The sports and outdoor clothing industry is booming. Freudenberg Performance Materials has developed a special thermal insulation, which is soft, warm, breathable, and sustainable. A material that benefits both industry and consumers.
The mountain calls, the forest beckons: More and more people are spending time outdoors to unwind after a hard day’s work. In every type of weather, they go out to clear their minds, re-energize, play sports or simply have a nice time with friends and family. Inclement weather such as rain, snow, and cold mean they need the right equipment to truly enjoy the hours spent. Reliable clothing is a must. No wonder the sport and outdoor clothing industry is booming.
To be part of this trend, Freudenberg Performance Materials developed the “Comfortemp Fiberball Padding.” The popular Italian outdoor-sportswear brand, Napapijri, is a partner in this process. Comfortemp is the first wadding in the world made from contiguous small fiber balls. It is warm, breathable, and durable. For customers and producers, it is a compelling alternative to loose materials such as down.
Warm, light, and flexible
Though downs are light and very good at keeping a body warm, they can trigger allergies and clump when they get wet. “Working with loose material like down is much more complicated and difficult for the clothing industry,” explains R&D specialist and Comfortemp project manager Sarah Ziem. The loose material must be filled in small pockets, which are then quilted, but they can still slip, allowing thermal bridges to form on the seams. This is not possible with meter goods like Comfortemp. It provides excellent and consistent warmth. And Comfortemp allows greater design freedom for producers in less time and at lower costs.
“Our wadding is versatile and combines the best characteristics of loose materials and meter goods,” says Sarah Ziem. The wadding is made up of loose fiber ball and binder fibers. During production, the balls are mixed with fibers and are formed to a cohesive nonwoven material using the “Airlaid” process. Afterwards, it can be further processed without time lost.