Aerogel Lined Jackets

Mikaila Bolin – Blog Post Week 15

With the first week of sub zero temperatures behind us and mountains of snow on its way, I was having a hard time focusing on finding an interesting material to write about when all I wanted to do was drink hot chocolate to warm up. It was not until I stumbled upon a material that is used in these new jackets produced by Oros that I finally found a material that caught my attention. The jackets are made with a material called Aerogel. According to Popular Science, “Aerogel is 99 percent air, as the name implies. Our air’s great ability to insulate does most of the work” (Gershgorn). Aerogel is a synthetic material that is porous in nature but even though it is considered the lightest material on the planet, the material is a gel (Rose). Gel typically has a liquid material in it, however in Aerogel, the liquid component is replaced with air (“Welcome to…”). One particular article continues on to talk about how the company is lining certain clothing items such as jackets, hats, and gloves with Aerogel, which when worn, will insulate and retain heat in the body. Oros tested their gloves by immersing them in liquid nitrogen, which has a temperature of -3210F. After being immerged, the gloves were taken out and their interior still remained at 890F (Gershgorn). While this article is around the company Oros, there have been other companies that have produced types of clothing as well. The brand Champion came out with a jacket that climbers were decorated with on their quest to conquer Mt. Everest, however the jackets were so warm that they ended up overheating (Rose). After seeing this, I couldn’t believe that people actually over heat from wearing the coat, but it also makes sense because the coat is designed to insulate and if those people are climbing a mountain, they should be getting hot. While I was reading these articles, all I could think about was my walk to campus every morning and how I wish that I had something as warm as the Aerogel lined coats. The jackets from Oros cost about $288.00, which is not terrible when compared to other big box brands, however the jackets do not cover your legs, only your torso. Additionally the company is just a starter company and has not been around long enough to really get their name around. It will be interesting to see if more and more people start wearing these interesting coats in the future!

Images and article content found at:

Gershgorn, Dave. “Clothing Insulated With Aerogel Promises To Keep Out The Most              Dire Cold.” Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation, 1 Feb. 2016. Web. 16 Dec.2016

“Welcome To Open Source Aerogel.” Aerogel.org Rss. Aerogel.org Rss, n.d. Web. 16 Dec.     2016.

Rose, Brent. “Lukla Endeavor Hands-On” An Aerogel Jacket That Doesn’t Overheat.” Gizmodo. Gizmodo, 06 Apr. 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. evansuper

    Comment 4
    Evan Super
    Aerogel lined jackets seem like a great idea and the data shows they perform up to the manufacturer’s claims! I wonder what other textiles could be lined with Aerogel. Aerogel lined polyester or nylon tents would be an interesting idea. Tents are known to not be very insulating, more of a way to keep away insects, rain, snow and wind. It would be very comfortable to stay in a tent in the fall or winter without the need for sleeping bags. Aerogel lined wetsuits for diving could also be another applicable product. I believe they keep you pretty warm, but I do not know how well they perform in icy waters. They could be used in diving in the arctic or rescue divers who go into icy rivers during the winter months. The cost of the Oros jacket seems pretty standard in terms of winter jackets. I assume adding Aerogel to other products would not increase the cost by very much.

  2. evansuper

    A quick google search shows typical winter jackets and their prices. The cost of the Oros jacket aligns within the price ranges.
    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=typical%20winter%20jacket%20cost

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