Drawing upon their expertise in engineering new fabric constructions and finishes, Polartec continues to innovate in the fleece category, recently utilizing the original fleece material, wool, in a new, enhanced construction.
Originally created in collaboration with mountain sports brand, Salewa, Polartec has developed a new version of their classic High Loft fleece made of wool for its natural, thermoregulating comfort and biodegradability. With a deep connection to their local environment, Salewa sought to get back to the roots of their brand by using more wool.
Wool offers increased comfort by creating a microclimate next to your body, with both warming and cooling effects. Its fibers move moisture in a vapor state, and even when wet, wool retains its insulating and breathable properties. Hidden within the construction of this new High Loft wool fleece, a synthetic core provides greater durability, shape retention and faster drying times.
Featured in Salewa’s Ortles Polartec wool High Loft Hoody (available in men’s and women’s), the versatile layer is comfortable throughout a wide range of temperatures and activity levels. The Hoody is lightweight and even more compressible than synthetic fleece, stowing down super small into its integrated compression pouch.
This page summarizes the current overall collaboration with Salewa and explains the inspiration and development of Salewa’s newest products, also including the Pedroc Hybrid 2 Polartec Alpha Jacket (available in men’s and women’s) and the Pedroc Hybrid Wind Polartec Alpha Jacket (available in men’s) featuring 100% recycled Alpha Active Insulation.