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Hobbs Bonded Fibers to Introduce RamTect™ Thin at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

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Hobbs Bonded Fibers to Introduce RamTect™ Thin at

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

The ‘Natural Fiber Solution’ gets thinner and lighter for summer-weight insulation

WACO, Texas – July 30, 2014 – This past winter, Hobbs Bonded Fibers introduced RamTect™, a non-woven 100 percent wool, made in America insulation for outdoor winter clothing. At OR Summer Market, Hobbs will up the ante in the insulation game by introducing RamTect™ Thin, a lighter, thinner version of RamTect for summer-weight insulation.

RamTect Thin is only 1/8 inch thick and is naturally wind-resistant, eliminating the need for down-proof woven fabrics and wind-resistant membranes. It also retains its shape and insulating properties without having to be quilted or baffled which allows garments insulated with RamTect Thin to weigh the same, or in some cases, less than garments using down or other synthetic insulations. 

RamTect Thin is also an ideal insulation for fall/winter boots and gloves since wool is naturally superior to other insulations in moving moisture away from the body and evaporating it into the air.

“Clothing designers have been trying to find the perfect balance between garment weight, warmth and moisture wicking for a long time,” notes RamTect developer Doug Hoschek. “RamTect Thin creates unlimited options for designing lightweight, technical clothing suited to spring or summer activities, or when the prevention of overheating in 40 to 60 degree temperatures is a priority.”

Hobbs Bonded Fibers is committed to producing American made products, using only domestically raised wool and processing it into RamTect and RamTect Thin at its Waco, Texas facility.

In addition to promoting its insulation to finished goods manufacturers exhibiting at OR, Hobbs will have on display unique garments, designed by JanSport founders Murray McCory and Jan Lewis, which retailers can see and try on. Hobb’s has established relationships with domestic sewers that can provide finished goods production services to retailers wishing to carry private label items in their stores.

“Besides providing a superior lightweight insulation for outdoor clothing, RamTect Thin creates a vibrant ‘Made in the USA’ marketing message. Also, U.S. apparel brands and retailers are now requiring higher quality products and shorter lead times that only American made products can provide, a trend we wholeheartedly support.” adds Carey Hobbs, owner of Hobbs Bonded Fibers.

Hobbs Bonded Fibers will be exhibiting at ORSM14 in August. (Booth# 62047).

For more information about Hobbs Bonded Fibers, RamTect insulations, and their other products, go to For sales questions, contact Doug Hoschek at

Photos: Top – RamTect insulation. Bottom – Summer-weight vest using RamTect Thin.


Established in 1953 in Waco, Texas, Hobbs Bonded Fibers is privately owned by Carey Hobbs and produces non-woven fabrics and insulation for the aerospace, automotive, environmental cleanup, healthcare, military, outdoor industries. The company also produces organic cotton and super washed wool fiberfill battings for retail sales to home quilters. The company is credited with playing a major part in development and production of some of DuPont’s most recognized technical fiberfill fibers, including Primaloft®.

Joining Hobbs is Polarfleece® co-inventor and marketer Doug Hoschek, who also worked developing and marketing polyester fiberfills and fibers for Hobbs in the 1960’s and 70’s for the ski, outdoor and military industries. In 1980-81, Hoschek developed Polarfleece with Aaron Feuerstein, the owner of Malden Mills, the original manufacturer of Polartec® Polarfleece and manufacturer of other modern textiles. Hoschek created the concept of a polyester knitted fabric to be used as an insulation for technical outerwear and worked with Malden Mills’ fiber construction team to develop the finished product, and helped develop the branding and marketing of Polarguard polyester fiber nonwoven insulations.


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