Arc'teryx Coreloft Review
Friday, 25 September 2015 | Jen - Escape 2
Arc'teryx Coreloft Review
In this post I'm going to shed a little light on one of our favourite insulating materials; Arc'teryx Coreloft.
Arc'teryx (pronounced 'arc-tare-ix') use Coreloft as a Synthetic Insulation (or filing) in many of their best selling Insulated Jackets including the accomplished Arc'teryx Atom range.
There are many different types and qualities of insulation available to add extra warmth to a garment. The type of insulation you chose depends upon the weather conditions you anticipate encountering during its use.
Insulation can be either:
Down Insulation is a natural product from geese or duck. When premium Down is used, it offers unbeatable insulation in cold & dry conditions.
Man-made insulation is designed to mimic nature's genius insulation - Down. The micro filament fibres are constructed to create thermal air pockets that trap heat next to your body. It maintains its ability to insulate when it's wet or humid.
So What is Arc'teryx Coreloft?
Now we have looked at the background of Down Insulation, Synthetic Insulation and the differences between them, I can go into the finer detail of Arc'teryx's Coreloft Insulation.
Coreloft was developed by Arc'teryx to provide a highly advanced insulating material that could mimic Down while overcoming some of Down's disadvantages. Put simply Arc'teryx created staple fibres of mixed sizes that are then crimped together to trap air and retain warmth.
Other Synthetic Insulation is often created with continuous fibre filaments which results in a more bulky, less compressible insulation. In practice this means that not as much insulation is needed to offer the same warmth.
Arc'teryx Coreloft Advantages:
Arc'teryx Coreloft Disadvantages:
As Coreloft is so easily compressible and resilient, you can pack it down into a tiny space in the corner of a rucksack or travel bag and as it's really light weight Coreloft makes for highly versatile Jackets.
Arc'teryx Coreloft is also used in Arc'teryx's Gloves providing warmth for your hands. The flexibility, softness and resiliency of Coreloft is ideal when used for this purpose too.
Perfect for Cold, Wet or Dry Conditions
In summary we recommend choosing an Arc'teryx Jacket with Coreloft Insulation if you want to use a Jacket in cold, wet or dry conditions. Coreloft works fantastically well in the UK, where our weather is so changeable. Coreloft will keep you nice and warm when it's cold and dry but when it's built into a Jacket like the Arc'teryx Atom, it will also do a great job should you get wet.
If you decide that Coreloft is the insulation for you, then head over to our Insulated Jackets category to find the Jacket most suited to your intended primary function!
We are always happy to answer any questions you have about Arc'teryx Coreloft, if you need a hand deciding if Coreloft is your best insulation choice drop us a line or pick up the phone.