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Polartec NeoShell | A Close-Up Look At The Tech

Waterproof, highly breathable durable and... quiet. There's a lot to like about Polartec's NeoShell fabric. So what's the secret?

Polartec NeoShell has long been regarded as one of the best performing waterproof fabrics out there, offering an excellent balance of wet weather protection, breathability and durability. In this video, Will goes into the science behind the fabric and explains why he’s long been a fan of it.

Polartec NeoShell Key Facts

  • Common outdoor industry estimates put its breathability at around the 30.000g/m2/24h mark.
  • It has a hydrostatic head of around 10,000mm.
  • NeoShell is made in a completely different manner to fabrics like eVent or Gore-Tex and from a polyurethane rather than PTFE.
  • It’s made through a process called electrospinning, where a plastic is a dissolved in a solvent and then sprayed onto a sheet until a film builds up
  • Its fabric can be easily laminated to soft, stretchy and ‘quiet’ fabrics.

For more information on Polartec, check out this deep dive article from Will on how Polartec Neoshell changed waterproof technology.

Products We’ve Reviewed That Use NeoShell:

Jöttnar Bergelmir Hardshell

Jöttnar Asmund Lightweight Waterproof

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