With proactive heat and moisture management capabilities, the company’s smart coating and in-fibre solutions have been adopted by multiple brands in sportswear, athleisure wear, footwear and accessories, said Outlast in a press release.
Originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts from extreme temperature fluctuations, Outlast technology utilises phase-change materials (PCM). These materials are microencapsulated in so called ThermoculesTM and are able to absorb, store and release heat to optimise comfort for the wearer. This Outlast cycle works permanently and repeatedly as individuals face changing influences and temperatures during activities. The microclimate of the skin stays balanced and the absolute humidity is reduced significantly.
“We are convinced that ‘feeling just right’ gives consumers what they expect from today’s smart and fashion-designed products,” said Dirk Keunen, director of sales at Outlast. “While our temperature and humidity control is designed to increase wear comfort – the real beauty of function as we think - we also continue to address the peace-of-mind comfort with our new sustainable innovations.”
Outlast had already introduced new products at the beginning of this year that utilise 100 per cent recycled polyester as base material for the functional coating. By now, the majority of Outlast products is sourcing from renewable instead of synthetically produced materials for its phase-change materials.
Also new in the product range is a nylon filament yarn that integrates the PCM technology directly into the polyamide fibre which should further expand the range of next-to-skin applications, such as under garments, compression, sports and hosiery wear.
With an increasing demand for function in textiles, the solution provider is once more stressing that Outlast can easily be combined with many other technologies and textile finishing such as water resistance, antimicrobial or breathability functions. (PC)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India