Polartec is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of insulating fabrics for outdoor pursuits. In 1981, their synthetic fleece innovation was named one of the twentieth century's greatest inventions by Time magazine.
The company embeds sustainability in their design process and recently introduced a 100-percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) Power Fill insulation. This insulation is currently used in apparel made by Bight Gear and Triple Aught Design.
According to the company, it has upcycled more than one billion consumer plastic bottles into hundreds of fabric styles and category-creating platforms. Polartec is used in apparel sold by a tremendous variety of brands, including adidas, Columbia Sportswear, L.L. Bean and The North Face.
Here are today's top headlines: Danish innovation: Architect Bjarke Ingels has designed an enormous, whimsical, completely unique synthetic ski slope atop a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. [Outside Online] New record: With the help of groups like the North Carolina Outdoor ...read more
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On the heels of Milliken & Company's acquisition of Polartec, Steve Layton was named president of the brand. To start off, Layton will lead the integration of Polartec's outdoor and military apparel fabric technologies into Milliken, a 154-year-old leader in textile ...read more
Global industrial manufacturer Milliken & Company has just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Polartec, LLC from Versa Capital Management. Versa acquired the assets of the former Malden Mills in 2007 through the then 101-year-old textile manufacturer’s third ...read more
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adidas’s new Polartec PowerAir Fleece Jacket’s sustainability story scores major points. Five years in the making, Polartec developed a new textile process that encases the insulating lofted fibers during the knitting stage of production. The continuous yarn sheds and pills five ...read more
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“Just a little snow.” That’s the phrase that kept playing in my head as we wound our way through Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park in Catalonia, Spain. Everything—the granite peaks towering above us; the shores of an alpine lake; my boots—was ...read more
For more than 20 years, Polartec has celebrated the designers who turn Polartec fabric into some of the finest technical products. This year, 14 outdoor, bike, lifestyle, and fashion brands took home the textile company's coveted Malden statues. See this years' winners for ...read more
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With people continuing to buy pallets of bottled water, the cycle of single-use products seems continuous. But Polartec has found a way to repurpose the waste. On Wednesday, the brand shared what they’ve been working on: 100-percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) Power Fill ...read more
Staying warm and dry when you’re out in the elements is a basic necessity. The science of how we do that is somewhat complex. Between PTFE, ePTFE, DWRs, and MVTR, it’s a jargon-filled world out there, whether you’re trying to sell outerwear or just decide what to buy. Did you ...read more
There was change in the air at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We all felt it. After months of speculation, debate, and wait, we finally know where we'll be for the next five years (Denver). Despite some of the big players being absent (Patagonia, Arc'teryx, and Polartec), the ...read more
The history of what is now outdoor clothing fabric manufacturer Polartec is essentially a tale of two companies. Long known as Malden Mills, the Massachusetts company revolutionized the outdoor industry by inventing synthetic fleece, but it also stumbled financially and ...read more
Twenty years after a fire destroyed Polartec's factory and its CEO spent millions to keep paying employees during reconstruction, the company has announced it will close its Lawrence, Mass., facility and move operations elsewhere. Over the next few years, Polartec plans to ...read more