THE OUTDOOR WORLD NEEDED A GAME CHANGER
In 1981 Polartec® forever changed the way the world dresses for cold weather with the invention of polar synthetic fleece. By engineering polyester fibers into a distinctly innovative knit construction we created a more durable and versatile outerwear fabric than anything in use at the time. After more than 30 years our fleece remains the cornerstone of thermal insulating materials for its proven durability, lightweight warmth and fast drying characteristics.
To invent a superior insulating technology we had to rethink the way outerwear fabrics were being made. Current textile processes were neglecting the overall problems faced from the elements and designing materials with limited benefits. We knew we had to create a single fabric with far greater versatility.
We developed a new process for knitting polyester yarns that raises piled fibers for precise shearing into sheets of soft fabric. This now famously fuzzy surface was inherently more lightweight, breathable and faster drying than anything in use. Warmth without weight quickly became the new standard for performance fabrics.
Polartec® fleece has a lofted fiber structure that creates thermal air pockets to prevent convective heat loss and regulate core warmth. This breakthrough design construction provides the highest warmth per weight ratio for insulating materials while remaining highly weather resistant, durable and soft to the touch.
A soft double-sided face gives fleece the versatility to integrate with layered systems, whether worn directly against the skin or on top of other fabrics. The hydrophobic properties further enhance the inherent ability to repel water, resist saturation and dry quickly.