Reactive Jacket Knows Hot and Cold

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Reactive Jacket

It’s easy to have a jacket for every possible weather condition. Different materials and layering have, for years, served the purpose to keep us at a comfortable temperature. But, with the advancements being made it technology, it may become possible to lessen our wardrobes all while remaining comfortable.

The Polychrome jacket was developed by polychromeLAB. The jacket is designed to be reversible, with one side acting as a cold weather layer, and the other as the warm-weather alternative. Each side works differently, either absorbing ultraviolet rays to keep warm, or by shedding warmth and reflecting heat to stay cool. According to polychromeLAB, the jacket is 100% windproof, 100% waterproof and highly breathable.

The proprietary material is achieved by constructing the membrane in a three-layer system. In each case, the outer layer wipes away any perspiration or rainfall. This construction also ensures that the fabric breathes in both directions, meaning that perspiration is quickly removed. That’s all to help maintain a steady body temperature. This is crucial. Once the body begins to sweat, this very quickly lowers skin temperature. If the sweat isn’t transported away from the body (the process of ‘wicking’), it cools down. As liquids conduct heat far better than air, you can then become uncomfortably cold.

While this technology is new, its relevance is extreme. Outside of the fashion market, the reactive material can be a great solution for architectural components where temperature is inconsistent or needs to be controlled.  While there is a ways to go in expanding this technology, it may be a game changer for the outdoor events and installations markets. Imagine your environment at a natural, consistent temperature.

Allison Pocewicz

Allison Pocewicz

Allison has had a lifelong interest in multiple facets of design. Growing up between a sewing machine and a sketch pad, she went on to fine-tune her skills through studies in fine arts and fashion design. Upon entering the design/build industry, she continuously researches trends in various markets, including retail, hospitality, exhibitory/events, interiors and architecture in order to provide valuable educational and inspirational resources to clients.

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