- Mar 7, 2018 at 12:36 am #3522800
@ryanLocale: Northern Rocky Mountains
Hey everyone – we are recording our first podcast in a few weeks (it will go live March 25) and are going to have segments featuring Listener Q&A and Listener Tips related to the overall theme of the podcast.
For this episode, the theme is going to be “synthetic insulation”, coinciding with our release of Max Neale’s 16 jacket reviews and state of the market report being published this month.
If you’d like to be featured on the podcast and have us answer your question in detail, please email your questions to email@example.com.
- Let us know your name (first is fine) and where you’re from.
- Send your questions about synthetic insulation to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Send your tips about using synthetic insulation to email@example.com.
Thanks for participating!Mar 11, 2018 at 11:46 pm #3523851
Kurt SuttellBPL Member
So my question about synthetic insulation is, how much does the insulation degrade over time if not in use. I know synthetic doesn’t last nearly as long as down but I have an arsenal of different jacket for different weather and environments. I just bought my first synthetic last year and i have not used it very much, maybe 10 day. Will the insulation break down if just hanging in the closet?Mar 12, 2018 at 1:37 am #3523871
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
-> Which synthetic fill (brand and type) has the best resistance to losing loft after a few hundred stuff cycles? I have read that Climashield is one of the best.
-> Which synthetic insulation fill brand is the best for both loft retention and R value?
-> is there a “best” synthetic insulation for insulated air mattresses? (And a best way to stabilize them inside the mattress?)Mar 19, 2018 at 10:12 pm #3525694
David PhillipsBPL Member
What is the impact of long-term moderate compression on synthetic jackets? i.e. bottom of pack for 4-6mo vs fully compressed for a few days at a timeMar 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm #3525883
Steve KBPL Member
@skomaeLocale: northeastern US
Given that all of the commonly held synthetic insulation myths are false:
- warmer when wet (it’s not, because it’s still wet)
- hydrophobic (the fibers may be, but the air gaps soak up water like a sponge)
- dries faster than down (only if it’s 100% soaked through and through)
- less maintenance than down (not if you have a washer and dryer and some tennis balls)
- better for active pursuits (100% polyester fleece dries faster)
What should synthetic insulation manufacturers focus on? What kind of innovations should we expect in 2019 and 2020?
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