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shannon stoney
thinsulate on 12/16/2006 07:43:10 MST Print View

I have a roll of thinsulate that I bought about fifteen years ago, and I was thinking of using it to make an insulated jacket. But most people seem to use primaloft or something similar these days. I am wondering why thinsulate fell out of favor. Does it have less warmth for its weight or something?

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: thinsulate on 12/16/2006 09:16:05 MST Print View

There are many varieties of Thinsulate and so this is a generic answer. It is composed exclusively of fine fibers (65% Olefin/35% Polyester). It does a superior job of reflecting thermal radiation and not compressing, compared to high loft insulations like Polarguard or Primaloft. As a result, it is about 1.7 times warmer for thin applications under pressure, like gloves, boots, diving suits, and tight fitting fashion-wear.

It doesn’t compress well to allow stuffing into a small pack. It is much heavier and doesn’t provide any warmth advantage for applications (jackets and sleeping bags) requiring thicknesses above about 3/4”.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: thinsulate on 12/16/2006 09:44:31 MST Print View

What about killer insulated socks? In holiday colors. Thinsulate is really good in socks. That could take care of your holiday gift problem.

shannon stoney
Re: Re: thinsulate on 12/16/2006 20:01:10 MST Print View

the socks are good idea. Do you know of a pattern for sewn socks or slippers? I make knitted socks all the time, but I don't know how to make sewn ones.

Once I made a frostline kit of down booties, but that was thirty years ago.

I can see that it wouldn't compress very well, so that it wouldn't be ideal for a jacket stuffed into a pack.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
thinsulate on 12/16/2006 21:31:30 MST Print View

You might get an idea for your socks on this

I made a pattern for a sock of sorts and then used Cuben material for them. It made a VB sock. I made a couple of patterns and used scrap material till I got them to fit. I think you could do something like it with your Thinsulate.