The Importance of Breathability
Working in the coldstore or any sub zero temperatures it is of highest importance to maintain a comfortable level of warmth for your safety. Warmth is vital, however we regard breathability as just as important.
Why? There is a very good reason for this. Some coldstore clothing uses insulation that is cheap to source and will keep you perfectly warm but, it is not breathable. This is fine until you start sweating. As well as making you feel uncomfortable, moisture that is trapped inside your garment actually has an adverse effect on you warmth. Once it moves away from your body it will cool quickly (especially if you are working in sub-zero temperatures) leaving you in an unsafe and uncomfortable situation.
If a garment is highly breathable, this means perspiration is wicked away from your body quickly keeping you warm, comfortable and able to work in safety.
Clo Insulation is an innovative company that has developed their insulation and padding mainly for use in ski wear and clothing used for high activity sports applications in cold temperatures. This insulation manufacturer has a very high appreciation of the importance of breathability and their market leading innovations have won awards to prove this.
That’s why we won’t settle for anything less than Clo Insulation in our coldstore clothing.
Different levels of breathability
There are different job roles in the freezer warehouse, some are highly active (picking) and some do not require so much physical exertion (forklift driving), coldstore workers also have preferences on the warmth and weight of their garment, that’s why we don’t just offer one weight and style of Clo Insulation in our workwear but varying weights and levels of breathablity.
Vivo is used in the FlexiTog Endurance Active Jacket and offers a 30% increase in breathability with 0% decrease in warmth.
This insulation is perfect for high activity job roles.
Vivo is the concept where a series of tiny holes are set within the insulation to increase the breathability without losing thermal performance. The holes are a unique size, they are small enough to allow air to circulate thus trapping the air to maintain the insulation properties but also increase the transportation of moisture dramatically at the same time. Tests and awards prove that this insulation is market leading product.
Used in the FlexiTog Endurance Drive Collection Teknica insulation Strikes an unbelievable balance between warmth and breathability. Although this insulation, we believe, is high above the industry standard for breathability it is not as breathable as Clo insulation’s Vivo insulation. This is so that it provides a higher level of warmth for those which may not always require the highest level of breathability but require more warmth, such as forklift drivers.
This insulation has specially designed ‘I fibres’. The shape of these fibres encourages moisture from the body to be quickly wicked away whilst having no effect in the warmth level. This is because the channels in the ‘I fibres’ also trap heat.
Teknica also has a luxury feel and stable composition which is perfect for keeping you comfortable in harsh environments.
Next up, Univa is used in our Classic range, It uses a mixture of ‘I fibres’ and ‘hollow fibres’. This makes the insulation more breathable than a ‘standard’ insulation due to the shape of the fibres being able to wick moisture away from the body.
Other brands using Clo Insulation: