Industry Press Release



New Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation with X-STATIC – The Silver Fiber Delivers Exceptional Warmth, Comfort and Added Protection Against Odor-Causing Bacteria

St. Paul, MN (December 22, 2008) — Building on 30 years of bringing innovative solutions to premium outerwear, Thinsulate» Insulation introduces the new Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation featuring Antimicrobial Odor Control with X-STATIC – The Silver Fiber.

Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation with X-STATIC – The Silver Fiber is designed for use in active wear, cold weather and hunting apparel, casual and leather wear, heavy duty work apparel and more. X-STATIC, a revolutionary brand of textile fiber, incorporates a layer of pure silver permanently bonded to its surface.

“With the cold weather season underway, Spyder Active Sports, the world’s largest ski specialty brand and 3M, makers of Thinsulate» Insulation, will be incorporating Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation with X-STATIC Silver Fibers in their 2009-2010 Season apparel line,” said Paul Maturen, marketing manager for Thinsulate» Insulation. “Thinsulate insulation and Spyder have successfully teamed for decades to bring the best of high-performance wear to people who relish the outdoors.”

In addition, its unique design is safe and nontoxic against skin and is environmentally compatible. Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation with X-STATIC Silver Fibers meets rigorous American Society for Testing and Materials test requirements for antimicrobial odor control claims. It has also been awarded the Oeko-Tex Certificate for Product Class 1 (appropriate for contact with babies’ skin) by Hohenstein Institutes.

“Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation with X-STATIC Silver Fibers was developed to provide users with exceptional warmth, comfort and the luxurious feel they’ve come to expect, along with a unique odor control technology, that together answer the need in outerwear for highly active people, or in pieces that tend not to get cleaned or washed regularly,” said Maturen.

The key benefits of Thinsulate» Supreme Insulation – Antimicrobial Odor Control with X-STATIC Silver Fibers include:

  • Exceptional warmth and comfort
  • X-STATIC Silver Fibers inhibit growth of odor-causing bacteria in the insulation*
  • Laboratory tests show greater than 99% reduction in odor-causing bacteria in the insulation*
  • Multifunctional, long lasting performance
  • Designed for technical, and heavy-use outerwear, and for items that are difficult or expensive to clean or wash
  • Breathable
  • X-STATIC is a registered antimicrobial agent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Silver, well known for its natural antimicrobial properties, has been used widely in industrial and medical applications for many years. Surgeons, military Special Forces, Olympic athletes, NASA astronauts and outdoor enthusiasts all rely on the proven performance benefits of X-STATIC technology. The emergence of silver fiber in consumer and apparel products has been growing profoundly over the last decade.

From its initial launch in 1978, Thinsulate» Insulation has become one of the world’s most recognized brands in the outerwear, footwear and accessories markets. Thinsulate» Insulation is an official supplier of the U.S Alpine Ski Team and the U.S. Disabled Ski Team and the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team through the 2010 – 2011 race season. For information about the Thinsulate brand, visit.

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