New York’s Patent of the Month – November 2020

Now that it’s December and winter is coming, it’s time to dig out that winter jacket. Those of us who live in cold regions know the benefit of having a down-insulated coat. But we also know the inconvenience of getting it wet. Winter rain or snow can cause those feathers to clump and your layer of protection becomes useless. You could get a synthetic insulated coat, but it won’t be as warm. Primaloft, Inc. sought to develop an insulation material that is as cosy as down, durable and water repellant for those soggy winter days. 

Recognizing the importance of proper insulation in the winter, Primaloft wanted to ensure their material provided warmth in all weather conditions. So, they combined natural fibres with short-cut synthetic fibres. This combination blended well since the synthetic fibres would get caught in the barbs of the natural fibres, ensuring even insulation. The complimentary blend also ensured the company could use conventional techniques for blowing the down (to get it into jackets, sleeping bags, comforters, etc.). All fibres are treated with a water repellent composed of silicones, wax emulsions, or the more environmentally safe option, zirconium acetate, which provides durability and, of course, water repellency. This helps the insulation to not clump when it gets wet from rain, snow, or even the washing machine. Never fear another snow day again. 

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