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Westcomb, Outdoor Research, Kitsbow and Velocio are the First Brands to Bring Polartec Delta™ Garments to Consumers

By Business Wire News   


Polartec, LLC, a premium provider of innovative textile solutions, today announced that Westcomb, Outdoor Research, Kitsbow and Velocio are bringing the first garments featuring Polartec® Delta™, the Company’s first cooling platform, to consumers. Delta utilizes a permanent mechanical wicking construction using hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns to prolong the skin’s natural evaporative cooling response. By focusing on sophisticated construction rather than chemical additives, Polartec’s brand partners can permanently integrate cooling into a highly breathable garment that doesn’t stick to consumers’ body during high-output activities. Polartec will be demonstrating Delta at Booth #38041 at Summer Outdoor Retailer on August 3rd-6th, 2016.

Traditionally, athletes turn to cotton or polyester garments in warmer climates but find they get heavy, chafe or wick away their sweat causing them to overheat. Polartec’s Delta sits in the sweet spot between cotton and polyester by carrying sweat and holding it next to skin where it most closely replicates the human body’s natural cooling processes while still allowing the fabric to dry quickly. Whether the athlete is a cyclist, runner or training in a gym, garments made with Delta provide comfort, reduce skin cling and help control odor.

Launched in August 2015, Polartec’s product development team has been hard at work with brand partners refining and improving Delta. In development for next year are cooling textiles in multiple weight fabrics with stretch, a smooth printable face and even a classic pique knit that will be perfect for golf, cycling and the gym.

“Brand partners instantly saw the value in Delta’s permanent cooling capabilities within their garment,” said Polartec Product Marketing Manager, Base Layers, Karen Beattie. “The science of the fabric was the initial hook, and the comfort experienced in field testing sealed the deal. We are excited to see major brands garments hit the market all over the world so consumers can get to experience Delta first-hand.”

Westcomb Bravo Top & Delta Crew

Design-wise it has always been easy to get excited for Winter as there is no shortage of innovation aimed at keeping you warm and comfortable. When it comes to Summer-specific technologies innovation has been pretty thin until now with Polartec Delta. This Summer Westcomb will be launching 2 men’s performance tops – Bravo Top & Delta Crew – aimed at keeping our athletes cooler, more comfortable, and focused on the journey at hand. Through a proprietary knit blend, Polartec Delta efficiently manages moisture while regulating the body’s temperature without any compromise to UV protection. With Polartec Delta there are no added performance chemicals, only intrinsic performance and lasting comfort. Polartec’s commitment to innovation and performance perfectly aligns with our design ethos, and we are extremely excited to be a launch partner of another spectacular technology.

Outdoor Research Gauge TEE

Polartec Delta fabric works like a car’s radiator to cool the skin as well as cotton—but doesn’t stay wet and weigh ten pounds at the end of your workout, like your old cotton shirtdoes. A honeycombed structure transfers sweat away from the skin to the outside of the fabric to where air can cool it, but holds it close enough that it still cools the skin. If you don’t want to memorize all that, just remember: It’s magic.

“With the combination of the cooling technology of the Polartec Delta fabric, the clean yet inspired styling and the great color options, we think this will be the new go-to training tee for those who like to work hard and stay cool.” Says Jason Duncan, Senior Director of Product at Outdoor Research.

Kitsbow Radiator Tee

The Radiator Tee is Kitsbow’s technologically advanced take on the classic warm weather t-shirt. It’s expertly constructed from cutting-edge Polartec® Delta™ and PowerDry® fabrics for optimum cooling, moisture wicking, and on-trail durability. This high-performance tee is an everyday essential, crafted for big mountain riding but so comfortable that you won’t want to take it off.

Velocio Radiator Baselayer

A totally new take on the summer base layer, the Radiator uses a unique mesh fabric developed by Polartec, made of polyester and a natural fiber derived from wood pulp called Tencel. the fabric regulates body temp far better than synthetic fiber alone. Hence, the Radiatior keeps you comfortable through evaporative cooling, by absorbing moisture (Tencel) and drying (polyester) over the surface. The result is a supremely comfortable base layer that performs throughout the summer months and warm to hot climates.

The Radiator SL base layer is our mesh ultralight summer base layer, designed to be worn in conjunction with our jerseys and bib shorts for the best combination of comfort and performance.

Tag free collar, minimal strategically placed flatlock seams and self binding edges mean a base layer that disappears around you. Designed to fit close to the body with enough stretch for total mobility.

About Polartec, LLC

Polartec, LLC is the developer, manufacturer, and marketer of Polartec® performance fabrics. Polartec® products range from lightweight wicking base layers, to insulation layers, to extreme weather protection and are utilized by the best apparel brands in the world. For more information, visit

Cait Hagaman, 617-399-0635


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