Insulated jackets are made to keep you warm in chilly weather. During the winter months this is all the more important. Down and other similarly-insulated jackets come in many different designs, styles and warmth levels.
Here on our site we have gone through several different types of winter and other lighter jackets that rely on insulation to keep you cozy when the temperatures drop.
These past few days we have focused on the importance of insulation and today we will continue with a comparison that features two very popular types of insulation, Polartec® Alpha® and PrimaLoft®.
Essential for providing warmth and keeping you safe against the cold, insulating materials and fabrics have come a long way since their use in ancient times.
In the modern era, traditional insulations such as wool and down have been further developed to perform to the best of their abilities.
Alongside them, synthetic and entirely man-made insulations (for example, PrimaLoft, ThermoBall, Thinsulate, etc.) have also made great strides into closely mimicking the near-perfect insulation of down and wool, without the downsides that come with being natural materials.
We have looked at a number of different fabrics, materials and technologies that focus on providing great insulations in jackets.
Today, we will add another insulation to the collection. We will look at Polartec® Alpha® Insulation and its performance.
Despite summer’s approaching, if you looked outside you would not really be able to tell that that is the case (at least here).
It has been rainy and the temperatures low, giving the impression that autumn will soon be upon us. With that in mind, why not look at two different types of insulation to feel a bit cozier in this frankly unpleasant weather.
We have discussed about Down and Fleece in some of our previous comparisons and guides, and it is time to compare them together in order to see which would be the better insulation for you.
These are two very different materials, be it in composition or performance, and we are looking forward to learning more about each of them and see where their differences (and similarities!) lie.
Purchasing garments of good quality is an important step in ensuring the longevity and durability of your clothes. Not only will a high quality product last longer, but it also wears better for a long time.
While there certainly are fabrics that are a pain to care for, some, like polyester, require barely any effort and some blends can even be wrinkle-resistant. That is a great quality in itself, especially when it comes to technical outdoor clothing like jackets or trousers.
On our site we have discussed a number of different fabrics, fabric technologies and types of jackets.
As we have said in some of our previous guides on care and maintenance for particular jackets, knowing the proper steps of caring for your clothes is the best way to ensure that they can maintain their look and last for many seasons.
Polyester has also come up in some of those guides because it is one of the most common fabrics used in jackets and, as such, when learning how to care for a polyester jacket, in a way you also learn how to care about polyester itself.
What about ironing polyester?
That is the topic of today’s guide, in which we have compiled all the steps necessary for a safe and proper ironing of polyester fabrics, regardless if it is a jacket or a shirt.
Jacket reviews are a helpful way of learning more about a particular design and understanding how the jacket you are interested in will perform.
In our opinion, jacket comparisons are an even better way of judging a jacket, especially when you are unsure about which design to choose.
In a previous similar comparison, we looked at two Arc’teryx jackets, Thorium vs. Cerium, in which we got to look at the specifics of both designs, as well as the similarities and differences between the two.
Today we will do the same for two other popular jackets by Arc’teryx, the Alpha and Beta designs.
A staple in our brand comparisons, Canada Goose has, for years now, been considered as a top brand when it comes to winter parkas for those looking to stay warm and cozy in below zero temperatures.
In our venture to explore more brands and see how they compare to big names such as The North Face, Patagonia, Canada Goose and Arc’teryx, we have introduced you to a number of brands that make great quality products that measure up impressively to popular brands.
Today we will be looking at Canada Goose again, and compare it to a brand that makes it into our site for the very first time, Parajumpers.
Let’s get started right away!
A few weeks ago we took a look at the C-Knit™ Technology by Gore-Tex, a fabric developed for hikers, freeriders, trekkers and skiers.
Prior to that we reviewed the ShakeDry Technology, and today it is time to review another Gore-Tex product, the Gore-Tex Paclite® Technology.
We mention this every time fabric technologies make it into our reviews and we will say it once more here. Fabric technologies, unlike regular fabrics like polyester or nylon, are in fact laminates that consist of layers.
They are developed to provide specific features to a garment, be it weather resistance, wind resistance or breathability.
No two fabric technologies are alike and we have seen that when we have compared Gore-Tex to many other technologies, such as DryVent, Texapore, Helly Tech and several others.
Some of them target a specific feature, whereas others, such as Gore-Tex, provide all three features to a jacket, meaning waterproof, windproof and breathable qualities.
We picked Paclite for a variety of reasons that we will explore in today’s piece.