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.