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One of my readers who has a great interest in what equipment our military uses thinks because some general may have gotten wind of the graphene story as well as the aerogel story that these two components can be their savior for cold weather hand wear.

I thought about the methodology of incorporating these two components into the lining of the gloves and mittens. The yield would be gloves as thin as driving gloves and mittens not much thicker.

This would be accomplished by mixing both components with the liquid urethane which would then be applied to goretex film. An unbeatable combination! Gore has been trying to get into the insulation business for years most unsuccessfully I might add but this is their opportunity.

Goretex is unfortunately as far as I am concerned a mainstay in footwear worn by military personnel but that can all change when they start switching from the simple goretex to the new revolutionary “insulgoretex” (I created the product name). It will replace the 3-M thinsulate and the boots will be lighter in weight and warmer. They can use the same product name for their glove mitten combination as well.

The new product will be so efficient at keeping hands and feet warmer than ever before by retaining the heat generated by the hands and feet that it will cause the moisture to become a vapor so the vapor will be driven out of the hand and foot wear.

All of the hand and foot movement will act like lungs which will breathe the moisture out of the gloves and boots.

This new combination product will allow the low temperature threshold to go from -40 F to the desired -60 F.

I can just see the joy on the faces of all of the grunts when they are issued these marvelous new hand and footwear products.

I was told years ago that some general or generals located in Washington D.C. wanted the goretex for soldiers and that is what happened. Now we have a new general who wants the greatest and best for the soldiers serving in arctic conditions or so my reader has suggested.

But before the military actually adopts this new component it will find its way into the consumer market and the mountaineers who represent companies like The North Face etc. will climb Everest in January to prove the performance capability of this material in hand and foot wear.

The next step will be jackets for the masses from TNF, Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs and who knows how many more companies who are looking at making the lightest but warmest garments possible. All of them using “insulgoretex”, wouldn’t that be great. The primaloft folks will go bonkers as they see all of their customers move away from them.

Will there be no end to the number of products that this technology can be applied too? Not as far as I am concerned. Sleeping bags that can be used at arctic temperatures that have a total weight of less than two pounds and stuff into an 8 inch square stuff sack. The YKK zipper that I use might weigh more than the bag.

Welcome to the world of new technology!!!


I have a Wiggys bag I bought in Alaska in 1988; it’s black and has two tags on it. One tag says it was made by Laminal LTD, Columbia, S.C. The other tag says Wiggy’s a product of Laminal LTD. I do not know what the temperature rating is, I bought it when I was in the Infantry at Fort Richardson, and used it for 3 ½ years. We would get to the field up at Fort Greely for 28 days at a time and sleep in tents sometimes and sometimes just out on the ground with no tents. I’ve got to say I never got cold in that bag and I have seen temps in the minus 40’s. I retired out of the Army and don’t uses the bag too much anymore, grandkids like it. I did not know you were still in business, it’s good to know, and still made in the USA. You made a really great product then, as I’m sure you still do today. Best regards, Greg.

I told Greg he has an Ultima Thule bag.

For those who do not know I had the Laminal Company in .SC. and started the Wiggy’s line of bags there.

When I relocated to Colorado I started a new company named Wiggy’s since people would send me checks written to Wiggy’s versus Laminal.



The North Face's New Breathable, Waterproof Fabric Might Be the Holy Grail of Outdoor Gear

Preparing to head into the great outdoors has always always been a delicate balancing act. You want to bring enough gear to be prepared for any weather, without overpacking and creating a heavy pack. With its new Futurelight material, The North Face believes it’s created the ultimate fabric for outdoor adventures: one that’s versatile enough to keep the wearer completely dry, while also keeping them cool and comfortable.

Making clothing that can repel rain and snow isn’t difficult. You could wrap yourself in plastic garbage bags and hike for hours without a single drop of rain getting through. But the problem with that approach is that plastic-like waterproof materials effectively block everything trying to pass through, including air and heat. I can remember wearing a rubber rain suit while working construction jobs and still finding my clothes soaking wet with sweat at the end of the day because my body was essentially trapped inside a stifling, wearable greenhouse.

Having to pack outerwear that’s suited for wet conditions, as well as garments that can keep you cool during vigorous activities, isn’t ideal when you end up carrying it all on your back. That’s why The North Face believes its new Futurelight material will be such a game-changer. It’s been engineered at the nanoscopic level to prevent water molecules from passing through, while still allowing air to move freely so the wearer doesn’t overheat. It’s a best-of-both-worlds approach that might actually deliver as promised.

To create its new Futurelight material, The North Face also developed a new manufacturing process it calls nanospinning in which a fibrous material is extruded and repeatedly layered on itself into an ultra-thin and flexible web-like structure. The unique process results in millions of nano-scale pores being produced, which allow air molecules to permeate the material, while water molecules can’t.

Another big advantage of the Futurelight material is that it’s not limited for use only on raincoats. That thin nanospun layer can be bonded to a variety of different fabrics, making almost any garment completely waterproof: be it lightweight, heavyweight, insulated, durable, breathable, or flexible. Raincoats are notorious for often being stiff and uncomfortable to wear, but The North Face could potentially use its new Futurelight material on any wearable product in its catalog, for example, a jogging suit, yoga wear, or a parka engineered to survive a trip to Everest.

So when can you upgrade your wardrobe? The North Face plans to introduce garments with the Futurelight fabric technology come the Fall of 2019 with its Summit Series, Steep Series, and Flight Series collections. But it has promised samples of the new line earlier than that, and we’re eagerly awaiting the chance to turn the hose on ourselves and put them to the test.

[The North Face]

If you happen to believe what is stated in this article step right up and put in your bid for the Brooklyn Bridge. By the way I trust while you read the article you were wearing waders and had a shovel, so much of this stuff is flowing these days it is hard to keep up. Maybe TNF should also incorporate the graphene and aerogel into their mysterious web. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.  

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