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Whether you live in cold weather or just visit it on vacation, you want to stay warm and protected from the elements. With a variety of materials to choose from---like natural wool and down, or synthetic fibers and waterproof laminates---Thinsulate synthetic insulation provides optimum insulation and warmth in a lightweight package, and is traditionally less expensive than wool and down. 200 Gram Thinsulate in particular is a popular choice for its ability to work in a variety of conditions over a spectrum of temperature changes.
Science of Staying Warm
Insulation works by trapping warm air in a garment or product and keeping it near your body. More specifically, air is trapped in the space between the fibers of a material. The finer fiber traps more air in less space and allows for a non-bulky garment. Thinsulate derives its name from the power to be thin and insulate at the same time.
Thinsulate is a lightweight, non-bulky insulation found in footwear and outerwear suited for cold climates and cold-weather activities. Created from finely woven synthetic fibers called microfibers, it mimics the natural insulating ability of down feathers by trapping more air to insulate. 200 Gram Thinsulate offers good warmth in cold conditions and falls into the "midweight" category of insulating levels.
Thinsulate's power to insulate lies in its high warmth-to-weight ratio, meaning it offers more warmth with less weight. Thinsulate also breathes well, allowing sweat to pass through and keep you dry and comfortable. Added protection comes from its water-resistance as well as its ability to perform well even if it gets wet. Throw your Thinsulate jacket in the washing machine and save a fortune on dry-cleaning costs.
Thinsulate vs. Down
Down takes top honors when it comes to insulating, breathability, lightness of weight and its packing attributes. Water, however, prevents down insulation from performing well once it gets too wet. And down takes a long time to dry. Thinsulate performs well even when wet and dries more quickly, making it a popular choice for people venturing into colder, damper climates like the Pacific Northwest.
In the Home
Thinsulate in general is finding its way into bedding, especially comforters and pillows. Many people have allergies to down feathers but want the feel and warmth of a down comforter. Thinsulate is hypoallergenic and offers similar loft properties as down. Similar to down, Thinsulate regulates body temperature whether the room is warm or cold, providing comfort year round.
Patricia has a diverse background in a variety of industries in which she has applied her writing, proofreading and editing skills. She has contributed to "Crested Butte Weekly", "Center for the Arts Crested Butte", "Friends of Snodgrass Mountain", "The Alpineer" and "Crested Butte Magazine". She has a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley.