This is a special opportunity to work in a more integrated role as a member of the Polartec team. Polartec has developed more capabilities than any other fabric company, but what sets Polartec apart is its development work with partner brands, providing solutions specifically for them. I’m excited to tell those stories with Polartec partners, which include some of the best consumer brands in the world.”

“We are very excited to have Fielding join our team,” adds Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “His prior agency work on our behalf provided him with deep knowledge of our products and markets. That experience combined with his passion for sport provides Polartec with excellent marketing communications capability.”

Polartec is an increasingly global solutions provider in a constant process of innovation. Polartec is currently launching Polartec Delta cooling fabric, the brand’s first fabric platform developed specifically for hot weather. In the second week of July, Polartec will announce the winners of the Polartec Apex Design Awards, highlighting some of the most innovative and appropriate uses of Polartec fabrics this year, in categories spanning technical outdoor, workwear, athletic and fashion.

Polartec To Move Massachusetts Manufacturing To Tennessee

Friday, December 11th, 2015

According to a report in the Eagle Tribune, Lawerence Mass Mayor Daniel Rivera claims that Polartec, a leading supplier of US made fabrics for the US military, plans to move 200 manufacturing jobs to Tennessee over the next 18 months.

Last September, Polartec purchased Polartec United Knitting, L.P., located in Cleveland, Tennessee. Mayor Rivera says most of the jobs would move to this facility from Lawrence, long a bastion of the American Textile industry.  Reportedly, the Polartec headquarters will remain in Lawrence.

Fortunately, these jobs aren’t going away completely and Polartec will continue to mill fabric.  I’d just like to see some more use of Neoshell.