Snugpak Technical Information

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When choosing the correct field equipment its hard to know with all of the different materials and fillings available will suit your needs.

Below is a breakfown of all the different types  fabric and insulations used by Snugpak in there equipment to make life a little easier.

Fabrics

Paratex Light – Fabric

 

Introduction

Lightweight, highly windproof, water repellent fabrics, exceptionally breathable and able to wick moisture away from the source, ideal for sleeping bag linings and mid-layer insulated clothing.

Windproof Rating

Windproof to the industry standard of 3 cubic feet per minute.

Water Repellency

DWR – Durable Water Repellent, a British Standard Spray Rating of 4 Minimum

Breathability

Breathability rating of 12l/m²/24h

Wicking

Exceptionally breathable and able to wick moisture away from the source.

 

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Paratex Dry – Fabric

 

Paratex Dry is a 100% waterproof fabric (hydrophilic polyurethane coating) with a hydrostatic head in excess of 5000mm (items with a hydro static head in excess of 1500mm are generally considered waterproof)

Detailed information

What it is:  
100% waterproof fabric (Hydrophillic Polyurathane Coating)

How it works: 

Closely constructed fabric with a ripstop construction. Teamed with a Hydrophillic Polyurathane (PU) which transfers water vapour chemically    from the inside to the outside (due to the temperature differential between the inside of the product and out)

Features:

  • 100% Waterproof with a HydroStatic Head in Excess of 5000mm (Items with a Hydrostatic Head over 1500mm are generally considered waterproof)
  • Only ever used in fully taped seamed systems.
  • Ripstop Weave
  • Lightweight
  • Tough
  • Breathable (will transmit up to  7.5 litres of moisture per m2 per 24 hours)
  • Soft to the touch
  • Completely Windproof (trapping and stopping the movement of warm air in the sleeping bag or Garment)
  • Outer Fabric treated with a Durable Water Repellant. (water repellency can be maintained by a cool tumble dry after washing and periodic retreatment with suitable aftercare products such as Nikwax or Grangers)

Where it is used:
As a breathable Bivvi Bag (Waterproof sleeping bag outer) or a shell fabric in waterproof jackets. It is important to note that as this solid coating air can not pass so care should be taken not to completely seal any bivvi bag system to prevent suffocation.

 

 

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Paratex Micro

 

Tough, lightweight, highly windproof and water repellent. A heavy-duty, closely constructed fabric, Paratex micro is exceptionally hard-wearing but still remains soft to the touch, ideal for outer casings of sleeping bags and jackets where durability is a prerequisite.

Features

  • Highly Windproof
  • Water Repellent and breathable

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Paratex Steelplate

Paratex Steelplate, as the name, suggests this fabric is used on the cream of Snugpak’s products giving a great balance between aesthetics and performance.

Features
• Lightweight
• Tough Fabric
• Highly Breathable (will transmit 12 litres of moisture per m2 per 24 hours)
• Great Wicking Properties
• Soft to the touch
• Windproof to the industry standard of 3 cubic feet per minute (this keeps strong winds out or when used as a lining warm air and loft in)
• DWR – Durable Water Repellent, a British Standard Spray Rating of 4 Minimum (water repellency can be maintained by a cool tumble dry after washing and periodic re-treatment with suitable aftercare products such as Nikwax or Grangers)

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Supersoft – Fabric

 

This inner lining is ‘Supersoft’. A silky smooth fabric which is specially woven to produce a highly durable and comfortable wicking breathable lining.

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Reflectatherm – Insulation

 

Reflectatherm, this metallised fabric is designed to reflect heat and retain warmth. A highly breathable material, which adds little to the weight or packsize of the product and provides at least 15% additional warmth whilst being undetectable by touch in the sleeping bag or garment.

Features

  • Specially coated with metallic dots which help to trap heat
  • Excellent weight-to-warmth ratio
  • The coating does not affect breathability

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Paratex Antibacterial – Fabric

The latest breakthrough in antibacterial technology this specialist antibacterial and antimicrobial treatment on the outer and linings of our sleeping bags acts to discourage the growth of bacteria. This results in a reduction of odours and the need for regular laundering of the sleeping bag to keep it smelling fresh, ideal for prolonged tropical travel where temperatures may be high and facilities limited. The paratex® base fabrics wicking properties and high breathability remain unaffected by the bacteria busting treatments.

