Construction professionals who work in cold climates will soon have another heated jacket option. Los Angeles-based ThermalTech has developed a lightweight solar-powered smart fabric that gathers energy from the sun or artificial light to keep the body warm even after the sun has set.
In order to raise funds to launch the new jacket line made with the smart fabric, the company has launched an Indiegogo campaign. A limited number of ”early bird” specials of 50 percent off MSRP on all jackets will be available for purchase. A full list of other offers is provided on the ThermalTech Indiegogo page.
The lightweight fabric allows the jackets to provide warmth without the bulk found in traditional outerwear apparel, which means more comfort for the wearer.
As the company explains it, the fabric takes a proactive approach to warmth: “Whereas most coats and jackets are designed to recycle body heat and slowly warm the body, the ThermalTech fabric soaks up energy from indoor and outdoor light to bring warmth to the wearer within minutes. The fabric’s technology generates up to 18°F of heat gathered from the sun or artificial light in just two minutes, even when it’s cold outside.”
The jackets will come in various styles, including Extreme and Explorer. Both are designed for staying warm in any outdoor setting or situation.
Made from ultra-thin stainless steel mesh, the fabric is strong yet lightweight and breathable, the company says. It reduces the weight typically found in the heat-storing materials added to most outerwear. The fabric is also easily embedded in any clothing style, from jackets to pants, and is machine washable.
Heated jackets are already available from power tool manufacturers such Milwaukee Tool Co., DeWalt, and Bosch Power Tools.
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