Insulation from recycled sources
Puffers (down or synthetic) are ubiquitous in mountain towns and on city streets November through March for a reason. They’re warm, light and useful in countless situations. Inbound ski-touring? Take a puffer for the top. Walking for a few hours? There really is no sub for a good down jacket.
In 2022, we are mainly working with two insulation types for our N- and S-Thermic jackets. Our N-Thermic jackets (superstars when all you want is warmth and comfort) are made with Neokdun® 750 power-fill recycled down insulation. This fill type comes from used duvets, pillows and old down jackets that have reached end of life (but contain materials with lots of life still left).
The down gets collected, sorted, treated with environmentally friendly cleaners and then resold as insulation for coats and bedding. We sourced down from Neokdun® for a couple reasons, but mainly because it’s traceable, transparent and provides a sustainable solution for people who want to keep warm and also know where and how their down is made.
On the synthetic side (these are jackets geared towards comfort but also performance), we opted to use recycled insulation that works even when wet – Primaloft®‘s ThermoPlume®, which is also made entirely from post-consumer recycled insulation.
ThermoPlume® mimics the look and feel of natural down but outperforms it in wet weather (synthetics don’t bunch or clump when wet, and because they hold their loft, they do a better job keeping you warm in those circumstances). If you live in United Kingdom-like conditions, where it’s often damp and wet at the same time, or engage in higher-heart rate hikes and activities, we recommend S-Thermic-filled jackets.
So, with the fill types sorted, we then turned our attention to making baffles better.