 

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TS1 Thermal Suede– Fabric

 

Thermal suede is a lightweight polyester fabric with a suede finish, which uses a combination of yarns with different thicknesses. Microfibre yarns (less than 1 decitex) go on the outside and Macrofibre (3 decitex) go on the inside. The Macrofibre yarns are raised to produce a short pile, similar in feel to suede. The construction exploits a basic physical property – that water will always move from a low to high surface area or from the macro to microfilament yarns, thus moving water from the body outwards.

Features

  • Quickly perspires and wicks away unwanted moisture
  • Highly breathable
  • Fibres create a warm insulating layer

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Micro Diamond – Fabric

 

‘Micro Diamond Ripstop’ provides a lightweight, water repellent casing, produced to Snugpak’s exact specification. The mini diamond weave and the lustre of the yarn give a unique look.

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CoolMax

 

Coolmax works by mopping up any perspiration created by the active body. Ideal for hiking, sports, working outdoors and pretty much any other activity where you need to stay cool or warm and dry. The superfine internal hairs search for excess moisture to absorb then wick over a larger surface area keeping the body warm when cold and cooling the body off when it starts to over-heat. Coolmax doesn’t only adjust the body’s temperature to the climate but also keeps the body more hygienic

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Silvadur – fabric

 

SILVADUR™ Technology binds silver molecules (silver ions) microscopically to the travel towel surface. This specialist antibacterial and antimicrobial treatment discourages the growth of bacteria, reducing any odours and the need for regular laundering.

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Softie Premier – Insulation

 

As part of our continuing development process to keep our synthetic insulation at the leading edge we are pleased to introduce the next generation in sleeping bag technology. Softie® Premier uses the same basic principles as traditional Softie® but improvements in extrusion technology and binding resins result in a finer, softer and more durable insulation. Both Softie® and Softie® Premier are exclusive to Snugpak.

Features

  • Retains heat even when wet
  • Washable
  • High Loft
  • Super-fine filaments
  • Natural soft touch

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Softie – Insulation

Softie® – The brand name for the synthetic (Polyester) filling we use for the Softie® ranges of sleeping bags. It utilises superfine yarns bound with special resins to produce a luxurious down-like feel. It is created from staple yarns which mirror the compositions of natural insulation (As opposed to continuously extruded as in most synthetic fills) a variety of yarn processes are applied to give a more random effect, that is some are curled, some crimped and some are just left as they are. The random nature of the process results in a product that closely resembles the structure of natural insulators and the way they perform. Given all this technology Softie® is still easy to care for, washable and retains a lot of its thermal properties when wet.

Features

  • Retains heat even when wet
  • Super-fine filaments
  • Natural soft touch

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Travelsoft – Insulation

 

 

Travelsoft insulation is tailored to Snugpak’s exact brief. Ultra-lightweight high loft fine fibres are used which have excellent compressibility.

By design, these travel orientated fibres provide less bulk of fill, yet are still able to perform very efficiently. The weight of the fibres makes it the perfect fill for adventure travel-orientated equipment.

Features:

  • Retains heat when wet
  • Washable
  • High Loft, Superfine Filaments

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IsoFibre – Insulation

 

Filled with ‘Isofibre’ siliconised hollowfibre. The synthetic fibres are structured to trap warm air between tiny cavities in the fibre. When unpacked the ‘Hollowfibres’ Decompress and spring back to gain maximum re-loft.

Features

  • Retains heat when wet
  • Easy to wash and care for.

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Merino Wool – Insulation

 

Merino Wool is a Natural Fibre, which is naturally soft against sensitive skin areas. Merino Wool is a warm fibre, but also allows heat and moisture to escape; Merino Wool naturally absorbs moisture to keep you dry.

Synthetic fibres can be ideal for technical insulation, but for sensitive skin areas, the natural fibres from Merino Sheep, Merino Wool, is a soft wool product that is much lighter than other sheep’s wool, making it the ideal choice for next to skin items. Merino Wool can retain heat in colder climates, as well as allow convection, conduction and evaporative heat loss in warm weathers; your feet can sweat up to 250mls (each) per day under normal conditions, and a lot more in warm weather or during increased aerobic activity.

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Pile – Fabric

 

Luxuriously thick fleece-effect pile lining. Designed to be worn next to the skin to draw perspiration from the source.

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