U.S. Army Enlists PrimaLoft to Win the War on Cold
Already chosen as the insulation of choice for the U.S. Special Forces’ Protective Combat Uniform, PrimaLoft®– Insulation Technology™ has grabbed the attention of the U.S. Army.
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Albany, NY â€“ Already chosen as the insulation of choice for the U.S. Special Forces’ Protective Combat Uniform, PrimaLoftÂ®â€“ Insulation Technologyâ„¢ has grabbed the attention of the U.S. Army. PrimaLoftÂ® is now used in the Third Generation Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (GEN III ECWCS) designed to keep soldiers warm, dry and comfortable during all operations in extreme cold conditions.
The design of the Gen III ECWCS was inspired by the layering system currently used by mountaineering professionals. It consists of seven levels of moisture management and thermal protection that each fits and functions alone or as a system. PrimaLoft insulation is used in Level VII, the outer layer of the system, which includes the Extreme Cold Weather Parka and Trousers. The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division field tested 18,000 GEN III ECWCS in Afghanistan and gave it strong reviews.
â€œThe military has been looking towards the outdoor market for developments in fiber and textile technologies,â€ said Eileen Berner, Director of Sales, PrimaLoft. â€œPrimaLoft was selected for its outstanding technical properties – performance, durability, packability and warmth.â€
Berner added that the U.S. Army has contracted for 240,000 sets of the Gen III Level VII for its troops through May 2008.
PrimaLoft was originally developed in the early 1980’s when the U.S. Army contracted Albany International Corp. to develop a synthetic alternative to down to keep soldiers warm and dry even in wet conditions. Since then PrimaLoft has
been adopted by leading outdoor brands of outerwear, gloves, footwear and sleeping bags. PrimaLoft is a combination of ultra-fine and multi-diameter fibers that are thermally efficient, water resistant, breathable, fast drying, lightweight, compressible and quiet.
PrimaLoftÂ® – Insulation Technologyâ„¢, is manufactured by and a registered trademark of Albany International Corp. and is featured worldwide in leading brands of outerwear, sleeping bags, gloves, footwear, socks, and luxury bedding. PrimaLoft’s manufacturing facilities are located in the US, Europe and China. For additional information, contact the Sales and Marketing Group at 800-833-3836 x2238 or visit www.primaloft.com.
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