Swedish outdoor brand Houdini has unveiled a fleece jacket that it claims sheds five times fewer microfibres than other high-quality fleece and only a fraction compared to regular fleece.
This has been achieved by incorporating Polartec’s Power Air fabric, which the textile solutions provider unveiled in November. The company said at the time that by encapsulating lofted fibres within a multilayered, continuous yarn fabric construction during the knitting process, it has managed to reduce microfibre shedding and improve thermal efficiency.
Houdini has used the fabric in its Power Air Houdi fleece jacket. It is based on one of the brand’s established products and can be worn on its own or as part of a layering system.
Jesper Danielsson, Houdini’s design director, said: “As we joined forces with Polartec to innovate the next generation insulation fabrics our intention was clear – to take on the issue of microfibres while simultaneously elevating performance. The launch of Power Air is a true milestone. After intense ideation, R&D and field testing we can finally present the end-result – a next generation stretch insulation garment with superior layering comfort featuring an air-trapping fabric strictly made out of continuous filament fibres.”
Image credit: Houdini.